Malcolm Scarth Halsetter Isbister was born in the Orkney Islands in 1851 and moved to Ontario in 1854. He came west in 1883 working as a contractor for the CPR, and ran a general store in Manitoba before moving to Saskatoon to open a hardware business. Although he was mayor for one term, his important contribution to the development of Saskatoon in the early years was as chairman of the Saskatoon Board of Trade from 1908-1914. "Of the citizens who gave freely of their time and energy, special mention must be made of M. Isbister, who for several years was the board's able president." (The Saskatoon Story, p. 62.)
The Board of Trade acted as a lobby group on behalf of Saskatoon and its business community, advertising the benefits of Saskatoon abroad, putting pressure on the railways to run lines through the city, helping job seekers find employment and various other activities.
Malcolm Isbister died on June 30, 1920, at the age of 69, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.
This article and image of Malcolm Isbister is courtesy of the City of Saskatoon Archives.
Malcolm Isbister's gravesite is Block 35, Lot 2.
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