FULLERTON SOMERVILLE.
Fullerton Somerville, well known telephone contractor and business man of Regina, was born in far-away Egypt, on January 27, 1882, a son of Scotch parents. His father, Fullerton Somerville, was the son of a Scotch agriculturist who farmed on an extensive scale-John Somerville by name. As a young man he went to Egypt to take charge of a cotton mill and oil factory, remaining there until war broke out in 1882, at which time he returned with his family to his native land. For many years he farmed in Scotland, then in 1910 came to Canada, where he has since been actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Saskatchewan. His wife was Elizabeth Inglis before her marriage, the daughter of James Inglis, a Scotchman. Her brother, Joseph, was consul to Egypt from England. Mrs. Somerville died in her native Scotland and is survived by her husband and five of their six children: John, who is associated with his father in his farming enterprises; Fullerton, of this review; Gilbert of Moose Jaw, who is connected with the drayage business; James, an employe of the Canadian National Telegraph of Moose Jaw; and Agnes, the wife of David Melville of New Jersey. The Somervilles were active in the work of the Presbyterian church in Scotland. Fuller- ton Somerville, Sr., endorses the cause of the Conservative party in Canada and has become an enthusiastic member of the AgriculturalSociety. As he was taken to Scotland by his parents when he was an infant in arms, Fullerton Somerville, Jr., recalls Scotch scenes as his earliest childhood memories. He was educated in Eddleston and the Braehead School near Lanark, and worked on the home farm until he had reached his majority. At the age of twenty-one he came out to the Dominion and upon locating in Souris, Manitoba, went to work for the Bell Tele- phone Company as a foreman, and remained in its employ for a number of years, coming to Regina in this connection in 1905. Three years later he resigned his position with the Bell concern to engage in telephone contracting for himself and since then has been continuously engaged in that work. His years of experience with the Bell Telephone Company had served to acquaint him with every feature of the work, while his position in that organization brought him recognition from without as one of the able men in the province engaged in putting up telephone lines. It was not long, therefore, before the contractor venturing out under his own name found himself filling large contracts and rendering satisfactory service under the supervision of the government of Saskatchewan. He now has many miles of telephone lines to his credit in the province. While Mr. Somerville has been building up his contracting' business he has also been carrying on agricultural operations that entitle him to a creditable place as a farmer, even in a country where agriculture is conducted on a colossal scale. His personal supervision is given to the tilling of his three half sections of land, each of which he now has under a high state of cultivation. Other outlets for his initiative and capital have been provided by some of the business enterprises of Regina, with which he has been intimately identified. He is now vice president of the Sanitary Bakery Company, a director of the Queen City Oil Company and also of the Regina Silver Fox Company. Formerly he was a director of the Regina Board of Trade, on which he was quite active for a number of years. This variety of business associations gives some clew to the breadth of Mr. Somerville's interests and to the versatility of this many-sided man. He is a Conservative in his political views and belongs to the Canadian and Assiniboia Clubs. Ever since he came to Regina he has been an enthusiastic member of the Saskatchewan Curling Association and is on its executive committee. He is a strong advocate of this good old Scotch sport, which he learned to play as a boy and has enjoyed a little more each winter as the years have passed. He attends the Westminster Presbyterian church, where Mrs. Somerville has taken a prominent part in the work of the women's guild and clubs. Mr. Somerville was married, in 1918, to Miss Dora Eaton, a daughter of Thomas Eaton, who was born in England and came out to Saskatche- wan in 1921. He bought a large farm near Arcola, to which he devotes his entire attention with outstanding success, and is considered one of the best farmers in that vicinity. Since moving into the province Mr. Eaton has become interested in its politics and is at present serving on the school board. Another organization that receives his whole-hearted support is the farmers' society, in which he is accounted one of the strongest members. Mr. and Mrs. Somerville have two daughters: Isa- belle Melrose and Lillian Somerville. Bibliography follows:


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