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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Charles Gordon

The mayor of a city should be a representative of its best worth and intelligence, should have an inherent devotion to public interests, and the general good of the community should be his first concern. In Charles Gordon the municipality of Vegreville has such an executive head and he is also numbered among its foremost business men. He was born in Ontario, on the 13th of April, 1877, a son of Peter and Catherine (McEwen) Gordon, also natives of that province. For many years the father followed the occupation of farming and he has now reached the venerable age of ninety-four, and the mother is also living.

Charles Gordon is one of a family of ten children and his education was acquired in the public schools of his native province. In 1903 he came to the west, first locating at Fort Saskatchewan, in the Victoria district of Alberta, where he resided for two years, following the carpenter's trade. He arrived in Vegreville on the 25th of November, 1905, the year in which the line of the Canadian Northern Railroad was extended to this locality, and embarked in business as a building contractor, concentrating his attention upon that line of work until 1907. He then decided to enlarge the scope of his activities and erected a factory for the manufacture of builders' and plumbers' supplies. He employs a number of men In its operation, while he continues in the contracting business, and in addition is conducting lumberyards at Vegreville, Mundare, St. Paul de Metis, Ranfurly and Chipman, Alberta. His initiative spirit and powers of organization have enabled him to develop a business of extensive proportions and he displays keen sagacity and marked executive ability in directing his various interests.

Charles Gordon

Mr. Gordon is married and has three children: Anita, Douglass and Lorne. His wife is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Gordon is connected with the local Community Club and he is a stanch advocate of the liberal principles and is assistant secretary of the Provincial Liberal Association. The recognition of his worth and ability on the part of his fellow townsmen has led to his selection for public office. For fifteen years he was a member of the town council and he is now mayor of Vegrevi1le, having filled that office for four years, and also served one term as president of the Union of Alberta Municipalities. He discharges his official duties in the same energetic and capable manner which characterizes the conduct of his private interests and has been strongly commended for his progressive administration of municipal affairs. He puts forth every effort to serve faithfully the public at large, shunning every act inimical to its best interests and working along lines which produce the best results in the fields of civic virtue and advancement. He stands high in the esteem of his fellow citizens and is a man of strict integrity and substantial worth, whom to know is to esteem and admire.


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