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Washington, D. C, and after coming to Seattle in 1887 he served as special deputy in
the customs house in Port Townsend under Mr. Bradshaw. He assisted in opening the first
customs house at Port Angeles, at which time he was connected with the one at Port
Townsend. He was very exact in his work, fulfilling every duty connected with the ofiice,


but at length he resigned and came to Seattle, where he embarked in the customs brokerage
business under the firm name of George S. Bush & Company. He established the first brok-
erage business of this kind in the city and it is still conducted under the old firm name.
He also specialized in admiralty law, and the extent and importance of his business inter-
ests brought him prominently before the public.

On the 4th of February, 1891, Mr. Bush was married in Seattle to Miss Louise Pollock,
a daughter of George Henry Pollock, who was the first statistician of the customs house
at Port Angeles. His wife bore the maiden name of Louise Plessner and was a native of
Germany, but when seventeen years of age came to the new world and in 1864 established
the first kindergarten in America, its location being at West Newton, Massachusetts. Mrs.
Bush was born in Massachusetts and for a time was a resident of Washington, D. C., from
which place she came to the west. To Mr. and Mrs. Bush were born two children : George
Pollock, who is a lieutenant in the United States signal corps at Honolulu ; and Agnes,
who is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Mr. Bush gave his political allegiance to the republican party and in politics as in all
things was very progressive. He had membership in the Chamber of Commerce, and his
activities and interests were ever of a character that indicated him to he a man of high
and honorable purpose.


Dr. Mabel Seagrave, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Seattle, was
born January 3, 1882, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a daughter of A. A. and Saline (Glass) Sea-
grave, natives of Massachusetts and Iowa respectively. The Seagrave family is of old
Puritan stock of English and Scotch lineage and was represented in the Revolutionary
and Civil wars. The family is a very numerous one in the New England states and the
parents of Dr. Seagrave are the only ones to emigrate west save one cousin, who settled
in Spokane a number of years ago. In the year 1885 the father came to Washington, settling
in Seattle and was engaged in the real estate business for a number of years and at the
same time conducted the Occidental Hotel, of which he was proprietor for twenty years.
He thus became actively associated with the business interests of the city but retired in
1904, since which time he has enjoyed a well earned rest. He yet makes his home in Seattle
and is regarded as one of its sulistantial and valued citizens.

Dr. Seagrave lost her mother when she was a little child and later her fatlier married
again, his second union being with Miss Sarah Chatham, who indeed filled a mother's place,
being notably kind and devoted to the little stepdaughter. Dr. Seagrave acquired her early
education in the public schools of Seattle, passing through consecutive grades to her grad-
uation from the high school. She afterward attended Wellesley College near Boston, Massa-
chusetts, where she won the degree of Bachelor of Arts upon graduation with the class
of 1905. She then became a teacher in the Broadway high school and followed that pro-
fession for two years. She then decided to take up the study of medicine and attended the
Johns Hopkins University, from whicli she was graduated in 191 1 with the degree of M. D.
She afterwards filled the position of house physician in the New York Infirmary for Women
and Children for a year and a half and in that way gained a most practical and extensive
knowledge of surgery and became splendidly equipped for professional activities. In 1912
she returned to Seattle, where she opened an office and has since continued in the general
practice of medicine and surgery with good success. Her efforts have been followed by
excellent results and her reputation and her practice have steadily grown, gaining her a
most creditable and desiralile position in professional circles of the city. She is a member
of the Women's University Club and the King County Medical Society She is also one
of the physicians of the Children's Welfare Division of the city health department and is
consulting physician at the Firland Sanitorium and the Seattle Pulmonary Hospital and
is also serving on the staff of the Crittenden Hospital.

Aside from her profession her interests are broad and varied and she is a memljer
of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Seattle and in her political belief is a repul)li-


can. Dr. Seagrave has been in Seattle for three decades, having been reared and educated
in this city and she lias witnessed wonderful growth and development here. Her acquaint-
ance is broad and she has a large circle of warm friends as well as professional acquaintances.


Earl Young, who since 1901 has engaged in the real estate business in Seattle, enjoying
a growing success throughout the period, was born near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 24,
1858. He is a son of Hiram and Nancy C. Young, who were of German descent, the
family having been among the early settlers of Albany, New York. Earl Young supple-
mented his public-school education by study in the Baldwinsville Academy in the state of
New York, and when but seventeen years of age began teaching school. His time between
1883 and 1886 was devoted to the manufacture of cigars in Union City, Michigan, and on
the 23d of May, 1887, he arrived in Seattle, hoping to find better business advantages and
opportunities in the northwest. For one year he operated a steam laundry and afterward
engaged in cigar manufacturing until 1901, Thinking there was a broad and profitable
field in real-estate dealing, he then turned his attention to that business and has secured a
large clientage, which has enabled him to conduct many important realty transactions. He
is conservative in all business matters, is thoroughly conversant with the market and so
directs his efforts that substantial results have accrued. For three years he was in the
empio}' of otiiers but since that time has conducted business on his own account and
under his own name.

In Union City, Michigan, on the 2d of December, 1885, Mr. Young was married to
Miss Alice M. Derthick, a daughter of George Derthick, who removed to southern Michi-
gan with ox teams during pioneer times. Mr. and Mrs. Young have two children, Juno
and Homer D., both born in Seattle. Mr. Young was reared a republican, but voted for
Grover Cleveland when he was first a candidate for the presidency and has since been a
stalwart democrat. He has always been interested in politics but has never aspired to
public office, nor would he accept political preferment. On the contrary, he has given his
undivided attention to his business affairs and his close application and industry are the
basis of his growing success.


Max Wardall, engaged in the practice of law in Seattle, was born at St. Ansgar, Iowa,
November 13, 1879, his parents being Alonzo and Elizabetli Wardall. His grandfather,
Thomas A. Wardall, now one hmidred years of age, resides with him and is in good health
and in full possession of his faculties. The father was a veteran of the Civil war. The
mother, who in her maidenhood was Elizabeth Murray, was related to early settlers of
America who came from Scotland.

Max Wardall of this review was graduated from the high school at Topeka, Kansas,
with the class of 1898 and during that period was captain of the football team. He was an
enthusiastic figure in athletic circles and made several trips to New York and other points
with Iiis brother, traveling on l)icyck'S, so that he won a reputation as a long distance
rider. In June, 1898, he and his brother, Ray M. Wardall, who is now practicing law in
partnership with Max Wardall, started from Topeka, Kansas, on a tandem for a tour of
the world and engaged in the exploitation of a patent photographic appliance. They spent
about six months traveling through America before they reached the Pacific coast and
during that period earned over a thousand dollars. They then took passage on the Moana
for Australia, arriving at Sydney on Christmas day of 1899. However, vvfhile en route they
liad sojourned for brief periods in the Hawaiian islands, Samoa and the Fiji islands, mak-
ing money all the time. During the first three weeks of their trip, however, they had no
success in business and had to resort to work in the harvest fields of Kansas but from


that time on they met success and their novelty became a craze in New Zealand. They
soon realized their opportunity, of which they made good use. Their work was the making
of sixteen photographs an inch square, known as stamp photos, in four different positions,
by electric light, for a shilling. Immediately this kind of photography became extraordi-
narily popular and they established photographic galleries at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide,
Brisbane, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo, and in some of these cities had several places of
business. At New Zealand they established galleries at Auckland, Wellington, Christ-
church and Dunedin, and had in all eighteen places in operation at one time, with a force
of over one hundred employes. Their splendid business ability and enterprise were indi-
cated in the fact that they gained success in a very short time although they had been
obliged to pawn their bicycles for seventeen dollars and a half in order to start in business
in Sydney. While in Australia they cleared over twenty thousand dollars. After leaving
.■\frica they went to England, also to Germany, Austria, Belgium, France and Switzerland,
riding their bicycles over almost the entire country that is now the scene of military opera-
tions in Europe. They remained abroad until September, 1901, and then came direct to
Seattle, after which they entered the State University of Wasliington, from which they
were graduated in June, 1903, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. They then entered
upon the practice of law and the firm of Wardall Brothers has gained prominence at the
Seattle bar. For twelve years Max Wardall has been a representative of the Seattle bar
and has been very successful in his practice. He has a comprehensive knowledge of legal
principles, which he correctly applies to the points in litigation, and his logical deductions
constitute forceful elements in winning favorable verdicts.

Mr. Wardall is a member of the Masonic fraternity and in liis political views he is a
republican. He became justice of the peace in West Seattle in 1906 and filled that position
for two years. He served as a member of the city council of Seattle from March, 1908,
until March, 1914, and was its president for some time. During the absence of Mayor
H. C. Gill on a bear hunt in Alaska, Mr. Wardall, then president of the council, became
acting mayor in September, 1909. During the three weeks that he occupied the mayor's
cliair he gave Seattle a shaking up that she has never forgotten. He was responsible for
the suppression of the conditions of civic corruption that existed at that time under the
notorious Wappenstein regime. Wappenstein was then chief of police but before Mr. War-
dall finished his work the chief of police was on his way to the penitentiary. The exposure
of ofiicial graft, the closing of gambling dens, dance halls and houses of ill repute and the
revoking of licenses of disreputable saloons below Yesler Way, constitute only a part of
the extraordinary program carried out by the young mayor. In this action he had the
support and indorsement of every citizen of standing in Seattle and what he did at that time
had such lasting efifect on the civic morals of Seattle that the influence is felt even now.
Mr. Wardall was a member of the Civic Plans Commission in 1912 and has not only looked
forward to but has been active in bringing about various improved conditions in the munici-
pal life, his efforts being based upon public-spirited devotion to the general good. His
breadth of view has recognized possibilities not only for his own advancement but also
for the city's development and his loyalty and patriotism have prompted him to utilize the
latter as quickly and as effectively as the former.


C. R. Adams is vice president and manager of the Western Engraving & Colortype
Company, which was established in 1907 under the name of the Western Photo Engraving
Company. In 1910 it was incorporated under the present name, with W. A. T. Campbell
as president and treasurer, and H. E. Campbell, secretary and sales manager. From the
be.ginning the business has grown steadily and under the active management of C. R.
.\dams it has extensive trade relations, its patronage resulting from a recognition on the
part of the public of the excellent work that is done in tlie establishment. Mr. Adams
made for himself a creditable place in business circles of the city and has won for his house


an enviable name. He is a western man by birth and training, having been born in Los
Angeles, California.

Throughout his active business career Mr. Adams has been connected with photo
engraving and in 1896 came to Seattle, where he became one of the organizers of the
Adams & Angell Engraving Company, with offices in the Washington building at First and
Cherry streets. He operated under the partnership relation until 1899, when he purchased
Mr. Angell's interest and continued the business under the name of the Seattle Engraving
Company. He sold out, however, in 1905 and went to the east but could not remain away
and after about a year returned to Seattle. He became associated with the Western
Engraving & Colortype Company in 1908 and has since been active in the conduct of the
business, of which he is now the vice president and manager. This company has the dis-
tinction of doing some of the finest work ever executed in the west, including such work
as Puget Sound and Her Snow Capped Mountains, a book which was presented by the
bankers during their convention of 1915 to their guests from all parts of the world. They
have competed with many of the strongest colortype artists of the east for some large
contracts in this line and wherever their work has gone it has received the highest indorse-
sent and praise. Mr. Adams is thoroughh- familiar with all of the mechanical processes
of the business, embodying the latest improvements that science can offer and at the same
time he has the artistic nature and talent that insure appreciation of beauty and the excel-
lence of the work has led to a constantly increasing business. He belongs to the American
Outdoor Advancement Association and he is interested in everything that tends to a
greater appreciation on the part of man of the beauties of nature.


John Henry Starbird, well known in real estate circles of Seattle, where he has
operated extensively not only in the control of property but also in taking the initiative
step in introducing modern conditions in connection with Ijuilding in this city, belongs
to that class of men whose work has been of direct benefit and his faith in Seattle and
her future has never wavered. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, January 18, 1866,
and is a representative of an old American family, his paternal grandfather having served
in the Revolutionary war. His parents were Captain Charles and Amanda Starbird, the
latter of Scotch lineage. Captain Starbird was born in 1814, and died at the age of
seventy-one years, at which time he was the oldest navigator in the state of New York.
He ran the packets on the Erie canal, which at that time vi'as little more than a ditch,
long before the use of steam as a motive power was known.

John Henry Starbird had no educational privileges, for it was necessary that he pro-
vide for his own support when a little lad. He had to work twelve out of the twenty-four
hours — si-x hour shifts, as a barefoot boy, driving a mule team from Buffalo to Albany,
New York, on the Erie canal. After left to his own resources he took up scientific cook-
ing as a profession and afterward learned the meat business thoroughly and thus he became
well equipped for the conduct of restaurant, hotel and the butchering business and at
different times he was active along those lines. At the age of twenty-two years, having
saved up a capital of twenty-one hundred dollars, he entered into partnership with a
Mr. Oliver, who was then county treasurer of Clarendon, Te.xas. It was his desire to
become a cattle king but the unscrupulous business principles of his partner left him
broke. Since then he has met success and disaster at many times but the word failure
has never had a place in his vocal)ulary and when reverses have come he has resolutely
set to work to bring about improved conditions and has always been able to do so. He
has been identified with the northwest since 1889. At one time he was connected with
business interests in Spokane, where he formed a partnership with T. E. Westlake, and
while residing in that city he owned an attractive modern Swiss chalet, which he purchased
at a cost of nine thousand dollars. He has spent some time in Alaska, where in 1897 he
built the first hotel in Dyea, known as The Glacier. He became familiar with every phase
of life in that country and during the snow avalanches he assisted in the burial of many







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unfortunates. In iSgg he broke all records, walking alone from Dawson City to Skagway,
without dogs, making the trip in fifteen days, or a daily average of about thirty-one miles
per day through a region of continuous blizzards.

His residence in Seattle covers seventeen years, during which period he has won notable
success. Today he is connected with the firm of H. E. Dominy & Company and is a promi-
nent figure in Seattle real estate circles. Moreover, he has taken the initial step in many
movements that have resulted beneficially to the city at large. He was the first to introduce
speed motor boats on Lake Washington, having shipped a carload from New York in 1905.
In 1900 he erected the first modern flat building in Seattle at the corner of Pike and
Boyleston streets and in 1906 he erected the first apartment house in Seattle. He con-
structed three apartment houses, Lincoln Court, Starbird Court and Highland Court, repre-
senting an outlay of over one hundred thousand dollars. In the years 1898 and 1899 he
was identified in business with ex-Governor J. H. McGraw at Rampart City and he was
one of the first discoverers of the Kongrock district in 1900. He made a notable record for
navigating on the Behring sea in a twenty-two foot dory from Cape Nome northward to
Fort Clarence, and thence through Storm Lake where history states many lives were lost.
His experiences in the far north read like a tale of fiction, so unusual and picturesque do
they seem within the sheltered homes of the United States but they were very real to
Mr. Starbird who knows every phase of frontier life in Alaska as well as in Washington.
He was connected with an important gold discovery in Chelan county, where there was a
well defined ledge with a hanging wall of porphyry. There is an abundance of water
power from the creek, enabling one to mine and mill ore that will run four dollars or
less at a profit by the cyanide process. Mr. Starbird is still operating in real estate in
Seattle and yet holds some valuable property there. He has displayed good judgment in
making his investments and his enteri)rise and industry have led him into important busi-
ness relations.

On the 27th of April, 191 1, in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Starbird was united in mar-
riage to Miss Marjorie Ruth King, a daughter of John and Mary Ellen King, who are
substantial, honest farming people. Mr. and Mrs. Starbird have a most interesting little
son, John Rex, who is now about four years of age, and who is a most wonderful speci-
men of splendid physical development. He has interested motion picture companies by
his character make-up of the red man, assuming various poses of the Indian with natural
instinct and a proposition has been made to his father by a film corporation to stage a
feature with the boy in the title role. It is said that he will tramp for seven or eight miles
over the hills without showing fatigue.

In his political belief Mr. Starbird is a republican, yet always considers the capability
of the candidate for office. He has belonged to several fraternal organizations but is
identified with none now save the Modern Woodmen. He has membership in the Christian
Science church but believes the golden rule to be a fully adequate standard and principle
of life. At one time he established the Alpine moving picture house with the purpose of
donating to charity every dollar of the net profits of the venture, the avenue of charity
to be determined by the patrons of the house. His contributions to charity in five years
amounted to eighty thousand dollars. He rejoices in his success by reason of the oppor-
tunity it gives him to aid his fellowmen and he is most generous in his purposes and his
acts. His life has been fraught with much good to those about him and he displays sterling
qualities that have brought him prominently before the public as a man of broad humani-
tarian principles as well as marked business ability.


Robert M. Eames was a physician of Seattle whose efforts were largely instrumental
in the establishment and development of the health department of the city. He was born
in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1865 and passed away on the ist of October, 1907, while on a sailing
vessel off the coast of Chili. His grandparents were early settlers in the Western Reserve
and nearly all of the male members of his family were physicians.

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Reared in the city of his nativity, Dr. Eames prepared for a professional career as
a student in the Western Reserve College of Ohio, from which in due time he was gradu-
ated. He at once began practice upon coming to Seattle in March, 1888, and while he
continued in general practice also specialized in the treatment of diseases of the lungs
and heart, in which connection he displayed marked ability. He was also considered the
greatest authority in the state on smallpo.x, and in fact his broad scientific knowledge and
marked skill made him one of the foremost physicians of Washington. He was called to
the position of health officer and while acting in that capacity did more than any one
person to build up the department — a work of which he had every reason to be proud.
He also served as pension examiner for eight years and he was a member of the King
County Medical Association.

In Seattle, in 1895, Dr. Eames was united in marriage to Mrs. Ethel Drew, who was
born at New Brunswick, Canada, and came to the west in 1881, at which time the family
home was established at Port Gamble. In 1885 she came to Seattle to attend school. By
her first marriage she had a daughter, Alita Drew.

Dr. Eames attended the Episcopal church and his life was ever guided by high prin-
ciples. He belonged to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Modern Wood-
men of America, while his political allegiance was given to the republican party. Aside
from serving as health officer for three terms and as pension examiner for eight years he
filled the position of representative in the state legislature for one term and gave careful
consideration to the questions which came up for settlement. He was a man of very strong
character, decided in his opinions and loyal to his honest convictions, yet never aggressive
in expressing his views. His position, however, was never an equivocal one and in his
entire life history can be found no esoteric chapter. His career was as an open book
which all might read and the cliaracter of his interests and activities is indicated in the
fact that he always associated with the best. When death called him it was a matter of the
deepest regret to his mny friends, who yet cherish and revere his memory.


Horace O. Hollenbeck, secretary of the Klickitat Irrigation & Power Company, has
been identified with Seattle since 1S84, spending si.x years of his early residence in the

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