The Chevron mustache is full and dips slightly below the upper lip on either side of the mouth. Despite the mustache truly having its heyday in the 1980s thanks to actor Tom Selleck, men were wearing the style 70 years earlier, as seen here on Warden Denton. This style of mustache was popular among military men in the early 1900s, and soon became a symbol of masculinity and authority, leading to its popularity among North American police officers in the 1970s.
C.H. Denton – 1913 (Tillsonburg)
Charles Hamilton Denton was born in 1861 on the Denton homestead in the Township of Blenheim. As a young man, he clerked at a general store in Aylmer, before purchasing the hardware business of R.R. Goulding, in Tillsonburg with his brother. Two years later he sold his business and accepted a position for the Hamilton firm Adam Hope & Co. After a short period he again entered the hardware business in Tillsonburg. In 1892, he founded a well-known insurance company.
Mr. Denton was extremely active in municipal affairs, having been first elected to the town council in 1898. He served in the capacity of reeve on many occasions, and as mayor for three terms in 1904, 1910 and 1917. Upon his election as Warden, in 1913, the Woodstock Express stated: “The new warden, C.H. Denton, is 52, but he doesn’t look it. It might also be mentioned that he is generally considered to be the handsomest man in the Council.”
He was very active in his community, serving as chairman of the Tillsonburg Public Utilities Commission for more than 10 years, and was a charter member of the Lions Club. He also served as president of the Tillsonburg and Dereham Agricultural Society, as well as an honorary president of the Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Denton was always very much interested in fraternal and service club organizations.He was a life member and past master of King Hiram Lodge, No. 78, A.F. & A.M. At the time of his passing he was the treasurer of the lodge. He was a past Noble Grand of Otter Lodge, No. 50, I.O.O.F., a member of Lisgar Encampment, No. 87, I.O.O.F., the Ancient Order of Foresters, and the Woodmen of the World. He was a life member of the Rose Croix, Scottish Rite Masons. He also acted as secretary and grand master of the Canadian Home Circle and the Canadian Order of Odd Fellows.
He was active in the Ontario Motor League for many years, being one of the members of its board of directors. From the time the Tillsonburg Motor Club was organized until three or four years prior to its disbanding, he served as its secretary-treasurer, afterwards as a director. He was also a member of the Ontario Fire and Casualty Insurance Agents’ Association and was on the advisory council of that organization at the time of his passing on April 7, 1940.