Biography of Charles Gamble
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Charles Gamble. - Among the leading lumber dealers and building contractors of Jefferson County is Charles Gamble, of Sackets Harbor, who is identified with C. Gamble & Sons. He was born at Brownville, Jefferson County, May 5, 1860, the son of James and Anna (Gregg) Gamble.

James Gamble and his wife were natives of northern Ireland. Both came to this country before their marriage. For a number of years Mr. Gamble was associated with the Lord Company, plow manufacturers, of Brownville. Later, he lived at Sackets Harbor and was employed here as a carpenter. He subsequently became a successful contractor. During the Civil War he was engaged in government work at Washington, D. C. He was a Republican and served as village trustee. He and his wife held membership in the Methodist Church. They are buried at Sackets Harbor. To Mr. and Mrs. Gamble were born six children: Edward and James, live at Sackets Harbor; John, deceased; Charles, the subject of this sketch; Josiah and William, both deceased.

The education of Charles Gamble was received in the public schools of Sackets Harbor and as a young man he followed the trade of carpenter in Chicago, Ill., where he remained for three years. He spent one year with the Board of Education at Detroit, Mich., after which he returned to Sackets Harbor. At that time he established the lumber and contracting business with which he is now connected. The company deals in builders' supplies and operates one of the largest lumber yards in this section of northern New York. Since 1922 Percy W. Gamble has been identified with the business, and in 1930 Charles Franklin Gamble became a member of the firm. Both are sons of Mr. Gamble. Numerous government contracts have been handled by C. Gamble & Sons, including large building programs at Madison Barracks, Pine Camp and Stoney Point. They are also well known builders of residence property and have erected approximately 150 homes in this section. Mr. Gamble is identified with the New York State Lumber Dealers Association, the National Lumber Dealers Association, and the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1879 Mr. Gamble was married (first) to Miss Violella Reed, who died in 1883. She was the daughter of Calvin and Hannah Reed, of Jefferson County. In 1900 Mr. Gamble married (second) Miss Carrie A. Whitney, the daughter of Capt. Daniel and Eunice (Reed) Whitney. He was a captain on the Great Lakes for many years and is buried at Dexter, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble have two sons: 1. Percy W., a graduate of Mechanics Institute, Rochester, N. Y., now an architect. He married Miss Marheta Phelps. He has been president of the Sackets Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and belongs to Sackets Harbor Lodge No. 135, F. & A. M. 2. Charles Franklin, born March 28, 1907, is a graduate of Rochester Business Institute and New York University. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge and Delta Alpha Pi fraternity.

Mr. Gamble is a Republican and has held the offices of village and school trustee. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and has the following lodge affiliations: Sackets Harbor Lodge F. & A. M. No. 135; Sackets Harbor Chapter R. A. M. No. 11; Watertown Commandery K. T. No. 11; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Camp Lodge No. 92, Past Noble Grand; Knights of Pythias No. 368, and the Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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