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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
John Malcolm


John Malcolm of Red Deer is in the real estate and coal business and he occupies a position of prominence among the foremost citizens of this community. He was born on 9th of March, 1869, in Ontario, a son of Andrew and Sadie (Johnson) Malcolm, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of near Boston, Massachusetts. Their marriage was celebrated in Galt, Ontario. For some time the father engaged in the commission business in that province and in 1877 removed to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he operated a dairy and ranch for a time. in 1889 he vent to Dauphin and turned his entire time and attention to ranching. Mrs. Malcolm died at the home in Dauphin in 1908. Mr. Malcolm continued to reside there for a time but subsequently returned to Galt, where his demise occured in 1920. To Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm ten children were born, seven of whom are living, John, whose name introduces this review, being the second in order of birth. Throughout their lives Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm attended the Presbyterian church, and the father gave his political allegiance to the Liberal party. The success Mr. Malcolm achieved was well-merited, for he was a self-made man in the truest sense of the word, and he was held in high confidence and esteem by all who knew him.

In the acquirement of his education John Malcolm attended the public schools of his birthplace and in due time was graduated from a high school in Manitoba. He immediately entered the business world and for six years clerked in a hardware store. He then came to Alberta and became associated with the International Harvester Company, traveling for them for some fourteen years. In 1911 he came to Red Deer and went into the real estate and coal business and also does some insurance. He has won well-merited success in his business ventures, for he is a man of keen discrimination and foresight. He has an interest in the coal mines in the Saunders creek district. In 1894 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Malcolm to Miss Christine McClain, a native of Bruce, Ontario, who received her education there. To Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm five children have been born: Roy A., who is now clerking in a store in Waterloo, Iowa, is a veteran of the World war. He enlisted in the Winnipeg Highlanders in 1915, serving with the rank of sergeant, and was overseas four years, receiving his honorable discharge in 1919. He married Lois Ruthlidge; Clifford J. Malcolm who is an inspector for the Aetna Fire Insurance Company at Calgary, is also a veteran of the World war, having served overseas with the "Fighting Tenth," and being in service from 1915 to 1919. He married Margaret Cadwell and they are parents of one son, Jack; Howard is associated with the W. E. Lord Company of Red Deer; Alberta is training to be a nurse; and Elva is a student in the local schools.

In his political views Mr. Malcolm is a Liberal and he maintains an active interest in party affairs, although he has never sought nor desired political preferment. For some time he was a member of the city council. His religious faith is manifest in his membership in the Presbyterian church and he is a zealous worker in its behalf. He has been a member of the church board for sixteen years and is now its chairman. Fraternally he is identified with the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and the Royal Arch Masons and he has been treasurer of both. Mr. Malcolm is readily conceded to be one of the progressive business men and highly esteemed citizens of his community, where he is known to be a man of good principles and honest business methods.


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