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investment for, with the continuous growth of the northwest, property values are
gradually increasing. It is true that all days in his career have not been equally liriglit
but with undaunted courage he has directed his efforts, which have been ultimately
crowned with substantial success. He was born in Grand Isle county, Vermont, December
4, i85g, a son of Thomas and Jane A. (Brown) Pettit, who were also natives of the Green
Mountain state. The father was a carpenter and farmer and also one of the earliest
boat builders of his locality and he devoted the last years of his life to building racing
boats. One of his sons, Thomas Pettit, enlisted for service as a soldier in the Union
army and starved to death in Libby prison. In the paternal line the family comes of French
ancestry. Mrs. Pettit was of Pennsylvania Dutch stock, her ancestors being tlie first
pilgrims.

Heman C. Pettit was educated in the common schools of Vermont and northeastern
Iowa. He was a carriage maker by trade and after following that pursuit for four
years in Iowa went to Nebraska, where he manufactured a patent plow. The year 1881
witnessed his arrival in Washington, at which time he took up his abode in Snohomish,
where he conducted business in the manufacture of snatch blocks, peavies and other
logging tools, which he sold to the loggers direct. He devoted seven years to that busi-
ness and thirty-one years ago he also cleared a farm that is now on the edge of Everett,
although there was no town there at the time.

Only a little while before the fire of 1889 Mr. Pettit came to Seattle and engaged
in the real estate business. Since then he has become one of the foremost operators
in Seattle real estate and fourteen years ago he admitted his son, Cassius M., to a part-
nership under the firm name of H. C. Pettit & Son. They quit business seven years ago,
since which time Heman C. Pettit has been alone in liandling his own property, continuously
keeping two additions on the market. He has laid out and developed the Postoflice addi-
tion, H. C. Pettit's Broadway addition, Pettit's University addition, the Pettit-Brown
addition to Mount Baker Park and the Mount Baker Park addition. In later years he
has made a study of acreage property and has put on the market Pettit's Rolling Bay
addition, Pettit's Lake Washington addition, a nineteen hundred acre addition to Lake
Park on the northern and eastern sides of Lake Washington, Pettit's Alder Road addition
and Pettit's Alder Park addition to Kirkland, all of which he is now operating.

In 1897 Mr. Pettit went with the rush to Alaska and was five weeks getting in over
the Chilcoot Pass. He only had five dollars, which he paid for a padlock and this he
sold for thirteen dollars. He claims that this was his start. He traded groceries for
claims and in seven months accumulated between five and six thousand dollars, together
with an interest in twenty-one claims. He came out with Ben Atwater, who carried the
first mail, paying him one dollar per mile for packing his blankets and provisions, while
Mr. Pettit himself walked the entire distance. It cost him just six hundred dollars to
make the trip. He then went to London, England, and entered into a contract to sell
his claims at a big figure but finally lost all his interests through litigation. He then
returned to Seattle and resumed his real estate business. He now owns a large acreage
in Oregon and it is his belief that any man who buys acreage near a growing city will
l)ecome wealthy. His own record is an indication of this.

Mr. Pettit was married at Beaver City, Nebraska, to Miss Sarah A. Campbell, a
daughter of Elizabeth Campbell, of Ohio, and they have one son, Cassius M., who is now



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dealing in real estate in Seattle. In his political views Mr. Pettit is a republican but
not an active party worker. He belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and
to the Tribe of Ben Hur. He concentrates his efforts largely upon his business affairs
and his keen sagacity has been manifest in his investments and his sound judgment has
found expression in his success, which has placed him among the capitalists of Seattle.



O. C. TAYLOR.



O. C. Taylor, secretary-treasurer and manager of the Taylor-Edwards Company, an
important transfer company of Seattle, was born in Fillmore county, Nebraska, in 1879,
a son of Hulbert D. and Eliza R. Taylor. He received his education in his native county
and in his early manhood engaged in the cattle business and also followed the carpenter's
trade for about four j-ears. In 1905 he came to Seattle and entered the employ of the
United Warehouse Company, with which he remained for three years. At the end of that
time he became associated with the Merryfield Transfer Company, which in 1913 was
reincorporated as the Taylor-Edwards Company with C. F. Edwards as president and our
subject as secretary-treasurer and manager. The concern does a general transfer and
storage business and has gained a gratifying share of the public patronage, and their suc-
cess is due to the excellent service which they give and to the integrity of their business
methods. Mr. Edwards, the president of the company, was for fifteen years a traveling
representative of the Cudahy Packing Company of Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Taylor was married in Seattle to Miss Grace Edwards, who was liorn in Ken-
nard, Nebraska, January 22. 1880, a daughter of C. F. Edwards, who removed to Seattle
with his family on the ist of January, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Tajdor have two sons: Malcolm,
five years of age ; and Donald, who is three years old.

Air. Taylor is a republican and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church.
He owns a good residence at No. 1625 Madrona Drive and is recognized as one of the
successful and progressive business men of Seattle. He not only gives the closest attention
to his own business affairs but is also ready to cooperate in movements seeking the welfare
of his city, in whose future he has the greatest faith.



DUDLEY GOODALL WOOTEN.

Dudley Goodall Wooten, who since 1903 has resided in Seattle, where he has engaged
in general law practice, confining his attention somewhat largely at the present time to the
field of civil law, was born in Greene county, Missouri, June 19, i860, his parents being
Thomas Dudley and Henrietta C. (Goodall) Wooten, both of whom were natives of Ken-
tucky. The father was a practicing physician, who removed from Kentucky to Missouri in
1856. He served as medical director in the Confederate army on the staffs of Generals Price,
Bragg, Van Dorn, Johnston and Magruder and in the year 1865 settled in Texas. He became
a leading physician of Austin and for nineteen years was president of the board of regents
of the University of Texas, his position as a man, a citizen and a physician being among the
foremost of the state. He died in 1906. His wife was a daughter of Dr. Turner Goodall, of
Tomkinsville, Kentucky, and both parents were descended from Virginian ancestors of Revo-
lutionary times, distinguished in the early history of the Old Dominion, Kentucky and
Tennessee.

Dudley G. Wooten is an alumnus of Princeton and from that university holds the
degrees of A. B. and A. M. He was a fellow in history there and a fellow in history and
political science at the Johns Hopkins University. He pursued his law course in the Uni-
versity of Virginia, where he won the highest honors in oratory and literary production —
the Jefferson medal for debate and the Magazine medal for writing. Having qualified for
the bar, he began the practice of law at Austin, Texas, and has since pursued his profession
together with certain political activities. He has always devoted much time to literary and




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historical study and production, writing and publishing several books on the history of
Texas and Mexico, also delivering many addresses and writing articles and papers on
political, literary and historical topics for the magazines and journals of the south and east.
While residing at Austin he served as prosecuting attorney and following his removal to
Dallas in i8S8 there served upon the bench as district judge, remaining in this office in
Texas from 1890 until 1892. He was also a member of the Texas legislature in 1898, was
presidential elector at large in 1892, was member of congress from Texas from 1899 until
1903 and on several occasions served as special justice of the supreme court of that state.

Mr. Wooten first visited Seattle and the northwest in 1901, when he was a member of
congress from Texas. The following year he went to Alaska as a member of a special
committee of congress to investigate and report on the resources and needs of that territory.
He was the only member of the committee who actually performed the duty assigned to
them, as he spent several months there and visited every accessible portion of Alaska. On
his return to Washington, D. C, in December, 11)02, he induced President Roosevelt to
make special recommendations for Alaskan development in his message to congress, and
published many interviews in the newspapers and magazines in regard to the great future
and possibilities of that northern country, which constituted the beginning of general and
intelligent interest in the wealth and resources of Alaska, leading to special investigation
by congress and public discussions on the subject.

Mr. Wooten took much interest in the Pacific northwest during the two visits mentioned
and in 1903, when his term in congress expired, he removed to Seattle, where he has since
made his home, devoting his attention exclusively to his profession. He has always continued
in general practice and in his early career at the bar was notable as an advocate in criminal
cases, while later he has confined his attention mainly to the practice of civil law. Since
coming to the northwest he has been a member of the Washington Bar Association and is
also a member of the Texas State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In
1898 he organized the Texas State Historical Association, of which he was the second
president. He has taken a keen interest in all public movements and enterprises, his influence
being on the side of progress and improvement.

In politics Mr. Wooten has always been a democrat, taking an active interest in the
campaigns, state and national, of his party since boyhood. Aside from his service in congress
from 1899 until 1903 he did campaign work for the national democratic ticket in the east
and middle west in 1892, 1896 and 1900 and in the west in 1908 and 1912, under the auspices
of the democratic national committee. He has been a delegate to several national democratic
conventions and was a delegate by appointment of the governor of Texas to the first
national trust conference at Chicago in 1900 and to the national conference on taxation at
Buffalo in 1901. He was one of the first executive council of the National Civic Federation
at its organization in 1900, and of the executive committee of the American Antitrust
League. In 1913 he was appointed by Governor Lister a delegate to the National Conserva-
tion Congress and the National Rivers 'and Harbors Congress from the state of Washington,
attending and participating in both meetings, which were held in the city of Washington.

In the hours which he has devoted to literature he has brought forth much that has
proven of widespread interest and value. He is the author of a "History of Te.xas," which
is used in the high schools and colleges of that state as a textbook, and he was the editor
of and an extensive contributor to "The Comprehensive History of Texas," in two volumes,
issued from the press of the Lippincotts in 1898 and considered the most exhaustive and
authoritative work on Texas history now extant. He is particularly well informed concerning
Mexico, having traveled often and extensively in that country and written much concerning
its institutions and political annals. He is personally acquainted with many events and
features of its history since 1877. He has also written much on legal subjects for the law
magazines and his speeches and articles published from time to time cover a wide range
of thought and discussion.

Judge Wooten has been married twice. His first wife died two years after their marriage
and their two children also passed away. In San Francisco lie wedded Miss Carrie Zimmer-
man, who was an old acquaintance in Dallas, Texas, and who is a daughter of Joseph
Zimmerman, a native German from the Tyrol, but for many years a wealthy and successful
planter of Dallas, Texas. He came to the United States in 1861 and after living in Iowa



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and Mississippi removed to Texas in 1873. He was a very active and enterprising business
man and extensively engaged in farming. Both he and his wife were of the best type
of German immigrants, devout Catholics, and patriotic Americans after their removal to
the United States. The families of both Mr. and Mrs. Wooten represented the most
conservative and cultured stock of the old south and of Germany. Mrs. Wooten was born
in Mississippi and her education was acquired in Texas, in a Catholic convent of the highest
standards. Judge and Mrs. Wooten have but one son living, Charles F., who is a practical
electrician and operator and also owns a fine orchard tract in the Yakima valley.

Judge Wooten was reared a Baptist but of late has inclined to the Catholic church, of
which his wife is a devout and active communicant. He has been well known in club circles
both in the south and in the northwest and was president of the Princeton Club of Seattle in
1913. It would be tautological in this connection to enter into any series of statements show-
ing him to be a man of broad, scholarly attainments, for this has been shadowed forth be-
tween the lines of this review. He is conversant with the grave and important political,
sociological and economic problems which have affected and are affecting the welfare of the
country and are leaving their impress upon its history. His study and research have enabled
him to express enlightened views upon many of these vital and significant questions and his
opinions have carried weight not only in local circles but among many of the statesmen and
leaders of the nation.



GEORGE LADD MUNN.



George Ladd Munn, practicing at the bar of Seattle as senior partner of the law
firm of Munn & Brackett, is a native of Freeport, Illinois, and a son of Loyal L. and
Mary L. Munn. He completed his more specifically literary course in the University of
Rochester, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree. He after-
wards prepared for a professional career in the University of Michigan and won his
LL. B. degree.

In 1891 Mr. Munn located for practice in Tacoma, Washington, where he remained
for nine years, or until igoo, when he came to Seattle and has since practiced in this
city. In the year of his arrival here he became junior partner in the firm of Walker &
Munn, an association that was maintained until 1909. He afterward practiced alone for
about two years and in 191 1 entered into his present partnership relation as the senior
member of the firm of Munn & Brackett. He has conducted his law practice with ability,
carefully preparing his cases and presenting them with clearness and force. The court
records are proof of his power as a lawyer, indicating the fact that he lias been con-
nected with much important litigation.

Mr. Munn is also prominently known in club circles, being associated with the Uni-
versity Club, of which he has been president, and- he also belongs to the Rainier and
Golf Clubs of Seattle and with the Union Club of Tacoma. Attractive social qualities
make for popularity in these organizations, while his laudable ambition and indefatigable
energy are salient features in his growing success at the bar.



HOWARD HOLDEN LEWIS.

Seattle is indebted to Howard Holden Lewis for much of its great development
brought about through real estate transactions, for he laid out several of the attractive
subdivisions of the city, where he remained a highly respected and an honored business
man and citizen until death called him on the 24th of May, 1912. He was then about
fifty-three years of age, his birth having occurred in Washington, Iowa, on the 31st of
October, 1859. He was a sons of Judge Joseph R. Lewis, who was appointed to the
bench of Idaho, who later came with his family to Washington and who was subse-
quently appointed judge of the supreme court of the territory. Extended mention is
made of him on another page of this volume.






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Howard H. Lewis supplemented his early educational privileges by study at Berkeley.
California, and before reaching the age of twenty years was appointed by his father
to the position of clerk of the court. He studied law for a few years under his father's
direction and was admitted to the bar on attaining his majority but only practiced for a
short time. He did not find the profession congenial and accordingly turned his attention
to the real estate business, conducting large sales and securing an extensive clientage.
He was instrumental in laying out many subdivisions in the city, in changing unsightly
vacancies into beautiful residence districts and in furthering the welfare and improvement
of Seattle in many ways. He advanced steadily until he occupied a position in the fore-
most ranks of the real estate men of Seattle and remained active in business until two
years before his demise.

Mr. Lewis was married in this city in 1880 to Aliss Betsey Jane Terry, and they
became the parents of five children : Howard Terry, who married Anne Dabney, of
Kentucky, and has a daughter, Betty Jane; Mrs. Mary-Besse La Farge, who is married
and has two children, Margaret and John; Edward C. and Joseph R.. both at home; and
Phebe, deceased.

Mr. Lewis belonged to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and also had
membership with the Seattle Athletic Club, the Arctic Club, the Seattle Golf and Country
Club and the University Club. He was a broad-minded man, alert and energetic, and
kept in touch with the trend of modern thought and progress. He had many substantial
qualities, not the least of which were his attractive social attributes, which won for him
warm friendship and good will.



WALTER SCOTT JOHNSON.

Walter Scott Johnson is the president of the Union Paper Bo.x Manufacturing Com-
pany, which was the second enterprise of this kind established in Seattle. He became inter-
ested in the undertaking in 1909 and has since been a most active factor in its successful
management. He comes to the Pacific coast from the middle west, his birth having
occurred in Kendallville, Indiana, September 10, 1873. His father, John C. Johnson, a
native of Denmark, came to America in 1867 and settled in Michigan, where he became
one of the early railroad contractors. As the years passed he was very successful in
Imsiness and at length acquired a handsome competence that now enables him to live
retired, making his home in Seattle, where he arrived in 1898. His wife, who bore the
maiden name of Anna Frederickson, was a native of Denmark and came to the new-
world in 1870. They were married in Kansas City, Missouri, and became the parents
of three children, two sons and a daughter, but Walter S. is the only one now living.

The family removed to Grayson county, Te.xas, where the father owned and con-
ducted a large plantation and thus it was that Walter Scott Johnson was educated in
the public and high schools of Denison, Texas, in which city was established the first
public school of the state. He afterward continued his education in the National Com-
mercial College at Denison, where he received his preliminary business training. His
boyhood and youth were spent upon the plantation and at the age of twenty-three years
he started out in life on his own account, becoming associated with his father. Making his
way to the Pacific northwest, he accepted the position of purser on the Sound steamer
Skagit Queen and was employed in a similar capacity on different boats covering a period
of ten years, these boats running between Seattle and Alaskan ports. Prior to becoming
purser he spent a year in Alaska, prospecting and mining in the vicinity of Nome and
Cook's Inlet country but met with little success. Following his service as purser he became
assistant manager of the Chesley Tow Boat Company, with which he remained for two
years. He then resigned his position and purchased a half interest in the Union Paper
Box Manufacturing Company, which was established in 1909 by E. P. Jones and later
was incorporated. This was the second paper box manufactory of the city and has
had a continuous and successful existence through the intervening years. The business is
now incorporated with Mr. Johnson as the president and A. J. Schoephoester as secre-



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tary. The factory and office are located at Xo. 21 lo First avenue, where they liave six
thousand square feet of floor space and employ fourteen men. The business has proven
a profitable undertaking from the beginning and has shown a steady growth since it was
organized. The company is now planning for the erection of a new factory and office
that will enable them to double their capacity. In connection with his interest in box
manufacturing Mr. Johnson is the secretary and one of the stockholders of the Chesley
Tug & Barge Company.

On the 8th of August, 1907, in Seattle. Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Marie Van
Cromphant, a native of France and a daughter of August Van Cromphant, a resident of
Seattle. They make their home at No. 3259 McClintock street, owning their own residence.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the Municipal League and he gives his political allegiance
to the republican party, save at local elections where no political issue is involved and
then he casts an independent ballot. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church
and his personal characteristics are such as commend him to the confidence, good will
and high regard of all who come within the circle of his acquaintance. He is yet a
young man but has made steady progress in business and his salient characteristics are
those that promise further advance.



ROBERT CORBET HILL.



Robert Corbet Hill, general manager of the Merchants Exchange at Seattle, was called
to this position in 191 1 and in the years which have since elapsed has done much to establish
the work of the organization and extend its connections. His life has been somewhat
eventful in many respects. He has traveled around the globe, making a study of harbor
conditions and shipping interests and there are few more qualified to talk upon these subjects
than he.

Mr. Hill was born in Glasgow, Scotland, July 8, 1876. His father, Andrew Harper Hill,
also a native of that country, came to America with his family in 1882, settling first in
Winona, Minnesota. There he engaged in the lumber business and met with substantial
success. He was also active in political circles and in connection with the civic life of city
and state. He served for two terms as a member of the city council of Winona and twice
represented his district in the state legislature. For a period of several years he was
manager for the Winona Railway & Power Company and was also engaged in the realty
and insurance business, winning prominence and success in his business connections. In 1900
he removed to Portland, Oregon, where he engaged in the lumber business to the time of
his death, which occurred in 1910 when he had reached the age of sixty-three years. His
wife, who was in her maidenhood Annie Corbet, was also a native of Scotland and a daughter
of Robert Corbet, a very prominent building contractor of Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. and
Mrs. Hill were married in Glasgow on the 2.3d of June, 1875, and after the birth of two of
their children came to the new world in 1882. Their daughter Mary is now the wife of
George H. Blackman, a resident of Winton, California. The mother is still living and
now makes her home with her son.

The youthful days of Robert C. Hill were spent in Winona, Minnesota, where he
attended the public and high schools to the age of nineteen years. He was "first employed
in connection with journalistic interests on the Winona Republican, of which the editor was
Daniel Sinclair, ex-postmaster and a power in politics for many years. He was also a
widely known editor. Mr. Hill was connected with newspaper work there for about a year



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