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characterized by the most earnest purpose and systematic efforts. He holds to high
professional ideals, fully recognizing the responsibilities that devolve upon him and meeting
.every phase of professional service with a sense of conscientious obligation that prompts
his continuous reading and study along professional lines.


John Lamb, auditor of the city water department of Seattle, was born in Peru, Illi-
nois, October 21, 1853, his parents being James and Mary Lamb, both deceased. They were
natives of Ireland and the father engaged in business as a building contractor.

John Lamb attended the common schools of Minnesota and the State University at
Minneapolis, having accompanied his parents on their removal to that state in 1854. He
took up the profession of teaching in early life and later gave his attention to book-
keeping, while subsequently he entered upon the practice of civil engineering. On the 23d
of June, 1892, he arrived in Seattle, where he was first engaged in survey work in parks.
He then entered the city engineer's office, where he remained for a year and then took
charge of the labor commission and the city employment office, acting in that capacity for
two years. Continuing in public service, he entered the office of the waterworks as drafts-
man, was advanced to the position of chief clerk and became auditor in 1899. He has now
filled the position for sixteen years and is regarded as one of the most capable and trust-
worthy of the city officials. He was also at one time a member of the school board, filling
that position in 1900. While in Minnesota he was state labor commissioner for four years
and he wrote the most complete history of the Seattle municipal water plant, a narrative
that is at once historical, descriptive and statistical, published on the ist of January, 1914.
It contained most minute details relative to the water plant, is beautifully illustrated and
splendidly bound — an e.xcellent book for reference upon any subject connected with the
Seattle water plant. It gives maps of the zones, detail maps, pictures of the men identified
prominently with the waterworks and beautiful pictures of Cedar Lake, which is the
chief source of Seattle's water supply, the dam and intake at Landsburg, the Cedar river
dam, and others. In fact it is a complete and authentic compilation of data, documents,
books and material relating to the municipal water system and has won highest praise from
the public, water consumers, water officials, etc. It also satisfies the historic and economic
interest which Seattle feels in a great public utility which has grown from practically
nothing to represent an investment of more than twelve million dollars. Inquiries regard-
ing Seattle's water plant are coming in from all parts of the country and from foreign
lands as well. At every election some matter pertaining to the water plant comes up
for the public to act upon relative to its further improvement. Mr. Lamb is acquainted
with every phase of the business. His previous experience in civil engineering makes him
understand various technical matters along that line and as auditor his books are most

On the 31st of March, 1883, in Minneapolis, Mr. Lamb was married to Miss Eugenia


M. Beuschleim, a daughter of Andrew and Matilda Beuschleim but her death occurred in
Seattle, May 4, 1895. They were parents of three sons and a daughter: Howard Arthur,
born in 1884, now engaged in newspaper reporting in Arizona; Gordon Alfred, who was
born in 1885 and is a draftsman in Seattle ; Rondo Eugene, who was born in 1890 and has
attended private schools at Sand Point, Idaho, and Great Falls, Montana; and Rose
Eugenia, who was born in 1895 and is now being educated at Holy Names Academy in

Mr. Lamb formerly gave his political allegiance to the republican party but at a
recent date has become identified with the progressive movement. He belongs to the
Modern Woodmen and the Woodmen of the World and his religious faith is indicated by
his membership in the Unitarian church. He is identified with the Municipal League and
the Public Ownership League and is in hearty sympathy with their purposes to further
all those public interests which are a matter of civic virtue and of civic pride.


Dr. Roy Chester Baumgarten is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Phila-
delphia of the class of 1912, but although one of the younger representatives of the medical
profession in Seattle, he has made notable progress and has already reached an enviable
position in professional circles. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, January 12, 1886, a son
of William Baumgarten, who was a native of Germany and came to America about 1850,
settling in Iowa. He was one of the early residents there and became a very successful
shoe merchant of Davenport but has passed away. His wife, who bore the maiden name
of Emily Biller, was born in Iowa and was a daughter of Leonard Biller, a pioneer resident
of that state. Their son, Roy C, was the youngest in their family, which numbered three
sons and a daughter.

Entering the public schools of Davenport at the usual age. Dr. Baumgarten passed
through successive grades to the high school and later he entered upon his preliminary
medical training in the University of Iowa, completing his professional course, however,
in the Jeflerson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated
with the class of 1912. Following his graduation he came to the Pacific coast, arriving in
Seattle in 1912 and entering the City Hospital, in which he served as interne for a year,
gaining the broad experience which only hospital practice can bring. He then opened
an office and in the brief period of two years has established a large and satisfactory
practice which is constantly growing. He also does a large amount of X-ray work, in
which he specially qualified, so that his efforts in that line are particularly valuable.

On the 8th of September, 1913. in Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Baumgarten was united
in marriage to Aliss Eileen O'Connor, a native of Idaho. They live in the Waldorf Hotel.
Dr. Baumgarten is an Episcopalian and is interested in many of the well defined plans
which seek to uplift the individual and the community. However, his professional duties
are leaving him comparatively little leisure, for his practice is constantly growmg. He
is a member of the King County Medical Society and the Washington State IMedical
Association and his connection therewith keeps him in touch with the advanced thought
of the profession.


Benjamin F. Briggs, one of the pioneer settlers of Seattle and well known in business
circles, acted as confidential agent for Dexter Horton for many years and in that capacity
was concerned in many important transactions. He also owned considerable property in
the city. A native of Massachusetts, his birth occurred in Freetown on the 19th of July,
1832. His father, Franklin Briggs, was also born in the Bay state and, like so many of the
sons of Massachusetts, was a seafaring man. During the War of 1812 he was mate of a




%essel and was captured by the British, who held him in the Dartmouth prison for several
months. He was an able navigator and was master of several vessels. His wife, who was
in her maidenhood Miss Sarah Hathaway, was also a native of Massachusetts.

Benjamin F. Briggs attended the public schools in his boyhood and later was a student
in an academy at Middleboro, devoting the winters to study and the summers to work on
various vessels. In 1853 he went to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama and for
three years thereafter was identified with the maritime interests on the Pacific coast. He
then entered into partnership with Captain Lamb and for several years engaged in the grain
and general commission business in San Francisco. Later he held a position as an
accountant in that city but in 1869 he came to Seattle, which then gave little promise of
developing into the present metropolis. In June, 1870, he opened the first banking house
established in this city and became cashier of the institution, which was a private bank and
was conducted by the firm of Dexter Horton & Company. He remained in that connection
for twenty-one years and was confidential agent for Mr. Horton before and after that
gentleman sold his interest in the bank and devoted his attention to his other important
interests. As confidential agent Mr. Briggs was given a great deal of freedom in the
management of his employer's business, and his advice and counsel were usually acted upon.
He proved thoroughly efficient in the discharge of his duties. He purchased property for
himself and erected five substantial buildings upon his land at the corner of Spring and
Seventh streets and on Madison street. His investments proved very profitable and he
gained financial independence.

Mr. Briggs was married in 1869 to Miss Rebecca Horton, a daughter of De.xter Horton,
and to this union were born three children, Ida, Alfred and Laura Mabel. The last named
gave her hand in marriage to Samuel Trethewey, who was born on Owen Sound, Eastern
Canada, but who for several years has been engaged in the real-estate business in Seattle.
Their children are, Lauren and Hazel. Mrs. Rebecca Briggs passed away in 1875 and Mr.
Briggs later married Miss Sarah Griffith, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he had four
children, Frank, Clarence, Clyde and Herbert.

Mr. Briggs was a stalwart republican and served acceptably on the city council. He
supported the Methodist Protestant church and his fraternal affiliation was with the Masonic
order. He was active in business until his demise, which occurred on the 17th of August.
1902, and in his passing Seattle lost a man who could always be depended upon to further
the development of the city along business and civic lines. All who came in contact with
liim held him in the highest esteem and there were many who felt for him warm personal


Charles B. Livermore was actively identified with real estate interests in Seattle for
a number of years and he ever had great faith in the future of the city and its upbuilding.
Prior to taking up his abode in the Puget Sound metropolis he was identified with Walla
Walla and he came to the coast country from the middle west. His birth occurred in
Wisconsin, in 1850, and he was but twelve years of age when he joined the Union army
as a drummer boy, serving with a Wisconsin regiment, of which his father. Lark Liver-
more, was chaplain. It was a wonderful experience for a lad of his years and developed
in him certain stalwart qualities which nothing else would have brought out at that early
period. When the war was over he returned to Wisconsin and it was in the early '80s
that he arrived in the northwest, making his way to Walla Walla, where he engaged in
tlie real estate business. There he remained until 1899, when he came to Seattle and he
was largely instrumental in inducing settlers to locate in this part of the state and also
in upbuilding the city of Walla Walla. After his removal to Seattle he handled both
city and farm property and in connection with J. D. Lowman opened up what was known
as Three Tree Point, a beautiful suburb, taking charge of its development and improve-
ment. He readily recognized the possibilities along real estate lines and so directed his
sales and negotiated his property transfers that the city benefited largely thereby.


In 1884 Mr. Livermore was married in Walla Walla to Miss Helen A. Colt, who
removed with her father, M. F. Colt, and family from New York state to Oregon in j868.
Later Mr. Colt established his home at Walla Walla, Washington, where he engaged in
merchandising. Two children have been born of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Liver-
more, Hazel R. and Lark S., and bj' a previous marriage Mr. Livermore also had one son,
Burdett T.

In his political views Mr. Livermore was a republican and always exercised his right
of franchise for the men and measures of the party. He belonged to the Grand Army
of the Republic and to the Loyal Legion and there are indeed few of his years who can
claim connection with those organizations. He died January I, 1914, at the age of sixty-
four years, passing away in the faith of the First Presbyterian church of Seattle, of
which he was a devoted and loyal member. He left behind him the record of an honorable
and well spent life — a, life fraught with many good deeds.


De Witt A. Clark is state manager for Washington of the National Life Insurance
Company of Montpelier, Vermont, and in this connection there devolves upon him large
responsibilities, which he ably meets by reason of his indefatigable enterprise, his keen
discernment and sound judgment. Mr. Clark is a native son of New England, his birth
having occurred in Montpelier, Vermont, July 10, 1886, his parents being Mr. and Mrs.
O. D. Clark.

At the usual age De Witt A. Clark entered the public schools and passed through
consecutive grades to the high school, from which he was graduated with the class of
1905. Still ambitious to gain further education, he entered Amherst College and was there
graduated in 1909. The opportunities of the west attracted him and he came td Seattle
as state manager for the National Life Insurance Company of Vermont, which is a purely
mutual corporation, owned and operated by its policyholders. It has been in existence for
more than sixty-five years, passing safely through the period of the Civil war and through
various financial panics that involved the entire country and today it is stronger than
ever. It is a corporation with over si-xty-one million five hundred thousand dollars of
assets, which contain nothing but United States, state and municipal bonds and first
farm mortgages. The quality of its assets has enabled it to invest one hundred million
dollars during the last twelve years without the loss of a cent of interest or principal.
Moreover, the business policy of the company is one which commends it to public confidence,
for it has anticipated in actual practice the best insurance laws of the country. Its policy
is the last word in conservative yet progressive life insurance service and that its course
satisfies its constituency is indicated in its constantly increasing business. Mr. Clark as
manager of the business of the company in Washington has carefully systematized the
work in this state and is in close touch with the many agents who are now representing the
National in Washington.

Mr. Clark is a member of various prominent clubs of the city, including the University
Club, the College Club, the Seattle Tennis Club and the Mountaineers. He is a man of
sociable, cordial nature and this quality wins him friends, while his business activities
have gained him prominence in insurance circles of the northwest.


Throughout the period of his residence in Seattle, dating from April, 1904, Wilbur
William Scruby has been identified with financial interests, his initial work in this city
being done in the city treasurer's office, after which he became identified with the Wash-
ington Trust Company. He is now cashier of the Dexter Horton Bank and figures
actively in control of this time-honored institution. He was born in Wheeling, Missouri,


March 31, 1883, a son of Frank and Anna Belle Scruby, who at present reside in Chillicothe,
Missouri, and are pioneers of the northern part of the state, having resided there for the
past fifty years, the father being a prominent merchant of Chillicothe.

Reared in that state, W. W. Scruby attended the public schools and also spent a few
months in the University of Missouri. Starting out in business life, he secured a position
in the office of the auditor of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad at St. Joseph,
Missouri, and afterward became connected with the National Bank of Commerce in Kan-
sas City. His attention was attracted to the northwest with its growing advantages, and
in April, 1904, he came from Kansas City to Seattle. Soon afterward he accepted a posi-
tion in the office of the city treasurer, S. F. Rathbun, and still later he entered the employ
of the Washington Trust Company as a clerk in 1909. Following the consolidation of
that company with Dexter Horton & Company, he was made assistant cashier and in
1914 was promoted to the position of cashier and secretary. He is one of the stockholders
of the institution, also of the Dexter Horton Trust & Savings Bank, the Union Savings &
Trust Company and the Washington Securities Company. His understanding of intricate
financial problems is comprehensive and accurate and for them he finds ready solution.

Mr. Scruby was married in Seattle on the 21st of August, 1912, to Miss Katherine Anna
Hemrich, a daughter of Andrew Hemrich. who was a pioneer of Seattle and became one
of the city's prominent and well known citizens, being the founder of the Seattle Brewing
& Malting Company. He served as president of the company until the time of his death.
May 2, 1910. To Mr. and Mrs. Scruby has been born a daughter, Amelia Katherine, whose
birth occurred April 2, 191 5.

Mr. Scruby's political allegiance has always been given to the republican party, his
faith being his by right of inheritance, for he is a grandson of Captain William Scruby,
who was one of the founders of the republican party which sprang into existence at
the political convention that met in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854, His official service has
been that of chief tax collector under City Treasurers S. F. Rathbun, George F. Russell
and Colonel William F. Prosser. He belongs to the Young Men's Republican Club and
along more strictly social lines is identified with the Arctic Club and the Seattle Athletic
Club. In the eleven years of his residence here he has made for himself a creditable
position in financial and public circles, possessing many sterling qualities and social
attributes that have firmly established him in the warm regard of those with whom he
has come in contact. - -


For almost a third of a century Alexander Bruce Stewart has made his home in Seat-
tle and throughout this period has been closely identified with its commercial interests.
The opportunities of a growing city, coupled with his energy, determination and ambition,
have brought him to a position among the representative merchants of the northwest. He
is today senior partner of the Stewart & Holmes Drug Company, owning the largest whole-
sale drug establishment in this section of the country.

Mr. Stewart is a Canadian by birth, having been born in Glenallan, February 20, 1854.
The family is of Scotch lineage, but George Stewart, the father of A. B. Stewart, was
born in Ireland. In that country he married Miss Jane Bruce and they remained residents
of that country until after the birth of two of their children, William and Robert, and then
emigrated to the new world, settling on a farm in Wellington county, Ontario, Canada,
where Mr. Stewart became recognized as a prominent and influential citizen as well as a
leading agriculturist. He reached the ripe old age of eighty-three years ere death called
him in 1887. He had long been a devoted member of the Methodist church, and his life
was upright and honorable in every relation. He long survived his wife, who passed away
at the age of sixty-six j'ears. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom were
born in Canada and two of the sons are now located on the Pacific coast, these being
Alexander B., and George M., now residing in North Yakima, who was at one time post-
master of Seattle.


His pubiic-school training was supplemented by a course in Victoria College in Canada
and thus Alexander B. Stewart was qualified for the practical and responsible duties in
life. In early manhood he learned the drug business and after crossing the border into
the United States he made his way to Silver City, Nevada, where he established and
conducted a drug store from 1874 until 1879. In the interim he also opened another drug
store at Gold Hill. In 1879 he removed from Silver City to Bodie, California, where he
conducted a drug store until 1882 and then sold out. In the same year he removed his
stock of drugs from Gold Hill, Nevada, to Seattle and has since been identified with the
business interests of this city. After conducting a store independently for four years
he organized, in connection with H. E. Holmes, then of Walla Walla, the Stewart &
Holmes Drug Company, which was incorporated. The growth of the business is indicated
in the fact that theirs is today the largest and most successful wholesale drug establish-
ment in the northwest and compares favorably with any in the United States. Their trade
extends largely over Washington and Alaska and also into Idaho, Oregon, China, Japan
and New Zealand. Recognizing the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement,
they have made it their purpose to carefully look after the interests of their customers,
and their honorable dealing and progressive methods have brought to them a trade that is
most gratifying.

In 1S84 was celebrated the marriage of Alexander Bruce Stewart and Miss May Elia
Martin, a native of Rockford, Illinois, and a daughter of J. N. Martin, D. D., professor
of languages in the University of the Pacific in California. A daughter has been born to
them. Alma May, now Mrs. J. H. Ballinger. Mr. Stewart belongs to the Masonic frater-
nity, in which he has attained the Knights Templar degree. His political allegiance has
long been given to the republican party, in which he has become a recognized leader in
the northwest, serving for four years as a member of the state central committee and
taking an active part in the state conventions. His activity in behalf of public welfare has
extended over a still broader scope. He was one of the promoters of the Front and
Madison street car lines, has given his support to many projects for the substantial
improvement of the city and indorses every measure that is a matter of civic virtue and
civic pride. He was one of the incorporators of the Union Savings & Trust Company,
of which he is now vice president.


A monument to the business ability of John C. Norton is the University State Bank
of Seattle, of which he was the builder and president, remaining at the head of the insti-
tution until his demise. Mr. Norton was born in Maine on the 2d of February, 1846, and
in early manhood he took up the profession of teaching, in which he displayed marked
ability and success, imparting clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he had
acquired. He was forty-three years of age when he came to Seattle in 1889, commissioned
by the Free Methodist church to assist in the erection of the seminary at Ross, having
been ordained a -minister by that church previous to his coming here. He took up his
abode upon a forty acre tract of land which was situated in what is now the University
View addition and which was the property of Mrs. Norton. Upon that farm he lived for
fourteen years and in the meantime the quick growth of the city advanced the value of
this property rapidly, making it possible for him to sell at a handsome figure. He then
built a fine home on University boulevard and turned his attention to financial interests by
becoming the organizer of the University State Bank. He was later chosen its president
and largely formulated its business system, in which progressiveness was tempered by a
safe conservatism. He continued at the head of the bank until his demise and its growth
and prosperity are largely attributable to his efforts and his farsighted business policy
and sagacity.

On the 5th of May, 1892, in Seattle, Mr. Norton was joined in wedlock to Miss M. A.
Widger, who was born in the state of New York and in early life removed westward to
California, but several years prior to the great fire of 1889 she became a resident of Seattle.




She is a partrait painter of considerable note and has on exhibition at her home several
very fine paintings, particularly one of her husband, from which the accompanying steel
engravmg was made.

Air. Norton voted with the republican party and, while not an oftice seeker, kept well
informed concerning the political situation and the attitude of the two great parties

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