Our house was built in 1912 in the Arts and Crafts style. It has many of its original features, such as the single hung windows on the main floor, and fir wainscoting and beams as seen in this dining room from the period.
(Under the picture: Dining room form 1912 period with ‘burlap’ walls as right)
Many families lived in this house over its 100-year history. During the early 1930s the journalist and soldier Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Leighton lived here with his family. Colonel Leighton was a war correspondent during WWI. He enlisted with the Royal Montreal Regiment and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Belgian Croix de Guerre.
After the war he became the editor and general manager of The Albertan newspaper from 1928 to 1936.
Colonel Leighton re-enlisted at the beginning of WWII and became chief press liaison officer for the Defence Department. He was awarded the Order of British Empire and returned to Calgary after the war.
Hi son, Dr. David Leighton, later became Director of The Centre for Performing Arts.
(A photocopy of an article from The Albertan dated Monday, July 14 (or 11?) 1938)