Clarence Bagley.

History of Seattle from the earliest settlement to the present time (Volume 3) online

. (page 67 of 142)
Online LibraryClarence BagleyHistory of Seattle from the earliest settlement to the present time (Volume 3) → online text (page 67 of 142)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

dnd also as a political leader in the localities in which he resided. His last days were
spent in South Dakota, where he passed away in 1892 at the age of sixty-five years. His
wife, a native of South Bend, Indiana, was a classmate of ex-Vice President Schuyler
Colfax and died in 1895 at the age of sixty-three years.

The removal of the family to Illinois made C. C. Bras a pupil in the public schools
of New Boston, that state, and after pursuing liis high school studies he continued
his education in the State Norma! School at Normal, Illinois. He then turned his atten-
tion to tlie profession of teaching, which he followed in Illinois for five years. Realizing
the need of educating the profession along lines of school development, progress and
opportunity, he became connected with the publication of educational journals and has
thus been identified since 1890. For fifteen years he was the editor of the South Dakota
Educator, a paper of much value to the profession. In 1908 he came to Seattle, having
previously purchased the Northwest Journal of Education published in this city. He took
charge of the paper on the i6th of December, 1908, and brought forth his first issue of tlie
journal on the ist of January, 1909. Long experience in this field has shown him tlie
needs of the schools and close study of professional conditions has brought to him a
knowledge of the opportunities that lie before the teacher. He has made his paper of
great value in instructing tlie teacher in improved methods and bringing before him
advanced ideas relative to educational work, and the recognition of the value of his paper
is shown by the large patronage accorded it. He is the editor and manager and also one
of the stockholders of the Northwest Journal of Education and of the company which
owns the paper he is the president and treasurer, while his lirothcr, H. L. Bras, living in
Everett, is the vice president. The journal now has a circulation of about four thousand
in Washington and Alaska and a scattering circulation over many other states.

Mr. Bras has been married twice. On the ist of March, 1889, he wedded Emma
Hodgson, of Wisconsin, and they had a son, Alaric H., who was born April 9, i8go.


The wife and mother died in 1895 at the comparatively early age of twenty-six years, and
in igo2 Mr. Bras married again, his second union being with Katherine Ward, of Mitchell,
South Dakota. They have two children : Clarice C, born June 13, 1903 ; and C. J., born
August 19, 1910.

Mr. Bras belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity and when he left South Dakota
was grand vice chancellor of the order in the state and was in line for the grand chancel-
lorship. From May, 1888, until 1890 he was colonel commanding the Sons of Veterans
for North and South Dakota. In his political allegiance he is a stalwart republican and
has served as a member of the King County Central Committee. He does everything in
his power to further the interests of the party, believing that the adoption of its prin-
ciples will secure higher standards of government. His life work in many respects has
been of true worth and value, he being identified with those who are pushing forward
the wheels of progress and civilization.


Ready to meet any emergency and having the courage and ability which come from
a right conception of things and a just regard for whac is best in the exercise of human
activities, Claude Clinton Ramsay has reached a place in the foremost rank of Seattle's
business men. To speak of his connection with financial affairs alone, however, would
be to present a one-sided view of his nature, for there is in him a strong civic spirit, mani-
fest in hearty helpfulness toward any plan or project that looks to the betterment of
municipal conditions. In a word, he stands for that which is best in American manhood
and citizenship.

Mr. Ramsay is a native of North Carolina, his birth Iiaving occurred December 31,
1865, in Palermo, Rowan county. He represents one of the old and distinguished families
of that state. His paternal great-grandfather. Captain Robert Ramsay, served with dis-
tinction in the war for American independence, participating in the famous engagement
at King's Mountain, South Carolina, and in other equally important battles. His son.
Colonel David Ramsay, won distinction in the War of 1812, while Dr. James Graham
Ramsay, father of Claude Clinton Ramsay, was a noted medical practitioner and was a
member of the Confederate congress at the time of the Civil war.

Claude Clinton Ramsay has always been proud of his distinctively American ancestry,
as well he may be, and the spirit of true American democrac}' finds expression in his life.
After obtaining his preliminary education in the primary schools of Scotch-Irish townshij)
in Rowan county. North Carolina, he continued his studies in the Rock Hill Academy at
Mount Vernon, North Carolina, and in the Finley high school of Lenoir, North Carolina,
while still later he became a pupil in Eastman's Business College of Poughkeepsie, New
York. Soon afterward he secured a clerkship in the postoffice at Salisbury, North Caro-
lina, and later was employed in a general mercantile establishment there.

His identification with the northwest dates from 1890 and with the wonderful devel-
opment which Seattle has made following the great fire of 1889 he has been closely and
prominently identified. He was willing to make a humble start in business circles here
but not willing to continue in a minor position and naturally worked his way steadily
upward when he secured a position with W. S. Leckie & Company, then a prominent dry
goods house of the city. In less than a year he had risen to the position of head accountant
and when the firm was reorganized under the name of E. W. Newhall & Company Mr.
Ramsay was made financial manager of the business. The second reorganization of the
firm seven years later led to the adoption of the name of the McCarthy Dry Goods Com-
pany. It was at that time that Mr. Ramsay left the firm and entered upon an independent
business career, openmg an insurance office. In this connection his extensive friendships
and shrewd knowledge of opportunities united to make his progress rapid and when little
more tlian a year had passed he organized the firm of Ramsay & Battle, with Edgar Battle
as his partner. In addition to the insurance business they established a realty department
and almost from the beginning enjoyed an extensive clientele in that connection. Mr.




Ramsay recognized that the opportune moment was here, that Seattle was entering upon
a period of rapid yet substantial growth and so managed his real estate business tliat his
clientage became large and his financial returns most gratifying. At a later period the firm
style was changed to the Claude C. Ramsay Company. Steadily pursuing the policy of
developing its properties, the company has been exceptionally fortunate in its work as a
strong factor in the expansion and upbuilding of a permanent Seattle. Mr. Ramsay still
owns large land holdings and was the builder and is the owner of Carolina Court, one
of the finest and most modern apartment houses in the west, covering a ground area of
one hundred and twenty by one hundred and sixty feet. The building, which is three
stories in front and five in the rear, contains seventy-two separate apartments, each with
a private hallway. It is located at Eastlake and Mercer streets, has hotel service and
all modern appointments.

On December 20, i8g8, M.r. Ramsay married Miss Grace Eleanor Anderson, of Seattle,
a representative of an old and respected pioneer family, her father being A. C. Anderson.
Residing with Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay is their nephew, a son of James Hill Ramsay, of
North Carolina. This nephew is now attending high school and is a member of the
Washington State Militia. The interest of Claude C. Ramsay largely centers in the family
of his brother James, whose second son has yet two more years of study in the North
Carolina State University. He, too, is a member of the state militia. He has had four
years of study at the Horner Military School and one year at Randolph-Macon. Tlie two
daughters of the family are: .Anna Laura, the wife of Thomas Hines : and Miss Eleanor

Mr. Ramsay is as prominent in clul) circles as he is in tlic business life of Seattle,
his name being on the membership rolls of the Rainier Club, the Seattle Athletic Club,
the Seattle Golf and Country Club, the new Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Commer-
cial Club and the Good Roads and Seattle .A.utomobilc Clubs. He is serving on the ex-
ecutive committee' of the Chamber of Commerce publicity and industrial bureau. He
likewise has membership with the North Carolina Society, the Washington Sons of the Revo-
lution, of which he is a life member, the Union Club of Tacoma and the Young Men's
Republican Club of Seattle. He entered the Washington state legislature as a republican
in 1907 and fearlessly and actively defended his views upon the floor of the house and
supported many progressive legislative features. He was largely instrumental in securing
legislation that furthered the present system of improved highways. One of his biographers
said of him in this connection: "Mr. Ramsay entered the Washington state legislature in
igo7, and in a short time won an enviable reputation as an active and fearless lawmaker.
One of the enduring monuments to his efforts at Olympia is our present system of improved
highways, for which a large share of the credit should be attributed to his farsightedness.
Business instinct and training gave Mr. Ramsay an ability for organization seldom found
in the legislator. .Approached by a delegation of representative Seattle business men with
the request that he accejit the nomination for mayor, Mr. Ramsay was compelled to refuse
it because of the large business interests which for years have left him but small leisure
time. Upon his retirement from the legislature in 1907 he was tendered the most unusual
honor of a banquet by his colleagues, members of the King County and neighboring delega-
tions at the state capital. This unique recognition of Mr. Ramsay's talents as a law-
builder and organizer has seldom been duplicated in the history of the state. To the
personal activity and individual enterprise of Mr. Ramsay is due no small share of credit
for the general and steady progress of the city in which he makes his home. He has
been identified with every undertaking directed toward civic growth and improvement.
Unspoiled by personal success and frequent public honors, he has been for many years
a foremost figure in every movement for the public good.

"Seattle has never owned a more unselfish or diligent citizen than Mr. Ramsay. He
has aided directly or indirectly a thousand enterprises calculated to further the civic and
intellectual growth of the city. His voluntary pilgrimage to the orient, through Mexico
and British Columbia in the interests of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1900,
giving largely of time, thought and money to insure its success, was typical of the man.
as was his action inducing the legislature of his native state. North Carolina, to indorse
the exposition. Ur. Ramsay continues to take an active interest in every phase of Seattle's


growth, despite his numerous business cares, and being still in the prime of life, will doubt-
less be privileged to witness many of the great projects come true in whose inception he
took such a prominent part. Now. as for many years, he is universally recognized as one
of Seattle's most valuable citizens."

Mr. Ramsay is one of the best poised of men. He never seems to lose grasp of
himself or of the situation with which he deals and views every question from a broad
standpoint. He seems to see not only present but future relations and conditions and
his even balance weighs every possible problem and determines the true value of every
project either of a business or public nature.


Jack C. Cook is a self-made man who displays strong business qualifications and is
now well established as a member of one of the leading commercial firms of Seattle. He
was born in !Mayville, North Dakota, March 14, 1892. His father, Fred C. Cook, a native
of Maryland, removed to Dakota territory in the latter part of the 'Sos. He is a lawyer
by profession and practiced for a time in Minneapolis but is now residing in Portland,
Oregon. He has retired from active professional work and is enjoying well earned
rest. He married Margaret Vonnieda, a native of Pennsylvania.

Their only child. Jack C. Cook, pursued a public school education supplemented by
study in the Oregon Agricultural College, from which he was graduated with the degree
of Mechanical Engineer in 1913. His first active work was with the Willamette Iron &
Steel Works of Portland, in which association he acted as assistant engineer for six
months, having charge of the boiler shop. He then became associated with Mr. Ainge in
the Interior Fixture Bureau. They are designers and contractor.s of interior fixtures in
marble, bronze, wood and steel for banks, libraries, lodge rooms, courthouses and public
buildings. Their work shows the latest and most artistic designs and meets specifically
every want of their patrons. They have installed the interior furnishings and fixtures
in about seventy-five banks and other commercial offices in Seattle and their business has
now reached extensive proportions.

On the 30th of June. 1915, in Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Cook was united in
marriage to Miss Lael Watts, a native of North Dakota and a lady of Canadian parentage,
her father being J. H. Watts. Their home is at The Chelsea Hotel. In politics Mr. Cook
is a republican but not an active party worker. While at Portland he was a member
of the Naval Reserve and served as a noncommissioned officer. He belongs to the
Commercial Club and the Oregon Society of Engineers and his success is due to his own
efforts, enterprise and ambition, leading him into his present relations, the firm occupy-
ing a foremost position among business undertakings of similar character.


Cassius C. Maring, who passed away on the 2Qth of April, 1905. had teen a resident
of Seattle since 1888 and had gained a wide acquaintance because of the importance and
extent of his business connections and also owing to his genuine personal worth. He
was born in Mendon, Michigan, in 1864 and was there educated, supplementing a public
school training with a course in a business college. He was a young man when he became
identified with the northwest, establishing his home in Portland, Oregon, where he lived
from 1884 until he came to Seattle in 1888. Here he established the Seattle Business
College in the Boston block, it being the first institution of the kind in the city. He after-
ward became a draftsman for Baker & Balch and devoted a number of years to newspaper
sketching. For some years he was with Lowman & Hanford, as a lithographic artist, and
it was his drawing of George Washington that was accepted and is now used as the
seal of the state. In igoo he formed a partnership, establishing the firm of Maring &


Ladd, but in 1902 Air. Ladd sold out to Mr. Blake, thus leading to the organization of
the firm of Alaring & Blake, photo-engravers. They did an excellent business, for the
superior quality of their work insured them a liberal patronage, Mr. Maring remaining
active along that line until his death, which occurred April 20, 1905. The business was
continued under the firm name, however, until 1915. In addition to his other interests
Mr. Maring did considerable writing for the magazines, being the author of descriptive
articles of the northwest country, published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Outing.
Also in connection with Major E. S. Ingraham he issued a book on Mount Rainier, which
is considered the best that has ever been published.

Mr. Alaring was married in 1890, in Salem, Oregon, to Miss Francette Plunimer, a
native of the Sunset state and a daughter of Dr. O. P. S. Plummer. The children of
this marriage are: Edith, now. the wife of H. M. Cunningham, of Blaine, Washington;
and Helen, at home. The year following her husband's death Mrs. Maring opened a
real estate, loan and insurance office and has since continued in that line of business, in
which she has secured a good clientage. She is thoroughly informed concerning realty
values, knows the property that is upon the market and has negotiated many important
realty transfers.

In religious faith the family are Presbj-terians. Mr. Maring gave his political
allegiance to the republican party and was a public spirited and progressive citizen who
had great faith in Seattle and its upbuilding. He belonged to the Foresters and to the
Seattle Athletic Club and had many substantial qualities which won for him the high
and enduring regard of those witli whom he was brought in contact.


Henry N. Baumann, manager of Hotel Baden, at First and Pine streets, in Seattle,
named his hostelry in honor of his birthplace, for he was born in Baden, Germany, February
7, 1864, his parents being H. N. and Victory (Eckert) Baumann. For thirty-five years his
father, a noted educator, was principal of tlie public schools of Baden and prior to that
time had for ten years been a teacher in the public schools of Mannheim, Germany. After
forty-five years' service in the profession he was placed upon the retired list and pensioned,
his death occurring two years later, while his wife survived him for four years.

Henry N. Baumann was the thirteenth in order of birth in their family of fourteen
children. His early education was acquired in the public schools of his native land under
the teaching of his father and when his school days were over he served an apprenticeship
to the saddlery business. He ne.xt traveled through Germany, Switzerland and .\ustria and
in 1882 came to America, first settling in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he worked at the
saddlery trade. He afterward removed to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he entered the
hotel business and in that experience became familiar with the work. He then went west
to Wyoming, where he resumed work at the saddlery trade, which appeared at that time
to be more lucrative than the hotel business. The year 1887 witnessed his arrival on the
Pacific coast, at which time he made his way to Sacramento, California, where he worked
for the Southern Pacific Railroad and later acquired an interest in a hotel. In 1804 'le
became sole proprietor of the Philadelphia House, one of the oldest hotels of that city,
having been established in the '50s. In 1899, however, he sold out in Sacramento and came
to Seattle, where he established a saloon. He has remained in that line to the present time
in connection with the hotel business. The Hotel Baden is centrally located, contains one
hundred and twenty-five rooms, of which thirty-five have private bath, and in every way
the hotel is modern in its equipment, appointment and conduct. The building is a six story
fireproof structure, in connection with which is maintained an e.xcellent restaurant and cafe.

On the i8th of March, 1887, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Baumann was united in marriage
to Miss Amelia Richenbach, a daughter of Christian Richenbach, who was engaged in the
shoe business in Germany. Our subject and his wife have one son, Henry Nicholas Baumann,
who is twenty-eight years of age, and won the degree of Mining Engineer on the completion


of a university course in 1910. At present he is in the service of the Chichagof Mining
Company of Chichagof island, Alaska.

Mr. Baumann is a member of the German Red Men, the Foresters of America, the
Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Seattle Turnverein and the German Singing Society. In
politics he is independent. His residence in Seattle and identification with its business
interests dates from 1899, during which time he has witnessed a remarkable change in its
material development and its growth of population. In his business career, too, he has
made steady advancement and is now reaping the rewards of carefully and intelligently
directed business activity.


Alton W. Leonard is the president of the Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Com-
pany and that he has been chosen as the chief executive head of an extensive corporation
that is of vital worth to the community at once establishes his position as a resourceful,
alert and enterprising business man. He is a product of the east both in birth and busi-
ness training and has found in the conditions of the growing west the stimulus that has
called forth his powers and his energies. He was born in Monmouth, Maine, April 8,
1873, a son of Fred A. and Lizzie A. (Parker) Leonard, who are also natives of that
state. The father is now a retired contractor of Braintree, Massachusetts.

. Alton W. Leonard secured his education in the public schools of Boston and Brockton,
Massachusetts, and subsequently was employed for five or six years as bookkeeper by A. S.
Porter & Sons of Brockton, Massachusetts. He entered the employ of the Stone & Webster
Management Association now genera! manager of the Puget Sound Traction Light & Power
Company, at Brockton, Massachusetts, as assistant treasurer of the Edison Electric Illuminat-
ing Company of that city, operating a light and power plant, and since 1895 he has been contin-
uously a representative of those eastern capitalists. From the position of assistant treasurer
he was advanced to that of superintendent and later to that of manager at Brockton. In
1903 he went to Houghton, Michigan, as superintendent of the Houghton County Electric
Light Company and later became manager not only of the electric light plant but also
of the railwaj' system operated by Stone & Webster in Houghton county, where he re-
mained for four years. On the expiration of that period he was transferred to Minne-
apolis. Minnesota, having been appointed manager of the Minneapolis General Electric
Company, operated by the Stone & Webster Management Association. His next promo-
tion brought to him the duties of vice president as well as of manager and finally he
was made district manager of the Stone & Webster interests in the central west.

Following the demise of Richard T. Laffin, district manager in Seattle for the Stone
& Webster interests, Mr. Leonard was transferred from Minneapolis to this city to assume
the duties of vice president and general manager of the Puget Sound Traction, Light &
Power Company and vice president of the subsidiary corporations of that company. He
continued in that connection until upon the death of Jacob Furth he succeeded to the presi-
dency, his appointment being made in Boston by the directors of the traction company to
take effect on the ist of November, 1914. This brought to him added responsibilities but
also broader opportunities. He has now been with the company for twenty years and is
one of its most trusted, capable and efficient representatives. Step by step he has progressed
and his developing powers have gained for him the advancement which now places him
in executive control of one of the most important public utilities of the northwest. In
his present position he is studying every phase of the business, not only to give the com-
pany the best service possible but to give the city the best, knowing that it is only along
this line of mutual benefit that the best results can be obtained. At the time that he
was made president of the Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company Mr. Leonard
was also elected a director.

Mr. Leonard is a home man, finding his greatest pleasure in the companionship of
his family. He greatly enjoys outdoor sports, especially golf, motoring, fishing and hunt-
ing. Above all he is a typical business man of the age. One looking at him would know





he was ready to meet any emergency and that from experience he could draw much tliat
would assist him in planning out a course to pursue under changing conditions. He has
long since become capable of solving intricate and involved business problems with ease,
but the more difficult such problems are, the more conscientiously and thoroughly does he
take up the task of mastering them. In manner he is approachable and genial, yet he

Online LibraryClarence BagleyHistory of Seattle from the earliest settlement to the present time (Volume 3) → online text (page 67 of 142)