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sentative of the Masonic fraternity. He belongs likewise to the Commercial Club and
to the Northwestern Society of Engineers.


It is doubtful if any Seattle citizen ever passed from this life who left behind more
warm persona! friends or whose death was more sincere!}' regretted than that of Harry
Watson. He possessed those sterling qualities of manhood whicli in every land and clime
awal<en confidence and respect and his death occasioned loss both to business circles and
to the social community. He became a resident of Seattle in 1891 and for a considerable
period was a partner in the Bonney-Watson Company, funeral directors. He died
November i, 1915, at the age of forty-four .years. He was born in Allegheny county,
Pennsylvania, February 'i, 1871, and his identification with tlie western country dated from
1890, when he became a resident of California. A year later he removed to Seattle and
in 1892 entered the employ of Bonney & Stewart, undertakers, with whom he remained
for two 3-ears and then accepted the position of superintendent of the Lakeview cemetery.
In 1897, when his former employer, George M. Stewart, was appointed postmaster of
Seattle and Mr. Bonney was absent in Mexico, Mr. Watson was made manager of their
business and in 1903 their interests were incorporated under the name of the Bonney-
Watson Company, Mr. Watson liaving become a partner in the enterprise. The firm
ranked first among those engaged in this line of business. They developed a large establish-
ment, carrying all that was finest in the line of undertaking goods, and their faithfulness
and reliability brought to them a constantly growing patronage. Mr. Watson could truly
be called a self-made man, for the success which he achieved was attributable entirely to
Iiis own labors, Iiis business integrity and his' commendable determination and ambition.
In 1904 Mr. Watson was united in marriage witli Miss Meldrum Potter, a native of San



Francisco, California, and a danghter of Charles and Alice Potter. The father is deceased
but the mother resides with her widowed daughter in Seattle. Mr. Watson had one child.
Hugh Watson, a son by a former marriage.

In Masonry Mr. Watson occupied a prominent position, holding membership in St.
Johns Lodge, No. g, F. & A. M. ; Seattle Conmiandery, No. 2, K. T. ; and Nile Temple,
A. A. O. N. M. S. His life was an expression of the beneficent spirit upon which the
Masonic order rests. He was also a devoted member of Seattle Lodge, No. 92, B. P. O. E.,
and he became a life member of the new Chamber of Commerce and also of the Com-
mercial Club. His interest in those organizations was deep and sincere, for he recognized
tlieir purpose of furthering the welfare of the city along all those lines which work for
material development, improvement and civic righteousness. When death called Mr.
Watson, the Argus said: "It is doubtful if there is a man in Seattle who has as many
warm personal friends as were numbered by Mr. WatsOn. His charities were unusually
large and the w-orld is better for his having lived." Mr. Watson was always considerate
of the feelings of others, kindly in purpose, generous and manly in deed. He believed
in and appreciated the good in those with whom he came in contact and he had the
faculty of drawing out the best that was in those with whom he was associated. He
held to high ideals himself, and sucli was the force of his character that others delighted
to be associated with him in all that he undertook for the benefit of the individual and the

"He leaves behind a patriot's name to after times,
Linked with a thousand virtues and no crimes."


The members of the Nettleton-Bruce-Eschbach Company, contractors, are of what
might be called the "younger generation" of those men who have been and are engaged
in building the west — doing the big constructive things that make cheap and economical
transportation an accomplished fact. The company, with its well organized engineering
and construction departments, has, during tlie last few years, played a part of some conse-
quence in the great work that the railroads and municipalities have been carrying on in the
"Storied Northwest" that the advertising circulars tell about.

This company is the builder of the Cedar river dam for the city of Seattle, a cyclopean
masonry structure, the total cost of which is about two million dollars. A detailed story
of the company's activities during the last few years would show that it has played at
least a small part in many of the big construction works of the northwest. They built
the line of the Oregon-\\'ashington Railroad & Navigation Company from Kennewick to
North Yakima, a distance of ninety miles, and also built, for this same company, the
heaviest part of its line through the Palouse canyon, on its Portland-Spokane division.
This latter work, including, perhaps, the heaviest work solid rock that has ever
been done in the northwest, totaled an expenditure of about one million dollars. This
contracting company also built all the timber bridges of the Milwaukee's Puget Sound
extension from the sunmiit of the Cascades west, using ten million feet of linilier in the

As part of its numerous activities, the Nettleton-Bruce-Eschbach Company has liuilt
many of the highway bridges in King and other counties of the state. Two years ago it
completed a dam of concrete construction for an irrigation company in Oregon at a
cost of one hundred thousand dollars. It constructed the ditches for the big White river
drainage district and has done much work of this kind in eastern Wasliington and Oregon.

The company recently finished the sub-structure for a great dry dock at Prince
Rupert for the Grand Trunk Railway. This work required the driving of five thousand
creosoted piles, which piles, by the way, were furnished by Seattle. It has under way the
building of four hundred thousand dollars' worth of trunk sewer tunnels for the city
of Edmonton, Alberta.

Its department for Iniilding construction, although comparatively new, is one of the


well organized departments of this company^one of the main things which it depends
on for success being good organization.

Its engineering corps is composed of bright, capable, active young men, who are
giving their best efforts to the successful carrying out of the many projects the company
has under way.

The company's main office is located at 903 American Bank Building, Seattle, with a
branch office at North Yakima. The members of the company are P. J. Eschbach, whose
home for many years has been in North Yakima, and J. M. Bruce and Clark Nettleton, who
live in Seattle.


Lee E. Ranck, accorded a good clientage in the practice of law, has been a resident
of Seattle since 1913 and of the state since 1910. He was born in Hancock county. Illinois,
November 27, 1882, his birthplace being the home farm of his father, John H. Ranck,
who was a native of Pennsylvania and became an early settler of Hancock county. He,
too, was a lawyer by profession and was a brother of Hon. C. S. Ranck, who was a very
prominent citizen and able attorney of the state of Iowa, being located in Iowa City. He
gained national renown and his death, which occurred in 1915, was a matter of widespread
regret. John H. Ranck passed away in Hancock county, Illinois, in 1900, at the age of
fifty-two years. He had married Emma Green, a native of that state, who passed away
some years ago.

Lee E. Ranck, their only child, attended the grammar and high schools of Dallas,
Illinois, while living with his parents upon the home farm in Hancock county, where he
became familiar with all the duties and labors incident to the development and cultivation
of the fields. He desired to follow other than agricultural pursuits, however, and deciding
upon the law, entered the Iowa State University, from which he was graduated with the
LL. B. degree in 1907. He then entered upon active practice in Iowa City, Iowa, where
he remained until 1910, when he came to Washington, settling at Tacoma. He practiced
there for three years and then came to Seattle, since which time he has been engaged in
general practice in this city, being accorded a very satisfactory clientage. He has never
feared that laborious preparation of cases which must precede success and ascendency in
the courts and has ever been a thorougli student of the- science of jurisprudence.

Mr. Ranck has a military chapter in his life record, for he was at one time a member
of a company of Iowa National Guards at Iowa City. He became a member of Iowa
City Lodge No. 4, F. & A. M., and has also taken the chapter degrees in Masonry. He
belongs likewise to the Elks lodge at Iowa City. His political allegiance is given the
republican party, but he does not seek nor desire office, preferring to concentrate his
undivided attention upon his profession, in which he is now enjoying a good practice and
one that is constantly increasing.


John W. Stanchfield, a general building contractor of Seattle, recognized at the outset
of his career the eternal principle that industry wins, and industry has become the beacon
light of his life. Through persistent labor, intelligently directed, he has gained a creditable
and enviable position in the business circles of his adopted city. The width of the continent
separates him from his birthplace — Washington county, Maine, his natal day being April 14,
i860. His father, Obediah Allen Stanchfield, was a lumberman who conducted business
in Maine for a number of years and afterward continued in the same line in Iowa and
Minnesota, his death occurring in Minneapolis when he had attained the advanced age of
seventy-five years. He was with General Sherman's army as an engineer during the Civil
war and later was connected with the Northwestern Railway Company in the Iowa division.


acting as division engineer for a number of years. His wife, who in her maidenhood was
Marie L. Walker, died in Minneapolis at the age of seventy-four. In their family were
three children, two daughters and a son, the daughters being Mrs. Fannie Odell and Mrs.
Josephine Staring, of Minneapolis.

In his early childhood John W. Stanchfield accompanied his parents on their removal
to the middle west and his early education was acquired in the public schools of Iowa
and Minnesota. He then entered the building business at the early age of eighteen and
continued active along that line to the age of twenty-one, remaining in the employ of
others during that period. He then began contracting on his own account, operating in
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Omaha, Kansas City, Atlanta, Georgia, and Chicago. The year
1897 witnessed his arrival in Seattle, where he has since remained, winning a place among
the leading contractors of the Pacific northwest. He has the distinction of erecting the
first concrete building in the United States — the Adrion Court of Seattle, an apartment
building, which he completed in April, 1904. He also built the Clark-Nickerson Mill at
Everett, the Bronell building, the flour mill at Everett, the Rhine Hotel, the Traders
building, the Haight building and a number of apartment houses and some of the finest
residences of the city. He has also erected a large number of prominent buildings in
Chicago and Minneapolis. He was the builder of the Hoke Smith residence and the
governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia, and thus he has operated prominently in his line
throughout the country. As the years passed his ability gradually developed and his
increasing skill has placed him in the foremost ranks among the building contractors of
the northwest.

In 1888, Mr. Stanchfield was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Christie, her father
being Alexander W. Christie, who came from Scotland to the United States in 1863 and
took up his abode in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our subject and his wife have two children,
namely: Harriett M., who is in the service of the Ingersoll-Rand Machine Company of
Seattle, and Alexander W. C, who is seventeen years of age and a high school student.
, Mr. Stanchfield gives his political allegiance to the democratic party, in which connec-
tion he has followed in the footsteps of his forefathers, who were democrats of the Jeffer-
sonian school. Fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World and the
United Workmen and he is also a member of the Presbyterian church, finding in its
principles the guiding rule of his life. His residence in Seattle covers a period of more
than seventeen years, during which time he has become widely known. The circle of his
friends his increased as the circle of his acquaintance has been extended. In his business
career he has depended upon merit and ability for advancement and there is no phase of
the contracting business, in either its technical or practical elements, with which he is not
familiar. His structures are an adornment to the cities in which they are found and he
has the skill to embody utility and comfort with beauty. Moreover, he is thoroughly
enterprising and reliable in his business dealings, the integrity of his methods being


U. A. Carr, who for fifteen years conducted a large tailoring business in Seattle
under the name of the Carr Tailoring Company, was born in 1861 at Salmon Bay, Wash-
ington. His father, Edmund Carr, came to the Pacific coast in 1852, homesteading at
Salmon Bay, but later he removed to Renton, where he passed the remainder of his life.
He was one of the first regents of the State University of Washington. His wife, who
bore the maiden name of Olivia Holgate, was also one of the early settlers of this state.

U. A. Carr attended the public schools of Renton and later supplemented the education
so acquired by study in the State University of Washington. For several years he was a
traveling salesman, but at length turned his attention to the tailoring business, in which
he engaged for fifteen years under the style of the Carr Tailoring Company. He was
very successful in that connection and built up an enviable reputation for excellent work
and fair dealing. His demise, which occurred on the 5th of September, 1913, was sincerely
regretted by all who had come in contact with him.


Mr. Carr was married in Seattle in 1887 to Mrs. Etta Reid, a daughter of Jason S.
Clark, who made the long journey from Indiana to Harrisburg, Oregon, by ox team in
1847. He took up a claim upon reaching his destination and also erected a sawmill, but
after residing there for a time he removed to Douglas county and thence to Kent, taking
up a homestead on the present site of that town. He passed away in 1900 when eighty-
four years of age. Two of his sons, David K. and William C, also homesteaded land.
His wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna Michels, was also a native of Indiana.
Three of their nine children survive: Mrs. Lydia Stark, Mrs. Carr and Archie J. Clark.
To Mr. and Mrs. Carr were born three children, only one of whom is still living, Ruth,
now the wife of Frank Garrison, by whom she has two children, Gurene and Stanley.

Mr. Carr supported the republican party at the polls and fraternally was connected
with the Woodmen of the World. He was also a member of the Native Sons. In all
relations of life lie measured up to high standards of manhood and he was held in high
esteem by his fellow citizens.


Cliarles B. Bussell is a capitalist of Seattle, with offices at 410 American Bank build-
ing. His investments are largely represented by fruit lands, real estate and canneries and
are the visible evidence of a life of Avell directed ■ energy and keen business sagacity.
He was born in New York city, January 8, 1864, a son of Francis F. Bussell, whose
father came from Cornwall, England, early in the nineteenth century. Francis F. Bussell
was born in New York city, in 1827, and devoted many j^ears of his life to the lumber
business. He married Virginia Alwaise, who traces her ancestry in America back to
16-10 througli English and Dutch lineage, one of the early representatives of the family
being tlie famous Anneke Jans. Following Charles B. Bussell's removal to Seattle his
parents also came here. Frank B. Bussell died while on a visit to New York in 1888,
and is survived by his widow, who still lives in this city.

Charles B. Bussell attended the schools of the American metropolis, graduating from
No. 60 grammar school when he was sixteen years of age. He afterward spent a year
as a student in the College of tlie City of New York but because of his father's illness
was obliged to discontinue the course in order to assist in the care of his father's business
interests. He gained comprehensive knowledge of the lumber and shipping business in
its practical phases and actual conditions, learned of the water front aspects, the best
methods of receiving cargoes and of supervising shipments. All this knowledge and
experience proved of great service and benefit to him when he entered the business
field of Seattle. He arrived in this city on the 5th of May, 1884, and his first position
was that of cashier, bookkeeper and storekeeper for the Snoqualmie Hop Growers' Asso-
ciation on its King county ranch. In the spring of 1886 he entered into partnership with
R. M. Hopkins of the Seattle Soap Company and a year later purchased Mr. Hopkins'
interest in the business ; but the great competition of eastern firms and the low prices
which prevailed forced them to sell out and he lost his entire capital.

Discouragement has no part in the make-up of Air. Bussell and. undeterred by his
losses, he set to work to gain again a firm footing in the business world. In 1889 he
embarked in the real-estate business and, owing to his foresight and liis intimate and
accurate knowledge of the value of water front lands, he lias won brilliant success,
acquiring an immense fortune. In 1890 he first made purchase of tide lands and has
continually kept on purchasing such property until he is now one of the largest individual
holders of that class of land in Seattle. He continued to buy tide lands against the advice
of almost everyone, who felt that the investment would be lost, but after five j'ears these
lands began to increase in value and in 1906, when railroad terminals were in demand,
he sold within a short space of time tide lands to the value of one million five hundred
thousand dollars. His judgment thus found its justification and those who once criticised
his course were forced to congratulate him. His operations in real estate have been very
extensive through a period of more than a quarter of a century but he is now connected




with only two companies, the Bussell Land Company and the Weber-Bussell Canning
Company, which were organized by him and of both of which he is the president. The
land company has owned vahiable tracts of fruit lands and the latter company owned and
operated a large number of canneries at Sumner, North Yakima, Washington, two in
Freewater and in Newberg, Oregon, Recently, however, Mr. Bussell has been disposing
of his canneries and conhnes his attention mostly to handling real estate.

In 1885, Mr. Bussell was united in marriage in tiie city of Mexico to Miss Elizabeth
V. Adam, daughter of Francis Adam, and they have one sun, Wallace A., who was born
in Seattle, April 19, 1886. Mr. Bussell was married in 1914 to Miss Emma Louise
Korthals. Mr. Bussell has been a witness of Seattle's growth and development from the
days of villagehood and has contributed to the results that have made it a city of metro-
politan proportions, advantages and opportunities. He has met conditions which would
have utterly discouraged many a man of less resolute spirit, but in his vocabulary there
IS no such word as fail. He has ever recognized the fact that each day and hour has its
opportunity and that effort intelligently put forth must ultimately win its reward. In
Seattle he took advantage of opportunities which others passed heedlessly by. He noted
the indications of growth and the signs of the times, laid his plans accordingly and in the
fullness of time has reaped the rewards of sound judgment, of indefatigable industry and
of judicious investment.


Hon. Thomas Everett Eastland has made insurance the ladder on which he has
climbed to success. The greater part of his life has been devoted to business of that
character and among his salient characteristics are his ready adaptability and the quickness
with which he recognizes and utilizes an advantageous situation. A native of Kentucky,
Mr. Eastland was born in Danville, January 1, 1S60. His father, Dr. William A. Eastland,
was also born in that state and was a representative of one of the old pioneer families of
Kentucky of Scotch-Irish descent. F'or thirty years he practiced medicine in his native
state in the days when the physician rode horseback and carried his drugs in his saddle
bags. He was regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of the profession
in that period and locality, his life work being of immense value to the people among
whom he lived and labored. He died in 1874 at the age of hfty-eight years. His wife,
who bore the maiden name of Evelyn McClane, was also born in Kentucky and belonged
to one of the old pioneer families of Scotch-Irish lineage. She died at the old family
home at the age of eighty-two. By her marriage she became the mother of ten children,
eight of whom are still living.

Thomas Everett Eastland, who was the seventh in order of birth, pursued his education
in the district schools of Danville, Kentucky, and in the military college there, which he
attended until he reached the age of seventeen years. His early experiences were those
of the farm boy and when a youth of seventeen he rented a neighboring farm, out of
which he made sufficient money during the first year to enable him to start out and seek
his fortune elsewhere. He went to Sedalia, Missouri, where he secured a position in the
law office of R. C. Sneed, being employed in looking after delinquent accounts and making
collections from the firms who were clients of the office. While there he devoted his
leisure to the reading and study of law.

Mr. Eastland next became imbued witli the idea of engaging in prospecting and mining,
there being considerable mining e.xcitement at the lime, so that in the spring of 1879 he
• removed to the gold fields of Colorado, where he spent ten years, but met with only partial
success. In 1889 he became a candidate and was elected county judge of Summit county,
Colorado, serving on the bench for one term. On the expiration of that period he entered'
the insurance business, representing the United States Life Insurance Company of New
York as superintendent of agencies, controlling all the territory west of the Rocky moun-
tains. He remained with that company until 1898, his headquarters being at Denver. He
came to Seattle in 1900 and made a contract with the New York Life and since that time


he has continuously engaged in the insurance business. In 1908 he became connected with
the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, as a special agent, and has
since been a representative of that company.

In 1894, in Aspen, Colorado, Mr. Eastland was united in marriage to Miss Florence
Martin Barklie, who is a well known author, having written several books, among them
"Matt of the Waterfront" and "His Tribute," which found favor with the best class of
readers and enjoyed a large and popular sale. She has also contributed many serial and
short stories to the press and magazines, and her writings have been largely of a juvenile
character, tending to moral training and the development of high ideals in the young. By
her marriage she has become the mother of three children, as follows : Anna Barklie,
who was born at Denver, Colorado, on the 6th of November, 1896, and is now the wife
of Dr. Frederick A. Slyfield. of Seattle, Washington ; and Thomas F. and Walton E.,
twins, who were born in Seattle on the 3d of June, 1902.

Mr. Eastland holds membership with the Red Men and the Knights of Pythias, with
the Rotary and University clubs and with the Unitarian church, in which he is serving
as a member of the board of trustees. A review of his life record shows much that is
commendable and worthy of reflection and consideration. When he started out for himself

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