From: The Montreal Board of Trade: A Souvenir, Montreal, 1893

Mr. JOHN MACFARLANE,  Vice-President and Managing Director of the Canada Paper Company, is a native Canadian having been born at Fort Erie, Ont. At the early age of eight years he came to Montreal with his parents and received his education at the High School and under private tuition. 

He commenced his commercial career at the age of sixteen years, as junior clerk with the late Hew Ramsay with whom he remained until the death of that gentleman. He then entered the firm of Angus & Logan, Paper Manufacturers and in 1870 became a partner in that concern. In 1872, when the firm became incorporated as a joint stock company under the title of the Canada Paper Company, Mr. Macfarlane became one of the Directors with the official position of Assistant Managing Director. On the retirement of Mr. Angus in 1880 Mr. Macfarlane was unanimously elected Vice-President and Managing Director which position he holds at the present time. During his administration the business of the Company has increased to very large proportions having connections extending across the continent from Newfoundland to the Pacific. 

He is well known in commercial circles having always taken an active interest in the welfare and growth of Montreal during the past quarter of a century. Mr. Macfarlane has been particularly identified with all the progressive movements which have taken place in connection with the growth of Cote St. Antoine and was one of the first councillors elected for that municipality. Mr. Mcfarlane is one of the oldest members of the Board of Trade and in politics is a Liberal Conservative.

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