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with various other important engineering enterprises. He has been a resident of Seattle


since 1905 and from that year until the present has been in charge of the Piiget Sound
Bridge & Dredging Company, of which he is the executive officer.

Mr. Hedges is a native of New York state, his birth having occurred in Ira, Cayuga
county, April 18, 1866. His parents were David Talmage and Jane (Hamilton) Hedges.
The Hedges family is of English descent, the original American ancestor having settled
in Massachusetts in the early part of the seventeenth century, whence his descendants later
removed to Long Island. Many members of this family were connected with the whaling
industry, which vocation the ancestors of Mr. Hedges pursued as captain of vessels until
about 1800.

Following the trend of the times for a more prosperous existence in what was then
considered the west, Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Hedges and their family removed to Durant, Cedar
county, Iowa, about 1869. There Samuel H. Hedges passed his boyhood on a farm until
he reached the age of fourteen years, acquiring his early education in the town school of
Durant. The family then removed to Tipton, the county seat of Cedar county, where he
continued his lessons in the high school until the spring of 1884, when he matriculated in
Iowa State College at Ames. He enrolled in the civil engineering department and com-
pleted the four years' course in three years, being graduated at the head of his class in
November, 1886. At that time he received the degree of Bachelor of Civil Engineering
and later the degree of Civil Engineer was bestowed upon him b}' that universit}'. Aluch
credit is due Mr. Hedges for his perseverance in procuring his education, for he earned
the means necessary to pursue his college course by teaching school during the winter sea-
sons, the long vacation of the Iowa State College at that time being in the winter and the
short vacation in July, an arrangement which was made largely on account of tlie agricul-
tural life which many of the enrolled students pursued. Mr. Hedges used to arrive home
from each college term on a Thursday and on the following Monday morning he would
begin to teach school. He returned to college each year two weeks late in the spring in
order to complete his term as a teacher and yet, being thus handicapped, he was able to
do four years' work in three. Two of his short summer vacations he spent in farm
work but in the third he acted as a private secretary to the college president, looking
after the correspondence and also taking charge of the college buildings during the absence
of the students and professors. During his attendance at Ames he was detailed for work
of various kinds around the college grounds and was even employed in caring for the sur-
veying instruments, taking charge of the engineering hall and similar duties. Most of the
time while at school he was also agent for various kinds of books, by which means he
added to his resources.

After leaving the Iowa State College in November, 1886, Mr. Hedges taught school for
one winter season and in June of the following summer found employment as rodman
on the preliminary survey and location of the Cedar Rapids & Manchester Railway, which
is now a part of the Illinois Central System. Later, during the same summer, he found a
position under the city engineer of Cedar Rapids at the time when the first important
construction work of sewers and paving was done in that city. His exhaustive knowledge
and his quickness of perception found recognition when he was appointed assistant engineer
in the ensuing fall. In the winter of 1887-8 Mr. Hedges was employed in a still more
important capacity, being put as engineer in charge of the construction of a bridge across
the Cedar river at Cedar Valley, Iowa. He successfully supervised this project and in the
following spring became a member of the staff of the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works in the
capacity of contracting engineer. In order to make himself master of all the details of
bridge building he went to the fountain of all knowledge — practical experience — and worked
under the foreman during the actual construction of this bridge. After having been for
three years in the service of the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works Mr. Hedges was put in com-
plete charge of the erection of a bridge over the Mississippi river at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
He remained with the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works until the spring of 1893, when he
resigned his position in order to accept a more advantageous offer from the Chicago Bridge
& Iron Works — more advantageous not only from the point of monetary consideration
but in bringing him into contact with larger enterprises. He assumed the management
of their work in the northwestern territory at St. Paul in 1893, remaining in that city in
their interests until 1899, when he was called into the home office as contracting engineer,


the company having decided to centralize their business. At that time they did away with
their outside agents and it is significant that Mr. Hedges was the only outside man who
was summoned to the main office. He was then occupied with important and responsible
problems in the company's home office in Chicago, where he continued until coming to

In a review of the professional experience and ability of Mr. Hedges compiled by
Horace E. Horton, owner of the Chicago Bridge & Iron Works and one of the foremost
men in bridge construction in the United States, reference is made to Mr. Hedges' accom-
plishments and technical skill as demonstrated in his eleven years of service with that com-
pany. Mr. Horton writes that during the period which Mr. Hedges was connected with
the home office he was "relied on in the matter of design more fully than any employe
ever was," that he enjoyed "a larger salary than ever was paid to any other engineer, in
fact twice as much," and that he left the company because he had outgrown a salaried posi-
tion. Mr. Horton states that he gave many instances of his intimate knowledge of details
and expert capacity in the most delicate matters of construction and pays a tribute to his
"ability as an engineer in the full sense and broadest phase of the terra engineer."

The year 1905 marks Mr. Hedges' arrival in Seattle and the beginning of his remarkably
successful independent career. In the early part of that year he came to this city with
R. M. Dyer, of Chicago. Illinois, to take charge of the affairs of the Puget Sound Bridge
& Dredging Company. Mr. Hedges has since been the executive officer of this enterprise
and Mr. Dyer, who is a mechanical engineer of wide reputation, is vice president, having
entire charge of the office and construction department. The operations of the Puget Sound
Bridge & Dredging Company are very extensive, covering not only engineering and con-
struction work, but also undertaking the financial foundation of projects intrusted to their
care. Their present business is naturally construction work, but they have often been re-
quested to undertake the entire financing of a new proposition or to assist in the financmg
of large projects. They are in an excellent position to do this, as the company is closely
connected with large financial interests in the east. The Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging
Company is often approached to submit tenders on work before any definite designs have
been executed and they therefore keep a staff of engineers who are competent to work
out any design and give estimates on structures, the plans for which are yet indefinite and
have to be worked out before tenders are made. They do in particular work of a heavy
construction character, such as waterworks, sewers, bridges, concrete dams, railroads, heavy
foundations, irrigation canals, tideland reclamations, and the dredging of rivers and harbors.
They are the most experienced and best equipped concern for this line of work in the
west. The Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company has built the canals for one of the
foremost government reclamation projects in the west and has dredged the harbors of
Aberdeen, Olympia, Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellingham, Ballard, Everett, St. Michael and
Seattle. To give an idea of the stupendous extent of some of their operations it is inter-
esting to mention that their Seattle work involved the dredging of about twenty-five
million cubic yards, which resulted in the reclamation of areas which were then worthless
but arc now conservatively estimated to be worth about thirty million dollars. There can
hardly be found a stream in the northwest which is not spanned by one of the company's
bridges. When .Maska first came into fame and when it opened its gates to the onrush of
prospectors and miners this company also entered its rich fields, as builders, however. They
constructed the mammoth arch for the White Pass & Yukon Railroad Company, a magnifi-
cent piece of work which is greatly admired in engineering circles. They also built the
large coaling station at the Bremerton navy yard and did construction work of other char-
acter there. The Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company built a bridge across the
Columbia river for the North Coast Railroad Company; the heavy foundations for a
bascule bridge for the Northern Pacific Railway Company in Seattle harbor; the reinforced
concrete dam at Estacada, Oregon, which was eight hundred feet in length and one hun-
dred feet in height; a reinforced concrete warehouse for Lilly & Company of Seattle.
They built a number of buildings in the navy yard at Bremerton and a number of bridges
throughout the northwest. They are now building the King county court house, a building
covering an entire city block, at a cost of a million and a half dollars.

One of the things of which the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company and its


officials are most justly proud is that they have never yet undertaken a contract, in the
completion of which they have failed. After once undertaking a piece of work and declar-
ing it feasible they leave no stone unturned to assure them of success, and with brain and
brawn, knowledge and experience they have often made the seemingly impossible a concrete
fact. Their unquestioned ability to carry through anything they attempt is their greatest
asset. Their integrity has never been challenged and their fairness insures them the con-
fidence of those who employ their labor, as well as the loyalty of all their employes, in the
treatment of whom they are as just as they are conscientious in fulfilling any contract. Mr.
Hedges as the head of this vast enterprise is not only the last resource in working out the
most difficult engineering problems intrusted to the firm, but he is largely responsible for
the strict adherence to the business policy of fair treatment as outlined above.

Mr. Hedges is widely known in engineering circles, belonging to the foremost profes-
sional associations of this character. He is a director of the American Society of Engineers
and a member of the Western Society of Engineers, the St. Paul Society of Engineers and
the Pacific Northwest Society of Engineers. In social circles he is popular and he has
always taken a helpful interest in promoting athletics and sports. He is interested in Arctic
exploration, a fact which is not surprising, as so many of his interests lie in that mysterious
sub-Arctic country — Alaska. He is a member of the Rainier and Arctic Clubs and belongs
to the Seattle Athletic Club and the Seattle Golf and Country Club, of which he is one of
the loard of trustees. He seeks recreation from his arduous duties in golf, finding in the
proficient execution of that sport relaxation and returning from the links invigorated and

On June 29, 1892, Mr. Hedges married Miss Jessie Jackson, a daughter of Christopher
Jackson, of Potosi, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Hedges had two children, both of whom
died, David Jackson and George William.


Howard Joslyn, city electrician of Seattle, was born May 17, 1869, in Crawfordsville,
Indiana, a son of N. S. and Frances E. (Squire) Joslyn. The father was a business man of
Crawfordsville for a number of years but is now living retired, he and his wife making
their home in Greencastle. In their family were three children, a son and two daughters.
One of the daughters is the wife of Dr. O. F. Overstreet, of Greencastle, Indiana, while
the other daughter is Mrs. Robert E. Lyons, of Bloomington, Indiana, whose husband is
a well known educator, being now professor of chemistry in the University of Indiana.

Howard Joslyn acquired his early education in the public schools of his native state
and later pursued a course in Wabash College at Crawfordsville, from which institution
he was graduated with honors. He came to Seattle on the ist of August, 1888. and in May
of the following year became business manager for Senator W. O. Squire, taking charge
of his extensive real estate interests. He also acted as manager of the Domestic Heat,
Light & Power Company until November, 1892. He then took up the work of contracting,
continuing in that and other business lines until 1895, when he went to Tacoma as salesman
and local engineer of the northwest office of the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing
Company. In 1897 he took the competitive civil service examination and was appointed
city electrician of Tacoma, in which connection he was given charge of the large municipal
electric lighting and power plant. He resigned his position in the latter part of the year
and in January, 1898, was appointed electrical engineer by the Snoqualmie Falls Power
Company, remaining in that association for two and a half years. On leaving the company
he engaged in general hydroelectric engineering and assisted R. H. Thompson in making
preparations of estimates and also in promoting newspaper exploitation for the original
five hundred and ninety thousand dollar bond issue of the city of Seattle to secure its
present municipal light and power plant. He secured his present position as city electrician
through making highest rank in a competitive civil service examination and since June i,
1903, has continued in charge of the electric signal systems of the city. He thoroughly


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understands every phase of the business, having broad technical as well as practical train-
ing and his virork is proving highly satisfactory.

Mr. Joslyn was reared in the faith of the republican party and is one of its supporters
where national issues are involved but at municipal and city elections considers the capability
of the candidate rather than party affiliation. He has never sought political office, winning
his present position as the result of merit displayed through the civil service system.

On the 14th of September, 1892, in Seattle, Mr. Joslyn was married to Miss Lois Sheafe.
a daughter of Colonel C. M. Sheafe, and they have become the parents of two children,
Charles Sheafe and Lois Ruth, both now in school, the son being a member of the high
school graduating class of 1916. For a quarter of a century Mr. Joslyn has been a resi-
dent of Seattle and has therefore witnessed much of its growth and development. He is
thoroughly alive to the spirit and interests of the northwest and in his career has luani-
fested the enterprise characteristic of this section of the countr}\ He has ever concen-
trated his energies upon his professional duties and has made a splendid record in office.


Warren Herbert Lewis, attorney at law, was born February 23, 1881, at Strawn, Living-
ston county, Illinois, a son of Charles W. and Anna (Herbert) Lewis, the father a native
of Maryland and the mother of Canada. The elder Mr. Lewis became a farmer of Iowa
and afterward turned his attention to the real estate business. In 1906 he came to Seattle,
where he still makes his home, but his wife passed away in the year 1904. In their family
were but two children: Clarence E., an engineer of Seattle; and Warren Herbert.

The latter acquired his education in the public schools of Illinois and Iowa and after-
ward pursued a course in the State University of Iowa, where he studied law. He con-
tinued his preparation for the bar in the John Marshall Law School of Chicago and was
graduated in 1906 with the LL. B. degree. In the same year he was admitted to practice
at the Illinois bar and gained valuable experience in doing clerical work in a Chicago law
office, with which he was connected for about four years during his college course and
after his graduation. He came to Seattle in 1907 and at once entered upon the active prac-
tice of his profession, in which he has continued to the present time. He has been accorded
a liberal clientage here and has been associated with many important litigated interests.
He is very careful and painstaking in the preparation of his cases, presents his cause with
clearness and force and as the years have gone on has made an excellent record at the bar.

On the 14th of October, 1006. at Wheaton, Illinois, Mr. Lewis was married to Miss
Winifred Sanders, a daughter of Philip and Emma Sanders. Her father is both a lawyer
and farmer, living at Lohrville, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have three daughters: Myra
W., seven years of age ; Ruth M., aged six ; and Caroline, four years of age. The two elder
daughters are now in school. Mr. Lewis has been a resident of Seattle for about nine
years and has become well known in the city. In politics he has always been a stalwart
republican, voting for the men and measures of the party and doing everything in his power
to promote its growth and insure its success. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons,
while his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church. Sterling traits of
character place him in the high regard of many friends whom he has gained during the
period of his connection with the city.


Lee L. Mellen, a partner of the Hunter-Mellen Company, real estate dealers of Seattle,
was born in Boonville, Warrick county, Indiana, April 24. 1884. His father, Louis W.
Mellen, a native of Ohio, removed to Indiana at an early day, becoming one of the pioneer
settlers of that state, where for many years he successfully engaged in farming. During
his active career he was a prominent figure in connection with civic and political affairs
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and served as county commissioner of Warrick county for two years. He there died in
1891, at the age of fifty-eight years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Lavina Pierce,
was born in Rockport, Indiana, a representative of one of the old families from Kentucky.
She now makes her home in Chicago.

Lee L. Mellen is the youngest in a family of seven children and in his youthful days
. attended the public and high schools of Boonville, Indiana, to the age of eighteen years.
His early life was spent upon a farm with the usual experiences of the lad who divides his
time between the work of the schoolroom and of the fields. On leaving home he turned his
attention to the insurance business, coming to Seattle in 1903, after which he immediately
secured a situation in the employ of F. T. Hunter, a real estate dealer whom he represented
until 1908. In the meantime he was learning every phase of the business and in that year
he was admitted to a partnership under the style of the Hunter-Mellen Company. They
deal in real estate investments and also conduct an insurance business and theirs is one of
the leading firms in this line in the city, a very extensive clientage being accorded them,
so that the volume of their business has now assumed extensive proportions.

On the 17th of August, 1912, in Seattle, Mr. Mellen was united in marriage to Miss
Grace Calligan, a native of Washington and a daughter of M. J. Calligan. Their residence
is at No. 8 Ray street. Mr. Mellen gives his political allegiance to the democracy, while
fraternally he is identified with the Masons, having attained the thirty-second degree of the
Scottish Rite and belonging to all bodies in Seattle. The record of Mr. Mellen indicates
what may be accomplished when ambition points out the way and determination continues
therein. One of the elements of his success is the fact that he has always continued in
the same line, mastering the work with thoroughness and thus promoting his ability.


Herbert Edwin Orr, organizer and promoter of the H. E. Orr Company, Incorporated,
conducting a financial brokerage, real estate and general insurance business at Seattle, is
a native of township Artemesia, in the county of Grey, province of Ontario, Canada, and
a son of Matthew Guy and Sarah Orr, who were also natives of Canada and were of
Scotch and Irish descent, respectively. His paternal grandfather bore arms on the British
side in the War of 1812. The head of the family in the previous generation espoused the
cause of the royalists in France during the French revolution and saved his neck from the
guillotine by escaping from France on a fishing vessel.

The record of Herbert E. Orr during the period of his residence in Seattle has been
one of continuous advancement. He arrived in this city in 1901 with but ten dollars in his
pocket and utilized the opportunities to gain a foothold and work his way upward. Some
time later he engaged in the real estate, rentals, loan and insurance business, founding
the firm of H. E. Orr & Company in 1903. Success attended his efforts, his clientage
growing year by year and in 1906 the business was incorporated under the present firm
style. In the conduct of his interests he has done much to further and develop the section
in which he is living. With a clear conception of both the difficulties and possibilities
for the development and improvement of the city through the medium of real estate trans-
actions, Mr. Orr, a practical business man, with keen foresight and executive ability, has
laid out additions to the city. He is the pioneer in developing the country north of Seattle,
his first purchase in this section being four hundred acres, which he platted, developed and
sold. While some of the largest negotiations in the real estate history of the city have
been conducted by him and his business along general lines has been most prosperous,
he is best known for his subdivision work, which has been exclusively confined to his own
property. The extent and importance of Mr. Orr's activities are indicated somewhat in
the fact that he is president of the H. E. Orr Company, Incorporated, the Royal Land Com-
pany, the West Coast Securities Company and the Pacific Bond & Investment Company, is
secretary of the Empire Investment Company and is a director or trustee in numerous other
corporations of similar character.

Mr. Orr has pleasant social relations which give him needed relaxation. He is a member


of the Arctic Club and the Elks Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and of the
Seattle Real Estate Association. His business balances up with the principles of truth
and honor and the extent and importance of his operations in the real estate and financial
brokerage held have made him a strong center of the community in which he lives.


Mrs. Julia A. Underwood has operated in the real estate field in Seattle for the past
fifteen years under the name of the Underwood Realty Company. She was born in Ver-
mont but removed to the northwest from Grundy county, Iowa, becoming a resident of
Wenatchee, Washington, in 1892. She owned a fruit ranch there, which was one of the
first fruit ranches of the state of Washington, and continued her activity along horticul-
tural lines until 1900, when she removed to Seattle and organized the Underwood Realty
Company. She has dealt in city property and acreage and her operations have been chiefly
confined to the north end of the city. One of the first properties which she handled Vvfas
the Thompson University addition, consisting of thirty acres which she had platted and
then placed upon the market, and she has also promoted the Reservoir Park addition and
several other smaller additions. She is now interested in acreage at Renton, where she
purchased one hundred and sixty acres which she has platted into one-acre tracts called
Rainier Acres and a part of which has already been sold. She also owns a tract adjoining
Rainier Acres and is recognized as an influential factor in the real estate field. She has

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