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given a great deal of time and thought. In 191 1 he spent five months traveling in Europe,
visiting the large hospitals there and making note of all ideas in construction and equip-
ment that he thought might be of value to him in making his proposed hospital thoroughly
up-to-date and efficient. Although his demise occurred before tlie building was finished
his plans were carried out by his widow and the hospital was then sold to the Swedish


Hospital Association. The Doctor was hghly respected by his professional colleagues and
he was often called in consultation.

Dr. Rininger was married in 1893, in Crawford county, Ohio, to Miss Eleanor Powers
and to them was born a daughter, Helen Dorothy. The doctor was a republican in his
political belief and fraternally was connected with the Masonic order and was a Shriner.
His club .affiliations were with the Rainier Club, the Arctic Brotherhood and the Seattle
Golf and Country Club. He was an unusually able surgeon and performed successfully
many difficult and delicate operations, thus gaining a high standing in professional circles,
and he was also a man of sound business judgment and of practical foresight and these
qualities w-ere factors in his success. When plans were being drawn for the new Alaska
building he recognized the advantages offered by the location and engaged offices therein
long before the building was erected. His practical ability was also shown in his success-
ful planning and conduct of hospitals. He possessed the western spirit of enterprise and
also the characteristic faith of the western man in his section of the coimtry and was
always ready to help forward plans designed to advance the interests of Seattle and the
Puget Sound district.


Edgar Ames, president of the Seattle General Contra,ct Company, was born February
26, 1868, in St. Louis, Missouri, his parents being Edgar and Lucy V. (Semple) Ames.
In his preparation for college he studied at Phillips Andover and at schools both in
Paris and Berlin. He was graduated from Vale University in 1890 with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. Upon leaving college he took up banking and financial lines in St.
Louis and soon thereafter was elected director of the Northwestern Expanded Metal
Company of Chicago, which position he has held up to the present time.

In 1S95 he came to Seattle to finance and manage the then new project of filling the
tide lands in Seattle harbor, this work being done by the Seattle & Lake Washington
Waterway Company. The beginning of this enormous project was attended by a public
celebration that has not since been excelled, even at the time of the launching of the
Nebraska, a public holiday having been declared. Mr. Ames remained as manager of
this company until the 3'ear 1900, when he severed his connection to become president
of the Seattle General Contract Company. Through these companies he has been associated
with some of the most extensive and important harbor improvements instituted here. He
is also a director of the State Bank of Seattle and various other corporations.

Mr. Ames was married July 6, 1909, in New York, to Mrs. Anne Sheldon. His
political indorsement is given to the republican party and his social connections are with
the Rainier, University, Golf, Country and Athletic clubs of Seattle, the University Club
of New York and wdth the St. Louis Club. Reserved, persevering and a thorough student
of every interest at hand he has placed himself in an eminent position in connection with
the development of Seattle and its harbors.



Willard C. Hawthorne is a well known pioneer of the northwest, taking up his
permanent abode in Seattle in the fall of 1865. He is a native of Maine, his birth having
occurred at Woolwich, August 28, 1840. At the time of the Civil war he responded to the
country's call for troops, enlisting in defense of the Union cause as a member of the
Twenty-eighth Maine Volunteer Regiment, with which he participated in a number of
hotly contested engagements. After the war he made' his way to the northwest, settling
near Seattle, and there engaged in the milling business. He w-as a carpenter by trade
but following his removal to the Sound country became engaged in the manufacture
of lumber. In late years he has not engaged in any active business but has directed



his business investments and has spent his days in tlie enjoyment of the fruits of his
former toil.

On the 17th of August, 1876, in Seattle, Mr. Hawthorne was united in marriage
at Trinity church, by the Rev. Bonnell, to Mrs. Mary A. (Jones) Phelps, a daughter of
Hiram and Mary M. (Thompson) Jones, both of whom were natives of Maine. The
father, who was born in Bangor, died in the Pine Tree state in 1864. Mrs. Hawthorne
has witnessed practically all the growth and development of this city and can relate
many an interesting tale concerning its transformation from a village into the present
modern metropolis. She was first married to Edward F. Phelps, who was born in Oneida
county. New York, in 1833, a son of Sidney S. Phelps, a native of Connecticut, who was
married in New York to Miss Shew. They afterward became residents of Wisconsin,
where Mr. Phelps followed the occupation of farming. His son, Edward F. Phelps, was
one of the family of seven children and in his early boyhood accompanied his parents to
Wisconsin, pursuing his education in the schools at Stevens Point. He took up the study
of law under the direction of a well known judge of that slate and was admitted to the
bar in Wisconsin. Removing to the west, he practiced his profession in Montana and
also served as a member of the legislature there from 1863 until 1866. He was married
in Montana, in 1867, to Mary A. Jones and in 1870 they removed to Seattle, where the
death of Mr. Phelps occurred in June of that year. To him and his wife was born a
daughter, Lillian M. He was a man of many splendid traits of character. He held mem-
bership in the Masonic fraternity, gave his political allegiance to the republican party
and was a consistent and faithful member of Trinity church. Some time following the
death of her first husband Mrs. Phelps became the wife of Willard C. Hawthorne, by
whom she has two children, namely: Clara A., who gave her hand in marriage to Philip,
M. O'Malley; and Charles Edgar, a resident of Seattle. Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne are
highly esteemed residents of Seattle, where both have lived from an early day. Mr. Haw-
thorne is a Baptist in religious faith. He has always been a loyal advocate of Seattle
and her best interests and has ever had great faith in the city and its future.


Edward S. Sears is a prominent figure in insurance circles in Seattle. Of the business
to which he has devoted almost his entire life he has comprehensive knowledge, having
acquainted himself thoroughly with each phase of the work and of the principles which
underlie insurance. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he was born January 27, 1875. His
father, George Sears, was born in St. John, New Brunswick, and represented an early
pioneer family of English lineage. The genealogy has been published in book form, dating
back to 1637, when Richard Sears became the founder of the family on American soil,
settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Representatives of the name in later generations
served in the colonial and Revolutionary wars. The grandfather of George Sears was a
Loyalist at the time of the Revolution and suffered exile, also sustaining heavy losses
at the burning of Norwalk. His estate, appraised at one hundred and sixty-six pounds,
thirteen shillings and four pence, fell into the hands of the state and was taken over by
the Church family. Mr. Sears sought refuge with the British army in New York and in
1783 removed to St. John, New Brunswick, cutting the brush at the foot of King street
for the first settlement of that city. His daughter Ann was the first white child born there
and died in St. John, July 9, 1819.

Reared in St. John, George Sears removed to Kingston, where he became a wholesale
hardware merchant and not only ranked with the representative business men of his
locality but also took active part in public and civic affairs in Kingston, where for many
years he made his home. He served the city as alderman for three or four years and co-
operated in many movements which were directly beneficial to the public. His name in
that connection, therefore, became widely known, as it did in financial and business circles.
He died at Kingston, February 18, IQIO, at the age of sixty-six years, his birth having


occurred January ii, 1844. He married Emily Stayner, a native of Halifax and now a
resident of Seattle.

Edward S. Sears was the eldest son in a family of seven children and was educated
in the public and high schools of Kingston, Ontario, and in Queens University of that
city, pursuing his studies until he reached the age of twenty years. In 1898 he joined the
early rush of gold seekers at Dawson City and there engaged in prospecting and mining
for a period of three years, having some fair properties in that district. In 1902, however,
he sold his mining interests and engaged in the general brokerage and insurance business
at Dawson City, which he followed successfully until 1907. He then disposed of his busi-
ness and other interests in Alaska and came to Seattle, where he arrived in the summer
Here he accepted the position of state manager with the North American Life Assurance
Company, which has its headquarters in Ontario. The same year Mr. Sears introduced
the business of the company into Alaska, making his headquarters at Fairbanks. He
was associated with the company for thirteen years and filled the same position in the
territory covering the state of Washington, Yukon and Alaska, employing and supervising
from fifteen to twenty people.

On the 2ist of January, 1915, in Everett, Washington, Mr. Sears was united in mar-
riage to Miss Winifred Fifield, a native of Wisconsin and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
F. E. Fifield, representing an old pioneer family of the Badger state. Mr. Sears holds
membership with the Elks lodge and is well known in club circles, holding membership with
the Seattle, the Arctic, the Automobile, the Earlington Golf and the Everett Golf Clubs.
He is also a member of the Broadway Episcopal church. During his residence in Kingston
he belonged to the Fourth Hussars Cavalry Regiment, a volunteer organization with which
he served for several years. He also took a course of instruction in the Kingston and
Toronto military schools and was very proficient at the time in the arts of military trainhig
and discipline. He and his wife are enthusiastic golfers, playing a good game and finding
great enjoyment therein, Mr. Sears making it his chief diversion. They reside at No. 2028
Thirty-third street. South, and are well known socially in the city, where they have
gained an extensive circle of warm friends.


J M Sparkman, of the Sparkman & McLean Company, real-estate and loan dealers
of Seattle was born August 16, 1859, near Springfield, Missouri, His father, W. D
Sparkman was a farmer and stock raiser of that state and there resided up to the time of
his death which occurred in 191 3- He served in the Union army throughout the entire
period of' the Civil war and was a loyal defender of the stars and stripes. In early man-
hood he wedded Jane Catherine Raney, who died about the year 1909. They had a family

of eight children. ... , u 1 „t-

T M Sparkman, the youngest, acquired his early education m the country schools ot
Missouri 'and afterward attended the Marionville College at Marionville, Missouri. He
received his early business training in connection with the construction department of
the Fort Scott & Wichita Railroad Company in Kansas, and in 1882 he came to Seattle,
which was then a small but growing town. Here he embarked in the lumber busmess,
in which he continued until 1890. In that year he established his present business, forming
a partnership with Sutherland McLean in 1892. This relationship has since been main-
tained and thev are now conducting a general real estate business, buying and se hng
property and al'so handling mortgages and loans. They have been accorded a good chen-
ta°e and their business is now of substantial and gratifying proportions. With every
phase of real estate activity Mr. Sparkman is well acquainted and his sound judgment
has ver been manifest in the conduct of his affairs. He has made a considerable study
of the Alaska country and its possibilities and is interested in some good mining properties

'^'\ 1891, in Seattle. Mr. Sparkman was united in marriage to Miss Ida G. Ross, a
daughter of John Ross, one of Seattle's pioneers and an extensive farmer. He became


tlie owner of a donation claim between Fremont and Ballard and was prominently known
in business and social circles of his part of the state. His death occurred about 1886. Mr.
and Mrs. Sparkman have three sons : Ross, twenty-two years of age, who is connected
with the highway construction company in the good roads movement; J. Harold, fourteen
years of age ; and Donald H., twelve. The two younger sons are now in school. In his
political views Mr. Sparkman is an earnest democrat, well pleased with the present admin-
istration. After a residence in Seattle covering a third of a century he has no wish
to leave the city. He is a stalwart champion of everything pertaining to the interest and
upbuilding of Seattle and has aided in the promotion of many projects for its upbuilding
and improvement. He is widely known and is regarded as one of the substantial business
men of the city.


Dr. Charles W. Littlefield, physician, scientist and writer of Seattle, was born in one
of the pioneer log cabins amid the pine forests of Blue Earth county, Minnesota, on the
17th of December, 1859. His father, Augustus W. Littlefield, was a native of Maine, the
family being early settlers of the Pine Tree state. His paternal ancestors located in
New York when that state was known as New Amsterdam, and the progenitors of the
family in the new world were three brothers who came from Scotland. Augustus W.
Littlefield was a millwright and during the pioneer development of Minnesota removed
with his family to Blue Earth county. He had married Elizabeth Haney, a native of
Ohio and a daughter of Samuel Haney, who was of German extraction. He enlisted
for service in the Civil war and sustained wounds in the battle of AUatoona, Georgia,
which caused his demise, leaving his widow with nine small children, of whom Dr. Little-
field was next to the youngest. Living on the frontier, the Indian massacres of 1863-4
drove them from their home in Blue Earth county and, penniless, they left for other parts.
Dr. Littlefield's youth was a period of earnest toil. He received such rudimentary educa-
tion as the country schools afforded and in the summer seasons from an early age he was
employed at farm labor, performing such tasks as his years and strength permitted.
When a youth of sixteen he became an apprentice at the printing trade in the office of the
Muncie (Ind.) Times and at length, when a break in the cylinder press caused him to go
to the machine shop, he became so interested in machinery that he forsook the printer's
trade to become a machinist.

Analysis, investigation and research have ever been the salient features of Dr. Little-
field's mental make-up and these were early shown forth. When in his youth and early
manhood the combustion of coal and the expansive power of steam were the great sub-
jects of discussion, he became intensely interested along those lines and this led to his
study of chemistry. The next successive step in his orderly progression was his interest
in and study of medicine and in 1886 he passed the required examination before the state
board of Arkansas. Desiring to further qualify for professional duties in the field of
medical practice, he entered the Kansas City Homeopathic Medical College in 1892 and
was graduated in March, 1896. He came to Seattle in February, 1909, and has since con-
tinued in the practice of medicine, with much time given to scientific research, experiment
and investigation in his laboratory. For twenty years he has carried on his experiments
in biology and in 1902 first succeeded in producing life forms of chemistry. Since then
his discoveries have been corroborated by the work of scientists of England and of
.^merica. The acceptance of his work means that the teachings of scientists like Huxley,
Darwin, Tyndall and Hacckel will have to be modified to conform to the new theory
of tlie origin of life and of life-forms on the earth. Dr. Littlefield does not claim to have
created anything. He says, "I have only discovered the beginning and way of life — the
way nature develops the living from the non-living." which "way" he terms "Archebiosis."
In an article published in the Post-Intelligencer of Seattle he wrote ; "I have discovered
life, that principle which takes possession of the body in embryo, and vacates at death ;
that force which gives to all life-forrns the powers of nutrition, volition, sensation and


motion ; that principle which performs all the vital functions of the organic world. I have
also discovered the law of form, by which nature divides the vegetable and animal kingdoms
into species, building 'each after its kind.' " This law he defines as follows : "In the grouping
and apportionment of the elements of organic life lies the cause of organic forms."

Dr. Littlefield's claims have brought forth much criticism among the followers of
other scientists, but he proves his assertion by the production of various forms of micro-
scopical animal life, which have been photographed. He has received hundreds of letters
from people in all walks of life and all parts of the world, including many from the
clergy, some approving and others disapproving. The latter he claims are unqualified to
judge, permitting previously conceived opinions and not facts to rule their judgment. Dr.
Littlefield, however, has let criticism pass by unheeded and has continued his research and
experiment work, his actual results being a refutation of the assertions of other scientists
and since proven by the further experimentation of other scientists of .'\merica and of

On the 15th of April, 1882, Dr. Littlefield was married to Miss Lena L. Hurd at La
Cj'gne, Kansas. Mrs. Littlefield was born in Virginia and by her marriage has become the
mother of six children: Virdie, the wife of George Norton, a stockman and rancher of
Montana; Lea Ina, the wife of LeRoy Smith, also a stockman and rancher of Montana:
and Joysie E. May, Agnes E., Waldo E. and Lena L., all at home. The family reside at
No. 4415 Linden avenue.

Dr. Littlefield holds membership in the Christian church and is also a worthy exemplar
of the Masonic fraternity. He belongs to all the homeopathic medical societies, including
the King County, the Washington State and the American Homeopathic Institute, and as
a general practitioner of medicine ranks high. It is as a scientist, however, that Dr.
Littlefield's name will undoubtedly be longest remembered. Time gives the perspective in
which all things in life take their proper relation and there is no doubt that time will
establish Dr. Littlefield's claim of having discovered the life principle, which other scien-
tists both at home and abroad have also done.


Selden S. Fluhart, a mining engineer, interested in various copper and gold mining
properties and reduction plants, displays the spirit of enterprise that never fears to
venture where favoring opportunity leads the way and with his expanding powers has
taken on larger business responsibilities and duties, winning for himself a place among
the representative business men of his city. Aside from his other interests he is actively
engaged in the exploration and development of the oil fields of Washington and the

Mr. Fluhart was born in Kirksville, Missouri, March 18, 1876, a son of Charles
E. Fluhart, who died in Woodland, California, in 1887. He practically devoted his life
to the music business and at the time of his death was with the firm of Kohler & Chase,
of San Francisco, manufacturers of musical instruments. He was a graduate of the
State Normal School at Kirksville, Missouri, the founder of which institution was his
brother-in-law, Professor Baldwin, whose wife, Mrs. Sophronia Baldwin, was a sister of
Mr. Fluhart. Professor Baldwin was one of the first men in the United States to
establish the system of state normal schools and all others have patterned after his
school and system.

Charles E. Fluhart was a man of wide acquaintance, prominent and popular, and his
musical talent gave him high standing among lovers of the art. He married Frances
Shahan, a daughter of James Shahan. She was left an orphan during her infancy and
was reared by a Mr. Ford in Illinois, whose name she afterward bore. She became the
wife of Mr. Fluhart in Kirksville, Missouri, and is now a resident of Seattle. In iSgO'
she was married again, becoming the wife of Charles G. Thrasher, of Seattle, a thorough
and experienced mining man. Mr. Thrasher was the original discoverer of the great
Le Roy mine, and from him Selden S. Fluhart has received much knowledge of a practical






nature concerning mines and mining operations. By her first marriage Mrs. Thrasher
became the mother of three sons, WilHam H., Selden S. and Bert E., and one daughter,
Gracie, and by her second marriage, of one son, James K. The daughter died in infancy; the
four sons are now residents of Seattle.

Selden S. Fluhart attended the public schools of Redding and San Francisco, Cali-
fornia, and at EUensburg, Washington, to the age of twelve years, the family having
removed from California to EUensburg in 1887. There he continued his studies for a
time but afterward became a pupil in the schools of Everett, Washington, where he
completed his course in 1892. His first business position was witli the Everett Shingle
Mill Company and during the five years that he remained witli that firm he acquainted
himself with every phase of the business from filing of the saws to the management of
the plant. In 1897 he removed to Ballard, Washington, and took up the study of mining
engineering, which he has mastered with a thoroughness that has characterized his
activities in every relation.

In 1899 Mr. Fluhart made his first trip as mining engineer, being engaged in the
inspection and location of mines in Washington. In 1900 he became actively engaged
in mining and now has extensive mining properties in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
He was one of the organizers of the United Oil & Land Company, which was incorporated
in 1912 and of which he is president. He is also a prominent stockholder in other business
properties, including the California Lakeview Oil Company and the United Copper

He was associated with his brothers, Charles G. Thrasher and James B. Adair in
prospecting for oil in Washington and made the first organized efforts in the state in
this direction. Their well was the first to produce oil in the state, as shown by govern-
ment reports. Their discovery started the people of Washington not only to reflect upon
the subject but to begin active prospect work for oil, followed by a general movement
throughout the western part of the state.

In their prospecting Selden S. Fluhart and Charles G. Thrasher discovered on the
Skagit river, Skagit county, Washington, what is now known as the greatest deposit of
talc in the United States. They were joined by the former's brothers and began develop-
ing their mine under the name of the Washington Talc Company. There are now over
three million tons of the material available and it is an exceptionally fine product. Talc
is used not only as face powder but for other toilet and medicinal articles and in the
manufacture of the finer grades of stationery.

In April 1911, Mr. Fluhart was married to Miss Myrtez S. Banks, a native of Monroe,
Wisconsin, and a daughter of George E. Banks, proprietor of Banks Pharmacy of Seattle.
To them have been born two sons: Selden B., Jr., whose natal day was March 18, 1914;
and Charles, born January 20, 1916. By a former marriage Mr. Fluhart has two children,

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