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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Hugh F. Mustard


Hugh F. Mustard, manager at Edmonton for the McLaughlin Automo- bile Company, was born in Gladstone, Manitoba, January 4, 1883, and is a son of Hugh and Christina (Ferguson) Mustard, the former a. native of Scotland, while the latter was born in Ontario, where their marriage was celebrated. The father was a carpenter by trade, but after removing to Gladstone, Manitoba, he homesteaded and lived on his farm until his death, devoting his time and energy to the further cultivation and development of the property. He was an intelligent, well read man and gained substantial success in the conduct of his business affairs. In politics he was a Liberal and his religious faith was that of the Presbyterian church.

Hugh F. Mustard was the fifth in order of birth in a family of six children, the other five being daughters. He was educated in the country schools near Gladstone and in the public schools of the town and his early work was that of the home farm, oil he remained to the age of eighteen years. He afterward devoted two years to dealing in cattle and horses and then turned his attention to the implement business, selling implements to farmers for a year. Later he became block man for the Champion Harvester Company, occupying that position for two years, after which he represented the Case Threshing Machine Company, as salesman and collector for a number of years and also as general collector for a considerable period, while for a time he was likewise branch house manager at Winnipeg. On severing his relations with the Case company he accepted the position of manager of the Rumley plant, which he controlled for a short time. In 1915 he entered the employ of the McLaughlin Company, having charge of the wholesale business at Winnipeg until April, 1916, when he took charge of its interests in Alberta, with head-quarters at Calgary. There he remained until April, 1919, when he became manager for the Chevrolet car and spent six weeks in New York and one month at the Ottawa plant. At the end of that time he was transferred by the Chevrolet interests to the McLaughlin Car Company and in June, 1919, was assigned to duty at Edmonton, taking charge of the local plant. He has been instrumental in greatly developing the business since assuming control here and the trade of the house is now of gratifying proportions. Mr. Mustard is a most capable executive, forceful and resourceful in the management of all business affairs, and he has carefully systematized the work at Edmonton until most desirable results are secured. Thirty-four people are employed under him at this place and there is a large repair shop, the plant being thoroughly up-to-date in every particular.

In September, 1907, Mr. Mustard was married to Miss Jessie Campbell, who was born in Manitou, Manitoba, and pursued her education there and in Winnipeg, after which she successfully engaged in teaching for a number of years. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children: Blanche, a high school pupil; Christina, also in school; and Hugh Campbell, who is but four years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Mustard attend the First Presbyterian church, taking active interest in its work. He is well known in fraternal circles, being a Royal Arch and Knights Templar Mason and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Canadian Order of Foresters, while in club circles he is a familiar figure, being identified with the leading clubs of this section, including the Carleton Club of Winnipeg, the Country Club of Edmonton and the Kiwanis Club. He was also the first president of the Automobile Association of Edmonton. He votes with the Liberal party but has never been an aspirant for political office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs and his thoroughness, close application and indefatigable energy have resulted in steady progress until he is today a prominent figure in connection with the automobile business of western Canada.


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