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to the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Improved Order of Red Men, while in politics
he is independent, voting for the candidates whom he regards as best qualified for office.
He comes of an ancestry which, in its lineal and collateral branches, has for several
generations been strictly American, and he is one of Seattle's most respected and substantial
citizens, thoroughly alert to the interests of the country and ready at all times to stand by
his convictions.


Lyman Talcott Banks, sales agent at Seattle for the United States Steel Products
Company, was born at Muscatine, Iowa, on the 28th of August, 1883. His father. General
Lyman Banks, removed to Seattle in 1889, and in 1890 the family followed, so 'that our
subject became a pupil in the public schools of this city when a lad of seven years. He
passed through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school with the class
of 1902 and later he attended the University of Washington for two years. At the end of
that time he went east and became a student in Cornell University at Ithaca, New York,
in which he spent two years. When his work there was completed he returned to Seattle
and became connected, as junior engineer, with the United States engineering department '
at Fort Worden, spending his time in that way until 1907, save for the period which he 1
passed in Alaska, where he practiced civil engineering. In 1907 he became deputy county [
engineer for King county and occupied that position until May, 191 1, when he became .
contracting engineer for the American Bridge Company of New York. That position he '
occupied until October, igii, when the United States Steel Products Company was formed 1
to combine the selling interests of the United States Steel Corporation on the Pacific coast. ;
They then took over the business of the American Bridge Company. Since 191 1 Mr. Banks
has been sales agent at Seattle for the United States Steel Products Company, in which '
connection he has built up a business of large and gratifying proportions. ;

On the 25th of April, igi2, in Seattle, Mr. Banks was united in marriage to Miss Olive i
Virginia Hall, a granddaughter of W. A. Bell, one of the first three original settlers in
this city. In his political views Mr. Banks is a republican and wide reading keeps him I
in touch with the trend of modern thought along political lines. He belongs to the Military
Order of the Loyal Legion and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the Seattle
Athletic Club, the Engineers' Club and the Transportation Club. The social qualities in his 1
make-up render him popular in these different organizations, but he allows no outside
interests to interfere with the faithful performance of his business duties and he is a most
trusted and capable representative of the large corporation with whicli he is now identified


Fred C. Kilbourne. manager of the Model Laundry Company, was born September 8.
1870, at South Natick, Massachusetts, a son of Charles A. and Ophelia (Sawyer) Kilbourne.
the former a native of Canada and the latter of Ohio. The Kilbournes settled in Connecti-
cut in 163s, and Fred C. Kilbourne is of the ninth generation to live in this country. There
is now a very large relationship throughout the New England states. There were eight
sons who came with their parents, Captain Thomas and Mrs. Kilbourne, from England,
and one of these, the great-grandfather of Fred C. Kilbourne, removed to Canada, so
that Charles A. Kilbourne became a native of that country. For a number of years the
father engaged in merchandising at Wellesley, Massachusetts, and there passed away about
1879, having for some time survived his wife, who died about 1874 when their son, Fred,
was but three years of age. In the family were five children, of whom Fred C. was the
third in order of birth.

He obtained his early education in the public schools of Ohio and entered business
circles in connection with mercantile interests at Kent, Ohio, where he remained for several


years. He then went upon the road as a traveling salesman, spending about five years in
that connection, and in 1900 he arrived in Seattle, where he became identified with the
laundry business. He was at first an employe of the Cascade Laundry, doing clerical work,
and in 1903 he accepted a position with the Model Laundry as manager, in which position
he has since continued. This business was about the third established in the city and under
the direction of Mr. Kilbourne the trade is steadily growing and patrons are thoroughly
satisfied because of the excellent work done in the establishment.

In 1898, in Kent, Ohio, Mr. Kilbourne was married to A-Iiss Minnie S. Smith, a
daughter of S. V. Smith, who was a master car builder of the Erie Railroad and died a
few years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Kilbourne have two children : Frederick C, twelve years
of age, now in school, and Elizabeth L., four years old. In politics Mr. Kilbourne has
always been a republican and votes and works for the good of the party, believing that its
principles contain the best elements of good government. Whatever success he has achieved
or enjoyed has come to him entirely through his own efforts and perseverance and energy
have brouglit him to the place which he now occupies among the capable business men of
his city.


Roy B. McClinton, an able attorney of Seattle, was born in Carson City, Nevada, May
10, 1876. His father, the Hon. James G. McClinton, was a native of Illinois and became a
pioneer miner and prospector of Nevada, to which state he removed in 1850, making the
journey with ox teams. During his residence there he was a prominent attorney and served
as judge of the circuit court for many years, his record on the bench constituting one of
the bright pages of the judicial history of that state. He was also a member of the commis-
sion that framed the constitution of Nevada. He had been left an orphan when quite
young and had made his own way in the world from his boyhood. His paternal ancestors
came to America from Scotland before the Revolutionary war and settled in the Carolinas,
while representatives of the name in later generations were all pioneers, removing westward
as the country developed. In keeping with this family tendency, James G. McClinton, in
1879, left Nevada and went to San Francisco, where he was successfully engaged in mining
enterprises and in the brokerage business. In 1886 he removed to Quilcene. Washington,
where he secured a homestead, but his ability again led to his selection for public office,
for in 1891 he was elected judge of the superior court of Clallam and Jefferson counties
and served in that capacity for eleven years. He was also connected with the first state
legislature of Washington as head of the engrossing department and his public service
continued also in the state senate. He has ever been a republican and has long been active
in connection with local, state and national political affairs. He came to Seattle in 1013
and has since lived retired. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Helen Brandon, was
born in Madison, Wisconsin, a daughter of Z. P. Brandon, a California pioneer who removed
to that state when his daughter Helen was but five years of age. They made the journey
over the Oregon trail with the usual hardships and trials incident to such a trip in pioneer
times. Mr. and Mrs. James G. McClinton were married at Latrobe, California, March 12,
1866, and by their marriage they became the parents of seven children, four of whom yet
survive. Among these children there were two sets of twin boys. The first twins are
Amberson L., now a commercial traveler residing at Lake Forest Park, Washington, and
Myron G., a printer living in San Francisco. The second set of twins were Roy B. and
Ray, the latter a dentist practicing at Launceston, Tasmania. Both pursued their education
in the grammar and high schools of Port Angeles, Washington, being graduated from the
latter with the class of 1895. Our subject then entered the University of California and
won the LL. B. degree in 1901, while his twin brother graduated from the dental department
in 1902.

Following his graduation Captain McClinton entered upon the active practice of law
in connection with his father at Port Angeles, where he remained for four years, continuing
in active practice under the firm name of McClinton & McClinton. In the winter of 1005
he removed to Seattle and became associated with the Title Trust Company in the abstract


department as examiner of court records, remaining in that position for four years. In
1909 he was appointed to a position in the office of the city corporation counsel, where he
has since remained, filling the position known under the civil service ruling as chief clerk.
He has steadily advanced in his professional career and now occupies a position of large
responsibility and importance. He is also a stockholder in and the secretary and legal
adviser of the R. D. Willson Hardware Company of Port Angeles.

On the 20th of September, 1905, in Port Angeles. Washington, Mr. McClinton was
joined in wedlock to Miss Mary J. Willson, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of
R. D. Willson. They have three children, namely: Douglas B., who was born June 24,
1906; Helen H., whose birth occurred February 28, 191 1, and Lillian M., born September 9,
1914. All are natives of Seattle, Washington. The family residence is at No. 6102 Corliss
avenue in Seattle, while Mr. McClinton's offices are No. 732-45 Central building.

In politics Mr. McClinton is independent. He has a most interesting and creditable
military record, having been a member of the Washington State National Guard since 1907.
He joined as a private and is now serving as captain of Company A, Second Infantry,
winning his promotion by hard work, knowledge of military tactics and thorough loyalty
to duty. Fraternally he is connected with Columbia Lodge No. 2, A. O. U. W., and he
belongs also to the Commercial Club of Seattle, the Municipal League and to the Green
Lake Congregational church — associations which indicate much of the nature of his interests
and activities. He is prominent and popular among his associates and especially so among
his comrades of the National Guard.


Twice governor of the territory and the first governor of the state of Washington.
Elisha P. Ferry was born at Monroe, Michigan, August 9, 1825. He studied law there and
at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was admitted to the bar in 1845. at the age of twenty years.
In 1846 he removed to Waukegan, Illinois, where he engaged in the practice of his profes-
sion. He was the first mayor of the city of Waukegan and there he resided until July,
1869. when he removed to the territory of Washington. In 1852 and in 1856 he was presi-
dential elector for the district in which he resided. He was a member of the constitutional
convention in Illinois in 1861 and from 1861 to 1863 he was a bank commissioner in that
state. During these years he was a member of Governor Yates' staff as assistant adjutant
general, with the rank of colonel, and assisted in organizing, equipping and sending into
the field a large number of Illinois regiments. In 1869 he was appointed surveyor general
of Washington territory by President Grant, and in 1872 he was appointed governor of the
territory under same administration and was reappointed in 1876. He served as governor
until November, 1880. when he moved to Seattle and resumed the practice of his profession
as a member of the law firm of McNaught, Ferry. McNaught & Mitchell. In September.
1887, he retired from the practice of law and entered the Puget Sound National Bank as
vice president. On the 4th of September, 1889, he was nominated by the republican party
for governor of the state, and on the ist day of October of tliat year he was elected by
more than eight thousand majority.

From the day of Mr. Ferry's arrival in the territory he became one of the foremost men
in Washington, always contributing in some form to the development of the country and
assisting those who needed aid in the securing of homes and farms. He had had large experi-
ence in public aft'airs ; he was a man of unusual ability and of unblemished integrity; he was
admirably qualified to fill the place of governor of both territory and state, not only as a man
of rare capacity for business, but as a statesman who discharged with intelligence every duty
connected with the office; he was one of the people and one of the most approachable men of
the times ; he did not surround himself with the pomp of office, nor was he as governor any
less approachable than as a private citizen. He unconsciously made warm friends of those
with whom he came in contact, and did this without any effort or attempt on his part. He was
a lifelong republican in politics and was a member of the first republican convention ever
held in the United States, but in all his official and personal relations with his fellowmen



he so conducted himself that he merited and received the esteem and confidence of men of
all parties in all sections of the territory and state. On the 4th of February, 1849, Mr. Ferry
was married to Sarah B. Kellogg, a daughter of Dr. David Kellogg, of Waukegan, Illinois.
He died at Seattle on the 14th day of October, 1895, regretted and mourned for by the entire


Percy C. Shanstrom. occupying the important and responsible position of manager of
the .Alaska building, was born in St. Paul, Nebraska, August 18, 1885. His father. Perry G.
Shanstrom, a native of Sweden, came to the new world in 1848, in company with his parents,
when but si.x years of age, the family becoming Iowa pioneers. After reaching man's
estate he turned his attention to merchandising and was quite successful during his active
business career. He spent a considerable period in St. Paul, Nebraska, becoming a resident
of that state in 1883. He was also an early settler of Colorado, following mining at Cripple
Creek and other well known mining points in that state. He married Addie Riddle, a native
of Illinois, who traced her ancestry back to the Isle of Man, her forefathers being early
American settlers. They participated in the Revolutionary war and in the War of 1812
and the great-grandfather of P. C. Shanstrom met a tragic death, being scalped by the
Indians. His children, however, were saved through the intervention of the wife of Daniel
Boone. Mrs. Shanstrom died in the year 191 1 at St. Paul, Nebraska.

Percy C. Shanstrom was the third in order of birth in a family of five children and
pursued his education in the public and high schools of St. Paul, Nebraska, being there
graduated with the class of 1903. A little later he came to Seattle, arriving on the 4th of
November, 1905, and his first position in this city was that of clerk with the Century
Company, then owners of the .Alaska building. He started in with a salary of forty dollars
per month and he has since gradually worked his way upward, his capability and fidelity
winning him advancement until in April, 1915, he was made manager of the building,
which in the meantime has changed ownership on several occasions. His business worth,
however, has been recognized in that he has been retained all through these changes.

In April, 1909, in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Shanstrom was united in marriage to Miss
Evelyn Helmer, a native of Iowa and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Helmer. They
have two children, both born in Seattle, namely, Helen and Jean. The family residence
is at No. 1005 Renton avenue.

In politics Mr. Shanstrom is a progressive republican and fraternally is connected with
Arcana Lodge No. 87, A. F. & A. M. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and
belongs to All Saints Episcopal church, and his interest is always on the side of progress
and improvement, whether in behalf of the material, intellectual, political or moral interests
of the community. He is more than pleased with Seattle, having no desire to make any
other place his home, for he regards this as the young men's country. He belongs to the
Washington National Guard and he is interested in everything that pertains to progress
and improvement. During the entire period of his residence in Seattle he has been
connected with only one building and he entered upon a humble position from which he
has steadily worked his way upward to that of general manager, the .Alaska being one of
the foremost office buildings of the Sound country.


Dr. H. Eugene Allen has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and
surgery in Seattle during the past twelve years and is widely recognized as a prominent
and able representative of the profession. His birth occurred in Lyons, Wisconsin, on
the 28th of February, 1876. his parents being Francis Gain and Gertrude (Dodge) Allen,
the former born in New York in 1849 and the latter in Wisconsin in 1836. Francis G.
Allen passed away in 1900, and his widow still resides in the Badger state.



H. Eugene Allen acquired his more advanced general education as a student in the
University of Wisconsin, from which institution he -was graduated with the degree of
Bachelor of Science in 1895. To prepare for his chosen life work he then entered Rush
Medical College of Chicago, Illinois, and in 1898 received the degree of M. D. During the
following two years he served as house surgeon in the Cook County Hospital of Chicago,
and in the j'ears 1900 and igoi acted as a United States army surgeon, serving in this country
and in the Philippines. He then resigned and returned to the United States, coming in
August, igo2, to Seattle, where he has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine
and surgery to the present time, a steadily growing patronage having been accorded him,
as he has demonstrated his professional skill and ability in coping with the intricate problems
that continually confront the physician in his efforts to restore health and prolong life. He
is a valued member of the King County Medical Society, having served as its secretary,
vice president and also as a member of its board of trustees. In 1913 he was made a fellow
of the American College of Surgeons and has served as vice president of the Washington
State Medical Association.

On the 2d of March, 1904, in Seattle, Dr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Ethel
Bagley, a daughter of the Hon. Clarence B. and Alice (Mercer) Bagley, who established
their home in Seattle when it was a village of but a few inhabitants. Her father is the
supervising editor of this work. Our subject and his wife have two sons: Richard Bagley,
who was born in 1907, and Robert Mercer, whose natal year was 191 1.

Dr. Allen is a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity, having attained the thirty-
second degree of the Scottish Rite and also belonging to Nile Temple of the Mystic Shrine.
He is likewise a popular member of the Arctic Club, the College Club and the Seattle
Commercial Club. He is a man of broad views who recognizes an upright and generous
character as a standard of worth, and by conscientious and close application to a noble calling
has set an example eminently worthy of imitation.


Judge William Hickman Moore, engaged in the private practice of law at Seattle, his
ability being attested by the liberal clientage accorded him, was born in St. Louis county,
Missouri, May 26, 1S61, and is a son of George W. and Matilda Boone (Wilson) Moore.
He comes of Scotch-Irish ancestry, although he is a representative of families long estab-
lished in America. Two of his great-grandfathers went to Kentucky with the Virginia
militia during the Revolutionary war, while both of his grandfathers were soldiers of the
War of 1812. His great-grandfather Moore received large land grants from the common-
wealths of Virginia and Kentucky for services rendered in the Revolutionary and Indian
wars and Judge Moore now has in his possession deeds from these commonwealths signed
by Governors Patrick Henry and Isaac Shelby. On the maternal side he is descended from
the Boones of Kentucky.

After attending the common schools Judge Moore continued his education in the
University of Kentucky and studied law in the University of Michigan, from which he was
graduated in June, 1888, with the degree of LL. B. In August, 1888, he arrived in Seattle,
where he has smce practiced his profession. He was actively connected with the work of
the courts as an advocate until January, 1897, when he took his place upon the bench as
judge of the superior court, filling that position for a four years' term. His decisions were
strictly fair and impartial, based upon a comprehensive knowledge of the law as related
to the points in litigation. Upon his retirement from the bench he resumed private practice
in Seattle and his ability places him in the front rank among the able lawyers of the city.

Judge Moore has filled a number of public offices closely connected with framing and
executing the laws of city and state. From 1902 until 1906 he was a member of the state
senate of Washington and in March of the latter year took his place as mayor of Seattle,
remaining as chief executive for a term of two years. In March, 1914, he was elected a
member of the commission of fifteen freeholders to frame a new charter for Seattle and
was made chairman of that commission. In politics he is a progressive democrat and has


always taken an active and advanced stand in connection with municipal affairs. He
believes in the municipal ownership of public utilities and was one of the ardent advocates
of the acquisition of the Cedar river water shed and of other properties which have to do
with public convenience. He has studied closely many problems relating to the welfare
of city and state and his farsighted understanding of these has brought him to a place of
leadership where his opinions do much in molding public thought and action.

On the 2d of October, 1902, Judge Moore was married to Edith Baker Faber, and
they have one son. Judge Moore is appreciative of the social amenities of life and enjoys
membership with the Elks, the Eagles and the Red Men, in the local organizations of which
he has served as chief officer. He is also a member of the Rainier and Seattle Athletic
clubs and of the latter was president for five years.


Dr. Frank William Greiner, a distinguished representative of the medical profession
in Seattle, was born in Holland, Michigan, December 18, 1862. His father. Christian
Frederick Greiner, was born in Germany in 1832 and emigrated to America abovit
In Michigan, in 1862, he married Helena Schumacher, a native of Germany, who in the
year i860 came to the new world. They resided in Saugatuck, Michigan, for many years.
Mr. Greiner passed away at San Jose, California, from appendicitis at the age of forty-
five years, while en route to Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Greiner afterward came to Seattle,
where she lived for many years prior to her demise, which occurred in 1913, when she
was seventy-one years of age. They had a family of four sons, one of whom died in
childhood, while the other three are now residents of Seattle.

Frank William Greiner pursued his education through consecutive grades and high
school at Saugatuck, Michigan. His professional training was obtained in Rush Medical
College and in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, where he won his M. D.
degree in 1896. He was actively engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Two
Rivers, Sheboygan and Baraboo, Wisconsin, for nearly ten years and then came to
Seattle, having remained here continuously throughout the intervening decade. He has
made substantial progress in his chosen calling, concentrating his efforts upon his pro-
fessional duties with a sense of conscientious obligation that results from a recognition
of the responsibilities that come to the physician in his efforts to check the ravages of
disease and restore health.

On the 22d of December, 1888, in ^Muskegon, Michigan, Dr. Greiner was united in
marriage to Miss Alice Augusta Pew, a daughter of Wilbur F. Pew, representing a family
who were among the earliest settlers on the Atlantic coast. Tradition has it that one
member came to America in the Mayflower, and it is known that at least one served in
the American Revolution. The mother of Mrs. Greiner was a Jakway and represented

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