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if ever, at fault. He has always preferred to confine his attention to the work of the
counselor and in that connection his legal advice has been continuously sought.

Into other fields he has extended his efforts and various enterprises with which
he has been connected have proven important features in the upbuilding and prosperity
of the city. He aided in, incorporating the First Avenue and the Madison Street Cable
Companies, was secretary of the two companies for some time and aided in building
both lines. He also became interested in the North Seattle and South Seattle Street
Railway Companies, which extended the First Avenue system in both directions. During
the financial depression following the panic of 1893 it was with difficulty tliat these
enterprises were continued, but, owing to the capable and wise management of Mr.
McMicken and his associates, the business was not suspended and finally they sold to
the Seattle Electric Company.

On the nth of March, 1885, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. McMicken and Miss
Alice F. Smith. Their children are three in number, Hallidic. William Erie and Maurice
Rev. The family attend the Unitarian church and Mr. McMicken is well known in club
circles, holding membership with the Rainier, University, Seattle Golf and Country,
.■\rctic and Seattle Yacht Clubs. He is always approachable, always genial and always
busy. Advancement has come to him as the direct result of his close application and
thorough preparation for his profession and his unfaltering devotion to his clients'
interests. At the same time he has found, opportunity to cooperate in measures relative
to the general good, to which he has manifested a public-spirited devotion.


James H. Douglas, an able young attorney of Seattle who has here followed his profes-
sion during the past twelve years, is a member of the well known law firm of Douglas, Lane
& Douglas. His birth occurred at Goodwood, Ontario, in 1881, his father being James A.
Douglas, a native of Ireland. After completing his early educational training he entered
tlie University of North Dakota, which institution conferred upon him the degree of
Bachelor of Arts in 1900, and three years later he received the degree of Bachelor of
Laws from the University of Washington. He then embarked in the practice of law in
partnership with his brother, J. F. Douglas, under the name of Douglas & Douglas, and
this style was continued for a few years or until W. D. Lane was taken into the firm,
which is now known as Douglas, Lane & Douglas. They are accorded an extensive general
practice and have won an enviable reputation. In no profession is there a career more
ujien to talent than in that of the law, and in no field of endeavor is there demanded a
more careful preparation, a more thorough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life,
or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privileges.
Unflagging application, intuitive wisdom and a determination to fully utilize the means at
hand, are the concomitants which insure prestige in this great profession, which stands as
the stern conservator of justice; and it is one into which none should enter without a
recognition of the obstacles to be overcome and the battles to be won, for success comes
only as the result of capacity and unmistakable ability. Possessing all the requisite qualities
of the able lawyer, James H. Douglas has established his position among the successful and
representative members of the profession in Seattle.


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On the 30th of October, 1907, Mr. Douglas was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Ann
Lord, of Park River, North Dakota, her father being Clinton B. Lord. James H. Douglas
is a republican in politics but as yet has not taken a very active part in the work of the
party. For two years, while attending the University of Washington, he was a member of
the National Guards. He belongs to the Independent Order of Foresters, the Modern
Woodmen, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, Beta Theta Pi, the College Club, the
Arctic Club, the Metropolitan Club and the Earlington Golf Club. His religious faith is
indicated by his membership in St, Mark's Episcopal church. By nature he is social and
genial and his unfeigned cordiality has won him many friends.


Seattle has been signally favored in the class of men who have occupied her public
offices — men who on the whole have been loyal to the trusts reposed in them and who
have sought the welfare and betterment of the community. To this class belongs Will
H. Hanna, who is now city councilman. He was born in Mattoon, Illinois, February 5,
1877, and is a son of John W. and Mary E. (Henderson) Hanna, of that place. The
father was a theatrical manager and came to Seattle in 1889 to take charge of and manage
a theatre here, and at the same time he had the management of theatres in Tacoma and
Olympia. For many years he followed his profession with good success. His wife is also
living and is in the enjoyment of good health. The family included three daughters.

Will H. Hanna, the only son, attended the public schools of his native town and con-
tinued his education in Seattle until graduated from the grammar school. He was then
sent to the east, where he became a student in Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts,
and subsequently he attended De Pauw University at Greencastle, Indiana, where he pur-
sued an academic course.

Upon returning to Seattle Mr. Hanna entered the employ of the Post-Intelligencer and
for two years was employed in both the circulation and advertising departments. He then
went to Nome, Alaska, where for two and a half years he represented the Post-Intelli-
gencer with good success. On severing his connection with that paper in 1901 he accepted
the position of auditing clerk of King county, remaining as such for three years, and while
filling that position he was appointed clerk of the board of county commissioners, in which
capacity he remained for one year. He next had charge of city registration for three years
and afterward became cashier in the city treasurer's office. He has been continuously in
positions of public trust since 1901. He was elected county treasurer on the republican
ticket in 1910 for a term of two years, beginning January I, 1911, and he was reelected
in 1912 to serve through the succeeding two years. In March, 1915 he was elected to the
position of city councilman for a three years' term. His election was an endorsement of
his past services, indicating his promptness and fidelity.

On the 2ist of June, 1905, Mr. Hanna was united in marriage to Miss Edith Waltz,
of Seattle, a native of Greencastle, Indiana. Mr. Hanna belongs to no secret orders, but
is a member of the Seattle Athletic Club. He stands for all that will advance the public
welfare, working earnestly for improvement and upbuilding and giving unfaltering sup-
port to all projects which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.


In the practice of law Jay C. Allen is accorded a deservedly large clientage and his
advancement at the bar has been a notably rapid one. However, it is a well known fact
that in his chosen profession reputation can only be won through individual merit and
ability for in that calling wealth and influence count for little if aught. Thorough pro-
fessional training was his and he has since wisely used the talents with which nature
endowed him.


Mr. Allen was born July 30, 1868, at the Kentucky Military Institute near Frankfort,
Kentucky, which was founded by his grandfather, R. T. P. Allen, in the year 1846. He
was quite young when he accompanied his parents to Florida, and he afterward attended
the Kentucky Military Institute, winning the Bachelor of Arts degree upon graduation
with the class of 1885. Although he was the youngest of its students, his standing was
second in a class of forty, his grade being a fraction over nine and nine tenths per cent
of a possible ten.

Perhaps inherited tendency, parental influence and natural predilection all had some-
thing to do with his choice of a profession, but at all events Mr. Allen determined upon
the life work for which he was eminently fitted as is indicated by the success which has
attended his eflorts. On the completion of his more specifically literary course he entered
at once upon the study of law under the direction of his father, pursuing his studies in
that way until 1889, when he came to Seattle. Not long afterward he received appoint-
ment to the position of deputy sheriff of King county under John H. McGraw, and
remained in that position until Mr. McGraw retired from office. In 1890 Mr. Allen was
admitted to the bar and at once entered into partnership with his father, John H. Allen,
and John Powell under the firm style of Allen & Powell. In 1897 Mr. Powell retired and
the firm became Allen & .Mien. He has been admitted to practice before the superior and
the supreme courts, the United States circuit court, and the district courts of Washington
and the United States circuit court of appeals of the ninth circuit. Almost from the
beginning he gave proof of his ability to successfully cope with intricate and involved
problems of the law and his clientage has steadily increased, connecting him more and
more with important litigation that figures prominently in the law records of the state.

In 1914 Mr. Allen and his wife went to Europe for an e.-ctended trip, remaining away
a year. Theirs is a hospitable home whose good cheer is greatly enjoyed by their many
friends, and in the social circles of the city they occupy an enviable position. Mr. Allen
holds membership with the Knights of Pythias, the Red Men and the Foresters, and is one
of the charter members of the Seattle Athletic Club. In politics he has always been a
stalwart democrat and has served as chairman of the King county central committee and
vice chairman of the state committee, also filling other important positions in connection
with the democracy of Seattle. In political as well as in professional and other circles his
opinions carry weight, for he is recognized as a man of sound and well balanced judgment.
He never looks at any question in a superficial way but delves to the root of a matter and
has the faculty of separating and eliminating the nonessential from the important phases
of the case.


Larry W. Long, attorney at law, is one of the younger representatives of the Seattle
bar but diligence and determination are carrying him steadily forward and he has reached
a position that many an older practitioner might well envy. He is a son of Richard W.
and Arabella J. Long, of Wicomico county. Maryland, and is descended in the paternal
line from an old English family, the first American ancestors having settled in Sussex-
county, Delaware. The family is still largely represented in that state and also in Virginia
and Maryland. The father is a farmer by occupation and still makes his home in Mary-
land at the age of seventy-four, being well preserved and quite active for one of his
years. The mother also retains her physical and mental faculties largely unimpaired at
the age of seventy years.

In a family of eleven children Larry W. Long was the tenth in order of birth. He
began his education in the public schools of Wicomico county, Maryland, and afterward
pursued a three years' college preparatory course at the Wilmington Conference Academy
at Dover, Delaware. He later took up his collegiate work as a student in Dickinson Col-
lege at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated with the class of 1909, winning the
degree of Bachelor of Arts. He spent the succeeding year in the study of law in the same
school and afterward continued his preparation for the bar at the University of Wash-


ington, being admitted to practice in this state at Seattle in October, 1914. He then opened
an office in Seattle, where he has since followed his profession, making constant progress
in a calling where advancement depends entirely upon individual merit, talent and ability.
On the 24th of January, 1912, in Honolulu, Mr. Long was united in marriage to Miss
Mattie Hemphill, a daughter of Joseph Hemphill, a timber cruiser living in Aberdeen,
Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Long have a bright little daughter, Virginia Agnes, two years
of age, and a son, Larry W., Jr. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church and Mr. Long is connected with a family that for many generations has been
affiliated with that denomination. He belongs to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a fraternity
of the University of Washington, and he is secretary and treasurer of the Seattle Alumni
Association. He has traveled quite extensively, throughout the Hawaiian islands, Japan,
China, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji islands, gaining that broad
experience and knowledge which only travel can bring. His conversation is enriched with
many interesting reminiscences of his journeys, in which he has gained comprehensive
knowledge of interesting people, their customs and their lands. He is a republican in
politics and is a member of the Young Men's Republican Club and is also serving on the
membership committee of that organization.


Boyd J. Tallman, one of the judges of the superior court of the state of Washington,
residing in Seattle, is the son of John Tallman and Ruth Carnahan Tallman. His mother's
maiden name was Boyd. Judge Tallman was born October 4, 1858, on a farm near Latrobe,
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, he and his father having been born in the same
house, which was erected by the Judge's grandfather, Isaac Tallman, in 1820. In 1862
John Tallman sold the old homestead and purchased a farm near Old Fort Ligonier,
Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death.

Judge Tallman's boyhood days differed but little from those of other farmers' sons,
as he worked on the farm in the summer and attended the common schools during a four
months' term in the winter. He very early became a teacher and afterward attended the
academy in Ligonier and the Independent Academy near Fort Palmer in his native state.
He continued alternately going to school and engaging in teaching until 1883, when he
entered the famous Washington and Jefferson College at Washington, Pennsylvania. There
he remained two years, but was not graduated, though by the time spent there and by
private studj' he had nearly completed the course. He studied law in Greensburg, Pennsyl-
vania, came to Walla Walla, territory of Washington, in May, 1885, and was admitted to
the bar of the territory. Desiring a wider field for his professional activities, he removed
to Seattle in February. 1887. His entire time since then has been given to his profession.

In 1889, without being consulted, he was nominated by the convention of King county
as a candidate for the office of representative to the state legislature. This office he
declined for professional reasons, although the nomination was equivalent to an election.
In the fall of 1900 he was nominated by the republican party of King county in convention,
at Seattle, for judge of the superior court of the state of Washington, and at the election
on November 6, 1900, was elected by a majority of six hundred and eighty votes. He was
renominated in 1904 and reelected by a majority of eleven thousand five hundred and
si.xty-three votes, receiving the highest number of votes cast for any candidate on the
ticket. No stronger or more eloquent testimony as to his character as a citizen and his
standing as a judge can be given than is shown by the increased majority by which he
was reelected to the bench. Since his election in 1900 he has been reelected three times.

For a large part of the time that he has been on the bench he has had charge of
the equity courts, a branch of jurisprudence which every well trained lawyer knows requires
for its successful administration not only an acute legal mind but a comprehensive knowl-
edge of the law as well.

The Seattle Times, speaking of this branch of Judge Tallman's work, in its issue
under date of February 25, 1906, says : "Boyd J. Tallman's five years on the bench have

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brought him high rank among the lawyers of the county. The quality of service he
rendered at the time when the bench consisted of but three men, all carrying a burden
too heavy for them, was wonderful. In the equity department of the court he deservingly
obtained the commendation of both lawyers and litigants. His decisions have rarely been
reversed in appellate courts."

He at all times evinced a deep interest in public affairs, and until his elevation to the
bench he was a leader in the councils of his party. Although repeatedly urged to accept
the rewards of such party service, he persistently declined to accept the nomination for
any political post.

In his sixteen years of continuous service on the bench his work as a judicial officer
has covered a longer period of time than that of any other judge of the superior court in
the state, and the satisfactory character of his work, coupled with his personal popularity
and his recognized ability as a jurist, guarantees his indefinite continuance in this im-
portant branch of the public service.

He possesses the judicial temperament in a marked degree, and his leading character-
istics as a jurist, aside from his devotion to the exacting work of the bench, are his
ability to discern and condemn the shams of false testimony and the sophistry of argu-
ment in support of a bad cause; the decisiveness and accuracy of his rulings; his patience
in according a full hearing to advocates of large and small causes alike; and his uniform
courtesy to the bar. Remembering his own youthful inexperience and his need of encourage-
ment, he has been particularly helpful to the young practitioner, who has invariably found
m the court's kindly encouragement an inspiration to wholesome professional endeavof.

Judge Tallman is frequently called upon to preside at trials of causes in other counties
of the state, and in consequence has a statewide acquaintance. His decisions which have
passed in review before the highest appellate court of the state will be found in the last
fifty volumes of the Supreme Court Reports, from 2i Wash, to 83 Wash., embracing a
larger number and possibly a greater variety of litigated questions than have been passed
upon or decided by any other judge in the state.


Frank E. Searing sold papers to earn his first dollar; today he is prominent in the
real estate, loan and insurance business. Mr. Searing was born in Duval county, Florida,
November 2, 1881. His paternal ancestors came from England during colonial days, the
first settlement being made on Long Island, where the original home was erected more
than two hundred years ago. It is still in excellent preservation and has been occupied
throughout the two centuries. The home in which his grandfather and his father were
born is still in possession of the family and is occupied by his uncle, Benjamin Searing.
His father, Samuel G. Searing, a native of Hempstead, Long Island, New York, became an
expert accountant and realty broker of Jacksonville, Florida, and was also very active in
political circles and in civic connections there, doing much to add to the improvement of
the city. He married Lillie I. Packer and they became the parents of seven children,
four sons and three daughters.

Frank E. Searing, the third in order of birth, passed through consecutive grades in
the public schools of Jacksonville, Florida, until he left the high school at the age of
eighteen years. He was always very ambitious and in early boyhood during his school
days he sold papers and thus earned his first money. His first permanent position was
with the Florida Central & Peninsula Railway Company, with which he remained for some
time, doing clerical work. He was afterward with the East Coast Railway Company for
a period of three years and later became assistant bookkeeper and cashier for Swift &
Company at Jacksonville, Florida. After a year he resigned that position and came to
Seattle, arriving in the early part of August, 1905. Having considerable business experi-
ence and believing in the future of Seattle, he at once concluded to become a permanent
citizen and with that end in view engaged in the real estate business, beginning in a hum-
ble capacity but advancing steadily until he has now become established as one of the


foremost real estate dealers of the city, having a very large clientele. During this period
he has also become very active in the building line, specializing in the erection of bunga-
lows, and as a result of his activities has earned the sobriquet of "the bungalow builder."
He has also platted several new additions to the city and has contributed much to its
development and to its beauty. He has changed unsightly vacancies into handsome resi-
dence districts and his work has been of the utmost value to Seattle. He also conducts a
large business in loans, mortgages and insurance, making loans for some of the biggest
and best old line insurance companies of the country.

In politics Mr. Searing is a democrat but not an aspirant for office. He joined the
Masonic and Elks lodges at St. Augustine, Florida, and has been a Mason for twelve years.
He has now attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is also a Mystic
Shriner. He likewise belongs to the Royal Arcanum, while his religious faith is evidenced
in his connection with the Episcopal church. His life has never been narrowed to a sin-
gle line of activity or of interest. He is a broad-minded man who has recognized and
improved his opportunities in a business way and who at the same time has recognized
and met his obligations of citizenship nor neglected any duty that devolves upon him in
his relations with his fellows. .


From 1870 until his death Cyrus Francis Clapp of Washington directed his labors along
lines which contributed to the upbuilding and improvement of the state. He was born in
Medford. Maine, July 29, 1851, a son of Stephen and Alvira (Hunt) Clapp, who were also
natives of Maine, the family being an old one in the Pine Tree state. The son became a
graduate of St. Andrews College in Scotland. Early in his business career he was
emploved for a time in the Jordan Marsh store at Boston, Massachusetts. On leaving the
Atlantic coast Mr. Clapp made his way to the Pacific and was connected with the Samuels
store in San Francisco, California, for a time. As previously stated, the year 1870 wit-
nessed his arrival in Washington. In 1872 he went to Port Townsend, where he engaged
in the hotel business with an uncle. He was married in 1875 and moved to Dungeness
where he conducted a general store and other business interests. He built up the town
there, secured the postoffice and developed its pioneer trade relations, supplying seven
logging camps. He also engaged in farming, becoming the owner of eight different farms.
After ten years spent at Dungeness he returned to Port Townsend in order to educate his
children and there became connected with the Merchants Bank, being associated with Wil-
liam Feurbach in establishing and conducting that institution, which is still in existence.
After some time, however, Mr. Clapp disposed of his entire holdings in the bank and in
1905 became a resident of Seattle. He was regarded as an e.Kceptionally wise investor and
farsighted business man. He was one of those who realized that there was a great future
for Seattle and he made wise investment in property, which rose constantly in value with
the growth of the city and ultimately sold at a most gratifying figure when divided into
town lots.

In 1875 Mr. Clapp was united in marriage to Miss W. M. P. Lacey, and they became
the parents of five children, of whom two are living: Mrs. W. W. Felger and Miss
Caroline B. Clapp. Those who have passed away were Nellie F„ Elva and Alvin Francis.
Mr. Clapp was a Presbyterian in his religious faith, while Mrs. Clapp belongs to the
Episcopal church. He was also, a Mason of high standing, the honorary thirty-third degree
having been conferred upon him. He likewise belonged to the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and
to the Rainier Club. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and upon
that ticket he was elected to the state legislature, in which he served for two years. Still

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