Charles Nicoll is a dealer in hardware and groceries in
Green River. He was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, July 22,
1874. His father, James Nicoll, was a contractor and
builder who successfully carried on business along that line until
his death, which occurred in Forfarshire in the year 1897, when he
was seventy-three years of age. His wife, who in her maidenhood was
Mary Smith, was born in Scotland and is still living at the age of
eighty-seven years, occupying the old home.
Charles Nicoll was the youngest in a family of nine children. After acquiring a public school education in his native country he attended Dundee University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893. Dundee University is a preparatory school for St. Andrews. He started out on his own account when a young man of twenty years, being first employed in a grocery and general merchandise establishment. Ambitious for advancement, he believed that he might have better opportunities in America and in 1904 crossed the Atlantic for a year. In December, 1905, he came to Green River, Wyoming, and was manager for the Morris Mercantile Company, which he thus represented for to the new world, making his way direct to Eaton, Colorado, where he resided ten years. On the 1st of July, 1916, he established his present business and today has the leading grocery store in Green River. He has built up a large and satisfactory trade and has ever recognized the fact that honesty is the best policy. His commercial methods will bear the closest investigation and scrutiny and he has never been afraid to meet competition, knowing that his sales are conducted along straightforward lines with the desire for only a reasonable profit. He carries a large stock and his business has grown year by year so that it has now assumed gratifying proportions.
On the 5th of August, 1908, Mr. Nicoll was united in marriage at Lake Mills, Iowa, to Miss Etta Vedvig, a native of that state. They have become the parents of two sons: Donald, born in Green River, September 5, 1909; and Bruce Hilton, born October 5, 1912.
Mr. Nicoll is a republican and is now serving as a member of the city council of Green River, exercising his official prerogatives in support of well defined plans and measures for the general good. He has attained high rank in Masonry, being a past master of Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 6; a past high priest of Baal-bee Chapter, R. A. M., No. 6; commander of Ascalon Commandery, K. T., No. 5; and belongs to Korein Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., at Rawlins. He is at all times a most loyal and worthy exemplar of the craft, indicating in his life the splendid principles upon which the organization is founded. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. He has never regretted his determination to seek a home in the new world. He became a naturalized American citizen at Green River and his interests are thoroughly interwoven with the land of his adoption. He believes that Wyoming has before it a great future and he is one of the progressive type of men who are contributing much to the development, upbuilding and improvement of the state.