William Brighton Gray
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A notable citizen was the late William Brighton Gray, a pioneer, cowboy and rancher. Gray was known for his loyalty and generosity, his kind and keen sense of humour, and his unflinching devotion to duty and principle. William Gray was employed by the Bank of England for six years, then entered the British Navy for two years, followed by four years of foreign travel which brought him to western Canada in 1882. For a number of years he ranched near Buffalo Lake. In 1906 he was appointed Dominion Land Agent with headquarters at Stettler. During his lifetime William Gray held many different positions including agent for the Hudson's Bay Company and Canadian Pacific Lands, Registrar of Vital Statistics for the Stettler district, Official Auditor and Issuer of Marriage Licences, Town Clerk when the town was first incorporated and Justice of the Peace from the beginning of civil government in Stettler. In 1946 he sold his collection of rare coins, Indian costumes, guns and other artifacts to the Alberta government. He was one of the outstanding builders of Stettler and a father to the town. Aside from the distinction of being the oldest Justice of the Peace in the town, Gray was honoured with various offices and was prominent in the business and civic life of the community.