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county, Maine, on the 13th of December, 1848, his parents being J. C. and M. (Stanwood)
Scott, who were natives of Oldtown and Montserrat, Maine, respectively. It was in the
old Stanwood home that James G. Blaine passed away and it was there that Mrs. Scott was
born. She was a cousin of Mrs. James G. Blaine and was of English descent. The family
was very prominent in England and a street in London and an island of that name have
been named in honor of the family, while a town in Washington has also been called Stan-
wood. An uncle of Mrs. Scott, John Calvin, was the first white child buried in Bangor,
Maine. J. C. Scott was of Scotch descent and became a prominent lumberman. Both he
and his wife were descended from ancestors who served in the Revolutionary war.

Francis E. Scott pursued his education in the grammar and high schools of Maine and
of Minnesota. Throughout his entire life he has been connected with the lumber trade.
He first assisted his father in the lumber business and thus gained his initial experience,
.-^t the age of nineteen he embarked in business for himself in logging and timber and in
1889 removed from Minneapolis to Seattle. He engaged in the timber business on Lake
Washington immediately after the fire, when there was a big demand for lumber, and indeed
in the rebuilding of the city. He has since continued to deal in timber and has negotiated
many important and extensive business transactions of that character. His name is asso-
ciated with the foremost men in this line and there is no one better informed concerning
the timber resources of the country and the value of properties in the northwest. He has
timber holdings all over Washington and also in British Columbia.

Mr. Scott has a daughter, Minnie, the widow of Harry Jones, of New York, who died
in Arizona in April, 1915, while sojourning there for the benefit of his health. Born in a


state that has been one of the heavy producers of timber and in the exigencies of business
following the trend of trade westward, Mr. Scott is now most active among the men in
his line in the northwest and the extent and scope of his business places him among the


J. F. Duthie is president and treasurer of the shipbuilding firm of J. F. Duthie &
Company, which was established and incorporated on the 1st of October, 1912. This has
become an important industrial enterprise of the city, now accorded a liberal patronage.
Mr. Duthie was born in Liverpool, England, February 25, 1875, a son of John Duthie,
who pursued his education through attendance at the public and high schools of Birkinhead,
England, and also in attending the School of Arts, in which he was a student until 1892. He
then came to the United States with his parents, who settled in Baltimore, where J. F.
Duthie attended the high school for five months. Later he was in Bristol, Rhode Island,
where he received private instruction in shipbuilding under Mr. Poekel, chief engineer,
with the Herreshoff ship building concern, builders of fast sailing yachts. He spent two
years in that way and each successive change which he has made in business connections
since that time has marked a forward step. Removing to the northwest, Mr. Duthie became
manager of the shipyard of the Willamette Iron Works at Horton and while thus engaged
formulated the plans which have resulted in his beginning business on his own account.
He came to Seattle on the 1st of October, 1912, and organized the company of which he
is the president, with N. A. Christof as vice president, and H. G. Keisler as secretary.
During the brief period of his connection with business interests in Seattle he has built
up a business of large proportions and has constructed among other vessels, the steel
ferry, Leschi, now operating between Leschi Park and Bellevue on Lake Washington, and
which was built at the Seattle plant and later taken apart and reassembled on Lake Wash-
ington. The company also built the steel steam whalers Kodiak and Unimak, holding the
record for the number of whales caught in one season. They built the steam halibut
steamer Star, said to hold the world's record for a single trip halibut catch, and they built
the stern-wheeler K. L. Ames, now operating on Copper river in Alaska. They have also
been builders of many other smaller craft and barges and the hum of industry is continually
heard at their plant, their business having grown so rapidly that it is said that they have
handled five hundred thousand dollars in contracts in three vears.


William R. Dickson, president and manager of the Holsum Baking Company, has
developed a large and gratifying bakery business since starting out in his present connec-
tion. In fact he has become the leader in his line in the northwest and his record is another
proof of the somewhat trite but true saying that "there is always room at the top." The
great majority of men, however, do not have the determination and perseverance to pursue a
course until they outdistance others in the race, gaining that prominence and success which
in business is the direct, legitimate and logical outcome of earnest, persistent effort intelli-
gently directed.

Mr. Dickson is a native of Toronto, Canada, born January 3. 1868, and a son of James
Henry Dickson. He attended the public schools until the age of eleven years and then
started out to earn his living, working at a time when most boys are still concerned with
the duties of the schoolroom and the pleasures of the playground. He made his initial step
in business circles as an apprentice with Christian Brown's Biscuit Company, in which con-
nection he worked his way gradually upward through successive promotions until he became
manager of the cutting department, serving in that capacity until 1889, when he went to
Chicago, where he acted as manager for the Aldrich Baking Company for four years. On
the expiration of that period he engaged in the pie baking business on his own account.


continuing for six years, at the end of which time he sold out and went to Dawson City,
Alaska, where he worked in a bakery for five months. He then made his way to Victoria!
British Cokunbia, where he had charge of the plant of the Excelsior Biscuit Company for
six years. At the end of that time he came to Seattle and bought out the Queen City
Bakery, the Scandinavian Bakery and tlie Model Bakery, conducting all three until 1906.
when he disposed of his interests in all. He afterward conducted the Golden West Bakery
for one year and at the end of that time purchased the bakery and incorporated the busi-
ness that he now conducts under the name of the Holsum Baking Company. He owns the
greater part of the stock and is general manager of the enterprise, which is the largest
bakery business in the northwest. He sells to the wholesale trade, employs fifty-one men
and has a plant thoroughly equipped with the latest improved machinery to facilitate the
work, including mixers, cutters and every other equipment found in a model, modern bakery.
He has never sacrificed quality to quantity but has ever maintained the highest standard of
excellence in his output and the business has grown steadily and substantially under his
direction, the volume of trade being indicated in the fact that he now employs twelve auto
trucks for delivery purposes.

In April, 1888, in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Dickson was married to Miss Helen Andrews
and they have two children : Mrs. Fiara. of Los Angeles ; and Dorothy, who is attending
the public schools. In his political views Mr. Dickson is a republican, but while interested
in the success of his party and well informed on the questions and issues of the day, he
does not seek nor desire office, for the demands of his business are many, fully monopolizing
his time. He has thorough understanding of the bakery business in every phase and detail,
for his practical experience covers each department of the work and he carefully directs
the labors of those whom he employs, displaying marked executive force, while in managing
the business he gives evidence of possessing that ability that combines seemingly diverse
elements into a unified and harmonious whole. Starting out as a humble apprentice at the
age of eleven years, he certainly deserves great credit for what he has achieved.


George .-\. Pulver is the holder of valuable mining and other property interests in
Alaska and considerable realty in Seattle. He is not a believer in the old adage that
opportunity knocks but once but feels that each day holds its opportunity and that the wise
man is constantly alert for chances that will work to his advantage along legitimate business
lines. His own career is an illustration of this fact, for all days with him have not been
equally bright. Business conditions resulting in large losses have been a part of his lot.
but resolute courage and enterprise have enabled him to surmount all difficulties and
obstacles and today he is again on the highroad to fortune. He was born July i, 1857. at
Grand Blanc, Michigan, a son of Abraham and Jane (Filtins) Pulver, both of whom were
natives of New York. The father became an early settler of Michigan, arriving in that
state in 1854, after which he successfully engaged in contracting and building for many
years. He died in September, 191 1, at the age of seventy-six. His widow went to Michigan
in the early '50s with her parents and soon thereafter met Mr. Pulver, who sought her
hand in marriage. They became the parents of seven children, of whom George A. Pulver
is the eldest.

After attending the public schools at Greenville, Michigan, until he reached the age of
eighteen years. George A. Pulver entered the contracting and building business with his
father, with whom he was thus engaged for four years. He then removed to Marshall.
Texas, where he continued in business along the same line, being successfully identified with
building operations there for eight years or until he came to Seattle on the 20th of September,
1889. Here he continued as a contractor and builder for two years and then began operating
in real estate and the mining brokerage business. In 1894 he met with financial reverses,
losing everything, but his determination, courage, energy and experience stood him in good
stead, constituting the assets which have won for him again a comfortable fortune. He
once more became connected with mining and prospecting enterprises in northeastern


Alaska, interesting himself in several good properties, among them the Alaska Sea Coast
Mining Company, of which he is a large stockholder and director. He also owns a large
amount of stock in the Elks Building & Loan Association of Seattle and has extensive
property interests in this city. He displays sound business judgment in placing his investments
and since 1894 has built up anew his fortune, being now one of the men of affluence of the city.

On the 20th of September, 1884, Mr. Pulver was inarried at Marshall, Texas, to Miss
Sarah B. Knight, a daughter of William Knight, a representative of one of the oldest
families of Louisiana. He was a very prominent lawyer, ranking extremely high in the
profession, and at the same time he owned and conducted the largest sugar manufacturing
and refining interests in the state. In a cyclone his factory was completely destroyed,
causing him the loss of the greater part of his fortune. He was a very prominent Mason
and a man of marked influence in the community in which he lived. To Mr. and Mrs.
Pulver were born seven children, as follows : Earl R., who is associated with his father
in his mining interests; Ralph K. ; George A., Jr.; Bessie; .Milton; Sarah Bell; and Burton C.
The family residence is at No. 141 1 Taylor street, where Mr. Pulver owns a beautiful home.

In politics he is a democrat where national issues are involved, but he casts an independent
ballot locally, supporting the men whom he regards as best qualified for office witliout
considering party affiliation. He has filied all of the chairs in all of the different branches
of Masonry and upon him has been conferred the honorary thirty-third degree, being one
of the few in Washington to whom this distinction has come. His life record should serve
as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others, showing wliat may be accomplished
even within the space of a few years. Never deviating from the path of honor but watching
at all times for favorable business opportunities, he has made steady advancement. His
record, too, proves that activity doesn't tire but gives resisting power. In spite of the fact
tliat the storm clouds once gathered about him, his financial skies are now serene wil!i a
splendid outlook for the morrow.


Charles Byron De Mille, engaged in the general insurance business at Seattle, represents
a large number of the leading companies as district agent and has the general agency of
others and today figures as one of the foremost factors in this field of business activity in
the northwest. A Canadian by birth, he is descended from French ancestry. The family
was originally founded in New York in colonial days, but they were Loyalists and during
the Revolutionary war migrated to Canada. His father, Thomas C. De Mille, was born in
Prince Edward county, Ontario, and there for many years successfully followed farming
hut is now living retired there at the age of seventy-seven years and in the enjoyment of
excellent health. He wed<led Mary Elizabeth Walbridge, also a native of Canada and of
English lineage. They liecame the parents of three children: Charles Byron; T. Carlyle,
a practicing dentist of Seattle; and Albert C, who is a representative of the dental profession
at Belleville in Prince Edward county.

Charles B. De Mille was born in that county, June 2, 1874. and acquired his education
in the public schools of Belleville and in Albert College of that city, from which he was
graduated with the class of i8gi. His boyhood days were spent ii!)on the home farm with
the usual experiences of the lad who divides his time between the duties of the schoolroom
and such tasks as are assigned hiin by parental authority. -After leaving college he took up
the profession of teaching in Canada, devoting three years to that work, after which he
entered upon the study of law in Belleville. Three years were spent in preliminary reading,
at the end of which time he removed to Marmora, Canada, where he conducted a branch
law office for J. F. Wills. There he remained for three years, being the junior member of
the firm of Wills & De Mille. He next removed to Seattle, arriving in April, igoi, and
for a few months he was employed by a local insurance company. He next entered the
employ of Calhoun, Denny & Ewing, with whom he remained for a year, at the end of which
time he entered into partnership relations with William P. Harper, under the firm style of
Harper & De Mille, conducting a general insurance business for five years. This was then


dissolved by mutual agreement, since which time Air. De Mille has engaged in the general
insurance business on his own account, representing a large number of the leading companies
as district agent, while at the same time he has the general agency for the Fidelity-Phoenix
Fire Insurance Company of New York, the Mechanics Insurance Company of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and the Hartford Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut. In addition
to handling fire insurance he also represents the leading underwriters of automobile insurance
and in fact handles all lines of insurance except marme and life. He conducts one of the
largest individual business enterprises of this character in Seattle and is thoroughly acquainted
with every phase of insurance.

On the 2ist of December, igo2, in Seattle, Mr. De Mille was united in marriage to
Miss Gertrude Johns, a native of Ontario, her parents having passed away. They now
have two children, namely : Charles Richard, who was born in Seattle, September 2, 1907 ;
and William John, whose natal day was June 5, 1911.' The family home is an attractive
residence at No. 1130 Fourteenth avenue, which Mr. De Mille owns.

Mr. De Mille holds membership in Mamaro Lodge, No. 222, F. & A. M., in Ontario,
Canada, and his religious belief is evidenced in his membership in St. Mark's Episcopal
church. He belongs to the Arctic Club of Seattle and the Tillikums and is appreciative of
the social amenities of life, which find expression in warm friendships. He holds friend-
ship inviolable and in fact is loyal in every relation of life and in his associations seeks
those things which are for the uplift of the individual and the community.


S. L. Cravens, a capitalist of Seattle, is now identified with the development of the oil
industry of Washington and is enthusiastic concerning its future. He was born in Indiana
■on the i8th of September, 18O0, a son of David Cravens, who was born in Kentucky and
|)assed away in June, 1900, when seventy-seven years of age. He was living retired at the
time, enjoying a leisure to which his former labor had entitled him. Two of his sons,
Asbury and John, took part in the Civil war. The former, who enlisted in response to the
three month's call, contracted typhoid fever at Cumberland Gap and suffered from its effects
throughout his life. The mother was also born in Kentucky and died in 1884, when fifty-six
3'ears old.

S. L. Cravens had only limited educational opportunities as a boy but he has remedied
that deficiency through study and constant observation and now has a much wider knowledge
than the majority of men. When sixteen years of age he went to Kansas and there engaged
in farming and stock raising until 1887, when he removed to Colorado and there turned
his attention to contracting and building. Two years later he came to the state of Washington
and from May. 1890, until February, 1891, was a resident of Port Townsend. At the end
of that time he went to Olympia and engaged in building there for three years, after which
he removed to Portland, where he followed that line for two and a half years. He then
located in Boise, Idaho, but six months later took up his residence in Anaconda, Montana.
He followed contracting there for three years, after which he came to Seattle, where he
continued in that business. He also founded a plumbing concern under the name of Cravens,
Warden & May and in 1900 purchased the interest of Mr. May and in 1902 that of Mr.
Warden, becoming sole owner of the business. In 1906, however, he sold that enterprise to
L. M. Hirn. He retired from the building business and turned his attention to the oil
fields of the state. He has invested many thousands of dollars in wells in Clallam county
and his study of the oil bearing regions of the state has convinced liim that Washington
has one of the greatest oil fields in the entire United States. His long business experience
and his sound judgment have enabled him to put his interests on a firm basis and his
development work is not only benefiting him but is also contributing to the advancement of
that part of the state. He owns valuable real estate, sawmills and timber lands and is
recognized as one of the men of wealth of Seattle. His home is at No. 6014 Twelfth street

On the lOth- of January, 1885, occurred the marriage of Mr. Cravens and Miss Minnie


M. Stringham, of Kansas, and they have the following children: Ernest D., who was born
ni Wichita, Kansas, on the 7th of June, 1887; S. Vincent, who was born in Anaconda,
Montana, on the 28th of June, 1898; and Frank Milton, whose birth occurred in Seattle
on the i8th of December, 1902.

Mr. Cravens was reared in the republican belief and adhered to that party until a great
financial loss caused him to begin the independent study of economic conditions and his
investigation convinced him of the wisdom of the policies of the populist party. He
adhered to that organization until William J. Bryan became the dominant factor in the
democratic party and adopted the populist platform. .'\t that time Mr. Cravens became a
democrat and has since supported the measures and candidates of that party. His has been
a life of continued and well directed activity and the success which has come to him is
well deserved. He has at heart the best interests of Seattle and the Puget Sound country
and can always be depended upon to further movements calculated to promote the public


In times of crises men's souls are tried and the true worth of the individual becomes
known. Men who have often appeared most quiet in demeanor then stand forth with a
strength that is astonishing and leave the impress of their individuality upon events that
make history. Such was the record of Harry White, who was filling the mayor's chair in
Seattle at the time of the memorable conflagration of 1889 and upon whom devolved the
necessity of planning the rebuilding of the city. The beautiful metropolis of the present
largely stands as a monument to his efforts, and yet it would be unfair to Mr. White to
speak of him merely in this connection, for he has proven his worth, his resourcefulness
and his power in business circles and his efforts have been of far-reaching effect and benefit
in connection with the development of Alaska and the control of business undertakings on
the Pacific coast.

Iowa claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred on a farm near Columbus
Junction, that state, January 5, 1859. While spending his youthful days in the home of his
parents, Robert A. and Hannah E. White, he attended the district schools and later spent
one term in study in the Eastern Iowa Normal School. He had had considerable business
experience and had gained valuable knowledge concerning business methods when m 1887
he came to Seattle, where he at once began investing in property. He not only bought but
improved real estate and he further became interested in the development of mining
properties, principally in Alaska. He still has extensive investments in mining lands of
that country and also in oil lands there. Purchases are made through his Seattle office,
but the sales of the property are usually effected through his London connections.

On the 31st of December, 189.,, Mr. White was married at Harvard, Nebraska, to Miss
Anna Morrow, daughter of Colonel John C. Morrow. Throughout the period of his
residence in Seattle Mr. White took a helpful interest in furthering matters of municipal
growth and pride. He was elected a member of the city council when its membership
numbered but eight and while serving in that capacity he strongly urged municipal ownership
of waterworks and other public utilities. At the following mayoralty election city ownership
became the chief issue, and Mr. White was made the candidate of the republican party,.
which furthered that course. He was elected and indorsement of his first term's service
came to him in a reelection at the end of two years spent as Seattle's chief executive. The
fire of 1889 had but recently occurred and Mr. White recognized that what seemed to be a
great disaster might be turned into a blessing, for there was opportunity to rebuild the city
along modern, progressive lines. He seemed to look into the future and see a new Seattle,
great and beautiful, its population spreading out to and over all the hills, utilizing the
splendid building sites for homes or for business purposes. He became the leader in an
advance movement which has brought about the realization of his dreams. Under his
direction the streets were widened and regraded and the railroads were removed from the
common thoroughfares to Railroad avenue, which was planked and put in a passable
condition. At his first election the city was under the old territorial charter, but when he


was chosen for his second term as mayor the new charter had been . secured and adopted,
permitting of municipal ownership of waterworks. Mr. White accordingly instituted the
plan whereby Seattle purchased and inaugurated the present system of waterworks. He
was likewise instrumental in the organization of the fire and police departments, in laying
out the present system of parks and boulevards and the establishment of the public library.
The story of Seattle's advancement since 1889 without mention of Mr. White would be
like the play of Hamlet without the appearance of the Danish prince. All through the

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