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make a final distribution. Out of that imdertaking came others of magnitude, utility and
profit. Mr. Rosene extended his efforts also to business connected with marine transporta-
tion, literage, the salmon industry, railway construction and general development projects.
Although his operations have been mainly concerned with Alaskan interests, he has also
devoted some attention to enterprises across the Behring Sea in Siberia and is identified
with an important corporation of that country.

Mr. Rosene was born upon a farm near Christiania, Norway, September 24, 1861, and
is of mixed French and Scandinavian descent. He was educated in the schools of his
native country but at the age of twelve years began to earn his own livelihood and thus
had little opportunity to attend school at a later period. Before he reached tlie age of
fifteen years he shipped on a sailing vessel and for several years followed the vocation
of an ordinary seaman. In 1880, after a disastrous shipwreck, he found himself in Philadel-
phia and decided to engage in some other occupation. For two years he was employed
in the iron mills at Trenton, New Jersey, and at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then went
to Chicago, where he engaged in the grocery business. Subsequently he became connected
with a manufacturing venture on his own account but in 1897, when the news of tlie
Klondike gold discoveries spread throughout the country, he made the journey to Alaska
and was among the first to arrive in Dawson City. Three years later, in association with
George T. Williams and J. D. Trenholme, he organized the Northwestern Commercial
Company of Seattle for the purpose of carrying on transportation between Puget Sound
and ports in the Behring Sea as well as establishing commercial enterprises at various
points. The undertaking under his administration as president proved remarkably success-
ful, as shown by the increase of its capital stock a hundred and twenty fold since it was
started and the evolution from it of other Alaskan enterprises of financial consequence
and of far-reaching transactions.

In 1900 Mr. Rosene with his associates established the North Coast Literage Company
for operations at Nome and other places on the north coast of the Behring Sea. In
1902 the Northeastern Siberian Company, Limited, of St. Petersburg was organized under
a special Russian charter sanctioned by the czar, Mr. Rosene becoming managing director.
In 1904 the Northwestern Steamship Company began operations with a capital of four
hundred thousand dollars, increased to two million in 1907. This developed into one
of the most important and successful transportation lines and its fleet was continually
enlarged by the acquisition of additional vessels. In 1908 it was consolidated with the
Alaska Steamship Company. In 1905, as the result of solicitation by a large New York


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banking house, Mr. Rosene took hold of the affairs of the Old Pacific Packing & Naviga-
tion Company, which had been wrecked by bad management, and reorganized that concern
under the name of the Northwestern Fisheries Company, which is now operating with
great success and is the second largest salmon canning company in the world. The Copper
River & Northwestern Railway Company was organized in 1905 to construct and operate
a railroad from Valdez to Fairbanks, with branch lines into the copper mining districts,
this railroad now being owned and under construction by the Alaska syndicate.

In 1906 Mr. Rosene organized the Seward Peninsula Railway Company to traverse
the Seward peninsula in a northerly direction from Nome to some point on Good Hope
Bay. Mr. Rosene's latest enterprises are the Northern Exploration & Development Com-
pany and the Alaska Midland Railroad Company, of both of which he is tlie president,
with George T. Williams as vice president and William T. Perkins as secretary.

In 1886, in De Kalb, Illinois, Mr. Rosene was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary .A.
Corkins, by whom he has two children, John, Jr., and Jessie May. Mr. Rosene is a member
of the Alaska Pioneers Society, the Rainier and Arctic Clubs of Seattle and the Lawyers
Club of New York. To have instituted and controlled mammoth business interests in
the attainment of notable success entitles one to more than passing notice, but aside from
this the life work of John Rosene contains many valuable lessons which may be profitably
considered and pondered. While he has attempted important things and has accomplished
what he attempted, his success has never represented another's losses but has resulted
from effort intelligently applied, from keen insight and a recognition of opportunities, needs
and possibilities. Anyone meeting him face to face would know at once that he is an
individual embodying all the elements of what we in this country term a "square" man —
one in whom to have confidence, a dependable man in any relation and any emergency.
He is eminently a man of business sense and easily avoids the mistakes and disasters that
come to those who, though possessing remarkable faculties in some respects, arc liable
to erratic movements that result in unwarranted risk and failure. Of well balanced men-
tality, he has ever possessed sufficient courage to venture where favoring opportunity is
presented and his judgment and even-paced energy have carried him forward to the goal
of notable success.


John Carrigan has been a resident of Seattle since 1907 and his work as an architect
and inventor has made him widely known throughout the coast country. He was born
in the state of New York, March 2, 1864, a son of Joseph and Rose (Cunningham) Car-
rigan, both of whom passed away in 1889. He was a descendant of early Irish settlers
of Bayonne, New Jersey, who established their home in that place in 1814. Joseph Car-
rigan, the father of John Carrigan, served for a year and a lialf as a soldier in the Civil
war, after which he was wounded and returned home on a furlough. .An uncle of
John Carrigan's grandfather organized and taught the first school in Bayonne, New
Jersey. Joseph Carrigan, leaving the east, removed to Michigan, where for a considerable
period he engaged in the lumber business but the later j-ears of his life were spent upon
a farm.

John Carrigan passed his early years in Buffalo. New York, and subsequently accom-
panied his parents to Saginaw, Michigan, where he acquired a common school education.
He afterward attended the Polytechnic school of Chicago and following his graduation
he became a draftsman in the offices of leading architectural firms of Chicago. Still
later he went to New York, New Jersey and other parts of the east before coming to
the Pacific coast in 1906. He spent several months in Los .\ngeles, San Francisco and
Portland and in 1907 arrived in Seattle, where he has since remained, .^s an architect
he has gained more than local fame. His work in Seattle lias been largely in the planning
and building of hotels and apartment houses. He was also the architect of the magnificent
Elks Temple in Seattle and of many fine residences in this city of beautiful homes. He
also erected various hotels and apartment houses in Saginaw, Michigan, and he i.s rec-


ognized as one of the leaders in his profession in the northwest. In addition to his pro-
fessional activity as an architect he is known as the patentee of an automatic fire alarm
system that indicates exactly where the fire is located in a building. The heat engendered
by the fire automatically closes a fire door, rings a gong and on the enunciator indicates
the door, floor and room affected by the fire. The value of this invention is easily rec-
ognized. At one time Mr. Carrigan was a director in the IMichigan Paving Company of
Saginaw for three or four years and was a director of the Idaho Silver-Lead Mining
Company, but sold his stock therein.

While residing in Michigan Mr. Carrigan served for three years with the East Sag-
inaw Rifles and the National Guard. He enlisted in the Second Engineering Corps for
service in the Spanish-American war but his command was not called to the front. In
his political belief he is a republican but is not an active party worker. He belongs to
the Chamber of Commerce, to the Elks Lodge, No. 92, and to the Tillicums. He has
the enthusiasm for Seattle cliaracteristic of its citizens, is a believer in its future and
has worked untiringly to advance public progress and improvement here, while his skill
along professional lines has contributed much to the beauty of this city, which is the
delight of every visitor to the northwest.


For nearly a quarter of a century Will H. Alorris has been practicing law in Seattle,
having for the last seven years been a member of the firm of Morris, Southard & Shipley.
He not only enjoys an extensive private practice but at various times has interested himself
in political affairs and has efficiently served in government positions. Although he lays
no claim to specializing in criminal law, he is regarded one of the most successful lawyers
in the defense of criminal cases within the confines of the state.

Mr. Morris is a native of the Buckeye state, born in Greene county, Ohio, May 2,
1862, and in the acquirement of his education he attended the public scliools and Geneva
College. He has from early youth taken a deep interest in athletics and has always been
a lover of the out-of-doors. During his college years he enjoyed high prestige among
his fellows for proficiency in athletic sports, excelling particularly in boxing and baseball.
From early life he has depended upon his own efforts for his livelihood and can lay
claim to the distinction of being a self-made man in the best sense of the word. Upon
leaving Geneva College he received the appointment of deputy sheriff of Greene county,
Ohio, and being ambitious for higher things in life devoted his spare moments and leisure
hours to the study of law. In December, 1890, he had the satisfaction of being admitted
to the Ohio bar.

The slow and sedate progress of a legal career in the east did not appeal to Mr.
Morris and, perceiving greater opportunities in the far west, he immediately thereafter
removed to the state of Washington, establishing himself in practice in Seattle. Soon
after his arrival in this city he formed a partnership with Hon. Isaac M. Hall, a noted
lawyer of territorial times. The firm of Hall & Morris continued until Judge Hall's death
in 1893. The Judge was particularly renowned in his state for his remarkable memory,
his wide learning, his ready wit and his great bulk. Holding in the intermediate years
official position and also building up a profitable private practice, Mr. Morris for the past
twenty years has been the senior partner in the law firm of Morris, Southard & Shipley.
As his reputation has grown, more and more important cases have been intrusted to his
care and his name has figured prominently in connection with litigation before the courts
of the state. He has been particularly successful in the defense of criminal cases, although
he does not devote himself to this branch of the law exclusively. It is, however, note-
worthy that in twenty-six prosecutions for homicide wherein he appeared for the defense,
twenty- four resulted in acquittals and that in the remaining case he secured conviction
for manslaughter only. Mr. Morris has been equally successful in numerous other cases
of various kinds.

In 1888 Mr. Morris was united in marriage to Miss Mary Caroline Harry, only daugh-


ter of Captain William H. and Caroline Elizabeth Harry. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are tlie
parents of three children : Pauline Caroline, William Henry and Oliver Dole.

Mr. Morris is a republican and has always taken an active and helpful interest in
the affairs of his party. Shortly after his arrival here, in 1890, he took charge of the
republican campaign in King county and brought the same to a successful end. He is
well known and effective as a public speaker and has given much of his time in state
and national contests to the republican cause. His service is entirely disinterested, as
he has never sought political preferment in return for his labors and his loyal adherence
to the cause. In January, 1905, however, Mr. Morris was appointed prosecuting attorney
of King county, an honor which came to him without any solicitation whatsoever on
his part. He served for two years and made a record which showed him to be the un-
equivocal champion of the people. He carried to conclusion a number of important cases
and in this official position built up a reputation which stamped him as one of the leading
trial lawyers of the state. His public-spirited, patriotic and able service in this official
position brought him to the attention of the public and the reputation which he made
there enabled him to later command an extensive and lucrative private practice.

Mr. Morris has never been averse to participating in social and fraternal affairs. He
is well known and popular as a member of the Seattle Athletic Club, the Seattle Club
and the Arctic Club. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial
Club lie allies himself with those active men who have at heart trade expansion and in-
dustrial promotion. He has valiantly stood by many a valuable measure undertaken in
the interests of a greater Seattle. Mr. Morris belongs to Seattle Lodge, No. 92, B. P.
O. E., the Royal Arcanum, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America,
the Lakotahs and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is a successful lawyer of the
highest reputation, a loyal son of the city and state, with a firm faith in their future
greatness, and a patriotic citizen who embodies American principles and American ideals.


Thorough professional training prepared Dr. Gordon G. Thompson for the onerous
and responsible duties that have devolved upon him in his practice in Seattle. Although
he has resided here for but a brief period, arriving in 191 1, he has already become well
established as an active and capable physician. He was born in the province of Quebec,
Canada, October 16, 1881, and is of Scotch descent. His father, John Thompson, also
a native of Canada, was a carpenter by trade and died at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in
1894 when fifty-six years of age, having become a citizen of the United States in 18S8.
He married Catherine McFee, a resident of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and a sister of
Malcolm and J. G. McFee, early settlers and prominent contractors of Seattle

Dr. Thompson was the fifth in a family of si.x children, and following the removal
of the family to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, when he was seven j-ears of age, he pursued
his education in the public schools there until graduated from the high school with the
class of 1899. He afterward entered Macalester College at St. Paul, Minnesota, in
which he won the Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation with the class of 1906.
He ne.xt became a student in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago, which
is the medical department of the University of Illinois, and there won his professional
degree in 1910. He made high record in his classes and during the succeeding eighteen
months was an interne in the Cook County Hospital at Chicago, thus gaining broad
practical experience in the varied lines of practice which constitute the features of hos-
pital work. On the 13th of December, 191 1, he arrived in Seattle and since that time
has been in active general practice in this city. For three years he was associated with
Dr. Eagelson.

On the 30th of June, 1913, in Chicago, Dr. Thompson was married to Miss Anna L.
Saylc. a native of Illinois, and they reside at No. 3701 Wallingford. They hold mem-
bership in the Westminster Presbjiierian church. Dr. Thompson's record is a most credit-
able one. Laudable ambition prompted his preparation for a professional career and


he worked his way through the university, doing all kinds of labor, from shoveling sand
to janitor work, in order to secure an education. The strength of his character and his
honorable purpose, as well as his professional skill, are gaining for him a creditable posi-
tion among the physicians of the city and he enjoys the respect and goodwill of colleagues
and contemporaries. He belongs to the King County Medical Society, the Washington
State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Seattle Surgical Club and
the Seattle Physicians Club and his social nature finds expression in his membership in
the College Club.


Alonzon H. Horton, commercial agent and also engaged in the real estate and in-
surance business in Seattle, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, February l8, 1855, a
son of Dr. Wells M. and Fannie (Stephenson) Horton, both of whom were natives of
the Empire state. For a number of years the father engaged in the practice of medicine
in Ohio, continuing active there until the time of his death in 1869. His widow survived
him for a number of years and passed away in i8go. The family were originally from
Long Island, settlement being made at an early day in New York, where many of the
connection are still found.

Alonzo H. Horton was one of a family of three children, of whom but two are
now living, his brother being Dr. Wells F. Horton, a physician residing at Lakewood, near
Cleveland, Ohio. A. H. Horton acquired his early education in the public schools of the
Buckeye state and afterward attended Hiram College of Ohio. His early business train-
ing was received in connection with mercantile interests in that state and for several
years he was a traveling salesman in territory covering Michigan, Wisconsin and Minne-
sota. In 1906 he arrived in Seattle, where he embarked in the produce business and later
he turned his attention to real estate and insurance. He subsequently established a com-
mercial agency in addition to his other interests and is now operating along those lines.
Each department of his business is proving profitable, as he has gained a liberal patronage
in each connection.

In 1876. in Cleveland, Ohio, Air. Horton was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Cald-
well, her father being Loami Stoddard Caldwell, who was a lumberman of the state of
New York. Our subject and his wife have two daughters. Opal Frances is the wife
of Charles E. Bailey, who makes his home on Mercer Island and is the secretary of Holt
& Jeffrey, Inc., general contractors and civil engineers of Seattle. Grace Caroline gave her
hand in marriage to Edward M. Grime, supervisor of the Northern Pacific Railroad, with
headquarters and residence at Fargo, North Dakota.

Fraternally Mr. Horton is connected with the Knights of Pythias and with the Arctic
Brotherhood. He belongs to the Protestant Episcopal church and is the commissary for
the missionary district of Alaska. His residence in Seattle covers a decade, during which
time he has made steady advancement in business affairs, while the circle of his friends
and acquaintances has constantly grown.


Among the pioneer lumbermen of the northwest was Hector McKay, who contrib-
uted in large measure to the development of the lumber industry in the south and thus
aided in promoting the material prosperity of the state through the utilization of its nat-
ural resources. It was the year 1S57 that witnessed his arrival in the northwest. He
was a native of Nova Scotia, born in 1825, and was descended from Scotch ancestry.
In 1857 he left his native country and by way of the Isthmus route made his way to
California and thence northward to Port Gamble. Washington, where he made his first
settlement after his arrival in this state. He became connected with the manufacture of


lumber, was employed by the Puget Sound Milling Company and led a very active and
useful life. His broad experience with the lumber trade made him a valued employe of
that company and he steadily worked his way upward in the business world. He was
closely connected with the development of the lumber industry in the northwest and re-
mained active therein until about i8g5, when he retired. It was subsequent to that time,
or in 1909, that he came to Seattle but in the preceding years he had formed a wide
acquaintance here.

Mr. McKay was married at Port Gamble, in 1875, to Miss Rose Llewellyn, who was
born in Maine, in 1841, and in i86g became a resident of Port Gamble. To them was
born a daughter, Imogene, whose birth occurred in Port Gamble in 1880. She is now
the wife of Thomas Richardson, who is engaged in the lumber business with the Puget
Sound Milling Company. Their marriage was celebrated in 1898 and they became the
parents of three children, Phyllis, Donald and Reginald, all at home. Mr. Richardson
is a native of California and came from that state to the Sound country about a quarter
of a century ago.

Hector McKay was the only one of his family to establish a home in the Pacific
northwest. As the years passed on he gained a very wide and favorable acqviaintance
and enjoyed the high regard of all with whom he was brought in contact. He was not
very active in politics but always voted with the republican party, believing that its
principles contained the best elements of good government. He became a charter member
of Port Gamble Lodge, F. & A. M., and in his life exemplified the teachings of the
craft, which is based upon mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness. He was a member
of the Pioneers Association and greatly enjoyed meeting the early settlers and recalling
incidents of frontier days. Death claimed him October 31, 1911, when he had rcacned
the age of eighty-six years. His sterling worth was recognized by all — his business asso-
ciates who found him honorable, trustworthy and enterprising, his friends who found
him kindly and considerate, and his family who knew him as a loving and devoted hus-
band and father.


Ralph W. Emmons is recognized as a prominent and able lawyer of Seattle, yet wears
his honors with becoming modesty. The public, however, recognizes his ability and he
has conducted important litigation in the federal and state courts with gratifying success.
He was born in Orion. Oakland county, Michigan, December 11, 1854, and is a direct
descendant of the Rev. William Emmons, an Episcopal minister, who was a native of
England and became the founder of the family in the new world, establishing his home
in New Hampsliire. William Emmons, great-grandfather of Ralph W. Emmons, served
through the Revolutionary w'ar as a member of a New York regiment. Elias R. Emmons,
the father, was born near Sandy Hill, New York, and in early manhood wedded Miss
Sarah Carpenter, who belonged to one of the prominent old families of Rochester, New
York, representatives of the family being actively engaged in milling pursuits there.

Ralph W. Emmons, reared in his native state, pursued a public-school education and
afterward prepared for the bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, being admitted to practice in
Oregon in 1882. He then became a partner of his brother, A. C. Emmons, in the practice
of law at Portland, Oregon, where they have since maintained an office, and for tlie past
quarter of a century they have also practiced in Seattle, meeting with well merited success
in both places. Ralph W. Emmons has much natural ability but is withal a hard student
and is never content until he has mastered every detail of his cases. He believes in the
maxim "There is no excellence without labor" and follows it closely. He is never sur-
prised by an unexpected discovery by an opposing lawyer, for in his mind he weighs every
point and fortifies himself as well for defense as for attack. He wins a large percentage
of his cases, convincing by his concise statement of law and fact rather than by word
painting, and so high is the respect for his legal ability and integrity that his assertions
in court are seldom questioned seriously. Whatever he does is for the best interests of


his clients and for the honor of his profession, and no man gives to either a more unqual-
ified allegiance or riper ability. Since 1913 his son Harris has been his partner in law

Mr. Emmons was united in marriage to Miss Cornelia Harris, a lady of English
descent whose ancestors were among the early American settlers. Her father. Joseph
Harris, participated in the Civil war as a Union soldier. To Mr. and Mrs. Emmons have

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