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dorter Hospital as assistant to Professor Herman Lenhartz, with whom he was associated
until the latter's death in 1910. He was then transferred as first assistant to Professor T.
Rumpel of the Eppendorfer Hospital, with which he continued until May, 1912, during which
time he worked exclusively in the field of internal medicine, diagnosis and X-ray work
and also in serological laboratory work with Professor H. Much, remaining there until
July, 1912, during which time he made arrangements to join the late Dr. E. M. Rinninger.
a noted physician of Seattle, who died, however, two days before Dr. Leede arrived in this
country. The latter reached Seattle in September, 1912, and passed the state board examina-
tion in January, 1913, since which time he has been actively engaged in the practice of
internal medicine and diagnosis, being a leading specialist in that line. Dr. Leede is also
an author of recognized ability, having written a number of articles for medical journals
and different publications on: Diagnosis; The Treatment of Scarlet Fever and Its Com-
plications ; Rumpel Leede Phenomenon as a diagnostic means ; Pneumokokkeu-Influenza ;
and Arthropathien by Syringomyelic. He has also prepared other noted articles and pub-
lications. His last writing, appearing in the Northwest Medical Journal, published in
Seattle, was entitled "Disturbances of Pecum and Appendix." His word is largely accepted
as authority by the profession, for his liberal educational training has given him extensive
knowledge of the great scientific principles of medical and surgical practice. He is a
member of the King Coimty Medical Association and of the Washington State Medical
Society and was physician in charge of the King county medical department in 1914.

On the 30th of October, 1912, in Seattle, Dr. Leede was united in marriage to Miss
Johanna Holler, a native of Germany and a daughter of Henry Holler. They now have
two children, namely: William Edward, who was born in Seattle, September 11, 1913;
and Dorothy Leede, born in Seattle, May 5, 1915.

In politics Dr. Leede is independent. He holds membership with the Germanic Society
of Seattle, with the Commercial Club and the Lutheran church — associations that indicate
much of the nature of his interests and activities outside of his profession. It would be
impossible to give the history of the medical fraternity of Seattle without mention of
Dr. Leede, whose residence here has been of comparatively short duration and yet whose
ability has placed him in the foremost rank of those whose knowledge of the science of
medicine entitles them to notable prominence.



HUGH CLIFFORD TODD.



Hugh Clifford Todd, practicing at the Seattle bar, has long maintained a position among
the foremost representatives of his profession and also as one of the prominent leaders
of the democratic party in the state. He was born on the i6th of February, 1884, at Cheney,
Spokane county, Washington, a son of Robert H. and Amanda Belle Todd, both of whom
were pioneers of Oregon and Washington. He attended the public schools of his native
state and later entered the Washington State College, where he won his Bachelor of Arts
degree. Having determined upon the practice of law as a life work, he became a student
in the Georgetown University Law School, where he won his LL. B. degree. Thus qualified
for an active professional career, he entered upon practice in Seattle in association with
William Martin, one of the leading lawyers of the city for over twenty years. His ability
won him early recognition and his knowledge and power as a lawyer have been manifest
in the excellent results which have attended his efforts in the courts. His mind is naturally
analytical and logical in its trend and he is seldom, if ever, at fault in the application of a
legal principle, so tliat his opinions are regarded as most sound whether as an advocate
or counselor.

Mr. Todd has long been a recognized leader in political circles. He has always been
a democrat in politics and an earnest follower and admirer of William J. Bryan. He was
first called to public office when elected county clerk of Whitman county for a term of two



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years, from 1906 until 1908. He served as state representative in the legislature for two
terms, from igog until 191 1 and again from 191 1 until 1913. During that period he gave
careful consideration to every question which came up for settlement, basing his opinions
upon broad investigation and a thorough understanding of the needs of the state. He
stood for many progressive measures. He was a leader in the general assembly for woman
suffrage and an equally strong advocate of a bill providing for an eight-hour law for
clerks and factory girls. He stood also as a stalwart defender of initiative, referendum,
recall, guaranty of bank deposits, the anti-trust bill, the income tax and other progressive
measures. His friends urged his nomination for governor, which he missed by only three
hundred and seven votes, after which he successfully managed Lister's campaign. He was
about the first man in the state to advocate the nomination of Woodrow Wilson. He was
made chairman of the democratic state committee and in this connection is guiding the
interests of his party. In May, 1914, he became a candidate for the democratic nomination
for United States senator and announced as his platform : "To uphold the hands of Wood-
row Wilson and his administration." His long residence in several counties of eastern
Washington made him widely known in that part of the state, where his worth and ability
gained him strong popularity. He is equally well and favorably known in western Wash-
ington, where he has now practiced law for several years, and he has thus become a
recognized party leader of the northwest.

On the 9th of January, 1913, Mr. Todd was married to Miss Mary Humphreys, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Humphreys, of Steptoe, Washington, and a granddaughter of
Mary White, who had the largest land and farming interests of any woman in Whitman
county, several thousand acres of land being cultivated under her personal direction. Mrs.
Todd's father, Fred W. Humphreys, is a near relative of the late Senator Taylor of
Tennessee and is numbered among the leading wheat farmers of Whitman county, in the
great Palouse wheat country. Mr. and Mrs. Todd hold membership in the First Presby-
terian church of Seattle and in social circles occupy a position of prominence equal to
the place which Mr. Todd fills in connection with political activity in the northwest.



PATRICK SHERRY.



Nearly all of the Puget Sound coiuitry was largely an undeveloped wilderness with
only a settlement here and there to show that the work of civilization had been begun
when Patrick Sherry arrived at Port Gamble, having made the journey from New York.
This was in the year 1S61. He had formerly been a resident of Prince Edward Island
and was a native of Ireland, but when a young man crossed the Atlantic to the new world
and after living on Prince Edward Island for a time became a resident of the American
metropolis. After arriving in the northwest he was employed in the lumber woods for a
time, after which he conducted a hotel for John Collins for about eight years. Subse-
quently he became proprietor of the Port Gamble Hotel, which he managed for about three
years. On the expiration of that period he returned to the east, where he continued for a
few years, when in i8go he again came to the northwest. Here he purchased an improved
property that is still in the possession of his family. He owned both business and residence
property and, having great faith in Seattle, made investment in real estate. He also became
a factor in commercial circles, he and his son Arthur conducting a grocery store at No.
1201 Main street for a number of years, the store being located on property which he
owned.

In 1858 Mr. Sherry was married, on Prince Edward Island, to Miss Mary Jane Hender-
son and they became the parents of a son and daughter : Arthur, a resident of Seattle ; and
Mrs. Lena May Hawes, also of this city. The husband and father died January 12, 1905,
when he had reached the age of seventy-three years. He was connected with no clubs or
fraternities, being a home man, devoted to the welfare of his family and finding his greatest
interest and happiness at his own fireside. He was, however, a devoted member of the
Methodist church and his political allegiance was given to the republican party, for study
of the questions and issues of the day had convinced him that its platform contained the



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best elements of good government. His entire life was marked by steady progress, not
only in business, but in the development of those high and sterling traits of character which
in every land and clime awaken confidence and regard.



GEORGE F. STONE.



George F. Stone, of Seattle, a lawyer by profession, is connected with a number of
important industrial enterprises in this state. He was born in Groton, Massachusetts,
December 25, 1850, his parents being Warren F. and Mary (Williams) Stone. The father
died at the comparatively early age of forty-two years, when his son, George F., was but
seven years of age. He was a prominent man in his day, serving as a member of the
Massachusetts state legislature for one term.

George F. Stone, in the acquirement of his education, attended public school and the
Lawrence Academy at Groton. He then taught school for several years in Massachusetts
and subsequently took up the study of law in an office at Lowell, Massachusetts, and was
admitted to the bar in Middlesex county, that state, on December 8, 1873. He practiced for
a time at Lowell and then went to Hudson, whence he removed to Bradford, Penn-
sylvania, where he established himself and continued in professional life for ten
years. For five years of this period he acted as superintendent of schools in that
city. He then spent about one year and a half in practice in Pittsburgh and trav-
eled for the greater part of a year in various states of the middle west. He
came to Seattle, Washington, in 1891 as a representative of corporations of Pennsylvania
who owned timber lands in this state. He has since continued in this capacity, never having
taken up again the active practice of law. Mr. Stone has become an expert in the timber
industry and with rare executive ability has guided the destines of the companies which he
represents to success. His careful training along legal lines has been of great value to
him in his business activity.

On December 25, 1872, on his twenty-second birthday, Mr. Stone was united in mar-
riage to Miss Emma C. B. Aldrich, the ceremony taking place at Groton, Massachusetts.
They have two children : Muriel, the wife of Frank Coombs, of Seattle ; and Mary, who
married William H. Summers, also of this city. Mr. Stone has never actively entered
politics, although he is interested in the welfare and growth of Seattle. He has many
friends here who esteem him highly for his business ability and his excellent qualities of
character. In a quiet way Mr. Stone is effective hi furthering the interests of the state
by building up private enterprises which are valuable as public assets.



JAMES H. SCHACK.



James H. Schack, an architect of Seattle with a clientage that is important and exten-
sive, was born October 29, 1871, in the province of Schleswig, Germany, a son of Peter J.
and Jcnsine K. Schack. He early determined upon the course of his life work and his
studies were directed to that end. He has never sought to engage in business outside the
path of the profession which he now follows and his study and experience have constantly
developed and expanded his powers until he is recognized as one of the eminent representa-
tives of his profession in the northwest. The proof of this to those who know Seattle is
found in the fact that he was the architect for the Savoy Hotel on Second and University
streets ; for the Melhorn building at Second and Columbia ; for the First Methodist Epis-
copal church at Fifth and Marion: the Arctic Club at Third and Jefferson; the Normandy
apartments; the Delmar apartments; and many residences. Other important structures
have also been planned and erected by him and his professional duties now make heavy
demands upon his time.

On the 17th of May, i8g8, Mr. Schack was united in marriage to Miss Artie Bellows,
a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bellows, of Maryville, Missouri, and they are parents



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of three children : Edwin Bellows, eight years of age ; John Bellows, five years of age ;
and James H., Jr., who is a twin to John. In his political views Mr. Schack is a stalwart
republican, conversant with the principles of the party and its attitude toward vital and signifi-
cant problems of the age. He is a life member of the Arctic Club, a member of the American
Institute of Architects and of the Washington State Chapter. He also belongs to the First
Methodist Episcopal church of Seattle. His indorsement of any measure or movement
indicates that the same will receive his hearty support and cooperation, for he is loyal to
his honest convictions, and in all lines to which he turns his attention he stands for progress
and improvement.



GEORGE J. DANZ.



George J. Danz, president of the Hofius Steel Company, was born in New York city
on the 4th of July, 1873, his parents being Frank and Susan Danz. The father was the
organizer and conductor of the Danz Symphony Orchestra of Minneapolis and prior to that
time was a first violinist with the Theodore Thomas Orchestra of New York city, his
connection with these prominent organizations indicating his superior talent along musical
lines.

George J. Danz pursued his education in the schools of New York and of St. Paul,
Minnesota, and early in his business career became connected with the general freight
department of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company, which later became
the Great Northern Railroad Company. He made his initial step as office boy in 1887
and won promotions through intermediate positions to the chief clerkship. He resigned
in that connection in 1900 to enter the business of W. D. Hofius & Company, now the
Hofius Steel & Equipment Company, conducting a railroad supplies and general iron and
steel business at Seattle. Again advancement awaited him as the legitimate outcome of
his business ability, ready discrimination between the essential and the nonessential and
his indefatigable enterprise, and today he is president of the company, which is one of
the foremost concerns of the kind in the northwest. He is also a director of the Bank for
Savings in Seattle.

On the 14th of September, 1905, in this city, Mr. Danz was married to Miss Olga
Ellen Newlands, a daughter of Dr. George Newlands, of Seattle, and they have five chil-
dren, George, Mary, Frances, Joseph and Helen. Mr. Danz is a well known figure in
club circles of Seattle, holding membership in the Rainier, the Arctic, the Seattle Athletic,
the Seattle Golf and the Transportation Clubs. His entire career has been marked by a
steady progression that indicates the wise utilization of his time, talents and opportunities.
There have been no unusual chapters in his life record, his success being the legitimate
and logical result of close application and intelligently directed effort.



JOHN RICHTER, M. D.



Dr. John Richter, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Seattle, was born
in the province of Mehren, Austria, November 10, 1869, and is the eldest in a family of
four children whose parents were John and Mary (Kern) Richter, also natives of Austria.
The father, who was a successful agriculturist, came to America in 1874, settling in Indiana,
and in the year 1899 he removed to Seattle, where he is now living retired.

Dr. Richter was a pupil in the public and high schools of Logansport, Indiana, and also
attended St. Joseph's Academy in Logansport. Before continuing his education, however,
he learned the printer's trade, at which he served a regular apprenticeship, afterward work-
ing as a journeyman for two years. He began reading medical journals which were
written by Dr. Thomas Hayden Hawkins, editor of the Denver Medical Times, while work-
ing as a printer and it was this that decided him to take up the profession of medicine
as a life work. Accordingly he entered the University Gross Medical College, now known



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as the Denver and Gross medical department of the University of Denver. He was there
graduated in 1895, winning his professional degree, after which lie put his theoretical knowl-
edge to the practical test by a year's service as interne in the Arapahoe County Hospital
at Denver, Colorado. He afterward entered upon active practice at Dannebrog, Howard
county, Nebraska, where he remained for a year, after which he liccame a resident of Malad
City, Idaho, where he spent two years. In 1898 he went to Alaska, where he remained
for eight months and then came to Seattle, since which time he has engaged in the active
practice of medicine and surgery in this city, winning for himself a creditable position in
professional circles. In order to keep abreast with the scientific research and investigation
which has brought to light many valuable truths in connection with medical practice he
has taken postgraduate work in the Polyclinic Hospital at Chicago and he also holds mem-
bership in the King County, Washington State and American Medical Associations. He
is an alumni member of the University of Denver.

On the 24th of December, 1905, in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Richter was united in
marriage to Miss Nellie Gilham, a native of Oregon and a daughter of Philip and Thurza
Gilham, who were born in England and became early settlers of Sheffield, Illinois. They
removed to Oregon in 1885 and both have now passed away. Dr. and Mrs. Richler reside
at No. 2417 Yesler Way. Dr. Richter holds membership in the First Presbyterian church
and his wife belongs to St. Clemens Episcopal church. The Doctor belongs to all Masonic
bodies in Seattle with the exception of the Scottish Rite and is likewise identified with the
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Sons
of Herman. He conforms his life to the teachings of his church and is a most honorable,
upright man of whom his fellow townsmen speak in terms of high regard. He has gained
a wide and favorable acquaintance during his residence in Seattle and has won substantial
success in his chosen profession.



AXEL HERMAN SOELBERG.

Axel Herman Soelberg, vice president of the State Bank of Seattle, was born March
2, 1869, at Nes Hedemarken, Norway, a son of Hans .\nton and Oline Soelberg. The
father, a native of Drohak, was educated there in the public schools and later was appointed
sheriff of the district of Nes by the government, which position he held for fifty years.
He retired in 1909 and died in 1913.

Axe! Herman Soelberg pursued a high school education in Norway, which he com-
pleted in 1884. He w-as afterward employed in an office and general store as an apprentice
until he reached the age of nineteen years, when, the lure of the new world upon him.
he crossed the Atlantic to the United States and settled in Minneapolis. Minnesota, where
he secured the position of bookkeeper witli the State Sash & Door Manufacturing Com-
pany. In that connection he advanced and later was elected secretary and treasurer of the
company, which offices he filled until 1892, when he resigned and came to Seattle. Here he
engaged as bookkeeper with the Scandinavian American Bank until 1894, wlicn he was
elected cashier, serving in that position until 1901, or until elected vice president. He acted
in that capacity until 1905, when he resigned and organized the State Bank of Seattle, of
which he has been vice president and director. His long experience along financial lines
well qualifies him to discharge the onerous and responsible duties of his office and his
work has been one of the strongest and most potent elements in the success of the institu-
tion. For a time he served as secretary of the Seattle Clearing House.

On the 5th of January, 1898. in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Soelberg was united in mar-
riage to Miss Olga Wickstrom, a native of this city and a daughter of Peter Wickstrom, who
came to Seattle in 1873 and here conducted a hotel until the fire of 1889, when he retired.
His demise occurred in the year 1915. To Mr. and Mrs. Soelberg have been born three
children, as follows : Adene Harriet, who is a high school pupil ; Anna Louise, attending
Madame Pless' private school ; and Richard Wickstrom. who is four and one-half years
of age.

Mr. Soelberg gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while fraternally



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he is identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights of Pythias,
being a past chancellor in the latter organization. He is a life member of the Seattle
Athletic Club and also belongs to the Rainier Club, the Arctic Club and the Seattle Golf &
Country Club. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church. He takes a deep interest
in the work of the church and in all of those activities which have to do with the welfare
and upbuilding of the city. He was one of the organizers of the Alaska bureau of the
Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 191 1, and served as treasurer for
a year. Since 1912 he has been a member of the executive committee.



J. HENRY DENNING.



J. Henry Denning, a representative and successful attorney of Seattle, has here prac-
ticed his profession continuously during the past two decades and has been accorded a most
gratifying clientage. His birth occurred in Augusta, Georgia, on the 27th of November,
1873, his parents being George A. and Sarah Grove Tunison Denning. He acquired his
education in Houghton Institute of his native city and in 1893 came to Seattle, taking
up his abode in this city on the 3d of July. When twenty-one years of age, having
prepared for the practice of law, he was admitted to the bar in the supreme court of
the state of Washington. The zeal with which he has devoted his energies to his
profession, the careful regard evinced for the interests of his clients and an assiduous and
unrelaxing attention to all the details of his cases, have brought him a large business and
made him very successful in its conduct.

In fraternal circles Mr. Denning is also well known, being an active working member
of the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the
Knights of the Maccabees. He likewise belongs to the Seattle Athletic Club and in the
line of his profession is connected with the American Bar Association, the Washington
State Bar Association and the Seattle Bar Association, being a charter member of the last
named. Capability, personal worth, geniality and cordiality have made him popular with
a circle of friends that is constantly growing as the circle of his acquaintance widens.



GEORGE S. BUSH.



George S. Bush established the first brokerage business in Seattle and for many years
was a prominent factor in business and financial circles of the city. He died December 15,
1899, after a residence here of twelve years, having come to this city from Washington,
D. C, in 1887. He was a son of William S. Bush, a native of Ohio and a lawyer by pro-
fession. In Washington, D. C, he became connected with Robert G. Ingersoll as assistant
attorney and was connected with the trial of various important cases there. Later he went
to New Mexico and other points for Mr. Ingersoll and subsequently to Toledo, Ohio, where
in connection with his son he was active in the practice of law. He removed to the Puget
Sound country prior to the arrival of his son George and here continued to follow his pro-
fession. He possessed an extensive library, with the contents of which he was largely
familiar. At one period he was associated in practice with Judge Windsor and at another
time with Frank Noyes. On one occasion he was a candidate for the office of judge at
Port Townsend. He married Martha S. Smith, and they became the parents of a sou and
daughter, the latter being Miss Ella S. Bush, who is an artist of considerable fame.

George S. Bush was born at Galesburg, Knox county, Illinois, in 1867 and after attend-
ing the public schools continued his education under private tutors. He studied law in



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