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Team Owners Association and is familiar with every phase of the business bearing upon
transfer conditions in this city. In matters of public regard he has always been interested
to the extent of cooperating heartily in every movement which he has deemed beneficial
to the community. He enjoys the confidence of those whom he meets in business rela-
tions and has the liigh regard of all who know him.


Edward C. MacDougall, a plastering contractor of Seattle, who has been actively
identified with the business in this city since May i, 1888, was born in Glengarry county,
Ontario, Canada. January 13, 1863. His father, Dougal P. MacDougall, also a native of
Canada, was of Scotch descent, being the son of Peter MacDougall. of Scotcli birth, vsfho
became one of the pioneer settlers of Glengarry county. Dougal P. MacDougall was a suc-
cessful agriculturist who died in Glengarry county in November, 1891, at the age of seventy-
two years. His wife, who in her maidenhood was Christina Campbell, was also a native
of Glengarry county and a daughter of Donald Campbell, who became a pioneer settler
and a farmer there and who was of Scotch nativity. Mrs. MacDougall passed away in
Glengarry county in October, 1882, aged fifty-two years. Of her six children three daugh-
ters are yet living.

The only surviving son is Edward C. MacDougall, who was the fourth in order of birth
in the family. He was educated in the common schools of his native county and spent his


early life upon the home farm to the age of eighteen years. When a youth of nineteen he
was apprenticed to learn the plasterer's trade, at which he served for three years, after
which he became a journeyman, working in that way for two years. He next began con-
tracting on his own account and has thus been identified with the industrial interests of
Seattle since May i, iS8S. Here he has continuously engaged in the same line and during
this period has taken the contract for the plaster work in many of Seattle's leading
office buildings and hotels, including the American Bank building, the Empire building and
also the new Van Armen Hotel, one of the finest in all America, in the public library and in
the Providence Hospital. He has also extended his operations to many other cities, includ-
ing Portland and Victoria and Vancouver, B. C, and he has by far the most extensive
and important business in his line in the northwest, employing from fifty to two hundred
and fifty skilled workmen, according to the season, for many years. At the outset of his
career he recognized that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement and his good work,
his thoroughly reliable methods and his efforts to please have been the salient features
in his growing patronage. He also conducts a very large ranch in Yakima valley, Wash-

On the 25th of June, 1888, in Seattle, Mr. MacDougall was married to Miss Mary
Anthony, a native of Keweenaw county, Michigan, and they have become parents of six
children: Grover E. : Ethel Anna, who is the wife of J. Y. C. Kellogg; Herbert H. ; Alfred
Frank R. ; Maude E. M. ; and William Edgar C.

Mr. MacDougall became a naturalized citizen in 1894 and has always given his political
allegiance to the democratic party but has never sought, desired nor filled public office.
Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows and the United Workmen. His interest
in community affairs is indicated by his membership in the Commercial Club and his
identification with eft'orts for moral development is seen in his membership in the Taber-
nacle Baptist church. Tlie law of compensation holds good throughout the world. Indus-
try and persistency of purpose, when intelligently directed, win success, while integrity
of action commands uniform regard. Both of these Mr. MacDougall has won and he may
well be proud of the position which he occupies in the business circles of his adopted city.


William P. Perrigo. vice president of the Redmond Railway. Light & Power Company
at Redmond, Washington, was born in Salisbury, New Brunswick, March 28, 1846, a son of
Robert and Ann Perrigo. His great-grandfather was a Frenchman, descending from
Corsican ancestors. He married an Englisli woman and, coming to America, fought for
the independence of the nation iii the Revolutionary war. He afterward settled in Massa-
chusetts, where his son Robert, grandfather of William P. Perrigo, married a Miss Page
and stibsequently removed to Maine. The maternal grandfather was a native of Provi-
dence, Rhode Island, and wedded a Miss Sherman, settling in Salisbury, New Brunswick,

Robert Perrigo lived in New Brunswick for more than thirty years but did not
become a citizen of that country. His children all come to and remained in the United
States and have done their share in making the country what it is in days of war and
in days of peace. W. P. Perrigo has every reason to be proud of his ancestral history, for
his progenitors were respectable, law-abiding, progressive and patriotic people. He acquired
his education in the common schools of his native city and in early life was engaged in
farming and logging. Later he took up the business of merchandising and little by little
has added to his capital, increased his facilities and extended his operations, becoming
in time a forceful factor in the business circles of Redmond, where he is now conducting
important interests as the vice president of the Redmond Railway, Light & Power Company.
On the 22d of May, 1873, in Wallaceton, Pennsylvania, Mr. Perrigo was united in
marriage to Miss Matilda Thayer, a daughter of Phineas and Miami Thayer, natives of
New York and Pennsylvania respectively. The father came of New England ancestry,
while the mother was of Dutch and Irish stock. To Mr. Perrigo and his estimable wife
have been born eleven children, as follows: Robert, who wedded Miss Florence Wooding;


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Marve L. ; Arlington; Miami Mabel, who gave her hand in marriage to Marke E. Johnson;
Nellie Myrtle, the wife of George McMillian ; Wells; Juniatta, who is the wife of Peter
E. Erickson ; Thomas Paine ; Guy Marion, a daughter ; William P. ; and Maud.

Mr. Perrigo holds membership with the Patriotic Sons of America and is identified
also with the Grangers and Temperance orders, in which he has held a number of the
important offices. In a word, his influence is always on the side of justice, truth, progress
and improvement. In his political views he is a republican, supporting the party since age
conferred upon him the right of franchise. While he has always refused public office, he has
used his best endeavors to elect men well qualified to fill the positions. He belongs to the
East Side Commercial Club, the Seattle Commercial Club and the County, State and Pacific
Highway Associations. He and his wife have been residents of King county for nearly
thirty-nine years, have known a large share of the pioneers and feel that there could be
found nowhere a better lot of people. Those acquainted with Mr. Perrigo speak of him in
terms of the highest regard, for his influence and support have always been given on the
.side of those things which uplift the individual and benefit the community.


As president and treasurer of the Heflernan Engine Works, John Timothy Heflernan
occupies an important position in industrial circles in Seattle. Since leaving school he
has practically devoted his entire attention to machine and engineering works and his
experience along this line is therefore very exhaustive. He was born in Dunkirk, New
York, February lo, 1866, his parents being John and Elizabeth (Mahoney) HefFernan.
natives of Ireland. He attended parochial school until fourteen years of age, when he
secured a position with the Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, continuing in that
employ for about five years. Showing a particular adaptation for that kind of work, he
soon became an expert machinist and augmented his practical work with technical studies,
which he pursued in the night school conducted in connection with the works. After
discontinuing his connection with that concern, he acquired further experience in en-
gineering work on railways and also had much to do with the erection and operation
of steam and electric power plants in various places.

Being convinced that the greatest opportunities in the United States could be found
in the west, Mr. Ileffernan made his way in November, 1889, to Portland, Oregon, and in
that city became connected with the Northwest General Electric Company, which had a
contract to construct a belt line railway in Port Townsend, Washington. Mr. Hefiernan
was chosen for the position of engineer in charge and installed the machinery and equip-
ment for the line. After residing in Port Townsend for about nine years, he removed
in 1899 to Seattle and founded the Heffernan Engine Works, in the conduct of which
enterprise he has since been exceedingly successful. His experience has made him an
expert on all mechanical and engineering matters and it is largely due to his extensive
knowledge and his exhaustive ability that the firm has been so very successful. The
capital stock of the company is one hundred thousand dollars. They specialize largely
in ship machinery and have equipped over seventeen steam vessels engaged in the coast-
wise trade and have done other business for merchant ships. They also had some large
repair contracts from the United States government. As treasurer and president of the
company, Mr. Heffernan is its life and soul, and its success is largely due to his initiative.

The direction of the Heffernan Engine Works is not, however, the only industry
in which our subject occupies a prominent position. In 1907 he founded the Heffernan
Dry Dock Company, with a capital stock of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
This is the largest concern of its kind in the northwest and it has in operation the largest
one piece floating dry dock in this countr.v. One of its dry docks has a capacity of
eight thousand tons, while another is large enough to accommodate vessels up to a ton-
nage of three thousand five hundred. Of this company Mr. Heffernan is also the president
and treasurer. He is president and treasurer of the Heffernan Company, Incorporated,
which owns valuable water front property in Seattle, and also occupies an important


position in financial circles as director and trustee of the Dexter Horton National Bank,
director of the Seattle Trust & Title Company and the Osborn, Tremper Abstract Com-
pany. The industries which he controls have grown as rapidly as has Seattle and it may
be said that his enterprises are in the van of progress in this city. Their success is largely
due to his technical and business ability, his trust and confidence in the future of the city
and his unflagging industry in the accomplishment of his objects.

On January 15, 1892, Mr. Heffernan was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Gertrude
Lyons, daughter of Cornelius and Catherine Lyons, of San Francisco, and to them have
been born four children, Grace Elizabeth, John, Frank and Robert.

Mr. Heflfernan is one of those citizens of Seattle who in a private capacity has done
more for the progress and advancement of the city than many a public man. He has
never actively entered politics but exerts his influence for the best interests of the city
and province. Although he is adverse to holding public office, he served as president
of the board of park commissioners and is a member of the civic plans commission. In
these important positions he has had opportunity to realize plans for the beautification of
Seattle and he has done much toward improving the park system. Mr. Heffernan is a
member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the American Society of Electrical
Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Pacific Northwest
Society of Engineers. Along social and recreative lines he belongs to the Rainier, Arctic,
Seattle Athletic and Seattle Golf and Country Clubs. He is a lover of the out-of-doors
and finds much pleasure in healthful sport. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights
of Columbus. In a quiet but effective way Mr. Heffernan has contributed toward the
upbuilding of the state of Washington and the city where he resides, and he is widely
recognized as one of her most valuable citizens.


J. Richard Dillon, one of the more progressive, successful and able among the
younger attorneys of Seattle, was for some time on the stafi of the corporation counsel
of the city and was formerly senior member of the well known law firm of Dillon &
Dunaway, who maintained offices in the New York block. He was born at Plymouth,
Indiana, in 1882, acquired his early education in the public schools of Marion, that state,
and subsequently attended Indiana University, from which institution he was graduated
in 1905. Convinced that Seattle was destined to become the metropolis of the Pacific
coast, he located for practice in this city the following year and has since remained as
an active representative of the legal profession here. He maintains law offices in the
Smith building, but is now in Chicago representing a Seattle concern. When on the staff
of the corporation counsel of the city of Seattle he rendered highly acceptable and effi-
cient service.

In fraternal circles Mr. Dillon is also well known, being past consul of Elliott Bay
Camp of the Modern Woodmen of .America and the present dictator of Seattle Lodge
of the Loyal Order of Moose. He is a keen observer of conditions generally and takes
an active part in municipal and state politics, having firm faith in the future of Seattle
as "a city of continued growth and development.


Fred C. Campbell, attorney at law, who has been continuously engaged in general
practice at Seattle since September, 1909. was born in Saratoga, Minnesota, January 6,
1878, and was the seventh of a family of eight children, whose parents were Mark and
Ann (Hackett) Campbell, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Vermont.
They are now residents of St. Charles, Minnesota. The father removed to that state in
1855 and for many years was prominently connected with agricultural interests, with


banking and with merchandising, his well conducted and ably managed business affairs
gaining for him the substantial measure of success that now enables him to enjoy rest
without further recourse to labor, save for the supervision which he gives to his invest-

After attending the grammar and high schools of St. Charles, Minnesota, Fred C.
Campbell continued his education in the State University of Minnesota and won the
LL. B. degree upon graduation from the law department in 1901. His experiences to
the age of thirteen years were those of the home farm and afterward his training and
environment was that of the town. He began the practice of law in St. Charles, Minne-
sota, where he remained until the spring of 1908, when he went to Sand Point, Idaho,
continuing in active practice there until the fall of 1909. In September of that 3'ear he
arrived in Seattle, where he has since engaged in the active work of his profession, being
now accorded a good clientage in the general practice of law. He is systematic in his
work, careful in the preparation of his cases, clear in his reasoning and concise in his
appeals before the court.

On the nth of June, 1905, at Minneapolis, Mr. Campbell was married to Miss Kath-
erine Schmit. a native of Minnesota, and a daughter of John Schmit, one of the early
settlers of St. Charles, that state. Two sons have been born of this marriage : John W.,
whose birth occurred in St. Charles, August 2, 1906; and George F., who was born at
Sand Point, Idaho, February 17, 1909.

The parents hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Campbell
also has membership relations with the Elks and with the Masons, having attained the
Royal Arch degree. He belongs also to the Metropolitan and to the Press Clubs and his
political allegiance is given to the republican party where national isssues and questions
are involved but at local elections his vote is cast independent of party ties. There have
been no spectacular phases in his career, his course being marked by steady progress that
arises from his early recognition of the principle that industry wins, whereupon indu.stry
became the beacon light of his life.


Albert J. Rhodes, actively identified with mercantile interests in the northwest, devot-
ing his attention to the development of general department stores in Tacoma and in Seat-
tle, was born in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, a son of Joshua and Susan (Stevens) Rhodes.
The father, a native of Yorkshire, England, came to America in his boyhood days, but the
mother was born in Vermont.

After attending public schools in his native state Albert J. Rliodcs pursued his educa-
tion in tlic Galesville University. When twenty years of age he became connected with the
grocery trade in Wisconsin and after four years removed to the northwest, where he spent
ten years upon the road as a commercial traveler. He then engaged in business on his
own account and now bends his energies to the development and upbuilding of general
department stores in both Tacoma and Seattle. He has large and well appointed establish-
ments and his careful management of his business is bringing to him constantly increasing
success. His plans are well formulated and he is persistent and determined in their execu-
tion. In the control of his business he holds to high commercial standards in the personnel
of the house, in the line of goods carried and in the treatment accorded patrons. As he
has prospered he has made investment in real estate and bank stock and is now a director
of the National City Bank of Seattle.

On the 7th of June, 1893, in Dallas, Oregon. Mr. Rliodes was united in marriage to
Miss Harriet B. Williams, a daughter of J. J. Williams, who in 1845 crossed the plains to
Oregon from Tennessee. Mr. Rhodes had military training when a university student.
His fraternal connections covered a few years' affiliation with the Knights of Pythias. His
political support is given the republican party without desire for the rewards of office in
recognition of party fealty. He belongs to the Rainier, Seattle Golf and Country, the Seat-
tle Athletic and the Earlington Country Clubs and is also a member of the Commercial Club


of Seattle, taking active interest in the projects instituted by that organization for the
upbuilding and development of the city. He is thoroughly imbued with the spirit of progress
characteristic of the northwest and has labored persistently and earnestly for the develop-
ment of the city along many lines of public benefit.


Charles Clyde Bronson has since 1902 been actively identified with industrial interests
of Seattle in the conduct of the Day Lumber Company and is likewise a factor in financial
circles as a director and one of the organizers of the Metropolitan Bank. His birth
occurred in Big Rapids, Michigan, on the nth of January, 1868, his parents being
Charles Button and Lois Elvira (Jayne) Bronson. In his youth he received a high-school
education and after putting aside his textbooks became connected with the line of business
in which he is still engaged, securing a situation as clerk in a lumber office of his native
town. In 1889, when a young man of twenty-one, he removed to Rhinelander, Wisconsin,
and three years later embarked in the lumber manufacturing business in partnership with
J. C. Wixson, with whom he was associated at Rhinelander under the style of the Wixson-
r,ronson Lumber Company for ten years, conducting a successful enterprise. In 1902 he
removed to Seattle and became interested in the Day Lumber Company, with mills at Big
Lake, Washington, and offices in the White building of Seattle. This is an extensive and
important concern and Mr. Bronson's efforts have contributed in no inconsiderable degree
to its continued growth and success. He is also a director and one of the organizers of the
Metropolitan Bank.

On the i6th of January, 1889. at Big Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Bronson was united in
marriage to Miss Kate Deming, daughter of Dwight Dcming. Their children are five in
number, namely : Lois, Doris, Deming, Robert Underwood and Philip.

In politics Mr. Bronson is a stalwart republican, while his religious faith is indicated
by his membership in the Church of the Epiphany at Denny-Blaine Park, Seattle, in which
he is serving as junior warden. In Masonry he has attained the thirty-second degree of
the Scottish Rite, belonging, to Arcana Lodge, No. 87, F. & A. M. ; Oriental Chapter, No.
19, R. A. M. ; Seattle Commandery, No. 2, K. T. ; Lawson Consistory, No. i, S. P. R. S.;
and Nile Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Bronson is likewise a
popular member of the Rainier and Metropolitan Clubs of Seattle and enjoys an enviable
reputation in both business and social circles of the city.


Lindley Marshall Rice, hydraulic engineer and contractor, acts as president of the
firm of L. M. Rice & Company of Seattle, which he organized in 1907 and which is
largely employed in the reclamation of lands and in railway construction. His birth occurred
in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, his parents being James W. and Belle (Wilson) Rice, the
former an agriculturist by occupation. They still reside on the farm which was the birth-
place of the mother of our subject. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent, and the
ancestors of Mr. Rice of this review were either Presbyterians or Baptists. They were
among the earliest settlers of Kentucky, David Rice being the first Presbyterian preacher
in the Blue Grass state.

Lindley M. Rice acquired his more advanced education in Georgetown College of
Georgetown. Kentucky, and after leaving that institution came to Seattle, the year of
his arrival here being 1888. He had prepared himself for the profession of civil engi-
neering and was first employed by the city engineer, while subsequently he served as assist-
ant engineer with the Great Northern Railway. In 1897 he entered the service of the
Canadian Pacific Railway, continuing with the corporation until 1900, when he began the
practice of his profession in Seattle in a private capacity. In 1907 he organized L. M Rice


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& Company, of vvhicli he has since served as president and wliich is an engineering and con-
tracting concern that has been largely employed in the reclamation of lands and in railway
construction. Mr. Rice is especially interested in land reclamation, believing that in pre-
paring homes for the coming generation his labors are of greatest value to his state and
its inhabitants. Work in this field is congenial to him and at the same time profitable.
He is likewise a director of the Klickitat Irrigation & Power Company and the Blalock
Island Gardens Company and acts as chief engineer of the Quincy Valley irrigation

On the 9th of September, 1891, at Edmonds, Washington, Air. Rice was united in
marriage to Miss Adelaide E. Leonhardt, a native of lierndon, Virginia. Her father was
born in Germany and her mother in Virginia. To Mr. and Mr.s. Rice have been born
the following children: Ophelia B., James W., Carleton L., Meriam E., and Lindley M.,
Jr. Mr. Rice gives his political allegiance to the democracy and is a popular member of
the Rainier Club. A man of sound judgment and keen discernment, possessing those cliar-
acteristics which make for success in the business world, he has also exemplified in his
life those qualities which win and retain warm friendship, and today he is numbered
among the substantial, representative and valued citizens of .Seattle.


Ancestry and antecedents inclined Manson Franklin Backus to make banking his life
work, in spite of an early fondness, which has never been lost by him, for literature of
a high class. He came into this work naturally because his father, Clinton T. Backus,
a man of exceptionally high and positive character, had himself become the leading
banker of his community and not only desired but was insistent that his son should
follow in his footsteps and ultimately succeed to his position as president of the First

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