Born in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec in 1868, Charles Edouard Masse moved from Saint-Boniface, Manitoba to present-day Alberta around 1895 to work as a baker at Dunbow School, also known as Saint-Joseph's Industrial School, located southeast of Calgary, Alberta. He acquired a homestead just south of Mossleigh, Alberta, on the West Arrow Wood Creek. He enlisted the Canadian military during the First World War.
He married Ellen Maude Atherton (1878-1966) in Calgary in 1911, and together they had six children: Amelia (Emes) (1912-1973), George (1913-2009), Josephine (Garnier) (1917-1971), Charles (1920-1989), Thomas (1922-2003), and Rose.
He died in St. Paul, Alberta in 1960.