CHARLES H. MOORE was one of the ?rst manufacturers of lumber materials to locate in Galveston after the war and the resumption of normal industrial conditions in the South. The establishment of C. H. Moore & Co., manufacturing sash, doors and blinds, though a small one when the business began in the spring of 1867, was a considerable factor in the industrial activity of the Galveston of that period. For more than forty years Mr. Moore has retained a large share in the lumber industry of this part of the South, and is considered among the men who have developed the business from its pioneer stages.
By birth he is identified with the oldest lumber region of America, the Pine Tree State of Maine, being born in Freeport, Cumberland county, August 10, 1842. His father, Ira Moore, a native of the same state, was a farmer and school teacher, and died in 1865. His mother, Martha (Doe) Moore, also of Maine, died in 1869.
After an education in the country and village schools of York county, like his father, he followed the vocation of schoolmaster for a short time. In 1862 he moved from the eastern to the western limits of America, and in California became an employee of his uncles, B. & J. S. Doe, manufacturers of sash, doors and blinds. When ready to take up independent business he chose a location in the southern belt of the great American forest, and came to Galveston in March, 1867.
He conducted the manufacture of interior woodwork, under the name of C. H. Moore & Co., until 1876., when he went into the general lumber business in the firm of W. F. Stewart & Co. Selling out in 1880, he then joined A. J. Perkins, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the firm of A. J. Perkins & Co. continued until the death of Mr. Perkins in 1893. The firm then became Moore & Goodman, and has since continued under that name. Since Mr. Moore’s retirement from active particlpation the business has been carried on by his two sons, K. and B. D., and Mr. Goodman.
Mr. Moore is president of the Miller-Vidor Sawmill'Company and the Beaumont Sawmill Company, vice president of the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company and the Lock-Moore & Co., president of the Edgewood Land & Logging Company, vice president of the Texas Bank & Trust Company and director of the First National Bank of Galveston, and a director of the Doe Estates Company, of San Francisco. He is Democratic in politics, and is a member of the B. P. O. E. and the Hoo-Hoos.
In 1871 Mr. Moore married Miss Ida Kilburn, of Napa, California, daughter of Wells Kilburn, of that place. Their two children are Kilburn and Bartlett D.