Charles L. Murray
Charles L. Murray was born November 1, 1886, at Buffalo, N.Y. He is a son of James W. and Julia (Chesley) Murray, the former of whom died on Decoration Day, 1895.
Mr. Murray attended the public schools of Buffalo until fifteen years of age, when he entered the employ of David Bell, who built the first small iron steamer on the lakes. He went into the steam-engine works, where he learned the machinist and engineering trade, remaining five years. In the spring of 1887 he shipped as oiler on the steamer New York, and was just twenty-one years old when he secured his first engineer's license. The following season he oiled the engines of the same steamer for a time, but was advanced to the berth of third engineer of the steamer Owego, she at that time employing four engineers, and finished the season as second engineer of the Clyde. In the spring of 1889 he shipped as second on the steamer Pascal P. Pratt, remaining two seasons, in 1891 he went as second in the engine room of the steamer Nyack and in 1892 on the H.E. Packer, closing the season on the Idaho, on which he remained until the close of navigation in 1894. In the spring of 1893 he shipped on the steamer Chicago, holding that berth through the season of 1896, and laying up with her at the close. He held the same positions on the Chicago for 1897-1898. He has ten issues of marine engineer's licenses. His qualifications as engineer have always given good satisfaction, and he never fails of a berth on a good steamer. He is a young man of pleasant address, and socially is a Master Mason, being a member of Erie Lodge, Buffalo; a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, Lodge No. 1.
In 1893 Mr. Murray was wedded to Miss Nellie L. Powers, of Buffalo. The family residence is at No. 221 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, New York.
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