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D. C. The mother died in Worcester in 1906 at the age of fifty years.

At the usual age John J. Sullivan became a pupil in the public schools of Worcester,
where he continued his education until he had passed through high school. He afterward
became a student in the University of Washington, where he remained until 1909. He came
to Seattle in 1904 and for seven years was connected with the postoffice department in this
city. In the meantime he took up the study of law and during his college days was presi-
dent of the Washington Law Association and a leader of the law debating teatn of 1909.
He took a prominent part in student activities and after passing the state bar examination
he entered into partnership with Adam Beeler under the firm style of Beeler & Sullivan for
the general practice of law. He filled the office of assistant United States attorney in 1912
and 1913 and made an enviable record as criminal prosecutor. He has been connected with
much important litigation and has displayed marked ability therein.

On the 4th of June, 1913, Mr. Sullivan was married in Seattle to Miss Jessie Jobst, a
native of this city and a daughter of Frank Jobst, one of the pioneer commission merchants
of Seattle. They have one child, Jacquelyne, who was born August 9, 1914. They reside
in their home at No. 520 Twenty-second avenue. In politics Mr. Sullivan is a republican
and active in the work of his party. He belongs to the Roman Catholic church and is very
prominent in the Knights of Columbus, being grand knight in 1014. He is also a member
of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, is a life member of the Arctic Club and active


in its affairs. He belongs to the Municipal League and the Commercial Club and is inter-
ested in all those things which pertain to civic welfare. He has membership in the Delta
Tau Delta, an academic fraternity, and in the Delta Chi, a legal fraternity. Along more
strictly recreative lines he is connected with the Earlington Golf Club and in the game he
finds his chief diversion. He worked his own way through college and is a self-made man,
successful and progressive, his advancement being due to his own efforts and ability.


Charles Rosco Longfellow, who since 1909 has been timekeeper for the Seattle fire
department, was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, October 14, 1884, of the marriage of
John Enoch and Lulu James Longfellow. The ancestry has been traced back to William
Longfellow, who emigrated to the United States about 1656. Our subject is a third cousin
of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the much loved American poet.

Charles Rosco Longfellow attended the public schools of Seattle and was later for
two years a student in the University of Washington. While there he took an active
part in the school athletics and was a member of the track team and of the baseball team.
After completing his education he became connected with the Schwabacher Hardware
Company and was later made manager of the hardware department of the Northern Com-
mercial Company at Fairbanks, Alaska. He proved an efficient business man and built up
a large and lucrative patronage for his department. Since the 23d of April, 1909, however,
he has devoted his time and attention to his duties as timekeeper for the Seattle fire
department. His service in that connection has been very satisfactory to all concerned.

Mr. Longfellow was married in Seattle on the 15th of October, 1906, to Miss Roberta
Brock Plaiter, a daughter of Charles and Catherine Plaiter, of Detroit, Michigan. The
family, which is of Canadian descent, became residents of Detroit many years ago and has
been prominent in both social and business circles of the City of the Straits. To Mr. and
Mrs. Longfellow has been born a daughter, Phyllis.

Mr. Longfellow is a republican and has always loyally supported the candidates and
principles of that party at the polls. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in
the Congregational church in West Seattle. His fraternal connections are with the Knights
of Pythias, the Royal Arcanum, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Independent Order of
Foresters, in all of which organizations he has held office. He also belongs to the Pick-
wick and several small clubs of the west side and while a student at the University of
Washington was pledged a member of the Phi Gamma Delta. He holds the unqualified
respect of all who know him and there are many who are his warm personal friends.


Harvey E. Shotwell was the efficient engineer to whom Seattle largely owes the devel-
opment of the Cedar river water supply. He was a man of indisputable business integrity
and it became the current belief that "if Shotwell is on that job it is all right and will be
well done." Such a record is well worth striving for and could be made the context
of a lesson for the young. Mr. Shotwell was born in Kansas in 1861 and died in Seattle,
March 6, 1909, at the comparatively early age of forty-eight years. His father, Eden
Shotwell, was a native of Pennsylvania and was a descendant of an old Quaker family
of that state. He removed westward to Kansas in early life and there followed farming.

Harvey E. Shotwell supplemented his public-school training by study in the Nebraska
State LTniversity. Before leaving school he was offered a position with the Burlington
Railroad and engaged in making a survey of a part of the roadbed. He afterward en-
tered the service of the Great Northern Railway Company and performed the difficult
project of putting in the switchback over the mountains on that road, a labor that neces-
sitated enduring many hardships as well as solving many difficult professional problems.

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In 1889 Mr. Shotwell arrived in Seattle and almost immediately came into prominence
as a surveyor and engineer. One of the most important engineering projects with which
he was associated was that of the construction of the water system for the city at Cedar
lake, furnishing to Seattle the purest water supply of any city, with one exception (Berlin,
Germany) in the world. He was a man of notable foresight and sagacity who recognized
the fact that Seattle would ultimately become a great metropolis and, believing this,
made ample preparation for the future in providing an adequate supply of pure water
to meet the demands for many years to come. The tapping of Cedar lake was his own
idea and he took great pride in his work, doing everything with the utmost thoroughness
and efficiency. To him there was no question of a possibility of dishonesty. On various
occasions he was offered large sums to slight certain work but he could not be tempted,
the largest bribes having no power with him as his business integrity was unassailable.
He planned and installed the Broadway reservoir and also many miles of water mains
and continued as city engineer for many years, spending about twelve years altogether
with the city in that connection. He continued active in business until his death and to
him is due the credit for the improvements made in the Wenatchee valley. He surveyed
the canals and ditches for that valley and, recognizing its possibilities, he bought a fine
ranch there, and it was his intention to some day make his home thereon but death frus-
trated this plan.

In Nehawka, Nebraska, in 1907, Mr. Shotwell was united in marriage to Miss Lottie
Pollard. Her father, Isaac Pollard, a native of Vermont, married Viola Welch, who was
also born in that state, and in 1855 they removed to Nebraska, In the meantime Mr. Pol-
lard made the trip to California, walking across the Isthmus in 1849 and spending four
and a half years on the coast, his time being devoted to mining, in which he was quite
successful. The patents on his Nebraska land were signed by James Buchanan and he
still lives upon a part of his original claim. It was while Mr. Shotwell was attending
the State University that he formed the acquaintance of Miss Pollard, who was then a
student and later a graduate of that institution. He was preeminently a home man.
He read broadly and thought deeply, Init his greatest happiness was in his home and the
companionship of his wife. Those who shared in his friendship knew it to be a thing
always to be counted upon, and in his passing the city and the state recognized that they
had lost a valued resident and representative. There are few men who have to do with
public utilities who retain so untarnished a name and reputation ; but honor was the
keystone of Mr. Shotwell's character and upon his tomb might be appropriately inscribed
the words : "An honest man is the noblest work of God."


George Alston Hole, president of the Thomas Investment Company, financial agents,
investment bankers and brokers of Seattle, is honored and respected by all, not alone
because of the success which he has achieved, but also owing to the straightforward busi-
ness policy and progressive methods which he has ever followed in the conduct of impor-
tant financial interests. His record proves that success is not a matter of genius as held
by some, but is rather the outcome of clear judgment and experience.

Mr. Hole was born at Sittingbourne, Kent, England, February 3, 1865, a son of John
Binford and Elizabeth (Alston) Hole. He attended the public schools of his native coun-
try and in his youthful days was articled to Charles Perry Whiteley, of London, England,
solicitor or attorney at law. He came to the United States in 1884, making his way at
once to San Francisco, where for several years he was employed in insurance offices. In
1897 he came to Seattle to take charge of the fire insurance department of the Thomas
Investment Company and subsequently was employed as bookkeeper and later became secre-
tary, vice president, manager and finally president, being now the chief executive officer
of this corporation, which has strong financial backing. His efforts have been a forceful
element in the upbuilding of the business and again and again his capability and resource-
fulness have been demonstrated in other connections, causing his cooperation to be sought


by many important financial concerns. He is now connected with the Travelers Insurance
Company of Hartford, Connecticut, of which he is the western financial representative, and
has placed many millions of dollars in Seattle mortgages and municipal securities for this
company. He is the vice president of The Thomson Estate, a strong corporation of Euro-
pean capital that has placed vast sums in Seattle. He is now president of the Traders
Realty Company, a large holding company; is secretary of the Adellen Investment Com-
pany, a large concern with heavy investments in Seattle ; and is a director of the Bank
for Savings of Seattle. The soundness of his judgment and the integrity of his business
methods have made his name an honored one on commercial paper.

On the gth of February, 1896, Mr. Hole was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude
Anina Reiss, a daughter of Charles B. Reiss, the wedding being celebrated at Father
Prefontaine's church, Mrs. Hole being of the Catholic faith. To Mr. and Mrs. Hole have
been born two children: Alice Alston, born March S, 1901 ; and Grendel Alston, December

2, 1903-

Mr. Hole attends Trinity Episcopal church. His military experience came to him as
lieutenant in the First Middlesex (Victoria) Rifles, a volunteer or territorial regiment in
England. In club circles he is well known as a member of the Rainier, Seattle Golf and
Queen Anne Tennis Clubs. In politics he is a republican, but has never been an active party
worker, his private business interests occupying his entire time. Because of this he has
never held public office, and his close concentration of his time and attention upon his
important financial interests has gained him place among Seattle's capitalists.


Herbert S. Woolley is the only dealer in the northwest who handles exclusively
Manila cigars and is the only exclusive importer of the Los Angeles brand in the United
States. His business extends as far east as New York and covers almost every state in
the Union, and the development of his trade is due to his close application, marked enter-
prise and keen business discernment. He is an enterprising citizen of an enterprising city.

Mr. Woolley was born in Yankton, South Dakota, December 20, 1873, a son of Miles
T. and Ellen (Stone) Woolley. The father, a native of New York, became a resident
of South Dakota in 1869. He went to the territory as a surveyor in the employ of the
government and was actively identified with much of the pioneer development of the
state. In 1885 he established the Yankton Savings Bank and remained a very prominent
and active factor in business circles and in public aiTairs in, Yankton to the time of his
death, which occurred in 1892. He served on the asylum board, on the board of education
and in other public connections and he was a Mason of high standing. He was a Civil
war veteran, having done active duty at the front in the Seventy-fifth Volunteer Infantry,
with which he served as a noncommissioned officer. He was wounded during the first
year of the war and was unable to return to the front. His death occurred when he
was fifty-two years of age. His wife was a native of Illinois, their marriage being cele-
brated in Whiteside county, that state. To them were born three sons and three daughters.

Herbert S. Woolley was the third of this family and was educated in the public
schools of Yankton and in Yankton College, which he attended to the age of eighteen
years. When his textbooks were put aside he secured a position with the Standard Oil
Company at Sioux City, Iowa, acting as bookkeeper. He remained with that corporation
for four years and then resigned his position to enter upon the manufacturing business,
organizing the Mulford- Woolley Shirt Manufacturing Company, makers of custom made
shirts. He followed that business successfully for three years and then sold his interest,
after which he removed to Chicago and became connected with The Bureau of Press
Clippings, newspaper work. In 1901 he became a traveling salesman for Swift & Company,
representing their packing business at East St. Louis. He continued in that connectoin
until 1907 and the following year cartie to Seattle, where he entered the real estate busi-
ness, operating in that field for six years, or until 1914. In the meantime, or in June,
1910, he extended the scope of his activities to include the wholesale and retail cigar


business, handling the Manila product. He became the only exclusive wholesale and
retail dealer in Manila cigars and is the only exclusive importer of the Los Angeles brand
in the United States. From its inception the business has steadily grown and the trade
reaches as far east as New York and covers all the intervening territory. The business
has now reached gratifying and extensive proportions and Mr. WooUey is accounted one
of the foremost representatives of commercial interests in the city.

On the 30th of November, 1909, in Tacoma, Mr. WooUey was married to Miss Anice
McAllister, a native of Minnesota, and a daughter of Daniel McAllister, a representative
of a prominent family. They own their home at No. 408 East Fiftieth street and
its warm-hearted hospitality is one of its chief characteristics. Mr. Woolley has an
interesting military chapter in his life record in that he was formerly a member of
Company L of the Iowa National Guard at Sioux City and participated in quelling the
disturbance in the railroad strike of 1896. In politics he is a republican, giving his support
to the national principles of the party but locally he is independent. He belongs to the
Seattle Association of Credit Men and the Chainber of Commerce. His residence in this
city covers a period of eight years and he is thoroughly identified with its interests,
his hearty cooperation being counted upon to further all those measures and movements
which are featuring in the upbuilding and development of this city.


Isaac H. Jennings, of Seattle, manager for the United Typothetae Association of
America, was born in Indianapolis. Indiana, December 10, i860, a son of J. W. Jennings,
who was born in New York, but in 1858 removed to Indiana. He afterward became a
resident of Washington, D. C, and during the early period of President Lincoln's adminis-
tration filled the office of postmaster of the senate. He was a loyal advocate of the Union and he had five brothers who were soldiers of the Civil war, enlisting from Ohio.
One of these, James T. Jennings, served as major in the volunteer army with an Ohio
regiment, was captured and for some time was incarcerated in Libby prison. He spent
cigliteen months as a prisoner of war in South Carolina, but finally made his escape from
prison and walked to Tennessee to the Union lines. He became one of the early residents
of Seattle, but is now deceased. J. W. Jennings was a republican in his political views. He
followed the business of railroad contracting for many years and was associated with
General G. M. Dodge, builder of the Union Pacific Railway. He became a very successful
man and was active to the time of his death, which occurred in New York city in 1907,
when he was seventy-four years of age. He married Amelia R. Robinson, a daughter of
Isaac H. Robinson, a native of Toronto, Canada, and of English and French descent. Her
father was a native of England, born on the Isle of Wight, and her mother was a native
of Canada of French descent. Mrs. Jennings passed away in Chihuahua, Mexico, in the
spring of 1014 at the age of seventy-six years. In her family were five cliildren, four of
whom are living, three of the number being daughters.

Isaac H. Jennings, the surviving son, was educated in tlic public and high schools of
Washington, D. C, and in Hunt's Preparatory School of that city. He started out in life
on his own account at the age of eighteen years and was first employed in a commercial
house in St. Louis, Missouri. He afterward assumed the management of a ranch near
San Antonio, Texas, and followed ranch life for ten years, riding the range and participating
in all the varied features in connection with ranch life in Texas. He removed from that
state to Seattle, where he arrived in the summer of 1894. Here he accepted a position with
the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway, which at that time was in the hands of the
receiver, working for the company until it was taken over by the Northern Pacific, or for
a period of six years. He next became secretary and treasurer of the Seattle Merchants
Association in 1900 and served in that capacity until 191 1, when he became manager of the
United Typothetae Association of America, which office he is now filling.

On the 15th of June, 1887, Mr. Jennings was married in Montell, Uvalde county, Texas,
to Miss Mary R. Smith, a native of New York city and a daughter of George Smith, of


New York, who, however, was born in England and was of English lineage. Mr. and Mrs.
Jennings have become parents of a son, Philip D., who was born in Montell, Texas, January
5, 1889. Mr. Jennings owns a pleasant home at No. 2555 Eleventh avenue, West, and his
business location is in the Boston block. In politics he is a republican, but has never sought
nor filled office. He was reared an Episcopalian, although he is not a member of the church
at the present. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, in which he takes an active interest,
and he is serving on the committee on charity organization affiliated with the Chamber of
Commerce. From the age of eighteen years he has depended upon his own resources, his
progress resulting from unfaltering perseverance, close application and determination. He
has displayed many substantial qualities that have gained him recognition not only in
business but also in social circles.


Walter Schaffner, engaged in the general practice of law at the Seattle bar, was born
in Chicago, May 29, 1878, the third in order of birth in the family of four children whose
parents were Herman and Rachel (Becker) Schailner. The father, a native of Germany,
came to America in 1864 and settled in Chicago, where he successfully conducted a private
bank for many years under the name of Herman SchafTner & Company. His widow, a
native of Ohio, still lives in Chicago. She comes of a family of German lineage.

Walter Schaffner was educated in the public and high schools of his native city; in
the University of Chicago, which he attended for three years ; and in the law department
of the Northwestern University, from which he was graduated LL. B. with the class of igoo.
He then began practice in Chicago, where he remained until 1908, when he came to Seattle,
where he has since successfully and continuously followed his profession as a general law
practitioner. He has won a very satisfactory clientage that has connected him with much
important litigation and his colleagues speak of the thoroughness and care with wliich he
ever prepares his cases and the strong and forceful manner in which he handles his cause
before the courts.

Mr. Schaffner is quite active also in political circles as a stalwart republican, doing
everything in his power to advance the interests and promote the success of his party. He
finds pleasant companionship and social life in the Seattle Athletic Club and the Press Club
and he is also a member of the American Bar Association, which brings him into close
touch with his fellow practitioners in the law.


Paul J. Smiley is conducting a general printing business under the name of the Smiley
Lithographing & Printing Company and the extent of his patronage indicates the fact that
he has one of the most important business enterprises of this character in Seattle. A
native of North Carolina, he was born in Franklin county. May 5, 1872, a son of Andrew
Jackson Smiley, who was a native of Virginia. He was a representative of an old Ameri-
can family of English lineage. He devoted his life to merchandising save for the period
when he served with the Confederate troops in the Civil war. He died in 1890, while his
wife, who bore the maiden name of Sally Mason Robinson, passed away in 1901. She was
a native of North Carolina and was also of English descent.

Paul J. Smiley acquired his education in the public schools of North Carolina and made
his initial step in the business world by engaging in newspaper work in Danville, Virginia,
where he remained for three years. Attracted by the growing northwest, he removed to
Albany, Oregon, in 1891, and there engaged in the printing business for a decade, coming
to Seattle in igoi. Here he opened the Ivy Press, which he conducted for five years, after
which he carried on business under the name of the Pacific Press, but in 1901 changed the
style to the Smiley Lithographing & Printing Company. He does a general printing busi-


ness and liis patronage has assumed extensive proportions. There is no phase of the busi-
ness with which he is not familiar and his work stands as the highest expression of the
trade. Moreover, his life record indicates that the attainment of success is not the only
object which actuates him. He has not only studied the business for individual benefit,
but has also labored for the welfare of workers in this field and for 'the past fourteen years
has done a great deal to better the conditions of those engaged in the printing business
from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Diego, California. He has been president, vice
president and treasurer of the Seattle Branch of the United Typothetae of America and
was a delegate to the national convention which met in Chicago in 1912.

Mr. Smiley gives his political allegiance to the democratic party, which he has repre-
sented in city, county and state conventions, and he has also served on the county and
state central committees. In a word, he is deeply interested in politics and his opinions
carry weight in party councils in city and state. He became a member of the Elks lodge,
No. 359, at Albany, Oregon, and was filling the office of exalted ruler there at the time of
his removal to Seattle. His first visit to the Seattle lodge was when the Rev. M. A.
Matthews was initiated. He is a loyal and enthusiastic representative of the organization
and within its ranks, as in business circles, he is held in high esteem, his substantial qualities

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