Charles Graham was born and raised on a farm in the Marsden area. He was married in 1955 and rented a farm in Rivercourse. His first job in the oil patch was on a service rig for Fargo Oils in Lone Rock. In December of 1957, Charles moved to Estevan to persue a career with Halliburton-Welex. With Halliburton-Welex he performed open hole logging and some completions. This job took him to Edmonton in 1959 and he stayed with Halliburton-Welex until 1965.
In 1966 Charles began working with Jet Perforators Inc. He worked a full and productive career with them
“All my experiences in the oil patch were of a high life nature. The people I met, associated with, worked with and worked for can only be called exceptional. I am not sure where the formula: ‘Plan your work’ and ‘Work your plan’ came from, but I certainly tried to follow it in my career. Looking back over the years I can summarize my feelings in a few words, ‘Thank God I was in the oil patch!”