CALDERWOOD, CHARLES A., is locally well known as the popular undertaker and furniture merchant of Railroad street, but is widely and favorably known in Masonic circles as a distinguished official of the craft. He is of Scotch-Irish lineage. His father, David CALDERWOOD, came from Scotland at twenty years of age and settled in Greensboro, where Charles was born, July 22d, 1849. His mother, Eliza C. SCOTT, was a member of that numerous and energetic family, well known in this section. Charles was one of a family of seven children, four of whom are living. 

      He formed a powerful and well balanced physique and exemplary character in the wholesome duties and labors of farm life on the paternal homestead, where his minority was spent. He attended the People's academy of Morrisville, and tested his attainments and his knowledge of human nature by teaching several terms of school. He began his mercantile career as a dry goods clerk in his native village, with B. S. WILSON, and later clerked two years at Wells River. In October, 1875, he came to St. Johnsbury, bought Mr. BURNHAM's interest in the furniture business of TISDALE & BURNHAM, and has been continuously engaged in the furniture and undertaker business ever since, in Odd Fellows' block, during the past fifteen years as sole proprietor. 

      Mr. CALDERWOOD utilizes more than seven thousand feet of floor space with his varied and extensive stock. The first floor contains the main salesroom and office, a fine line of samples, and a handsome stock of parlor suites and house furnishing goods. An ample stock of undertakerís goods, from the plainest to the most elaborate, is displayed. 

      Mr. CALDERWOOD is a practical embalmer of many years' experience and a graceful funeral director. By the exercise of the sterling qualities of industry and energy, and by keeping absolute faith with the public, he has built up an excellent business. 

      He has served two years at different periods as a trustee of the village of St. Johnsbury. He is one of the most eminent Masons of the state, having passed all of the chairs of Passumpsic lodge, Haswell Royal Arch chapter, and Palestine commandery, a past worthy patron of Eastern Star chapter, and past thrice illustrious master of the Grand council. He is also past grand high priest of the Grand chapter, grand generalissimo of the Grand commandery of Vermont, grand senior warden of the Grand lodge, and a 33° Mason. 

      He is a member of Caledonia lodge, I.O.O.F. 

      C.A. CALDERWOOD married Ida May, daughter of Jabez and Sophia PINNEY of Greensboro, Vermont, November 18th, 1873. Three sons have blessed their union, Charles Sherman (who assists his father in business), Clarence Ray (a cadet at Norwich university), and Alvi Pinney (a student at St. Johnsbury academy). 

      A Republican of independent tendencies and outspoken convictions, Mr. CALDERWOOD has taken an active part in the local affairs of St. Johnsbury. 
 
 
 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 23-24. 

Prepared by Tom Dunn January 2003