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deemed of public worth and benefit. He has taken the York Rite degrees in Masonry, is
identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and with the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks. He is a member of the Cascade and Everett Golf and Country Clubs of
Everett and is appreciative of the social amenities of life. He attends the Congregational
church and his aid and influence are factors in furthering material, intellectual, civic and
moral progress.


The tendency of the age is toward specialization. This is manifest in industrial, com-
mercial and professional life. The individual does not attempt to cover the broadest pos-
sible field but rather concentrates his energies upon a single line of activity that he may
master it with the greatest thoroughness and thus produce the highest results. Acting
in accordance with this tendency. Dr. Arthur Morgan MacWhinnie has become one of
the most distinguished representatives of the medical profession in the northwest in the
treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat and his contributions to the literature
of the profession are voluminous and most valuable.

Dr. MacWhinnie was born at New Bedford, Massachusetts, December 24, 1874, a son
of Adam and Mary A. MacWhinnie, both natives of Glasgow, Scotland. The father is
now living in Adamsdale, Massachusetts, at the age of sixty-six years, while the mother
passed away December 3, 1914, at the age of sixty years. Dr. MacWhinnie has been
liberally trained for professional activity. He was graduated from the Baltimore Medical
College, now the University of Maryland Medical College, in April, 1897, at which time
his professional degree was conferred upon him. He has since taken post-graduate courses
in the Will's Eye Hospital ; the New York Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital ; St.
Bartholomew's Hospital of New York ; the Cinquant-Vingt Hospital of Paris ; and the
Presbyterian Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital at Baltimore, Maryland. However, his
professional training was not received immediately after his public school course was
completed, for in the meantime he had entered into business with his father, manufactur-
ing cotton yarn and cloth when a youth of fifteen years, devoting a period of three years
to that occupation, but it did not make a strong appeal to him and he determined upon a
professional course with the result that he qualified for the practice of medicine. After
gaining the broad basic knowledge necessary, he turned his attention to special lines and
has become recognized as one of the most able and skilled physicians in the northwest in the
treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. Moreover, the lesult of his broad
study, research and investigation has been given to the world in various valuable contributions


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to literature. His authorship includes the following with date of publication : Atypical
Filamentar\- Keratitis, January, 1909; Digital Enucleation of the Faucial Tonsils, May.
1909; Present Status of the Spirocheta Pallida, June, 1909; Spoon Enucleation of tlie
Tonsil, November, 1909 ; A New Artificial Leach. December, 1909 ; The Much Abused
Nose, January, 1910; Cataract Absorption — With Case Report, May, 1910; Visual Fields
in Accessory Sinus Diseases, August, 1910; Vincent's Angina, August, 1910; Tonsil Grasp-
ing Forceps, November, igio; Exophoria in Convergence, April, 1911 ; Iritis Palstica
Adhaerens, September, 191 1; Pupillary Obstruction, May, 1912; Pedunculated Sarcoma
and Myxoma of Larynx, October, 1912; The Teeth and Their Relation to the Eye, Octo-
ber, 1913; Two of the Present Day Fads, April, 1914: A Safe and Rapid Procedure for
Sub-Mucous Resection of the Deflected Nasal Septum, with Presentation of a New Septal
Forceps. 191 1. and The Treatment of Infections of the Accessory Sinuses, January, 1916.

In Attleboro, Massachusetts, on the 6th of December, 1899. Dr. MacWhinnie was
married to Miss Caroline Louise Briggs. a daughter of Seth and Martha (Shepard)
Briggs. In the maternal line Mrs. MacWhinnie is a descendant of Lord Gilbert Kennedy,
the Ear! of Cassilis, and representatives of the family on the paternal side came to America
on the boat which followed the Mayflower. Five ancestors fought in the Revolutionary war.
Mrs. MacWhinnie graduated from Brown University in 1899 with the degree of A. B. and is
a member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. Rainier Chapter, D. A. R., and the Women's
University Club. She is the mother of two children. .Arthur Briggs and Rosalind.

Dr. MacWhinnie belongs to the L^niversity Golf Club and in the midst of onerous pro-
fessional duties turns to it for recreation. Along strictly professional lines he has mem-
bership connections with the King County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical
Society, the American Medical .Association and the Pacific Coast Oto-Laryngological
Society. The profession speaks of him and his work in terms of high praise and appre-
ciation and Seattle is fortunate in having in its midst one so well qualified to perform the
very delicate and important professional duties whicli now claim tlic attention of
Dr. MacWhinnie.


Frank S. Lang is president and general manager of the F. S. Lang Manufacturing
Company, engaged in the manufacture of various kinds of stoves and ranges. His business
has now assumed extensive proportions, becoming one of the large productive industries
of Seattle. He was born in .Austria and is a son of Martin Lang. He attended public
school near his boyhood home until he reached the age of twelve years, after which he
crossed the .Atlantic and became a resident of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he learned the
tinsmith's trade. Later on he traveled over the country working at his trade and finally
settled down in Helena, Montana, where he conducted a tinshop and hardware store. He
conducted a growing business there for seventeen years, and in igoo sold out and went to
Nome, .Alaska, where he opened a tinshop and hardware store. He also began the manu-
facture of stoves at that place and carried on business there until 1906, when he sold out
and came to Seattle.

Here Mr. Lang organized the Hydraulic Pipe Manufacturing Company, of which he
became president, conducting that business until 1907, when he sold out and established the
F. S. Lang Manufacturing Comapny, of which he is now president and general manager.
He manufactures a complete line of cook, ship, family and hotel ranges, ranging in price
from one to four hundred dollars. He made the first change in stove construction in forty
years— and his principle of burning all fuel from the top has revolutionized the stove busi-
ness of the world. The Lang range is patented, and is conceded to be the greatest fuel
saving range made. The famous Armco rust-resisting polished iron is used exclusively in
the manufacture of the Lang ranges. This is considered the best iron on the market today.
He employs from sixty to seventy men and his trade relations extend to all parts of the
United States, while in .Alaska he does a large amount of business. He has a large foundry

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in connection with his stove factory, where he manufactures all the different parts for his
stoves, and the growth of his business has led him to just recently erect a large two-story
addition, thus doubling the capacity of his plant.

On the 23d of July, 191 1, in Tacoma, Mr. Lang was united in marriage to Miss Se'ma
M. Gruettner, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his political views Mr. Lang is an earnest
republican, while his religious faith is that of the Catholic church. He belongs to the
Arctic Club, Commercial Club, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Yacht Club, Lumber-
men's Club, Employers' Association and Credit Men's Association. The nature of his
interests is thus indicated. He possesses social qualities which render him popular in these
different organizations, and at the same time he gives hearty support to plans and measures
instituted by the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations for the benefit and up-
building of the city in which he makes his home.


Kakuichi Kataj'ama is occupying the important official position of general business and
legal adviser for the Japanese at Seattle and is official interpreter and also the president of
the Japanese-American Trading Company. He was born in the town of Kamo, in the
Okayama province of Japan, on the 13th of December, 1875. a son of Taneji and Isono
Katayama. He embraced the opportunities for an education offered in the public and high
schools of the city of Okayama, being graduated in 1897, and later he attended the Imperial
University at Tokyo, where he devoted two years to the study of German law. On the
expiration of that period he came to Seattle and became a teacher of English to Japanese
children, devoting his attention to professional work of that character until 1900, w-hen he
Organized the Sunrise Trading Company, of which he was president and manager. He
conducted the business until 1901 and then sold out, removing to Bellingham, Washington,
where he became connected with the Bellingham Bay Oyster Company. In 190J he returned
to Japan as representative of that companj-, buying oysters and shipping them to the
United States. His attention was thus directed until April, 1903, when he returned to
Bellingham, where he engaged in teaching school and also became president of the Japanese
Association. In 1905 he returned to Seattle and is now the legal and business adviser for
the Japanese and also official interpreter. He is likewise president of the Japanese-American
Trading Company and is most prominent among people of his nationality, while his business
ability and worth are also recognized by those of American birth.

On the i8th of March, 1903, in Okayama. Japan, Mr. Katayama was united in marriage
to Miss Otowa Okabayashi, and they have become the parents of four children : Elmer,
Lillian, Alice and Kenneth.

Mr. Katayama is a member of the Baptist church and he is identified with several
organizations formed by people of his own nationality, being now trustee of the Japanese
Association, a member of the Japanese Commercial Club and president of the Okayama
Provincial Society. He is, however, cosmopolitan in his interests and in his education.
Liberal training in the schools and colleges of his native land and wide experience that has
come to him through travel and through business connections have made him a broad-
minded gentleman, while his native culture places him at ease in all gatherings.


Ranking high in the legal profession is James H. Kane, a Seattle attorney of the firm
of Farrell, Kane & Stratton. Mr. Kane was born in St. Croix county, Wisconsin, in 1879.
His parents were Patrick and Mary Kane, both natives of Ireland, who came to America
during the stormy years of the Irish rebellion. Becoming Wisconsin pioneers, they took
up the difficult task of making farm lands out of heavily timbered wildernesses and suc-
ceeded so well that at the father's death in 1899 he was one of the most prosperous farmers


ill the progressive agricultural community. The mother died in iijio, but for years to come
both will be remembered for courage, honesty and generosity.

Having completed his high school course in the public schools of New Richmond,
Wisconsin, James H. Kane entered the University of Minnesota in 1899. He took his L.B.
degree from this institution in igo2 and March 14, 1903, he came to Seattle, where he was
admitted to the bar three days after his arrival. He became identified with his present law
firm in 1907. Mr. Kane has been employed in many important legal cases, he has capably
represented several prominent corporations and has successfully acted as counsel for the
Ijishop of this diocese. In the courtroom his manner is dignified, indicating both reserve
strength and professional zeal. His careful attention to all details and his consideration
for the interests of all clients have brought him a profitable practice.

For ten years he was a director of the American Savings Bank and during his thirteen
years here he has acquired extensive property interests in Seattle, King county and else-
where. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and has served this organiza-
tion both as district deputy and as grand knight of the Seattle Council. He. is also a member
of the Arctic Club.

In June, lyii, Mr. Kane married Miss Agnes Hagan, of New Richmond, Wisconsin.
They have one child, Mary Caroline Kane, born December i, 1913.


Peter Woeck, a well known contractor of Seattle, was born in Germany, October 23,
1863, and was the second in a family of four children whose parents were Mr. and Mrs.
James W'. Woeck. The father engaged in the lumber, milling and grain business in Ger-
many until 1879, when he came with his family to the United States, settling at Oshkosh,
Wisconsin. He was active in business there for a long period, but is now living retired.

Peter Woeck obtained his education in the schools of Germany, remaining in that
country until he reached the age of si.xtccn years, when he came with his parents to the
new world. He entered business life in connection with the milling trade in the employ of
bis father. He served a regular apprenticeship, but afterward turned his attention to the
carpenter's trade, which he followed in early life in Wisconsin. In 1888 he came to Seattle,
arriving here before the winter of the great fire. Here he followed carpentering for a time
in the employ of others and then took up contract work on his ow'U account. He
had taken up a homestead in Snohomish county, Washington, comprising one hundred and
^i.\ty acres, and this he developed and improved at the same time that he was conducting
his business as a contractor and builder in Seattle. The work allotted to him has been of
an important character and he has gained a place among the leading contractors of the city.
In 1908 he formed a partnership with P. M. Behrens and the firm of Woeck & Behrens is
now well known throughout Seattle and is regarded as most reliable in every way. Their
work receives the strong indorsement of the public and the business is constantly increasing.

Mr. Woeck has been married twice, first in Wisconsin. In i8g6 he wedded ^liss May
Russell, a daughter of Henry L. Russell, a farmer of Wisconsin. By his first he
liad one son, H. J., a machinist of Seattle, now twenty-nine years of age.

Mr. Woeck holds membership with the Masonic fraternity, the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World and the Sons of Herman. He has been a citizen
of Seattle for twenty-seven years and has seen it grow from a small village to the great
metropolis of the northwest with all of its modern equipments, improvements and ad-
vantages. He located here on account of the wide field offered for his business, because of
the good climate and of his faith in the future of the city. He now has a most attractive
modern home on beautiful Vashon island. This he erected on a plat of ground of thirty-
four acres. He owns his own electric light plant, operated by water power, and he has
every possible convenience there, surpassing in many ways the advantages offered by the
city. He has his land partly under cultivation. There is much fruit upon the place and a
fine garden. It takes him but a short time to reach his business in Seattle and yet he has
all of the advantages and joys of living remote from the congested centers of population.


During the long period of his residence in the northwest he has merited and enjoyed the
confidence and goodwill of the people and today he has an extensive circle of acquaintances,
many of whom entertain for him the warmest friendship and regard.


Gerard Pearson, proprietor and manager of the Pacific Coast Grinding & Machine
Works, is controlling one of the business enterprises that make up the sum total of business
activity upon which rests the growth, greatness and prosperity of the city. He is yet a
young man, but has already attained a creditable position in business circles. His birth
occurred in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1893, his father being Alexander Pearson of that city,
who was a prominent contractor and builder, conducting his interests under the name of
the Pearson Construction Company.

Gerard Pearson was the eldest of four children and his education was largely acquired
in the schools of Seattle. He started in his present line of business at No. 612 East Pike
street, in June, 1912, and has remained at that location since. He does the highest class work
in his line, a result to which several factors have contributed. His machine shop is one of
the most complete on the coast, thoroughly equipped with all modern appliances to facilitate
the work. Mr. Pearson is a young man and within a short period has made an excellent
record in his chosen field of business, being well known not only in this city and district,
but in the surrounding country, in Alaska and even east of the mountains and all over the
state of Washington. The machinery which he turns out is of the latest and best designs
and the output includes everything from an ash press to the finest grinding and milling
machinery made. He specializes in cylinder and crank shaft grinding, uses only the highest
grade material obtainable and as he employs only expert mechanics the work turned out is
of the highest possible grade. His establishment is equipped to do all kinds of repair work
on automobiles and he takes work on contracting equipment.

In 1914 Mr. Pearson was married in Seattle to Miss Clara M. Paulson. They greatly
enjoy Seattle as a place of residence, having many warm friends here, while their ambitions
and interests lie along those lines which have been strong factors in the development and
growth of the city.


Prominent among the leading merchants of Seattle is John S. Graham, whose splendidly
appointed establishment, including a line of milliner}-, suits, coats, waists and fine apparel
for women, is one of the finest stores on the Pacific coast. In fact, it is scarcely surpassed
in the entire country. Perhaps in New York and Chicago are establishments of greater
size, but none show more discriminating taste in the selection and display of goods,
rendering it one of the most beautiful stores of its kind in America. Well formulated
plans, executed with promptness and decision and characterized by unswerving commercial
integrity, have constituted the basis of his growing success. A native of Fifeshire, Scot-
land, Mr. Graham is descended from one of the old families of that country, his father
being Andrew Graham, who was a tanner and controlled one of the largest enterprises
of that character in Scotland.

After acquiring a high school education John S. Graham served a four years'
apprenticeship to the dry goods business and since starting out on his own account has
never been in any line save that of women's furnishings. He arrived in Seattle in 1889,
immediately after the great fire, when there were practically no stores in the town. For
one dollar per front foot he rented space for a tent next to the present location of the
Cheasty store, on Second and Spring streets. Later he found a man occupying what he
considered a much better location, there selling chickens, rabbits, etc., in a large tent.
Mr. Graham then bought the man out and occupied the tent, just opposite the present Hotel


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Butler. When the Butler Hotel building was erected he rented a store in it from Daniel
Jones and Guy Phinney, there remaining for five years, at the end of which time he
removed to the Boston block, there continuing until about four years ago, when he estab-
lished his business at his present location at Second and Spring streets, just across the
street from where he started upon his business career in Seattle in a tent. In some
seasons his employes number one hundred and fifty and he has one of the finest and most
up-to-dale stores in Seattle, carrying a large and attractive line of millinery, suits, coats,
waists and evening apparel for women. Everything is tastefully arranged and the appoint-
ments of the store are most attractive. He carries the latest goods which the markets
of the world afford and the most fastidious and critical taste can here find satisfaction. His
establishment is popular with the public and the growth of the business is indicated in a
comparison of his little tent store with the present extensive and well appointed estab-
lishment. When he started out upon his business career in Seattle, opening his store,
all goods were marked in plain figures and a one price system was inaugurated — a rule
from which he has never deviated to the slightest extent as the years have gone on. When
a sale of goods in tliis establishment is advertised the public knows that the announcement
means exactly what it says and Mr. Graham has thus gained and held the confidence of
the people by his strict business principles and his unfaltering adherence to the highest
standards of honesty and honorable dealing.

In Sacramento, California, Mr. Graham was married to Miss Josephine Spencer, a
native of Boston, and they have one son, Robert, who is now associated with his father
in business, having made his first trip to the east as a buyer for the house in the fall of
1914. The family occupy a handsome residence at No. 404 Harvard avenue, North, and
in addition Mr. Graham owns much other valuable real estate in the city. He votes
independently in politics, supporting the best man irrespective of party, seeking ever by his
ballot to promote good, clean government. He is identified with the Arctic, Seattle
Athletic and other leading clubs of the city and of several is a life member. His friends,
and they are many, find him a pleasant, congenial companion and the public accords him
honor and respect for what he has accomplished and the methods which he has followed,
his course at all times measuring up to the highest commercial standards.


Percy H. Ridgway, a contracting engineer and macliincry broker of Seattle, who has
based his success upon accurate and expert knowledge of his profession, was born May I,
1875, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. His father. W. F. Ridgway, an accountant of Seattle,
came to New York in 1867, where he remained several years, afterwards returning to
England. In 1880 he decided to make America his permanent home and moved his family
to Chicago, and in 1889 he arrived in Seattle, where he is still engaged in bookkeeping.
His mother bore the maiden name of J. M. Yulen and was the niece of Mrs. J. P. Pierson,
wife of Lieutenant J. P. Pierson, U. S. N., an old settler of Seattle. Mrs. Pierson removed
to California from New York in 1865 and to Seattle in 1870 and lived here until her death
in i8g6. The father is of English lineage, while the mother represents one of the old
Knickerbocker Dutch families of New York.

Percy H. Ridgway was the third in order of birth in a family of six children. He was
educated in the public schools of Chicago and Seattle and attended the University of
Washington, where he pursued a course in engineering and mathematics. He started out
in the business world in connection with the Union Electric Company of Seattle, of which
company he became superintendent. He then entered the contracting engineering business
in Kjoo and has continued active along that line to the present time, specializing along the
line of power machinery. His business throughout the northwest is now extensive, a very
liberal clientage being accorded him, and his training and practical experience have fitted
him for important work in this connection.

Mr. Ridgway was married in Spokane, in 1910, to Miss Cora A. Pace, a daughter of
D. C. Pace, of .'"lustin, Texas, and they now have three children : Percy Pace, four years


of age ; Marie Alice, two years of age ; and William D., the youngest of the family and the
pet of the household. In political views Mr. Ridgway is a democrat. In this connection
he has followed in the footsteps of his father and has seen no reason to change his political
belief. He belongs to the Commercial Club of the city and is an interested factor in
promoting the objects of the organization. For twenty-seven years he has resided in Seattle,

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