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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Jesse Fraser


Jesse Fraser is one of the representative real estate men in Lacombe. He was born in Nova Scotia, in March, 1878, a son of John and Annie (McLean) Fraser, likewise natives of Nova Scotia. They came to Alberta in 1887 and located in Lethbridge, where the father built many houses. his death occurred there and Mrs. Fraser died in Lacombe. To their union ten children were born, five of whom are living, Jesse, whose name introduces this review, being the ninth in order of birth. Throughout his life the father was a stanch supporter of the Conservative party, and fraternally he was identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His religious faith, as well as that of his wife, was that of the Presbyterian church.

In the acquirement of his education Jesse Fraser attended the public schools of Nova Scotia and later of Lethbridge. After putting his textbooks aside he started in as a messenger boy in a telegraph office and he was active in railroad work for some thirteen years, holding the position of paymaster when he left Lethbridge. In 1905 he came to Lacombe and began farming, but sold the farm after five years and moved into Lacombe, soon afterward being appointed secretary and treasurer of Lacombe, which position he held for four years. At the termination of that time he bought out W. S. Mooney's Insurance Agency & Real Estate business and he is now one of the most successful real estate men in the district. He is familiar with all land values and he conducts his business on the highest and most honorable principles.

In 1907 occurred the marriage of Mr. Fraser and Miss Wilhelmina McLeay, a native of Ontario, who received her education in the public schools there. To Mr. and Mrs. Fraser two children have been born: Stewart and Ronald, both of whom are students in the local schools.

Mr. Fraser follows an independent course in politics, giving his support to the man he thinks best fitted for the office without regard to party principles. He has served as secretary of the school board and is trustee and secretary of the hospital board. His religious faith is manifest in his membership in the Presbyterian church and he is a zealous worker in its behalf, having been secretary of the board of managers of the local church for a number of years. Fraternally Mr. Fraser is identified with the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, being past master of the lodge, and he is likewise a Royal Arch Mason. He is also an Odd Fellow. For recreation from his many business duties Mr. Fraser turns to outdoor sports and he is an expert tennis player. His hobby, however, is his business.


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