Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. GRAY, of the lumbering
firm of Gray & Son, Entiat, Chelan county, was born at Kingston, Kings
county, New Brunswick. He is the son of George H. and Cassella (Baker)
Gray, sketches of whom will be found in another portion of this book.
Charles E., our subject, has remained in the
family of his parents since birth. At present he is an active partner
with his father in the sawmill business, which is successfully conducted.
He owns forty acres of land adjoining the mill property, and this land
he is laying out in attractive terraces, intending to erect a handsome
frame house the coming fall for his future home.
At All Saints Cathedral, Spokane, February
25, 1903, the ceremony was performed which united him in marriage to Miss
Viola Cluster, born in Eugene, Oregon, July 28, 1870. She is the
daughter of William F. and Mary (Courtney) Cluster, the father a native
of Indiana; the mother of Marysville, Ohio. In 1862 her father crossed
the plains and settled in Grande Ronde valley. Later he returned
east, and in 1868 came to the Willamette valley. His father came
from Germany when quite young, and for the past twenty years has resided
at Pomeroy. Her mother is of Scotch-Irish descent, her parents having
been born in the United States. Mrs. Gray has one brother and one
sister, Eugene, of Pomeroy, a wheat buyer at that point; and Florence,
wife of Edward M. Pomeroy, an employe of the Walla Walla Penitentiary,
formerly county auditor of Garfield county, and prominent in political
circles in Pomeroy. His wife is a graduate of the Pomeroy high school,
in which she has taught, and, also, one term at Chelan and one at Entiat.
Our subject is a broad-minded, progressive
young man, active and influential in politics, and endowed with excellent
business abilities and social qualities.