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

Charles J. Watson has occupied a position of prominence on the stage of business activity in Regina for a number of years, and is today widely known as manager of the Regina branch of the Great Western Saddlery Company. He was born in Waterloo, Ontario, in August, 1870, a son of Robert and Annie (Daugherty) Watson, both natives of Glasgow, Scot- land, who came to Canada at an early day, in a sailing vessel. Locating in Ontario, the father engaged in the manufacture of agricultural imple- ments in partnership with a brother, and for many years the Watson Manufacturing Company was one of the representative business enter- prises of the province. Mr. Watson's death occurred in Portage la Prairie some three years ago. To Mr. and Mrs. Watson seven children were born, five of whom are living, Charles J. being the youngest member of the fam- ily. Mr. and Mrs. Watson were consistent attendants of the Presbyterian church and were active in church work. The father gave his political al- legiance to the Liberal party. He was a highly educated man and was well informed on all important questions and issues of the day.. Fraternally he was identified with the Masons and was an exemplary member of the craft. In the pursuit of his education Charles J. Watson attended the country schools of Portage la Prairie. He was reared on the home farm and engaged in farming near Portage La Prairie for seven years. Subsequently he learned the harness-maker's trade and followed that line of work in southern Manitoba for three years, being successful in the conduct of his shop. In 1906 he came to Regina and entered the employ of the Great Western Saddlery Company. He traveled for the company for five years and in 1911 opened a branch office for the firm in Regina. He has since been manager of the local office and has been a dominant factor in the substantial growth of the company's business. He has two traveling men who cover the local territory. The Great Western Saddlery Company recognizes the merit and ability of Mr. Watson and his business colleagues and contemporaries entertain the warmest admiration for his many good qualities. In 1907 Mr. Watson was married to Miss Hattie Denby, who was born in Winnipeg and there received her education. To their union three chil- dren have been born: Bruce, attending high school in Regina; and Jerry and Norman, students in the local grammar schools. Fraternally Mr. Watson is identified with the Foresters and he is an active member of the local Rotary Club. He is president of the Board of Trade and maintains an interest in the commercial development of this city. For recreation he turns to outdoor sports and is an enthusiast of curling. Bibliography follows:

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