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lumber business first as foreman in a mill. He was connected with a lath mill for some
time and later was for many years engaged in contracting in Minneapolis. In 1897 he
came to Seattle and, liking the city, made arrangements to locate here permanently and
the following year was joined by his family. He built a shingle mill in Ballard which has
been remodeled and added to a number of times and which now has a capacity of one
hundred and fifty thousand shingles a day. In December, 1912. the company of which he
is the head purchased the Cascade mill, a neighboring plant, which they have since operated.
The two mills cover between two and three acres of ground and represent an investment
of seventy-five thousand dollars. About fifty men are employed and the Campbell Mill
Company, which purchased the two mills, ranks among the important industries of the
locality. Mr. Carhpbell is also president of the Skagit River Logging Company at Hamil-
ton, which has a capacity of fifty thousand feet a day.


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Mr. Campbell was married at Minneapolis, November 9, 1885, to Miss Eupbemia
liamel, a native of Minnesota, and tbey have become the parents of five children. Edward
M., who was born in Minneapolis, February 7, 1887, has since the 5th of September, 1906,
been manager of the Motor Shingle Mill at Ballard and is also interested financially in
the Campbell Mill Company. Eupbemia is an excellent musician, having spent a considera-
ble period of time in Paris, France, studying the piano and pipe organ, the latter under
the famous Felix Alexandre Guilmant. Louis C. N. is the next in order of birth. Bcrna-
dette was born in Minneapolis July 6, 1894. Adrienne is a native of Seattle and her liirth
occurred September 13, 1901.


Louis C. N. Campbell, of Seattle, secretary and sales manager of the Campbell Mill
Company, has been an important factor in the management of the business of that con-
cern as he is well acquainted with the lumber industry in its various phases and is a man
of unusual soundness of judgment. He was born at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 28th
of July, 1891, a son of Napoleon Campbell.

He attended the common schools of Ballard and after completing the course ofltcred
there entered the Quebec Seminary at Quebec, province of Quebec, where he pursued a
classical course, although he left the institution before his graduation on account of ill
health. He became associated with his father in business when twenty years of age and has
since been connected with the Campbell Mill Company, of which he is now secretary and
sales manager. He has complete charge of the clerical department and has proved very
capable in his direction of that line of work. He is young in years but has already demon-
strated his right to rank among those men whose activities are factors in the upbuilding
of their city.

Mr. Campbell was united in marriage in 1914 to Miss Margaret Grace Carey, a native
of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and they have a son, Louis C. N., Jr., whose birth occurred on
the 6th of July, 1915. Mr. Campbell gives his political allegiance to the republican parly
but has found little time to devote to public affairs, his business interests requiring his
undivided attention. He has a wide ac(]uaintanceship in Seattle and his genuine worth is
attested by the fact that those who have been most closely associated with him hold him
in the highest esteem.


George James is one of the liest known and most active figures in manufacturing circles
in Seattle, conducting business under the name of the Variety Iron Works. Throughout
the greater part of his life he has been identified with the iron industry and since starting
in business on his own account he has made steady advancement in that field of labor.
Moreover, he is regarded as authority upon business conditions and problems which have
to do with labor questions of the country. In a word, he is a far-sighted, sagacious man,
looking at questions from every possible standpoint and finding ready and correct solution
for them. He was horn in New York city. September 17, 1858, a son of Alfred and
Martha James. He attended a private school and then at the age of thirteen years became
a merchant, buying and selling butter, cheese and eggs. When fifteen years of age he sold
out that business and turned his attention to the salvage business, which later developed
into a brokerage business, his efforts in that connection continuing for three years. He
next turned his attention to mechanical pursuits, spending a year as an employe in a
foundry, after which he became manager, acting in that capacity until he went to Europe
to settle his father's estate. After five months he went to Chicago, where he worked in a
stove foundry for two months and then bought out the Bee Hive foundry of that city,
which he operated until 1889.


In that year Mr. James came to Seattle and for three months was employed as molder
by the Washington Iron Works. Later he established the Variety Iron Works at Ross
Station, where the government canal now is, and which town is now a part of Seattle.
In 1891 he removed his plant to the corner of Railroad avenue and Charles street, opposite
the Moran plant, those two plants being the only ones then at that location. He remained
there for about twelve years, but in 1903 he built the present plant at No. 1241 Utah avenue.
The l)nsiness was incorporated April 19, 1899, with James H. Perkins as president, W. H.
Green, treasurer, Thomas G. Green, secretary, and George James as manager. In 1907
Mr. James was elected president and bought out the interests of the others in the company,
since which time he has conducted the business alone. At the beginning they manufactured
plumbers' goods, but later developed the business to include the manufacture of sawmill,
mining and agricultural machinery. At the outset they had but one employe and today
Mr. James has forty men in his employ, while his business connections extend all over
the coast country and into Alaska. His plant is splendidly equipped with modern inachinery
and the excellence of the output insures a ready sale. The plumbers' goods manufactory
which he established was practically Seattle's first manufacturing business in the iron line.

Mr. James has been twice married. He was first married in Chicago, in October, 1877,
to Miss Mary Mulcahy, by whom he had five children, of whom three are living. Mrs.
James died in igoo, while en route to Seattle, and on the 4th of January, 191 1, in Tacoma,
Washington, Mr. James wedded ^Magnolia K. Huesgan, a representative of a pioneer family
and the widow of Captain Huesgan, who was stationed in Montana for many years.

In his political views Mr. James is a republican and fraternally he is connected with
the Masons and the United Workmen. He also belongs to the Rotary Club and to the
Arctic Club and he formerly had membership with the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which
indicates his interest in questions that most closely affect the welfare and upbuilding of
this city. That he holds high rank in business circles is indicated in the fact that he has
been elected to the presidency of the Manufacturers Association, of the Employers Associ-
ation and of the United Metal Trades Association of the Pacific Coast, all three of which
he aided in organizing, and he has also been vice president of the Builders Exchange. His
opinions carry weight among men engaged in similar lines of business to that which claims
his attention. He is thoroughly acquainted with every phase of business and business
conditions and studies all questions from the standpoint of a broad-minded man who does
not measure things by the inch rule of self but bases his opinions upon general conditions
that affect the welfare of the many.


Along with many others who came to Seattle in the year that the growing young city
was devastated by fire — 1889 — W. G. Norris has made a pronounced business success. His
earlier activities in the field of business were put forth in the sale of safes and in 1899
he incorporated the Norris Safe & Lock Company, which is now one of the best known
institutions of its kind in the northwest.

Incidentally he had some spare time to devote to politics and became active in that
field, recognizing the duties and obligations as well as the privileges of citizenship. In 1909
he was elected a member of the state legislature from the forty-first district, embracing the
twelfth and fourteenth wards of the city of Seattle and sixty-five precincts in King county
outside of the city, extending as far eastward as Wellington, at the mouth of the Great
Northern's Cascade tunnel. While in Olympia Mr. Norris secured the passage of the
West Seattle viaduct bill, in which his West Seattle constituents were particularly inter-
ested, this step being necessary before the city would consider the building of the million
dollar bridge to bring the fourteenth \vard into closer communication with the business
heart of the city.

In 1899 Mr. Norris was married to Miss Ina E. Bonesteel, a daughter of Norris Bone-
steel, of Waverly, Iowa. Mr. Norris has for many years been a member of the Yacht
Club and in 1915 served as commodore. He owns two yachts and his first yacht was the


first express cruiser on the coast and for two years was the fastest, its speed Ijeing twenty
knots. He is also identified with the Elks, is a prominent figure in the Arctic, Rainier.
Seattle Athletic and Commercial Cluhs and is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
He has a Iiandsome home at Alki Point, where Seattle's first settlers landed.


Dr. E. C. Lanter, who since September, 1908, has engaged in the practice of medicine
in Seattle, was born in Arkansas, June 16, 1878. His father, Charles F. Lanter, was a
native of Tennessee and died in 1901, at the age of forty-seven years. The mother, Mrs.
Mattie Lanter, also a native of Tennessee, is now living at Mc.Alester. Oklahoma, at the
age of fifty-nine. The paternal grandfather of Dr. Lanter, Franklin M. Lanter, served as
a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate army as a member of a Tennessee regiment.

Dr. Lanter pursued his education in the schools of Nashville, Tennessee, completing
his course by graduation from Vanderbilt University on the 4th of April, 1900. Immedi-
ately afterward he came to Washington and entered upon the practice of his chosen pro-
fession at Creston, Lincoln county, where he remained for six years. He also did hospital
practice in San Francisco for twenty months and in September, 1908, arrived in Seattle, since
wliich time he has been identified with the medical profession of this city. He has built
up a good practice, possessing the broad knowledge and other qualifications that make for
success in his chosen field. The demands made upon the physician are exacting. If the
lawyer is brusque and crabbed, we feel that it is because there are weighty things upon his
mind; and if the minister holds himself aloof, we regard it as a result of his contempla-
tion of questions beyond the ken of the ordinary individual ; but the physician must be a
man of unfailing courtesy, of kindly spirit and ready sympathy and at the same time must
possess broad scientific knowledge. Dr. Lanter is well qualified in these different particu-
lars and is thus gaining advancement in his profession.

On the 29th of June, 1903, at Davenport, Washington, Dr. Lanter married Miss Ella
\'ivian Frazier. He is a Mason, belonging to Creston Lodge, No. 1023, F. & A. M., and he
also has memliership with Hillman Lodge, No. 206, I. O. O. F. Along professional lines he
has membership in the King County Medical Society, the State Medical Society, and the
American Medical Association, and thus he keeps in touch with the advanced thought of
the profession. In the years of his residence in Seattle he has gained a wide acquaintance
and is very popular in his community.


In the field of art in the northwest James A. Wehn, sculptor, is well known. He was
born in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 5, 1882, a son of James C. and Clara (Sharp)
Wehn, natives of New York and Indiana, respectively. They are now residing in Seattle
and Mr. Wehn is the proprietor of the Salmon Bay Foundry.

Brought to Seattle in his boyhood James A. Wehn entered the public schools, wherein
he pursued his education until he became a high school pupil. His initial step in the business
world was made as an employe in the pattern shops of the Washington Iron Works, with
which he was connected in 1898 and 1899. He began studying art while attending school
and went into the pattern shops to gain a practical knowledge of molding in sand. He also
worked for the Metropolitan Printing Company for one year and during that time did
work as an illustrator for magazines. Since then he has devoted his time to art as a
sculptor. He made his first start in drawing and painting under the guidance of Mrs.
Rowena (Nichols) Leinss and this training was followed by four years' study in the life
class of Will Carson, who conducted one of the largest art schools in Seattle. While thus
engaged Mr. Wehn met a number of prominent artists and sculptors who assisted him
very much in his work. He formed the acquaintance of several eminent sculptors during


the Portland Exposition and made still further progress. He afterward became acquainted
with Sculptor Barrett, an Englishman, who was in Seattle when the proposition was made
to erect a monument to Chief Seattle at Fifth and Cedar streets and Denny Way. On the
advice of Mr. Barrett, Mr. Wehn entered the competition and although many sketches
were submitted his was the one accepted. It was his first real recognition in the field of
art and the building of the statue was commented upon in art circles all over the country.
Mr. Wehn has also executed a series of historical medallions, which hang in Professor
Edmund Meaney's room in the State University building. These are Chief Kitsap,. Captain
Vancouver, Alexander BaranofT, Marcus Whitman, Isaac Stevens, Lewis and Clarke,
Seward, Chief Leschi, General Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Captain Gray. The
medallions have attracted much favorable attention, particularly those of Captain Gray
and Abraham Lincoln, from collectors in all parts of the country. Recently he spent some
time in study in California and since his return to Seattle he has been chosen as the sculptor
for the Henry L. Yesler bronze memorial tablet, which is to be placed in the Yesler Library
at Twenty-third and Yesler Way by the Leschi Club. This tablet will be the first to be
modeled in his new studio, recently erected at No. 2214 Twelfth avenue West. Mr. Wehn
has done considerable work as an illustrator for Collier's, Harper's and many other publica-
tions. He now has a recognized standing in the profession as one of the ablest artists of
the northwest, while his ability places him on a par with many of the foremost sculptors and
illustrators of the country.

On the 24th of July, 1915, Mr. Wehn was united in marriage to Miss Florence E.
Haubris, who was born in South Dakota in i88g but was brought to Washington shortly
before the territory became a state. She was a student of the Broadway high school with
the class of 1909 and also devoted considerable time to the study of music. Mr. Wehn's
political allegiance is given to the republican party, but he is not an active worker in
its ranks, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his chosen life work, in which he
finds the joy of creation as well as of success.


Charles J. Sexton, secretary and treasurer of the Eversole Optical Company, a brother
of Frank J. Sexton, is also a native son of the city of Seattle, in which city he has passed
the greater part of his life. After having attended the public schools, he entered the high
school of Seattle and after graduation therefrom he received a commercial education in the
Wilson Modern Business College of Seattle, graduating in the spring of 1906. He then
accepted a position as bookkeeper with F. McClellan, contractor. One year later he entered
the employ of the Great Northern Railroad and remained with them until he was finally
induced to become a partner with his brother Frank J. in the Eversole Optical Company
in July, 191 -

He so readily became adapted to the optical profession that he is now held in the highest
esteem by his fellow optometrists. He entered the Illinois College of Optometry, from
which college he received his diploma.

On the 8th of September, 1910, Mr. Sexton was joined in matrimony to Miss Lorretta
Mullins, of Seattle, and they are now the proud parents of two children, Charles, Jr., and
Margaret. Mr. Sexton's many friends predict a bright future for him in the optical profes-
sion because of his untiring efforts to please and his continually adding new ideas to his


W. H. Silliman, assistant manager at Seattle for the Mutual Life Insurance Company,
of New York, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1865, and is a son
of Robert Silliman, who was superintendent of mines for the Philadelphia Coal & Iron
Company. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Charlotte Britton, was, like her


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husband, a native of England and came to America in her childhood days. Her deatli
occurred several years ago. By her marriage she became the mother of fourteen children,
seven sons and seven daughters.

At the usual age W. H. Silliman became a pupil in the public schools of Pennsylvania
and continued his residence in that state until 1888, when, at the age of twenty-two years,
he started for the northwest and established his home in Seattle. ' He first secured employ-
ment in a tailoring establishment, but believing that there was a wider field of opportunity
along other lines he withdrew from that connection and turned his attention to the insur-
ance business, becoming a solicitor for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York
in the year 1900. He made good in that connection and after demonstrating his ability by
gaining a large business for the company each year, he was appointed assistant manager
at Seattle in 1913. His business has been on a constant increase from the beginning and
he has been a most active factor in establishing the Mutual Life as one of the most suc-
cessful companies operating in the northwest.

Mr. Silliman was married in Rockport, Indiana, September 27, 1905, to Miss Lucy
Negley Rudd, a daughter of William I. and Ada T. Rudd, of Rockport, in which city
Mr. Rudd was for a number of years engaged in the banking bvisiness. To Mr. and Mrs.
Silliman has been born one son, William Henry, now in school.

Mr. Silliman has now been a resident of Seattle twenty-seven years and says he would
not live in any other place, having deep attachment for the city bj- reason of its equable
climate, its business opportunities and the sterling character of its people. He is a member
of the Rainier Club, the Seattle Athletic Club and the Earlington Golf and Country Club
and finds pleasant social relations in those organizations. He is also a member of St. Mark's
Episcopal church and he guides his life according to its teachings. He is a well known
business man who never allows outside interests to interfere with the faithful perform-
ance of his duties as a representative of the Mutual Life. He is thoroughly reliable as
well as enterprising and his worth is widely acknowledged by the company whicli he repre-
sents and his colleagues and contemporaries in business circles of Seattle.


Japanese enterprise has developed important commercial interests and connections in
the northwest and a considerable percentage of trade with the orient or in the line of
handling oriental goods is carried on by the sons of Japan. Prominent among this number
is Charles T. Takahashi, president and treasurer of the Oriental Trading Company, now
one of the large and important commercial undertakings of Seattle. This is, !;owcver, but
one field of his activity, for he has become a leading railway contractor of the Pacific
coast country, his business in that connection being one of extensive proportions.

Mr. Takahashi was born in Gifuken, Japan, November i, 1874, and he became a
pupil in the public schools of Tokyo, where he continued his education through the high
school, being graduated at the age of nineteen years. He then made his way to the United
States with Tacoma, Washington, as his destination, and there entered the Puget Sound
University, in which he continued his studies for two years. .'\t the end of that time he
became assistant to the Japanese consul at Tacoma, occupying that position for six months,
after which he removed to Seattle and in 1897 organized the Oriental Trading Company.
This business has grown to be one of large proportions, handling an extensive and attrac-
tive line of goods of Japanese manufacture, for which there is found a ready market in
the northwest. In the organization of the business Mr. Takahashi was associated with
O. Yamaoka and M. Tsukuro. The business was incorporated in 1909 with Mr. Takahashi
as president and treasurer. They not only import but also export general merchandise
and now employ in Seattle from thirty-five to fifty people. They also have branch houses
at Spokane, Washington; at Portland, Oregon; at Whitefish, Livingston, Havre and Mis-
soula, Montana ; and at Vancouver, British Columbia. They have built up a commercial
enterprise of large proportions and importance and Mr. Takahashi's business ability is
further indicated in the fact that he is engaged in railroad contracting, in which con-


nection he employs two thousand men. He was also president of the Oriental-American
Bank from 1007 until 1913, and his business ability is typical of the progressiveness of that
nation wliich in the last half century has become a recognized power in commercial circles.
Mr. Takahashi was married in Seattle to Miss Kakachiyo Omura in January, looj,
and they now have one child, Theodore Tokyo. Mr. Takahashi was president of the
Japanese Association from 1908 until 1913 and again elected in 1916, so that he is the present
incumbent. He has been a life member of the Press Club and Commercial Club of Seattle
since their organization, in which connection he has cooperated heartily in furthering con-
ditions that promote the trade relations and advance the commercial prosperity of the city.
He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1901, serving on foreign com-
merce committees and other committees at different times. He is also a life member Cham-
ber of Commerce of America and a life member Washington State Art Association. Mr,
Takahashi is a thirty-second degree Mason.


David W. Costello, secretary and one of the directors of the Washington Saw Com-
pany of Seattle, is far separated in the place of his residence from the place of his birth,
for he is a native of Massachusetts. He was born at Fitchburg, March 21, 1883, a son
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Costello. At the usual age he entered tlie public schools and
passed through consecutive grades until graduated from the high school with the class
of 1898. He next entered the employ of the Fitchburg (Mass.) Hardware Company and
for six months served in the capacity of bookkeeper. He then engaged with the Johnson-
Kettel Company at Worcester, Massachusetts, representing that firm as office manager for
two years, after which he returned to his native city and became connected with the
Simonds Manufacturing Company in the auditing department. After acceptably filling that
position for three years he was employed by the Cutter-Fletcher Company of Boston,
Massachusetts, as systematizer of their business, and when a year Iiad passed he severed
his connections in New England in order to try his fortune in the northwest and made
his way to Seattle, where he became secretary and one of the directors of the Washington
Saw Company. In this connection, therefore, he is actively associated with industrial inter-
ests of the city and his enterprise, close application and sound judgment are featuring as
factors in the growing prosperity of the company.

Mr. Costello holds membership with the Knights of Columbus, which indicates his

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