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BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES GAMBLE WATSON

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source: History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 160:

CHARLES GAMBLE WATSON, secretary and treasurer of the Youngstown Welding Company, is one of the successful men in this industry who has been fitted for his work by technical training and practical experience. Having worked for others, he knows the needs of his men, and is thus better able to direct the policies of his company than can one whose knowledge is but theoretical. He was born at Penfield, Monroe County, New York, December 16, 1891, a son of Abram M. and Martha (Gamble) Watson, natives of Penfield and Groveland, New York, respectively. Since reaching manhood Abram Watson has been a farmer, and he is now a substantial man of his community. Better educated than the majority of farmers' sons, Charles Gamble Watson attended the district school, Webster High School, the Geneseo State Normal School, the Rochester Mechanics Institute and Columbia University, and left the latter in 1912. Coming then to Youngstown, he was engaged in school teaching for three years in this city, and then entered the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, and worked on a construction line for eighteen months. War broke out in upon his plans, and like the majority of the young men of the country he gave a military service during the World war. He enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Engineering Corps of the Regular United States Army, and was sent to France in the spring of 1918. After going abroad he was detailed as draughtsman at general headquarters at Chaumont. In July, 1919, he was returned to the United States and honorably discharged. Coming back to Youngstown, he became field engineer for the Youngstown Pressed Steel Company for four months, and then went with the W. B. Pollock Company as assistant to the chief engineer. This association continued for one year and eight months, when he assumed his present duties with the Youngstown Welding Company, which was the first of its kind established in Mahoning County. The founder of the business, Walter D. McKay, now president of the Youngstown Welding Company, is a pioneer in the industry. Soon after organization Martin Raush was taken into the business, and the partners conducted a general repair shop until August 1, 1919, when the present company was incorporated, with Mr. McKay, as above stated, as president; Arthur Morgan as vice president and Martin Raush, treasurer. Mr. Watson later succeeded Mr. Raush. The capitalization is for $50,000. Since the company was incorporated the business has been developed into a general manufacturing one, producing transformers, cases, truck tanks, open-hearth hoods and miscellaneous light plate construction. The company owns its own plant at 536 West Rayen Avenue, where the premises are 37 1/2 x 150 feet, and 72 1/2 x 150 feet, and here employment is give to about twenty-five men. Recently the company has acquired a tract of land at Wickliffe, where the railroad facilities on a branch of the Erie are excellent. This expansion was made necessary on account of the large increase in business, and the new addition embraces four acres, which will afford ample space for some time to come. On June 3, 1920, Mr. Watson was married at Youngstown, Ohio, to Sally Leedy, daughter of William and Sallie (Miller) Leedy, natives of Baltimore and Frederick County, Maryland, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Watson have no children. He was reared in the faith of the Presbyterian Church. In Masonry he has advanced through the York Rite and also belongs to the Mystic Shrine. He is past master of Beuchner Council. In politics he is a republican.