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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Donald MacKie

Donald Mackie, deputy registrar general in the vital statistics department of the government since 1913 and an honored resident of Edmonton, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1880, a son of John and Mary (McMillan) Mackie, who were also natives of that country. The father still makes his home in Scotland and is connected with the internal revenue department there, having for some time held a position in connection therewith. He is a well educated and well read man who has exerted considerable influence over public thought and action in his community. In politics he has long been a Liberal and at one time was secretary of the Liberal Association. He belongs to the Presbyterian church and in that faith his wife passed away. They were the parents of seven children, of whom Donald is the eldest and the only one residing in Canada. His brother Robert, who was a major in the World war and served throughout the period of the conflict, was at one time in Liberia but is now assistant comptroller of Sierra Leone in West Africa, a position of large responsibility and importance. The youngest son of the family, Archie Mackie, is a contractor of Los Angeles, California, to which city he made his way when eighteen years of age. There he became identified with building operations and through the intervening period has worked his way steadily upward, being now a prominent contractor of that city and one whose labors have been crowned with substantial success.

Donald Mackie pursued his early education in the Irvine Academy and in the Hull grammar school of England, also attending London University, from which he was graduated in 1903. In his college days he specialized in the study of entomology. During his early manhood he became identified with a merchant handling all lines of goods pertaining to the eye, and of this Mr. Mackie made a study, spending ten years in that connection. He came to Canada and entered the employ of the Davidson Manufacturing Company, engaged in the manufacture of stoves, ranges and similar products. in 1912 he removed to Edmonton as representative of the Davidson interests, but later turned his attention to the real estate business, which he entered in connection with P. Lessard. After a short time spent as a realtor of Edmonton he was appointed deputy registrar general in the vital statistics department in 1913 and has occupied that position since. He has a staff of fifteen employes in his office and is in charge of the entire province, there being seven hundred people connected with the department in Alberta. He is thoroughly systematic in all that he does and, moreover, is a man of broad vision and keen discernment, who readily recognizes the need and opportunities for public service of this character. This has rendered his work of the greatest possible value and he is now devoting his entire attention to the duties that devolve upon him in this connection.

In April, 1911, Mr. Mackie was married to Miss Christina Donnald, a native of Scotland, and they have become parents of two children: Helen, eight years of age, now in school; and Jean, a little maiden of five summers. Mr. Mackie has membership with the United Commercial Travelers. In politics he is a Liberal and in religious faith both he and his wife are Presbyterians. They occupy an enviable social position, having many warm friends in Edmonton, and their interest has ever centered in those channels through which flows the greatest and most permanent good to the greatest number. Mr. Mackie has never had occasion to regret his determination to leave his native country and establish his home in the Dominion, for here he has found opportunity for advancement and his entire course has been marked by a steady progress that has brought him to a prominent place in connection with public affairs and in the regard of his fellowmen.


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