Charles Shelton Vidor, biography c. 1910
[from American Lumberman magazine]
  Source: “Peach River Pine”, American Lumberman, October 8, 1910. Chicago, 1910.

C. S. Vidor.
Another side of that strong triangle which upholds and directs the affairs of the Miller & Vidor Lumber Company, of Galveston, Tex., is Charles S. Vidor, of Galveston, who looks particularly after the manufacture of the lumber, mill constructor and the myriad divisions of that end of the business which are very important all told and yet are not easily classified.

Mr. Vidor's ancestry on his father's side came out of Austria-Hungary — out of the Hungary end of that great commercial nation — considerably before the middle of the last century, and it is very evident to anyone at all in touch with the methods and commercial manners of Budapest — that Hungarian capital of the up-to-date commercial methods of the continent of Europe — that many of Mr. Vidor's clean cut commercial ethics are directly inherited from his ancestors — superior men of a superior civilization.

C. S. Vidor's father, Charles Vidor, came from Budapest, Hungary, to New York in the nineteenth year of his life and began his work in the United States as a reporter on the New York Herald. The elder Vidor was cousin to that great Hungarian artist, Edward Remenyi, who made himself so dear to American society during the last half of the nineteenth century.

It is probable that the great artist's poetical descriptions of the America of that day did much to induce the elder Vidor to emigrate to this country. After arriving here, however, and looking judiciously about him lie discovered other lines for his life work than lay in the direction of professional advancement, and shortly after his arrival in New York settled permanently in Galveston, where he lived to the ripe age of 70, taking great interest in city affairs of the island metropolis, dying in that city in 1905.

The elder Vidor early became a power in his chosen business of cotton factor and was a member of the firm of Wolston, Wells & Vidor.

C. S. Vidor was educated in Galveston in his earlier years, was a graduate of the Southwestern University of Georgetown, Tex., and after his college course took up a number of studies in a post-graduate way at a finishing school in Brooklyn.

When young Vidor was 19 years old he went to work for his father; that was in the year 1885. After that for a space he was in the insurance business in Galveston.

After his experience in the insurance business Mr. Vidor was connected with the wholesale house of Leon H. Blum, of Galveston, in charge of Mr. Blum's credit department.

Mr. Vidor settled into manufacturing lines after his experience with Leon H. Blum, and later became manager of the Galveston Bagging Mills, working for that institution for a decade or more, having under his management many hundreds of men and general direction of the affairs of that great institution.

The business of the bagging company was practically wiped out by the storm of 1900 and it was after that time that Mr. Vidor became actually engaged in the business of the manufacture and sale of lumber. In 1902 Mr. Vidor bought E. R. Darlington's interest in the Darlington-Miller Lumber Company, which was the predecessor of the Miller & Vidor Lumber Company.

C. S. Vidor married Miss Kate Lee Wallis, of Galveston, Tex., and is the father of two children, a son 17 years of age, and a girl of 8.

Mr. Vidor is first vice president of the Miller & Vidor Lumber Company.

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