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Capt. John Chisholm


The City Sustains A Distinct Loss
In Death of Capt. John Chisholm a Leading Vessel Owner

Capt. John Chisholm, one of the most successful of the master mariners and vessel owners of this city, who has been in precarious health for some months, passed away at his home on Marchant street last evening at the age of 70 years.

Capt. Chisholm was a native of Judique, C. B., but came to this city while in his teens, and has since made his permanent residence here.   He engaged in fishing, and being a bright, intelligent and industrious young man, it was not long before his ability was recognized, and he was placed in command of a vessel.  During the years he commanded vessels he was most successful in whatever branch of the fishing business he engaged, and soon became an owner of several vessels.

As his fleet of vessels increased, their care demanded more of his time ashore, and he purchased the wharf property on Wharf street which he has occupied for many years and gave up his work at sea.

By good business judgement and close personal attention tot he details of the business, he gradually increased his vessel holdings, as well as his real estate property, until he took a place among the largest vessel owners.

Capt. Chisholm took a personal interest in the men who sailed in his vessels, and it was seldom that a dispute occurred as to the terms of settlement with the men, and the reputation which he gained for square dealing enabled him to secure the good skippers and crews which have been an important factor in his business success.

Capt. Chisholm took a deep interest to public affairs, although not engaging in politics to a prominent extent, but represented ward two in their common council in 1894 and 1895 with great acceptance to his constituents.

Capt. Chisholm was a member of Clan Chisholm, American Order of Scottish Clans, and it was through his exertions that a branch of the order was established in this city, and he has always been deeply interested in its welfare.

His was also a prominent member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, contributing largely to its aid, and also giving generously of his time and labor in its support.

He married Miss Margaret McKinnon, who survives him, with one son, Alexander J., and one daughter, Miss Catherine M., both of this city, and he also leaves a sister, Miss Margaret Chisholm of Long Point, C. B.

His funeral will take place from his late residence, 9 Marchant street, on Monday morning at 8.30 o'clock, followed by requiem high mass at St. Ann's church at 9 o'clock.


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