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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Douglas Gordon MacKenzie


The city of Calgary has no more able, active and competent man in its service than Douglas Gordon MacKenzie, who since 1913 has been superintendent of market, pound and weigh scales, with offices in the city market. He was born in Melbourne, Quebec, in February, 1873, a son of Andrew and Catherine (McDonald) MacKenzie, the former a native of Glengarry district, Ontario, and the latter of Scotland. For fifty years the father was engaged in the flour, grain and feed business in Melbourne and Richmond, Quebec, in which he achieved well-merited prosperity. His death occurred in 1920, and Mrs. MacKenzie died in 1883.

In the pursuit of his education Douglas Gordon MacKenzie attended the public schools of Richmond, Quebec, and later took a commercial course in the Richmond Academy. After putting his textbooks aside he conducted a general store at Lake Megantic, for two years and then sold out at a substantial profit and entered the service of the Dominion Express Company, remaining in its employ for seventeen and one-half years. He was agent at Revelstoke and Victoria, British Columbia, later at Edmonton and subsequently he came to Calgary in the same capacity. A short time after locating here he resigned his position with the express company and engaged in the real estate business, under the firm name of MacKenzie & Ross, maintaining that association for one and one-half years. In the fall of 1913 Mr. MacKenzie accepted his present position as superintendent of market, pound and weigh scales, and has since been active in this important position, discharging his duties with the same self-control, energy, perseverance and executive force which have made his business career so successful.

In 1908 Mr. MacKenzie was married to Miss Jean Henderson, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Snider) Henderson. Mr. Henderson was an official of the British American Land Company at Sherbrooke, Quebec. His death occurred in 1894, and Mrs. Henderson has also passed away. Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie are parents of four children: Jessie Keith; Isabel May; and Andrew Grant and Gordon Stuart, twins.

Fraternally Mr. MacKenzie is identified with the Masons and lie holds membership in Zetland Lodge No. 12, A. F. and A. M. of Montreal and Crescent Chapter, R. A. M., of Calgary. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. Mr. MacKenzie is public-spirited to a degree, is ever interested in the welfare of his community and stands ready to support every worthy enterprise. highly respected by all who know him, lie enjoys general confidence and goodwill, and through his own efforts has become one of the substantial men of his part of the province. Mr. MacKenzie owns a beautiful residence at No. 1008 Seventh avenue, West.


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