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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
John E. Fraser

One of the leading citizens of Wetaskiwin is John E. Fraser, who has been city clerk and treasurer since August, 1918. He is a native of Scotland, and was born in Edinburgh, in 1868, a son of Daniel M. and Jane (Guthrie) Fraser. Both were born in Scotland and the father is still residing in Edinburgh. John E. Fraser's mother died in 1912. For many years the father was engaged in the wholesale saddlery and manufacturing business and he achieved substantial success in life. He is now living retired and has the confidence and respect of all who know him. Daniel M. Fraser is a stanch supporter of the Conservative party and fraternally he is identified with the Masons. His religious faith is manifest in his membership in the Presbyterian church. To Mr. and Mrs. Fraser eight children were born, John E., whose name introduces this review, being the oldest member of the family, seven of whom are living.

The public schools of Edinburgh afforded John E. Fraser his preliminary education and in due time he entered a normal training school. He remained in his native country for some time after putting his textbooks aside and in 1910 came to Canada and located at Edmonton, working in the post office there and in a real estate office. Subsequently he accepted a position as cashier in an implement house, and later went to the south side city assessor's office at Strathcona and when that office was taken over in amalgamation with Edmonton he was put in charge of the office as assistant assessor, so serving for seven years. In 1918 he came to Wetaskiwin to take charge of this citys' affairs and as city clerk and treasurer he has been a dominant factor in the development and improvement of this community. He pays strict attention to the many duties imposed upon him and his efficiency and ease of manner have won for him universal confidence and respect.

In 1902 Mr. Fraser was married to Miss Georgia M. Edgar, who was also born in Edinburgh, where she taught school for some time prior to her marriage. To their union three children have been born: Tan, who is twenty years of age, and an accountant with the Canadian Bank of Commerce; Allan, fifteen years of age; and Gordon, thirteen years of age. Mrs. Fraser is a woman of high intellectual attainments and she possesses a charming and magnetic personality. She takes an active interest in all local affairs and is the only woman member of the Wetaskiwin public school board. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fraser are zealous workers in the interest of the Presbyterian church, and they are active members of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In politics Mr. Fraser follows an independent course. Fraternally he is identified with the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and was treasurer of Acacia Lodge at Strathcona, and secretary of lodge No. 15 of Wetaskiwin. He was vice president of the St. Andrew's Society at Edmonton for two years and he is president of the Association of Alberta Urban Municipal Secretary-Treasurers. He devotes the greater part of his time and attention to his official duties and well merits the success he has achieved and the position accorded him among the leading citizens of this district.


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