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1885; Mary Ellen, who was born in Seattle, June i, 1888; LeoniUa, who was likewise born
in this city, her natal day being April 23, 1892; and Katherine, who was born in Seattle.
February 7, 1898.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church and in political belief
Mr. Padden is a democrat. Both he and his wife have been residents of this state for more
than a half century and are thoroughly familiar with every phase of its history and its
development. When he settled in Whatcom county the Indians were largely in tlie majority
and the white settlers scarcely ventured out along for fear of an attack. Mr. Padden
relates in most interesting manner the e.xperiences which he had when a young man, in
which many of the old settlers played a part and says he wonders if Sam Crawford is still
proud of the baseball victory he won over an unsophisticated bunch of ball players from
New Castle, for on that occasion he engaged several expert players who were to play with
the Seattle team, one of them being Mr. Snow, a train dispatcher for the Columbia & Puget
Sound Railroad, later of White So.k fame, but now retired. i\Ir. Padden's reminiscences
of the early days present many an interesting picture of pioneer times and conditions which
then existed but the years have wrought many changes, placing Seattle among the foremost
of the great coast cities with a splendid outlook for future development.


Thomas D. O'Neil, secretary of the Hydraulic Supply Manufacturing Company of
Seattle, was born in Weaverville, California, on the 9th of October, 1867, a son of Timothy
O'Neil, who had made his way to the Golden state in 1852 by way of the isthmus of Panama.
Arriving in San Francisco, he there remained for a year, after which he removed to
Weaverville. where he engaged in mining until his death in the year 1881.

His son, Thomas D. O'Neil, attended the public schools of Weaverville to the age of
fifteen years, after which he continued his education in St. Mary's College at San Francisco,
being there graduated with the class of 1886. He ne.xt taught school there and at the
same time studied law, being thus engaged until 1904, when he gave up teaching and the
profession of law and became associated with F. A. Hoffman and E. B. Glatz in organizing
the Pacific States Pipe Works, of which he became secretary. Upon the removal to Seattle
the business was reincorporated under the name of the Hydraulic Supply IManufacturing
Company, of which Mr. O'Neil is the secretary. He is active in the management of the
business, bending his efforts to executive control and administrative direction, and his labors
have been an effective force in its successful guidance.

In February, 1908, in Seattle, Mr. O'Neil was vmited in marriage to Miss Martha E.
Larson, by whom he has two children, Paul Englebert and Griffith Pearson, born respectively
in 1909 and 191 1. The elder is now a public school student.


Engle Bert Glatz, president of the Hydraulic Supply Manufacturing Company, has
conducted business at Seattle since 1906. He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, March 4,
1862, a son of Theodore Glatz, and in his youthful days devoted his attention to the
acquirement of a public school education. After starting out in the business world he was
connected with various lines until 1883, when he went west to San Bernardino. California,
where he entered business as an employe of a manufacturer of riveted iron and steel pipe.


He was thus connected until 1889, when he removed to San Francisco and engaged with
Francis Smith & Company, manufacturers of steel and iron pipes, occupying the position
of superintendent of construction for fourteen years. He then resigned to engage in business
on his own account and formed a partnership with F. A. Hoffman and T. D. O'Neil, organiz-
ing the Pacific States Pipe Works, of which he became the president. Business was con-
ducted under that style until 1906, when tlie plant was removed to Seattle and the name was
changed to the Hydraulic Supply Manufacturing Company. Mr. Glatz is president and
general manager of the company and is active in the management and control of the busi-
ness, for which long experience has well qualified him. He has done important work of this
character and the company of which he is now the head is receiving a liberal, well deserved
and growing patronage.

In San Francisco Mr. Glatz was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Turner, by whom
he has three children, namely: Grace Elizabeth, at home; and Florence Hazel and Alice
Gertrude, both of whom attend the State Normal School at Bellingham, Washington.

Fraternally Mr. Glatz is an Elk but is not identified with other secret societies. He is
preeminently a business man who has concentrated his efforts upon the duties m hand and,
starting out in a humble capacity, he has steadily worked his way upward, his activi-
ties, persistency and indefatigable energy constituting the chief features in his success.


Business enterprise in Seattle finds a w-orthy exponent in the Japanese residents of the
city. Among many Japanese business men in Seattle the figure of Masajiro Furuya stands
unique and most prominent, like many successful typical American business men. He is
completely a self-made man. He is a son of Heibei and T. Ariidzumi Furu3'a, and was
born November 7, 1862, in a little and remote village in the province of Kai, Yamanashi
Ken, Japan, where even today modern .western civilization does not penetrate. Here lie
received his primary school education and at the age of twenty-two he served in the army
for three years. He was sent to Tokio garrison where he had the first opportunity of
seeing the business activities in the metropolis of Japan and touching more or less the
current of western civilization.

It is said that while he was in the army, he was told about America, the rich, prosperous
and most civilized country beyond the Pacific ocean. Then his youthful heart burned with
the ambition of seeing America, a land of prosperity, civilization and great opportunity.
In 1890 he came to Seattle, where he has since made his home, and started a tailor shop.
In 1892 he established a general mercantile business at 303 Yeslcr Way. This was his new
enterprise and at the beginning he had many difiiculties and uphill work. But his prudence,
foresight, and never-tiring efiforts gradually enabled him to overcome all the difficulties he
confronted at the outset, and firmly established his business on a strong and sound basis.
Ever since his business has grown and prospered along with the growth of the city of
Seattle. Mr. Furuya is a man of unusual business ability and keen insight and in fact he
has never failed in any business enterprise which he has undertaken.

In August, 1900, he moved his business place to 216 Second avenue South, where he
now occupies a three story building in the conduct of a wholesale and retail business of
genera! oriental merchandise. In addition to this he now has six branch business houses
and is head of two Japanese banks. In 1895 he established an oriental fine art goods store,
which is now located at 1304 Second avenue. The same year he established a branch store
in Portland, Oregon, and in August, 1900, he opened a branch at Tacoma, Washington.
His business was further extended, when in May, 1904, he established a branch house in
Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1898 he had opened a branch store in Yokohama and in
1903 another branch in Kobe. Japan. Through these branch houses he is conducting an
extensive general importing and exporting business, handling American and Japanese
merchandise and products. His trade relations in this connection are very extensive and
have brought him a gratifying return.

Mr. Furuya was married in Tokio, Japan, on the 4th of July. 1903, to Miss Hatsu


Shibata, and they have two girls vvlio are now attending the Seattle public schools. He is
a member of the New Seattle Chamber of Commerce and also an honorary member of the
United States Chamber of Commerce. He is one of the most active participants in the
development of the trade relations between the Puget Sound country and his native land
and he never hesitates to do his best for any thing which may lead to the strengthening of
the friendly relation now existing between the two nations. He is not only a useful citizen
and loyal to his adopted community but he is a very influential man among the Japanese in
the Pacific northwest and does much to promote their economic and social welfare. He is
a man of liberal education and broad experience and of progressive ideas, and has made a
notable business record, so that he is now given a prominent position among the merchants
of this city.


John Perko is a prominent factor in industrial circles oi Seattle as the president and
principal stockholder of the Seattle Cabinet Works, making a specialty of the manufacture
of show cases, bank fixtures and store fixtures, with plant at No. 1928 Western avenue. His
birth occurred in South Austria on the 17th of April, 1884, his parents being Antone and
Marie Perko. He acquired his education in the schools of Austria and of Germany and in
1904, when a young man of twenty years, crossed the Atlantic to the United States, settling
in New York. While there he worked in a billiard factory. In .April, 1906, he came to
Seattle, Washington, and was here employed for eighteen months by the Brunswick- Balke
Company. Subsequently he spent two and one-half years as foreman of the Seattle Bank &
Store Fixture Company, of which he was also a stockholder. He was likew'ise a stock-
holder in the Shaw Show Case Company, acting as its foreman for about four years, on
the expiration of which period he sold his interest and bought the Seattle Cabinet Works,
which had been in operation for four years. Mr. Perko has since remained the president
and principal stockholder of the plant and is doing an extensive business as a manufacturer
of all kinds of fixtures. The factory is especially equipped for liigh class hard wood and
special design work, and in it were built beautiful fixtures for M. Prager & Company, Hart,
Schaffner & Marx, the Chapman Cafe, the Florsheim Shoe Company, the Wilson Modern
Business College, and the De Luxe Drug Store, at Second avenue and University street,
as well as extensive design work for Frederick & Nelson.

As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Perko chose Miss Bertha
Schmidt, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, on the 6th of February. 1888, came to New
York in 1905 and to Seattle in 1908. To them have been born two children : Bertha, whose
birth occurred April 14, 1909; and Dorothea, who was born in February, 1914. The family
home is an attractive residence at No. 1306 North Forty-eighth street, which was designed
and built by our subject.

Mr. Perko is a dovout communicant of the Catholic church. Politically he is non-
partisan, voting according to the dictates of his judgment and without regard to party ties.
He has already made an enviable record in business circles and it is safe to prophesy that a
bright and prosperous future lies before him.


Fred L. Baker, president of the Enterprise Brass Foundry and thus connected with the
industrial interests of Seattle, was born in Greenwood county, Kansas, in January, 1868, a
son of James L. and Eliza (Hager) Baker. The father engaged in the lumber business and
in 1894 came with his wife to Washington, passing away in this state in 1911. Mrs. Baker,
however, survives. They were the parents of eleven children all of whom are still living and
have reached mature years. Mr. Baker was for twenty-five years prominent in politics and
served for two terms as a representative and for one term as a senator in Kansas.

While spending his youthful days in the home of his father, Fred L. Baker, attended the


public and high schools until graduated from the latter when nineteen years of age. He
then went to Eureka, Kansas, where he conducted a general mercantile store until 18S9. But
the opportunities of the rapidly growing west attracted him and he sold out and removed to
Seattle, where he made his initial step in business circles as purser with the Hastings
Steamboat Company, which he thus represented for four years. He afterward served in
the same capacity with the Pacific Navigation Company for three years and later was with
the Alaska Steamship Company, for four years as purser and for a year as ticket agent
in Seattle. On severing his connection with that corporation he entered business on his
own account, buying an interest in the Enterprise Brass Foundry, and in 1904 he was
elected president of the company, which position he still fills. The company does general
foundry work, making a specialty of propeller wheels and general boat repair work. In
their business they have enjoyed a liberal patronage which has steadily developed until they
have the largest brass working foundry in the northwest and their methods conform to high
standards of trade and commercial ethics.

On the I2th of September, 1895, Mr. Baker was married to Miss Virginia Eliza Trimble,
a daugliter of Judge Trimble, of Port Townsend, at which place the wedding was celebrated.
To them has been born a daughter, Evelyn Adele, who is a graduate of the high school of
Seattle, and the Annie Wright Seminary, at Tacoma, Washington.

In his political views Mr. Baker is a democrat, while his religious belief is that of the
Episcopal church. There have been no spectacular phases in his life. His attention has
always been concentrated upon the duty at hand, and in the faithful performance of each
day's duty he has found courage, inspiration and strength for the labors of the ensuing day.


Charles W. Kucher, president of the Olympic Iron Company, established business in
1900, the foundry being located at Eighth avenue South, and Plummer street. This he
incorporated, starting the business with four employes, and his ability and enterprise have
found e.xpression in the continued growth of the undertaking, which is today one of the
important industrial concerns of the city, featuring as a foremost factor along manufactur-
ing lines.

Mr. Kuclier was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, in September, 1868, a son of John and
Anne Kucher. After attending the public and high schools to the age of twenty years he
became connected in business with his father, who was the owner of a foundry and with
whom he worked until he reached the age of twenty-three years. He then came to Wash-
ington settling in Everett, where he accepted a position with the Sumner Iron Works, con-
tinuing until 1900, when he organized and incorporated the Olympic Iron Foundry, of
which he became manager, while in 1901 he was elected to the presidency. In 1906 the
company erected a large plant at Argo Station, near Georgetown, where they have employed
as many as one hundred and twenty-five workmen. The OlsTnpic Iron Foundry manufac-
tures a general line of water-pipe fittings and all kinds of work for underground sewer and
lighting systems and has manufactured nearly all of the lamp posts for Seattle, numbering
three thousand. They have also been manufacturers of the lamp posts for the cities of
Ellensburg, Wenatchee. Everett and Pasco, Washington. They do general iron foundry
work and their business extends all over the state and to Honolulu. Their product includes
much machinery for mining companies in Alaska and they likewise manufactured! the light-
ing posts for the city of Cordova, Alaska. In July, 1915, the officers of the company organized
the Olympic Steel Foundry, of which Mr. Kucher is also the president. He is recognized as
a man of resourceful business ability, watchful of opportunities pointing to success, and
his well defined plans and purposes have found tangible expression in the upbuilding of a
business of large proportions and importance.

In March, 1895, in Tacoma. Washington, Mr. Kucher was united in marriage to Miss
Elva Ekenstam. by whom he has four children, as follows; Ronald, wlio is twenty years
of age and an apprentice in the Olympic Steel Foundry ; John, who is eighteen years old and
a high school student; and Elva and Charlotte, twins, who are seven years of age and attend


the public schools. Mr. Kucher is a member of the Arctic Club and he gives his political
allegiance to the republican party but does not seek nor desire office, concentrating his ener-
gies upon the further development of a business that has already won place among the sub-
stantial industries of the northwest.


Fred W. Newell is president of the Newell Mill & Lumber Company of Seattle and
has been identified with this business as a partner since attaining his majority. He started
out) in business life on his own account when a lad of thirteen years and through the
intervening period has been continuously connected with the lumber trade, so that every
phase of the business is familiar to him and his activities, close application and broad expe-
rience have brought to him growing success. He was born in Hull, Canada, July 26, 1868,
a son of George and Lusette Newell. The father, a native of Winchester, Canada, was
there educated and afterward went to Hull, where he was employed in a furniture manufac-
turing establishment. He afterward engaged in business on his own account along that
line in Canada and in 1877 sold out preparatory to removing to Seattle, where he became
connected with the firm of Hall & Paulson, furniture manufacturers, as a wood turner.
He then embarked in the chair manufacturing business on his own account but during the
Skagit gold mine excitement he went to that field where he engaged in mining for six
months. He next returned to Seattle and was identified with the Stetson & Post Mill
Company as a wood turner for some time but afterward engaged in the wood turning
business for himself. Removing to South Seattle, he organized and established the busi-
ness of the Newell Mill & Lumber Company, conducted at first, however, under the name of
the Newell Mill Company, of which he remained the president until- 1901, when with a sub-
stantial competence acquired through his business ability and enterprise he retired to pri-
vate life, spending his remaining days in the enjoyment of well earned rest. He passed
away July 6, 1913.

His son, Fred W. Newell, attended the public schools in his native town until he reached
the age of nine years and then accompanied his parents to Seattle, after which he remained
a public school pupil in this city until he started out in the business world at the age of
thirteen years as an employe of the Stetson & Post Mill Coinpany. After a year he entered
his father's mill and thoroughly acquainted himself with evcrj' phase of the business. He
did not depend upon parental authority for advancement but earned his way by industry
and efficiency, working upward from the bottom and mastering every phase and branch of
trade. At the age of twenty-one years his father admitted him to a partnership and made
him secretary of the company, which position he filled until 1901, when upon his father's
retirement he became president. In 191 1 the business was reincorporated tmder the name
of the Newell Mill & Lumber Company, with Fred W. Newell as the president. Employ-
ment is given to sixty workmen and a substantial business is conducted. Mr. Newell also
organized and is the president of the Pacific Door Manufacturing Company, manufacturing
a general line of inside finishings, employing thirtj'-five workmen. He is thus closely and
prominently associated with the industrial interests of the city. He also owns one hun-
dred and fifty acres of land at Newellhurst, Washington, which he utilizes for stock raising
and fruit growing purposes and thereon he spends the summer months.

In Georgetown, Washington, Mr. Newell was united in marriage to Miss Rose Mae
Cavanaugh, by whom he has three children, as follows : George C, who is twenty-one
years of age and associated with his father in business ; Hallen B., who is eighteen years
old and supervises his father's ranch; and Fred W., Jr., who is a youth of fifteen and a
public school student.

In his political views Mr. Newell is a republican, believing firmly in the principles of
that party but never seeking office. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks and is vice president of the Elks Building Association. He also holds membership with
the Woodmen of the World, the Eagles and the Red Men and is a life member of the
Arctic Club. He is chairman of the Commercial Waterway Commission, District No. i.


and is interested in all the projects and plans that are looking toward the development of
a greater Seattle. He is practical in his judgment of opportunities and circumstances,
keen in the insight which recognizes the possibilities of the future and is active and untir-
ing in his efforts to bring about the best results for the individual and for the community.

F. J. M.'\RTIN.

F. J. Martin is one of Seattle's valued citizens who stands for those things which are
of greatest worth in civic affairs. He has taken the initial step in man}- movements which
have resulted beneficially for the city and at all times he looks beyond the exigencies of the
moment to the possibilities and opportunities of the future. His particular field of work
has been in fighting the criminal carelessness that results in great losses by fire. He has
studied the situation thoroughly, for he has long been connected with fire insurance com-
panies and knows whereof he speaks.

Mr. Martin was born at Bloomington. Indiana, July 25, 1865. a son of the Rev. J. M. and
Lovina S. (Sanders) Martin. His father was a minister of the Baptist church and acted-
as pastor of various congregations in the state of Indiana, where his name is revered for
the great good he has done in the upbuilding of the cause for which he labored. He, too,
was a native son of Indiana and was there reared. Determining to devote his life to
Christian service, his influence was ever a most potent force in upholding the highest stand-
ards of true manhood and womanhood. He passed away in the year 1865, leaving behind
him a memory which is cherished and revered by all with whom he came in contact, and of
him it might well be said, as it was of Paul of old, that he fought the good fight, kept the
faith and there remained for him the crown of righteousness.

F. J. Martin acquired his early education in the public schools of Indiana and in early
manhood made his w-ay westw-ard to Oregon. There, in order to be better equipped for a
business career, he pursued a commercial course in McMinnville College at McMinnville,
Oregon, after which he turned his attention to the hardware business in that city. He later
organized the Oregon Fire Relief Association, of which he was manager for eight years
and in which time the association grew with great rapidity. In 1901 he left Oregon and
came to Seattle, where he organized the Northwestern Mutual Fire Association, of
which he has been president from the beginning and also general manager of the associa-
tion. This has become one of the strong fire insurance companies of the northwest, having
now a large clientage and proving a valuable element in fire protection to its subscribers.
His business interests have also extended to other connections, for he is now the vice
president of the Northern Bank & Trust Company of Seattle and is president of the Aero
Fire Alarm Company of New York, president of the Park Sprinkler Company of Seattle
and a director of the Seattle Trust Company. His interests are thus broad and varied
and his sound judgment is an element in the growing success of these different undertak-

In 1888 Mr. Alartin was united in marriage to Miss Frances Isabelle Johnson, her father
being Dr. H. V. Johnson, a prominent physician of McMinnville, Oregon. To them have
been born five children, as follows : Herbert H. and Leonard S., who are associated with
their father in business; Esther Lee, who will graduate from Denison L'niversity in T916;
Francis L., who will complete the high school course in Igi6; and Alvord. a student in the
Moran school.

In his political views Mr. Martin has ever been an earnest republican since age con-
ferred upon him the right of franchise but has never been an aspirant for office, preferring

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