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Macdonald, Charles Blair (14 November 1855–21 April 1939), amateur golfer and golf course designer, was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the son of Godfrey Macdonald, a wealthy Scottish-born merchant, and Mary Blakewell. He was raised in Chicago. Macdonald attended St. Andrews University in St. Andrews, Scotland, from 1872 to 1874. After returning to Chicago in September 1874, he worked as a stockbroker and became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1884 he married Frances Porter; they had two daughters. The family moved to Garden City, New York, in 1900, when Macdonald became a partner in the brokerage firm of C. D. Barney & Co....

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Walter J. Travis. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-102319).

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Travis, Walter John (10 January 1862–31 July 1927), golfer, golf course architect, and golfing magazine editor, was born in Malden, Victoria, Australia, the oldest child of John Travis and Susan Eyelet. He was educated in Melbourne, Australia, attending a public school and Trinity College. Depending on what source one reads, he came to New York City as a boy or around 1886 as a representative of an Australian importing firm. In 1890 he married Anne Bent, and the couple would have two children....