Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE by JOHN HAWKES Vol 1II 1924

When William G. Pettingell, the well known merchant whose tobacco store and barber shop are located on Scarth street, Regina, first came to this city forty years ago he possessed the modest capital of five hundred dollars. With this sum he purchased a stock of drugs in the east and opened a drug store that was the first of a number of financial enterprises in this city and vicinity with which he has been connected. By dint of his energy, perseverance and industry the young druggist of pioneer days has become one of the substantial citizens of Regina, possessed of a com- fortable fortune, and a leader in civic affairs. William G. Pettingell was born in Wellington, Ontario, on the 13th of March, 1858, the son of Samuel and Charlotte (Greer) Pettingell, both of whom were born in the state of Pennsylvania, United States of America, and came of Dutch stock. They were earnest members of the Methodist church and prominent in the affairs of the local congregation. The father participated in local politics to the extent of serving as school trustee and councilor, and in federal politics adhered to the Liberal party. He was a farmer by occupation and was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits until about eight years before his death, when he sold his farm and settled in Wellington to enjoy the fruits of a well-spent life. William G. Pettingell is one of two children. His brother, Randall, lives in Oakland, California, where he is engaged in the telephone business. William G. Pettingell obtained his education in the public schools of Picton, Ontario. When he had finished his schooling he went to work in a drug store to learn the business and remained there until he came to Regina in 1883. Mr. Pettingell was twenty-five years old when he set out to try his fortunes in the west. By his careful saving during the years he was learning the druggist's business he had accumulated a capital of five hundred dollars, which he invested in a stock of drugs in Montreal. Arriving in Regina in 1883, he opened a little drug store that grew along with the population of the town and had become one of the leading estab- lishments of its kind in the city when it was sold in 1903. After he had disposed of his store Mr. Pettingell joined with Robert Martin, Pete La- mont and Charles Beacon in founding the Canada Drug & Book Company. In this connection he had a store at Revelstoke and Nelson, British Co- lumbia. He remained in that province for a year before returning to Regina and a few years later, in 1908, he sold His interests in the concern. In looking about for a new business connection in Regina, Mr. Pettingell's attention was attracted to a tobacco store, which he subsequently pur- chased and managed, running a barber shop in connection with it. He now is the proprietor of a large tobacco store and barber shop on Scarth street that is well known to all the masculine population of the city. In 1883, when Mr. Pettingell first beheld Regina, it more nearly re- sembled a tent colony than a city and numbered less than three hundred inhabitants. Perhaps he did not foresee the splendid city that has grown up in the past forty years, but he did anticipate a steady and rapid growth in this region that was bound to make Regina an important commercial center. His faith in the future was tangibly expressed in the purchase of real estate in Regina that has enormously increased in value with the passing of the years, at present being highly desirable city property. He also owns a farm in the good agricultural section of the province. Mr. Pettingell was married in 1900, to Miss Mary Ethel Thompson of Kingston, Ontario. Mrs. Pettingell is the daughter of J. D. Thompson, registrar of the County of Frontenac, Ontario. She was educated in King- ston and Ottawa, Ontario and Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America, and before her marriage was a kindergarten teacher and taught in the third school of the kind ever held in Regina. Mr. and Mrs. Pettingell have three children: William G., Jr., who has a drug store on Hamilton street; Mary Greer, who is employed in the office of the Imperial Oil Company of Regina; and Florence Stewart, a student in the Collegiate Institute. The family attends the Knox Presbyterian church, in which Mr. Pettingell is one of the prominent laymen. During the erection of the church edifice he served on the building committee. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Canadian Order of Foresters and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. For years Mr. Pettingell has been a leader in civic affairs and an active supporter of all those things that advance the social and business life of the city. He is a member and former president of the Regina Board of Trade, has served on the Regina Hospital Board and also on the board of the Agricultural Society. No little credit for the development of the city school system is due to Mr. Pettingell's loyal and effective work during the eight years he was a member of the board of education. In politics he is a Conservative. He has been a good party worker, in that he has been an effective helper on many of the committees of the local organization. At no time has he entertained ambitions for a political career nor sought offices apart from those directly connected with the de- velopment of his community. In 1886, not long after he came to Regina, Mr. Pettingell joined the other druggists of the region in forming the first pharmaceutical society of Saskatchewan, of which he was the first registrar. Socially he is identified with the Assiniboia Club, of which he has been president. He was at one time president of the Turf Club and did much to create an interest in the exhibition and racing of fine horses in the province. Bibliography follows:

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