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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
John M. Miller


On the list of Calgary's public officials appears the name of John M. Miller, who for eleven years has served as city clerk, his long retention in the office being proof of his ability and the trust reposed in him by his fellow citizens. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 3, 1887, and is a son of Robert and Mary (Morton) Miller, natives of Scotland. In 1886 they emigrated to Canada, establishing their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the father entered the employ of the gas company in the capacity of blacksmith, having followed that trade in Scotland. He also served as engineer and recognition of his ability and fidelity came in his promotion to the position of manager. He remained with that corporation for several years but is now retired and he and his wife are living in Winnipeg.

John M. Miller was reared and educated in his native city, attending the grammar and high schools and the Winnipeg Business College. After completing his course he became stenographer and bookkeeper in the office of the city clerk of Winnipeg, where he was employed from 1.902 until 1907, when he was appointed private secretary to the mayor. He ably discharged the duties of that position for four years and in December, 1911, became city clerk of Calgary, in which capacity he has since been retained. His work is performed in an efficient and systematic manner and his services are very valuable to the public.

In April, 1912, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Edna Thompson Buchan, a daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Smith) Buchan, natives of Scotland. In 1883 the father came to Canada, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he has since resided, and for many years he has filled the office of district fire chief. Mr. Miller is a member of the Knox Presbyterian church and through his connection with the Calgary Curling Club and the Municipal Golf Club he obtains needed recreation and diversion. Fraternally he is identified with Elks Lodge, No. 4, at Calgary, the Canadian Order of Foresters, and the Masonic order, belonging to Ashlar Lodge, No. 28, A. F. & A. M. He has always endeavored to discharge his duty according to the best of his ability and his advancement has been won through industry and merit. He stands for progress, reform and improvement in municipal affairs and has made a highly creditable record as a city official, exemplifying in his life the sterling characteristics of the Scotch race.


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