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subsequently engaged in teaching in a high school for two years. He was married August
10, 1892, after which he and his wife both became students in the University of Michigan.
Subsequently he matriculated in the Meadville (Pa.) Theological College, from which he
was graduated in June, 1897. In 1897 Mr. Powers was called to Kennebunk, Maine, as pas-
tor of the First Unitarian church and at the same time was elected superintendent of public
schools He was also president of the school board. In 1901 he received unsolicited a call
from the Sioux City (la.) Unitarian church, which he accepted. While acting as pastor
there he organized the Associated Charities, placing the society upon a splendid basis and
leaving it in fine condition. For six and one-half years he engaged in preaching in Sioux
City and in January, 1908, accepted a call to Seattle, where he has since resided. He is
very active in charity work, extending a helping hand where aid is needed and also seeking
and winning the cooperation of others. He has often been called "the marrying minister,
for he is again and again sought to perform marriage ceremomes, having officiated for
nearly six hundred couples. In this connection he is the worthy successor of the dearly
loved Father Damien, a pioneer minister of Seattle. Nor is he less in demand for funerals,



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as he is a most sympathetic speaker, tactful and earnest, and always managing to carry
consolation to the bereaved ones. A broad-minded man, possessed of the true spirit of
Christianity, he is continually preaching the fact that God is love and not an avenging
Father punishing His children. He has not merely doubled his congregation in its numerical
strength but has increased the membership tenfold, for from one hundred it has grown
to approximately over one thousand in the year 1915. His sermons are printed weekly in
the daily papers of Seattle and are widely discussed. In 1915 he delivered a sermon on the
life after death and declared he knew of his own personal experience that there was life
beyond the grave and that our loved ones could and did return to us, conditions being right,
narrating as a proof his own experiences. The result of tliis sermon was widespread and
aroused much discussion pro and con.

In August, 1892, at Battle Creek, Alichigan, Rev. Powers was joined in wedlock to Miss
Mary Esther Kraft, who was a public school teacher prior to her marriage. Her father was
a wheat buyer by occupation, while her brother, Arthur Kraft, is a prominent business man
of Battle Creek. By her marriage she has become the mother of two children, Marie and
Glenna, who are attending school. Dr. Powers is an Elk and a Mason. He is also con-
nected with the United Workmen, the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of
America and the American Yeomen. In politics he supports the best man irrespective of
creed or political affiliation. He is president of the State of Washington Peace Society
and was appointed by Governor Lister a delegate to the national peace conference held in
Michigan in 1914. He is broad-gaged and when told that a newspaper reporter had said,
"Dr. Powers is a good scout," he, far from being offended, was pleased. He stands as a
man among men, greatly loved by his congregation and his fellows. His oratorical ability
and his interesting exposition of every question which he discusses makes him in great
demand at public ceremonies. He was once heard to remark, "I left Iowa in a snowstorm
and landed in Seattle in the midst of roses." He is most enthusiastic over the city and
everything connected with it, has a strongly developed sense of civic pride and does all
in his power to promote those interests which are of greatest worth in the municipal life.
One of his most predominant traits is his charity and every possible moment of his life
is given to advance humanity along that line — the line of charitable thought and action —
that there may be a recognition of the ties of brotherhood and an understanding and appre-
ciation each of the other.



WILLIAM PIGOTT.



William Pigott, president of the Seattle Car & Foundry Company and vice president
and managing director of the Pacific Coast Steel Company, is recognized not only as one
of the industrial leaders of the city of Seattle but also as an important factor in the iron
and steel business of the whole United States. A brief summary of his life and activities
reads as follows :

"Mr. Pigott was born in New York city, June 27, i860, a son of Michael and Anna
(Byrne) Pigott, both natives of Ireland. He was educated in the public and parochial
schools of Hubbard, Trumbull county, Ohio, and first worked in the iron furnaces at that
place. Later he was superintendent of the Merchant Steel Mil's of the Colorado Fuel &
Iron Company at Pueblo, Colorado, and in 1895 removed to Seattle, where vifith the late
W. D. Hofius he engaged in the sale of iron and steel products. He became interested in
Alaskan development and conducted extensive operations and contracts in the north.
He also organized and financed the Seattle campaign for home rule for Alaska and was
one of the principal advocates of the Alaska Railroad at Washington. On the 19th of
November, 1894, at Cleveland, Ohio, he married Miss Ada E. Clingan, of Hubbard, and they
have two children, William and Paul. In 1904 he organized and founded the Seattle Steel
Company, which subsequently merged with the Pacific Coast Steel Company, now operat-
ing large mills at Seattle and San Francisco. In 1905 he organized the Seattle Car Manu-
facturing Company, now the Seattle Car & Foundry Company, which own the leading car
shops of the west."



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In civic life Mr. Pigott has held and holds many positions of honor which are due
to his active interest in the fields they cover. For five years he has been a member of the
school board, being at one time its president. He is a member of the Alaska bureau of
tlie Chamber of Commerce and was one of the trustees of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo-
sition. He is deeply interested in tlic extension of our foreign trade, being a member of
the National Foreign Trade Council, and was a delegate from the Pacific Coast Chamber
of Commerce to China in 1910. In 1914 he was appointed by Governor Lister of Washing-
ton, as chairman of the commission appointed to draft the first aid amendment to the
workman's compensation act. In politics he is a democrat, while in religious faith he is a
Roman Catholic. He also affiliates with the Rainier Club, the Chamber of Commerce and
the India House, of New York.

In speaking of Mr. Pigott a recent paragraph concludes as follows : "He stands as
one of the strong men of the northwest, strong in his ability to plan and perform, ready
to accomplish things for the public good and looking at each question from the standpoint
of the liberal-minded man of broad experience."



FRANK WHITNEY BAKER.

For a quarter of a century a resident of Seattle, Frank Whitney Baker has during
that period won for himself a position in the foremost ranks of the city's business men and
at the same time his public spirit has found tangible expression in the stalwart support of
many movements which have had direct bearing upon the welfare and upbuilding of tlie
metropolis of Washington. The breadth of the continent separates him from his birth
place, for he is a native of Youngstown. Niagara county. New York. He was born Sep-
tember 19, 1852, of the marriage of David C. and Adelia H. (Cobb) Baker, and is descended
in the paternal line from Dutch and English ancestry, while in the maternal line he is of Eng-
lish descent. Both families, however, were established on American soil during colonial days
and both were represented by valiant soldiers of the Revolutionary war and by those who
have shown equal patriotism in other relations. Through maternal connection Mr. Baker
is a grand nephew of Dr. Lyman Cobb, the noted educator and author of textbooks. His
parents became residents of western New York during its pioneer development and Mr,
Baker figured prominently in the upbuildmg and progress of that part of the state.

After attending the local schools Frank Whitney Baker continued his education in
Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, of Lima, New York, in Wyoming Seminary of Kingston,
Pennsylvania, and in Eastman's Business College, of Poughkeepsie, New York. In early life
he engaged in teaching for a brief period but afterward removed to Greenville, Michigan,
where he entered into active connection with the line of trade of which he has since been a
representative, becoming an employe of tlie firm of Sprague Brothers, retail hardware
merchants. He afterward went to Detroit to accept the position of head bookkeeper with
the firm of Black & Owen, and remained with their successor, the Black Hardware Company,
in the same capacity. After Seattle was largely laid waste by the great fire of 1889 and
new business enterprises were springing up to meet the immediate demand, the Black Hard-
ware Company having merged its interests with the Seattle Hardware Company, removed
its business plant to this city, and in March, l8go, Mr. Baker took up his abode in Seattle,
and from that time forward through twenty years he was a most active factor in the
development of the company's business and the extension of its trade relations. His efforts
were largely seen in the result which made this one of the most important and extensive
concerns of the kind on the Pacific coast. He became treasurer of the company and acted
in that capacity until April, 1910, when he retired to enjoy a well earned rest, although he
still retains financial interest in various important business concerns of the cit}-. He was
the first president of the Title Trust Company, and is still a member of the board of
directors. He is vice president and director of the National City Bank and is identified with
various other interests.

His activity, too, extends along various lines of a semi-public character, whereby the
welfare of the city has been advanced. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Seattle,





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of which he has been vice president and trustee, and he has served as vice president and
trustee of the Ciiarity Organization of Seattle. He did splendid work in connection with
the Alaska-Ynkon-Pacific Exposition as one of its trustees, as chairman of its finance
committee, and as a member of its executive committee. One of the features of his citizen-
ship lias been his recognition of opportunities and advantages that have to do with tlie
public welfare and full utilization of these to the extent of his power and his time.

On the 26th of December, 1888, Mr. Baker was married in Elmira, New York, to Miss
Jennie Sibbelle Godfrey. He is well known in club and fraternal circles, holding member-
ship in the Commercial Club, Seattle Golf and Country Club, Arctic Club, Rainier Club and
Seattle Athletic Club. He is a prominent and well known Mason, holding membership in
Arcana Lodge, No. 87, F. & A. M. ; Oriental Chapter, No. 19, R. A. M. ; Seattle Com-
mandery. No. 2, K. T., and Lawson Consistory, No. I, A. & A. S. R., and is past wise
master of Rose Croix Chapter, No. i. He is also a member of Nile Temple of the Mystic
Shrine, and upon him has been conferred the highest honor of the Scottish Rite, as he was
elected to the thirty-tliird degree by the supreme council for the southern jurisdiction of the
United States. He is widely known because of his public service, which has been of a most
helpful character along various lines affecting the general welfare. In politics he is an
earnest republican, and though he has frequently been urged to become a candidate for
political office and honors, he has always declined, although he has been frequently spoken
of in connection with the mayoralty. He stands, however, for good government in city
and state and his influence is a potent factor in advancing civic virtue, in upholding the
best interests of the community and in lending dignity to the term citizenship.



FRED II. PETERSON.



Fred H. Peterson is the senior partner of the firm of Peterson & Macbride. attorneys at
law of Seattle. He is engaged in general practice, althou.gh he prefers practice in probate
law. His ability has brought him to a creditalile position in the leading ranks of the repre-
sentatives of the profession in the northwest. Moreover, his liberal culture makes him
a valued companion in those social circles where intelligence and true worth are received
as the passports into good society and association witli him means expansion and elevation.

Mr. Peterson left his Minnesota home in 1880. wlien by appointment he became a
cadet in the West Point Military Academy, but resigned in 1882. In June. 1914. he attended
the thirtieth annual reunion of his class at West Point. Returning to Wisconsin, he settled
at Milwaukee and. devoting his attention to the study of law, was admitted to the bar on
the 8th of January, 1883. He arrived in Seattle on the 4th of April, 1884, and for thirty-
one years has now been closely and prominentlj- associated with the legal profession of
this city. In July, 1886, he was elected city attorney of Seattle and was the youngest city
attorney Seattle ever had. He has held no other public office, preferring to always con-
centrate his energies upon his professional duties, and his devotion to his clients' interests
is proverbial. He has largely specialized in probate law. which branch of the profession he
finds very congenial. He closed the estate of the late T. D. Hinckley and was employed
in the will contest of the George Kimball estate, and other large estates wherein he was
counsel. He has been in active and continuous practice for a longer period than any other
member of the Seattle bar. for. while there are a few other attorneys of the city who opened
offices in Seattle before Mr. Peterson's arrival, they have divided their attention between the
law and other pursuits. Mr. Peterson, however, has concentrated his efforts upon law
practice exclusively.

While first, last and alwaj-s an attorney, Mr. Peterson lias yet found time to devote to
public interests, cooperating in many projects as a public-spirited citizen who has the wel-
fare of the community at heart. Prior to the Seattle fire in 1889 he was a member of the
volunteer fire department. He was instrumental in organizing the Crematory Society which
built the first crematory in Washington and was also one of the founders of the Cremation
Society of Washington, of which he has since been the president. He was one of the pro-
moters of \\'estlake avenue from Pike street to Denny Way. The opening of this street.



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diagonally through business blocks, was a most expensive project but has resulted in won-
derful benefit to the city and stands as a monument to the business sacacity and clear per-
ception of its projectors. Mr. Peterson, with others, devoted four years of hard work to the
undertaking and contributed one-half of a business lot to get it through beside paying the
full assessment on the other half. He has been willing to make sacrifice for the benefit
and upbuilding of the city and his efforts have been far-reaching and beneficial. Recently
he has built a large number of store buildings in the north end.

In November, iS86, Mr. Peterson was united in marriage to Miss Ella White, and they
have since been residents of Seattle, where they now have an extensive acquaintance among
the leading residents of the city. To them was born a daughter, who is now Mrs. B. A.
Sandstedt and resides in Seattle.

In politics Mr. Peterson has always been a stalwart republican and was chairman of
the central committee in 1902. Fraternally he is connected with West Gate Lodge, A. F. &
A. M. ; Seattle Chapter, R. A. M. ; Seattle Commandery, K. T. ; and Nile Temple, A. A. O.
N. M. S. In more recent years, when success has made leisure possible, he has indulged
his love of travel, spending four months in Europe in 1910 and again in 1913. He greatly
enjoys visiting points of modern and historic interest, as well as the art centers of the old
world, and he has thereby gained the broad knowledge, culture and experience which only
travel can bring. One of his salient characteristics is his love of literature. He has always
been a great reader of the classics and possesses a fine library with the contents of which he
is largely familiar, spending many of his most pleasant hours thus in association with the
master minds of the world, his life exemplifying all that is admirable in conduct and char-
acter. Through investigation and broad reading he has ever kept in touch with the trend
of the times not only in matters relating to America but to the world's history as well, and
he is regarded as a broad-minded, cultured gentleman as well as one of the ablest and
strongest members of the Seattle bar.



SYLVESTER GOODRICH.



Sylvester Goodrich, who at the time of his death was engaged in the hotel business
at Auburn, was greatly interested in the development of the Puget Sound country and
was a man of marked public spirit. He was born in Rome, New York, November 16, 1831,
a son of Isaac and Mary (Hollister) Goodrich, both of whom are deceased, the demise
of the former occurring in i860 and that of the latter in 1870. The father was a native of-
Connecticut but for many years carried on farming successfully in Oneida county, New
York.

Sylvester Goodrich entered the public schools at the usual age and also devoted part of
his time during his boyhood to the work of the home farm. In 1852 he went to California
by way of the Isthmus of Panama, attracted to that state by the discovery of gold. For
six months he engaged in mining at Placerville and then made a short visit to Portland,
Oregon, returning, however, to California, where for three years he engaged in placer mining
in different districts. In 1872 he went to Colorado and engaged in mining there for about
ten years, prospecting near Leadville, Denver, Pueblo and Durango. In 1888 he located
in Seattle and erected a business block on Jackson street, which, however, was destroyed
by fire in the following year. He then went to Auburn, where he resided for many years
and where he engaged in the hotel business. He spared no effort in providing for the
comfort of his guests and was very successful as a hotel proprietor. He also owned much
town and country property and in 1901 laid out an addition to the town of Auburn.

Mr. Goodrich was married in Canajoharie, Montgomery county. New York, in 1856,
to Miss Mary E. Thorp, who died at Durango, Colorado, in 1884. In February, 189S, he
was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna Rommel, who was born in Germany in 1858. By her
first marriage she had four children, Walter, Arthur, George and Viola.

Mr. Goodrich cast his ballot in support of the candidates and measures of the republican
party and fraternally was identified with the Masons and the Red Men. He watched
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to cooperate in movements that sought to build up the Puget Sound country along com-
mercial lines and was equally concerned for the civic and moral progress of the district.
His demise occurred on the 27th of May, 1909, and his passing was the occasion of much
sincere grief, as all who knew him held him in high esteem.



WILLIAM SPURCK, JR.



William Spurck, Jr., conducting a real estate and brokerage business, with offices in
the Leary building, was born in Nebraska, March 30, 1889. His father, William Spurck, Sr.,
was a stockman of that state for several years and in 1906 came to Seattle, where he has
resided up to the present time. He is now living retired from active business but is the
owner of large real estate interests in the city, from which he derives a substantial income.
His wife, Mrs. Mabel Spurck, is also living and the family circle yet remains unbroken
by the hand of death, for their two sons survive, William and John S., the latter a salesman.

William Spurck, Jr., acquired his early education in the public schools of Nebraska and
still later attended the University of Washington, where he pursued a liberal arts course
and afterward a course in law. On the 1st of June, 191 1, he turned his attention to the
real estate business, in which he has continued to the present time. He conducts a general
real estate business, selling and exchanging property and also carries on a general mort-
gage, loan and brokerage business. He has gained a good clientage and his interests are
now bringing him a gratifying return.

In his political views Mr. Spurck has always been an earnest republican, believing
firmly in the principles of that party. He belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks and to three college fraternities, the Alpha Tau Omega, the Phi Delta Phi and the
Theta Nu Epsilon. His interest in Seattle is that of a public-spirited citizen who desires
tlie welfare of the community along all lines of general and substantial development and
improvement. He is enthusiastic in his expression concerning the city and is endeavoring
in every way to promote her welfare.



DAVID W. JENKINS.



David W. Jenkins, manager of the Seattle, Portland and San Francisco branches of
Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is widely known in Seattle, where
he makes his home, and is recognized as a leader in business circles. He was born on the
2ist of January, 1872, at Upton, Kentucky, a son of G. C. Jenkins, who passed away in
March, 1906, at the age of seventy-two years. The mother, who bore the maiden name of
Sarah Morton, is still living at Upton and although seventy-eight years old is still active.

David W. Jenkins was educated in his native state and at the age of seventeen began
teaching school there, so continuing for two years. He then entered the employ of a whole-
sale paint house, with which he remained for two years, after which he entered the lumber
manufacturing business. After four years spent in that connection he became identified
with Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with whom he has remained
ever since. In the intervening eighteen years he has advanced steadily as his developing
powers fitted him for more and more responsible positions, and in February, 1909, he opened
the Seattle branch of the company at Main and Occidental avenue. In December, 1912,
removal was made to the present location at No. 322 Occidental avenue. Mr. Jenkins is
not only manager of the Seattle branch but also of the branches at San Francisco and
Portland, both of which are incorporated in the state of Washington. He combines a
detailed knowledge of the business with administrative ability and discharges ably the
responsible duties intrusted to him.

In 1893 Mr. Jenkins was married, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Miss Anna H. Ayers, a
native of the Blue Grass state. He is a republican in politics and in his religious faith is
a Protestant. He is well known in club and fraternal circles in Seattle, belonging to the



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Masons, the Elks, the Hoo Hoos, the Arctic Club, the Metropolitan Club and the Commercial
Club. No movement seeking the development of Seattle lacks his hearty support and he
is recognized as a valuable and public-spirited citizen.



PORTUS BAXTER.



Portus Baxter, sporting" editor of the Post-Intelligencer and one of the best known
newspaper men on the Pacific coast, prepared for his present position in the school of
experience and won his reputation by his own efforts. He was born at Derby Line,
Vermont, October 7, 1867, a son of Major. Henry Baxter, who served in the Civil war
under Generals L. A. Grant and Sheridan. He was advanced to the rank of major in
recognition of his bravery at the battle of Cedar Creek. He married Laura White, a
native of Bennington, Vermont, who died in the year 1872, Avhile Major Baxter, surviving
for a considerable period, passed away in Seattle in 1S90.

Speaking of his education, Portus Baxter says that he attended Goddard Seminary at
Barre, Vermont, that he entered the front door of Tufts College, passed right through and
came west to Seattle, arriving October 23, 1889, being then a j^oung man of twenty-two years.
He has devoted almost his entire life to newspaper writing and since 1890, when he entered
the employ of the Post-Intelligencer, has been continuously connected with that paper,
identified with every department. For many years he has now occupied the position of



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