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quired his education in the public schools of that state. In 1880 he made his way westward
to Seattle and from that time until his death continued to reside either in this city or
Tacoma. Early in life he learned the carpenter's trade and his services were in much de-
mand in this new town, where building was progressing rapidly. He was one of the pioneer
carpenters of Seattle and erected the first store building ever put up here. For many
years he was a contractor for Mr. Schwabacher and erected many buildings for him. He
was not only an excellent workman himself but he insisted that all of the men under him
should turn out well-finished work. He was very active in business and gained more than
a competence.

Mr. Ball was married in 1884 in Seattle to Aliss Frances E. Whelden, who came to
Seattle in 1882. He gave his political allegiance to the republican party and his life was
characterized by marked public spirit. He took a keen interest in everything that affected
the general welfare and co-operated in movements seeking the advancement of his city.
Fraternally he was connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which or-
ganization he was popular. Mr. Ball was one of the prominent early settlers of the city
and throughout the many years of his residence here contributed to its development. His
demise, which occurred March 12, 1914, was the occasion of sincere regret, for he was
respected by all who came in contact with him both for his ability and for his unswerving


Among those who contributed to the business development of Seattle but whose
life's labors are now ended was Alfred Kristoferson, who developed from a small begin-
ning the most extensive dairy enterprise of the city. He was a native of Glanshammar,
Sweden, born December 30, 1857, and his life record was' closed March 18, 1914. He
attended the schools of Sweden and on crossing" the Atlantic to America made his way
to Momence, Illinois, when twenty-four years of age. In i8go he came to Seattle but
first engaged in the dry-goods business at Mount Vernon for a short time. He next
turned his attention to general farming near Stanwood, devoting about five years of his
life to that pursuit. Later he took up Iiis abode in the vicinity of Seattle and established
a dairy business, beginning on a small scale. Gradually he increased his interests and from
the outset he made it his purpose to supply his patrons with pure milk cared for according
to the most sanitary methods. When he started out he made personal visits to his
customers, supplying milk day by day, but the gradual increase in his patronage made
his enterprise in time the largest in the city. Moreover, the methods which he followed
set the standard for other dairymen, who were forced to adopt his plans if they would
compete with him in the business. His plant was established at its present location in
1910 and he was always willing to have the closest inspection of the plant, knowing that



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it would serve not as a detriment but would act rather as an advertisement, for none
. could fail to be pleased with the orderly, systematic manner in which business was
conducted and the thorough care which was manifest in every department.

In Illinois, in iS86, Mr. Kristoferson was married to Miss .Mberta Clarke, and they
became parents of four children: .\lfrcd, -\ugust, Charlotte and Sten. The religious
faith of the family is tliat of the Christian Science church. Mr. Kristoferson belonged
to the Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Club and also to the Swedish Busi-
ness Men's Club. He was a very public-s|iirited citizen, optimistic in all things, and had
great faith in the city and its future development. He worked along lines that contributed
to its upbuilding and in his particular field of labor he established standards whicli are
today accepted as the exponent of the most modern and scientific methods of handling
dairy products.

C. L. \VAYL.\ND.

C. L. Wayland, who was long in the service of the government as postoftice inspector,
■discharging his important duties with ability and dispatch, passed away in Seattle on the
27th of September, 1913. His birth occurred in Jamestown, Indiana, on the 4th of January,
1859, 3nd he received his more advanced education in the Normal Institute at Danville,
Indiana. Subsequently he followed the profession of teaching as a district-school
instructor. In 1881 Mr. Wayland came to Seattle, Washington, here beginning the study
of law in the offices of Struve, Haines & Leary. Later he pursued a course in the
National University Law Department of Washington, D. C, and afterward entered
the School of Law of Georgetown University in Washington, which institution conferred
upon him the degree of LL. B. in 1880. In 1885 he took a civil-service examination and
was the first applicant to receive an ai)pointment to the classified list in the territory of
Washington, .^fter a brief period of service as clerk to the first assistant postmaster
general he became superintendent of salaries and accounts in that department and was
later appointed a postoflicc inspector, being assigned first to Virginia and then to North
Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and -Alaska, respectively.
In this state he was first assigned to Spokane and later to Seattle, which included Alaska.
In June. li'o'J. he was one of the first party to cross overland from Valdez to Eagle, arriv-
ing at the latter place on the 27th of July, and he did a great deal of work in Alaska. He
made a most creditable record as a government ofiker of unusual ability and faithfulness.

On the 28th of June, 1882, in Seattle, Mr. Wayland was united in marriage to Miss
Helen I. Hall, her father being John K. Hall, a pioneer of Washington and at one time a
member of the staff of the surveyor general at Olympia. To Mr. and Mrs. Wayland were
born three children, namely: Russell G., who is a resident of Treadwell, Alaska: George
Hall, living in Seattle: and Margaret. The mother of these children still makes her home
in Seattle and enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance here.


William Baxter France, attorney at law, was born in Camden, New Jersey, .-Xugtist 20,
i88r, a son of DeWitt Clinton and Jane (Nelson) France, the former president of the
manufacturing firm of D. C. France & Company of Philadelphia. He pursued his literar\'
course in the University of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor
of .-Xrts degree in 1903. He then pursued a professional course there and won his LL. B.
degree in 1907. Coming to Washington in the same year, he was admitted to practice at
the bar of this state and followed his profession successfully in Seattle through the suc-
ceeding five years, when he turned to editorial activity in the line of his profession, taking
over the editorship and publication of the Washington Cumulative Digest. In 1914 he
joined with Wm. J. Cross in forming the "Cross-France" Company, a corporation with its


main office at Seattle. Since that time Mr. France has become well known to the legal
profession of the west through the publication of France's Cumulative Digest and Cita-
tions in many western states.

On the 14th of February, 1908, Mr. France was married to Miss Alice Voorhees Van
Arsdale, daughter of Joseph S. and Anna Green Van Arsdalc, of Washington. D. C.
Her ancestry is traced back to Peter Van Arsdalc, who was sent to America in 1630 as
special representative of the Holland government to investigate conditions at New Amster-
dam. Mr. Van Arsdale remained in America, and it was one of his descendants, John Van
Arsdale, who climbed the flagpole in New York harbor and raised the American flag
after the British soldiers had cut the ropes before leaving the city at the close of the
Revolution. He and his son were the chief factors and guests of honor on Evacuation
Day which for many years was a prominent annual event in New York. Mr. and Mrs.
France are parents of a daughter and son, Jane Nelson and Joseph Van Arsdale. The
family attend the First Christian church, in which Mr. France holds membership. He
belongs also to Arcana Lodge, F. & A. M., to the College Club and the Monks Club and is
a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Acacia^ two college fraternities.


John Edward Chilberg, financier, prominently connected with banking interests in
Seattle and in Alaska, was born January 19, 1867, in Wapello county, Iowa. He is a son
of Nelson Chilberg and a grandson of C. J. Chilberg, a native of Sweden, who came with
his family to the United States during the "405. At that time Nelson Chilberg was a little
lad of five years. The family home was established in Iowa, wliere he was reared, and
in that state he was married in 1866 to Miss Matilda C. Shanstrom. a daughter of J. P.
Shanstrom. who also brought his family to the new world in the '40s, he and his wife
residing in Iowa until they were called to their final rest. Their daughter Matilda was
a native of Sweden. Following the marriage of Air. and Mrs. Chilberg they remained in
Iowa until 1872, when they came to the state of Washington, spending three years upon
a farm in Skagit county. In 1876 they removed to Seattle, where the father engaged in
the grocery business in connection with his brothers, Andrew and James P. Chilberg.
Finally he took over their interests, becoming sole proprietor of the business, which he
conducted successfully until, having become the possessor of a handsome competence as
the direct result of his labors, he withdrew from active commercial pursuits and is now
living retired, both he and his wife being yet residents of Seattle.

John E. Chilberg supplemented a public-school education by study in the University
of Washington and received his early business training under the direction of his father,
with whom he served as errand boy in the grocery store and eventually as clerk, book-
keeper and manager. The store was destroyed in the great Seattle fire of 1889 and soon
aftervifard John E. Chilberg opened a wholesale grocery house, conducting business on a
small scale at first, his trade, however, gradually increasing. Later he was engaged in the
business of merchandise broker and traveling salesman until 1892, when he went to Central
America and established business relations between Guatemala, Salvador, and Seattle. From
1895 until 1897 he operated a steamship between Seattle and Central America btil in tlie
latter year he concentrated his efiforts and attention upon Alaska. In 1899 he wer.r to that
country for the summer and since then has made several trips to Alaska. He was ship-
wrecked ofif the coast of Central America in 1895, when on the steamship Colima. He has
become extensively interested in Alaskan projects and is now one of the stockliolders and
ofiicials of the Miners & Merchants Bank of Nome and the ^liners & Merchants Bank of
Ketchikan. He is likewise a stockholder and one of the officers or directors of the Scan-
dinavian-American Bank of Seattle; the Scandinavian-American Bank of Tacoma: the
Seattle Trust Company ; the Hotel Washington of Seattle ; the Pioneer Mining Company
and various other business concerns. He is a trustee of the New Seattle Chamber of Com-
merce and was chairman of the committee for the entertainment of the Shriners in
Seattle in 1915.


On the loth of December, 1889, in this city, Air. Chilberg was married to Miss Anna
Mary Rinehart, a daughter of Major W. V. and Mrs. .Amanda S. Rinehart, who were
pioneer residents of Oregon, in which state Mrs. Chilberg was born. Major Rinehart
served for eight years in the regular army, having enlisted at the beginning of the Civil
war, and his title was won through the stages of successive promotion. Both he and his
wife are still living. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Chilberg are Hugh Rinehart and Carl
Edward, aged respectively eighteen and sixteen years.

Mr. Chilberg was a charter member of the old Seattle Rifles, the first military company
organized in the city, retaining his connection tlierewith for seven years and holding tlie
rank of corporal. A stanch republican, he has never sought nor desired political office,
but his prominence and public spirit as a citizen are indicated in the fact that he was chosen
president of the .Alaska-Yukon-Pacific E.xposition. which was held in Seattle in 1909. His
fraternal relations are with the Masonic lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Mystic Shrine,
with the Odd Fellows, the Elks and the United Workmen. He belongs to the Rainier
Club, the Seattle Golf & Country Club, the Seattle Athletic Club, the Swedish Club, the
Arctic Club, the Seattle Press Club, all of Seattle; the Union and Commercial Clubs of
Tacoma; the Bohemian Club of San Francisco; and the Rocky Mountain Club of New
York. His interests and activities are varied. While in business affairs he has developed
and controlled important interests, he has never allowed these to so engross his time that
he could not find leisure for participation in matters relating to the public welfare or the
interests of social life. He is a typical representative of the progressive spirit of the
northwest and of American manhood and chivalry.


As one of Seattle's oldest pioneers, we point with pride to Hon. Jack Sommer, one of
the leading members of the local bar. Born in the cpiaint old city of Wissembourg, Alsace-
Lorraine, on September i, 1872, he obtained a thorough education in the public schools at
Wissembourg. In fact, Mr. Sommer's parents were so anxious to insure a standard educa-
tion for him, that he was entered as a pupil and mastered his A B Cs and the "three Rs"
at the age of two and one-half years. At the age of nine he was admitted to college,
graduating at the age of thirteen, being then a master of classics and a linguist in the
French, German, Greek, Latin and English languages. Thence he entered the celebrated
Ecole Israelite des Arts et Metiers, at Strasbourg, to study under the guidance of the lead-
ing professors of Strasbourg's noted university. Entering commercial life, at the age of
seventeen, Mr. Somnicr accepted a position as general manager of a leading exporting com-
pany in France.

In 1890 the name and fame of the great state of Washington began to reach even far
France and in October, 1890, Mr. Sommer decided to transfer his scene of activities to the
Queen city of the northwest. Within twenty-four hours after his arrival in Seattle, Mr.
Sommer presented his respects to the then mayor of Seattle, Hon. Harry White, and the
mayor cannot explain to this day how it happened, but Jack Sommer was then and there
the duly appointed and constituted private secretary to his honor, which position he filled
to the entire satisfaction of the public for over one year.

In 1892 Mr. Sommer entered the military service of the United States, joining the
famous Fourteenth United States Infantry. He rendered efficient services in suppressing
the riots in Idaho in 1892 and also during the Debs and Coxey disturbances in 1893 and
1894. He was known among his superior military officers as an intrepid and fearless
fighter, as well as one possessing much discretion, and the adjustment of said labor trou-
bles, without loss of life and property, was largely the result of Mr. Sommer's participa-
tion. Retiring from the military service, Mr. Sommer entered the civil service of the
United States in 1899 and for ten years served as clerk in the Seattle postoffice. Mr.
Sommer was recognized by the department at Washington as one of its most efficient otificers
and his recommendations for the betterment and improvement of the postoffice service were
appreciated by the department.


Whilst serving as a government officer in daytime, Mr. Sonimcr enrolled as a law stu-
dent in the night classes of the University of Washington, and in the shortest time on
record in the annals of the State University, he qualified to take the state bar examination in
Olympia and was admitted to practice law in October, 1908. Since that time Mr. Sommer
has devoted his entire time to the practice of law in both state and federal courts, enjoys
a large patronage and draws his clientele from Seattle's representative citizens and busi-
ness men. He also holds the office of counsellor at the consulate of France in this city
and is the local representative of the National Desertion Bureau, a charitable institution
for the protection of abandoned wives and children.

Mr. Sommer is a prominent Mason, being a member of St. John, No. 9, since igoo.

In 1899 Mr. Sommer was united in marriage to Miss Freda Koppel, of Vancouver,
British Columbia, and the union was blessed with two children: Edward Joseph, aged
fourteen, now a popular sophomore at the Broadway high school; and Adeline Frances,
the pride of the Walla Walla school. The family residence for the past fifteen years has
been 1415 Twenty-fifth avenue.


Marshall W. Peterson, of Seattle, who owns a fine fruit ranch in Okanogan county,
was born at Columbia Falls, Maine, May 4, 1868, a son of Marshall and Margaret Peter-
son. The father was also a native of Columbia Falls, born in May. 1840, and following the
acquirement of his education in the public schools there he engaged in shipbuilding until
1864. when iie made his way to the Pacific coast by way of the Isthmus of Panama, with
Portland, Oregon, as his destination. He then engaged in the contracting business for
two years and while there took a trip to Idaho on a pack mule. Later he returned to
Columbia Falls, Maine, by way of Nicaragua and engaged in the contracting business
until 1873. But the lure of the west was upon him and he once more made his way to
Portland, where he continued in business as a contractor until his death in 1S95.

Marshall W. Peterson was a little lad of five summers at the time the family went
to Portland in 187,1, and there he enjoyed the educational privileges offered by the public
and high schools until the year 1882, when he started out in the business world, entering
the employ of McCraken & Mason, wholesale grocers, in the capacity of office boy. He
was faithful and trustworthy and his good qualities won him promotion to the position
of assistant bookkeeper, in which capacity he served until 1886. He then entered the
employ of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company as assistant secretary and
treasurer and a year later he became connected with the banking firm of Ladd &
Tilton, having charge of the railway interests of the bank. He was afterward em-
ployed in the dift'erent branches of the institution and when he severed his connection
with the firm he was paying teller. It was in 1898 that he left Portland and came
to Seattle as cashier and one of the directors of the Dexter Horton National Bank,
which connection he retained until November i, 1915, when he resigned the position on
account of ill health. He was a popular official, always courteous and obliging to the
patrons of the bank and at the same time carefully safeguarding the interests of depos-
itors. His eflforts have extended into various other fields and his activity and cooperation
are a stimulating influence in the various concerns with which he is associated. He is
now a director of the First National Bank of Port Townsend, and of the American
Savings Bank & Trust Company of Seattle, is treasurer of the Wauconda Investment
Company, treasurer of the Kitsap County Transportation Company and secretary of the
Port Orchard Dock & Transportation Company. He is ever watchful of opportunities
pointing to success and his ability has carried him into important relations. He owns a
fruit ranch in Okanogan county, Wasliington. which is one of the show places of the
state. In 1914 five thousand boxes of apples were gathered from thirty acres of six year
old trees, "six years from the sagebrush to the fruit."

His political allegiance is given to the republican party, while fraternally he is con-
nected with the Masons, having taken the degrees of the Scottish Rite and the Mystic




Shrine. In club circles he is prominent and popular, is a life member of the Arctic Club
and belongs to the Rainier Club, the Seattle Athletic Club, the Union Club of Tacoma
and the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club of Portland, Oregon, of which he was secre-
tary until his removal from that city in 1898. His life has been well spent in its various
connections and high regard is entertained for him by an ever increasing circle of friends
and acquaintances.


One of the foremost representatives of the asphalt industry in the northwest is Robert
George Stevenson, who is now operating a plant of that character in Seattle and at the
same time has charge of the interests of The Barber Asphalt Paving Company throughout
this section of the country. A native of Scotland, he was born on the l8th of February.
1872, and in the year 1876 arrived in Montreal, having been brought by his parents to the
new world. He is a son of John and Mary Stevenson, who are now residents of Cayui^a,
Ontario, aged respectively seventy-eight and seventy-two years.

Robert George Stevenson was educated in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and afterward
removed to Buffalo, New York, for the purpose of taking a position with the Barber
Asphalt Paving Company in the year 1891, being at that time a youth of nineteen years.
There is incontrovertible proof of his fidelity, ability and trustworthiness in the fact that
he has since represented that company, in which connection he has worked his way steadily
upward and since 1905 has had charge of their interests in Washington, Idaho, Montana
and British Columbia, operating quite extensively in the asphalt trade throughout that
entire territory. During the year 1914 he entered upon a contract whereby he took over
the Seattle plant, which he operates on his own account, at the same time retaining charge
of the interests of the company in the northwest. His long experience well qualified him for
the operation of the plant, for prior to that time and following the year 1905 he had
operated the plant for the Barber Company, which for many years has been the largest
company conducting a business of this character in the northwest. He is now in charge of
a very thoroughly equipped plant at 1327 Ewing avenue, Fr(?mont, and his careful manage-
ment is making it a profitable concern.

Mr. Stevenson was united in marriage to I^Iiss Margaret Lynd, a native of Buffalo,
New York, and they became the parents of five children : Jack and Donald, aged respec-
tively fourteen and eleven years, both born in Buffalo, New York; and William, aged
nine, Margaret, six, and Richard, four, all born in Seattle. In his fraternal relations Mr.
Stevenson is an Elk and an Eagle and he is a life member of the Arctic Club. His political
indorsement is given to the republican party but, while he keeps well informed on the
questions and issues of the day and is able to support his position by intelligent argument,
he does not seek nor desire office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business
interests which have ever been of growing importance and which now constitute an impor-
tant element of industrial activity in Seattle.


Lyman A. Griffith was a factor in the development of Seattle and its vicinity in more
ways than one. He organized the Fremont Milling Company at Fremont, of which he
was the first president. He also bought and sold city property and he erected a number of
buildings in Seattle, including the Griffith block on First avenue, near Madison.

His birth occurred in Elyria. Ohio, in 1836, and there he remained until 1853, when he
went to Michigan. Later he resided in Fremont, Nebraska, whence in May, 1888, he came
to Seattle to locate. Previous to this he had made a number of trips to the city and
being very favorably impressed with its opportunities, had purchased property here. After
settling in Seattle he engaged in buying and selling property, at one time purchasing
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twenty-nine lots on Melrose and Bellevue avenues, all of which he sold save four, which
he retained for his own home and upon which he built an attractive residence. Previous
to the fire he erected a number of buildings on First avenue and although they were

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