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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Colin G. Gruff

Choosing newspaper work as a life work, Cohn G. Groff had the advantage of an early start in a profession that calls for mental alertness and talent not absolute requisites in other vocations, but highly essential in order to achieve success in the newspaper field. He is therefore exceptionally well qualified for discharging the responsible duties of provincial publicity commissioner and is proving an able incumbent in the office. He was born at Selkirk, Manitoba, March 14, 1885, and is of Scotch and English descent. His parents were Alexander R. and Annie J. (Gemmel) Groff, the former of whom was born in Ontario in 1858, while the latter was a native of Toronto.

Colin G. Groff acquired his education in the grammar and high schools of Dundas, Ontario, and as a boy he learned the printer's trade, later taking up newspaper work. He came to Alberta in 1905 and for seven years was connected with the publication of Edmonton papers. For three years he published a weekly paper in southern Alberta and later he was news editor for the Lethbridge Herald and the Calgary Albertan. He became recognized as one of the leading newspaper men of western Canada and his ability in this connection led to his appointment as publicity commissioner for the province of Alberta, on the 1st of January, 1922, to succeed the late James McCaig. Broad practical experience has given him an expert knowledge of the work of which he has charge and his public service is distinguished by marked efficiency and devotion to duty.

Mr. Groff was married in Edmonton, on the 18th of November, 1908, to Miss Katharine Gordon Wilson, a daughter of James Wilson, deceased, formerly a prominent merchant of Chatham, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Groff have four children. Mr. Groff is independent in his political views and while a resident of Taber, Alberta, he served as a member of the school board for a term of two years. He was formerly a member of the Calgary Rotary Club, while in religious faith he is a Presbyterian. He takes a keen interest in public affairs, on which he keeps well informed, and has always supported moral interests, fair dealing and the cause of good government.


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