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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Alexander MacDonald


ALEXANDER MACDONALD, contractor and builder, Brooklyn, N. Y., has played a noteworthy part in building one of the most attractive sections of the metropolitan district. He was born at Nethy Bridge, Invernessshire, Scotland, April 17, 1864, the son of Alexander and Elsie MacDonald, thrifty, hard-working parents, and received a common school education in the Public School in Nethy Bridge.

Mr. MacDonald came to the United States, without resources or friends, in April, 1885, and worked first as a railroad switchman in St. Louis, Mo., and as a hotel and drygoods porter in Chicago. He learned the painting and decorating trade in Chicago, removed to California in 1887, and worked at his trade there until he came to Brooklyn in 1892. In April, 1895, he started in the painting and decorating business, under the firm name of MacDonald & Weales, and in 1897 branched out into the building business and has erected more than 200 houses in the Flatbush and Kensington sections of Brooklyn.

Mr. MacDonald had few of the advantages of the young men of today. His remarkable business success is the result of close application and determined effort, his own energy and ability. With it all, he is modest and unassuming, of a most genial and friendly personality and generous in helping any worthy cause. He is a director of the Kensington & Parkvile Improvement League, a director of the Caledonian HospitaL and a trustee of the Flatbush Savings Bank. He is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, Clan MacDonald, O.S.C.. Kensington Camp, Modern Woodmen, Brooklyn Bowling Green, and Long Island Automobile Clubs.

Mr. MacDonald married, March 7, 1895, Martha E. Ball, daughter of John and Martha Ball, of Manchester, England. They have two sons and three daughters: Alexander Francis, born January 4, 1896; Frederick James, born March 22, 1898; Elsie Mary, horn October 9, 1899; Margaret D. born July 18, 1901; and Martha, born January 12, 1906. In the summer of 1915, with his family, Mr. MacDonald visited the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, travelling both ways (8.600 miles) in his automobile and camping most of the time by the way. The party touched twenty-nine states and Old Mexico, visiting San Diego, Cripple Creek, Leadville, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest of Arizona, etc. Residence is 735 East 3rd Street; his business is 114 Ditmars Ave., Brooklyn.


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