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ton, to Miss Emma Korsboen, also a native of Norway, and a daughter of Hans Korsboen,
one of the old settlers of Spokane county. They now have two living children : Guy A.
and Myrtle Ivy, both of whom were born in Spokane.

Fraternally Mr. Olson is connected with the Odd Fellows Lodge at Seattle and in
politics he is a stalwart republican and one of the active party workers. He served as a
delegate to the state convention held in Spokane in 1894 and he does everything in his
power to advance the interests of the party and promote its success. He is an enthusiastic
advocate of Seattle, believing that it has every opportunity for a great future, and in all
of his travels he says he has never found a place where he would prefer to reside. He
came to America a poor boy and has worked his way upward in a land where opportunity
is unhampered by caste or class. Diligence and determination have shaped his career and
brought him to a prominent position among the general contractors of Seattle, his success
being most enviable.


The name of Thompson has been a synonym for valor and loyalty in American annals
since Closs Thompson, a direct ancestor of General Thompson, served as a soldier in the
Revolutionary war. The line of descent is traced down through Closs Thompson, Jr.,
Wilson Thompson, Grigg M. Thompson and Will H. Thompson to General Maurice Thomp-
son, whose name introduces this review. The father was born in Georgia and served as
a soldier in the Confederate army. He was prominent as a lawyer in active practice for
many years in Indiana and in Washington and yet remains an active and distinguished
figure at the bar. For a long time he was head counsel for the Great Northern Railroad
Company in Seattle but resigned on account of ill health. He is equally well known as a
man of letters and is the author of "The High Tide at Gettysburg," "The Bond of Blood,"
and many other poems and public addresses. His writings frequently appear in the Cen-
tury, Scribner's and other leading magazines of the country. His public addresses are
regarded as classics. One on President McKinley, which he delivered at the State Uni-
versity, has been used in a .study of the classics in the public schools ol Seattle. He is a
most fluent writer, an eloquent, earnest speaker and is a splendid type of the southern gen-
tleman. In the maternal line General Thompson comes of ancestry equally honorable and
distinguished. His mother, Mrs. Ida (Lee) Thompson, was a daughter of John Lee, a
granddaughter of John Lee, Sr., and a great-granddaughter of James Lee, whose father
was "Light-Horse Harry Lee," a valiant and distinguished soldier of the .American Revo-

Maurice Thompson pursued his early education in the common schools of Crawfords-
ville, Indiana, and the public schools of Seattle, passing through consecutive grades to his
graduation from the Seattle high school wnth the class of 1806. For two years he was a
student in the University of Washington and in 1905 he was appointed to the position of
deputy county clerk of King county, in which capacity he served for four years. In 1910
he was appointed deputy county auditor, filling that position for two years. His rise in
military circles has been a notable one. In 1898 he enlisted in the National Guard of
Washington, with which he has been continuously connected, serving as lieutenant, captain


and major. In 1909 and 1910 he was assistant adjutant general and was detailed as the
adjutant general on the 1st of May, 1914. He is very popular with his men and with his
fellow officers. With a fine face and a striking figure his military bearing makes him
notable in any gathering, but it is the spirit of the man that has created his popularity.
While maintaining the dignity and discipline of his office he is at all times approachable
and his men feel that they may always depend upon his sympathy and understanding.

In Seattle, in 1907. General Thompson was married to Ada Forsey, a, daughter of Mrs.
Ella Landy Lambert and a representative of one of the pioneer families of this state. Her
mother came to Seattle in 1876 and was well known to all of the pioneers of that time.
General and Mrs. Thompson have three daughters, Alma Lee, Wilda and Betty, aged
respectively nine, four and one years.

In his political views General Thompson has always been a stalwart republican since
age conferred upon him the right of franchise. In community affairs he is interested and
he has membership in the Commercial Club and the Seattle Officers Club.


Orth C. Graves is the president, manager and principal stockholder of Cheasty's Haber-
dashery, Incorporated, and is thus well known as a representative of commercial interests
in Seattle. He comes to the Sound country from the far east, his birth having occurred
at Bentley Creek, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1862. His father, Nathaniel C.
Graves, was a native of the Keystone state and was descended from one of its old families.
During his business career he was a successful lumberman until 1864, when he lost every-
thing in a flood. He married Celestia Hall, a native of Pennsylvania, and both are now
deceased. They had a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, of whom
Orth C. Graves was the fourth in order of birth.

In 1870 the family removed to Van Wert, Ohio, and Orth C. Graves, then a lad of
eight years, became a pupil in the public schools of that locality, continuing his education
there to the age of sixteen years, when he secured a position in connection with the rail-
way mail service, running between Van Wert and Chicago. Owing to the financial disaster
of his father our subject had to make his own career, depending on himself for success.
He afterward entered the employ of the firm of Campbell & Suplee, manufacturers of and
wholesale dealers in men's furnishings, and he represented them as a traveling salesman
for two years, covering eastern territory. Subsequently he located at Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, and was employed as a clothing salesman in the store of Charles Conway,
with whom he remained for three years. He later went to Rochester, New York, where
he was employed by the Union Clothing Company for fifteen years, filling an official
position during the latter part of that period. After severing his connection with that
house he became one of the organizers and partners of the McFarland Clothing Com-
pany of Rochester and continued in the business for two years. Later he became asso-
ciated with the May Company of Cleveland, Ohio, as their first clothing man, there
continuing for two years. At Dayton, Ohio, he organized the Graves & Meade Clothing
Company and was the principal owner of the business for seven years, during which time
success attended the undertaking, but at the end of that period Mr. Graves disposed of
his interests and removed to Portland, Oregon, where he became manager and buyer
of the clothing department for Meyer & Frank for three years. From Portland he came
to Seattle, where he arrived on the 6th of July, 1914, and here he became the successor
of E. C. Cheasty, who had established a clothing business in this city twenty-five years
before. He conducts his enterprise under the name of -Cheasty's Haberdashery, Incor-
porated, and is now the president, manager and principal stockholder of the business.
His is one of the leading clothing stores of the city. He carries an extensive and well
selected stock and the tasteful arrangement of his store, the care with which he has selected
the personnel of the house, his honorable and straiglitforward dealings and his earnest
desire to please his patrons are constituting forceful and resultant elements in his success.

On the 30th of March, 1887, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Mr. Graves was united



in marriage to Miss Jennie A. Stones, a native of England and a daughter of John C.
Stones. They reside in the Sorrento Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Graves hold membership in
the First Presbyterian church and are prominent socially in the city, having a large circle
of warm friends.

Mr. Graves is a well known Mason, liaving taken the thirty-second degree of the
Scottish Rite, while with the Nobles of Nile Temple of the Mystic Shrine he has crossed the
sands of the desert. He is a life member of the Seattle Commercial Club and one of its
directors and is interested in its various plans for the improvement of trade conditions
and the upbuilding of the city. He finds recreation through his membership in the Seattle
Athletic and the Earlington Golf Clubs. His life record is paralleled by that of many
another successful man, but the history of the self-made individual will ever prove of
interest and will serve as a stimulus to ambition and energy on the part of others. In
analyzing the record of Mr. Graves it is noticeable that he has ever despised all unworthy
or questionable methods to secure success or to promote his own advancement in any
direction, his progress resulting from honesty of purpose and an unfaltering spirit of
enterprise, his success working out as a logical conclusion.


Stirling Bryant Hill, a hydraulic engineer, engaged in general engineering practice as
a member of the firm of Hill Brothers, and also president and general manager of the
Hill Hydraulic Machinery Company, of Seattle, was born in Strawberry Valley, California,
August I, 1878, a son of Eugene Kincaid and Nettie (Garton) Hill. Soon after their mar-
riage the parents removed from Michigan to Seattle that the father might accept the posi-
tion of president of the territorial university but after a year and a half the institution was
closed because of a lack of funds. He then removed to California, where he engaged in
educational work until 1890, when he returned to Seattle with his family to accept a pro-
fessorship in the State University. He was also principal of the Seattle public schools for
a time and for a brief period was in Alaska in 1899. His life, however, has been practically
devoted to the cause of education and his eminent ability in that direction has become
widely recognized in the northwest.

Liberal advantages were accorded Stirling B. Hill. He attended the University of
Washington, was graduated therefrom with the Bachelor of Science degree in 1900 and
with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1901. His Civil Engineer
degree was conferred upon him in 1909. He was one of the instructors in the University
of Washington in 1901 and was an instructor and graduate student in Cornell University
at Ithaca. New York, in 1902. His entire life has been devoted to engineering work, his
initial step in that direction being made on the construction of the first Cedar River water
pipe line and reservoir, in the employ of the city of Seattle. From 1902 until 1907 he
engaged in engineering practice on waterworks, railroads and reclamation work in Wash-
ington, the state of New York and in British Columbia and since the latter date he has
been engaged in general engineering practice in association with his brothers, Climie E.
and William R. under the firm name of Hill Brothers. They are now accorded an exten-
sive patronage and the nafurd of their business places them among the important representa-
tives of engineering interests in the northwest. Stirling B. Hill is also president and gen-
eral manager of the Hill Hydraulic Machinery Company.

On the 31st of May, 1910, in Seattle. Mr. Hill was united in marriage to Miss Gretchen
Gleenore Gepfert, a daughter of Con and Sophronia Gepfert, who came to this city in the
spring of 1890, and here the father engaged in the farm implement business at No. 902-6
Western avenue. Mr. Gepfert lost his life in the Chilcoot Pass disaster in the first rush
for the Klondike. To Mr. and Mrs. Hill have been born two children. Glennette and

The parents are members of the Pilgrim Congregational church and Mr. Hill belongs
also to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Commercial Club. Athletic Club and Engineer-
ing Club and to the Municipal League. He is likewise identified with the Phi Gamma


Delta, a college fraternity and with the Tan Beta Pi, a fraternity composed of civil engi-
neers. His political allegiance is given to the republican party. That his interests are
broad and varied are shown by his different prominent society connections. The educational
advantages which came to him he has used wisely and well. He early recognized that the
sources of our power lie within ourselves and that upon his own ability and effort must
depend his success. He has ever looked toward high ideals in business and is recognized
as a man of well balanced capacities and powers who has occupied a central place on the
stage of action almost from the time when his initial effort was made in the field of
hydraulic engineering. His labors have found culmination in the development of import-
ant interests in this connection and his is the record of a strenuous life, at all times


Hon. William Wray, attorney at law practicing in Seattle since his admission to the
bar, is also well known as one of the lawmakers of Washington, having represented his
district in both the lower and upper houses of the general assembly and being now a mem-
ber of the senate. He was born in Darlington, England, September 28, 1876, a son of
Samuel and Elizabeth Wray, who in 1881 became residents of Little Rock, Arkansas. There
the son attended the public schools until 1890, when he came to Seattle with his parents
and worked as cash boy or delivery boy in various stores. He afterward became messen-
ger for the Western Union Telegraph Company, occupying that position for a year, after
which he resumed his interrupted education as a public and highschool pupil, being gradu-
ated from the high school with the class of 1897. He afterward spent a year in pursuing
a special course in the University of Washington and later he entered the law office of
Preston, Carr & Oilman, with whom he continued his reading for three years. He then
passed the required state examination which secured him admission to the bar and became
a partner of former Governor Lyman E. Knapp, thus organizing the law firm of Knapp &
Wray, with which he continued until 1904, when the partnership was terminated by the
death of the senior member. Mr. Wray has since practiced alone and is now well estab-
lished as a capable, resourceful and successful member of the Seattle bar.

On the 8th of August, 1907, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Wray was united in
marriage to Miss Freda Johnson. He has by a former marriage a daughter, Grace, now
a public school student. The parents are communicants of the Episcopal church and Mr.
Wray belongs to Lake Washington Lodge, No. 87, I. O. O. F., of which he is a past grand
and he has also been district deputy grand master. He likewise has membership with the
Modern Woodmen of America and is a member of the Commercial Club and the Seattle
Bar Association. In politics an earnest republican, he became a charter member of the
Young Men's Republican Club and has been since then a recognized leader in political cir-
cles in his city. In igio he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature and
in 1914 elected a member of the state senate. He is keenly alive to the interests and the
issues of the day and studies each political question with thoroughness, so that his support
or condemnation of a measure is the result of an intelligent understanding of the various
phases of the question and its far-reaching effects.


Hamilton M. Dalton, an attorney at law, was born May 16, 1865, in Starkville, Missis-
sippi, a son of H. H. and Margaret A. (McMillan) Dalton. The father and mother are
both of Scotch-Irish descent. Their representative parents came to the new world in early
life and located in the Carolinas. H. H. Dalton became a United States naval officer fol-
lowing his graduation from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
Soon afterward he entered the service and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the
United States navy, in which he was serving at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war.


He afterward became a captain in the Confederate navy and continued with the southern
army until the'close of hostiUties. Both he and his wife are now residents of St. Louis,

Their only child, Hamilton M. Dalton, acquired his early education in the public
scliools of St. Louis and afterward attended Westminster College at Fulton, Missouri.
Still later he attended the Washington University Law School of St. Louis and was
graduated therefrom in 1889 with the degree of LL. B. He was then admitted to the bar
and entered upon the practice of his profession in St. Louis, where he remained until 1908,
when he sought the opportunities offered by the northwest and came to Seattle, where he
has since followed his profession. He is engaged in general practice and his clientage is
now large and enviable. His contemporaries at the bar entertain high consideration for
his integrit}-, his love of justice, his strong common sense and his powers as an advocate.

In 1905, in St. Louis, Mr. Dalton was united in marriage to Miss Eleanore M. Lock-
wood, by whom he has two children. In politics Mr. Dalton is a progressive republican.
He believes in preparedness to the point of thorough protection and is also a believer in
the extension of the merchant marine system. At municipal elections he casts an independ-
ent ballot, voting rather for the man than for the party. For seven years he has practiced
his profession in Seattle and has made steady progress, winning that advancement which
comes in recognition of ability and developing powers.


David Scheetz Craig is the founder and head of the Wasliington College of Music
at Seattle and the owner and editor of an art journal called "Music and Musicians," which
he is now successfully publishing. No man perhaps has done more to advance the art
of music in the northwest, his efforts resulting in a cultivation of a taste for classical
music that has proved an important cultural clement in this section of the country. Pro-
fessor Craig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1869, and his father, James
M. Craig, was also a native of that city, where he engaged in the business of bookbinding.
He became a veteran of the Civil war and served as postmaster of the Sixty-first Regiment
of Pennsylvania Volunteers, also acting as corporal under Captain Robert L. Orr. He
enlisted August 25, 1861, at the age of twenty-two years, and was honorably discharged
September 7, 1864. He died in 1871, when but twenty-nine years of age. His wife, who
bore the maiden name of Lavinia Scheetz, was also a native of Pennsylvania and a repre-
sentative of one of the old families of that state of German descent, their ancestry dating
back to the colonial period. She died in Philadelphia, in 1895, at the age of forty-six
years. In the family were but two sons, one of whom, Horatio Craig, is now a Xew
York merchant.

The other son, David Sclieetz Craig, was educated in the public schools and lin
Girard College of Philadelphia to the age of fifteen years. His initial step in the business
world was made as a clerk in the wholesale drug house of Bullock & Crenshaw of Phil-
adelphia, with whom he remained for a year. He was afterward with the firm of John
Lucas & Company of Philadelphia, wholesale dealers in paints, for eight years, during
which time he worked his way upward from a humble position to that of assistant to
the manager, having charge of the purchasing department. He continued in mercantile
lines and established business with his brother as wholesale and retail dealers in paints,
under the style of D. S. & H. Craig Company. This business is still in existence, being
conducted by his brother. In addition to their large trade in paints they liave the dis-
tinction of being the most extensive dealers in rice, coffee and similar lines in Philadelphia
and New York, having the trade of the Chinese of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and other states. This house is located in Philadelphia and they also have a branch house
in New York city, dealing in rice, tea. coffee and similar commodities, drawing their trade
largely from the Chinese.

While David S. Craig's early training was along commercial lines, his love of music
caused him to develop his latent native talents and he began studying under Professor


Franz X. Arens, the noted vocal teacher and the director of the People's Symphony
Orchestra of New York. From his boyhood he was a constant student o"f vocal music,
has been in professioinal work for years, and is recognized as one of the distinguished
teachers of the northwest. In 1905 he disposed of his eastern interests and removed to
Seattle, where for two years he taught vocal music as a private teacher. In 1907 he es-
tablished the Capitol Hill Conservatory of Music on Eighteenth avenue, North. Later
that institution was discontinued and he organized the Washington College of Music in
1908 in the Arcade building. Four years later a removal was made to Broadway and
Pine streets. He has been quite successful, gaining a good patronage from Seattle's best
people. During the fifth annual music teachers' convention of the northwest Mr. Craig
was one of the executive committee and has done much to further the interests of vocal
and instrumental music in this section of the country. In 1914 he published a directory
of music and musicians under the title of "Music and Musicians of Puget Sound, a
Year Book." It was the first publication of this kind and contained a classified list of
all the music teachers and musicians, with the names, addresses and other information
needed in work of this kind. The edition included the names of all the teachers of
Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Mount Vernon, Olympia and Bellingham.

In February, 1915, Mr. Craig completed his plans and issued the first copy of a
monthly publication entitled "Music and Musicians." This is devoted to the art of music
in the northwest and has come into immediate popularity among the musicians of this
section of the state, having now a circulation of over one thousand copies extending over
Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia and as far east as Chicago and
New York city. He is making it a journal of marked worth, presenting interesting news
notes concerning musicians and much valuable information for all interested in music.
The paper has been highly indorsed by two contemporary publications. Musical America
and The Etude, which have long been recognized as leading musical papers of the country.
Each issue of the paper contains a history lesson, a lesson in liarmony, an opera story
and many other valuable contributions and news items, and in its publication Professor
Craig is meeting a need in musical circles in the northwest.

On the 19th of May, 1896, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Professor Craig was united
in marriage to Miss Elizabeth A. Stubbs, a native of Delaware and a daughter of the
late Rev. Enoch Stubbs, D. D., who was a prominent divine of Philadelphia. Our subject
and his wife have three children, namely: Dorothy, who was born in the suburbs of
Philadelphia on the nth of December, 1897; Miriam, whose birth occurred in Jersey
City, New Jersey, December 13, 1899; and Priscilla, born in Seattle, Washington, April
6, 1912. The family residence is at No. 2306 Eleventh avenue, North, Seattle.

In his political views Mr. Craig is a republican where national issues are involved
but casts an independent local ballot. He belongs to the First Methodist church of
Seattle and has always been active in church work, having been a choir leader most of
his mature life. He belongs to the Northwest Music Teachers' Association and to the
Seattle Clef Club, the leading musical organization of the northwest. His pronounced
ability has gained him high standing and his work is an element in that cultural devel-
opment which is so much needed to maintain the even balance with the intense commer-
cial activity of the country.


Hon. Joseph Alerchant, deceased, was recognized as one of the republican leaders
of Washington and for a considerable period figured in its commercial circles but later
turned his attention to the real estate business, in which he continued until his death.

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