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Territorial University of Washington, where he remained for six years, being graduated
with the class of 1886 as valedictorian. He first engaged in the real estate business and
contracting, but for many years he has given his attention to the study of mechanical
problems. At the Alaska- Yukon-Pacific Exposition, held in Seattle in 1909, his single
compartment press was awarded first prize, but he was not satisfied with his achievement
in inventing this machine and continued at the tasK of constructing a multiple compartment
machine that would be efficient, for he recognized the incalculable value of such an invention
to the paper-pulp industry. Manufacturers and others actively interested in that business
have for years been seeking just such a machine, and many other inventors have given
much time and study to the problem of constructing a working machine of that character
but their efforts have been unsuccessful. Mr. Alvord worked along lines radically different
from those followed by other inventors, and has been successful where they met with
failure. His machine has been subjected to tlie most rigid tests by master mechanics and
mechanical engineers and has won their unanimous praise, as it has proved eminently
practical and efficient. Those best informed in regard to the paper-pulp industry say that
one such machine will save the manufacturer five to ten thousand dollars a year. The
fact that it is automatic, requiring no attention whatever after being once started, is an




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important point in its favor. It is said that it can turn out from five to ten times as much
work as anv other machine on the market and do so with a great saving of cost and labor.
It may safely be predicted that its general use will be an important factor in keeping down
the constantly rising cost of white paper. Aside from its paramount importance to the
paper-pulp industry, it has many other uses. It is so constructed that it can automatically
briquette coal, minerals, mineral products and compounds. This has hitherto been impossible
when great pressure is required together with large output, and it means a marked saving
of time, labor and material. The machine is also adapted to extract oils and fluids, and it
is expected that it will be used in the manufacture of cottonseed oil, linseed oil, olive oil,
glucose, beet and cane sugar, mineral paints, wine, pharmaceutical compounds and fertilizers.
It is so constructed that it can be used in drying such materials as floated starch, talc,
paint nigments, brewery grains, etc.

Not only is Mr. Alvord a native of the state and a resident of Seattle for many years,
but the machine is constructed of Washington materials and built in Seattle. Capitalists
of Tacoma were so favorably impressed by the trials of the machine that they offered to
finance the erection of a factory to make the press, but financiers of Seattle informed
Mr. Alvord that he can secure the necessary capital in this city. He began the construction
of the machine with a borrowed capital of seven hundred and fifty dollars, the repayment
of which was secured by his personal property. From this beginning he has not only
completed the machine but has also fully protected his invention by patents, and he owns
nearly a two-thirds interest in the Alvord Automatic Machines Company, of which he is

president.

Mr. Alvord takes the interest of a good citizen in public affairs but has been too much
absorbed in his work to participate actively in politics. He is characterized by sterling
integrity, by remarkable powers of concentration, and by a determination that refuses
to be deterred bv obstacles. Personally he is most agreeable and has won the warm
friendship of many. It is generally recognized that his wonderful invention will add to
the fame of Seattle.



HERMAN GOETZ.

The life record of Herman Goetz proves conclusively that success is not a matter of
genius, as held by some, but is rather the outcome of clear judgment and experience com-
bined with indefatigable industry. From early manhood dependent upon his own resources,
lie has steadily worked his way upward and as a partner in the firm of Stirrat & Goetz is
one of the foremost general contractors of the Pacific northwest. He was born near
Rastatt, Germany, in August, 1867, and in that country pursued his education. He learned
the mason's trade and at the age of nineteen years came to the new world. His residence
in Seattle dates from 1888. He began doing mason work and while thus engaged formed
the acquaintance of J. R. Stirrat, with whom he entered into a partnership. After assuming
that relation they discontinued building operations to take up general contract work, which
has carried them into all sections of the northwest. They have been awarded important
contracts for paving, cement walks, sewers, water mains and planking. They figured on
the first piece of asphalt work in Seattle and twelve years ago laid out the first Renton
Hill addition to the city, involving an expenditure of about a half million dollars. They
purchased the Ferguson Hotel, which they afterward sold, and they built the Northern
Bank building, an office building of five stories, in 1907, signing up their first tenant in July
of that year. In 1912 they added five more stories to that structure. They own the
Martinique apartment at Eighth and Union streets. Southeast, and also property at the
northwest corner of Terry and James streets, which they will improve with apartment
buildings Ten years ago they purchased two hundred acres of land in West Seattle, which
they are still holding. Both own fine homes on Capital Hill, that of Mr. Goetz bemg
situated at Sixteenth and Roy streets, while that of Mr. Stirrat is at Seventeenth and
Prospect They have large holdings in the Superior Cement Company, with works at
Concrete Washington, and of that company Mr. Stirrat is one of the directors. They are



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likewise largely interested in the Seattle Sand & Gravel Company, their beds being on
the Steilacoom shore, one of the finest properties of the kind in the United States. In
addition to his other interests Mr. Goetz is a director in the Washington State Bank.

On the 26th of March, 1890, at Seattle, twenty-five years ago, Mr. Goetz was united
in marriage to Miss Carrie E. Yung and they have three children, Harry, Emil and Helen,
all at home. Mr. Goetz exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures
of the republican party but does not seek office as a reward for his fealty. He belongs
to the Arctic Club, is a Mason of high rank, belonging to the Mystic Shrine, and is a
member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. The years of his active business
career are the years which cover the epoch of Seattle's greatest development and in this
connection he has borne an important part because of his business activity, which has
featured largely in the improvement of this and other cities.

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T. W. SLOAN, M. D.



Dr. T. W. Sloan, engaged in medical practice in Seattle, was born in Tennessee on
the 30th of July, 1848. His father, James Sloan, also a native of that state, there passed
away at the age of seventy-eight years, while the mother, who was likewise born in Tennessee,
died there at the age of sixty-seven years.

Dr. Sloan became a medical student in the University of Louisville (Ky.), from
which he was graduated in 1877 with the degree of M. D. He turned to the northwest in
search of a favorable place for practice and in 1880 opened an office in Walla Walla,
Washington, where he remained until 1884. In that year he went to Arlington, Oregon,
where he remained in practice for four years, and then came to Seattle in 1888, since which
time he has followed his profession in this city, being accorded a good practice. He
maintains his offices in the Collins building and he has every scientific equipment to further
his professional work.

In 1910 Dr. Sloan was married to Miss Julia Orr, a native of Ottawa, Illinois, and
they have an attractive residence at Bellevue, across Lake Washington. The hospitality
of the homes of many friends is cordially extended them and they are now widely known
in the city. Dr. Sloan is an honorary member of the King County Medical Society and also
belongs to the State Medical Society. He is deeply interested in all that tends to bring to
man the key to the complex mystery which we call life and is constantly reading and
studying along professional lines to make his work of greater effectiveness. In politics he
is a democrat and is a believer in the Henry George system of single tax.



WILLIAM JAMES JOHN ROBERTS.

William James John Roberts is vice president of the Cotton-Eurckhardt Company,
general insurance, and is also purchasing agent of the Alaska-Pacific Fisheries Company.
The importance of his business connections at once establishes his position as one of the
foremost representatives of financial and commercial interests in Seattle, a position to
which he has advanced through the steps of an orderly progression. He has taken cognizance
of his opportunities, utilizing them to the best advantage, and his expanding powers have
made him capable of controlling mammoth affairs, the success of which depends upon marked
administrative ability.

A native of Scotland, Mr. Roberts was born April 12, 1866, and in his youth became
a resident of Oregon, where he pursued his education in the common and high schools.
His identification with Seattle dates from 1891, in which year he became connected with the
insurance business with the well known firm of Burns & Atkinson, in the Boston block.
He was with them for four years, when he removed to the fine new Mutual Life building,
in which he has since maintained his offices. He is now vice president of the Cotton-
Burckhardt Company, general insurance, of which C. A. Burckh-^rdt is the president;



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W. J. J. Roberts, vice president ; E. P. Waite, secretary, and J. R. Heckman, treasurer.
They are representatives of many of the leading companies of fire, agricultural, marine,
life and accident insurance and the newer departments of theft and automobile insurance.
The splendid business ability of Mr. Roberts has led to his cooperation being sought in other
fields and he is now purchasing agent of the Alaska-Pacific Fisheries Company, the largest
salmon packing company operating in Alaska. He likewise has a number of other important
interests, including property holdings.

In Portland, Oregon, in 1889, Mr. Roberts was united in marriage to Miss Grace Wil-
liams, a daughter of W. H. Williams, a prominent and successful architect of Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have become the parents of a daughter, Virginia. They erected a
handsome home at Orchard Beach, which is a model of everything a country mansion
should be.

In his political views Mr. Roberts is a stalwart republican. Fraternally he is connected
with Ark Chapter, R. A. M., and is a member of the Seattle Athletic Club and the Arctic
Club. He has made a notable record in his business career and yet many others have had
better educational advantages and other preparation for life's practical and responsible duties.
With him opportunity has ever called forth action and his resolute spirit is such that in his
path obstacles and difficulties have given way as the snows of winter melt before the sum-
mer sun.



THOMAS FRANK RYAN.



Thomas Frank Ryan is the president of the firm of J. W. Godman & Company, whole-
sale fruit dealers, with headquarters at Seattle, having purchased an interest in the business
in 1914. He is also president of the Ryan-Newton Company of Spokane, president and
manager of the Banana Express Company, president of the Pacific Tropical Fruit Company,
president of the United Distributors Company, of the Ryan-Virden Fruit Company, the
Virden-Currie Company, the Pearson-Ryan Company and vice president of the Oregon
Fruit Company. These various connections represent business interests that cover a large
part of the west, making him one of the foremost representatives of the fruit trade among
the Pacific states.

Mr. Ryan was born in Lewis county. New York, July 12, 1868, a son of Thomas and
Mary Ryan. The family removed to Pomeroy, Washington, where the father became quite
prominent. Thomas F. Ryan supplemented his early education, pursued in the public schools
of Lowville, New York, by study in the Lowville Academy until 1886, when he became a
resident of Pomeroy, Washington, and there engaged with the firm of Robb & Thomas,
wheat shippers, acting as manager until 1889, in which year he removed to Spokane, where
he organized tlie Ryan-Newton Company, wholesale dealers in fruits, of which company
he has since been the president. In 1902 he removed to Butte, Montana, although still
retaining his interests in Spokane, and took over the interests of the Virden-Currie Com-
pany, wholesale fruit dealers, and became president of that concern. In 1903 he removed
to Seattle and since that time his business interests have constantly e.xpanded. In 1914 he
purchased an interest in the firm of J. W. Godman & Company, which does a business of
seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year and employs thirty-five people. He still
retains the presidency of the Ryan-Newton Company of Spokane, which controls tjiirty-two
commission houses in Utah, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, doing a general
wholesale fruit, shipping and storage business amounting to between three and four million
dollars each year and employing four hundred people.

Mr. Ryan is likewise the president and manager of the Banana E.xpress Company,
having the main office in Seattle and another office in New Orleans. This company does
a wholesale business in bananas exclusively, handling about two thousand carloads per
year, distributed mostly out of Seattle, and employs twenty-five people. Mr. Ryan is the
president of the Pacific Tropical Fruit Company, with offices in Seattle and San Francisco
and having a fifteen-hundred-acre plantation at San Bass, Mexico. They are the shippers
of the only bananas grown on the Pacific coast, shipping two hundred thousand bunches
annually and employing three hundred people on the plantation. Even this does not limit



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the scope of Mr. Ryan's activities, for he is the president of the United Distributors Com-
pany, with ofKce in Seattle. -They own the Everett Produce Company of Everett, Wash-
ington, and the BelHngham Fruit Company of Bellingham, Washington, their principal
business being the shipping of fruit of all kinds out of Wenatchee, Washington, while their
employes number fifty. The Ryan-Virden Fruit Company of Salt Lake City is another
corporation of which Mr. Ryan is the president and also the Virden-Currie Company,
wholesale fruit dealers of Butte, Montana, and the Pearson-Ryan Company of Portland,
Oregon, conducting a wholesale fruit and cold storage business. He is likewise the vice
president of the Oregon Fruit Company, having ten branch houses in that state. There is
perhaps no one in the northwest whose activities in this field are more extensive or cover a
broader scope and his advancement has been along the legitimate lines of trade, resulting
from a utilization of all the opportunities which have come to him and a direct recognition
of the highest commercial ethics. The companies with which he is affiliated adhere to the
highest business standards of integrity as well as enterprise and in formulating his plans
Mr. Ryan takes cognizance of every feature of the business and has the ability to coordinate
seemingly diverse interests into a harmonious whole.

On the 1st of January, 1895, in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Ryan was joined in wedlock
to Miss Margaret A. Nosier. Her father was Captain J. M. Nosier, who came to Colfa.x,
Washington, in the early '50s and engaged in the real-estate business, becoming an extensive
property owner and also very prominent in Spokane. Mrs. Ryan was the first white child
born in Colfax, this state. By her marriage she has become the mother of four children, as
follows : F. Raymond, who is eighteen years of age and attends the University of Wash-
ington ; Homer Nosier, who is a youth of fourteen and a high school student; Hale Edgar,
who is eleven years old and attends the public school, and Margaret A., who is in her
third year.

Mr. Ryan is a well known figure in club circles on the Pacific coast. He belongs to the
Arctic Club, the Seattle Athletic Club and the Earlington Golf Club, all of Seattle. He
is likewise identified with the Elks lodge of this city and with the Chamber of Commerce,
while at Los Angeles he has membership in the Jonathan Club. While his career has pre-
eminently been that of a successful business man, he has never allowed commercial affairs
to monopolize his time and attention to the exclusion of all other interests, being a broad-
minded man in touch with the questions and issues of the day, a typical American citizen,
alert, energetic, ready to meet any emergency and not unmindful of the duties and obligations
which devolve upon him in his relations to his fellowmen and to the public.



FRIDOLTN WILHELAI.



America lias aptly been termed the land of opportunity, for in no other country is
there chance for such direct progress as the result of individual effort and merit as in the
L'nited States. This is evidenced in the careers of many notable men and finds exemplifica-
tion in the history of Fridolin Wilhelm, now a capitalist of Seattle. He was born in
Germany, September 14, 1841, and came of good German-Catholic parentage. His father
was Nathan Wilhelm, who made farming his life work and lived to the advanced age of
eighty-four years, having for a decade survived his wife. They reared a family of three
sons and one daughter.

Fridolin Wilhelm was educated in the schools of Germany and there learned the
cabinetmaker's trade. In 1858 he sailed for New Orleans, his father furnishing him the
money for the passage, and after reaching the new world he spent one winter in school in
Cincinnati. He landed, however, at New Orleans and proceeded thence to Kentucky,
where he was employed at cabinetmaking. a trade which he had learned in his native land.
It was after this that he had the benefit of a winter's instruction in Cincinnati, and on
the 1st of July, 1863, he responded to the call of his adopted country for aid and enlisted
as a volunteer of Battery E of the United States army, which was attached to the Ninth
Army Corps. He was in the battle of the Wilderness and various otlier engagements,
including the assault on Fort Sanders and the battle of Campbell's Station in eastern




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Tennessee. Foilowing the surrender of General Lee he went with his command to Wash-
ington, where he participated in the Grand Review, the most remarkable military pageant
ev'^r seen on the western continent. For a part of the time he had served as a wagoner m
the quartermaster's department, and although he was never wounded, he suffered from
yellow fever. With the close of the war his command was ordered to the Pacific coast
in 1865. and the following year was ordered to Washington territory. He continued on
active duty with the regular army until honorably discharged at San Juan island.

It was at that time that Mr. Wilhelm came to Seattle, where he engaged in carpentermg
and building. He thus became closely connected with the improvement of the city and
began making investments in real estate, which in the course of years has brought splendid
return and now places him among the capitalists of the city. In 1876 he built his first home
in Seattle on the lot now occupied by his present commodious and attractive residence.

It was in that year that Mr. Wilhelm was united in marriage to Miss Regina Bolhert,
a native of Germanv, and to them have been born three sons and a daughter: John H.,
Frank Joseph. Fritz A. and .-\nna Regina, now the wife of Fred Kroeger, of Los Angeles,
California. Mr. Wilhelm belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and to the
Grand Army of the Republic, thus maintaining pleasant relations with the boys in blue.
His political allegiance is given to the republican party, but the honors and emoluments of
office have no attraction for him. He has remained an active business man of the city
since his arrival in 1868 and recently, in connection with W. G. Norris, who is mentioned
elsewhere in this work, he has established a new city market at Third and Washington
streets. His business interests have been carefully conducted and success in substantial
measure is now his.



GEORGE W. GREGORY.



On the list of Seattle's professional men is found the name of George W. Gregory,
a University of Michigan alumnus who since 1904 has engaged in the practice of law in
this city, making steady advancement in a profession in which progress depends upon indi-
vidual merit and ability. He is a native son of the west, his birth having occurred in
Auburn, Placer county, California, April 17, 1879. His father, Nathaniel Gregory, is a
native of Indiana and removed to California about 1870, after which he engaged in mining
for many years. He won notable success but met heavy reverses through investment n\
mining properties in Alaska. He is now living with his son in Seattle. In Indiana he
wedded Mary Johnson, also a native of that state, and they became tlic parents of five
children. The mother is now deceased.

George W. Gregory, who was the fourth in the family, began his education in the
schools of his native county at the usual age and after completing tlie high-scliool course
spent a year as a student in the Stanford University. He afterward went to Ann Arbor.
Michigan, where he entered the Michigan State University for preparation for the bar and
was graduated LL. B. in the class of 1904. In the same year Mr. Gregory opened an office
in Seattle and has since successfully engaged in practice, being now accorded a large and
distinctively representative clientage. He formed a partnership with E. D. Karr. under
the firm style of Karr & Gregory, and they have been connected with much important
litigation tried in the courts of the district. Mr. Gregory is a member of both the Seattle
and the King County Bar Associations. Aside from his practice he has important busmess
connections, being a stockholder in the Citizens Bank of Georgetown and a trustee m
various important corporations of Seattle.

On the 20th of December, 1906, at Zeeland, Michigan, occurred the marriage ot Air.
Gregory and Miss Kate Baert, a native of that state and a daughter of Mr, and Mrs.
Daniel Baert, representatives of old pioneer families of Zeeland. Mr. and Mrs, Gregory
have one son, George W., who was born in Seattle August 22, 1911, The family reside
at No, 5034 Nineteenth avenue, Northeast. ^.

Fraternally Mr. Gregorv is a prominent thirty-second degrep Aiason and Mystic Shriner
and he holds membership also with the Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the Foresters of



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Seattle. He is likewise a member of the Seattle Athletic Club. In his political views he
is a republican and he attends the Presbyterian church. His interest has never been cen-
tered along a single line but has reached out wherever the welfare of the individual and
of the community is a matter of concern. A commendable feature in his life record is
the earnest purpose with which he pursued the course that he marked out in his youthful
days. He earned his own way through college and university by pursuing various occupa-
tions and also took an active part in athletics, playing on the football team of Stanford
University in igoo and of Michigan from igoi to 1903 inclusive. He never for a moment
gave up his purpose of securing a thorough and comprehensive professional education
that would constitute the foundation upon which to build professional success. He has
made an excellent record in his chosen calling, displaying all the requisite qualities of the
able lawyer— thorough preparation, clear reasoning, sound logic and correct application of
legal principles to the points at issue.



HERMAN J. LENZ, M. D.



Dr. Herman J. Lenz, a graduate of Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri, and
an active member of the medical profession in Seattle since 1906, was born in Eau Claire,
Wisconsin, January i, 1881, a son of George and Dora (Kuhn) Lenz. The father, now
deceased, was a native of Germany and came to America about 1847 when fourteen years



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