Name: Malcolm Daniel CHARLESON
Birth: 4 AUG 1888 in Brandon, Manitoba 1
Death: 30 SEP 1943 in Libertyville, Illinois 2
Census: 1920 Chicago
Malcolm Daniel Charleson left the family farm as a young man and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He worked for the Winnipeg Tribune before enlisting with the Fort Garry Horse in 1914. After the war he became a commercial artist with the Ransom Engravers in Winnipeg. His nickname was "Doc" as he signed his work M.D. Charleson.
In 1920 Malcolm, his wife, Isabel (Sugden) and son, David Malcolm (1919) moved to Chicago. In Chicago Malcolm worked as a commercial artist with Life Magazine and General Motors (drawing illustrations for their Cadillac Seville models). He also illustrated many of the stories in the 12 volume set of children's books called MY BOOK HOUSE, edited by Olive Beaupre Miller.
Malcolm did the portrait of his brother-in-law, John Ridington, that hangs in the Main Library at the University of British Columbia. He has two watercolors in the National Archives of Canada, one entitled "Sketch for Guardian of the Plains" and the "Crow Indian Camp". One of his paintings entitled "Fond Memories" sold at auction in 1989 for $660.
Malcolm was a lover of cats and had a cat named "Si" on his bed when he died in 1943 in Libertyville, Illinois.
Father: George Smith CHARLESON b: 6 AUG 1844 in Brough, Caithness, Scotland
Mother: Margaret (Maggie) SOMMERVILLE b: 13 JAN 1853 in Campbelton, Argyll
Isabella Sutherland JEWER b: 18 MAY 1894 in Ontario
2 SEP 1916
in Winnipeg, Manitoba
- David Malcolm CHARLESON b: 18 JUL 1919 in Manitoba
- Katherine CHARLESON b: Private
- Title: Family Bible
- Title: Illinois Death Registration (on-line)