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where for sixteen years he has conducted business independently and during this period he
has seen the city grow from a small village to its present proportions, witnessing a marvelous
change. He has traveled quite extensively, but finds no place more to his liking as a
residential city and a business center than the one in which he makes his home.


Arthur A. Wright, the secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Cremation
Society of Washington, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in September, 1858. In the early
'60s he removed with his parents to Trinity county, California, and in 1867 became a
resident of Humboldt county, that state. Arthur A. Wright attended the public schools
of California until he reached the age of sixteen, when he became an insurance solicitor
and afterward was employed along various other lines until 1888, when he removed to
Seattle and began dealing in real estate. He has since been largely connected with enter-
prises having to do with the development of the natural resources of the northwest. In
1894 he engaged in the promotion of mines in Alaska, spending half of his time in that
district, although making his headquarters in Seattle. He has a comprehensive and intimate
knowledge of Alaska, its conditions and possibilities, and he remained active in the business
until 1903.

The following year he organized the Cremation Society of Washington, and built the
plant at Sixth avenue. West, and Ray street, now on the Queen Anne boulevard, the date
of the first incineration being September 2. IQ05. That year there were but three cremations.
This sanitary method of caring for the dead, however, has grown in favor very rapidly,
and today they average eighty per month.

In March, 1913, the company established an undertaking business in connection with the
operation of their crematory, taking care of burials as well as cremations, their business
now representing an investment of eighty thousand dollars.

In October, 1876, at Eureka, California, Mr. Wright was joined in wedlock to Miss
Mary A. Killough, by whom he has two children, namely, William A. and Charles G. In
his political views Mr. Wright is a republican, stanchly supporting the party since age
conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons
and the Elks and is held in high regard by his brethren of those organizations as well as
by others whom he meets in the various relations of life. In business he has steadily worked
his way upward, by honesty and fair dealing, to a desirable position on the plane of


When the Alaska Steamship Company and the Copper River & Northwestern Railway
Company obtained the services of Robert W. Baxter as vice president and general manager
they were fortunate in securing one of the most competent and widely known transportation
men in the United States, and be it said furthermore to his credit that he is another of the
high railway officials who started upon his business career as a messenger boy.

Mr. Baxter came to Seattle, the coast headquarters of the Morgan-Guggenheim Com-
panies, from Chicago, where he had been general superintendent for the Illinois Central
Railway Company. He is no stranger to Seattle and the northwest, however, as for many
years previously he had been connected with the Harriman railway interests in Portland.
He has always been a great believer in Seattle and the northwest and is planning to establish
a beautiful home in this city.


Mr. Baxter entered the service of the Union Pacific Railway Company as messenger
boy way back in 1878. He advanced step by step in an orderly progression that took him
tlirough the positions of telegraph operator, chief dispatcher, trainmaster and division
superintendent in quick succession. He afterward went to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
and later became general superintendent of the Pacific division of the Union Pacific Railroad
Company at Portland and afterward general western agent for the receivers during the
panic. For a time he was also superintendent of the Nebraska division. His next position
was with the Lehigh Valley Railroad as superintendent of transportation and he severed
that connection to accept advancement with the Illinois Central. He came to Seattle to
enter upon his present connection as vice president and general manager of the Alaska
Steamship Company and of the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad Company, and
among other important enterprises with which he is now associated is the Northwestern
Steamship Company, of which he is the president. He has brought to bear a keenness of
judgment in solving intricate and involved transportation problems added to an experience
which has come to him in the passing years with his various business connections. In his
work he has never forgotten that the transportation lines are indeed a "public utility" and
has therefore made it his purpose to render all such genuine servants of the public and
tliereby has promoted the success of the large corporations which he has represented. He
looks at the problems of the age in no narrow nor contracted way, his sagacity penetrating
beyond the exigencies of the moment to the possibilities and opportunities of the future.


The word pioneer has long been an honored term in connection with the vocabulary of
American history. It means courage, foresight, endurance, personal bravery and notable
prescience. From point to point the pioneers have advanced on the American continent
until its furthermost western borders have been reached and there has been builded a
wonderful empire on the Pacific coast. Prominent in this connection is Donald A. Mc-
Kenzie. He was born on a farm in the Genesee valley of New York, near Caledonia, on
the 25th of January, 1858. His parents. Kenneth and Elizabeth (Maxwell) McKcnzic. were
also natives of the Genesee valley and both are deceased. Both families came from Scotland
in 1800. ,

After attending the Genesee Normal School, Donald A. McKenzie continued his educa-
tion in the Brockport (New York) Normal School, but failing health obliged him to put
aside his textbooks and he returned to the home farm, remaining a resident of the Empire
state until he reached the age of twenty years, when he removed to Ellsworth county.
Kansas, where he purchased farm land. He then engaged in business in the town of
Wilson, for farm life did not prove particularly attractive to him. In 1880 he went to
New Mexico and was employed on the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad west of Albuquerque,
but after a brief time he returned to Kansas, where he remained until 1886. The stories of
the northwest, with its wonderful natural resources and opportunities, especially in the
region of Puget Sound, led him to the determination to try his fortune in this section of
the country and he made a trip to Seattle. Feeling that reports had not been exaggerated,
he took up his abode in this city and here engaged in the real estate business. He took his
stand in support of all public measures and improvements relating to the general good, and
after a few years' residence here he was elected a member of the city council, in which he
served for one term. He was also during the years 1890 and 1891 in charge of the customs
house under the Harrison administration, and on various other occasions he has been called
upon for public service where his ability has enabled him to render valuable aid for public

Mr. McKenzie was appointed a member of the board of tide land appraisers in con-
nection with Tom Prosch and Dr. Sparling, and they platted and appraised the tide lands
of Seattle and also a part of the tide lands of Tacoma harbor. Subsequently Mr. McKenzie
joined ex-Governor Eugene Semple. Andrew Hemrich. D. E. Durie and J. F. Hale in the
organization of the Washington Waterway Company, which secured a contract with the


state and filled in the tide flats south of the city. This without question was one oi the
most important projects in the history of the city, as it not only reclaimed for public use
a vast territory but provided splendid waterways and made it possible for the city of
Seattle to have the most economical harbor in the world. Colonel Thomas \\". Simons
and Virgil T. Bogue were employed to make the plat of the tide flats, providing the water-
ways and railroad accommodation. This work provided ground and facilities for great
manufacturing enterprises and laid tlie foundation for Seattle to become the greatest city
in the west.

Mr. McKenzie is a born pioneer in spirit and has never been happier than when on the
frontier. In 1890 he disposed of most of his Seattle interests and located on the Koyukuk
river north of the Arctic circle in Alaska, where he engaged in placer mining for a time.
He was afterward appointed first United States commissioner of that district, remaining
there until IQ03, when he went to South Alaska, associating himself with e.x-Governor
J. H. McGraw and Andrew Burleigh, with whom he commenced a campaign for a railroad
from the Gulf of Alaska (Prince Edward Sound) to the Yukon river, in the interest of
which he was in Washington, D. C., in 1903-4. It was a long fight. The bill was favorably
considered and, aided by Roosevelt, it passed the house. The senate was favorable to the
measure, but there were special interests fighting it which finally resulted in the defeat of
the bill. The defeat was disastrous not only to the projectors but to Alaskan interests.
Mr. McKenzie had done much cruising and found out that it was practicable to get from
the river to the sea coast on the water grade and the route selected is now the route of
the Northwestern Railroad. Through the exertions of Mr. McKenzie and his associates
it was discovered that Cordova bay is the most practicable harbor on the Alaskan coast,
which fact was brought to the attention of the United States government. Mr. McKenzie
and his friends fought nine years to get title to nine thousand acres of land at the head of
that bay and finally succeeded, accomplishing what no one else did — getting the government
to sell to an individual. The land will undoubtedly be the site for the biggest city on the
Alaskan coast. The harbor has fine anchorage and is impregnable from a military stand-
point. It is believed that the concession was made on account of the work done in that
district by Mr. McKenzie and his associates. He has been active in all matters affecting
the interests of Alaska and was instrumental in securing Alaskan representation in congress
and has assisted Mr. Wickersham in many ways since he has been in Washington. He
worked with the Alaska bureau of the Chamber of Commerce in securing the passage of
the railroad bill and his efforts in that connection, as in other ways, have been most far-
reaching and beneficial.

On the 27th of January, 1909, in Washington, D. C, Mr. McKenzie was married to
Miss Elizabeth Orndorff, a daughter of Lonsford G. and Josephine Orndorff, now deceased.
They were representatives of an old Virginia family of southern planters.

Mr. McKenzie is a member of the Arctic Club. He makes his home in Seattle, but
still has large interests in Alaska and is doing everything in his power to promote the
welfare and development of our furtherest northwest possession. He has an intimate
personal knowledge of the country, its conditions and its possibilities and his opinions are
therefore sound and reliable.


Emerson H. Carrico. attorney at law, 919-21 Leary building, arrived in Seattle on the
27th day of September, 1905, and after passing the state bar examination immediately began
the practice of law, in which he has ever since been engaged. He was born at Dockery,
Wilkes county. North Carolina, and is decended from French ancestry. There were three
Carrico brothers who came over from France during tlie Revolutionary war and fought on
the American side, afterwards settling in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively.
His father, .'Karon K. Carrico, was a native of Virginia, and spent the greater portion of his
life in educational work. His mother was Rosa E. Cornett, also a native of Virginia, and a
descendant of the Canute family.


Mr. Carrico attended the schools of Virginia and the University of Kentucky. Subse-
quently he taught for two years in Fairview College, at Traphill, North Carolina.

At the age of sixteen he was employed as manager of the Fourth Avenue Hotel, then a
very popular summer resort at Wythville, Virginia, where he continued in said employment
for three years. He afterwards began the study of law under Judge R. F. Armfield, at
Statesville, North Carolina, continuing his studies under the tutorship of the famous judge
tor several years. Later he pursued a review course in the University at Washington,
District of Columbia.

Mr. Carrico's father died when he was an infant, and on account of the cruel treatment
accorded him by his stepfather, he was compelled to leave home at the early age of eleven
years, and from that time forward educated himself and has made his own way in the
world without any assistance, except for two years of schooling at Elk Creek Academy,
Virginia, furnished him by Professor Joseph F. Delp, the principal, for which he in
after years reimbursed him.

Mr. Carrico, since coming to Seattle, has built up (|uitc a large and extensive law-
practice, and is recognized as a lawyer of integrity and ability. Mr. Carrico is a prominent
member of St. John's Lodge, No. 9, F. & A. M., in Seattle.

On the first day of June, 1904, Mr. Carrico was united in marriage to Miss Massie
Rucker, who comes of a very old and prominent family of Lynchburg, Virginia. Sir
Cyrus Rucker, her great-grandfather, on his way over to America, from England, was
shipwrecked off the coast of Virginia and floated into Norfolk on the wreckage. Her
grandfather, Mr. Edwin S. Rucker, received from King George one of the first grants,
written on parchment, for two thousand acres of land in Amherst county, Virginia, which
is still in her immediate family.


Paul Jaync Hackett has been prominently identified with the recent marvelous develop-
ment of wireless telephony and is now chief engineer of the Universal High Power Tele-
phone Company. He was born December 26, 1890, in Hatton, Adams county, Washington, a
son of John Daniel and Ida Belle (Sutton) Hackett, both natives of Michigan. The
maternal grandfather. Dr. L. L. Sutton, was one of the most prominent farmers of Adams
county, Washington, and his uncle, William J. Sutton, of Cheney, Spokane county, Wash-
ington, served as senator. Two other uncles, E. G. Sutton and B. L. Sutton, are living in
Seattle, the former a commission merchant and the latter a retired farmer. Mr. and Mrs.
Hackett were pioneer settlers of Hatton, Washington, where the former served as telegraph
operator for the Northern Pacific Railway for many years. He was also the first post-
master of Hatton and held the office for a decade. His wife was very prominent in church
and Sunday scliool work in Hatton and later in Walla Walla, and also did a great deal of
important missionary work. She was never happier than when helping the poor and needy
and no case of want appealed to her in vain.

Paul Jayne Hackett received his education in the schools of Walla Walla and in his
youth began the study of electricity and especially of its application to wireless telegraphy.
He established the first wireless station in Walla Walla and organized a club for the study
of wireless telegraphy in the Young Men's Christian Association and in the Walla Walla
high school. He later accepted a position as w'ireless operator in Spokane, but after
remaining there for three months returned to Walla Walla to become electrical engineer
for the Pacific Power & Light Company. He remained with them for only a few months,
however, and then came to Seattle and became connected with the work of developing tlie
possibilities of wireless telephony. While so doing he saw the necessity of a loud speaking
transmitter and his recognition of this need ultimately led to the organization of the
Universal High Power Telephone Company, of which he is the chief engineer. Considerable
attention has been given in scientific circles to the invention of the loud speaking transmitter
and there is much interest in the development of wireless telephony, along which line Mr.
Hackett has done much valuable pioneer work.


He is a democrat in liis political views, but has never had time to take an active part in
affairs of government. He has devoted his entire energy to his electrical and engineering
work and has accomplished a great deal. He has constantly studied and investigated and
is in the vanguard of those who are working along his line. Personally he is popular and
all who know him recognize his integrity.


William Milo Meacham is among those contractors who have done much in the building
of Seattle. He came to Seattle in 1905 soon after forming a partnership with H. G. Babcock
under the firm name of Meacham & Babcock.

Mr. Meacham was born in Abilene, Kansas, December 16, 1871, his parents being
Harmon Everett and Virginia (\'ansant) Meacham. He comes of mixed ancestry, Scotch,
English, Irish and Welsh. His ancestry in every branch was established in America prior
to the Revolutionary war and a number of his forebears took part m that struggle. His
father, on being refused enlistment in the Civil war, on account of his youth, went with the
Ninety-ninth Ohio Volunteers, as regimental postmaster, in order to get to the front.
William M. Meacham served in the Spanish-American war, enlisting as a member of
Company G, First Illinois Volunteers, and saw active service at Santiago, Cuba. He is a
member of the Society of the Army Santiago de Cuba.

Becoming a resident of Chicago, Illinois, in early boyhood. Air. Meacham was educated
in the public schools of that city and later pursued special courses in the University of
Chicago. Before becoming of age, he went into business as a contractor in Chicago, a
business lie has since successfully continued. In politics Mr. Meacham is a democrat.
Fraternally he is a !Mason, and he belongs to a number of clubs, including the Seattle
Commercial Club, the Seattle Yacht Club and the Rifle Club.

Mr. Meacham was married at Vancouver, British Columbia, November 28, 1908, to
Miss Kate Moore, a native of Brantford, Ontario, and the daughter of Arthur Thomas
and Kate (Tilson) Moore, they of Irish birth. Mrs. Meacham came to Washington in
1891 and became a teacher in the Seattle public schools and thus continued until her mar-
riage. A son, William Arthur, born in Seattle. September 26, 1910, completes the family


Arthur Perry Tinkham is known in industrial circles of Seattle as the founder of the
University Sheet Metal Works and he is also financially interested in the Universal High
Power Telephone Company. His birth occurred in Summerville, Michigan, February 19.
1864, and he is a son of Perry and Harriet Tinkham, the former an agriculturist by

Our subject received his education in the common schools and was reared under the
parental roof. On starting out on his independent career he first engaged in carpentering
and contracting and later turned his attention to sheet metal work. He established the
University Sheet Aletal Works of Seattle, which is now numbered among the important
industrial concerns of the city. He has manifested executive ability of a high order and
his business sagacity and his enterprise have enabled him to gain financial independence.
In addition to his connection with the University- Sheet Metal Works he has invested in
the Universal High Power Telephone Company.

In October, 1883, at Niles, Michigan, occurred the marriage of Mr. Tinkham and Miss
Anna Jones, a daughter of Matt Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Tinkham have three children:
Mrs. Hattie Hill, Mrs. Hazel McPhee^ and Clyde, who was formerly a member of the
signal corps of the United States army and saw service in the Philippines. He now belongs
to the National Guard of Washington.



Mr. Tinkham is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party.
Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is not only highly
respec'ted for his sound judgment and business sagacity, but he is also esteemed because of
liis unswerving integrity and probity, and there are many who are his warm personal
friends. He is greatly interested in the development of Seattle and no movement for the
advancement of the community lacks his support and cooperation.


Roger Marcheiti. an able and successful young attorney of Seattle, where he has now
practiced for four years, enjoys the distinction of being the only Italian lawyer in the
state of Washington. His birth occurred at Spezia, Italy, on the 14th of March, 1887, his
parents being Carlo and Emma Marchetti. The father acted as commissioner general to
Europe of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle and was also the promoter of
Venice, California, a popular beach resort. He is an intimate friend of Pietro Mascagni,
the famous composer of Cavalleria Rusticana and other noted operas, and now holds the
position of president and general manager of the National Grand Opera Company of
Los .\ngeles, California. The paternal grandfather of our subject was an artist of renown,
being the leading painter of Florence in his time.

Roger Marchetti has received excellent educational advantages. He attended .Armour
Institute of Technology in Chicago and subsequently entered Washington University of
St. Louis, Missouri, while his professional training was obtained in the College of Law of
the University of Southern California in Los -Angeles, where he completed the prescribed
course in 1909. The following year he located for practice in Seattle, opening offices at 1219,
1220 and 1221 Alaska building, while his present quarters are at 215, 217, 21Q and 221
Lyon building. He is the only Italian lawyer in the state and an extensive clientage is
accorded him. A young man of well balanced intellect, thoroughly familiar with the law
and practice and of comprehensive general information, Mr. Marchetti possesses an
analytical mind that enables him to recognize the relative value of every point in his case
and at the same time he presents his cause in a clear and forcible manner that leaves no
doubt as to the logic of his position or of the law applicable thereto.

Politically Mr. Marchetti is a stanch republican, Iiclieving firmly in the principles of
that party. He is a popular member of the Seattle .Athletic Club and a devout communicant
of the Roman Catholic church. -A promising future lies before him in the field of his
profession, for he has already attained an enviable position for one of his years.


Among those who have found in the real estate business in Seattle a profitable field
for operation was Robert Merchant, who is now deceased but who for a number of years
was an active factor in real estate circles. He was a western man by birth, training and
preference, always living in the Pacific coast country. His birth occurred at Yamhill.
Oregon, in i860, and in 1881, the year in which he attained his majority, he removed from
Ellensburg. Oregon, to Seattle. From that time until his death he was actively connected
with business interests here and became a prominent factor in the life of the community.
In 18S2 he began the manufacture of candy, under the firm name of Merchant & Company,
and later reorganized his business under the style of the Seattle Steam Candy Company,
continuing the business until 1889, when his plant was destroyed in the great conflagration
which swept over the city in that year, causing a heavy loss. He had the largest factory
outside of San Francisco on the coast. He started again, but there ensued the widespread
financial panic and he gave up the business. He then turned his attention to the brokerage
business, in which he continued for seven years, and on the expiration of that period
engaged in the real estate business, operating along that line until his death. He never lost


faith in Seattle nor doubted what would be the ultimate outcome of the work for the city's
upbuilding and improvement. Whatever he did, he did with thoroughness and naturally he

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