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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
James Owen Miller


James Owen Miller, managing director of James 0. Miller & Company, Limited, is one of Calgary's most energetic and progressive business men He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in February, 1885, a son of John and Christina (Younger) Miller, likewise natives of that country. The father is a minister in the Presbyterian church in Airdrie, Scotland, and he and his wife are highly esteemed citizens of that community.

James Owen Miller received his education in the public schools of Edinburgh and later enrolled in George Watson's College there. lie also attended the Glasgow Technical Institution and the Glasgow Athenaeum. After putting his textbooks aside he was employed in the paper manufacturing business with Robert Craig & Sons, a connection he main- tamed until 1910, when he came to Canada, and entered the insurance business with the Nova Scotia Fire Insurance Company, remaining with them in different capacities until 1913, when he went to Winnipeg as superintendent of agencies from there to the coast. He faithfully and satisfactorily discharged the duties of that important position until 1914, when he located in Calgary as general agent for the company. He later branched out with other large companies, and in 1920 he opened a bond department, and has offices in the Herald building, employing fifteen people in the conduct of his business, in which he is gratifyingly successful. He maintains offices in Regina, as well as in Calgary. The success that he has won may be attributed in large measure to his keen perception, determined execution of his plans, sound judgment and every-day common sense.

In September, 1914, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Barbara A. Kaulbach, a daughter of John C. and Ella (McLain) Kaulbach of Nova Scotia. The Kaulbachs are one of the oldest and most honored families in Nova Scotia, having located there some one hundred and fifty years ago and since that time have taken a prominent part in the development and improvement of the province. The grandfather was one of the prominent men of his day. Mr. Kaulbach is now engaged in the mercantile business in Nova Scotia, where he and his wife reside. To Mr. and Mrs. Miller two children have been born: Constance Kaulbach, whose birth occurred in March, 1916; and Graham Owen, who was born in May, 1917.

In his political views Mr. Miller is a Conservative and although he has never sought nor desired political preferment he is public-spirited and is never too busy to give his aid in the furtherance of any movement for the benefit of the community at large. He is an active member of the Board of Trade and the Kiwanis Club and socially is identified with the Calgary Golf & Country Club and the Canadian Club. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons. His religious faith is manifest in his membership in the Knox Presbyterian church, and along strictly business lines he is affiliated with the Hall Underwriters Association, of which he is president.


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