PROF. JOHN W.
Principal, commercial Dept. , University of the Pacific
Prof. John W. Brill, Principal of the Commercial Department of the University of the Pacific, was born in Ottawa, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada, in 1865. He received his education principally in Albert College, in the city of Belleville, Ontario, graduating there in 1886, having previously attended the Napanee Model School, Lennox County, Ontario. He commenced teaching in the public schools in Leeds County, Ontario, in 1885, continuing in that work for one year, when, his health failing, he gave up teaching and devoted some time to its recuperation, finally taking a position as head bookkeeper in J. M. Clark’s hardware store at Smith’s Falls, Ontario. The extremes of the Canadian climate being found too rigorous for his constitution, he came to California, in December, 1887, receiving his appointment to the position he now occupies early in January, 1888. Under his supervision the Commercial Department of the University is in a very prosperous condition, having at this time a much larger attendance than ever before, and the prospects are excellent for a large increase in the classes. Much care is taken to develop in the minds of the students a careful analysis of the work they perform. An actual business department has been organized which conveys the pupil through the practical routine of a business establishment. His parents were the Rev. David and Mary (Pake) Brill, the former for the past twenty-seven years an active member of the Methodist Conference of Ontario, who has lately come to California, and intends to remain.
Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
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