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candidate who in his judgment is best qualified to discharge the duties of the office, regard-
less of party affiliation. His life has been quietly and unventfuUy passed, characterized
by the faithful performance of duty, and he performs all professional duties with a
sense of conscientious obligation that makes his efforts of the utmost worth to his


Edmund Pearson Dole has carved his name high on the roll of eminent lawyers
of the northwest and his reputation has extended far beyond the bounds of this section
of the country, making him well known in professional circles throughout the United
States. His authorship, too, has brought him wide acquaintance, his writings embracing
not only treatises on law but constituting as well contributions to general literature. An




eminent statesman has said that the strongest and most representative type of American
citizenship is found in the man who has enjoyed the liberal educational advantages of the
east and who makes the west, with its limitless opportunities, the theatre of action. Such
is the record of Mr. Dole, whose birth occurred in Skowhegan, Maine, February 28, 1S50.
He is descended from Richard Dole, who left his home in Bristol, England, to become a
resident of the new world, settling in Xewl)ury])ort, Massachusetts, in 16,^8. It is said
that one of his descendants bearing the family name was the first man killed in the battle
of Bunker Hill.

Edmund P. Dole pursued his more advanced education in the W'esleyan University at
Middletown, Connecticut, and in the Boston University Law School. Having thus pre-
pared for a professional career, he entered upon active practice in Keene, New Hamp-
shire, in 1876 and the following year formed a partnership with Farnum Fish Lane,
which continued until the latter's death ten years later. Endowed by nature with strong
mentality, he soon won a position of distinction at the bar and, elected to the office of
county attorney for a term of two years, was afterward re-elected until he had filled tISe
position for five successive terms. In other connections, too, he rendered important public
service, being made a member of the city board of health and of the board of education
of Keene. He heard and heeded the call of the west, however, and in 1890 arrived in
Seattle, where he remained for five years or until 1895, when he went to Honolulu, becom-
ing attorney general of Hawaii, also ex-officio head of the Hawaiian police and member
of the Hawaiian board of health. He took active part in shaping the affairs of the
Islands during that epoch making period in their history which followed their annexation
to the United States. In 1903, however, he resigned in order to argue the famous Osaki
Manchiki case before the supreme court of the United States at the request of the Hon.
P. C. Knox, then attorney general of tlie United States. The case involved the political and
judicial status of the republic of Hawaii during the transition period of two years, the
legality of jury trials under the old procedure, the power of the United States government
over an annexed sovereignty not yet incorporated as an integral part of the United Stales,
also customs revenue of about three million dollars. .\ decision was granted in favor
of Hawaii by a divided court. Mr. Dole's connection with this case brought him promi-
nently before not only the profession Init the entire American people, as the question was
one of the deepest interest to the United States as well as to the islands, which were
seeking adjustment of their conditions following the overthrow^ of the sovereign power.

Mr. Dole remained in Washington for two years and tlieii returned to Seattle, where
he has since engaged in law practice, being recognized as one of the most eminent atttir-
neys of the northwest. His high standing at the bar being known, it is easy to infer tlie
nature of his practice. He is the author of "Talks .Miout Law," which was published
by Houghton & Mifflin in 1887. His authorship has extended into the field of general
literature, however, his publications including "The Standby," a novel published by the
Century Company in 1897, and "Hiwa," a romance of ancient Hawaii, published by Hari>er
& Brothers in 1900. Wliile in New Hampshire Mr. Dole became a member of the Masonic
fraternity and he has membership in the Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges of Seattle
His investigations into important governmental and international problems have Iieen
far-reaching. His knowledge of the law gives hiin an insight into many of these questions
not easily obtained by the laity and enables him to speak with authority upon many pliases
of the mammoth problems which today are engaging public attention.


Hugh Milton Caldwell, formerly chief deputy prosecuting attorney of King county,
was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1880, a son of Thomas Milton and Jane (Kearsley)
Caldwell. He attended public and private schools in his native city and then, having
determined upon the practice of law as his life work, he entered the National University
Law School of Washington, D. C, in which he won his LL. B. degree in 1903, while in
IQ04 the Master of Law degree was conferred upon him.


Mr. Caldwell has practiced his profession in Seattle since 1905 and in 1908 he formed
a partnership with Charles F. Riddell under the firm style of Caldwell & Riddell. Later
the partnership was dissolved and in 1912 he became associated in practice with George
E. Wright and John Kelleher under the firm st3'le of Wright, Kelleher & Caldwell. In 1910
he was admitted to practice before the supreme court of the United States. His profes-
sional work has been of an important character and in 1911-12 he was chief deputy prosecut-
ing attorney of King county, serving under John F. Murphy during his first term. He then
resigned to enter into his present partnership connection but he accepted and filled the same
office for a few months in 1915 to assist Alfred H. Lundin in organizing the work of the

On the 21 St of October, 1903, in Christ church at Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Caldwell was
united in marriage to Miss Sarah Smith Howard, a daughter of Julian and Eleanor (Wash-
ington) Howard. ^Mrs. Caldwell's mother was the last member of the Washington family
born at Afount Vernon. Virginia, and served as an officer in the national body of the Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution. To Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell have been born three chil-
dren, namely : Eleanor Washington, who unveiled the monument of George Washington
at the University of Washington; Jane Kearsley ; and Anne Howard.

Mr. Caldwell is a republican where national issues are involved but votes independently
at local elections. He has taken the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in Masonry
and is a member of the Mystic Shrine. He belongs to the University of Washington Golf
Club, of which he was one of the first directors, is a member of the Arctic Club and was
the first president of the Seattle Municipal League. Along such lines he finds his interests
outside of his profession, and his activities have proven his worth as a citizen.


Ralpli L. Earnest is the president of the Raecolith Flooring Company and in this
connection has taken an initial step in establishing a manufacturing and contracting business
hitherto unknown in the northwest, his progressive spirit carrying the enterprise forward
to successful completion. He was born in Garnett, Kansas, May 24, 1869. His father,
Louis M. Earnest, a native of Ohio, was born at Circleville and became an early settler of
Kansas, removing to that state in 1866. There he engaged in farming for a time and in
later years turned his attention to the implement and grain business, but is now living
retired, making his home on Maury island, King county, Washington. He is a Civil war
veteran, having served for three years in the One Hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer
Infantry with the ranks of first lieutenant and major. He was very active in the public
life of Garnett and Anderson county, Kansas, where he filled important official positions
for a number of years. He has always been actuated by a public-spirited devotion to the
general good and his interests and activities in support of public measures have largely
furthered the object for which he has striven. He married Martha H. Dreisbach, who
was born in Circleville, Ohio, where their marriage was celebrated. They became the
parents of two children, the younger being Frank E. Earnest, who is now the secretary and
treasurer of the Raecolith Flooring Company of Seattle.

The elder brother, Ralph L. Earnest, pursued his education in the public schools of
his native city to the age of eighteen years. His early life was spent upon a farm and his
first employment was with his father in the implement and grain business at Garnett. On
attaining his majority he left home, going to Beatrice, Nebraska, where he was employed
for six months by one of the leading grain and implement dealers of that city. Later he
removed to Chicago, Illinois, where he found employment with the Albert Dickinson
Company, seed merchants. He entered their service as a laborer and remained with them
for a number of years, advancing from the lowest position to that of traveling salesman
and crop estimator, working his way upward through many and varied departments of
that large establishment to a position of marked responsibility.

On the 6th of November, 1901, Mr. Earnest came to Seattle with the view of making
this city his future home but after a thorough investigation saw no opportunity in his


particular line of business, so rather than remain idle filed upon a timber grant issued
by the United States government. He proved up on the claim, secured his title and soon
thereafter entered into partnership with W. L. Rhoades and P. F. Apfel under the firm
name of Rhoades, Apfel & Earnest, roofing contractors. The business was conducted under
that style until 1905, when it was absorbed by the Raecolith Flooring Company, Incorpo-
rated, of which Ralph L. Earnest is the president; James C. Rief snider, vice president;
and Frank E. Earnest, secretary and treasurer. The new firm was the first to introduce
and establish a business of this nature in Seattle, and the northwest, introducing the Magne-
site composition flooring, now so extensively used throughout the large cities of the
world. During the early period of their business the entire product was imported from
Germany, England, France and Greece, but of recent years it has been produced in this
country, the principal field of production being California. During the ten years of its
existence the firm has established a business of considerable magnitude extending from
Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, to northern California and as far east as the
Rocky mountains. They operate branch agencies at Victoria and Vancouver, British
Columbia, at Spokane and Tacoma. Washington, and at Portland, Oregon. During the
first years their greatest business amounted to ten thousand dollars, but it has grown rapidly
in the past few years and has reached an average of seventy-five thousand dollars. They
have installed over one million square feet of flooring since their organization and their
efforts in this direction have been followed by other concerns, making flooring of this
character most popular throughout the United States. The company is also engaged in the
manufacturing of the Watsonite mastic flooring, a composition made from high grade
asphalts specially treated. The asphalts are secured from Trinidad and from California
and under tlie direction of Mr. Earnest and others of the company mastics are made
therefrom and are used in many and varied ways for roofing and for hard, indestructible,
sanitary floor purposes. Since placing it on the market they have taken contracts for the
flooring in many public buildings, wharves, schools, hotels, garages, railroad depots and
other establishments.

At Oak Park, Illinois, on the i-'tli of June, 1908, :Mr. Earnest was married to Miss
Katherine E. Search, a native of Illinois and a daughter of Casper F. Searcli. They have
one child, a little girl of three years named Eleanor Florence.

Mr. and Mrs. Earnest hold membership in the First I^Iethodist Episcopal churcli and
he is serving on its official board. In his political views he is a republican and fraternally
he is connected with Arcana Lodge No. 87, F. & A. M. He also belongs to the Manu-
facturers' Association, tlie Rotary Club of Seattle, the Commercial Club, and the Military
Order of the Loyal Legion of Honor of the United States.


Rudolph G. H. Nordhoff is vice president of tlie Bon Marche department store of
Seattle and as manager of the establishment is conducting a large business, which consti-
tutes one of the important features of the city. A native of Germany, he was born in
Oldenburg in July, 1853. a son of Edward Nordhoff^. Beginning his education as a public
school pupil, he continued a student in the gymnasium until fifteen years of age and then
went to Kiel, Germany, where he started out in the business world, serving a three years'
apprenticeship in the dry-goods establishment tlierc. He afterward engaged as clerk m
a department store for a year and at the end of that time crossed the Atlantic to tlie
new world, hoping to find better business opportunities and thereby win success more
rapidly. He made his way to Buffalo, New York, where he secured a clerkship in the
dry-goods store of S. Hettinger, with whom he remained for a year. He next became a
clerk in the Barnes & Bancroft dry-goods store, continuing in that connection for six
years, at the end of which time he became assistant manager of the store of H. D. Taylor
& Company, with which he continued for two years. He was ambitious, however, to
engage in business on his own account and when he felt that his experience and capital
were sufficient he opened a dry-goods store, which he conducted for seventeen years. His


progressive methods, his earnest desire to please his patrons and his relial>lc business
dealings won him growing success and throughout the entire period he enjoyed a liberal
patronage. He still owns the building although some years since he disposed of his stock.

It was in 1899 that Mr. Nordhoff came to Seattle to enter business in connection
with his brother, who was the founder of the Bon Marche, but before he reached this
city his brother had passed away. Rudolph G. H. NordhofT then became manager of the
Bon Marche, owned by the firm of Nordhof? & Company, and some time afterward the
business was incorporated, at which time he became the vice president and manager and
so continues. His establishment represents the most progressive ideas in merchandising
and in the conduct of the business he holds to the highest standards of commercial ethics.

In 1876 Mr. Nordhoff was united in marriage, in Buffalo, New York, to Miss Minnie
Volker, a daughter of Dr. Volker, of that city, and they have become the parents of four
children. Mr. Nordhoff holds membership with the Knights of Columbus. He also
belongs to the Rainier Club, is a life member of the Arctic Club and also a member of
the Seattle Athletic Club. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come
to America, for in the enterprising northwest he is finding good business opportunities,
of which he readily takes advantage. His business judgment is sound, his insight keen
and his energy unfaltering and well directed efforts are bringing him constantly to the
front in connection with the commercial activity of his adopted city.


Charles L. Hibbard is interested in a number of important mining and commercial
enterprises in Seattle and is recognized as a man of unusual energy, foresight and business
acumen. In fact, his business qualifications are such as have won for him world leader-
ship in his special lines. He deals in wool, hides and pelts, furs, ivory, whalebone and
other foreign products, and also does wool pulling, as a member of the Hibbard Stewart
Company, and their trade radius is greater than that of any other Seattle house.

Mr. Hibbard belongs to that class of men who have had the prescience to recognize
the possibilities and opportunities of the great west and in utilizing the advantages offered
on the coast has attained to his present notable and enviable position. He was born on
the 2d of March, 1861, in Davenport, Iowa, a son of Edwin and Mary Ann Hibbard, both
of whom were natives of Sheffield, England, but in 1848 emigrated to America. They
became residents of Davenport, Iowa, wdicre they lived for many years, the father passing
away in 1884, while the death of the mother occurred in 1886.

Cliarles L. Hibbard received his general education in the scliools of Davenport and
after completing the high-school course there attended a business college in that city
and also took a two years' law course. At the age of twenty he came to Seattle and in
1887 here established the first wool-pulling plant in Washington. He was also the first
person to divert furs and skins from Alaska to Seattle and operated sealing vessels,
taking fur seal during the late '80s. .^bout that time he also purchased several important
business properties in the city, believing firmly in the possibilities of development in
Seattle, a faith which has been more than justified. In 1S97 he went to Alaska during
the gold rusli and was fairly successful. In 1885 he took advantage of the demand for
food in Alaska and sent the first beef cattle to Dawson, w-hich sold for as high as two
dollars per pound. Since coming to Seattle he has been connected with its development
along industrial and commercial lines and is now identified with a number of local enter-
prises of that character and also has important mining interests. He is today active in
the management of gigantic business interests as a member of the Hibbard Stewart Com-
pany, dealers in hides and wool. They buy and sell goods at nearly every port in the
world. They are the largest buyers of walrus ivory in the w-orld and they handle more
fine furs than any otiier house on the face of the globe and merchandise and provisions
to the amount of thousands of dollars annually are taken from Seattle and traded by
them for furs in other countries. Mr. Hibbard is thoroughly acquainted with the markets





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of the world in llie lines in which he deals and snch has been the development of his
business connections that the volume of his trade is now very large.

In ]88i, at Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Hibbard was married to Delia R. Ballon, a
daughter of Dr. Hirley Ballou. To this union has been born a son, Henry C, whose
birth occurred in Seattle, September 22, 1885, and who married Frances P. Joyce, of
Ogden, Utah, a daughter of Dr. R. S. Joyce, a man of great ability, who is very prominent
in his city.

Mr. Hibbard was formerly a republican but recently has supported the democratic
party. He is a popular member of the Rainier and Arctic Clubs and of the Elks lodge.
One element of his success has been his ability to recognize opportunities which others
fail to see and the spirit of initiative, which has led him to take advantage of those oppor-
tunities and to do pioneer work in developing various industries in this region. His close
attention to his business interests has not prevented him from taking part in various move-
ments seeking the advancement of his community along moral and civic lines and those
who have been brought into contact with him esteem him as a public-spirited citizen.


Bernard Pelly, the British consul at Seattle, is not only ably serving the interests
intrusted to him but has also made many friends in Seattle, where he is recognized as a man
of energy, sound judgment and great tact. He was born on the Jth of June, i860, in Little
Hallingbury, England, and was educated in that country and also in Germany, where he
remained for seven years. In 1882, when a young man of twenty-two years, he went to
Canada and in the following year came to Seattle, where he has since remained. In 189Q
he was appointed British vice consul and in 1913 was made consul, the post being raised
at that time to the rank of a consulate. He has discharged his varied and oftentimes
difficult duties with satisfaction to all concerned and his record is one of which he has every
reason to he proud. He watches carefully after the commercial interests of Great Britain
and Canada and is always ready to serve in any way possible the British subjects who
chance to be in Seattle. He keeps in close touch with the trade and industrial development
of Seattle and the country of wdiich it is the center and in this way is able to advise Britisli
merchants or capitalists wdio might be seeking a possible opening.

Mr. Pelly was married in igoo. in Seattle, to Miss Elizabeth Montgomery Minor, the
latter a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor Minor. Her father was for many years
a prominent physician in this city. To Mr. and Mrs. Pelly have been born four children,
Bernard Berenger, Thomas Minor. Lancelot Ingleby and Francis Justinian.

Mr. Pelly is a communicant of Trinity Episcopal church and takes much interest in the
furtherance of its work. He is well known in club circles, belonging to the University and
the Seattle Golf and Country Clubs. He has come in contact with many of the leading
men of Seattle, and his undoubted ability has gained him tiieir sincere respect, while his
personality has made him generally popular.

JOHN McLean.

John McLean, manager at Seattle for the Standard Oil Company, was born at Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia, October 27, 1851, a son of Murdoch and Catherine (Ross) McLean,
the former a native of the Isle of Man, while the latter was born at Edinburgh, Scotland.
Both have now passed away. The former belonged to the clan of Duart Castle on the
Isle of Mull, which was lost to them in the battle of CoUodin and recovered two years ago,
at which time all of the clan from all parts of the world gathered for the celebration. Mur-
doch McLean devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits and thus provided for his family.

The son John was educated in the common schools of Cape Breton and his initial step
in the business world was made at Cape Breton. His principal work, however, was that


of manager of a boot and shoe store at Sydney, Cape Breton, which position he filled for
five years. He was next employed as paymaster and manager of a store on the Louisburg
Railroad at Cape Breton and later he became manager of a coal mining store at Lorway,
where he was employed until September, 1875. He then went to Boston and New York
and thence came to the Pacific coast, making his way to California, where he was employed
as steam engineer at the Los-Preitos quicksilver mines in the mountains back of Santa
Barbara for a year. He learned to be an engineer on the Maid of the Mist, a boat which
his uncle, the Rev. Hugh Ross, purchased and which was the first passenger boat on the
river below Niagara Falls, making trips to the foot of the falls, carrying passengers for
this near view. While in his uncle's employ he made his home at Sydney, Cape Breton.

After leaving the quicksilver miles Mr. McLean went to San Francisco, where he was
connected with the street railway system, holding different positions until promotion made
him the company's receiver and accountant for the Clay Street Railway, the first cable
railway in the world. He continued in that connection until 1882 and from there went to
work for the Alaska Commercial Company, taking the position of storekeeper at Bel-
kofsky, Alaska.

Mr. McLean dates his residence in Seattle from 1883, at which time he established busi-
ness on his own account as a dealer in hides and pelts, having his headquarters on the old
Yesler wharf. While there he was offered a position by the Standard Oil Company, and
on the 1st of April, 1884, went to Stockton, California, to assume charge of the company's
interests at that place. He made good with the corporation and in 1887 he was trans-
ferred to Tacoma, Washington, as manager. In 1891 his territory was extended to include

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