Tomahawk, Alberta

Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada

A Hamlet located in Parkland Co., Alberta, NE of Drayton Valley AB

Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 114°45′48″

Nearest railroad in 1914 was Gainford on the GTP / CNR, 10 miles to the north

Just west of Tomahawk is a K-9 school named “Tomahawk School”.
There is a Public Library in this School.

Churches 2019-
Immanuel Lutheran Church
St. Thomas Catholic Church

My brother and his wife lived on a farm near here, and my neice was married in the little Lutheran Church there.

Post Office History

Office Name: Tomahawk
Established Apr 1, 1907

Additional Information:
Distributing point - Gainford
Dwelling - 1956-06-10
Mail route - Tomahawk-Gainford
NE Sec. 14, Twp. 51, R. 6, W5M - 1926-04-07, 1934-05-21
NW 1/4 Sec. 12, Twp. 51, R. 6, W5M
NW Sec. 12, Twp. 51, R. 6, W5M - 1934-04-14, 1935-05-07
Sec. 12, Twp. 51, R. 6, W5M - 1907-04-01
Sec. 14, Twp. 5, R. 6, W5M

Name of Postmaster Military Status Date of
Date of
Date of
Cause of
Martin William McDonald OAS July 24, 1876 1907-04-01 1915-04-22 Resignation
Arthur Wakelam Jan 29, 1877 1915-08-20 1918-09-28 Resignation
Henry William North OAS Mar 10, 1876 1919-01-31 1920-12-04 Resignation
Edward William Terry OAS July 15, 1886 1921-02-15 1937-08-10 Resignation
William Franklin Combs Aug 18, 1888 1937-08-31 Acting -
William Franklin Combs Aug 18, 1888 1937-09-23 1956-06-09 Death
Mrs. Abbie Bell Combs 1892-08-21 1956-06-10 Acting
Mrs. Abbie Bell Combs 1892-08-21 1956-10-10 1958-08-23 Resignation
Rudolph Reich 1958-09-17 Acting
Rudolph Reich 1958-12-29

Post Office Information Disclaimer: This reproduction is NOT represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the National Archives of Canada. The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada

Postmaster Bio

Martin William McDonald
b- July 24, 1876, in North laCroix, WI, USA
d- Aug 30, 1958 in Alberta, age 82
buried in Athabaska Cemetery
Immigrated to Canada in 1903
May 1904 took out Homestead File Number:996495, SE Section:13, Township:51, Range:6, Meridian:5
Enlisted in WWI, Feb 14, 1917 in Edmonton
Regimental Number: 2109839
1945 living in Athabaska with his wife, shown retired
married Claudine Stead in 1913 in Tomahawk, AB
b- ca 1880 (age 36 in 1916) in England
d- Jan 29, 1959 Athabaska Alberta
children: Donald McDonald
b- ca 1903 in USA
Bernard McDonald
b- ca 1905 in AB
Martin McDonald Jr.
b- Nov 11, 1907 in AB
d- Feb 23, 1968
Mary McDonald
b- ca 1912 in AB

Arthur Wakelam
b- Jan 29, 1877 in Edinburgh Scotland
d- Oct 23, 1963 in Drayton Valley, AB
buried in Tomahawk Cemetery
Pocket book maker when he was married
father- Walter Wakelam, a pocket book maker
mother- Annie Wakelam, nee ?
married Catharine Wakelam, nee Harkess July 25, 1903 St John, Newington, Surrey, England
b- 1878 in Scotland
d- Sept 10, 1938 age 59
daughter of Alexander Harkess, a lithograph printer
2 sons- Alexander Walter Wakelam and Joseph Wakelam shown in 1938, both born in AB
Catherine had a sister in London England in 1938
I believe Arthur James Wakelam buried in Tomahawk Cemetery was their son as well

Henry William North
b- Mar 10, 1876 in London England
d- June 8, 1941 in Vancouver BC, age 74
Returned Soldier's Plot, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC
Served in Scots Greys and 4th Dragoon Guards for 13 years
Enlisted in WWI, aug 13, 1915 in Edmonton, Regimental Number:437601, Occupation Auto Mech.
Aug 23, 1917 released from Service, suffered wounds in his arms, Oct 3, 1916.
Lived in Vancouver for 14 years before his death
wife- Annie North, nee Chidzey
b- May 1, 1867 in London, England
d- Apr 17, 1952, Coquitlam BC
buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC
daughter of William Chidzey and Hannah Poole
2 sons
John H. North
b- in England Lived in Spokane WA in 1916
Edward Thomas North
b- in England in 1916
Lived in Vancouver BC

Lt. Edward William Terry
b- July 15, 1886 Hasting, England
d- July 7, 1971 in Calgary AB
buried in Queens Park Cemetery in Calgary AB
Secretary of UFA, United Farmers of Alberta in Tomahawk.
1930 he was JP in Tomahawk area.
Served in WWI, Rank- LT
Enlisted in Kingston ON, Nov 10, 1914
married Katherine Anne Budd, Jan 30, 1909, Upper Bedding, West Sussex
b- 1885
d- 1961
3 sons and 3 daughters

William Franklin Combs
b- Aug 18, 1888 Iowa, USA
d- June 10, 1956 in Edmonton AB
Father- Jacob Oliver Combs
Mother- Amy Jane Williams
wife Abbie Bell Combs, nee Jones
b- Aug 21, 1892 Loveland, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA​
d- Jan 31, 1977 at Calmar
Father Elias A. Jones
Mother- Sarah Jane Case
Theyhad 2 sons and 1 daughter

Please Note- this is NOT a complete list of everyone living in this area.
Look for a History Book for the area to get more


A Post Office on Sec 12, Township 51, Range 6 W5
Population 30 in 1911
M. McDonald- Postmaster in 1911 (see bio above)

J. F. Brown and Sons, General Store in 1911
married and had 2 daughters, one died in Apr 1912
James Ferguson Brown
b- Dec 1858 Ohio, USA
d- Feb 4, 1923: Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada buried in Tomahawk Cemetery
married Alice Marcina Brown, nee Owen
b- abt 1858, in USA
d- 1935
buried in Tomahawk Cemetery
son Forest Donald Brown
b- Jan 29, 1891 Calamus, Iowa, USA
served in WWI
son- David Brown
b- in USA
daughter- Florence G. Brown
b- in USA
daughter- Millie Marcena Brown


Henry Fisk, General Store in 1914
can't seem to find much on this fellow yet


K.Charles Darwish
alt spelling- K. Charles Darwich
b- 1883, (age 33 in 1916), in Syria
d- 1954
buried in Beechmount Cemetery, Edmonton, AB
General Store here in 1924
1926 ad for his store at Seba Beach

Dr Alexander “Alex” Emmett
b- 1859, Leeds England
d- Mar 2, 1933 in Edmonton, AB age 72
buried in family plot Edmonton Cemetery
Lived at Magnolia AB in 1916
Lived in Tomahawk area, 1924 and 1928-29
1932 retired to Edmonton AB
District Coroner and CNR doctor
18 years at Gainford.
married Margaret Ruxton Emmett, nee Findlay, Dec 27, 1904 Shoal Lake, MB
b- Aug 31, 1872, Saugeen Tsp, Bruce Co., ON
d- May 15, 1861 in Edmonton AB
buried in family plot Edmonton Cemetery
daughter of James Findlay and Emma Marshall
daughter- Elizabeth C. Emmett married Frederick C. Wells
son- Frederick James “Fred” Emmett

Charles W. Jaminette
b- ca 1869 Munroe MI, USA
d- Apr 2, 1945 in Edmonton AB, age 76
buried in Sylvan Lake Cemetery
moved to Sylvan Lake in 1924
retired in 1935
Station Agent in 1924 and 1928-29

Ed W. Terry- Postmaster in 1924 and 1928-29 also JP in 1928-29 (see bio above)

Tomahawk and District Co-op Store in 1924 and 1928-29


Anglican Church

Roman Catholic Church

Telephone Office

Public School

Municipal Office- Arthur Wakelam (see above), Secretary (He was Secretary from 1920-1936 except the year 1925)

Rev B. Behrends

W. Combs- Store manager (see bio above)

Note- Not my sites, links may or may not work in the future

History book
- Note- I do NOT have a copy and I have not seen this book
Tomahawk Trails
ISBN 10: 0919212565 ⁄ ISBN 13: 9780919212565
Tomahawk Trails Book Club & Silver TopsClub, 1974
612 pages
Excerpt from the book


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