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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
James Hossack Woods

James Hossack Woods, one of the representative newspaper men of Canada, has devoted the greater part of his life to journalism and for the past fifteen years has been editor and managing director of the Calgary Daily Herald. He was born in the city of Quebec, Canada, July 12, 1867, and his parents, Alexander and Elizabeth Woods, were representatives of old and prominent families of that place. For many years the father was chairman of the finance committee of Quebec and he also held other public offices of trust and responsibility. He was a member of the Dominion Board of Trade and was the first commissioner sent by Canada to Australia to promote trade relations between the two countries.

James Hossack Woods obtained his early education in private schools of Quebec, where he also attended high school and he was a student at Morrin College. Later he entered Manitoba University and also completed a course in McGill University at Montreal, which conferred upon him the degree of Associate in Arts. As a young man he went to British Columbia, where for a time he engaged in prospecting and mining, but his attention has since been concentrated upon the profession of journalism, and he has been very successful in this field of activity. He was city editor of the Toronto Mail & Empire and later become editor of the Montreal Herald. He also acted as business manager of the Toronto News and likewise established the Woods-Norris Advertising Agency of that city. Since 1907 he has been editor and managing director of the Calgary Daily Herald, which ranks with the leading newspapers of western Canada, and under his able management it has become both the leader and mirror of public opinion. It is carefully edited and well organized not only in the department of business management but also in its corps of writers and in its mechanical department. His standing in newspaper circles of the Dominion is indicated in the fact that he has been honored with the presidency of the Canadian Press Association and he is now director for Alberta of the Canadian Press in its various branches of activity. He was also chairman of the party of representative newspaper men of Canada who visited Great Britain and the front in 1918, at the invitation of the British government.

Mr. Woods was married at Toronto, June 7, 1900, to Miss Leonora Christine Eby, a daughter of J. F. Eby, the owner of one of the large wholesale mercantile establishments of that city, and they have become the parents of a daughter, Eleanor Carson, Mr. Woods is independent in his political views, standing for principle and for clean politics rather than for the blind following of party leaders, and he has never entered public life except in connection with hospital work. He is a member of the Knox Presbyterian church, in the work of which he is deeply interested, and he has been chairman of its board of managers, also filling other offices in connection therewith. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order and his appreciation of the social amenities of life finds expression in his membership in the Ranchmen's Club of Calgary, the Calgary Golf & Country Club, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, the Edmonton Club of Edmonton and various other organizations of a similar nature. He takes an intelligent interest in public affairs and never uses his influence to ssupport an unworthy cause. He bases his support of Calgary upon a comprehensive knowledge of its opportunities and resources and has made his paper the champion of every movement calculated to upbuild the city and promote the development of the surrounding district.


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