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and afterward served as reporter on the Winona Herald for a year. On the expiration of
that period he removed to Minneapolis and became a member of the staff of the Minneapolis
Tribune, with which he was connected for seven years. He acted as night police reporter
and while serving in that capacity wrote tlie first story of the Hamilton-Day murder case,
a very noted and celebrated case in which he was called as the chief witness. He was also
police reporter during the Ames administration, which produced the greatest upheaval in
existing criminal conditions, and was instrumental in the conviction of the chief of police,
Fred W. Ames, a brother of A. A. Ames, then mayor of Minneapolis. Prior to Mr. Hill's

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leaving Minneapolis the police and fire department held a celebration in his honor and pre-
sented him with a gold watch and chain in token of their appreciation of work which he did
in behalf of both departments.

The year 1903 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Hill in Washington and for si.x months he
was associated with his father in the lumber business. He then removed to Portland, Oregon,
and on the Portland Journal served as police reporter for seven months, during which
time he wrote up and was active in a number of prominent cases. In February, 1904, he
became a resident of Tacoma and joined the staff of the Tacoma Ledger as sporting editor
and police reporter. In December, 1906, he made a trip on the Blythswood, a sailing vessel,
around Cape Horn as purser and arrived at Waterford, Ireland, in May, 1907. He spent
the summer of that year on the continent and in England, Ireland and Scotland, making a
study of all the great North Sea ports, studying marine facilities and similar questions at
Hamburg. Rotterdam, Antwerp and all of the more important ports of Great Britain. He
returned on the steamer Oanfa, coming home by way of the Suez canal and the orient and
making similar investigations of ports and studying the inside working of freight and steam-
ship lines and service. On returning to Tacoma Mr. Hill resumed his position on the
Tacoma Ledger in December, 1907, and in August, 1908, took the position of marine editor
on the Post-Intelligencer in Seattle, with which he was thus connected for a year. At the
end of that time he became marine editor of Railway and Marine News published at Seattle,
filling the office for two years. In the summer of 1911 the Merchants Exchange desired to
secure a general manager for the Seattle Merchants E.xchange and Mr. Hill was sought
for the post, for which there were a great number of applicants. He accepted the proffered
position, which he has since filled to the great satisfaction of all concerned, and he has
built up the interests of the exchange to proportions never before attained. The shipping
of grain during his connection with the exchange has increased to a notable degree and the
membership and importance of the organization have developed fully one hundred per cent.
He has his ofifice at No. 99 Marion street, and he displays the utmost care and keenest
insight in directing the affairs of tlie organization whicli he represents.

On tlie 1st of September, 1909, Mr. Hill was united in marriage in Victoria, B. C, to
Miss Grace P. Gardner, a native of England, who was reared in Detroit, Michigan. Her
father was a famous inventor and the family were among the best known and most proniineiu
people socially of Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Hill have become parents of two sons: Robert
Gardner, born in Seattle, November 12, 1910; and Frederick William, born in Seattle. Marcli
17, 1914. The family reside at No. 1202 West Blaine street, where Mr. Hill owns a very
attractive and comfortable residence on Queen Anne Hill overlooking the harbor.

In politics he is independent but has extensive fraternal connections. He is a member
of the Scottish Rite bodies of Masonry and also of Nile Temple of the Mystic Shrine.
He is connected with the Eagles and the Modern Woodmen at Seattle and is a member of
the Seattle Press Club, of wdiich he was formerly secretary and is now second vice president.
He likewise belongs to the First Presbyterian church and his interests and activities are
ever along those lines which tend to further public progress and to uphold political and
moral standards. He has become enthusiastic in his advocacy of Seattle, believing that the
city has a great future before it and intending to make it his permanent home.


Various activities brought Peter Conrad Leonard recognition as one of the valued
and representative citizens of Seattle. He was long prominently identified with the lumber
trade and at the same time he wielded a wide influence in political circles as a supporter of
the democratic party. His position in no relation of life was an equivocal one. He stood
loyally by his honest convictions and worked untiringly to bring to a consummation a course
which he believed commendable. He was only fifty-six years of age at the time of his
demise and had been a resident of Seattle for more than a decade. However, for twenty
years he had lived in the state, being connected with the lumber trade in various towns.

Mr. Leonard was a native of Ontario, Canada, wdiere he remained to the age of fourteen


years. He then left Canada and crossed the border into the United States, where he found
keener competition, but where advancement is more quickly secured. He became a resident
of Michigan and operated in connection with the lumber industry in that state until his
removal to the northwest about 1895. For a time he resided in South Bend, Washington,
where he was also active in the lumber trade, and afterward he took up his abode in
Seattle, where he organized the P. C. Leonard Lumber Company, of which he was the
president. That company operated for some time, but eventually the partnership was
dissolved and Mr. Leonard then became one of the organizers of the Alliance Lumber
Company, of which he was made the manager. A few months prior to his death he
organized the Leonard, Mathis Manufacturing Company.

In igo6, at Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Leonard wedded Mrs. Ella Lawrence, who
by her former marriage had a daughter, Melva. who was adopted by Mr. Leonard as his
own. Two sons were born of this union, Peter and Harmon, and the three children,
together with the mother, survive.

Mr. Leonard belonged to the Knights of Pythias fraternity and was well known in
club circles of the city, holding membership in the Commercial, Arctic and Press clubs.
Outside of his business he was perhaps best known as a leader in democratic ranks. He
became one of the organizers of the King County Democratic Club and in 191 1 was
elected its president. Later he resigned that position to organize the Harmon Presidential
Club, of which he became the president. He exerted considerable influence in shaping party
thought and action in the ranks of the democratic party until the nomination of Woodrow
Wilson for president, when he virtually withdrew from participation in active politics. In
the positions of leadership to wliicli he attained men found him worthy of their trust and
confidence and gave him their high regard. All who knew him entertained for him goodwill,
and his death was deeply regretted by those who had been his close associates, when on the
13th of July, 1915. at the age of fifty-one years, he passed away.


Ransom Mott Calkins, general traffic manager for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Railroad, with offices in Seattle, has been continuously in the service of that road for thirty-
four years, his ability being manifest in his successive promotions. He was born in Platts-
burg, New York, August 12, 1863, a son of James F. and Sarah A. Calkins, whose ancestors
were among the early New England settlers. He is a descendant of Hugh Calkins, one
of the Mayflower passengers and the first sheriff of the Massachusetts colony.

Ransom Mott Calkins pursued a public school education and during the period of his
boyhood and early manhood was identified with farming interests in Iowa. He became
connected with railroading as telegraph operator and agent, since which time he has been
advanced through intermediate positions to that of general freight and passenger agent,
while at the present writing he is general traffic manager for the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul Railroad Company, for the Tacoma & Eastern Railway and for the Bellingham
& Northern Railway companies. Long experience has made him familiar with all the different
phases of railroad operation and he figures most prominently in railway circles in the west.
Aside from his interests in that connection he is a director of the First National Bank of
Roundup and a director of the Seattle, Fort Angelus & Lake Crescent Railway. He likewise
has important interests in lands and live stock and his business affairs are systematically and
successfully managed.

On the 9th of September, 188-', Mr. Calkins was married to Miss Cora Bell, a daughter
of Andrew and Sarah Bell, of Davenport, Iowa, who were early settlers of Scott county,
that state. The children of this marriage are a son and daughter : Raymond Mott, twenty-
seven years of age, who married Kathelene Bradley, of Chicago, a daughter of James
Bradley, former vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade; and Imogene Lenore.
eighteen years of age, at home.

Mr. Calkins belongs to the Chicago Athletic Association, to the Rainier, Arctic, Metro-
politan, Seattle Golf and Country and the Town and Country clubs of Seattle, and to the


Silver Bow, Butte and Montana clubs of Helena. In Masonry he has taken the degrees of
both the York and Scottish rites. His political indorsement is given to the republican party
and, while not an active worker in party ranks, he does not neglect the duties and obligations
of citizenship, but on the contrary gives loyal support to many measures for the general
good. He is actuated in all that he does by a spirit of advancement that has enabled him to
overcome obstacles and difficulties and steadily progress toward the desired goal.


With the commercial interests of Seattle William D. McCarthy was associated for
a number of years as the head of the McCarthy Dry Goods Company. He came to Seattle
from San Francisco in 1895 and continued his residence in this city until called to his
final rest. He was born in Ireland and spent the first nineteen years of his life on the
Emerald isle, after which lie liade adieu to friends and native country and sailed for
America. He became connected with the Newhall Dry Goods Company of New York
and advanced to a prominent position with that house, acting as manager for eighteen
years. He went to California to close up their business, but saw a good chance to develop
the enterprise and accordingly advised against closing. His advice was taken and he
built up the business to large proportions and eventually bought out the Newhall interest
and became proprietor of the establishment. Following his removal to Seattle in 1895
he organized the McCarthy Dry Goods Company, carrying on business at Second and
Madison streets, and after liis death his widow continued to conduct the store for two
years. His business methods were unassailable and measured up to the highest com-
mercial ethics. He was energetic and far sighted, thoroughly knew the conditions of the
dry-goods trade and by his administrative direction and executive force placed his busi-
ness upon a very substantial basis.

Mr. McCarthy was married in Seattle, June Ji, 1899, to Miss Virginia Calligan, a
daughter of Robert H. Calligan. who came to the Pacific coast from Maine. He survives
and is living at No. 705 Shelby street. The two children of this marriage are William
Dillon and Virginia, both with their mother. Mrs. McCarthy is a member of the Native
Daughters of the Pioneers, which she joined at its organization. Her entire life has been
passed on the western coast and she has many friends in Seattle. She resides at No. 4223
Twelfth street. Northeast, and her home is a most hospitable one.

Mr. McCarthy held membership in the Catholic Club of New York city, was a
member of the Catholic church, of the Knights of Columbus and of the Seattle Athletic
Club. In manner he was ever genial and courteous, was loyal to his friends and reliable
in his business transactions, and his many sterling traits of character gained for him
warm regard.


Horton S. Emerson, a commission broker of Seattle, was born in Meddybcmps,
Maine, August 18, 1848, a son of Seth and Sarah (White) Emerson. The family is
descended from English ancestry, three brothers of the name having come to America
in 1700, one becoming the head of that branch of the family from which Ralph Waldo
Emerson was descended. Seth Emerson died when his son, Horton S., was but three
years of age and the mother passed away when he was fourteen. The father was a
capitalist but his estate was so badly managed that there was practically nothing left
for Horton S. Emerson, who was educated by an uncle.

Mr. Emerson of this review attended the common schools and at an early age
engaged in the hotel business. The first hotel of importance with which he was con-
nected was the Merchants Hotel of St. Paul, Minnesota, and later he was connected
with the Sheridan Hotel at Bismarck, North Dakota, for nine years. On the expiration
of that period he returned to St. Paul, where he conducted the Beck Hotel for several


years, at the end of which time the Northern Pacific Railroad Company engaged him to
operate the huge Mammoth Hotel at Yellowstone Park. He continued there for two
years, after which he went to Tacoma, Washington, where he embarked in the com-
mission business in the fall of 1887. He was identified with that city for thirteen years,
conducting a substantial and growing business until 1900, when he believed that he
would have still better opportunities in Seattle, where he took up his abode. Here he
again embarked in the commission business, with offices at No. 919 Western avenue. He
continued at that location for a number of years and in August, 1910, leased offices at
No. 1 1 17 Western avenue, where he soon gained an increased clientage. His business
grew to such proportions that in 1914 he retired from the local commission business
and now confines his attention to the shipping and brokerage business. Every ship for
Alaska is loaded with his orders and his interests have assumed mammoth proportions,
Mr. Emerson being regarded as one of the most prominent and successful commission
brokers of the northwest. In addition to his interests of that character he has a fine
ranch not far from Seattle and a beautiful city residence.

Mr. Emerson's military experience came to him when he was but a young lad. He
served in the Civil war as a member of Company E, One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Illinois
Infantry, and was on the firing line when Lee surrendered. The troops were expecting
the order to charge when an officer rode down the lines yelling, "Lee has surrendered !"
at which hats were thrown in the air and hurrahs were heard. The Confederates were
in the opposing line just a short distance away and appeared very sad.

In February, 1881, Mr. Emerson was united in marriage at Bismarck, North Dakota,
to Miss Margaret Powers and they have a son, Theodore Emerson, who wedded Maude
Rae, a daughter of George Rae, an Oregon pioneer. The son is now in Paris, France,
where he is engaged in the commission and brokerage business.

Fraternally Mr. Emerson is connected with the Knights of Pythias and with the
Grand Army of the Republic and he greatly enjoys meeting with his comrades who wore
the nation's blue uniform in the darkest hour of our country's history. He is a member
of the Arctic Club and a life member of the Seattle Athletic Club. His business career
has been marked by those qualities which are ever the indispensable elements of success.
He possesses the spirit of initiative and, guided by sound judgment, has not feared
to venture beyond the point that others have reached. Obstacles and difficulties have
seemed but to serve as a stimulus for renewed effort and his enterprise and progressive
methods have carried him into important relations.


Harry Bonnell Lear has since 1906 been an active factor in financial circles of Seattle,
where he is now secretary of the Green Lake State Bank and cashier of the University
State Bank. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1881, a son of George W.
and Louise Lear, the father being president of the two banks above mentioned.

The son pursued his education in the Scarritt Military school and in the University
of Washington Law school and made his initial step in the business world in connection
with the banking business, entering the employ of the State Banking & Trust Company at
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the year 1900. In 1906 he became one of the organizers
of the Green Lake State Bank, with the active management of which he has since been
closely identified as secretary of the institution. He is also connected with the University
State Bank as its cashier and his close application and energy have constituted forceful
factors in the successful management of these institutions.

At Seattle, on the 26th of November, 191 1, Mr. Lear was united in marriage to
Miss Maude E. Wells and they have a son, David. The parents are members of the
Episcopal church and Mr. Lear is identified with various societies and organizations which
have to do with municipal welfare and improvement and with the business and social life
of the city. He holds membership in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Seattle
Commercial Club, the Municipal League, the Seattle Credit Men's Association, the Seattle


Golf and Country Club, the Seattle Athletic Club, tlie Mountaineers, the University Golf
Club, the Seattle Tennis Club and the University Commercial Club. This indicates much
of the nature of his interests and activities outside of his profession and shows that he
is not unmindful of his obligations of citizenship and his opportunities to aid in furthering
the progress of his adopted city.


Raymond Davis Ogden has been engaged in the practice of law in Seattle since
igoi and has built up an extensive and gratifying clientage. His birth occurred in
Williamsburg, Iowa, on the 5th of March, 1876, his parents being Albert B. and Mary A.
Ogden. He was reared on the home farm and received his more advanced education
in the University of Iowa, from which institution he won the degree of Bachelor of
Philosophy in 1900 and that of LL. B. in the following year. Following his graduation
he located for practice in Seattle and here he has remained throughout the intervening
thirteen years, building up a liberal and lucrative clientage. As a lawyer he has shown
marked ability and his industry, energy, courage and fidelity to principle are unquestioned
by those who know him. He was formerly a director in the Broadway State Bank and
has for many years been a director of the Charity Organization Society of Seattle, now
serving as chairman of its executive committee.

In 1907, in Seattle, Mr. Ogden was united in marriage to Miss Emma E. Lynch, a
daughter of George P. and Mary A. Lynch, of Richmond, Virginia. They now have
tliree children, namely : Virginia G., Raymond D., Jr., and Mary Ann.

Mr. Ogden gives his political allegiance to tlie republican party, while his religious
faith is indicated by his membership in the Plymouth Congregational church of Seattle.
In the line of his profession he is connected with the Seattle Bar .A.ssociation, the Wash-
ington State Bar Association and the American Bar .Association. In 1902 he joined the
Masonic fraternity, becoming a member of Arcana Lodge, No. 87, A. F. & A. M., and
he has now attained the 32d degree of the Scottish Rite in Seattle, being a member of
Nile Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He likewise belongs to the Arctic Club and the Chamber
of Commerce. His influence is always found on the side of right, progress, reform and
improvement, and in his chosen profession he has proven himself an able advocate in the
temple of justice, who, while devoted to the interests of his clients, never forgets that
he owes a still higher allegiance to the majesty of the law.


Dr. May Fonda Nadeau, engaged in the practice of medicine in Seattle, witli offices
in the Cobb building, and widely recognized as a most able representative of the profes-
sion, was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, September 2, 1869. Her father. Lieutenant George
T. Fonda, a native of New York, served with the Seventh Missouri in the Civil war
and was one of three who was promoted to first lieutenant for gallantry on the field.
After this, being possessed of excellent mechanical qualifications, he became commander
of the Sappers and Miners in General Grant's army in the campaign to open the Missis-
sippi river and thereby split the Confederacy. In the siege of Vicksburg he was appointed
to the responsible and very important position of engineer in charge of all the building of
bridges and pontoons across the streams behind that city, and in that capacity he did
marvelous and invaluable work for the besieging army of Grant. One of his most dis-
tinguished achievements as a bridge builder in that service was that of the construction
of a bridge across Black river, a pontoon bridge of cotton bales, which was accomplished
in less than one day, so that the main body of Grant's army crossed that bridge the
very next day to attack Vicksburg. That bridge was designated and known as Fonda
bridge and indeed his general bridge building achievements gave him an illustrious name


and reputation in General Grant's besieging army at Vicksburg. He married C. Tillie
Shultes, a native of New York, who is now living in Seattle at the advanced age of
seventy-eight years, but Captain Fonda passed away July 13, 1913, at the age of eighty-
four years.

Their daughter, Dr. Fonda Nadeau, was but nine months old when the family removed
to Pueblo, Colorado, remaining there and at Canyon City for a period of four years.
They were in Colorado during the Indian uprisings before the Custer massacre, and
the season before that event Mrs. Fonda and her three children traveled for one hundred
and sixty miles with a team of burros to reach a railroad free from Indian raids. Brought
to Seattle in her girlhood days, our subject pursued a high school education here and
afterward entered the University of Michigan as a student in the medical department.
She completed a course with the class of 1898 and won her professional degree, since
which time she has taken several post-graduate courses in New York and Michigan and
also pursued a special course in hospitals at Vienna.

In 1888 Miss Fonda became the wife of W. E. Nadeau. Dr. Fonda Nadeau began
practice in Seattle in 1900 and has continuously maintained an office in the Cobb building
since its completion. She was the third person to sign for quarters in this beautiful
building, which is largely utilized for physicians' offices. She is a member of the King
County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Society, the American Medical
Association and the Medical Woman's Club. She keeps in close touch with the advanced
thought of the profession and with the latest scientific researches and investigations,
and broad reading and study are continually promoting her knowledge and increasing her
efficiency in practice.

Dr. Nadeau has traveled very extensively and is a most intellectual and highly inter-
esting woman. She has visited many parts of the world, and being a keen observer and
possessing a retentive memory, she has gained a wide knowledge of various lands and
their peoples and relates many most interesting incidents in minute detail concerning
her travels in New Zealand, the South Sea Islands, Australia and various other sections
of the globe. She draws upon a rich fund of general information gained both from read-
ing and travel and association with her means elevation and expansion. She is a promi-
nent and popular member in the Woman's University Club and belongs also to the Com-
mercial Club, while in politics she is a Roosevelt republican.


Augustus Warren Gould, of Seattle, architect, was born in Salem, Cumberland county.

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