A popular official whose executive ability is much appreciated is Charles H. Muir, the manager of the San Jose Country Club, who was born in Scotland, a native of Glasgow, where he first saw the light on November 6, 1881, the son of Joseph and Robina (Blake) Muir. His father was a merchant, and he is still alive; the devoted wife and mother, however, passed away in 1905. They had six children, among whom our subject was the youngest, the elders being John, Alexander, Anna, James and Grace. Charles attended the high school at Glasgow, and then was apprenticed to an architect, whom he served for five years at Glasgow. He then left for Durban, in South Africa, and there identified himself with the firm of Greenstreet & Aldwinchal, in whose service he remained for one and a half years. On his return to Europe, he joined his father in conducting hotels and a wine business in various parts of Ireland, but after three years, he decided to come to America. In 1906, therefore, he reached San Francisco, just after that city had been laid low by earthquake and fire, expecting to take up architectural work again in the rebuilding of the town; but, as conditions were not promising, for three years he managed the Menlo Park Country Club. At the end of that period, he came to San Jose and took charge of the newly-organized San Jose Country Club, and this he also conducted with success for three years. He then opened a restaurant in Alum Rock Park, and ran it as a summer concession. He provided accommodations for 500 people, and with an enviable experience, often catered to 1,000 and more people at barbecues. In July, 1921, he again took the management of the San Jose Country Club. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Santa Clara County, and is a Republican.

At San Diego, on January 20, 1909, Mr. Muir was married to Miss Saloma Cedelia Kimberlin, the daughter of James and Estella Kimberlin, and on the maternal side of Scotch-Irish descent. Miss Kimberlin was born in Louisville, Ky., and when yet a girl accompanied her parents to Kansas, where she attended the grammar school. In her eighth year, her mother died; but her father was spared to her until 1921. Mrs. Muir is a charter member of the San Jose Y. W. C. A , and Mr. Muir belongs to the San Jose Masons. He is also a life member of the Blythwood Lodge No. 817, S. R., and is a member of the Elks

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1600


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