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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Andrew Gilmour


Farming and stock raising has for many years engaged the attention of Andrew Gilmour of Lacombe. He was born in East Middlesex, Ontario, in 1875, a son of James and Sarah Elizabeth (McClary) Gilmour, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Ontario. The father, who followed the occupation of farming during the greater part of his life, was one of the prominent men of his day and represented East Middlesex in the federal house for two terms. He was held in high confidence and esteem by all who knew him and his death was deeply regretted by many friends, as well as his family. Mrs. Gilmour is making her home in Wetaskiwin, with her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Odell. To James and Elizabeth Gilmour four children were born, three of whom are living, Andrew Gilmour being the second in order of birth. The youngest son, John Gilmour, is associated with his brother Andrew in live stock operations at Lacombe. The religious faith of the father was that of the Presbyterian church and his political allegiance was given to the Conservative party.

In the acquirement of his education Andrew Gilmour attended the schools of his birthplace and was graduated from high school. His first occupation after putting his textbooks aside was as a farmer and rancher. In 1897 he located in Manitoba, where he remained but a short time, coming on to Lacombe the same year, and engaging in ranching and today he is one of the most successful and largest ranchers in the district. He has a large and well improved farm and he feeds cattle, hogs and sheep, the latter to the number of two thousand and he owns and operates thirteen hundred and sixty acres of land. Mr. Gilmour uses progressive methods in promoting his enterprises and his prosperity is but the natural result of his thorough application and the scientific principles which he applies to his work. On the 24th of December, 1901, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Gilmour to Miss Olive Grant Burns, a. daughter of William Burns, the postmaster of Lacombe.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilmour are consistent members of the Presbyterian church and zealous workers in its behalf. The political allegiance of Mr. Gilmour is given to the Conservative party and he is very active in party affairs. He was a member of the city council for a number of years and was elected to the legislature of Alberta in 1917,. serving one term, at the end of which time he withdrew from public life. He stands ever ready to devote time or money to worthy public enterprises and champions agricultural progress, commercial expansion, educational improvement and intellectual progress, taking a deep interest in all movements that con- tribute toward the elevation of the human race.


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