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Seattle, was born October 24. 1868, in San Francisco, California, a son of William and
Ellen J. Worthington. From boyhood days he has been a resident of Seattle and is indebted
to the Public-school system of the city for the educational privileges which he enjoyed.
Starting upon his business career, he filled clerical positions for a time but, gradually
extending his efforts and activities, has become actively engaged in navigation projects and
the lumber business, being now president of the Washington Tug & Barge Company, secre-
tary of the Sioux Timber Company and president of the Seaside Improvement Company.
He holds a large amount of stock in all these corporations, as he does in the firm of
Worthington Brothers. Each of his interests have constituted important elements in the
growth and business development of the northwest and the utilization of the natural re-
sources of the country.

On the 22d of July, 1908, in Seattle, Air. Worthington was united in marriage to Miss
Mallei L. Markette, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a daughter of Isaac N. Markette.
To them has been born a daughter, Minnie. Mr. Worthington is a member of the Arctic
Club and he and his wife hold membership in the First Christian church of Seattle. He
cooperates in various plans for the moral progress of the community as well as its material
development, and is neglectful of none of the duties of citizenship whereby the best interests
of society and the community at large are fostered.


Bruce C. Shorts has been engaged in the active practice of law since 1904 and is now
a partner in the firm of Ballinger, Battle, Hulbert & Shorts, recognized as one of the
strongest combinations at the bar of the northwest. He specializes in corporation law and
numbers among his clients many of the most prominent and representative corporations of
his section of the country.

Mr. Shorts was born in Belleville, Ontario. January 15, 1878, and during his youthful
days accompanied his parents to Michigan, the family home being established at Mount
Pleasant, that state. There he continued his education until graduated from the high
school with the class of 1895. He afterward engaged in teaching school for four years
and then entered the law department of the University of Michigan, from which he was


graduated in 1901, pursuing a post-graduate course the following year. In September,
1902, he came to Seattle and for two years was a teacher in the Broadway high school.
He then went to Alaska, spending some time in Nome, but in 1904 entered upon the active
practice of his profession in this city. He was appointed assistant corporation counsel for
Seattle in 1906 and occupied the position for six years, making a most creditable record.
During his incumbency in that office he had entire charge of the acquisition by the city
of the Cedar river water shed, constituting approximately one hundred square miles of
land in the Cascade mountains. In 1912 he resigned to enter upon the private practice of
law in connection with R. A. Ballinger. At a later date other partners were admitted,
organizing the present firm of Ballinger, Battle, Hulbert & Shorts. Wide study and re-
search and careful preparation of cases makes Mr. Shorts qualified to meet the onerous
demands that come in practice and he has advanced continuously until he occupies an en-
viable position at the Washington bar. For the past nine years he has had the supervision
of the proceedings of the city of Seattle, of the county of King, of the port of Seattle and
of various municipal corporations within the state relating to the issuance of bonds for
said municipalities. He is recognized as an authority upon the question of municipal bonds
and the law relating to their issuance and control. He is now examiner for many banks
in Seattle and for many other corporations. His activities, too, have extended into other
fields. He organized the Hydraulic Supply Manufacturing Company, with a plant at South
Seattle, and also organized the F. S. Lang Manufacturing Company, with a plant on First
avenue in South Seattle. His sound judgment and sagacity constitute elements of his

In Seattle, in 1908, occurred the marriage of Mr. Shorts and Miss Carrie Atkinson, a
daughter of J. M. E. Atkinson. She was born in Seattle, her people having been pioneer
residents of the Puget Sound country. The two children of this marriage arc Bruce and
Calhoun, aged respectively six and four years.

The military history of Mr. Shorts covers service witli the Naval Militia .of Wash-
ington at Seattle when it was first organized. He has been a lifelong republican, giving
stalwart support to the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He is
a Mason who adheres closely to the teachings of the craft and is a member of the Chamber
of Commerce and the Commercial Club. He is likewise connected with the Rainier Club,
is popular among its representatives and highly esteemed wherever known. He lias made
the practice of law his real life work and, specializing in the field of corporation law, has
gained a distinguished position at the bar in that connection, his opinions being largely
recognized as authority by colleagues and contemporaries.


Jenkins Morgan, who has been called to the home beyond, became a resident of Seattle,
November 21, 1888. He had previously been identified with the west in some measure as
a citizen of Watertown, South Dakota, and previous to that time had lived in the east,
making his home at Scranton, Pennsylvania. However, he was a native of South Wales
and when twenty-one years of age left that country to enjoy the privileges and opportuni-
ties of the new world. He was thoroughly imbued with the American spirit and while
living in Pennsylvania responded to the call of his adopted country for aid and enlisted
for service in the Civil war in Company C, Thirty-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
participating in a number of hotly contested engagements. At the close of hostilities he
received an honorable discharge and returned to his home, after which he was actively
engaged in the Pennsylvania mines for some time. His first step toward the west was
made when he removed to Watertown, South Dakota, in 1884, after which he was employed
at farm labor in that vicinity for four years. He then came to Seattle and entered into
active connection with its industrial interests as a stonemason, his first work being on the
wall of the Denny home in Queen Anne addition. He continued to work at his trade for
several years and later was made bailiff and engineer at the courthouse, remaining on
active duty in that connection for an extended period.


On April 29, 1869, at Cairo, Illinois, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage to Miss
Helen Thomas, a native of New York, and they became the parents of four sons : Law-
rence, of Seattle ; David, who is now living in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and who is married
and has a daughter, Ruth; George, of Seattle, who is married and has two daughters, Edith
and Annie; and Fremont, also living in this city. There are three granddaughters.

Mr. Morgan was for over twenty years a resident of Seattle and for sixteen years
lived in Queen Anne addition, one of the most beautiful and attractive residence properties
of the city. He died November 18, 191 1, at the age of seventy years.' Fraternally he was
connected with the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Grand Army of the Republic, his
membership in the last named order keeping him in close connection with the boys in blue
with whom he had served on the tented fields of the south. He was also an active and
devoted member of Plymouth church and his life was guided at all times by his Christian
faith, which taught him the close observance of the golden rule. He never regretted com-
ing to America and, in fact, felt it to be one of the most fortunate days in his life when
he severed the ties that bound him to his native land and started for the land of liberty.
He was always loyal to his adopted country and was public-spirited to an unusual degree,
his interest in the welfare and upbuilding of his city being manifest in many tangible ways.


Horton Caumont Force was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 20, 1878. In the
paternal line he is descended from French ancestors who settled in New Jersey. His
father. Manning Ferguson Force, was a lawyer by profession and from 1867 until 1887
was on the bench, being for ten years judge of the common pleas court and for ten years
judge of the superior court in Cincinnati. From 1888 until his death in 1899, when he
was seventy-four years of age, he was commandant of the Ohio Soldiers Home at San-
dusky. He entered the army as lieutenant colonel of the Twentieth Ohio Volunteer In-
fantry in 1861 and before the end of the Civil war had risen to the rank of brigadier
general. He married Frances Dabney Horton, who was of English lineage and was a
native of Pomeroy, Ohio. There were but two children in the family, the other son dying
in infancy.

Horton C. Force received his early education in the public and high schools of San-
dusky, Ohio, and continued at Harvard University, where he received the degree of A. B.
in 1901 and that of LL. B. in 1903. He began his practice in the office of Carr & Preston,
with whom he remained from October of that year— the time of his arrival in Seattle—
until June, 1904. For four years thereafter he was with Fred H. Peterson in the active
practice of law and since 1908 he has been associated with J. H. Ballinger.

Originally a republican, Mr. Force joined the progressive party in 1912 but has since
returned to the progressive wing of the republican party. He belongs to St. Mark's Epis-
copal church of Seattle, in which he has served as vestryman, and he is a member of the
University, College, Athletic, Golf and Tennis Clubs. Along strictly professional lines
he is a member of the Seattle Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association
and the American Bar Association.


Frank A. Frederick, who has been connected with marine insurance and shipping since
1902, his business interests centering in Seattle, was born at Belleville, Ontario, December
9, 1876, a son of Peter and Helen C. Frederick. He was a little lad of but six years when
in the spring of 1883 his parents arrived in Seattle, where he has since made his home,
and after attending the public schools of this city he continued his education m the Uni-
versity of the Pacific at San Jose, California, although he did not graduate there. Enter-
ing upon his business career, he became connected with fishing interests in Alaska and


as he advanced there constantly unfolded before him opportunities which he embraced and
which made his business interests of greater and greater importance. By progressive steps
he reached his present business associations, having since 1902 been connected with marine
insurance and shipping interests of the northwest.

In Muskegon, Michigan, Mr. Frederick was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Wal-
dron, a daughter of Albert Waldron of that place. They have two sons, Harold and
Frank A., Jr., who are fifteen and nine years of age respectively. The religious faith of
the family is that of the Episcopal church and the political belief of Mr. Frederick coin-
cides with the principles and purposes of the republican party. He belongs to the Rainier
Club and is a life member of the Seattle Athletic Club. He has a wide and favorable
acquaintance, winning him the regard and confidence of his business associates and col-
leagues and the respect and goodwill of those whom he meets in social connections.


Professor Trevor Kincaid. biologist and entomologist, of Seattle, was born December 21,
1872, in Peterboro, Ontario, Canada, a son of Dr. Robert and Mary Margaret (Bell) Kincaid.
He attended the public schools of his native city until his removal to Seattle, after which
he continued his education in the University of Washington, from which he was graduated
with the Bachelor of Science degree in 1899, winning the Master of Arts degre in 1901.
He had specialized in the sciences of biology and entomology and along those lines his entire
life work has been directed. He was instructor of biology in the University of Washington
from 1895 until 1899 and in 1897 he was assistant to the American Fur Seal Commission.
Through the years 1897-8 he was acting professor of entomology in the Oregon Agricul-
tural College and in 1899 he was entomologist with the Harriman Alaska expedition. His
ability in this line has won him more than local fame, gaining him prominence in his chosen
field. He is now professor of biology at the University of Washington and the ability with
which he imparts to others the knowledge that he has acquired makes his classes popular
with the student body. He is a very able writer and a most interesting lecturer and his
opinions are largely accepted as authority along the lines in which he has specialized.
He is constantly busy with investigations of this character, doing valuable work in the
oyster beds of the Pacific northwest. He founded the Puget Sound Marine Station, an
adjunct of the University of Washington located at Friday Harbor and carried on investi-
gations there for a number of years but has recently turned his attention from that work
to lines having an immediate economic bearing. In 1913 the United States sent him from
the east two carloads of lobsters, which he transplanted at Friday Harbor, where they have
the necessary deep water and other favorable conditions and it is to be hoped that the
people of the Pacific coast will have an abundant supply of lobsters as well as oysters.
Dr. Kincaid was asked to make a trip to Australia for the purpose of securing collections
of birds and insects but felt that other interests demanded all of his time. He was the
associate of Dr. Jordan, of Leland Stanford University. Dr. D'Arcy Thompson representing
Great Britain, and also Dr. Macoun of Canada, on the seal commission in Alaska. It was
found that baby seals were being slaughtered extensively and this commission was appointed
to put a stop to the destruction, thus conserving the interests of the different governments
in the seal fishing industry. About 1909 the United States government sent him to Japan
to secure the parasite that would destroy the gypsy moth, and the following year he was
sent to Russia for the same purpose. In the first assignment he was accorded every possible
aid by the Japanese government and the United States is now engaged in breeding this
parasite and thus saving millions of dollars to the country, as the gypsy moth attacks all
forms of vegetation. The expedition to Russia was not so successful owing to the difficulties
of shipping packages out of the interior of Russia to America. For seven years Dr. Kincaid
has delivered an annual course of lectures before the Medical Study Club of Seattle.

He is one of the valued contributors to the entomological journals and is widely known
for his papers and reports relating to the entomology of the Pacific coast and to a large
extent of Alaska. He was an Austin scholar at Harvard in 1905-6 and he is a member


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of the American Society of Economic Entomologists, the Entomological Society of Wash-
ington, D. C, and numerous other societies. He has contributed largely to science along
the line of his specialty and is today accorded a foremost place among the scientists of
the country.


John .Albert Taylor, secretary of The Charles H. Lilly Company, has been a resident
of Seattle since 1902. He was born in Halifa.x, Nova Scotia, October 9, 1875, and is a
son of Horatio De Wolf and Anna Elizabeth Taylor. The usual amount of time was
devoted to public and high school training until he reached the age of fourteen years,
when his textbooks were put aside and he secured a situation as clerk in a hardware
store. After two months he engaged as office boy with the Gun Milling Company and
later became bookkeeper, filling that position until he reached the age of seventeen. He
then became bookkeeper with the shipping firm of Musgrove & Company, with whom he
continued for three years, when he went to Nome, Alaska, where he engaged in pros-
pecting for a year. At the end of that time he became a resident of Vancouver, British
Columbia, and entered the service of McKenzie & Mann, railroad contractors, with whom
he continued until 190J. In the latter year he came to Seattle and entered the employ of
The Charles H. Lilly Company as bookkeeper and collector. Advancement awaited him in
recognition of his ability and trustworthiness and since 1905 he has been the secretary and
one of the stockholders of the company.

Mr. Taylor was married in Seattle, March 11, 1908, to Miss Harriett Wendt, and by
this union there are two sons: Arthur Rodney, five years old; and Edward Albert, in his
second year. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church
and he is identified with the Elks Lodge, No. 92, and with Cgurt Excelsior, No. 17, of
the Foresters of America. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, which
he has supported since becoming a naturalized American citizen, but he does not seek
office as a reward for party fealty. He prefers to concentrate his energies upon his busi-
ness affairs and the steps in his orderly progression are easily discernible, advancing him
from a humble clerkship to a place of considerable importance in the business circles of
his adopted city.


Reuben W. Jones, now secretary of the board of education of Seattle, where he has
resided since 1888, has taken an active part in public affairs and for two terms was a
member of the lower house of the state legislature. He was born August 21, 1858, in
Courtland, Columbia county, Wisconsin, a son of William O. and Ann J. Jones, both
natives of Wales. They removed to Wisconsin in 1849 and had the usual experiences of
settlers in a pioneer section. The father, who successfully followed agricultural pursuits,
died in 1890, and the mother passed away in 1896.

Reuben W. Jones received his education in the public schools of Cambria, Wisconsin,
in Downer College at Fox Lake, and in the State Normal School at Oshkosh. He taught
school for four years in Wisconsin and in 1880, when twentj'-one years of age, went to
Dakota territory, where he secured three hundred and twenty acres of government land,
all of which he brought under cultivation. He served for two terms from 1883 to 1886
inclusive as superintendent of schools of Brown county. South Dakota, and for a while
was also at the head of a firm dealing in agricultural implements. In 1888, a year before
the fire, he located in Seattle and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He
is a man of sound judgment and great energy and has met with gratifying success in his
business undertakings. He is also a director in the Waverly Investment Company.

Mr. Jones has devoted a great deal of time to public service and, although very in-
dependent in all political matters, has been honored by election to a number of offices of
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trust and responsibility. For many years he supported the republican party in the main
but now can be rated as a progressive republican. In 1890 he was elected a member of
the first city council under the freeholder's charter and was elected president of the house
of delegates. From 1892 until 1895 he served in the offices of the county treasurer and
county assessor of King county as an assistant and deputy. In 1901 he was elected as a
representative from his district to the state legislature and was reelected in 1903. He
was active in the legislation concerning revenue and taxation, educational matters, railroad
regulation and the direct nomination movement. His service in the last named connection
was so important that he has been called the father of the direct primary in Washington.
His attitude upon any measure is determined by its effect upon the public welfare, and
he was recognized as one of the ablest and most progressive of the members of the house
during the two terms that he held a seat in that body.

In 1902 he was elected secretary of the board of education of Seattle and has since
served continuously in that office. The fourteen intervening years have witnessed a great
growth and development in the public-school system of the city and Mr. Jones has had
no small share in bringing about this gratifying improvement in the public schools.

On the 28th of October, 1885, Mr. Jones was married in Aberdeen, South Dakota, to
Miss Mallie M. C. Thompson, a daughter of Pierre J. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Thompson,
of Albany, New York, and of English ancestry. Mr. Jones belongs to the Royal Arcanum
and has not only held all of the offices in the subordinate lodge, but was first grand regent
of Washington in 1902 and 1903 and supreme representative from Washington in 1904
and 1905. At different times he has belonged to various improvement clubs and local
associations and for a time was active in the Chamber of Commerce. He has also been
a member of the Young Men's Christian Association and no movement seeking the ad-
vancement of Seattle along material or moral lines lacks his hearty cooperation. For
over twenty years he has been a member of the Plymouth Congregational church and
its work has profited much by his participation therein. His integrity and the sincerity of
his devotion to the general good have never been questioned and all who have been
brought in contact with him hold him in high Vespect and esteem.


Francis Patrick Goss, city editor of the Post-Intelligencer and as such one of the
best known newspaper men in the west, has throughout the long period of his career as
a newspaper man, been actively identified with western interests and development. He
was born at Blackrock, Ireland, July 21, 1879, a son of Bernard Joseph and Jane Caroline
(Hull) Goss. The father resided at different periods at Dundalk, Ireland, and at Pres-
ton and Manchester, England, and the mother came also from Preston, Lancashire.

The educational opportunities of Francis P. Goss were very limited and his lessons
were largely learned in the school of experience. When twelve years of age he began
working for an English lawyer at Preston, with whom he remained from 1891 until
1S95, when he came to the United States, crossing the Atlantic alone and making his
way direct to Chicago. He was at that time a youth of sixteen years and he secured
employment as a bellboy in the Sherman Hotel, in which connection he worked his way
upward to the position of cashier. In 1901 he removed to Grand Forks, North Dakota,
and became a reporter on the Grand Forks Daily Plaindealer. He won promotion on
that paper, becoming its city editor, and he gained moreover broad and valuable practical
experience in connection with newspaper publication. He afterward went to Anaconda,
Montana, as assistant telegraph editor on The Anaconda Standard, of which he had
charge for a year, and in 1903 he removed to Seattle, obtaining a position on the reportorial
staff of the Post-Intelligencer. At Astoria, Oregon, he was afterward editor of The
Morning Astorian but returned to Washington as political reporter on the Tacoma Ledger.
On again coming to Seattle he was made reporter on the Post-Intelligencer, handling the
commercial page, and in 1906 he was appointed city editor, whicli position he filled until
1910, when he resigned and became the republican candidate for the legislature in the


forty-fifth district. He was nominated and elected, serving during the session of 191 1,
and was renominated and a£ain elected in 1912, serving during the session of 1913. He
was the author of the Goss bill, which was passed in the latter year, abolishing the death
penalty for first degree murder in Washington. He served as chairman of the committee
on labor and labor statistics, also as a member of the committees on judiciary, appropri-
ations, revenue and taxation, public morals, state granted school and tide lands, soldiers'
homes and state penitentiary. He was the author of a resolution to investigate the Na-

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