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370   MEN OF CANADA.

W.M. MCDONALD

GRAY, Seaforth, Out., was born on the ioth November, 1843, at Comrie, Scotland. He received his primary education at the public school there, and completed it under private tutors in Glasgow. He commenced business life in the wholesale mercantile business in Glasgow, which he continued until 1865, when he came to Canada. On coming to Canada he settled in Seaforth for a short time, and then re-moved to Gorrie, where he started in mercantile business. Here he remained three years, when he re-moved to Seaforth and en-gaged in the manufacture of salt. In the year 1871 he formed a partnership with his brothers-in-law—N. H. Young and F. G. Sparling—under the firm name of Gray, Young & Sparling. For sixteen years this firm did a successful business, extending their

operations to Blyth and Wingham. In 1887, such was the extent of their operations, that, in order to facilitate business, they organized themselves into a joint stock company, of -,which Mr. Gray is the president. It is well understood by the trade that he holds the leading position in the salt business of the Dominion. Mr. Grav was married on the loth of June, i868, to Aliss Martha A. Sparling, by whom he has three daughters. Soon after marriage he was converted and joined the Alethodist Church, of --:_I,Ich he has been a prominent member ever since. He has occupied every position in the gift of

the church open to laymen, such as Recording Steward, Sunday School Superintendent, Class Leader, etc. He has been a delegate to each annual Conference since the union, and a member of each General Conference since 1878. He has been twice appointed by the General Conference as a member of the General Board of Missions, and has been secretary of the fiii_ance cominittee during the last two General Conferences (i89i). Mr. Gray's life has been marked by an honest activity in the prosecution of his business, and a strict integrity in his dealings with his fellowmen.

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