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an early New York family. To the Doctor and his wife have been born three sons
and a daughter, as follows: a son who died unnamed in infancy, in Muskegon, Michigan;
Marvin Clyde, who died in Seattle in 1910, when fourteen years of age ; Ruth Helen, who
is eighteen years of age, is a high school graduate and is planning a university course ;
and Donald Franklin, a lad of nine years.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Methodist church. Dr. Greiner
is a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to the Eastern Star and also
to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the ^Mountaineer Club,
a mountain-climbing organization formed by nature lovers, and he keeps in close touch
with the steady progress of his profession through his membership in various medical
associations. He has never been a strict adherent to party politics, voting according
to the dictates of his judgment regardless of party affiliation. While born of German
parents, he is proud of the fact that he is a native of America and his entire life has
displayed a public-spirited devotion to his country and her welfare. The accompanying
verses, a part of a poem written by Dr. Greiner, called "The Patriot," express his senti-
ments as to American citizenship and patriotism.


Comes there a call, like thunder peal.

Like clank of sword, like crash of steel,

To arms, — to arms, — ye native sons,

Guard country, home, and little ones.

My answer is, — my native land

I give to thee my strong right hand

So long as it can strike an honest blow

For flag, and home, or 'gainst my country's foe.

America, my native land

Shall never want for my right hand

To shield the flag, and liberty

Or fight my country's enemy.

I love thee well, O native land.

And give to thee my strong right hand

So long as it can strike an honest blow

For flag, and home, or 'gainst my country's foe.

May the God we love give peace to thee

And bless thee, Land of Liberty:

But if war comes, — and blood must flow, —

With all our might we'll strike the blow.

America, my native land,

I give to thee my strong right hand,

So long as it can strike an honest blow

For flag, and home, or 'gainst my country's foe.


Frank Oleson. who is one of the leading attorneys of Seattle, is also connected with
the commercial and official life of this city. He was born in Trondhjem, Norway, on the
6th of March, 1862, and received his education in the public schools of his native land. For
six years he followed the sea as a sailor liut in 1882 he emigrated to America and made his
way to Omaha, Nebraska, where he was employed in the postoffice until 1888. In that year
he came to Seattle and for a time worked in the postoffice here. The following year he
established the Washington Posten, now the leading Norwegian weekly in the west, and
later he became an employe in the city engineer's office. However, he desired to become
an attorney and accordingly qualified for admission to the bar. In June, 1895, he was
admitted to practice in the supreme court of Washington and is now a member of the law
firm of Willett & Oleson, the senior partner being O. L. Willett. They have gained an
enviable position at the bar of Seattle and are accorded a large, representative and lucrative
practice. They are also factors in the commercial life of the city.

Mr. Oleson was married, in Omaha, Nebraska, December 4, 1886, to Polla Strom
Oleson and their children are, Frank Jr., Alfred C., Carrie E., Harold E., Mildred E. and
Thomas R.

Mr. Oleson is a republican and was at one time prosecuting attorney of Wahkiakum
county. For several years he served ably as secretary of the board of public works and in
the discharge of his duties promoted the public welfare. He is identified with the Sons
of Norway and was chairman of the committee that erected Norway Hall, the home of that
growing organization. Probably there is no citizen of the entire northwest who has done
more to encourage the immigration of the Norwegian people to this part of America than
Mr. Oleson, nor is there any who has done more to advance their interests as American
citizens. He was the first one to publish a paper giving the advantages of this country and
Seattle in particular and devoted exclusively to the Norwegian people. For some time
he has been at work on a History of the Norwegians in The Puget Sound Country. His



religious faith is that of the Norwegian Lutheran church and he can be depended upon
to further movements seeking the moral advancement of the city. The large measure of
success which he has gained is due solely to his energy and spirit of initiative and he is
recognized as a factor of importance in the legal and business circles of Seattle.


Edward Francis Sweeney is a well known capitalist of Seattle who has spent his
entire life upon the Pacific coast and has ever been imbued with the spirit of progress
and advancement that has characterized the rapid and substantial development of the west.
He was born in San Francisco, California, on the loth of May, i860, a son of Morgan
and Mary (McSweeney) Sweeney. His education was acquired in St. Mary's College, in
his native city. He has been a resident of Seattle since 1883 and founded the Rainier
brewery, in which connection his administrative ability and executive force constituted
important elements in the successful conduct of the undertaking. As the years passed
close application, enterprise and a ready recognition of opportunities brought to him
growing success and he extended his efforts to financial fields, becoming trustee of the
National Bank of Commerce of Seattle. He is also vice president of the Chamber of
Commerce and is active in promoting the best interests of the city along those lines
which are matters of civic virtue and civic pride.

On the 1st of June. 1903. in New York, Mr. Sweeney was united in marriage to
Miss Jessie Louise Gair, a daughter of Robert Gair, of Brooklyn, New York, and the.\-
have four children. Mr. Sweeney is well known in club circles of Seattle, where his social,
genial qualities have won him popularity and gained him many friends. He belongs to tlic
Rainier, the Golf and the Seattle Athletic Clubs. He is a typical Ijusiness man of the
west, alert and enterprising. He does not possess that vaulting ambition which o'erleap^
itself, liut has never been afraid to venture where favoring opportunity has led the way.


John McAteer, actively identified with the shipbuilding industry, owns and operates
a plant on the Duwamish waterway, in which connection he has built up a business of
considerable proportions. He is one of the adopted sons of this country who have found
in the new world business conditions and opportunities leading to advancement and pros-
perity. -He was born in Ireland, December 24, 1864, and pursued his education in the
schools of that land. His father, Edward McAteer, died in Ireland at the age of seventy
years after devoting his life to the shipbuilding trade. The mother, Mrs. Rose McAteer.
who was also bom on the Emerald isle, passed away in 1914 at the notable old age of
ninety years.

Throughout his entire life Mr. Mc.'Vteer has followed shipbuilding, which business
he learned under the direction of his father in Ireland. In 1886 he left home to seek
his fortune in the new world and made his way to Seattle as a passenger on the Royal
."Mice, which rounded Cape Horn and came up the Pacific coast. This vessel carried
the steel rails for the first Madison street car line. Seattle was then a small town and
Mr. McAteer has hunted over parts of the city which arc now densely populated and
where the property has a high valuation. Throughout the period of his connection
with Seattle he has continued to work at his trade. In 1898 he was employed as foreman
by Moran & Company at the time that ships were built to go to Alaska during the gold
rush. Ten years later, or in 1908, he embarked in business on his own account and erected
the plant which he tiow owns and operates on the Duwamish waterway. This plant has a
capacity of building ships up to five thousand tons and embraces an expenditure or
investment of about thirty thousand dollars. Since starting out independently he has


gained a liberal patronage, his business growing year by year until it is now one of the
substantial and profitable industries of the city.

In 1894 Mr. McAteer returned to Ireland and married the sweetheart of his youth,
Miss Margaret McGlade, whom he brought as a bride to his home in the new world.
They have three children : Marie E., born September 30, 1895 ; James E., born in May, 1S97 ;
and George H., born August 19, 1898. The religious faith of the family is that of the
Catholic church and Mr. McAteer is connected with the Knights of Columbus. In politics
he is non-partisan, voting according to the dictates of his judgment. He has never had
occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found
the opportunities which he sought, and that he has worked his way steadily upward is
indicated in the fact that he is now the owner of property in Kitsap and King counties
in addition to his shipbuilding plant.


James Columbus Lafa.vette McKniglit, attorney at law, who has gained for himself
a well established reputation for industry, honesty and ability during his residence in
Seattle, dating from September, 1909, was born in Harlan county, Kentucky, July 26, 1870,
and is a son of John Blair and Elizabeth (Creech) McKnight, who were also natives
of the Blue Grass state and representatives of old pioneer Kentucky and Virginia families.
The father, born Marcli 8, 1845, in early manhood gave up teaching for farming, and is
still living upon a farm near London, Kentucky. He is a Civil war veteran, being among
those who helped to hold Kentucky firm in the Union by loyal service in her Home
guards. The mother departed this life at the old l>omestead March 15, 1893, on her forty-
first birthday and twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

James C. L. McKnight was the eldest of their thirteen children, nine of whom are
still living. After acquiring his preliminary education in the public schools of his native
county he attended Berea College in Madison county and, at the age of eighteen, took
up the profession of teaching, which he followed for two years in his native state and
for many years in Taney county, Missouri, to which he moved in 1890. In 1893. while
visiting his native state on account of the sickness and death of his mother, he was
elected as school commissioner of his adopted county in Missouri and served as such
for two terms. In 1896, having decided to take up the study of law, he entered the law
department of the Missouri State University at Columbia from which he graduated with
honors in the class of 1898, of which he was president during his senior year, although
he was not personally present when his LL. B. degree was conferred. On the day that
President McKinley called for volunteers to fight Spain he joined a company of volun-
teers, organized from the University Cadet Corps, of which he was a staff sergeant,
and on Alay 18, i8g8, at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, was mustered into the military
service of his country as a sergeant of Company I, Fifth Missouri Volunteer Infantry.
Soon after he accompanied his regiment to Camp George H. Thomas at Chickamauga,
Georgia, was there when he learned that his diploma had been awarded him and that
the flag of his country had bedecked his vacant chair at the commencement exercises
of his class, and remained there until hostilities between tlie United States and Spain
had ceased, when his command was ordered to Lexington, Kentucky, and thence to
Kansas City, Missouri, where it was mustered out November 9, 1898. Returning to the
university, he entered the academic and military departments for special work, but after
being elected by the entire student body to its only elective position and being commis-
sioned as a first lieutenant in the University Cadet Corps, he found that the unsanitary
conditions at Chickamauga had left him physically unable to remain longer in school.
So leaving his alma mater forever he returned to his adopted county, where he was
appointed on its board of education and where he engaged in teaching and other school
work until 1901 when he entered upon the general practice of law at Forsyth, where he
remained until he came to Seattle, and, in addition to building up a lucrative civil practice
and serving the republican organization of his county as secretary and chairman of its


central committee and as its judicial, senatorial and congressional committeeman, was
elected as prosecuting attorney for three terms. Since locating in Seattle he has devoted
most of his attention to civil practice and is now retained by a number of corporations,
including The Washington Retail Grocers and Merchants Association, for whom he was
largely instrumental in securing the enactment of the present law of this state permitting
the garnishment of municipal corporations.

Mr. McKnight has been married twice. On the first day of the present century, in
Forsyth, Missouri, he wedded Miss Dora Alta Johnson, a native of Missouri and a
daughter of Pleasant W. Johnson. This union was cut short by her death at Forsyth,
Missouri, November 2, 1906. Four sons were born of this marriage, all at Forsyth,
Missouri, as follows: Edwin Forest Thor, January 18, 1902; Murl Odin John, March 3,
1903; Don Theodore Mars, September 22, 1904; and Glaucus Leon Roscoe, March 5, 1906.
His second marriage was in Seattle, Washington, to Miss Daisy Dean Witcher, a native
of Missouri and a daughter of Ephraim Witcher. There are two children of this union,
both born in Seattle, Washington, as follows: Helen Elizabeth, July 27, 1911, and
Paula Louise, August 16, 1913. The family residence is at No. 907 North Seventy-ninth
street, while Mr. McKnight maintains an office at No. 206, Crary building.

Mr. McKnight is a Presbyterian while his wife is a Catholic. In his social connec-
tions lie is a Phi Delta Phi, a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Modern Woodman, an,
a Camel, a United Spanish War Veteran and a member of the King County Bolo Club.
He is popular in all of these various connections, having qualities which win him friend-
ship and warm regard. Moreover, his course is worthy of commendation, for his laudalile
ambition prompted him to make his own way through college and since that time his
many good qualities have won for him the respect and admiration of all of his acquaint-
ances and success in his chosen profession.


Although connected for some years with navigation interests in the northwest, Gus-
tavus A. :Morrill devoted the last years of his life to the conduct of a feed business, con-
ducting what was known as the Walla Walla Feed & Grain Store on Eighth avenue.
South, to the time of his demise, He was one of New England's native sons, his birtli
having occurred in Maine in i8-(4. He attended the public schools of Winthrop, Maine,
and afterward went to live with his uncle, Noah Currier, in Boston, Massachusetts, where
he spent some time as a student in an academy, and while a resident of that city he also
learned the shoemaker's trade. Later he went to San Francisco, California, whence he
made his way northward to Seattle in the spring of 1870. Here he became engaged with
the old Renton Coal Company and in connection with a partner, Charles True, had charge
of the work of transporting the coal across the portage from Lake Washington to Lake
Union and also transported the coal across Lake Union. He afterward purchased the
steamer Comet, which he operated on White river to the head of navigation, carrying
freight and passengers. He next purchased the Wenat with Captain Britton and after-
ward bought out his partner's interest, becoming sole owner of the boat, which he operated.
For a long period he was thus connected with shipping interests but finally disposed
of his boats and engaged in the feed business, establishing what was known as the
Walla Walla Feed & Grain store on Eighth avenue, South. There he continued actively
in trade until his demise, which occurred on the 4th of July, 1908. He won a creditable
measure of success and came into possession of a comfortable competence.

In 1873, in Seattle, Mr. Morrill was united in marriage to Miss Olive F. McCallister.
Her father, John S. McCallister, drove across the plains with a party from Kno.x county,
Illinois, reaching Oregon in 1862. Seven years later he came to Seattle and engaged in
the manufacture of brick. There may have been some one else in Seattle who engaged
in brick manufacture on a very small scale before Mr. McCallistef, but he was the first
to introduce machinery for manufacturing brick and even before this he made a large
amount of brick, becoming a pioneer in the industry in this section of the state. Subse-


quently he purchased a tract of land at South Park, now a part of Seattle. His demise
occurred on the 6th of July, 1889, when he had attained the age of sixty-five years. To
him and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Mehitabel Manly, were born five chil-
dren, as follows; Lucretia D., who gave her hand in marriage to Charles J. McAllister;
Oliver A.; Sarah, the wife of Curtis Brownfield ; Olive F., the widow of G. A. Alorrill;
and John \V. To Air. and Mrs. Morrill was born a daughter, Gustava H., who became the
wife of R. Z. LeMont.

In his political views Mr. Morrill was independent, nor did he desire political pre-
ferment. He belonged to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and to the Baptist
church and he conformed his life to his religious belief. He had great faith in Seattle,
was active in support of its public movements and projects that he believed would prove
of general benefit and at the same time he was a progressive and enterprising business
man whose well directed and thoroughly reliable efforts bronglit to him merited success.


The year 1881 witnessed the arrival of Lafayette D. Fuller, in Seattle, and when
seventeen years had passed he was called to his final rest. He came to the northwest
from Newton, Iowa, but was born at Nunda, New York. He was a brother of James
Fuller, an attorney, who also came to the northwest about i88i and after practicing
law for some time purchased the Snoqualmie hop ranch.

On his arrival in this section of the country Lafayette D. Fuller began loaning money.
He afterward purchased a farm at Black River Junction and was identified for a period
with general agricultural pursuits. He also continued his activities in Seattle and built
the first two houses at Blanchard and Fourtli streets. He also bought a brickyard and
furnished the brick for the New York block. He had great faith in the city, was always
active in its interests and did much for its upbuilding. He was one of the investors m the
first street railway and his loans to various enterprises and individuals proved an element
in business progress.

In 1891 Mr. Fuller was united in marriage to Mrs. Rachel Phillips, a daughter of
T. A. Jones, who came to the northwest in 1883 from Fairbury, Illinois. He purchased
property in various sections of Seattle and was the owner of much valuable real estate.
At one time in addition to several valuable pieces of city property lie had over eight
hundred acres of land in and near the city for he believed that tliis would rise rapidly
in value. Both Mr. Jones and Mr. Fuller invested in tide flat lands. The former married
Miss Minerva Darnell, a daughter of V. M. Darnell, who came from Illinois to the
northwest. Mrs. Jones was born in Kentucky. Her daughter, Mrs. Fuller, came to this
section of the country from Lincoln, Nebraska, and here married. Througli a happy
married life of seven years Mr. and Mrs. Fuller traveled life's journey together and
were then separated by the hand of death, when, on the 4th of August, 1898, Mr. Fuller
passed away. He was a democrat in his political opinions and a Mason in his fraternal
relations, his life being an exemplification of the spirit of the craft which is based upon
a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind.


Dr. Francis M. Carroll, who since 1896 has engaged in medical practice at Seattle,
was born September 21, 1869, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a son of Patrick P. and Sarah
J. T. Carroll, the father an attorney at law, who at the time of the Civil war espoused
the cause of the Union and aided in tlie defense of the old flag.

Dr. Carroll acquired his primary education in the schools of New Orleans, Louisiana,
and afterward attended the public schools of Olympia, Washington. Later he was a
.student in a business college and in the winter of 1889-90 attended the University of


Washington. Early in his business career he became identified with the hardware trade
and was thus connected with commercial interests botli in Olympia and in Seattle in 1879,
but, thinking to find a professional career more congenial, he took up the study of medi-
cine in the Cooper Medical College of San Francisco, from which he was graduated with
the class of 1896. He then opened an office in Seattle and during the years of his con-
nection with the profession in this city has made continuous progress. He was city
physician and health ofiicer for Seattle for three and a half years, entering upon the
duties of that position in 1899 and retiring in 1902. In 1904 he was chosen coroner of
King county and served for two terms, or until 1908. These have been the only ofl'ices
which he has held and they have been along the path of his profession. He has concen-
trated his eftorts upon the private practice of medicine and surgery and is called for pro-
fessional aid into many of the best homes of the city.

On the 8th of January, 1900, in Seattle, Dr. Carroll wedded Miss Ida Suttliofif, a
daughter of George Sutthoff, formerly of Cincinnati, now deceased. The four children
of this marriage are: Francis M., Gerhard S., Joseph Talbot, and Robert P.

The family 'are communicants of the Catholic church and Dr. Carroll holds niember-
sliip with the Knights of Columbus, in which he has held office. He was at one time
identified with the Knights of Pythias and is a member of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks. His political support is given the republican party and in local military
circles he is well known. He served as a private of Company B in the First Regiment
of the Washington National Guards from 1888 until 1891, was commissioned a first
lieutenant in the medical corps of the Washington National Guards in 1898 and at the
present time is chief of stafif of the medical department with the rank of major. He is
a member of the King County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Society
and the American Medical .■\ssociation and is also connected with the Seattle Athletic
Club and the Metropolitan Lumberman's Club. In every relation of life he has borne
himself with signal dignity and lienor, and the service which he has rendered to his
fellowmen and to the public in military and political connections has made him wortliy of
mention with the representative residents of his city.


William H. McGrath, vice president of the Pugct Sound Traction. Light & Power
Company, having charge of all operations of the company on Puget Sound, is a Harvard
man who in adapting university training to the practical affairs of life has found
the secret of growing success and advancement. He was born in Quinc3', Massachusetts,
July 26, 1879, a son of Henry and Katharine McGrath. He supplemented public school
training by study in .'^dams Academy at Quincy, Massachusetts, until he reached the
age of eighteen years, when he became a student at Harvard, where he pursued an
engineering course and won his degree upon graduation with the class of 1901. Immedi-
ately afterward he entered the employ of Stone & Webster of Boston and gained experi-
ence in every department of the office work there. In 1902 he removed to Houghton.
Michigan, as an electrical engineer, subsequently becoming superintendent of the Hougliton
County Electric Light Company about 190.3. Two years later he was made manager
of the Houghton County Traction Company and the Houghton County Electric Light

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