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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Donald C. McEachern


Donald C. McEachern, who for an extended period has been identified with educational interests and is now attendance officer for the province of Alberta, making his home in Edmonton, was born in Ontario, April 12, 1875, and is a son of Neil and Ann (Campbell) McEachern, the former a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, while the latter was born in North Carolina, where her parents resided for a short time. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Neil McEachern, however, was celebrated in Ontario and both passed away in that province, where the father had for many years engaged in farming. They were consistent and loyal members of the Presbyterian church and in politics Mr. McEachern was a Liberal. To him and his wife were born fourteen children, eleven of whom are living, Donald C. being the twelfth in order of birth.

Spending his youthful days under the parental roof, Donald C. Mc- Eachern obtained his education in the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute, from which he was graduated with the class of 1897. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for eighteen months in Ontario, and in December, 1898, he arrived in Strathcona, Alberta, where the following year he again became actively identified with pedagogic work. He taught for ten years at Strathcona and Leduc, being principal of the schools at the latter place for four and a half years. From the beginning he displayed marked ability in educational work and his own zeal and enthusiasm inspired teachers and pupils under him. After retiring from the position of principal at Leduc he filled the position of accountant in the Dominion land office for about seven years, at the end of which time he became identified with the educational department of the province and is now chief attendance officer of Alberta. He has occupied this position since 1916 and his six years of service have been highly satisfactory to the general public and especially to all who are keenly interested in the welfare and progress of the schools.

In 1904 Mr. McEachern was united in marriage to Miss Grace Martin, who was born in North Dakota, and they have become the parents of a son, Donald Stewart, who was born in 1908 ad is now attending the public schools. Mr. McEachern is a member of the Canadian Order bf Foresters and his political support is given to the Liberty party. He and his wife have membership in the Presbyterian church and they are highly esteemed by reason of their sterling worth and many excellent traits of character. Mr. McEacheni has done most effective work along educational lines and has ever labored to introduce the highest standards and to make his service of the utmost value in promoting the interests of the schools.


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