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SQUIRES, CHARLES WILLIAM (1877-1948)

SQUIRES, CHARLES WILLIAM, Methodist minister, Newcastle circuit, 1916-18; b. Harbour Grace, Nfld, 26 Jan 1877, s/o the Rev. John Squires and Amelia Davis Hippisley; m. 1905, Ethel May Hoyle, of East Thompson, Conn.; d. Portland, Me, 9 Aug 1948.

Charles W. Squires attended the Methodist college in St John's, Nfld, and began preaching as a youth. Later he resumed his academic studies at Mount Allison University and was admitted as a probationer for the Methodist ministry. As a student he was known for his keen appetite, especially for potatoes, and acquired the nickname, "Turkey Gobbler Squires," but he soon became even better known for his appetite for university studies and the accumulation of degrees: from Mount Allison (BA 1900, MA 1902, BD 1905), Harvard (MA 1903), Princeton (BD 1919), the Wesleyan Theological College, Montreal (BD 1919, STD 1920), and the Presbyterian College, Montreal (BD 1921, DD 1923).

Following his ordination in 1905 Squires was appointed to the Methodist circuit at Andover, N.B. He spent two years there, followed by three years in Saint John. From 1912 to 1916 he was based at Campbellton, and while there he wrote Münsterberg and Militarism Checked (1915), a book on the causes of World War I. It is dedicated to the memory of the American philosopher William James, of Harvard University, "at whose feet the writer was privileged to sit for three years," and it is the work of a learned and passionate observer of world events.

After Squires was called to Newcastle in 1916 he and his family were joined by his father, the Rev. John Squires, a Congregational minister, who shouldered a share of the pastoral duties, notably at Maple Glen. He also preached at Tabusintac.

In June 1918 Squires resigned from both his pastorate and the Methodist ministry and joined the Presbyterian church. In October he moved to the United States, where he subsequently occupied Presbyterian pulpits at Lehighton, Pa, and Lynn, Mass. While living in Lehighton he published another book, entitled Is God a Personality? When he concluded his service in Lynn in 1934 he changed denominations again and became a Baptist minister. From then until his death he was pastor of the Free Baptist church in Limerick, York Co., Me.

Squires's intellectual and literary abilities were respected in both Canada and the United States, and biographical sketches appeared in leading publications in both countries. He and his wife, Ethel M. Hoyle, had three daughters and a son.

Sources

[b/m] Can. Who's Who 1948 [d] Portland Evening Express (Me) 9 Aug 1948 / Advocate 12 Jul 1916, 30 Aug 1916, 9 May 1918, 6 Jun 1918, 1 Oct 1918, 21 Oct 1919; Argosy 27/1/28; Cornish; Morgan (CM&W) 1912

Remarques

Squires' year of birth is given as 1877 in most publications but as 1876 in Who Was Who Among American Authors.


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