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with the business and won a place among the representative business men of his city.
He was yet a comparatively young man when he passed away on the 8th of December,
1914- His birth occurred at Cape Vincent, New York, May 24, 1865, his parents being
Willard and Mary (Herrick) Ainsworth. He acquired his first knowledge of the fish
business from his father, who was a fisherman at Cape Vincent.

When twenty years of age Elton E. Ainsworth went to Detroit, Michigan, and for
a year and a half was connected with the Robinson Brothers Lumber Company. On
removing to the west he settled first in California and subsequently removed to Washing-
ton, after which he built a cabin at Lake Cushman, where he located timber claims,
residing at that locality until 1888, when he came to Seattle. Here he entered into partner-
ship with Arthur G. Dunn, under the firm title of Ainsworth & Dunn, salmon packers. In
1896 the first constructed two of the finest canneries in the northwest, one at Blaine and
one at Seattle. Both plants were splendidly equipped, so that the business was carried
on according to sanitary and modern processes, with due regard to the saving of time
and labor. The excellence of their goods insured them a liberal patronage and the
product of their canneries has been sent to all parts of the country. The business was
carefully, systematically and successfully conducted and became one of the largest salmon
packing enterprises of the west. Mr. Ainsworth was also director of the National Bank
of Commerce.

In 1894, Mr. Ainsworth was united in marriage at Victoria, British Columbia, to Miss



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Helen Grube, a daughter of Anton and Ida (Kindcrman) Griibe, natives of Germany,
who came to America about i86S and located at Cleveland, Ohio, where they were married.
There the father passed away in 1882, but the mother is still living. To Mr. and Mrs.
Ainsworth was born a daughter, Helen.

Mr. Ainsworth was a member of the Rainier Club, the Seattle Golf Club, of which
he was president, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He cooperated heartily with
the plans and projects of the latter for the upbuilding of the city. His political allegiance
was given to the republican party and like all broad-minded American citizens, he kept
well informed on the questions and issues of the day, although he did not seek nor desire
office as a reward for party fealty. He belonged to the Presbyterian church and was a
most charitable man, extending a helping hand wherever aid was needed. The sterling
qualities which he displayed won for him the high respect and kindly regard of all. His
business, too, was of a character that contributed to the public welfare, furnishing employ-
ment to many workmen.



HARLAN THOMAS.



Nature endowed Harlan Thomas with the artistic taste and temperament and during
the period of his early manhood he found it possible to spend some time abroad, where
he studied the architecture of Europe as embodied in its finest cathedrals and public
buildings, representing every phase from the early Greek to the late Gothic. He made
many sketches and, deeply impressed with beauty and form, he has embodied many of
the ideas which he brought with him from Europe into the practice of his profession in
Seattle and the state of Washington. He was born January 10, 1870, in Des Moines,
Iowa. His father, Irving Newton Thomas, served for three years in the Civil war,
returning with the rank of captain after having participated in many notable engagements
which led up to the final victory that crowned the Union arms. Throughout the remainder
of his days his time was devoted actively to business. He married Caroline Richey.

With the removal of the family to Colorado in 1879, Harlan Thomas attended the
public schools of that state, afterward studied in the State Agricultural College and still
later went abroad for further study. From the time that he was old enough to think he
desired to be an architect and his reading and study were ever directed toward that end.
The first work that he did in the line of his chosen profession was when he was sixteen
years of age. In 1893 he became a resident of Denver, Colorado, where he remained
for more than twelve years, doing a large amount of professional work there. He spent
much of the years 1903 and 1904 in travel abroad, and again in 1905 he went abroad for
a year's hard study. While in Europe he made over eighty sketches and some of these
are seen on the walls of his office, including sketches of Notre Dame, Paris, beauty spots
on the island of Capri, other points of interest in Italy and sketches of many historic
and noted places and buildings, including various cathedrals. He has some colorful,
artistic sketches of Japan, where he once spent six months, and while there he made a
collection of old Japanese prints by famous Japanese artists, a collection hardly to be
duplicated in private ownership in the United States. Undoubtedly the world of art, as
represented by the painter, lost one who might have gained distinction in that field when
he determined to devote his life to architecture, but Seattle has profited by his eflforts,
which in many respects are the highest expression of skill and efficiency in his chosen
profession to be found in this city.

Mr. Thomas came to Seattle June 26, 1906. and opened an office, since which time
he has made the plans and superintended the construction of many buildings in Seattle,
including the handsome Sorrento Hotel, the Chelsea Hotel, the Corner Public Market
and others. He has almost entirely remodeled the huge Arcade block, covering an entire
block, converting a large portion of it into quarters for the Commercial Club, removing
and then rebuilding in modern and beautiful form the entire front of the building. He
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building at Aberdeen, Washington, the Enumclaw high school and the Alonroe high
school, together with many other notable edifices in Washington.

On the 2ist of March, 1905, at Fort Collins, Colorado, Mr. Thomas was united in
marriage to Miss Edith Partridge, by whom he has two children, Dorothy W. and Donald
Partridge. In politics Mr. Thomas is independent, supporting the best men, irrespective
of party affiliation. His interest in public affairs has ever been of a character conducive to
the public good. For eight years he was a member of the board of trustees of his alma
mater and while living in Colorado he was state commander of the Sons of Veterans.
He also served for three consecutive terms as mayor of Montclair, Colorado, and his
cooperation in public interests has ever been of a character that has furthered the welfare
of the community in which he has lived. He is a Mason and he belongs to the Commer-
cial Club of Seattle and to the College Club, while in the strict path of his profession
his association is with the American Institute of Architects and the State of Washington
Chapter of Architects. His work has ever been the expression of a high and enduring
art, manifesting splendid adaptation to specific needs combined with beauty in form and
design. He may well be proud of his work, which has won for him the favorable
attention and comment of the general public and of others able to judge from the
technical and artistic standpoints.



ANDREW CHILBERG.



Andrew Chilberg, president of the Scandinavian-American Bank, has a record which
stands in incontrovertible proof of the fact that America is the land of opportunity and
which proves in equally conclusive manner that industry and enterprise have been the
crowning points in his career, bringing him to a most creditable and honorable position
in the financial circles of the northwest.

Although a native of Sweden, born March 29, 1845. Mr. Chilberg was only a year old
when his parents, Charles John and Hannah (Johnson) Chilberg, brought their family
to the new world. It was in 1846 that they took passage on a westward bound sailing
vessel, which, after eleven weeks, reached the American coast. Journeying into the interior
of the country they took up their abode upon a farm west of Ottumwa, Iowa, where the
father both preempted and homesteaded lands and there successfully engaged in tilling
the soil for many years. The four children who came with their parents to the new
world were James P., Nelson, Isaac and Andrew, and after coming to the United States
four otlier children were born: Benjamin A., Joseph, Charles F. and John H., but Charles
F. died at the age of thirty-one years. James P. died in Seattle, December 21, 1905, and
Isaac died at Pleasant Ridge, near Laconner, at the age of seventj'-one years. The mother
passed away July 3, 1902, when ninety years of age, and the father died when he was
ninety-two. They lived to celebrate their golden wedding and in fact traveled life's journey
together for the remarkable period of nearly seventy years. In 1871 they came from Iowa
to Washington territory and located at Pleasant Ridge, near Laconner, where the father
homesteaded lands.

Andrew Chilberg spent the greater part of his youthful period near Ottumwa, Iowa,
where he attended school. In i860, when a lad of fifteen years, he accompanied his father
and brother Nelson to Pike's Peak, attracted thereto by the gold excitement in that locality.
The father and brother engaged in prospecting, while Andrew Chilberg worked upon a
farm. In the winter of 1862-3 they returned to Iowa and in the spring -of 1863 Andrew
Chilberg crossed the plains to California, driving horses in compensation for his meals
and the privilege of traveling with the party. After four months spent upon the road
between Omaha and the Pacific coast, Sacramento was reached and from that point Mr.
Chilberg made his way to the home of his brother James P., who was then living in Yolo
county, California. He entered the employ of his brother, at a salary of twenty-five
dollars per month, and afterward worked for other farmers of the locality. Still later
he went to Stockton, where he was employed for some time in a large nursery, and he
also attended school there.




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111 health finally forced Mr. Chilberg to return to Iowa. He made the journey by
the Nicaragua route to New York city and later he again attended school in Ottumwa.
He afterward followed the profession of teaching for three years and clerked in a whole-
sale and retail dry-goods house in Ottumwa for four years. While there residing he
was married, in 1874, to Miss Mary Nelson, who was born at Bishop Hill, Illinois, a
daughter of John and Hannah (Swenson) Nelson, both now deceased. The year following
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Chilberg came to Seattle, where in the fall of 1875 he engaged
in the grocery business with his brothers, James P. and Nelson. Together they conducted
the store until 1882, when Andrew Chilberg sold out to his brothers in order to assume the
duties of the oflke of assessor of King county, to which he had been elected as the
democratic nominee, serving in that capacity for two years.

While engaged in the grocery business Mr. Chilberg was appointed in 1879 by the
Swedish government vice consul tor Sweden and Norway until the separation of Sweden
and Norway, since which time he has been vice consul for Sweden, and satisfactorily filled
the position. He has been called to other positions of public honor and trust. For two
years he was one of Seattle's aldermen and in 1884 was called to tlie office of city treasurer,
in which capacity he served for two years. In 1885 he was appointed city passenger and
ticket agent for the Northern Pacific Railway and remained in that position until 1892,
when he resigned to accept the presidency of the Scandinavian-American Bank, of which
he was one of the organizers. The bank was established in the spring of 1892, with a
paid up capital of forty-five thousand dollars, which was increased in 1901 to one hundred
thousand dollars, and since to five hundred thousand dollars, while its deposits now amount
to over eleven million dollars. In the years that have since come and gone its growth
has been almost unparalleled. Its business has developed almost by leaps and bounds and
yet its interests have been conducted along safe and conservative lines, whereby the
interests of depositors have been carefully protected. Mr. Chilberg has contributed in
large measure to the growth and success of this institution, of which he is now the acting
head, bending his energies to constructive effort, administrative direction and executive
control.

Mr. and Mrs. Chilberg are widely and favorably known, especially in Seattle, where
they have an extensive circle of friends. They have but one child, Eugene, who was born
October 29, 1875, and who spent several years in Nome, Alaska, becoming secretary-
treasurer of the Pioneer Mining Company and also financially interested in the Hot Air
Mining Conii)any.

Mr. Chilberg has always given his political allegiance to the democratic party since
age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he is alive to the interests and issues
of the day and votes, as he believes, according to the needs and demands of the times.
Fraternally he is connected with Columbia Lodge, A. O. U. W., of which he is a charter
member. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Young
Men's Christian Association and the Arctic Club. He is a charter member and was the first
president of the Swedish Club and also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and the
Scandinavian Brotherhood of America. He stands for progress and improvement in
municipal affairs as well as in business life and has cooperated in many plans and projects
for the general good. He served for several years as school director of Seattle and for
one term as president of the school board. Wherever the welfare of the city is involved
he is ready to lend a helping hand and he is a typical citizen of the northwest, alert and
enterprising, his labors at all times being beneficially resultant.



THOMAS O. PAXTON, M. D.

Dr. Thomas O. Paxton, engaged in medical practice in Seattle, was born in Matthews,
North Carolina, .August 23, 1880. The Pa.xtons came from England while this country
was still numbered among the colonial possessions of Great Britain and representatives
of the name served as soldiers in the Revolutionary war. William Sanford Paxton,
father of Dr. Paxton, was a planter of North Carolina and won considerable prosperity



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in the conduct of his business interests. He also took quite an active interest in local
affairs and did much in molding public thought and action in his community. He married
Margaret McLeod, who is a native of North Carolina and who survives him. As the
name indicates, she comes of Scotch ancestry, although the family was founded in the new
world at an early period in its development. Her father served as a major in the Confederate
army during the Civil war. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Paxton were nine
children, of whom Thomas O. was the second in order of birth.

In the public schools of Matthews, Dr. Paxton passed through consecutive grades
until he became a high school student and later he pursued an academic course in Wil-
lamette, Oregon. Still later he became a student in the University of Oregon, where he
prepared for a professional career, being graduated with the M. D. degree in 1908.
During the succeeding two years he was interne in the Minor Hospital at Seattle, after
which he entered upon active general practice in 1910 and has been extremely successful
in his chosen field. He seems to correctly diagnose his cases with little difficulty and to
readilj' determine what will be the most efficacious remedy. In 1912 he studied for several
months in the hospitals of New York city, where he also attended clinics, and he also
spent some weeks in Chicago attending clinics and otherwise promoting his professional
knowledge. Broad reading has also added to his wide professional learning and from
experience he has gleaned many valuable truths.

On the 22d of July, 1914, in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Paxton was united in marriage
to Miss Bessie Kennedy, her father being John Kennedy, a native of New York state.
The family residence is at No. 11 16 James street, while Dr. Paxton maintains his office
in the Cobb building. He and his wife hold membersliip in the Baptist church and he
belongs also to the Masonic lodge and the Commercial Club — associations which indicate
much of the nature of his interests and the rules that govern his conduct. His political
allegiance is given to the republican party but the honors and emoluments of office have
no attraction for him. His membership along professional lines is with the King County
Medical Society and the American Medical Association. After all, he places his profes-
sional interests above everything else, recognizing the obligations that devolve upon him
as a member of the medical fraternity, and his zeal and conscientious purpose have
resulted in making his work of the greatest benefit to his fellowmen and at the same
time a source of creditable financial return to himself.



CHARLES H. PELLS.



Charles H. Pells is the president of the American National Laundry Company and
as such is conducting a business that is bringing to the stockholders growing success. He
was born in Rockford, Illinois, in December, 1868, a son of S. E. Pells. At the usual age
he entered the public schools, which he attended until he reached the age of thirteen,
when it became necessary for him to provide for his own support and he sought and
secured employment in a nail factory, there working for seven years in the capacity of
shipping clerk.

About 1888 Mr. Pells came to Seattle and accepted the position of motorman on one
of the first four cable cars of the city on the first day in which they were put in operation.
He occupied that position for a year, after which he was employed in various capacities
in Seattle until 1897, when he went to Alaska and ran a pack train from Skagway to
Lake Bennett, spending two years in the far north. In 1899 he returned to Seattle, where
he secured employment in a sawmill, spending his time in that manner until 1900. when he
accepted the position of driver for a laundry. Seeing the opportunities in the business,
he established the American Laundry in 1902 and from the beginning enjoyed a growing
patronage. In April, 1912, he consolidated his interests with the National Laundry,
changing the name to the American National Laundry Company, of which Mr. Pells
became the president. That his business is a large one is indicated in the fact that he
now employs fifty people in the conduct of general laundry work. He has always made
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earnest desire lo please his patrons, combined with reasonable prices, has been one of the
strong elements in his growing prosperity.

Mr. Pells was married in Bellingham, Washington, on the 30th of December, 1905,
to Miss Jennie French and they have two children, Grace and George. Mr. Pells is a
Protestant in his religious belief, while his fraternal connections are with the Woodmen
of the World and the Eagles.



EDWARD T. LUNDVALL.



Edward T. Lundvall is an active factor in industrial circles of Seattle as president of
the West Coast Ornamental Iron Works, which was established on the ist of April, 1912.
His birth occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 2Qth of December, 1876, his parents
being Gustoff and Sophia Lundvall. The father, a native of Sweden, passed away in
St. Paul, but the motlier still survives at the age of sixty-seven years and now makes her
home in Seattle Heights, Washington.

Edward T. Lundvall acquired his education in the schools of St. Paul and after
putting aside his textbooks became identified with the line of work in which he is now
engaged, having been connected with the ornamental iron business for the past twenty-
three years. He' came to Seattle in 1904 and for seven years served as foreman for the
Pacific Ornamental Iron & Wire W'orks. In the 1st of April, 1912, he established the
West Coast Ornamental Iron Works and as its president has since built up an extensive
and profitable enterprise of this character. He is engaged in the manufacture of fire
escapes, marquise, stairways, wire screens, bank and oflice rails, elevator enclosers and
cabs, folding gates, fencing and in fact anything in the line of ornamental designs. His
machinery is up to date and adequate in every particular and his present location is at
No. 821 Lenora street.

In 1897, at St. Paul, Mr. Lundvall was united in marriage to Miss Anna Larsen, by
whom he has six children, as follows : George E., who works in his father's shop ; Earl
L., a high school student ; and Howard, Ruth, Macy and Frances, who are in the grammar
grades. In the exercise of his right of franchise Mr. Lundvall is not bound by party
ties, casting an independent ballot in support of men and measures that he deems will
best conserve the general welfare. In religious faith he is a Protestant, but does not
hold membership with any particular church. Earnest and intelligently directed effort has
ever constituted the salient feature of his business career, while his life has been governed
by high principles that have gained for him the respect and goodwill of his fellowmen.



SENATOR SAMUEL H. PILES.

Senator Samuel H. Piles is recognized as one of the republican leaders of Washington,
although he was born and reared in "old Kentucky." His birth occurred there about three
years prior to the Civil war and he sprang from whig ancestry. His parents, although
slaveholders, were opposed to secession. He was educated at private schools in his native
state and was early recognized as a natural leader by the young men of the community.
Following in the footsteps of his father, he took up the study of law and perused Black-
stone, Chitty and other law authorities with an intensity that is characteristic of the man.

Soon after his admission to the bar Mr. Piles turned his eyes to the far west, keenly
aware of the great opportunities offered in the coast country. When he worked his way
through the southwest. New Mexico and Arizona, he was still a mere boy. In Arizona
he met an old friend of his father's who put him in the way to secure some railroad
contracting. In this work he cleared up several thousand dollars which he says he thought
he never could spend, as it seemed such a vast amount. In the meantime he had made
friends of an old prospector by the name of Bailey and a telegraph operator, Tom Payne.
Bailey had heard of Alaska and its gold fields and he so enthused Mr. Piles that the



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young man outfitted the three for a trip to the far northwest. They secured their outfit
in San Francisco and it was an outfit for a picnic or hunting trip and not for the life
which was to confront them. Not knowing at that time that firearms could not be shipped
into Alaska, Mr. Piles bought thirty-six Winchesters, canned delicacies and luxuries formed
the source of their other supplies. Alaska proved a financial disaster to Mr. Piles and in
six months he found that his money was gone. He and Mr. Payne then returned to
civilization in the states, leaving Bailey in Alaska, who prospected near the Yukon for
a number of years. Their first job in Washington was riprapping on the Puyallup, then
they worked in a store and later Mr. Piles formed a law partnership with Judge J. T.
Ronald, who was then prosecuting attorney for the district embracing King, Kitsap and
Snohomish counties. Mr. Piles was appointed assistant district attorney without salary.
Finalh' Judge Thomas Burke, then chief justice of the supreme court of the territory of
Washington, noted his earnestness and ambition and induced the county commissioners
to allow Mr. Piles fifty dollars per month and put the case with such eloquence that
he obtained for him a back salary of nine hundred dollars.

When Mr. Piles started for himself in Snohomish county, in October. 1S83, he rented
a room over a store at two dollars and a half per month and made a table with his own
hands out of two pine boards, his total outlay in furnishings being for two common chairs.
His library consisted of the Washington territorial code, the only book he owned, and two
others which he borrowed. Parsons on Contracts and Greenleaf on Evidence — a marked
contrast to the magnificent library which is now in his possession. From the first Mr.



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