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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
John McGregor Campbell


John M. Campbell is manager at Calgary of the Royal Bank of Canada— Third Street, West, branch—one of the substantial moneyed institutions of the city, and he is well qualified for this responsible office, for his attention has been concentrated upon financial matters from the age of sixteen years. He was born in Manitou, Manitoba, October 11, 1883, and is a son of Donald D. and Christina (McGregor) Campbell, natives of the province of Ontario. Coming to the west, the father entered a homestead in Manitoba and proved up on his land, which he converted into a productive farm. For a number of years he continued to cultivate his property and then removed to Manitou, accepting a position with the firm of Gordon & Iron- side, dealers in live stock and grain. Subsequently he took over the business, which he operated under his own name for a number of years. He is now acting as claim agent for the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, to which position he was first appointed by the government, but of late years has operated independently. Although seventy-three years of age, lie is still all factor in the world's work, and Mrs. Campbell has reached the age of severity-one.

Their son, John M, Campbell, acquired his education in the rural schools near his father's farm in Manitoba and the public schools of Manitou, and in August, 1899, he made his entry into the financial world, becoming junior clerk in the Bank of Hamilton in that city. He readily mastered the duties assigned him, winning promotion to the position of accountant, and later was transferred to the Grain Exchange branch at Winnipeg, where he acted in that capacity from 1903 until 1906. In the latter year he was assigned the task of opening a branch at Francis, Saskatchewan, this being one of the earliest banks established in that part of the country, and for six months he was its manager. He then severed his connection with that financial institution and joined the Northern Crown Bank at Winnipeg. Soon afterward he was made manager of its interests at Long- ham, Saskatchewan, and a few months later was placed in charge of its bank at Balcarres, in the same province, where he remained for a year. In December, 1908, he was transferred to High River, Alberta, and was there stationed for three years, on the expiration of which period he was sent to Red Deer, acting as manager of that branch from 1911 until eb- ruary, 1920. In 1918 the holdings of the Northern Crown Bank were acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada, with which he has since been identified, and in 1920 Mr. Campbell was appointed manager of its Calgary Third Street, West, branch, in which capacity he is now serving. Broad practical experience has given him a detailed knowledge of the complex problems of modern finance and in controlling the institution he manifests keen sagacity and marked executive force. It has greatly prospered under his able administration and his employers have the utmost confidence in his judgment, foresight and honesty.

On October 15, 19077 Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Miss Isabelle V. Dynes, a daughter of William and Sarah M. (Wilson) Dynes, natives of Ontario. For many years the father operated a farm near Orangeville, in that province, and in 1906 he came to the west, settling in Saskatchewan, where he and his wife now reside and where he is following agricultural pursuits. He has one of the best improved and most productive farms in his district. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have three children: Donald Dynes, who was born February 11, 1909; Wilson McGregor, whose birth occurred on the 31st of January, 1911; and Jean Margaret, born November 22, 1913.

Mr. Campbell is a member of the Presbyterian church and in his political views he is an independent Liberal. He has never been neglectful of the duties of citizenship and while residing at Red Deer, Alberta, he served for three terms on the town council. He is identified with the Masonic order, belonging to Kenilworth Lodge, No. 29, A. F. & A. M., at Red Deer, of which he is a past master, and also to Keystone Chapter, No. 12, R. A. M., at that place. He is fond of hunting and takes a deep interest in all kinds of athletic sports, maintaining an even balance between work and play. He is president of the St. Andrew's Golf Club and a member of the Calgary Curling Club and probably no man in the province is better known in connection with the latter sport. He has found that the field of opportunity is open to all who have the courage to persevere therein and industry and ability have brought him to the front in his chosen line of activity. His opinions carry weight in financial circles of the city and he is recognized as a man of integrity, whose word is always to be relied upon.


 


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