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points at San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, at Portland, Oregon, and at Victoria
and Vancouver, British Columbia, while supplies are also maintained in various oriental
points, including Yokohama and Kobe, Japan, Hongkong, China, and Manila.


John L. Pheasant is the senior partner in the Pheasant & Wiggins Company, under-
takers of Seattle. He was born at Beatrice, Nebraska, September 27, 1884, and is a son of
James E. Pheasant. He attended the public schools to the age of seventeen years and also
worked on his father's farm during the summer seasons. He then made his way to the
northwest, his destination being Wenatchee, Washington, where he secured a clerkship in
a general store, remaining there for four years. On the expiration of that period he
embarked in the livery and transfer business, which he conducted on his own account
until 1906. He then sold out and established a retail grocery store, of which he remained
the proprietor for two years. In igo8 he disposed of his stock of groceries and after four
and a half years spent as a motorman he entered the employ of Graham & Engeman,
undertakers, with whom he continued until 1913. He then joined Mr. Wiggins in pur-
chasing the business of his employers and the present firm of Pheasant & Wiggins was
formed. They have a well appointed undertaking establishment, carrying a large supply
of go.ods in their line and their business is constantly growing.

Mr. Pheasant is a Mason and is identified with several other fraternal organizations,
including the Knights of Pythias, the Eagles, the Maccabees and the Yeomen. His political
support is given the democratic party and he always votes for its candidates and measures
but is not a politician in the sense of office seeking.


Hon. Victor Zednick is engaged in the practice of law at Seattle as a member of the
firm of Ranck, Hastings & Zednick. He was born in Denver, Colorado, December 25,
1884, and is therefore one of the younger representatives of the legal profession but has
already attained a position that many an older member of the bar might well envy. He is
of German descent on the paternal side, the family having been represented, however, in
this country, for four generations. His father, Louis J. Zednick, a native of Michigan,
removed to Colorado in 1882 and there engaged in business as a bridge builder and con-
tractor. In i88g he came to Seattle and at present is acting as foreman for the Northern
Pacific Railroad on the construction of bridges and buildings, having represented the rail-
road company in that connection for twenty years. He married Clara Dudley, who is of
English descent and a native of Pennsylvania. Their marriage was celebrated in Detroit,
Michigan, and they have become the parents of three children : Victor, Paul and Mabel.

The first named is one of the alumni of the University of Washington. He was a little
lad of about five summers when his parents came to Seattle, so that he here attended the
public schools and afterward entered the State University, from which he was graduated
with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1907 and with the Bachelor of Law degree in 1909.
During vacation periods he worked on the Seattle Times as a reporter and from his earn-
ings paid his way through the university. He entered upon the practice of his chosen


profession in this city and on the ist of August, 1913, formed a partnership with Lee
Ranck and Fred W. Hastings under the firm style of Ranck, Hastings & Zednick. They
have offices in the New York block and engage in the general practice of law, a good
clientage being accorded them.

On the 4th of December, 191 1, in Oakland, California, Mr. Zednick was united in
marriage to Miss Helen Tillman, who is a native of that city and represents an old family
of California. Her father, Henry Tillman, has passed away. Jilr. Zednick is a member of
the Madrona Presbyterian church and fraternally he is a Mason, connected with the lodge,
chapter and council. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a
member of the Press Club. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and
he is a recognized leader and worker in its ranks. His fitness for public office of important
character was indicated in his election to the position of legislator in 191 1. He served
during the session of that year, of 1913 and 1915 and has left the impress of his individuality
and ability upon the laws enacted during these three sessions. He studied closely the ques-
tions and issues of the day and the conditions and needs of the commonwealth and was
identified with much constructive legislation. He is deeply interested, moreover, in all
municipal affairs and stands for those things which are a matter of civic virtue and civic


Hon. Pliny Lee Allen, who since 1895 has engaged in the printing and publishing busi-
ness in Seattle, has developed one of the important industries of this character in the city
and at the same time has advanced to a position of leadership in connection with public
affairs, having been for eight years a member of the Washington state senate. He was born
at Allen's Grove, Wisconsin, November 7, 1873, a son of Salmon M. and Helen (Castle)
Allen. His ancestral history in both the lineal and collateral lines has been distinctively
American through several hundred years. Various representatives of the family saw
service in the Revolutionary war and Salmon M. Allen who was a native of New York,
but accompanied his parents on their removal westward to Wisconsin in 1845, is a veteran
of the Civil war. Some years after his marriage he removed with his family to Lawrence,
Kansas, so that Pliny Lee Allen pursued his education in the grammar and high schools
of that place. He was a night student in the law school of the University of Wisconsin
in 1908 and 1909 and the knowledge of law thus acquired has been of immense practical
benefit to him not only in his business career but also in his public life. He became a resi-
dent of Seattle in 1889 and his identification with the printing and publishing business has
been continued since 1895. Careful management and wise direction has resulted in the
continuous growth of his business, which is now one of the important enterprises of this
character in the city.

Mr. Allen has also figured prominently in public affairs. He has been a stalwart repub-
lican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and became a charter member
of the Young Men's Republican Club, of King county, which was organized in 1900. The
active interest which he has taken in politics and the thoroughness with which he has
informed himself concerning the leading questions and issues of the day have led to his
selection for leadership in office. In November, 1906, he was elected to the state senate
under the convention system and in 1910 was reelected state senator under the direct pri-
mary system. He served as chairman of the legislative investigating committee from
1909 until 191 1 and was president pro tern of the senate in 1913. He has been an active
working member of the upper house, connected with much important legislation looking to
the betterment of conditions affecting the general welfare.

On the 25th of September, 1895, in Seattle, Mr. Allen was married to Miss Sara W.
Oltman, a daughter of John H. Oltman, but was called upon to mourn her death on the
iSth of October, 1911. Their children are: John M., nineteen years of age, now a student
in the State Universfty ; and Robert Lee, fifteen years of age, a sophomore in the Frank-
lin high school. Fraternally Mr. Allen is connected with various organizations, being a
Knight of Pythias, an Odd Fellow, a United Workman and a member of the Royal Arcanum.


He is also t3'ee of Moxt Tribe of "Tillikums Elttaes," Seattle's big booster organization.
He likewise belongs to the Seattle Athletic Club, is a life member of the Arctic Club, be-
longs to the new Seattle Chamber of Commerce and to the Seattle Commercial Club. He
is interested in all that pertains to the welfare of the city and attacks everything with a
contagious enthusiasm. It is well known that in public life as well as in business affairs
he displays quick discernment and the faculty of separating the important features of any
subject from its incidental or accidental circumstances.


While Cassius E. Gates is engaged to some extent in tlie general practice of law at
Seattle, yet he makes a specialty of corporation law, in which connection he represents a
number of the prominent business concerns of the city. He was born in Waseca county,
Minnesota, April 26, 1886, and was the youngest of the six children born of the marriage
of Emerson and Emrha Jane (Gray) Gates, both of whom were natives of New York, in
which state they were reared and married. Mr. Gates went to Minnesota in i860, becoming
a pioneer agriculturist of that state. He is a Civil war veteran, having enlisted in Com-
pany A, One Hundredtli New York Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three
3'ears and four months, doing duty as sergeant. He participated in a number of hotly
contested engagements and made a most creditable military record on the battlefields of
the south. He is now a resident of Seattle, where he took up his abode in 1910, since
which time he has lived retired. His wife has passed away.

Cassius E. Gates attended the Waseca county schools and afterward entered the Uni-
versity of Minnesota at Minneapolis, from which he was graduated with the LL. B. degree
in 1908. His early life was spent upon a farm but after preparing for the bar he
opened a law office in Mankato, Minnesota, where he followed his profession until April,
^909, when the opportunities of the west attracted him and he came to Seattle, where he
has since continued in active general practice. However, he is to some extent following
the trend of professional life toward specialization and concentrates much of his attention
upon corporation law. His clientage is now large and of an important character and he
is occupying a creditable position at the Seattle bar.

On the 25th of February, 1911, in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Gates was united in mar-
riage to Miss Clara M. Shaughnessy, a native of New York state and a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Shaughnessy. Mrs. Gates has passed away, her death occurring in Seattle
on the 22d of February, 1912, The family residence is at No. 1716 Howard avenue and
Mr. Gates has his olTice in the Smith building. He is a member of the Municipal League
and of the Seattle Commercial Club. He also belongs to the Arctic Club, the Press Club,
the Ad Club and the Tillikums. His political allegiance is given the republican party but
he has no desire for office as a reward for party fealty. He belongs to the Seattle Bar
Association and he merits the praise implied in the term a self-made man, for he worked
his way through the university, taking his law course at night. He early recognized the
fact that advancement at the bar is won only through individual effort and merit but
also understood that there is no profession more open to talent. He has therefore closely
applied himself to the mastery of the legal problems which have confronted him and step
by step has advanced, having already gained a position which many an older lawyer might
well envy.


Walter H. Watkins, who entered upon the practice of law in Seattle, in November,
1906, has through the nine years of his connection with the bar of this city made steady
advancement and in addition to the success which he has won in his chosen profession he
is also well known as a humorous reader. He was born in Coloiado, December 27, 1878,
his parents being Benjamin R. and Mary C. Watkins. The father, a native of Missouri,


represented one of the old families of that state, long identified with farming, stockraising
and manufacturing in Clay county, from the time of Missouri's admission into the Union.
Prior to that the ancestors were residents of Kentucky, where they were slave owners
and proprietors of large plantations. Benjamin R. Watkins served in the Confederate army
during the Civil war and in 1866 he wedded Mary Coffin Balch, a descendant of the Coffin
and Gardner families long connected with the history of Massachusetts and Nantucket
island. They were seafaring people early in the nineteenth century, the Coffins being con-
nected with the whaling industry after the Revolutionary war and during the early years
of the nineteenth centur\', during which period they resided on Nantucket island. Mary
Coffin Balch was born in Columbus, Ohio, and in i860 went to Missouri, where six years
later she was married. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins afterwards removed to Colorado in the
early '70s and there he engaged in stockraising. In 1880 he took his family to Oregon,
where he carried on farmin.g until 1886, when he became a resident of Wasliington, devot-
ing his attention to fruit farming in tlic famous Palouse country of eastern Washington.

Walter H. Watkins was a young lad when the family came to this state and in the
country schools of Spokane county he pursued his early education, afterward attending
' grammar and high schools in the city of Spokane, while in the University of Washington
he pursued a law course, which he completed by graduation with the class of June, lyo^,
at which time the B. L. degree was conferred upon him. In the meantime, during his boy-
hood days he had become familiar with every phase of farm life and had assisted largely
in carrying on agricultural pursuits on the old homestead. He afterward taught school
for three years and for one year was in the employ of an abstract company but during the
past nine years has given his undivided attention to the practice of law, opening an office
in Seattle in November, 1906, since which time his energies have been concentrated upon
his professional duties to an extent that has made his devotion to the interests of his
clients proverbial. He puts forth most strenuous effort to acquaint himself with every
phase of his case and his arguments, clear and forceful, seldom fail to win the verdict

In Seattle, in October, igog, Mr. Watkins was married to Miss Hattie Raincy, daughter
of James and Sarah L. Rainey, members of an early Illinois family, her ancestors having
become residents of that state about the time of its admission into the Union. Mr. and
Mrs. Watkins have one son, Leslie Roy, five years of age.

Mr. Watkins has been a member of the First Presbyterian church of Seattle since
1902 and he belongs also to the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Since age conferred
upon him the right of franchise he has supported the republican party and is interested in
all the vital questions which have to do with citizenship or which affect municipal and
national progress. His military record began in March, 1905, when he joined Company L
of the Washington State Militia, upon its organization. He was with tliat command for
two years, when he was honorably discharged. He says that the most active service he
ever saw was in helping Captain Howard Darlington pack a large number of blankets for
shipment to the sufferers at San Francisco at the time of the earthquake in April, 1906.
One of his strongly pronounced traits is his love of good literature and he enjoys a local
reputation as a dramatic and humorous reader, having in the past ten years appeared in
that connection before many church organizations, fraternal bodies, the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association and other gatherings. He enjoys congenial companionship and bis life
is an exemplification of the fact as Emerson has expressed it that "the way to win a friend
is to be one."


Howard Holland Startzman became a member of the Seattle bar in 1902 and has since
practiced in this city. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 19, 1879, a son of
Melvin and Mary E. (Holland) Startzman, both descended from early settlers of Mary-
land who came to the new world under the first Lord Baltimore. The ancestral line is
traced back to .Miraham Startzman and William Holland, the first of the colonists to arrive


at St. Mary's, Maryland. Descendants of William Holland served with the American
army in the Revolutionary war. Among the ancestors was Elijah Stansbury, one of the
defenders of Baltimore in the War of 1812, and Jarret HoUingsworth, one of the first
settlers of Delaware. For a considerable period Melvin Startzman conducted a large tan-
nery in Baltimore as a member of the firm of A. Startzman & Son.

In the public schools of his native city Howard H. Startzman mastered the elementary
branches of learning and later attended the University of Maryland, where he pursued a
course in law, being graduated therefrom in 1900 with the degree of LL. B. He at once
located for practice in Baltimore, where he remained until 1902, since which time he has
followed his profession in Seattle and in the intervening years has won a large clientage.
He carefully guards the legal interests intrusted to his care and his ability has been a
strong factor in winning many verdicts favorable to his clients.

Mr. Startzman is a Methodist in his religious faith and a republican in his political
belief. He belongs to the Young Men's Republican Club and is identified with fraternal
organizations. He has membership in the Modern Brotherhood of America and has been
a prominent and active representative of tlie Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a
past grand of Golden Link Lodge, was chief patriarch of Paran Encampment in 1912 and is
a member of Canton Seattle, No. 3, P. M. He was the secretary of the general relief com-
mittee of the Odd Fellows from 1910 until 1914 and is recognized as one of the prominent
members of the order in this city. He is also identified with Washington Chapter of the
Sons of the American Revolution and the spirit which prompted his ancestors to aid in
winning American independence, the spirit which arises from a love of justice and right,
is manifest in all of his public connections.


A newspaper route for the Post-Intelligencer enabled Dr. Herbert Cameron Ostrom
to earn the money that took him through the university and prepared him for the profes-
sion which he now successfully follows, being regarded as one of the able physicians and
surgeons of Seattle. He was born at Albert Lea. Minnesota, April 8, 1874, a son of
Charles Albert and Ellenette (Darlington) Ostrom. The father was a native of Canada
and in 1865 removed to Minnesota, where he engaged in merchandising, his labors being
attended with a substantial measure of success. He became an enlisted soldier in a New
York volunteer regiment during the latter part of the Civil war but did not see active serv-
ice. He removed from Minnesota to Seattle in 1889 and during the period of his residence
in the northwest was engaged in merchandising at Blaine, Washington. His interests were
carefully and ably conducted and brought to him gratifying profit. His wife, a native of
Wisconsin, was a daughter of John Darlington, who was born in England and became
one of the early settlers of Mazomanie. Mr. and Mrs. Ostrom had a family of four chil-
dren: Herbert C. ; Mrs. W. L. Childs, of Seattle; C. C, who is a jeweler of Juneau; and
Mrs. James Bell, whose husband is clerk of the district court of Juneau.

Dr. Ostrom pursued his early education in the public schools of Minneapolis and sub-
sequently matriculated at the University of Washington, where he was a student from
1893 until 1896. He at once began his medical education at Cooper Medical College, from
which he was graduated in 1898. Immediately afterward he took charge of the smallpox
hospital at Nome, Alaska, for the Linited States government and was in the quarantine
service. He was also physician and surgeon for the Commercial Company of Kodiak
Island, .-Xlaska, but in 1900 returned to Seattle, where he has since been engaged in active
practice as a physician and surgeon.

On the 5th of April, 1899, in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Ostrom was united in marriage
to Miss Ella L. Walthew, a native of Michigan and a daughter of William and Ellen
Walthew. The father is deceased, but the mother survives and is a resident of Olympia.
The Doctor and his wife have three children, all born in Seattle, namely: Cameron W.,
whose birth occurred July 17, 1900; Eleanor and Jean. The family residence is at No. 315
Fourteenth avenue, North, and is owned by the Doctor, who maintains his office at 330


Lumber Exchange building. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church,
while fraternally he is identified with the Masons and belongs to the Shrine in Seattle.
He is likewise a member of Sigma Nu, a college fraternity, and has been trustee of the
College Club for the past three years. Mrs. Ostrom is very prominent in social circles and
is a member of the Ladies Music Study Club.

Dr. Ostrom's military record covers service with the National Guard of Washington.
in which he won. advancement to the rank of captain in the medical corps. In the line
of his profession he has connection with the King County Medical Society, of which he
served as treasurer for two terms, the Washington State Medical Society and the American
Medical Association. His entire record is most creditable, for as a man and citizen his
course commends him to the confidence and goodwill of all with whom he has been brought
in contact.


Joseph Tucker Greenleaf has been connected with tlie Peoples Savings Bank of
Seattle since 1890 and since 1902 has been its cashier. He was born at Edgecomb, Maine,
February 14, 1870, a son of Silas Nelson and Annie Augusta Greenleaf. \\'hen eleven years
of age the father went to sea and at the age of twenty-one became captain of a vessel. In
i860 he made his way to the Pacific coast and he brought his ship to Seattle when there
was nothing upon the site of the city save Yesler's sawmill. For many years he was con-
nected with the cotton trade between this country and Liverpool and his last voyage, made
in 1897-8, was a complete circumnavigation of the globe.

Joseph T. Greenleaf obtained his education in the public schools of Maine and of
Massachusetts, after which he engaged in the banking business. He entered the Peoples
Savings Bank of Seattle as a collector in 1890 and his ability secured him promotion to the
position of assistant cashier. He served for some time in that capacity and in 1902 was made
cashier, which is his present comiection. He is also one of the directors and stockholders
of the bank and is active in shaping and directing its policy as well as in controlling the
activities which are daily a factor in the conduct of a banking business.

On the 26th of June, 1895, in Bath, Maine, Mr. Greenleaf was united in marriage to
Miss Ruth Moulton, her father being George Moulton, Jr., who served as mayor of Bath
and was also collector of customs. Her paternal ancestors were early settlers of Massa-
chusetts, while in tlie maternal line she traces her ancestry back to Governor Prince of
Massachusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf have three children, namely : Ruth Stetson, Sydney
Nelson and Joseph Tucker, Jr.

The parents are members of the Pilgrim Congregational church and in political faith
Mr. Greenleaf is a republican. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons and in club
circles is well known as a member of the Seattle Athletic Association, the Mountaineers
and the American Legion. He has had no military training and experience save that which
he had when a member of a regiment in connection with the schools of Boston. He has
always concentrated his energies upon business and undoubtedly one of the strong elements
of his success is the fact that he has never dissipated his activity over a broad field but
has concentrated his labors upon the line in which he embarked in early manhood. He is
now familiar with every phase of the banking business and as cashier of the Peoples Savings
Bank occupies a creditable and enviable place in the financial circles of Seattle.


Samuel Hamilton Hedges, president of the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Com-
pany of Seattle, is considered one of the foremost authorities on bridge construction in
the country. Not only is he eminent along this particular line but he has been connected

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