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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Charles R. Morrison


It has been said that one who enters the newspaper field is never content to leave it, for there is a fascination in thus keeping in touch with the thought and activity of the world from which one cannot escape, and this statement finds exemplification in the career of Charles R. Morrison, managing editor of the Edmonton Journal, who has devoted his life to work of this character. He was born in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1872, a son of Charles and Effie (Sterling) Morrison, also natives of that country. In 1873 they went to New Zealand, where they resided for a number of years, and then came to Canada, establishing their home in Toronto, Ontario. The father was educated for the law but journalism made a greater appeal to him and for a considerable period he was connected with the Globe and Mail of Toronto He was an earnest and helpful member of the Presbyterian church, as was also his wife, and in Masonry he attained the thirty-second degree, while he was also an honorary member of the Caledonian Society. Both Mr. and Mrs. Morrison passed away in San Francisco, California, in 1922. They had a family of three children, two of whom survive: Charles R. and Albert J., the latter being a member of the theatrical profession and a resident of New York city.

In the acquirement of an education Charles R. Morrison attended the grammar and high schools of New Zealand and Otago University, after which he came to Canada and took up the study of pharmacy. His initial newspaper experience was obtained in the office of the Toronto Mail, later the Mail and Empire, in which he worked for nine years, rising to the position of city editor. On severing his connection with that paper he went to New York city and for a time was employed by the publishers of McClure's Magazine. He then went to the Pacific coast, becoming identified with the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and he was also one of the staff of the Oakland Tribune. Leaving California, he made his way to Spokane, Washington, where he assumed the duties of managing editor of the Inland Herald, The year 1911 witnessed his arrival in Edmonton and he assisted in the reorganization of the Evening and Morning Journal, which was converted into an evening paper. He is now the assistant general manager and managing editor of the Edmonton Journal, being also a member of the board of directors. The Journal is conducted along the lines of modern newspaper education, being well organized not only in the department of its management, but also in the corps of its writers and in its mechanical department. It is a daily of high standing, with a large circulation, and in his editorial and managerial capacities Mr. Morrison has been instrumental in producing a paper of much interest and value to the city and district.

In 1901 Mr. Morrison married Miss Lorena M. Smith, who was born at Auburn, California, and there obtained her education. They have become the parents of three daughters: Gwendolyn, Lorena and Muriel. The first named has followed her father in the profession of journalism, while the other two children are still in school. Mr. and 1\irs. Morrison are members of the Knox Presbyterian church of Edmonton. He has been a director of the Edmonton Exhibition, is connected with the Edmonton Board of Trade, is a member of the Mayfair Golf & Country Club and of the Rotary Club, being a former director of the last named organization. He is an able exponent of journalism and a man of broad views and modern standards, whose interests have ever been of that uplifting character which develops the citizenship and promotes the civilization of a community.


 


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