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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Howard B. MacDonald


Howard B. Macdonald, one of Calgary's enterprising business men and public-spirited citizens, has made insurance the ladder by which he has climbed to success and his influence is one of broadening activity and strength in the field in which he is operating. He was born in Nova Scotia, in July, 1885, and his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Crockett) Macdonald, were also natives of that province. The father passed away in October, 1921, but the mother's demise occurred in December, 1920.

In the acquirement of an education Howard B. Macdonald attended the public schools of Nova Scotia, also completing a course in a business college, and his initial experience along commercial lines was obtained as clerk in a general store. He remained in his native province until 1910, when he came to Alberta, locating in Calgary, where he has since resided. He entered the real estate and insurance office of Geddes & Sheffield and three years later took over their insurance business, organizing the United Assurance Company, of which he is president and managing director. The company writes hail and fire insurance in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the subject of this review also conducts a general insurance business, operating under the name of H. B. Macdonald, Limited. He combines a detailed knowledge of the business with energy and initiative and through untiring effort and capable management has succeeded in building up a profitable undertaking, writing a large amount of insurance annually. He has also made investments in farm lands, which he leases, likewise deriving a good income from this source.

In October, 1919, Mr. Macdonald was united in marriage to Miss Ella Webster and they reside in an attractive home at No. 4236 Sixth street, West Mr. Macdonald is a member of the Knox Presbyterian church and has served as its treasurer since 1916. He is independent in his political views, supporting the candidate whom he considers best qualified for office, regardless of party affiliations. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and St. Andrew's Golf Club and his deep interest in the welfare and progress of his city is indicated by his connection with the Calgary Board of Trade. Opportunity has ever been to him the call to action and what he has undertaken he has accomplished, for he possesses the spirit of self-reliance, combined with sound judgment and executive ability. His business methods have always balanced up with the principles of truth and honesty and his fellow citizens entertain for him high regard.


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