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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
John Keith

For seventeen years John Keith has been identified with Edmonton's growth and development and as superintendent of the Reviflon-Freres Fur Company he occupies a position of large responsibility, to which he has risen through merit and ability. He was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 20, 1879, and was reared on a farm, attending the public schools in the vicinity of his home. He was connected with agricultural pursuits until he reached the age of twenty-one, when he took up the study of commercial bookkeeping at Aberdeen, remaining in that city for four and a. half years. Believing that better opportunities for advancement could be secured in a newer country, he came to Canada, arriving in Edmonton in 1905. He secured a. position in the fur department of the Revillon-Freres Company and the efficiency with which he discharged the tasks allotted to him led to his advancement to the office of Post manager, which he capably discharged for two years. In December, 1912, he was promoted to the position of superintendent, in which capacity he is now serving, having charge of the western district. He combines a detailed knowledge of the business with initiative and executive ability and under his able supervision the interests of the firm in this section of the Dominion have been materially advanced.

On November 11, 1908, Mr. Keith was united in marriage to Miss Elvira McKernan and they have become the parents of two daughters: Mary and Jessie. Fraternally Mr. Keith is identified with the Masonic order and in religious faith he is a Presbyterian, while his deep interest. in the business development of the city is evinced by his membership in the Edmonton Board of Trade. However, he subordinates all other matters to the demands of his business and brings to his duties in that connection a broad mind and a keen intelligence, which are the basis of his success.


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