California Genealogy and History Archives
present city treasurer and until 1912 a successful merchant tailor of
Sacramento, Donald McDougall, was born in Inverness county. Nova Scotia,
in June, 1858, of parents of Scottish birth. His father died in 1904,
aged ninety-one years, his mother in 1911, at the still more advanced
age of ninety-four years. To the country schools near his boyhood home
young McDougall went for his early education, and those who know him are
well assured that he gave close and persistent attention to his studies.
As a boy he was apprenticed to the tailor's trade, which he mastered by
the most absorbing application to the exacting and painstaking work
involved. After working for some years in shops in Boston and in New
York he came to Sacramento in April, 1884, and opened a merchant
tailoring establishment which he has made one of the representative
institutions of its kind in the town.
Since coming to California Mr. McDougall has not been indifferent to the demands of enlightenment and patriotic citizenship, and as a Democrat he has been active and influential in public affairs. In 1906 he was elected county public administrator, an office in which he served faithfully and with great efficiency four years. In 1911 he was a successful candidate for city treasurer, and in that responsible place he has patriotically met all demands upon him, giving satisfaction to rich and poor, and to his fellow citizens of every shade of political belief. He is an Elk, devoted to the social and charitable interests of that benevolent order. He has taken great interest in the raising of fine horses and has grown some of the best in Sacramento in his time. He married Miss Lilian Johnston, of Sacramento, whose father, William E. Johnston, was a prominent rancher, well known and respected to the end of his busy and useful life, and whose mother, a California pioneer, is living at an advanced age. Mrs. McDougall has borne her husband children as follows: Marguerite, born August 12, 1900 ; Archibald, June 29, 1904, and Lilian May, May 22, 1910.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011