Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE by JOHN HAWKES Vol 1II 1924

The maintenance of law and order in Saskatoon is the responsibility devolving upon George M. Donald, who is active in the important capacity of chief of police. A native of Scotland, his birth occurred in Peterhead, on the 15th of December, 1880, a son of Robert and Jane (Dow) Donald, natives of that country. For many years Robert Donald followed railroad work in his native country but he is now living retired, and is a prominent and highly esteemed member of the community in which he resides. The public schools of Peterhead, Scotland, afforded George M. Donald his early education, and he also attended school at New Maud. For five years he was in the army and then joined the police force in Glasgow, with which he served for about two years. He was in active service throughout the South African war, with the Gordon Highlanders, and received a medal in recognition of his gallant service. He was present at the peace conference at Veringin. It was after the close of the war that he became a member of the Govan police force and he served with them from the fall of 1903 until the spring of 1905, when he came to Canada and located at Toronto. He became a member of the police force there and was thus occupied until the spring of 1907. On the 7th of May, 1907, he came to Saskatoon in connection with the Canadian Northern Railway and worked for them as special officer until January of the year 1908, when he started to work for the city of Saskatoon. He was first active as a patrolman and in April, 1915, was made chief of police, which important office he has since held. Mr. Donald is a man of integrity and sterling personal worth. He possesses keen discrimination and sound judgment and stands foremost among the representative citizens of Saskatoon. On the 18th of August, 1914, Mr. Donald was married to Miss Birdie Stoddart and to them the following children have been born: Maureen, Sheila and Oonah. Mrs. Donald is a woman of charming personality and she maintains an active interest in the club and social circles of Saskatoon. Fraternally Mr. Donald is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he is past noble grand of the order. On the 16th of April, 1923, he was elected for his third year as director of the Saskatoon Rotary Club. Mr. Donald has always been interested in boys and he is a director in the Young Men's Christian Association and chairman of the Boys Work committee. Along the line of his official work he holds member- ship in the Chief Constables Association of Canada. The religious faith of Mr. Donald is that of the Presbyterian church and he is an active worker in its behalf. Bibliography follows:

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