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were bor'n two children: Robert Emmet, who wedded Miss Mary Sartori ; -d E len A ..
In public affairs Mr. Russell was always deeply interested and m the year '884 became
a member of the city council, in which he served for a two years term, e.Kercismg his
offidaTprerogatives in support of many measures for the public good. He a w-ays indorsed
pUnfand proiecls which led to the upbuilding of his city and he rejoiced in what was
accomplished during the long period of his residence here.


Joseph P Creitz is president of the United States Adjusting Company, in whicn con-
nection he has a large clientage including some of the most prominent business firms and
CO poTatLn of SeatUe and other parts of the state. A native of Carnegie Pennsylvania,
he was born Udy 3.. 1880, a son of P. J. and Hannah Creitz. His youthful days were
sienn the public schools to the age of thirteen years, at which time he took upon h.m-

Tf the responsibilities of business life by securing- the situation of "J«^«^f ^ '" f^^
tel graph office He there learned telegraphy and afterward became telegraph opera o
and ticket a.ent with the Pittsburgh, Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railroad, spending a y ar
in thTt onne t on. He next went to Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania, and engaged as operator
in the Wes ern Union telegraph office, where he continued to the age of seventeen year.
He a ter^ard became telegraph operator in the superintendent's office of Armour & Com
pany and when two years had been spent in that position he was transferr d » "^ ^Jica o
of^ce as secretarv and operator to the superintendent of telegraphy with the ,^^^'J°'
pfratioi . Two v"ears later brought him promotion to a position m the P-^^^^^ Jf^^^^ ,
department and 'after a vear he was transferred to the East St. Louis house a. secretao

,?d operator lor the general manager, there remaining until ^^04 ^v -,. c.i accoun
illness he was transferred to Chicago and became operator for the ^"P^"."™"! °'
telegraphy. A year later he was made stenographer and telegraph operator in the Com


mercial National Bank, where he also spent a year, after which he engaged with the firm
of Logan & Bryan in their New York stock exchange house. When about two years had
passed in that connection he removed to Goldfield, Nevada, where he was operator in the
Stock Exchange until 1907. He next went to San Francisco, where he represented Logan
& Bryan, stock brokers of Chicago, as operator for three years, and at the end of that
time he spent one year with the International Mercantile & Bond Company. On the
expiration of that period he was transferred to the Seattle office as manager, occupying
the position for a year.

Mr. Creitz then assumed a partnership relation with the L H. Jennings Company,
and after a year bought out the interests of Mr. Jennings and changed the name to the
United States Adjustment Company, of which he has since been president and sole owner.
This company does a general adjusting business and makes collections of outstanding ac-
counts for wholesalers, jobbers and manufacturers and also keeps its clients posted on cred-
its. Mr. Creitz thus represents from forty to fifty of the leading firms of this city, including
the following : Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company, Washington Iron Works, Gal-
braith. Bacon & Company, Contractors' Equipment Company, Richmond Paper Company,
North Coast Electric Company, Globe Electric Company, Moran Engineering Company,
Seattle Paint Company, The Charles H. Lilly Company, Fisher Flouring Mills Company, New
Washington Hotel, Isaacson Company Iron Works, Angeles Brewing Company, Suess Glass
Company, H. G. Brace & Company, Imperial Candy Company, Norris Safe & Lock Com-
pany, Hofius Steel & Equipment Company, Shell Company of California, The B. F. Good-
rich Rubber Company, Bass-Hueter Paint Company, Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, Crane
Company, J. W. Leavitt & Company, J. B. Powles & Company, Pacific Ammonia & Chenj-
ical Company, Albers Brothers Milling Company, and J. T. Hardeman Hat Company.
He also represents the Sumner Iron Works of Everett, Washington, and the Puget Sound
Iron & Steel Works of Tacoma.

In Seattle Mr. Creitz was married to Miss Virginia W. Krouse, on the 28th of
July, 1914. They attend the Episcopal church and Mr.- Creitz gives his political allegiance
to the republican party, keeping well informed on the question and issues of the daj'.
He belongs to that class of representative citizens to whom advancement and success
have come through commendable and legitimate efifort. Starting out a boy of thirteen
years, empty handed, with no capital save ambition and determination, he has steadily
worked his way upward. Opportunity has been to him the spur of industry and he has
never feared that laborious attention to business which must precede ascendency. The
years have chronicled his steady progress and he is now accounted one of the successful
business men of his adopted city.


Harvey N. Rothweiler is conducting business at No. 1830 Broadway under the firm
style of Rothweiler & Company and in this connection is benefiting by the experience
which he gained in other lines of business, while the enterprise and determination which
he displays in his present connection are bringing him substantial success. He has built
up an immense trade in handling the Ford cars in the northwest and has designed what
is known as the Rothweiler Attachment, whereby he converts a Ford car into a one-ton
auto truck. He was born in New York city August 28, 1884, a son of C. F. and Matilda P.
(Meyforth) Rothweiler, who were likewise natives of the American metropolis. The
father was a merchant of New York city for a number of years and in his later life lived
retired, his death occurring in 1894. The mother survives and now makes her home in
Seattle with her children. There were three in the family, the eldest of whom is C. F.
Rothweiler, who is cashier of the firm of Rothweiler & Company. The other son, Walter,
died in New York city in 1890.

While the family were residing in New York Harvey N. Rothweiler pursued his
education in the public schools there and continued his studies at the Oak Lake school
after tlie removal of the family to Seattle. He became a resident of tlie northwest in


189' and after his schooldays were over went to Alaska with his brother, C. F. Rothweiler.
He was a newsboy at the age of fourteen years, selling the San Francisco Examiner, for
which he received the price of a dollar and a half per copy and if it had been published
three months before it was regarded as a late copy of the paper in Alaska. Mr. Roth^
weiler was at Dawson and at Fairbanks in 1906 and engaged in mining at the latter place
until 1909 He then returned to Seattle and entered the automobile business, m which
he has since continued, building up a large trade in this connection. He has always handled
the Ford car and his sales have reached an immense figure, for the popularity of the car
which he handles is as great in the northwest as in other sections of the country. More-
over he has added to the car what is known as the Rothweiler Attachment, which con-
verts it into a truck with a ton carrying power. He is ever alert to the opportunities of
the trade, is energetic and enterprising, and his well directed labors have brought to him

substantial and growing success. ,,„,-, -^a

On the 9th of September, 1906, at Fairbanks, Alaska, Mr. Rothweiler was married
to Miss Orpha Anne Frazier, a daughter of Cassius and Belle Frazier, of that place. Her
father was attorney general of Arizona at one time and is now city attorney of Cordova,
Alaska The mother survives and makes her home in Seattle. Mr. and Mrs. RoAwe.ler
have two children, Jean and John, aged five and two years respectively. Since 1892 Mr.
Rothweiler has resided in Seattle and has witnessed the wonderful growth ol the city.
He is a lover of the northwest and regards Seattle as the most attractive residence spo
on the face of the globe, being always glad to return after business or other interests call
him elsewhere for a time. He belongs to the Seattle Golf Club, the Seattle Athetic Club
and the Arctic Club and is a member of the executive committee of the Washington Auto-
mobile Chamber of Commerce. In politics he is an earnest republican, but does not demand
office as a reward for party fealty. In matters of progressive citizenship, however he is
deeply interested and at all times he seeks to further the progress and upbuilding of Seattle
and this section of the country.


Eben Sumner Osborne is at the head of the abstract f^rm of Osborne, Tremper &
Company, Incorporated, at Seattle. He was born at Fall River, Massachusetts May 19,
:8s6 a son of Eben and Mary J. (Barr) Osborne. The ancestry of the family can b
traced back to England, whence representatives of the name came to the new world at
he ciose of the seventeenth century and settled in Plymouth county, Massachusetts. Mem-
bers of the family fought on land and on sea in the war for independence, as well as in
thTwar of 1812, and two of the uncles of Eben S. Osborne participated m the Civi wa
in the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, one of them being wounded in the battle ot

^' EbTn Osborne, father of Eben S. Osborne, was born in the Scituate Light House near
Plymouth Massachusetts, where his father kept the light for twenty-five years. Eben
Osbrne Sr, died in 1858 at the age of thirty-three years when his son and namesake
was bu' two years of age. As a boy he made trips in Cape Cod fishmg craf s and wa
later nterested in the whaling industry, sailing out of New Bedford. He was for a while
finncrally interested in the ship John Jay, and at the time of his death ^e was engaged
in the drug business at Fall River, Massachusetts, his store becoming the headquarters of
he New ledford whalers. His wife was of Scotch-Irish parentage on the paternal s de
a^id her father was a tailor of Lowell, Massachusetts. Mrs. Osborne was a well educated
woman and possessed marked determination and energy which c^aracteris ics she di -
played when in i86s, she left her home in the. east and with her small son, then nine years
of age, star ed for^Uie northwest. They joined the Mercer party and on the steamsh p
Contfn;ntal traveled around South America and through the Straits of Ma^e " ° ^
Francisco, later making their way northward, arriving in Seattle about the ist of June,

'^"^^At the usual age Eben S. Osborne began his education in the excellent public schools


of Lowell and after coming to the west his opportunities were somewhat limited, although
he attended the Territorial University until he reached the age of eighteen years. He
entered the law office of the late Judge William H. White and about 1877 became a member
of the Seattle bar. He formed a partnership with Isaac M. Hall, with whom he practiced
for a short time, and when his association with Judge Hall was discontinued remained in
practice alone. In 1878 he was appointed city clerk and occupied that position until the
summer of 1885. He had several excellent offers to enter the offices of prominent lawyers
of Seattle, but concluded to accept a contract to complete a set of abstract of title books,
which he afterward purchased and which constituted the foundation of a business that
is now conducted under the name of Osborne, Tremper & Company, Incorporated. He
has also become interested in the Seattle Trust Company, of which he is the vice presi-
dent and a director, and is also vice president of the Washington Title Insurance Com-
pany and one of its trustees. His business interests have thus become extensive and of
an important character. He has gradually worked his way upward until in his present
connections he occupies a prominent place in the business circles of the city.

On the 5th of March, 1879, in Puyallup, Mr. Osborne was united in marriage to
Miss Carrie Meeker, a daughter of Ezra and Eliza J. Meeker. Her father is well known
for his many activities. He became a pioneer of the northwest in 1853 ^"d for a long
period followed farming and merchandising. Recently he has retraced the old Oregon
trail and is now seeking to have congress make permanent this old thoroughfare. He is
the author of a number of interesting books and is not unknown on the lecture platform.
Although now eighty-four years of age, he is still active and his work is resultant. To
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne have been born four children. Eben Sumner, Jr., who married
Roxy Mendenhall, a niece of J. R. Justice, of Seattle, and has two children, has a large
ranch not far from Seattle, where he is dealing in dairy products. His father is also
interested in the enterprise. Ezra Meeker Osborne is employed by the firm of Osborne,
Tremper & Company. Cora is the wife of the Rev. Hugh Elmer Brown, pastor of the
Pilgrim Congregational church of this city, and they have two sons. Olive is a graduate
nurse of Cooper Hospital of Camden, New Jersey, where she is now located, having charge
of the surgical ward.

A Presbyterian in religious faith, Mr. Osborne belongs to Westminster church, of
which he was one of the founders. He is most earnest in Sunday school work and in
fact all of his activities outside of his business are in relation to the church. In politics
he is primarily republican, but is somewhat liberal and largely independent in his views.
He is in sympathy with the progressive movement of the party and is a great admirer
of Theodore Roosevelt. At one time he was a Knight of Pythias and became chancellor
commander of his lodge, but is no longer affiliated with secret societies outside of a few
insurance orders. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Pioneer Association. He
became a member of the Home Guards during the Chinese riots in Seattle in 1887 and
afterv.'ard enlisted in the National Guards of Washington, serving as first sergeant of
Company E. He is now identified with the Commercial Club and the Municipal League
and is interested in all that pertains to the welfare and progress of the city and especially
to its development along moral lines.


Alfred Emerson Knoff was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, May 2, i88j, and is the eldest
son of John J. and Nellie M. Knoff. W^ith his parents he came to Seattle in the fall of
1883, when the Northern Pacific Railway Company extended their railroad to the Pacific
northwest. He attended the Seattle public schools, and by carrying newspapers after
school he earned enough money at the age of thirteen to enter the Acme Business College.
Three days after finishing his course and at the age of fourteen he entered the employ of
the Seattle Hardware Company, as office boy. After three years spent in the hardware
business he was hired as clerk by O. D. Colvin, then sales agent for the Washburn-Moen
department of the American Steel & Wire Company, the latter concern having just been



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formed by John W. Gates. This was in the year 1900. In April, 1904, and at the age of
twenty-two, he had worked his way up to manager of the Seattle oifice of the above com-
pany, which enjoys a very large business in this territory and Alaska. The American
-Steel & Wire Company is a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation, whose sell-
ing organization on the Pacific coast is under the name of the United States Steel Prod-
ucts Company. Mr. Knoff's present official title is sales agent, and he controls, through
his high reputation, fair dealings and enviable popularity, a large and growing business.

On June 9, 1903, in Seattle, Mr. Knoff was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Filkins, a
daughter of the late Dr. John W. Filkins and Mrs. Clarinda E. Filkins, residing in this
city, both early residents of Seattle. They now have one son and two daughters, namely,
John Filkins, Dorothy and Margaret, who are eleven, six and three years of age

IVIr. Knoff and his family reside, when in the city, at their home on Queen Ann Hill,
the district where in the early days he made enough money carrying newspapers after
school to go to business college, and in the summer he spends his time outside of business
hours with his family at his country home at Three Tree Point.

While very modest in his ways, Mr. Knoff takes a keen interest in civic and club
life. He is a member of long standing in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and has
just completed a three year term as trustee. He is very popular in club life and is a
member of the Rainier Club, Arctic Club, Seattle Athletic Club, Seattle Golf Club and
Earlington Golf and Country Club. He is a Mason of high degree, belonging to both the
York and Scottish Rites, and also belongs to the Mystic Shrine. He possesses the charac-
teristic enterprise of the west and in all that he undertakes, whether of a business or
public nature, wins success.


Daniel Kelleher is a well known representative of banking interests in the northwest,
being active in the control of several of the strong financial concerns of Seattle and other
cities of the Sound country. A far-sighted and resourceful business man, thoroughly
conversant with every phase of banking, he has built his success also upon a knowledge
of law, which has been of immense benefit to him in the conduct of his affairs. It was his
original purpose to become a member of the bar, but he changed his plans and Seattle's
banking interests have greatly benefited thereby.

Mr. Kelleher is a native of Middleboro, Massachusetts, born February 5, 1864. After
attending the public schools of his native state he continued his education at Harvard,
where he won the Bachelor of Arts degree with the class of 1885. Having prepared for
the bar, he entered upon active practice, but turned from that profession to banking and
with the passing years his interests have increased in volume and importance. He is now
active chairman of the board of directors of the Seattle National Bank and gives the
major portion of his time to the duties of that position. He is also president of the Bank
of Commerce of Everett, the Bank for Savings in Seattle and the Bank of Commerce of
Anacortes, and in all of these is a large stockholder, being now a director and officer in
four of the important banks of the northwest. He is likewise interested in the lumber
trade and is president of the Riverside Lumber Companj-.

On the 26th of April, 1894, in Seattle, Mr. Kelleher was married to Miss Elsie Campbell
Miller, a daughter of General Gilbert S. and Nannie Rose Miller. Her father served on
the staff of General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil war. The children of this mar-
riage are: Hugh Garland Miller, twenty years of age, now attending Harvard College;
and Campbell, who is in school at Pomfret, Connecticut. The religious faith of the family
is that of the Roman Catholic church.

Mr. Kelleher is very prominent in club circles, holding membership with the Rainier,
Country, College, Athletic, Golf, Arctic and Harvard Clubs of Seattle and New York.
His political indorsement is given to the democratic party and he has recently been
appointed by Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo a member of the committee to arrange
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for the visit of the financiers of this country to South America. For twenty-five years
he has made his home in Seattle and five years ago he purchased Mount Airy, a famous
estate of twenty-four hundred acres, in the valley of Virginia, formerly the property of
John G. Aliller, father of General Gilbert S. Miller. He visits this estate once or twice
each year. One of the strong elements in his success has been the marked discrimination
which he has made in placing his investments. He seems to readily comprehend tlie possi-
bilities, opportunities and difficulties of a business situation and avoids the latter while
improving the former. To know when and where to use his powers and just what oppor-
tunities to embrace is often the salient feature that carries the successful man beyond
his fellows and enables him to become a power in his chosen field.


G. Henry Whitcomb became the pioneer in the manufacture of envelopes and through-
out his life retained the position of the foremost representative of that great industry in
the country. But while he retained his residence and manufacturing interests in the east
he became identified with the business life of Seattle and as such left his impress upon its
history. He was born in Templeton, Massachusetts, September 26, 1842, a son of David
and Margaret (Cummings) Whitcomb. He was fortunate in being surrounded in his
youth by the refining influences of a good Christian home, notwithstanding the rigid dis-
cipline that was exerted in New England at that time, when force and not persuasion was
the ruling element. In 1854 the father removed his family to Worcester, where he resided
until his death, which occurred in 1887. There Mr. Whitcomb attended the Thomas Street
school and later he became a student in Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts,
where he was graduated in the class of i860. About the time the Civil war broke out
he became a student in Amherst College and was graduated therefrom with high honors
in the class of 1864.

It was immediately afterward that Mr. Whitcomb became connected with the busi-
ness of envelope manufacturing, in which connection he built up a business of extensive
proportions. The enterprise became one of the mammoth industries of New England
and although many of the United States patents on envelope machines have been granted
to Worcester inventors, it was Mr. Whitcomb who turned inventive genius into construc-
tive channels and in the face of countless obstacles developed a new and extensive industry.
The first machine built to manufacture envelopes was very crude in character and imper-
fect in workmanship. Its inventor was Mr. Whitcomb's first employe. Mr. Whitcomb
realized the value of the invention even though the project was then in embryo and with
the passing years his business made such strides along the line of improvement and progress
that it became the largest concern of the kind in the world. A contemporary biographer
wrote of him in this connection :

"To Mr. Whitcomb's remarkable success in the envelope business his many qualities
contributed. He started on the broad foundation of absolute integrity and never allowed
a dishonest act or unfair move, no matter how bitter the competition, to mar his repu-
tation for fair dealing. He was gifted with clear judgment and had the will and unruffled
patience and perseverance to follow that judgment. Further, he knew how to train men to
assist him. Many of them left him at most inconvenient seasons but he never failed to
pick men from the ranks to fill their places. In Mr. Whitcomb's employ, more than in
that of any other manufacturer, the men most prominent in the envelope world have been
trained and developed, many of them starting with him as mere boys. Such men as the
Swift brothers, James Logan, John S. Brigham, subsequently founders of the Logan, Swift
and Brigham Envelope Company, Charles W. Gray, later of the New England Envelope
Company, John R. Sherman, later of the Sherman Envelope Company, Byron Emerson
of the American Envelope Company, Frederick A. Bill, of the Springfield Envelope Com-
pany, Ezra Waterhouse of the Worcester Envelope Company, and many others obtained
their training and experience by their association as clerks and heads of departments of
G. Henry Whitcomb & Company."


While Mr. Whitcomb gained the foremost position as an envelope manufacturer, this
by no means covered the scope of his activities, for he proved equally capable in the estab-
lishment and management of various other business concerns. He became interested in
banks and trust corporations in the development of farming interests and in many other
enterprises, all of which he successfully managed. His sound judgment enabled him to
readily recognize the possibilities of a business situation and utilize each opportunity in a
most effective way. He ever realized the value of real-estate investment and found pleas-
ure in handling the developing property. After disposing of his envelope business he
devoted much of his time to real estate. He became the owner of various stores, office
buildings and warehouses in Pueblo, Colorado, and at one time owned si.x improved

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