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agitation in San Francisco, and in 1887 was appointed by Governor Semple the first attorney
general of Washington territory, in which office he served with honor and credit until the
admission of the territory into the Union and in which he continued under Governor Moore
until the adoption of the constitution. During the campaign of 1886 Mr. Metcalfe made
a thorough canvass of the territory in behalf of the nominee of his party for delegate to
congress. His addresses were magnificent oratorical efforts, spoken of in the highest praise
by those who heard them. One journal in alluding to his speeches said, 'We have listened



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to many powerful orators but never heard a clearer or more powerful argument,' and he
would at one time have been the unanimous choice of his party for delegate to congress,
but decided to decline the honor, and stood with unswerving fealty in support of his
candidate, the Hon. C. S. Voorhees, whom he placed in nomination in a speech which
created the greatest enthusiasm. In many public addresses outside the line of his profession
Mr. Metcalfe has established a reputation as an orator of much power, force and grace,
and while he possesses in a very marked degree the qualities which would fit him for any
position in public life, he desires to give his entire attention to his professional duties.

"In the great fire which occurred in Seattle in 1889, it was his misfortune to lose his
law library, which was at that time one of the most valuable private collections of law
books in the city. Soon after the fire he built a' three-story business block and in this
building, after the formation of his partnership with C. W. Turner and Andrew J. Burleigh,
he established new offices, which are equipped with probably the largest and most complete
law library in the northwest. After some time Mr. Burleigh retired from the firm, and
it continued as Metcalfe & Turner until the present firm of Metcalfe & Jury was estab-
lished. They now occupy spacious offices in the Pacific block and among their clients are
numbered some of the largest corporations in the state of Washington. Mr. Metcalfe has
also been in many ways a most valued resident of the city of his choice and has ever been
ready to promote the welfare of Seattle. During the anti-Chinese agitation he served as
lieutenant of Company D of the National Guards and was on active duty throughout this
crisis in the city's history. Public excitement ran high, and on the evening of the day on
which the riot occurred, in which one man was killed and several wounded, he was detailed
to post the guards, the cit3' being then under martial law. The undertaking was one of
much danger, as the streets were filled with throngs of excited men, but such was his
patience, firmness and loyalty to duty that he accomplished his tasks with splendid success
and continued to serve with his company from the time martial law was proclaimed until
the arrival of United States troops, when Mr. Metcalfe and his men were relieved from
further military duties. Mr. Metcalfe is known as a man of the highest type of bravery,
having a courage which will face any danger if necessary, yet never taking needless risks.
His courage was strikingly shown on a cold night in February, 1887, when he and Hon. D. M.
Drumheller, then attending the legislature from Spokane, were about to take the steamer
at the Olympia wharf. The deck of the steamer was covered with ice, which could not
be seen in the darkness, and Mr. Drumheller slipped and fell into the water. Without a
moment's hesitation General Metcalfe plunged in after his friend and saved his life at the
risk of his own.

"In 1877 Mr. Metcalfe was happily married to Miss Louise Boarman, a native daughter
of California, born in Sacramento, her parents being Thomas M. and Mary Boarman, of
that city. To Mr. Metcalfe and his wife have been born two sons, Thomas Oren, now in
business in New Orleans, and James Vernon. Mr. Metcalfe is a gentleman of strong
domestic tastes, devoted to his family and their welfare, and gives to his sons every
opportunity for obtaining a thorough education. He takes very little interest in fraternal
matters, but was at one time colonel of the first regiment of the Uniformed Rank of the
Knights of Pjdhias. In private life he commands high regard, and the circle of his friends
is almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances. As long as the history of
jurisprudence in Washington shall be a matter of record, the name of Mr. Metcalfe will
figure conspicuously therein by reason of the fact that his career at the bar has been one
of distinguished prominence, and that his was the honor of serving as' the first attorney
general of the territory of Washington."

His son, J. Vernon Metcalfe, is practicing at the bar of Seattle, where the name of
Metcalfe has long figured in a prominent connection. He is now identified in professional
activity with his father. The son, as most boys do, largely devoted the period of his
youth to the acquirement of an education and following his graduation from the high school
of Seattle with the class of 1905 he entered the University of Washington. Anxious to
follow in the professional footsteps of his father, he enrolled as a law student, pursued
the regular course and was graduated in 1909 with the LL. B. degree. Immediately
afterward he entered upon the practice of his profession in connection with his father, but
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he recognizes that advancement at the bar must depend upon individual merit and ability,
as is the case in every line of Vk-ork which has as its basis intellectual activity. He is
carefully preparing his cases and his work is done with a thoroughness that marks his
devotion to his clients' interests and he has especially fitted himself for the practice of the
admiralty courts.

J. V. Metcalfe is identified with two college fraternities, the Delta Tau Delta and the
Phi Delta Phi. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus, has membership in the Arctic
Brotherhood and gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. All other interests,
however, are made subservient to his purpose of winning a creditable name and place at
the bar and already he is accounted one of the foremost of the young lawyers of the
northwest. He and his brother, Thomas Oren, are representatives of the type of fine,
stalwart American citizens which is the best evidence that the republic shall endure. They
have proved themselves worthy of their ancestry and are adding to the honor of the
family name.



HENRY J. GILLE.



Henry J. Gille, gradually advancing step by step in his business career since starting
out as a polisher of castings at a salary of a little less than six dollars per week, is now
occupying tlie responsible position of sales manager with the Puget Sound Traction, Light
& Power Company. He has been a resident of Seattle only since 1913 but has already
won popularity and favor with the business public. He was born in Washington county,
Minnesota, in May, 1870, a son of Peter Gille.

After attending the public schools to the age of seventeen years Henry J. Gille con-
tinued his education in Curtis College at St. Paul, Minnesota, from which he was graduated
with the class of 1889. He then crossed the threshhold of business life by entering the
employ of the Columbia Electric Manufacturing Company, working in the shop at polish-
ing castings at five dollars and seventy-eight cents per week. He advanced through vari-
ous positions in the shop and later was assigned to the drafting department. In 1891 he
became erecting engineer for the company and soon afterward was promoted to the posi-
tion of sales manager, maintaining that connection until the spring of 1892, when he
resigned and became assistant sales manager for the northwest of the Thompson-Houston
Electric Company. In January, 1893, he was advanced to the position of sales manager,
continuing in that capacity until August, 1894, when he removed to Chicago and became
assistant western sales manager of the General Electric Company. He thus continued until
August, 1895, when he was made electrical engineer for the Washburn-Moen Manufactur-
ing Company, with which he remained until April, 1897, when he was made manager of the
electrical department of the St. Paul Gas Light Company at St. Paul, Minnesota. Again
promotion awaited him in recognition of his capability, resourcefulness and fidelity and
in 1900 he was made general superintendent of the company, so continuing until June,
1907, when he resigned to accept the position of sales manager for the Stone-Webster
Company at Minneapolis. His connection with that concern covered five years, or until
1912, when he went to St. Paul and made an appraisal of all gas and electric properties for
the rates investigation, devoting his time and energies to that responsible work until July
I, 1913, when he came to Seattle to accept the position of sales manager of the Puget Sound
district for the Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company. Each change in his
business career has marked a step in advance and his growing powers have brought hitn
added responsibilities with their equivalent financial return.

Mr. Gille was married, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Miss Minnie L. Garbe on the 5th
of October, 1892, and to them has been born a daughter, Madell, who is a graduate of the
Washington University and is a member of the Alpha Phi. Mr. Gille has just completed
a beautiful residence at No. 2005 Crescent Drive. He is prominent in fraternal, club and
social circles, being a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine, a member
of the Arctic Club, the Commercial Club and the Municipal League. These connections
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citizen whose cooperation can be counted upon as an asset in furthering all matters of
public concern. In the line of his profession he has connections with the American Insti-
tute of Electrical Engineers, the National Electric Light Association and the Seattle Sales
Managers Association and he is now vice president of the Manufacturers Association of
Seattle. He belongs to the First Methodist church and throughout his entire life he has
adhered closely to high standards in his business dealings and in his social relations.
Geniality, consideration and kindly regard for others have won him warm friendships and
already he has gained the enduring regard of many of Seattle's citizens.



JUDGE CARROLL B. GRAVES.

The title which prefaces the name of Carroll B. Graves has been well earned and his
record as a jurist is characterized by strict impartiality and a masterful grasp of every
problem presented for solution. He was born at St. Mary's, Hancock county, Illinois,
November 9, 1861, his parents being John Jay and Orilla Landon (Berry) Graves. The
family is descended from Captain Thomas Graves, who in 1607 emigrated from England
to Jamestown, Virginia, on the William and Mary, the second ship to make that voyage.
He became a prominent member of the Virginia colony, aiding in molding its destiny during
its formative period. He sat in the house of burgesses which met in June, 161 9, and which
was the first legislative assembly to convene in America. The family continued to reside
in Virginia until the close of the Revolutionary war, when the great-grandfather of Carroll
B. Graves removed to Kentucky. His son. Major Reuben Graves, the grandfather, served
as a soldier in the War of 1812 under General Harrison. \Vhile descended from Virginia
ancestry in the paternal line, on the maternal side Carroll B. Graves comes from old New
England stock, his mother having been a daughter of Dr. Jonathan Berry, of Grand Isle,
Vermont, who was the chief surgeon on the American flagship at the battle of Plattsburg
in the War of 1812. There were four sons in the family of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Graves,
three of whom reside in Spokane. One of these, Frank H. Graves, is a prominent member
of the bar there and was one of the first owners and a trustee of the world famous La Roi
mine of British Columbia. He was also associated with Senator George Turner and others
in the ownership of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Jay P. Graves, another brother of Judge
Graves, founded the Granby Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company, the largest mining
corporation in Canada, of which he has been continuously vice president and general manager.
He also organized and became president of the Spokane Terminal Company, the Spokane
Inland Railway Company and the Coeur d'Alene & Spokane Railway Company, all of which
he merged into the Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad Company. Will G. Graves is
associated in the practice of law with his eldest brother, Frank H., and is accounted one of
the distinguished members of the Spokane bar. He is also prominent as a factor in the
political history of the state, having been elected for several terms a member of the state
senate, in which he became a most influential factor, his able work as chairman of the
committee on constitutional revision and amendments and as a member of the judiciary
committee having left a deep impress upon the laws of the state.

Judge Carroll B. Graves, reared in his native county, became a student in Carthage
College. Illinois, and for a year prior to his admission to the bar acted as principal of the
public schools of Vermont, that state, and was also city attorney there during the same
period. His identification with the northwest dates from 1885, in which year he became
a resident of North Yakima, Washington, where he opened a law office and entered upon
the practice of his profession. Not only did he attain professional prominence but also
became a leader in municipal affairs. He was associated with the late United States
District Judge Whitson in drawing up the city charter for North Yakima and as the first
city attorney prepared a complete code of ordinances. He afterward became a resident of
Ellensburg and while there residing was elected superior judge of Kittitas, Yakima and
Klickitat counties in the fall of 1889. His course upon the bench during his first term was
so acceptable that he was reelected for a second term and thus served for eight years. He
then again took up the private practice of law and for some years was identified with




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practically all of the importaiit litigation held in the courts of central Washington. He
became a resident of Seattle in 1905 and entered upon the general practice of law in this
city, where for five years he acted as counsel for the Northern Pacific Railway Company.
He is now a member of the law firm of Bogle, Graves, Mcrritt & Bogle, which has a large"
corporation practice, while in the field of general practice they have an extensixe clientage
in eastern Washington. Judge Graves possesses comprehensive knowledge of the principles
of jurisprudence and is regarded as one of the best informed lawyers of the state. He has
given much study and attention to irrigation matters, being retained by many of the largest
projects of that character in Washington and he has aided in writing all the late acts of
the state relative to irrigation and water rights. In a word his opinions on such subjects
are largely accepted as authority and the profession as well as the public entertains the
highest regard for his ability in the field of law practice.

Judge Graves has been married twice. In January, 1888, he wedded Miss Ivah E. Felt,
of Keokuk, Iowa, and they became parents of two daughters : Marion Kellogg, now the
wife of William F. Finn; and Florence Felt, the wife of John D. Thomas. Both are
residents of Seattle. In June, 1898, Judge Graves wedded Catherine Osborn, of Ellensburg,
Washington, and they have one child, Carolyn. The Judge is an Elk and is also a member
of the Rainier Club of Seattle.



H.^RRY GIBSON BR.^CE.



Harry Gibson Brace, who has been a resident of Seattle for almost two decades, is prom-
inently known in business circles of the city as sole owner of H. G. Brace & Company,
manufacturers and distributors of advertising calendars and novelties, which concern
conducts the most extensive business of its kind west of the Mississippi river. He is a
native of Wingham, Ontario, and a son of Lewis John and Mary (Gibson) Brace, the
former born in Goderich, Ontario, and the latter in Ireland. He is a direct descendant
of William Brace, an officer in General Washington's army during the Revolutionary war
and a resident of Vermont. His son. Bannister Brace, was born in 1764 and removed
to Auburn, New York, where Harvey Brace, the grandfather of our subject, was born.
In 1829 the latter became a resident of Toronto, Canada, where he engaged in the manu-
facture of edged tools. Later he followed the same business in Goderich, Canada, and it
was there that he was united in marriage to Miss Fischer, a lady of German ancestry.
Late in life he made his home with his son, Lewis John Brace, in Spokane, Washington,
where he passed away at the age of eighty-one years. Lewis John Brace engaged in the
lumber business and in contracting, constructing public buildings, bridges and roads. For
many years he served as queen's magistrate in the town of Wingham, Canada, but after
coining to Washington in 1883 he turned his attention to stock raising in connection with
the lumber industry. On his retirement from active business he removed with his family
to Seattle.

Harry G. Brace acquired his education in the public schools of Spokane, tliis state. In
1805 he came to Seattle and three years later established the firm of H. G. Brace & Com-
pany, manufacturers and distributors of advertising calendars and novelties, of which he
has since remained the sole proprietor. The concern has branch ofiices in San Francisco,
California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Brace is not only the pioneer manu-
facturer in this line of work but his is the most extensive business of its kind west of the
Mississippi river. He also is a stockholder of the Metropolitan Building Company and the
Western States Life Insurance Company and likewise owns some securities and real estate.
He possesses untiring energy, is quick of perception, forms his plans readily and is deter-
mined in their execution, and his close application to business and his excellent manage-
ment have brought to him the high degree of prosperity which is today his.

In IQ04, in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Brace was united in marriage to Miss Helen
Crawford Warren, a niece of Samuel L. Crawford, who was one of the pioneer settlers
of this state. They have one son, John Stewart, who is now seven years of age.

Mr. Brace is a member of the New Chamber of Commerce and has taken an active



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part in its work, serving on the progressive and prosperity committee. He also belongs to
tlie Rotary Club, in which he has served as chairman of the business show committee and
a member of the good roads committee. Besides these organizations he holds member-
ship in the Rainier Club, the Auto Club, the Pacific Highway Association, the Ad Club
and the Canadian Club. He is an enthusiastic automobilist and has motored to places of
interest in California, Oregon, eastern Washington and British Columbia. His religious
faith is indicated by his membership in St. Paul's Episcopal church, the teachings of which
he exemplifies in his daily life. He has been one of the factors in the development of the
community where he has resided since 1895 and has many friends throughout Seattle.



CHARLES CALVIN TIFFIN, M. D. ' '

Dr. Charles Calvin Tiffin, physician and surgeon, well qualified for his profession by
thorough preliminary scientific training and hospital experience, was born in Boulder,
Colorado, September I, 1886. The Tiffin family is of English origin but was established
on American soil at an early period in the colonization of the new world. The ancestry
can be traced back in direct line to Governor Edward Tiffin, the first governor of Ohio,
and can be traced down through the line to Dr. Tiffin of this review. His father, William
Jefferson Tiffin, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was for many years successfully engaged
in the lumber business but is now living retired. He was reared and educated in Jefferson
City, Missouri, where for many years he made his home after removing thither with his
parents, who were among the earliest settlers of that place. In 1878 he left Missouri for
the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he spent about two years, and in 1880 he went to
Boulder, Colorado, where he again became an early settler. His trip from Missouri to the
Black Hills was made by wagon train. Much of his life was devoted to the lumber business
and his well conducted interests brought him the prosperity that now enables him to enjoy
the advantages and opportunities of life without further recourse to business. He wedded
Mary Elizabeth Geer, a daughter of Solomon Geer, who was a native of Connecticut and
became a pioneer settler of Illinois, arriving in that state in 1838, after which he followed
his trade of carpenter and builder. His ancestors were early settlers of Connecticut who
came from England prior to the Revolutionary war, and the religious faith of the family
was that of the Society of Friends. Solomon Geer was united in marriage to Miss Nancy
Phenix, who was of German descent and a representative of one of the old Pennsylvania
Dutch families.

Dr. Charles C. Tiffin, reared in Boulder, is indebted to the public school system of that
city for the educational privileges which he enjoyed. He passed through consecutive grades
until he graduated from the high school with the class of 1907. His first business experi-
ence came to him as selling representative for the W. E. Richardson Publishing Company
of Chicago, and his ability is manifest in the fact that after a brief period he was made
general manager for the company at Boulder, Colorado, and had charge of their entire
western territory west of the Missouri river. In this connection he supervised a large and
successful selling organization, the house being one of the largest publishing establishments
of the country, employing in his department over two hundred salespeople, many of whom
were under the direct charge of Dr. Tiffin, who continued in the capacity of general manager
for six years, during which time he became a stockholder in the company and today owns
a large interest in the business. While thus engaged he decided upon his future course and
chose the medical profession as a life work. He entered the University of Colorado and
was graduated M. D. with the class of 191 1. He then entered the Minnequa Hospital,
where he served as interne for a year, gaining that broad experience and thorough practical
training which only hospital work can bring. In 1912 Dr. Tiffin arrived in Seattle, where
he entered upon the active practice of medicine, in which he has since been successfully
engaged. He went east in 1912, also in 1914, 1915 and 1916, for post-graduate work in the
leading hospitals of the east and he is continually reading and studying along broadening
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member of the King County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Society and
the American Medical Association.

On the 22d of April, 1910, Dr. Tiffin was married in Denver, Colorado, to Miss Mary
Barr, a native of that state and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Barr, early and
prominent settlers of Colorado. Dr. and Mrs. Tiffin have three children: Mary Elizabeth,
who was born at Pueblo, Colorado, September 21, 191 1; Marguerite Emma, born January
13, 1913, in Bellingham, Washington ; and Helen Lois, born September 12, 1915, in Seattle.
Dr. Tiffin owns and occupies an attractive residence in the university district. It is a
very beautiful place and hospitality vies with the charm of architecture and floral adorn-
ment. Dr. Tiffin is a Knight Templar Mason and Mystic Sliriner, and also belongs to the
Acacia college fraternity, to the Seattle Athletic Club, and the Metropolitan Lumbermen's
Club. He has membership in the Presbyterian church, is president of the Brotherhood
and takes a most active and helpful interest in various lines of church work. His is the
record of a self-made man whose career has been stimulated by a laudable ambition and



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