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manhood he wedded Rosabclle Stoddard, who was a native of New York and was of
English lineage. She died May 11, 1913, at the age of sixty-six years.

James G. Raley, the sixth in their family of eight children, is indebted to the public
school system of Eagle River, for the early educational privileges which he enjoyed and
which were supplemented by a course at Iowa College at Grinnell, Iowa, from which he
was graduated with the Ph. B. degree in 1906. He next entered the University of Chicago
and was graduated J. D. in njog. In the meantime — on the 1st of October, 1906 — he arrived
in Seattle and entered upon the general practice of law, in which he has since been engaged,
winning a liberal and well merited clientage. He worked his way through college and the
university, thus giving evidence of the elemental strength of his character, and the resolu-
tion whicli enabled him to thus prepare for his profession is still characterising his work
in the practice of law, winning for him a prominent position at the Seattle bar.

Mr. Raley is a republican in his political views but not an aspirant for pul)!ic office. He
belongs to Seattle Lodge, No. 164, F. & A. M., and also to the Yeomen. He likewise has
membership with Phi Alpha Delta, a law fraternity, and with the Seattle Athletic Club
and attends the Congregational church. He is of a very studious disposition, spending much
time with his books, and he is also fond of outdoor sports and athletics. In a word, his is
a well rounded development in which no feature has been emphasized at the cost of another
interest. His life record would be incomplete were there failure to mention his enthusiastic
interest in Seattle, which he intends to make his future home. He is a most loyal supporter
of the city because of his belief in its opportunities and his enthusiasm finds expression in
effective work for its upbuilding.


Dr. David A. Mitchell, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Seattle,
was born in New Brunswick on the i/th of June. 1849- His father. Thomas Mitchell,
became a merchant of Menasha, Wisconsin, and in the later years of his life lived retired
from active business, his death occurring about 1900. He was a native of Ireland, as was
his wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary J. Gable, both coming to the new world
with their respective parents. To them were born nine children, of whom Dr. Mitchell was
the fifth in order of birth.

Taken to Menasha, Wisconsin, during his early ch.ildhood, Dr. Mitchell there attended
the public schools and afterward was graduated from Lawrence College at Appleton,
Wisconsin, winning the degree of Master of Science in 1873. Upon the foundation of
broad literary learning he builded the superstructure of professional knowledge, attend-
ing the Chicago Medical College, from which he was graduated with tlie class of 1876, wm-
ning his M. D. degree at that time.

Dr. Mitchell entered upon the practice of his profession at Lakemills. Wisconsm,


where he remained until 1883. In that year he took up his abode at Newcastle, Washing-
ton, and acted as surgeon for tlie Oregon Improvement Company. In 1890 he came to
Seattle, where he has since remained, covering a period of a quarter of a century.
The same year he pursued post-graduate work in the Chicago Medical College and carried
on his investigations and studies in the leading hospitals of that city. That he ranks high
in professional circles is indicated in the fact that the Kings County Medical Association
honored him with election to its presidency and also made him its treasurer.

In 1S78 Dr. Mitchell was married at Lakemills, Wisconsin, to Miss Gertrude Dubois,
a daughter of Dr. Darwin Dubois of that place, who was a leading physician and who
served as a surgeon with the federal army during the Civil war. Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell
have two children: Robert McBurney, thirty-five years of age, who was educated in the
public schools of Seattle and in the Chicago University and is now professor of German
in Brown University ; and Dubois, thirty-two years of age, connected with the reference
dei)artment of the Seattle public library.

Dr. jMitchell maintains an independent political position, voting rather for the man
than the party. Fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen,
the Woodmen of the \\'orld and the Independent Order of Foresters. For a quarter Jl
of a century he has been practicing his profession in Seattle and during that period has I
steadily advanced in keeping with the investigations and researches which are constantly
bringing to light new truths in conn-ection with medical science. He has been accorded
a liberal practice which includes many of the best families of the city.


That the Coles Construction Company, of which Norman E. Coles is the president,
occupies a prominent place in the ranks of Seattle's builders is indicated in the fact that
in the year 1914 this firm took out more building permits than any otiier in the city. Through
the steps of an orderly progression Norman E. Coles has advanced to his present position
as a most successful, capable and enterprising business man. He was born in Chicago,
Illinois, October 26, 1888. a son of William S. Coles, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, who
was long a resident of Chicago and a well known hotel man of that city. He is now a
resident of Seattle and has virtually retired from business. In early manhood he wedded
Margaret Holihan, a native of Kilbourn, Wisconsin, and she, too, survives.

Norman E. Coles is the third oldest of their seven children, of whom four are yel
living. He pursued his early education in the jniblic and high schools of Chicago and after-
ward attended Marquette University at Milwaukee. Wisconsin, until he reached the age
of twenty-one years. His first position in the business world was witli the Alilwaukee
Journal, but turning from that he took up the study of architecture and drafting at Mar-
quette University and has the succeeding years continuously become more and
more efficient in his chosen profession. In July, 1909, he arrived in Seattle and became
the organizer of the original bungalow company in this city. The part played by the build-
ing contractors of Seattle has been a very important one in its development and improve-
ment. The residences here erected in recent years show the latest methods in building
construction and much attention has been given to artistic details. Prominent in this
field is the Coles Construction Company, which has absorbed the firm of Harris & Coles,
designers and builders, and which has its offices in the Smith building. Theirs is one of
the strongest home building concerns of the northwest. They specialize in designing and
building modern residences and if required will furnish all the money needed on easy
monthly payments, or for a small cash payment will furnish a lot and build a home to
suit the owner. As an architect Norman E. Coles designs the buildings erected by the
firm, embodying all modern architectural ideas looking to comfort, convenience and beauty.
It is through his efficiency, energy and ability that the company he represents has attained
its present position at the head of construction companies operating in this state. He
thoroughly studies every question bearing upon the business, so that he is ready to meet
every question and give a definite opinion upon any point of construction. At the outset


the firm had the usual difficulty of winning public patronage in the face of already estab-
lished competition, but the excellence of their work and tlie beauty of their designs soon
gained a merited reward with the result that they have now o'ertopped many who pre-
viously were far in advance of them.

In religious faith Mr. Coles is a Roman Catliolic and in political belief is a deiuocrat.
He also belongs to the Knights of Columbus, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks,
the Seattle Commercial Club, the Bellevue Commercial Club and the Seattle Athletic Club.
He feels that he has no occasion to regret his determination to come to the Pacific coast,
for here he has found the way to success and, following in the path pointed out by energy,
enterprise and sagacity, he has reached a place of merited prominence.


Moncrieffe Caineron, attorney at law of Seattle, was born in Brantford, Canada, on
the gtli of January, 1878, a son of Robert and Mary E. B. (Lorimer) Cameron. The
father, Rev. Robert Cameron, D. D., was a Baptist clergyman, having served as pastor
of the Tabernacle Baptist church of Victoria, and as editor of the "Watchword and
Truth" of Seattle. In the acquirement of his education Moncrieffe Cameron attended
Brown University, from which he was graduated A. B. in 1900. He received the Caleb
G. Hall prize in the American Institute of Civics for a thesis on "American Railway Labor
Unions" at the time of his graduation. He studied law in the Boston University School
of Law and during the summers of 1905 and 1906, while attending law school, acted as
manager of the outing dejiartment of the Boston Traveler.

On the 26th of June, 1908, Mr. Cameron was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Reckers,
of Seattle, a daughter of John Reckers. They now have two children : Priscilla, born in
1910; and John Robert, born in 1912.

Mr. Cameron became a resident of Seattle in IQ06 and has since been identified with
the bar here. He has made a specialty of admiralty, mining and land law and has an
extensive practice along those lines. He has advanced step by step in his chosen profes-
sion and already occupies a position as an able attorney that many an older member of
the bar might well envy. He holds membership in the Seattle Bar Association and was
one of the organizers of the New England Club of Seattle, of which he served for four
years as secretary and was then called to the presidency in 1912. He is instructor in Eng-
lish and rhetoric at the Seattle Bible Institute and has a class in Bible study at the Seattle
Japanese Mission. He is a broad-minded, cultured gentleman who in scholarly circles
finds his most congenial environment.


Charles A. Cunningham, who is construction engineer for the Pacific Fire Extinguisher
Company, has been engaged in his present line of business since beginning his independent
career and this fact has been an important element in his success, as it has given him a
thorough knowledge of and wide experience in his profession. He was born in Mimieapolis,
Minnesota. May 18, 1869, a son of John Cunningham, who is living at San Jose, California,
at the age of eighty-three years. The mother died in Minneapolis when fifty-five years

Charles A. Cunningham received his education in his native city and remanied m the
middle west until 1902, when he came to the coast for his wife's health. He was so pleased
with the west that he has since remained here and, although his property holdings are in
California and Oregon, he is one of the most loyal citizens of Seattle and does everything
in his power to promote its growth and development. For thirteen years he has been
connected with the Pacific Fire Extinguisher Company and has made an excellent record
as its construction engineer.


:Mr. Cunningham was married in 1894 to Miss Fannie Dixon, of Minneapolis, Minne-
sota, and they have a daughter, Grace, who was born January 11, 1896, and is now the wife
of Carl Glover, engaged in business in San Jose.

Mr. Cunningham is an advocate of high tariff and, other things being equal, votes
the republican ticket, but considers himself free to vote for the candidates of another party
when he deems them better fitted for the offices in question. His religious faith is that
of the Presbyterian church, and his influence is always on the side of right and justice.
His public spirit finds e.xpression in his membership in the Seattle Commercial Clulj and he
gives hearty support to its plans for the betterment of the city. He has made many
friends in Seattle and all who have come in contact witli him liold him in high esteem.


The romantic tales of Europe, covering the period of knighthood and chivalry, are
not more interesting and thrilling than the story of the conquest of the west, the develop-
ment of its natural resources and the utilization of its opportunities by brave men who
have faced the loneliness of isolation and performed the strenuous task of subduing the
wilderness and who have been forced to be constantly alert lest Indian attack should
deprive them and their loved ones of life. It required strong purpose, indefatigable energy
and a wonderful dream of the future to bring men from the comforts of the older civiliza-
tion of the east to found and promote a great western empire. To this class belonged Cap-
tain William Chaloner Talbot, who was one of the pioneers in the development of the
lumber industry in the Sound country, and the influence of his work in those pioneer
times and of his extensive operations in later years cannot be overestimated.

Of the old Pine Tree state of the .Atlantic coast he was a native, his birth liaving
occurred in East Machias, Maine, on the 28th of February, 1816. He came of a family
which in its direct and collateral lines has oeen distinctively .American through many gen-
erations. The founder of the family in the new world w'as Peter Talbot, who came
from Lancashire, England, and settled /t Plymouth, Massachusetts, at an early period
in the colonization of America. His sen, George Talbot, who lived at Scarborough and
at Stoughton, Massachusetts, was the father of Peter Talbot, of Stoughton, and the
grandfather of Peter Talbot, who, brrn in Stoughton, became a resident of Maine. In
the latter state occurred the birth of Peter Talbot who married Eliza Chaloner and thus
became the father of William Clia'.oner Talbot.

Under the parental roof the lr,st named spent his boyhood days. His father was a
lumberman and the son was therefore, as it were,"to the manner born." His early
business experiences were in the line of the lumber trade in connection with his father's
business and when he was still under twenty-one years of age built and commanded a
brig, which was used in connection with the West India and European trade. Several
years had been spent in that way when the gold discovery in California attracted him and
as commander of the Orient.-,! he sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco, where he
arrived in 1850. The rapid growth of the city and marvelous development of California,
into wdiich state flocked thousands and thousands of gold seekers, led to a great demand
for heavy timber and all kinds of lumber, and Captain Talbot's previous experience in
the lumber trade led him to reenter that field of business and he turned to the Puget
Sound country as the most available source of supply. Perfecting his arrangements to
engage in the lumber trade, he returned to the east, purchased the necessary machinery,
which he shipped around the Horn, and then by way of the Isthmus route again went
to San Francisco. From the Golden Gate he sailed up the coast to the Sound, commanding
the little schooner, Julius Pringle, a fifty-ton craft aboard which were several of his
business associates and employes. Business was to be conducted under the name of
William C. Talbot & Company, Captain Talbot's business associates being .A. J. Pope,
of San Francisco, and Charles Foster and Captain J. P. Keller of East Machias, Maine.
.Among the passengers was also Cyrus Walker, who a few years later became manager
of the business and so continued for half a century. The party brought with them



lumber, tools and supplies necessary for beginning the proposed enterprise. They
first cast anchor in Port Discovery Bay and thence made explorations around the
Lower Sound, going as far south as Commencement Bay. They returned to Port
Discovery, thinking to establish their mill there, but found settlers had already taken up
the land, after which they returned to Port Gamble, where they had already touched. It
was the site of a little Indian village called Teekalet, by which name it was known for
some years thereafter. They cut down trees to be converted into lumber, using the great
trunks as the main supi)orts of the mill. Work was instituted at once and when in Sep-
tember the boiler and other mill machinery arrived, having been shipped from the Atlantic
coast, the mill was at once put in operation. There was a good market for the product
and it was found necessary soon to increase the original capacity of three thousand feet
of lumber per day. In fact the business grew steadily and after a few years mills were
established at Utsaladdy and Port Ludlow. The business proved a profitable undertaking
fromthe beginning and was conducted under the firm style of W. C. Talbot Si Company for
a time and later under the name of Pope & Talbot until 1874, when the Washington inter-
ests were incorporated under the name of the Puget Mill Company, with Pope & Talbot
as the San Francisco agents. Cyrus Walker acquired an interest in 1863 a"d continued
to manage the mill and the purchase of timber. One of the important elements of Captain
Talbot's success was his ability to recognize much of wliat the future had in store for this
great and growing western country and he garnered in the fullness of time the results of
liis faith and judgment.

While a resident of New England. Captain Talbot was united in marriage to Miss
Sophia Gleason Foster, a daughter of General Foster, of Maine, and at his death, which
occurred in Astoria, Oregon, .August 6, 1881, he was survived by the widow, two sons and
three daughters. More than a third of a century has come and gone since Captain Talbot
was called from life's activities and his memory is yet honored by all who knew him and
history will ever record the important part which he i)layed in shaping the development
of the northwest. One of the historians of the Puget Sound country has said: "This
trio of noble pioneers. Pope, Talbot and Keller, being now dead, I may with propriety
speak of their high character for business integrity and enterprise. They belonged to that
class of men who do not idly wait for something to turn up, but were full of energy
and push, and not only helped themselves, but were ever ready to extend a helping hand
to the needy and unfortunate." .Another historian, writing of Captain Talbot, said:
"His activities and achievements are to be regarded as of tlie first importance in the crea-
tion and development of the representative industry of the Puget Sound, which afforded
the foundations for all its subsequent progress. Personally he was known and universally
esteemed for his highest traits of character, integrity and fidelity in all his relations being
especially marked qualities." Time gives the perspective which places everything in its
true relation and time has served to heighten the labors, the achievements and the charac-
ter of Captain Talbot, for in the light of history his deeds are measured at their true
value. He stood in the front rank of the columns whicli have advanced the civilization
of Washington, have led the way to its substantial develoi)ment. progress and upbuilding.


George T. Hood is general representative of all of tlie John Cort interests on the
Pacific coast and manager of the Moore Theatre of Seattle. He is a son of Thomas and
Mary T. Hood, who in the year 1863 came to Puget Sound. The father was born in
Wareham, England, August 9. 184,;, and was there educated. In 1863 he went to Van-
couver, after which he engaged in the logging business througliout the Puget Sound
country. Later he had the contract to haul mail from Port Gamble to Seabeck. Washing-
ton, in which work he engaged until 1875. He then removed to Seattle, where he con-
ducted a logging business until 1889. He then went abroad for a year, after whicli he
returned to this city and engaged in the real estate business for two years. At the end


of that time he retired, spending his remaining days in the enjoyment of a well earned rest
until called to his final home in 1909.

George T. Hood, one of a family of seven children, was born in Seattle, January 27,
1880. He engaged with the Washington Shoe Manufacturing Company as an apprentice,
spending two years in that way but at the end of that time he became a messenger for
the Western Union Telegraph Company and later was a clerk with that company for two
years. He afterward became connected with the Chamberlain Commission Merchant
House as stenographer and in 1900 he became treasurer and assistant manager of the
Grand Opera House, which was opened in that year. He was afterward made private
secretary to John Cort, the theatrical magnate, whom he thus represented until igbs. when
he became general representative of the John Cort interests, including the management
of the Ikloore Theatre and of many other Cort enterprises in the northwest. Tlie interests
which he handles are now extensive and important. He is adequate to meet every busi-
ness situation and emergency that arises, for his training has been thorough and his
ready adaptability and keen insight enable him to recognize every phase of a business
situation, while his sound judgment tells him what to discard and what to utilize.

On the 27th of January, 1915, Mr. Hood was married in Spokane, Washington, to
Miss Neva Hay, a daughter of ex-Governor Hay. His political indorsement is given to the
republican party, while fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Columbus. He also
has membership with the Native Sons of Washington and with the Rainier Club and his
social qualities make for popularity in these connections. All who know him esteem him
highly. He is genial, courteous and obliging and at the same time is a most active business
man, thorough and enterprising, carefully and successfully managing" most important


The nature and importance of the legal interests intrusted to the care of Edward Hamil-
ton Chavelle establishes him as one of the distinguished attorneys of Seattle. He is yet a
young man. having but completed three decades, yet has attained a professional position
that many a man of twice his years might well envy. He was born at Bridgeport, Con-
necticut, July 16, 1884, and is descended in the paternal line from French ancestry, his
paternal grandfather having come to America from France. He was a very prominent
resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the old Chavelle home there is still one of the
show places of the town.

Edward Hamilton Chavelle, son of Cliarles H. and Emma L. (Grant) Chavelle, pursued
his early education in the graded and high schools of Bridgeport, Connecticut, while spend-
ing his youthful days under the parental roof. He afterward attended the New York
Law School and graduated with the class of 1908. While still a resident of the east
he became actively and prominently interested in politics and was head of the organiza-
tion committee which organized the state of New York for Alton B. Parker for president
and which was responsible also for the election of Dix and Sulzer. He likewise had
entire charge of the notification committee that notified Parker of his nomination, this
being a committee composed of two delegates from every state and territory.

About that time Mr. Chavelle became secretary for W. S. Rodie, liead of the Dela-
ware Hudson Canal Company, and afterward specialized in tax work in New York city,
his clients being among the leading law firms. He was instrumental in having taxes
reduced below Cortlandt street to Battery on Broadway. He next took a six months'
trip tlirough the principal cities of Canada and the United States, studying municipal
conditions and all the different phases and problems of municipal life.

In July, 1909, Mr. Chavelle came to Seattle, to represent the Standard Oil Company,
with which he is still connected. He has a fine clientele as an attorney and is very suc-
cessful in the practice of law. many important cases having been intrusted to him. In
the celebrated W. E. DeLarm case he represented the receiver in court and aided the United
States government in convicting the defendant. He afterward handled the affairs of the
Irrigation Company, resulting from the famous Grant county irrigation scheme, in which

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