Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
For seventeen years John
Keith has been identified with Edmonton's growth and development and as
superintendent of the Reviflon-Freres Fur Company he occupies a position
of large responsibility, to which he has risen through merit and
ability. He was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 20, 1879, and was
reared on a farm, attending the public schools in the vicinity of his
home. He was connected with agricultural pursuits until he reached the
age of twenty-one, when he took up the study of commercial bookkeeping
at Aberdeen, remaining in that city for four and a. half years.
Believing that better opportunities for advancement could be secured in
a newer country, he came to Canada, arriving in Edmonton in 1905. He
secured a. position in the fur department of the Revillon-Freres Company
and the efficiency with which he discharged the tasks allotted to him
led to his advancement to the office of Post manager, which he capably
discharged for two years. In December, 1912, he was promoted to the
position of superintendent, in which capacity he is now serving, having
charge of the western district. He combines a detailed knowledge of the
business with initiative and executive ability and under his able
supervision the interests of the firm in this section of the Dominion
have been materially advanced.
On November 11, 1908, Mr.
Keith was united in marriage to Miss Elvira McKernan and they have
become the parents of two daughters: Mary and Jessie. Fraternally Mr.
Keith is identified with the Masonic order and in religious faith he is
a Presbyterian, while his deep interest. in the business development of
the city is evinced by his membership in the Edmonton Board of Trade.
However, he subordinates all other matters to the demands of his
business and brings to his duties in that connection a broad mind and a
keen intelligence, which are the basis of his success.
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