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from Olympia owned by the pioneer, Amos Brown. This they worked together. In two
months, in connection with Bohan Field, he went on a business trip for Mr. Brown to look
after some land of his at Suquamish. They liked the property so well that they purchased
it, a tract of one hundred and sixty acres, and in connection therewith ox teams and logging
appliances. This business move was made under the firm name of Cobb & Field. They
worked hard for three years, but the prices were so low for farm products and timber that
at the end of that time they sold out and dissolved partnership, thus ending what was a most
trying period in Mr. Cobb's life. He afterward went to Lowell, Washington, as logging
camp foreman for E. D. Smith, one of the founders of the city of Everett and at that time
the largest producer of lumber in Washington territory. Mr. Cobb had a working force of
forty men under his direction, which was a large number for that day. After eight years'
connection with Mr. Smith he embarked in business on his own account under contract with
the Port Blakeley Mill Company and thus continued in business for two years, at the end of
which time he came to Seattle to act as log purchasing and land agent for the company.
He remained in that position until 1897, when he resigned and incorporated the Port Susan

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Logging Company, since which time he has been regarded as one of the leading timber
owners and operators of the northwest. He next incorporated the Suquamish Logging
Company and was also one of the principal stockholders in the Kerry Mill Company. He
likewise incorporated the Ebey Logging Company and the International Timber Company of
Seattle, the latter having lands in British Columbia and also operating there. He was the
incorporator of the Marysville & Arlington Railroad Company, extending from Marysville,
Washington, through Arlington and many miles beyond the latter point. He became one of
the incorporators of the Cobb-Haley Investment Company, devoted to real estate and build-
ing operations in Seattle. All of these are close corporations and Mr. Cobb is president of
all with the exception of the Kerry Mill Company, of which he is the vice president. None
of these concerns has ever put any stock upon the market. Aside from the many varied and
important interests which have already been mentioned, Mr. Cobb was the promoter and
the original stockholder of the Metropolitan Building Company, owning the lease of the
University of Washington, a tract of ten acres in the heart of Seattle. This company has
constructed some of the finest buildings in Seattle, among them the White, Henry and Cobb
buildings, the latter occupied solely by physicians, surgeons and dentists and called "The
Doctors' Building."- Mr. Cobb is a stockholder and director in the Washington Securities
Company, the Washington Trust Company, the Metropolitan Bank, all of Seattle, and is in-
terested largely in many other financial institutions and many industrial concerns.

Mr. Cobb was married January 19, 1892, to Miss Carrie Belle Turner, a daughter of
A. G. Turner, of Nevada City, California. He is a Mason, is a member of the Chamber
of Commerce, the Commercial Club, the Rainier Club, the Golf and Country Club and the
Metropolitan Club. Recognition and utilization of opportunity has brought him to rank with
the capitalists of Seattle.


Philip J. Brady is prominently known in connection with an industry which has con-
stituted one of the chief sources of wealth in the northwest, for he is engaged in the canning
of salmon and its by-products. Business, however, is to him but one phase of existence and
mental alertness has kept him in touch with the vital and significant problems and interests
of the age. He has also become known as a clever writer and possesses marked literary

Mr. Brady was born in New York city, December 2, 1868, a son of James and Ann
(Tuohy) Brady, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father, who survives, was for
many years connected with the Oregon Central Railroad, now a part of the Southern Pacific
system. The son attended the grammar and high schools of Oregon, the family having
removed to the northwest in his early boyhood. He early became imbued with the spirit of
enterprise and progress which has been the dominant factor in the upbuilding of this section
of the country and in his business career he has been actuated by laudable ambition that has
enabled him to overcome obstacles and difficulties of a most discouraging character. At the
outset of his career he became connected with the fish canning industry of the northwest
and is now engaged in the salmon trade along packing, shipping and commission lines. He
likewise handles by-products of the industry, both fertilizer and fish oil, and his business
is now one of the important commercial enterprises of this section. He has a large export
trade and, in fact, has been an extensive sliipper to foreign lands for a long period. Among
other large contracts which he has filled was that of supplying flour and canned salmon to
the Japanese in the war with Russia. In his entire business career he has readily discrim-
inated between the essential and the non-essential and his industry and even paced energy
have carried him forward to important commercial relations. He has a splendidly equipped
plant and his patronage has reached such volume that he is today regarded as one of the
leaders in his line in this section of the country.

Those who know Mr. Brady, however, recognize that he has no love of money for its
own sake. He is a socialist, not in the sense of party lines but in the broadest and best
meaning of the term. He was born in the Roman Catholic faith but has no church affilia-


tions at the present time. He is a believer in democratic principles but votes for the best
man irrespective of party. For four years he was a member of the Oregon National Guard
and along lines having to do with the social and municipal interests of the city he is well
known, holding membership in the Arctic Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Commercial
Club and the Railroad Transportation Club.

His home life had its inception in his marriage in Portland, Oregon, in 1892, to Miss
Margaret Carroll, a daughter of John Carroll, of Kentucky, a lineal descendant of the Car-
rolls of CarroUton. At an early period in the development of Oregon John Carroll became
a resident of the northwest. Mrs. Brady is prominent in club work in Seattle, holding mem-
bership with a number of the leading woman's clubs. The only child of this marriage is
Philip J. Brady, Jr. Such in brief is the life history of Philip J. Brady, successful business
man, but also one of broad humanitarianism. No better expression of his advanced and
commendable ideas upon some of the vital questions of the day can be given than by quoting
from one of his articles published under the caption of Business and Money. It indicates
not only his views upon the (piestions but also shows his trenchant style as a writer. He said :

"Annually in America when the crops are garnered, we enter a period of rest similar to
that observed in all nature. In prosperous times even a slight pinch is felt by those who have
not saved tlieir hazelnuts for the winter. This pinch is distressing in what is known as 'hard
times' which seems to visit us about every seven to ten years. All natural and scientific
reasons may be opposed to a depression and when such conditions prevail, then the depression
can be avoided. At the present time all natural and scientific conditions are for prosperity.
Then we should seek out and remove the unnatural conditions. Money can aptly be com-
pared to the circulation of the blood; when money is hoarded by individuals or by banks,
then a strangulation to business sets in, injuring itself (the blood) and injuring business
(the body). It is obvious then that the hoarding of money should be so abhorrent to all that
tlie practice would cease. Legislation will reach it in time, though it will probably come
((uicker through an awakened press and a general better understanding, better citizenship.
The average individual thinks the money appearing to his credit at his bank actually belongs
to him. Nothing could be further from the truth. The proof is in the simple but truthful
statement that the sum total of these credits far exceeds the actual money ; its use belongs to
Iiim to use, to keep in circulation, not to hoard, for Iiad his brother beaten him to it he
could not get it.

"The material wealth is probably several hundred limes as great as the sum total of
money, but it can serve all if all observe the patriotic law of keeping it in use or in circula-
tion. Money should be a servant of business, rather than business a servant of money.
When both are true to their proper functions then we will have peace and happiness. The
production of gold and of money in tlie last fourteen years exceeds the production during
tlie previous history of man back as far as we can trace. The speed of the dollar has also
increased due to some improvements in banking, especially in the buying and selling of bank-
ers exchange, and this same speed has the same effect as an increased supply. This increased
sujiply is the principal factor in causing an advance in the cost of living; or you can state it
the other way around, i. e., that money has cheapened.

"At a more recent period (the present time), one notices declines in many lines, due
j)rincipally to a strangulation in the money veins of the world's circulation. The moral side
is more important than all the rest. The sorrow, grief and heartbreaks caused by the use.
misuse and especially nonuse of money is crying to the Edison of the financial world to turn
the searchlight of science on this subject. Money, the quick and the dead metal, children lis])
the word and greybeards are confounded; its tinkle is heard in the sacred cathedrals and its
ministers step quite lively to its magic music. As you are, in a sense, a carrier, your
adoration is like worshipping a freight car and overlooking the freight ; a revolution, silent
but irresistible is taking place and you will be made a servant of the people and shall occupy
a place less honorable, less useful than your brother metals. Men will not endure the rigors
of the Arctic nor the heat of the tropics in your searcli. for you are not worth while; you
cost more than you are worth to find you anyhow, and when found we build palaces of
marble for you called banks, and we use you back and forth between ourselves, paying a
tribute for your use that results in dividends to your custodians, so great as to be unfair,
as shown by your custodians' own statements of thirty to one hundred per cent profit on their


own net capital annually. Still more recent legislation, providing banks of rediscount is a
distinct step in the right direction and means that the banks can themselves borrow at whole-
sale rates and lend at retail rates, using the collateral as a basis for reborrowing. Thi^. is a
big advantage to the banks and more than offsets their slightly increased ta.xation. It is
still apparent, however, that banks whose loans are twenty to thirty times their capital stocks
are still earning gross annual profits, one hundred to two hundred per cent. It is perhaps
proper that their loan should show this ratio but after earning a reasonable dividend they
should take the people into partnership with them, for in keeping with our modern civiliza-
tion we recognize the fact that it is the only business that every other business must do
business with. One must also recognize the fact that the banks as a unit hold both the money
and the security that is put up with them; have their cake and eat it too, as it were. It
naturally follows that this unique business should go still more into partnership with the
people or the government. One bank will pay back to its time depositors two hundred and
fifty thousand dollars annually: another doing about the same kind and volume of business
pays back nothing, or at best a negligible sura. It is possible that depositors will form their
associations, as bankers have formed theirs, to work with the bankers in all that is good
and to evolve a steady system that will prevent, to a large extent, the seven to ten years cycle
of foolish fright and business uncertainty. All cities throughout America should retire
bonds automatically; say every two or three year periods when the cities have received or
collected, in the form of assessments or taxes, certain amounts, they should automatically
' retire bonds in amounts running from fifty per cent to one hundred per cent of the cash
actually on hand for that purpose and not wait five to twenty years for the bonds to


Dr. Frank Lappin Ilorsfall, an alumnus of AIcGill University and a successful prac-
titioner in Seattle since 1903, was born at St. Albans, Vermont, October 8, 1872. His father,
Richard Henry Horsfall, died in New York in 1876 at the age of thirty-two years aiid was
long survived by his widow, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Lappin and who passed
away in Seattle in 1907 at the age of seventy years.

Dr. Horsfall acquired his preliminary education in the public schools of Montreal,
Canada, and subsequently entered McGill University, from which he won the Bachelor of ,
Arts degree, and then entered upon preparation for the medical profession in that school,
which conferred upon him the M. D., C. M. degree in 1903. His educational course was not
continuous, however, for in his early life, between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one years,
he worked in one of the largest wholesale paper houses in Montreal. Like other self-made
men, he took this means for obtaining funds with which to provide an education, and follow-
ing liis graduation from McGill, on the completion of his professional course in 1903, he
came to Seattle and during that and the succeeding year was house surgeon in the Seattle
General Hospital. He took post-graduate work in surgery in igo8 and in 1913 and has
specialized to a considerable extent in surgical practice, in which he displays marked skill
and efficiency. In addition to his private practice he is examiner for the Columbian National
Life of Boston, the Reliance Life of Pittsburgh, the International Life of St. Louis and tlie
Western Union Life Insurance Company of Spokane, and he is a stockholder in the Minor

On the 28th of December, 1004, in Spokane, Dr. Horsfall was married to Miss
Jessie L. Ludden, a daughter of W. H. Ludden, an attorney who was formerly repre-
sentative from Spokane county to the state legislature. Mrs. Horsfall is a native of Cali-
fornia and by her marriage has become the mother of four children : Frank, born December
9, IQ06; Jane Elizabeth, March 2, 1908; William Ludden, May 13, 1910; and Dorothy,
February 2, 1914, all natives of Seattle.

The family home at No. 403 Eighteenth street North is in the most beautiful residential
section of Seattle, and is the property of Dr. Horsfall, who also owns a number of other
residence properties in Seattle and also has realty holdings in Whatcom, Pierce and Adams
counties. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and his religious faith is


indicated by his membership in the First Presbyterian church. He takes an active and helpful
interest in various branches of church work and in 1907 was chairman of the International
Christian Endeavor Convention. In club circles he is well known as a member of the
Arctic and Seattle Athletic Clubs. Fraternally he is a Mason, holding membership with
Seattle Lodge, No. 164, F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; University Chapter, No.
32, R. A. M.; Seattle Council, No. 2, R. & S. M.; Seattle Commandery, No. 2, K. T. ; and
Seattle Consistory, in which he has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite.
He has likewise crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of Nile Temple of the Mystic
Shrine and during the convention of the Shrine in this city in 1915 he was chief medical
director of the First Aid Department. He holds the rank of first lieutenant, U. S. A.,
Medical Reserve Corps. Along strictly professional lines his membership is with the King
County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Society and the American Medical
Association. His financial and professional success is enviable. A liberal patronage has
brought him good returns and it is well known that he is most conscientious and able in
the discharge of his professional duties.


Louis Hemrich is president of the Seattle Brewing & Malting Company, which has taken
over several breweries of Seattle and the northwest and controls the largest enterprise of
this character west of St. Louis. To build up and develop an undertaking of such extensive
proportions indicates at once the possession of superior business qualifications and of keenest
insight and enterprise. Mr. Hemrich is a native of Wisconsin, his birtli having occurred in
Alma, Buffalo county, May 20, 1872, his parents being John and Catherine (KoeppeU Hem-
rich, the former a native of Baden, Germany, and the latter of Bavaria. Coming to the new
world, they settled in Wisconsin and after a number of years came to the Evergreen state,
establishing their home at Seattle. Their son Louis was then a lad of about fourteen years.
He had attended the public schools of his native state and later he continued his education
in the public schools of Seattle, thus preparing for college. When a youth of eighteen he
matriculated in the University of Washington and completed therein a commercial course.

After leaving school Mr. Hemrich accepted a position of bookkeeper for the Seattle
Brewing & Malting Company, with which he remained in that connection for three years
and was then elected secretary and treasurer, doing splendid work in behalf of the com-
pany during the ensuing two years. He then resigned and joined his brothers in organizing
the Hemrich Brothers Brewing Company, which was duly incorporated under the laws of the
state. They built a fine plant, producing beer of the highest quality, purity and flavor, and
they were not long in securing a liberal patronage. For some years business was successfully
conducted by the Hemrich Brothers Brewing Company but the opportunities for consolidation
with the wider scope of business resultant therein led Louis Hemrich to become one of the
factors in the organization of the Seattle Brewing & Malting Company, which has resulted
from the consolidation of several breweries of the city. Of the new organization he became
the president and is now successfully directing its affairs, bending his energies to adminis-
trative direction and constructive effort.

In addition to his successful operations in that field of business Mr. Hemrich has also
become well known because of his activity in real estate. In 1901 he erected a fine brick
business block at the corner of First avenue and Charles street in Ballard, a suburb of
Seattle, and he also built a number of the substantial business blocks of Seattle and a con-
siderable number of dwellings. He is the owner of valuable timber lands in the state and
he has property elsewhere, all of which is returning to him a gratifying income. He became
the owner of a tract of land on Beacon Hill, which was platted for residential purposes and
has become one of the fine residential districts of the city.

On the 20th of May, 1897, in Seattle, Mr. Hemrich was united in marriage to Miss Eliza
Hanna, a daughter of Nicholas and Mary Hanna, who were numbered among the early set-
tlers of Seattle, where Mrs. Hemrich has always resided. Fraternally Mr. Hemrich is con-
nected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.


Politicalfy he casts an independent ballot nor does he take an active interest in party affairs.
His home is one of the most beautiful in the city and was erected by him in igoi, at the
southwest corner of Belmont avenue and Republican street. Public opinion names him as "a
man of exceptional business ability for organization and executive direction, and the enter-
prise of which he is now at the head is proof of this fact.


Frank A. Small, secretary of the Commercial Waterway, was born in Lisbon, Maine,
September i, 1872, a son of George W. and Abbie Small. The father was also a native of
Lisbon, born in 1832, and in that locality he engaged in farming for many years but in
1893 left the Pine Tree state and came to Seattle, where he lived retired until his death.

At tlie usual age Frank A. Small became a pupil in the public schools and passed
through consecutive grades until graduated from the high school with the class of 1884.
After leaving the public schools he attended the Nichols Latin School at Lewiston, Maine,
and following his graduation therefrom in 18S5 he spent a year as a student in Bates
College. He afterward returned to Lisbon, where he was employed as cashier in a grocery
store for a year and on the expiration of that period he removed to Portland, Maine, where
he entered the Portland Business College, from which he was graduated seven months
later. He next worked for a cooperative association in a general mercantile establishment,
in which he acted as cashier until 1893, when he came to Seattle and embarked in the
grocery business with his brother, so continuing until 1895, when he sold out and became
office manager with the Newell Mill Company, which he thus represented for sixteen years.
At the end of that period he resigned to become secretary of the Commercial Waterway
for the city of Seattle, which position he has since filled.

Mr. Small gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while fraternally he is
identified with tlie Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World.
He is one of those who is making good upon the Pacific coast and the spirit of enterprise
and energy finds exemplification in his daily life.


More than a half century has come and gone since Michael William Padden arrived in
Washington, then a little lad in his third 3'ear. He has since witnessed the greater part of
the growth and development of this state and rejoices in what has been accompfished. He
was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, November i, 1856, his parents being Dominick
and Katherine Padden, who were natives 01 Ireland, whence they sailed for the new world,
establishing their home in the Keystone state. They removed westward in 1859, establishing
their residence at Bellingham in Whatcom count3-. Some eight years afterward, in July,
1867, Dominick Padden was killed by an accident in the coal mines of Whatcom county.
The widow survived to 1916, when at the age of eighty-nine years she passed away in
Seattle, where she had removed following her husband's death.

Michael William Padden attended school in Whatcom county and in Seattle. When
he had mastered the preliminary branches of learning he became a student in the University
of Washington, which he attended in 1877 and 1878. When a young man he worked in the
coal mines at New Castle, Washington, for fourteen j^ears and he spent the year 1881-2 in
the grocery business in Seattle. Later he acted as bookkeeper and salesman for the firm of
Waddell & Miles for a year. At the end of that time he accepted a government position at
Tulalip, Washington, where he remained for three j'ears and in 1886 he returned to Seattle,
where he became office deputy under William Cochrane, sheriff of King county, in which
position he continued for two years. At the end of that time he became connected with the
Oregon Improvement Company as cashier for two years and since that time he has lived
practically retired save for the supervision which he gives to private interests and investments.


In January, 1880, Mr. Padden was united in marriage to Miss Ellen McDonald, who
was born at Portland, Oregon, March 5, 1859, and came to Seattle in 1864, pursuing her
education in the schools of this city. Her father conducted one of the pioneer shoe stores
of the city on Yesler Way (then called Mill street) near First avenue. To Mr. and Mrs.
Padden have been born five children : Louis A., who was born in New Castle, Washington,
October 27, 1880 ; S. J., whose birth occurred in Tulalip, this state on the loth of January,

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