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promulgated, a plan that received public indorsement at the polls. In the field of engineering
he has since done notable work in connection with the tide lands and harbor plats. He
was also active in making and executing the plans for diagonal piers and slips, which
worked a revolution in Seattle's water front facilities. From iSg.s to 1898 inclusive — the
bicycle era — Mr. Cotterill as chairman of the path committee of the Queen City Good
Roads Club, as a voluntary duty of free public service, personally laid out and supervised
the construction of more than twenty-five miles of cindered bicycle paths encircling the city
and reaching out into the suburbs. For three years he had charge of their maintenance
and seven thousand bicyclists enjoyed their beauties. As the bicycle yielded to the automo-
bile, this path system blazed the routes for the boulevards of today, of which Seattle is
justly proud.

All of these and other activities naturally brought him before tlie public, and his ability
and his stand upon many questions of vital importance beginning in the territorial years
preceding 1889, early brought him to a position of leadership. The salient point in the
municipal campaign of February, 1900, had to do with the administration of the laws deal-
ing with vice and also with the granting of private franchises. It was well known that Mr.
Cotterill stood for law and order and for public ownership of public utilities, and thus it



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was tliat a non-partisan movement, which later merged with the democratic party urged
hnii to become its candidate for mayor. He was defeated yet ran more than a thousand
ahead of the ticket. Immediately afterward he resigned his position as assistant city en-
gmeer, and re-entered the professional practice of civil engineering, soon afterward forming
a partnership with his old-time employer, F. H. Whitworth. Again his party urged his
candidacy in connection with the office of congressman-at-large in 1902. He recognized
the fact that the normal republican majority was too strong to overcome, yet he made the
race, campaigning the entire state, and led the ticket by nearly three thousand votes In
1906 Mr. Cotterill was elected to the state senate and he served through the regular and
special sessions of 1907 and 1909. He was elected on the democratic ticket although his
district, the North Seattle and Queen Anne vicinity, was strongly republican and at th^ same
election gave a republican majority of two thousand to candidates for other offices. During
the session of 1907 he was one of three democrats in the state senate, which had a total
number of forty-two. The democratic senators allied themselves with the progressive repub-
licans, the combined forces having the majority in the senate. This "insurgent" group
believed that the machinery of government should change as conditions changed and that
laws should be enacted which were calculated to promote the best interests of the people
even if such laws marked new departures in the management of public affairs. Because
of the progressiveness of this majority group in the senate, of which Mr. Cotterill was a
leader, the legislature of 1907 passed the direct primary law which has since been generally
recognized as a long step toward giving the voters greater control of the state government.
Mr. Cotterill was also active in all matters that pertained to harbor improvement and did
much constructive work toward securing the Lake Washington canal. It was largely due to
his efforts that a bill was passed making an appropriation for that purpose from funds
derived from the sale of shore lands on Lakes Union and Washington. This led the way
for actual construction of the canal which had been dreamed of and hoped for for two
decades although little had been done previously in the way of actual accomplishment of
the project. Mr. Cotterill is also responsible for the setting apart of the shore on both
lakes in front of the State University grounds and all city parks and shore boulevards as
an open parkway, thus saving to the public almost the entire Seattle portion of the beau-
tiful lake front. At the session of 1909 Mr. Cotterill was again identified with the pro-
gressive and reform forces in the senate and had a great deal of influence in placing many
excellent laws on the statute books of the state. While in the state senate he was the
recognized leader in the movement which resulted in securing the local option law which
was the forerunner of statewide prohibition. He was the author of the constitutional
amendment which provided for giving women the suffrage and took an active part in its
advocacy in the campaign throughout the state prior to the election in 1910, when it was
adopted. It was also due to his efforts in no small measure that the initiative and refer-
endum was adopted in the state and there were many other laws in the interests of good
government and humanitarian principles which he aided materially in securing. In 1908
and again in 1910 he received the direct primary nomination for United States senator on
the democratic ticket and at the subsequent election by the legislature he received the votes
of democratic members, but as his party was greatly in the minority was unsuccessful.

For two decades and more Mr. Cotterill had been a force in advocacy of law enforce-
ment in Seattle and had taken a large part in general municipal affairs, and in 1912 he was
called upon to again make the race for mayor. At that time the issues before the people
were law enforcement and the public ownership and regulation of public utilities. His record
of effective work along those lines led to his election as chief executive of Seattle. He gave
the city an excellent administration and gained the commendation of all public-spirited,
law-abiding citizens but declined reelection at tlie expiration of his two-year term of office.

In 1914 Mr. Cotterill was especially active in the state-wide campaign that secured the
adoption of prohibition in Washington and this accomplishment, as the climax of twenty-
five years of special effort, he regards as the greatest achievement of his life. He has
given perhaps the largest share of his energy, time and thought to the temperance cause
for years and has counted no personal sacrifice too great if it would advance the work in
which he has taken so great an interest. His father had been an earnest temperance advo-
cate both in England and America, and George F. Cotterill was practically dedicated to



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temperance work from childhood. Since 1885 he has held membership in the International
Order of Good Templars and during the greater part of that time he has held high offices
in that organization. In 1889 he became grand secretary of the state. In 1S93 he became
a member of the International Supreme Lodge at its session in Des Moines, Iowa, and sub-
sequently represented the state of Washington at the international sessions in Boston in
189s; in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1897; in Toronto, Canada, in 1899, where he was elected
to the second highest office in the international organization; at Stockholm. Sweden, in 1002;
at Belfast, Ireland, in 1905; at Washington, D. C, in 1908; at Hamburg, Germany, in 1911;
and at Christiania, Norway, in 1914. He continues to hold the position of international
counsellor, which is second in rank in the organization. From 1905 to 1914 he was the
national chief templar of the Good Templars of the United States and is now a leading
member of the national executive committee. In 1909 he was appointed by President Taft
as one of the American representatives to the twelfth International Congress Against Alco-
holism, and again in 1913 by President Wilson to the fourteenth congress, held respectively
at London, England, and at Milan, Italy. In order to attend these various international
temperance gatherings Mr. Cotterill has made eight trips to Europe. As he has been an
observant traveler and a careful student of general conditions he has become recognized
not only as an authority upon everything pertaining to temperance work, but also on civic
and engineering progress. He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects. He
has. also traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and participated in
temperance campaigns and conventions. He has also spoken in behalf of other reform
movements and is widely known throughout the country as a champion of progress and of
moral and civic advancement. He has been an advocate of good roads, which he indorses
both as an engineer and citizen, and in November, 1900, he represented Seattle at Chicago
in the national good roads convention.

Upon the expiration of his term as mayor Mr. Cotterill resumed the private practice
of civil engineering and he is acknowledged to be one of the successful and able repre-
sentatives of that profession in this section. In his engineering career he has made some-
what of a specialty of the landscape designing of park residence districts, breaking away
from the conventional "checker-board" platting and adapting residence development to
the beauties of nature so lavishly displayed in and about Seattle. In the expansion of city
platting over nearly one hundred square miles, Mr. Cotterill's handiwork is much in evi-
dence. Such plats as Mt. Baker Park, Laurelhurst, the McGilvra replat and the recent
Carleton Park replat of Magnolia Bluff are monuments which will remain on the map
of Seattle to his skill and service. His reputation in this class of engineering has brought
engagements in other cities, notably in Portland, Oregon, and in the new cities of Calgary
and Edmonton in .\lberta. His high standing among his colleagues is indicated by the fact
that upon the organization of the Pacific Northwest Society of Engineers about 1900 he
was elected and served three years as the first secretary of that body. He is still a member
of the society and takes an active part in its work.

Mr. Cotterill was married in February, 1889, to Miss Cora R. Gorraley, who in 1877
was brought to Seattle by her parents, Henry and Orra Gormley, from Delavan, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Cotterill became the parents of a daughter, Ruth Eileen, who died when
eight years old. Although they thus lost their only child they have reared two children,
giving them parental love and care. Harry R. Forehand, the son of a deceased sister of
Mrs. Cotterill, grew to maturity in their home; and Marjorie Alice, the daughter of a
deceased sister of Mr. Cotterill, has been as a daughter to them. She is now a junior in
the Queen Anne high school. In 1907 Miss Mary E. Cotterill, a daughter of the youngest
brother of our subject's father, came to Seattle from her home in London, England, and
made her home with our subject and his wife, until her marriage in 1914 to Harry R.
Forehand.

Mr. Cotterill has always found much pleasure in the company of his own household,
to whose interests he is most devoted. He is well known in local fraternal circles, belonging
to the Masonic blue lodge, the Royal Arch chapter, the council of Royal and Select Mas-
ters, the Knights Templar Commandery, the Mystic Shrine and the Eastern Star, and he
also holds membership in the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Royal Arcanum.
For many years he was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on its



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most important committee, dealing with harbors and waterways, and especially the Lake
Washington canal. He has been an active member of the Municipal League from its
organization and also in the Seattle Commercial Club, in which he has served as a director
and is now chairman of the committee on municipal affairs. Much of his life has been
given to unselfish service, and the good of others has been paramount with him. He is
highly honored in his city and state, and the respect and esteem which is accorded him in
full measure is richly deserved. Although he values highly the commendation and goodwill
of his fellows he derives his greatest satisfaction from the knowledge that he has been
permitted to have a part in Seattle's fifty-fold development through thirty years, and that
he has been able to contribute largely to the advancement of his city along moral and
progressive governmental lines for the good of all the people.



ALSON ATWOOD BOOTH.

Alson Atwood Booth, member of the Seattle bar, was born at Trempealeau, Wiscon-
sin, in December, 1872, a son of Albert F. and Aristine (Atwood) Booth, both representa-
tives of old families of Cheshire, England, their ancestors, however, having to leave
that country about the time of the reign of James II for political reasons. Albert F.
Booth was a Civil war veteran and devoted many j-ears of his life to newspaper publication.

The family removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and there in the public schools Alson
A. Booth pursued his education. He practically grew up in a law office and read law in
both Seattle and Olympia. He arrived in this city in the early '90s and soon afterward
began his preparation for the bar, being admitted to practice in 1898. From 1900 until
1904 he was assistant local counsel for the Northern Pacific Railway Company at Seattle.
He has since continued in the private practice of law with a large clientage that connects
him with much important litigation. He is also interested in various business enterprises
elsewhere, including mining properties in Arizona which promise well.

In May, 1898, in Seattle, Mr. Booth was united in marriage to Miss Ethel M. Parke,
her father being James Parke, an old resident of this city. James Parke, a leading con-
tractor, built many of the schoolhouses in Seattle and also erected the Collins block, the
original Colman block and the city hall. For three years Mr. Booth was a member of the
National Guard of the state of Washington at Olympia. In politics he has generally given
his support to the democratic party but is not bitterly nor offensively partisan and casts
an independent ballot at the dictates of his judgment in relation to public affairs.



RUFUS H. SMITH, M. D.



Dr. Rufus H. Smith, a Seattle capitalist, whose business interests constitutea an
element in the utilization and development of the natural resources of the state and who
through sound business judgment and enterprise gained a most creditable and enviable
measure of success, passed away in February, 1916. He was born in Union. Monroe county.
West Virginia, December 6, 1851, his parents being Granville G. and Caroline A. (Clark)
Smith, the latter a great-granddaughter of the famous Major John Clark.

Rufus H. Smith attended the public, grammar and high schools of his native county and,
having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, entered the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Maryland, from which he was graduated with the
class of 1877. He then began practice in Craig, Missouri, and w-as not long in winning
substantial recognition of his ability. He continued in successful practice there until 1880,
when the tales of the Queen City and the opportunities in this section of the country
attracted him and he removed to Seattle, arriving in the northwest in 1889. He at once
opened an office and continued in practice as a physician and surgeon for six years. He was
also the chief surgeon for the Great Northern Railroad Company and for the Puget Sound
Railroad Company until 1895, when his private business interests caused him to retire from




DR. RUFUS H. SMITH



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the profession to concentrate his energies upon his other concerns. He had in tlie mean-
time made large investments in real estate, timber lands and other propert)', and his holdings
became extensive and returned to him a most gratifying annual income. He displayed
keen insight and sagacity in placing his investments and the rise in property values due
to the increased population of the country made his holdings most valuable.

On the 5th of September, 1889, Dr. Smith was united in marriage to Aliss Frances B.
Bilby, a daugliter of John S. Bilby, and they had one child, Margaret B., now the wife of
John Davis. Dr. Smitli belonged to the Rainier Club, the Seattle Golf and Country Club
and the Seattle Athletic Club. He was also a member of the American Medical Association
and of the Missouri Medical Society, of which he was once president. He had a wide
aci|uaintance in this city, where he resided throughout practically the entire period of its
upbuilding.



HARRY E. LIPPMANN.



Harry E. Lippmann is the senior partner in the firm of H. E. Lippmann & Company,
successors to Nettleton & Lippmann, in the real estate, general insurance and loan busi-
ness in Seattle. He is an enterprising citizen of an enterprising city and his well defined
plans and activities have been the expression of the spirit of the northwest. He was
born in Brooklyn, New York, April 20, 1869, a son of Adolph and Marie S. (Polk) Lipp-
mann, the former a prominent merchant of Brooklyn. He was the founder of the American
branch of the family, having come to the new world from Alsace, Germany, in 1846. His
wife's people came from England in colonial days and settled on Long Island, New York.
One of their daughters, Julie M. Lippmann, is a writer of considerable fame, her publica-
tions including "Martlia By the Day," "Miss Wildfire" and other volumes which have
been widely read.

In the acquirement of his education Harry E. Lipi)mann attended the public and
polytechnic schools of his native city until he reached the age of twenty years and, making
his entrance into business life, his first position was with the old firm of Thurber-Whyland
& Company of "New York, wholesale grocers, for whom he acted as a salesman for four
years. The call of the west, however, was to him an irresistible one and with F. Augustus
Heinze he made his way to Butte, Montana, where he engaged in mining, during which
period he made a comfortable fortune. He continued there until 1896, when the mining
excitement took him to British Columbia, where he made extensive but unfortunate invest-
ments, losing all that he had hitherto gained.

In 1901 Mr. Lippmann left British Columbia for Seattle, where he arrived with a cash
capital of Init eleven dollars. In his vocabulary, however, there is no such word as fail
and his strong determination overcomes all difficulties and obstacles. He immediately
secured a position as an insurance solicitor with Johns & McGraw, with whom he remained
for two years. He was afterward with the firm of Burns & Atkinson for one year and
on the expiration of that period formed a partnership with Clark Nettleton under tlie
firm name of Nettleton & Lippmann. From that moment success in considerable measure
has attended his efforts. In 1904 Mr. Nettleton withdrew and the business is now conducted
under the style of H. E. Lippmann & Company. The business transacted by the firm has
been of an important character. They have been active in promoting many important
realty transfers and one of their recent deals was completed in February, 1915, involving
the sale of the northeast double corner of Terry avenue and Seneca street, this being pur-
cliased by Mr. Lippmann. It is considered one of the best located apartment house proper-
ties in the city and has been in the Denny family for nearly fifty years. In 1856 President
Buchanan signed a patent of a claim, including that property, to Arthur W. Denny, who held
possession of it until his death. The only other transfer of the property before the one
recently completed was twelve years before, when it was conveyed to Arthur W. Denny.
Mr. Lippmann intends to improve the property with a ten-story modern apartment fire-
proof building as soon as plans can be completed. Mr. Lippmann is also resident manager
for the United States Casualty Company and his clientele in both tlie real-estate and
insurance business is among the largest in the city.



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In 1904 Mr. Lippmann was united in marriage to Miss Edith Smith, a native of Indiana
and a daughter of O. H. Smith, representing an old and prominent family of Greencastle,
Indiana. To them have been born four children, namely : Edith, Jean, Marie, Julie Eliza-
beth and Richard George. Mr. Lippmann belongs to the Athletic, Yacht and Auto Club.s —
associations that indicate much of the nature of his interests and recreation out of business.
In politics he is an earnest republican but not an office seeker. He and his family occupy
a beautiful home at No. 2433 Broadway, North, and are prominent in the social circles of
the city. There is no one more thoroughly acquainted with real-estate conditions and
values and the opportunities offered by the real-estate market than Mr. Lippmann and his
business has ever been of a character that has contributed to public progress and pros-
perity as well as to individual success.



FRITZ HARRI.



Fritz Harri, member of the Seattle bar, was born at Salina, Kansas, and is a son of
G. L. Harri, a farmer of that state, who, however, is a native of Switzerland. Coming to
the new world, he settled in Kansas in the early '80s. casting in his lot with the pioneer
residents of Salina. He married Margaret Grassen, also a native of the land of the .Alps,
and while living in Kansas she passed away in 1893. Twelve )'ears later, or in 1905,
Mr. Harri removed to Arizona, where he still makes his home upon a farm.

Fritz Harri acquired his early education in the little country schools of Kansas and
afterward attended the higli school at Brookville, Kansas, subsequent to wliich time he
entered the Kansas Agricultural College, where he won the Bachelor of Science degree
in 1909. Responding to the call of the west, he came to Seattle, where he pursued a course
in law at the University of Washington, being graduated therefrom with the Bachelor
of Laws degree as a member of the class of 1912. He was admitted to the bar on the
13th of June, of that year, and has since been actively engaged in practice, having his
offices in the New York building. His clientage has steadily grown in volume and im-
portance and he has already made a creditable position among the younger representatives
of the Seattle bar.

A republican in his political views, Mr. Harri keeps well informed on the questions
and issues of the day and through the persuasion of his many friends he became a can-
didate at the primary for the office of representative of the forty-second district in 1915,
on which occasion he received strong support, many standing by -him most loyally. His
religious faith is indicated by his membership in the University Place Baptist church.
High and honorable principles characterize him in every relation of life and he adheres
to the strictest ethics of his profession. He has been actuated by a laudable purpose to
progress and in his professional work has displayed a conscientious zeal and energy that
are carrying him steadily forward.



MILTON DENSMORE.



On the pages of Seattle's pioneer history appears the name of Milton Densmorc. We
are apt to think of those who have lived in Seattle since the period of the fire as among
its early residents but eighteen years before the conflagration of 1889 occurred Mr. Dens-
more had established his home in this city. He was born in Chelsea, Vermont, October 30,
1839, and his life record covered the intervening period to the 27th of March, 1908, when he
passed away. He is a son of William and Lydia Anna (Davis) Densmore, the latter a
daughter of Nathaniel Davis, and a descendant of an old New England family. The Dens-
mores are of English lineage and the first of the name in America was Joel Densmore, the
great-grandfather of Milton Densmore. who came from England and establislied his home
at Deering, Massachusetts, where Henry Densmore, tlie grandfather, was born. The latter
became one of the first representatives of the Methodist church living in that part of the



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country and was a man of marked prominence and influence. His son, William Densmore,
was a stonemason by trade. He was born at Chelsea, Vermont, and by his marriage to
Miss Lydia Anna Davis, had a family of three sons, of whom Milton was the second in
order of birth. The mother passed away in 1854, while the father survived until 1858.

Milton Densmore was a youth of about fourteen or fifteen years at the time of his
mother's demise and had not yet completed his second decade when his father died. He
pursued his education in the public schools of Chelsea and was reared upon his father's
farm, with the usual experiences that fall to the lot of the farm lad. At the age of nine-



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