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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Duncan S. McIntosh


Duncan S. McIntosh, president of D. S. McIntosh & Company i; one of the pioneer live stock commission merchants in Calgary. He was born in Glengarry county, Ontario, on the 13th of April, 1866, a son of Stephen and Catherine (MacDonald) McIntosh, natives of Ontario. His grandparents on both the paternal and the maternal side were born in Scotland. The father farmed in Ontario throughout his life and was prominently known in that connection. He was energetic and progressive and took an active part in developing the community in which he resided. His death occurred in 1911 and Mrs. McIntosh died in 1879.

Duncan S. McIntosh received his education in the public schools of the province of Ontario and remained with his father on the home farm until he was twenty years of age. In 1886 he came to Alberta, where his uncle was manager of the Glengarry ranch and he worked for him for some seven years. Then in association with a brother, he engaged in ranching until about 1911, when he went to Banff and for one and one-half years was in charge of the animals in the park, being employed by the government. Subsequently he came to Calgary and embarked in the live stock commission business and is one of the pioneer commission merchants in this city and throughout the province of Alberta.

In December, 1896, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. McIntosh to Miss Ruth Marion Dawson, a (laughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dawson, natives of England. Mrs. McIntosh was born in England and was brought to Canada by her parents when five years of age. Subsequently the Dawsons located in Alberta, where the father became a ranchman, following that line of work for the remainder of his life. He was successful in that connection and won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he came into contact. His death occurred in 1910, but Mrs. Dawson passed away in 1909. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh the following children have been born: Edward D. is a salesman for D. S. McIntosh & Company; Olive C. is the wife of J. Van Norman; Evelyn May is living at home, and is a musician of ability, having received her final diploma as a pianist in 1922; Margaret is attending school; and Stephen died when he was but seven days old.

In his political views Mr. McIntosh is a Liberal and he is a firm believer in the principles of that party as factors in good government. lie keeps well informed on all important questions and issues of the day and although he has never sought nor desired political preferment, he is ever cognizant of the duties and responsibilities as well as the privileges of good citizenship and to that end is never too busy to lend his cooperation in the furtherance of any movement for the benefit of the community. Mr. McIntosh is a consistent communicant of the Catholic church. For the past four years he has been president of the Calgary Live Stock Exchange and he is a director of the Canadian Live Stock Exchange. He was champion roper of the Northwest, having won the roping contest held at Regina in 1896, and was captain of the round-up one season. He is very fond of athletics and he was a member of the Canadian Hockey Club when it was first organized. Fraternally Mr. McIntosh is identified with the Knights of Columbus and he is conceded to be an exemplary member of that organization. In every relation of life he has been successful and his genial and pleasing personality has won for him many true and stanch friends. He is one of the dominant factors in the business life of Calgary and Alberta is indeed fortunate in having him for a citizen.


 


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