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Natchess Pass, being the first to take that route with a caravan of oxen. By
slow, tedious, difficult and ofttimes dangerous stages he proceeded over the
long, hot stretches of sand and through the mountain passes, eventually reach-
ing his destination in safety. He was a successful farmer and stock-raiser and
through his business activity contributed in large measure to the material devel-
opment of the northwest ere death called him in 1901, when he was seventy-four
years of age. He became the owner of nineteen hundred acres of land and was
a very prosperous and successful agriculturist and stock-raiser. He had also
been an active factor in promoting the political interests and moral progress of
the community. In politics he was a democrat and served for two terms as a
member of the legislature in territorial days. He held membership in the Chris-
tian church and also exemplified in his life the beneficent spirit of the Masonic
fraternity. He was one of the first of the craft in this state and attended meet-
ings in the early days at Vancouver, riding on the back of a mule to the place
where the meetings were held. He assisted in establishing the first Masonic
temple in the state at Olympia. With every feature of pioneer life he was
familiar, and during the Indian war it was to James Longmire that Quiemuth
surrendered and by him was taken as a prisoner to the office of the governor,
where he arrived with him in safety. That night, however, the prisoner was
murdered by an unknown person.

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Mr. Longmire passed away in Tacoma at the home of our subject but his
wife passed away at North Yakima, Washington, at the home of their daughter^
Mrs. Robert Kandle. She bore the maiden name of Virinda Taylor and was
also a native of Indiana, in which state their marriage was celebrated. She
accompanied her husband across the plains and mountains, lived here through
the Indian war of 1852 and 1853 and suffered the untold hardships and priva-
tions of pioneer life. She was a woman of many sterling qualities and was a
devoted wife and mother.

Robert Longmire was the ninth in order of birth in a family of eleven,
children, eight of whom are yet living. He was educated in the district schools
and in Olympia to the age of twenty years. His youthful days were spent amid
pioneer conditions upon his father's farm and he early became familiar with
the duties and labors incident to the cultivation of the fields. After leaving
home he entered mercantile circles and was thus engaged for eight years. He
was later appointed deputy marshal under Jim Drake, serving in that capacity
for three years, when he was made deputy warden of the United States peniten-
tiary, occupying that position for two years. In 191 1 he was elected sheriff
of Pierce county and in January, 191 5, was reelected for a term that continues
until January, 191 7. He is said to be one of the best sheriffs that the county
has ever had. He is fearless in the discharge of his duties and the thorough-
ness with which he performs the tasks that devolve upon him has made his name
a menace to evildoers, while it carries with it a sense of security to all law-
abiding citizens.

In Tacoma, in 1898, Mr. Longmire was married to Miss Amy Tuttle, a
native of Missouri and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Tuttle. They now
have a daughter, Marcellyn, who was born in Tacoma in September, 1899, and
is with her parents in a home at No. 171 2 South Tacoma avenue, which Mr.
Longmire owns. The parents are members of the First Christian church and
Mr. Longmire also has membership with the Red Men, the Eagles, the National
Union and the Modem Woodmen of America. In politics he is a republican,
having supported the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise.
He believes firmly in its principles and does all in his power to insure its success.
He is a worthy representative of an honored pioneer family and the work which
was begun by his father in early days for the benefit and improvement of the
state is being carried forward by him under modem conditions. He studies
closely the needs and opportunities of the present and his activities are put forth


For thirty years Albert C. Greene has been in the railroad service and is now
joint agent for the Northem Pacific Railroad, the Great Northem Railroad and
the Oregon- Washington Railway & Navigation Company and is also agent for
the Northem and Great Northem Express Companies at Centralia, Washing-
ton. He was bom on the 5th of January, 1864, in Alfred, New York, of which
state his parents, John T. and Sophronia B. (Lackey) Greene, were also natives.

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In early life the father followed carriage making for a number of years, but
after his removal to Nobles county, Minnesota, engaged in teaching school.
He died in 1895 but the mother is still living and now makes her home in New
York. Albert C. is the oldest of their three children. His brother Elwyn is a
government clerk in the Panama Canal Zone, and the other brother, Walter L.,
is a Baptist minister now located at Independence, New York.

Albert C. Greene was educated in the public schools of Minnesota and
subsequently engaged in teaching school for about four years. In 1887 he en-
tered the railroad service as ticket agent and telegraph operator for the Chi-
cago & Northwestern Railroad at Hospers, Iowa, and remained there until com-
ing to Washington in 1889. Here he was first employed as station agent for the
Northern Pacific Railroad at Easton, and in 1899 was transferred to Centralia
in the same capacity. In 1910 he became joint agent for the roads which he
now represents and is today one of most trusted employes of the Northern
Pacific, the Great Northern and the Oregon-Washington Railway & Navigation
Company. He has been a director of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Cen-
tralia since its organization and is a man of marked business ability and sound

On the 2ist of April, 1885, at Brewster, Minnesota, was celebrated the mar-
riage of Mr. Greene and Miss Bessie E. Laird, a daughter of L. C. Laird, and
they have become the parents of two children : Roy L., now a civil engineer in
Minneapolis; and Orville C, at home with his parents. The famliy residence is
at 701 G street, Centralia.

Mr. Greene is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows and has served as grand representative of the state of Washington. He
is past grand patriarch of the Encampment and has filled all the chairs in the
senior order. He is also a member of the Woodmen of the World and is a
director of the Centralia Commercial Club. In politics he is an ardent repub*
lican and he has been called upon to serve as a member of the school board of
Centralia for four years. He is one of its most enterprising and public-spirited
citizens, always ready to aid any worthy movement calculated to promote the
general welfare, and he commands the confidence and respect of all with whom
he is brought in contact.


George C. Clark, one of the best known contracting and mining engineers of
Washington and one of the most prominent citizens of Everett, has probably
done more for the development of the mill, mining and irrigation projects of the
state than ahnost any other within its borders. Starting out unknown and empty
handed when a boy, he has made a creditable name and reputation for himself
in the business world entirely through his own efforts and at this writing stands
at the head of his profession as a contractor of Everett. He was bom June
II, 1858, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a son of Walter A. and Lavinia
(Fahrmine) Clark. The father was bom at St. Catharines, Canada, and the
mother's birth occurred in Ashtabula, Ohio. In early life Mrs. Clark went to

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Wisconsin and was a member of one of the first three white families to settle
in Milwaukee, having removed to that district from Chicago with ox teams.
In the country schools of Milwaukee Lavinia Fahrmine was educated, her
father, Hiram Fahrmine, having been one of the pioneer builders of that
place. In her later years Mrs. Clark removed to Grand Forks, North Dakota,
where .she passed away in 1907 at the age of seventy-two years. Walter A.
Clark became a railroad contractor and in connection with the construction of
the Great Northern Railroad was active in completing the transcontinental line
through North Dakota. He died in 1893 at the age of fifty-eight years. In the
family were four children : Charles W., now living in eastern Washington ; V.
G., whose home is in Willapa, Washington ; a daughter who died in infancy ; and
George C.

The last named, the youngest in the family, attended the schools of Black
River Falls, Wisconsin, and afterward served an apprenticeship in mechanical
engineering. He acquired a thorough knowledge of the business, in which he
continued active for ten years. He afterward became chief engineer for the
C. N. Nelson Lumber Company, continuing in that position for eight years at
Stillwater and at Lakeland, Minnesota. On coming to Washington he engaged
in mill construction work, being first employed on the erection of a mill at
Centralia, Washington, in 1888. He also had the contract for the building of the
electric light plant there and later he engaged in the operation of a shingle mill
on his own account.

The year 1893 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Clark in Everett, where he en-
tered the service of the Monte Cristo Mining Company and was engineer for
the smelter at Everett, now one of the largest in the state. He continued with
the engineering department of the Monte Cristo Company for two years and was
later with the Penn Mining Company for two years. He next went to Nome,
Alaska, and to Council City to take charge of property for the Belgian Mining
Company. In 1907 he had charge of the engineering department for the Bunker
Hill Mining & Smelting Company but later returned to Everett and built the
plant of the Canyon Lumber Company, one of the largest in the country, two
years being required for its construction. He afterward secured the contract
for the building of the Yakima irrigation system and built the dam at Horn
Rapids and when he had completed the work he once more returned to Everett,
where he was given the contract for a part of the Sunnyside reclamation project,
which he finished. He next went to Oregon and built a one hundred thousand
dollar concrete dam at Lost River on the Klamath project, a work which he also
faithfully, promptly and efficiently executed. Again he took up his abode
in Everett and continued in mining operations in the Index country for two
years. He has since been connected with construction work for Snohomish
county. The projects with which he has been identified have been of a most
important character and have led to the work of substantial improvement in
the state in the utilization of natural resources.

In Lakeland, Minnesota, in 1883, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to
Miss Catherine Rockstraw, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockstraw, who
were pioneers of Minnesota and lived there at the time of the Indian massacre.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark have become the parents of four children : George S., who
was bom in Cloquet, Minnesota, and is now in tlie advertising business at Seat-

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tie, married Miss Inza Knapp, of Seattle; Louis, born in Lakeland, Minnesota,
is secretary of the Washington State Fair Commission; Earl, who is now at-
tending the University of Montana, is a student in the law and forestry depart-
ments ; and Hazel, who is successfully teaching in the schools of Everett. The
family occupy a very attractive and beautiful residence in Everett and its warm-
hearted hospitality is greatly enjoyed by their many friends.

Mr. Clark votes with the republican party and fraternally is connected with
the Woodmen of the World and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He
is well known throughout western Washington as a public-spirited citizen and
as a man very capable in his chosen profession. The contracts which he has
executed have been among the most important put through in his section of the
state and thus his labors have resulted beneficially to the community at large.


Thomas P. Luther, whose extensive property holdings and business enterprise
make him one of the foremost citizens of Bellingham, is a native of Buncombe
county. North Carolina, and a son of Solomon and Nellie Luther. After attend-
ing the public schools until he reached the age of seventeen years he entered the
Confederate army as a member of the Sixty-second Regiment of North Carolina
Volunteers and with that command served as sergeant until the close of the war.
He then took up mining and railroad construction, which he followed in
California, Washington and Oregon, and since 1887 has been closely associated
with the development of the northwest. For about fifteen months he was em-
ployed as superintendent of construction work in the San Fernando Tunnel out
of Los Angeles, CaHfornia. In 1877 he became a member of the police force
at Portland, Oregon, and served as captain, which position he filled imtil 1884,
when he entered the serv^ice of the government, being stationed at Port Town-
send, Washington, as customs inspector. Later he became chief inspector and
so continued until the spring of 1888. He was soon reinstated in the position but
refused to serve longer. In the fall of 1888 he removed to Whatcom, now
Bellingham, where in the meantime he had accumulated considerable property.
He has since devoted his attention to looking after his various realty holdings.
He owns a lot one hundred and ten by fifty feet at the comer of Holly and
Commercial streets, upon which in 1914 he erected a fine theater and store build-
ing. In 1912 he built a fine two-story brick building at the comer of Commercial
and Magnolia streets and he is also half owner of the Irving Hotel at No. 1315
Dock street. All of these properties are in the heart of the city of Bellingham
and are very valuable. He also owns considerable other property. His theater
building at the corner of Holly and Commercial streets is considered one of the
finest theater buildings of the town and is rented to a moving picture house. He
owns the entire equipment and has recently installed one of the latest types of
moving picture machines at a large cost.

Captain Luther has never married. He is well known as a loyal representa-
tive of the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Elks and he has been a very active
member of the republican party in the past, doing everything in his power to

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promote the growth and ensure the success of republican principles. He has
recently erected a very fine residence at No. 212 Grand avenue. It is a monu-
ment to his business ability and enterprise and indeed his property holdings are
the visible evidence of a life of well directed energy, thrift and keen business


Alfred S. Brecht, local manager at Aberdeen for the Singer Sewing Machine
Company, became a resident of that city in 1888. He first visited Washington
in 1886, going to Tacoma and Seattle, but he felt that he did not like the country
and returned to his old home in Pennsylvania. The lure of the west, however,
was upon him and again he made his way to this state, since which time he has
for more than a quarter of a century been identified with the progress and developn
ment of Aberdeen. He is a native of western Pennsylvania, a son of Godfrey and
Mariah Brecht. His father was born in Holland and at the age of thirteen years
came to the United States, after which he engaged in logging and lumbering in
Pennsylvania, in which state his wife was bom and reared. He died when their
son, Alfred S., was but nine years of age and the mother five years later.

Alfred S. Brecht pursued his education in the schools of his native state and
when his textbooks were put aside began work in sawmills. He won advance-
ment and in time became foreman of a lumberyard, so that he was well acquainted
with the various phases of the lumber industry ere his removal to the west. As
stated, the year 1886 saw him in Tacoma and Seattle but those cities, then in
embryo, seemed to offer no attraction for his permanent abode and, returning to
Pennsylvania, he there continued until 1888, when he went to Aberdeen.

Following his arrival there Mr. Brecht secured a position in the Weatherwax
sawmill, where he remained for a year and after his work at the mill was over
for the day he engaged in selling sewing machines. He afterward turned his
attention to contracting and in that connection did most of the slashing in clearing
the town site of Aberdeen. He next accepted the superintendency of a planing
mill, of which he had charge for eleven years, and in 1902 he became local agent
for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, in which connection he has built up a
business of large and substantial proportions. In 1893 he filed on a homestead
at North Beach, Washington, but afterward sold that property.

In 1887 Mr. Brecht was married to Miss Alice Piatt, of Pennsylvania, and
to them have been bom three sons and three daughters : Mrs. Erdie Sherer, of
Mukilteo, Washington; Mrs. Dora Rasor, of Portland, Oregon; Alfred, who is
in business with his father ; Ira, who is employed at the Union depot in Aberdeen ;
Mrs. Bethana McNeeley, of Hoquiam, Washington; and Bryan, who is in the
employ of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company and resides in Aberdeen.
Mrs. Brecht has ever been a most devoted wife and mother and her entire life
has been characterized by a most generous and helpful spirit and by unfailing
kindness. She is continually aiding others who need assistance and she is now
rearing an infant daughter, Beatrice, whom she has adopted, and also another
child, Arthur Appleton.

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Mr. Brecht gives his political support to the democratic party and is now
serving for the third term as a member of the city council, his reelections being
proof of his capability and fidelity in that office. He has been associated with
Aberdeen from its initial development and since slashing the clearing of the town
site he has been active in furthering all the interests which have contributed to
its upbuilding and progress, being at all times a loyal citizen.


James J. Crow was born April 5, 1842, in Missouri; crossed the plains in
1849 ^"^o Oregon, and came to Seattle in September, i860.

Emma Russell Crow was bom in Indiana, September 10, 1845; crossed the
plains in 1852 into Oregon, and came to Seattle in 1853; died July 21, 1906.

James J. Crow and Emma Russell were married in September, 1862, by
Judge Thomas Mercer in Seattle.

James Crow and the writer began work together in March, 1861, at clearing
the site of the old university tract and continued at painting, carpentering,
fence building, etc., much of that year. Very soon after his marriage he and
his bride settled upon a land claim where the present town of Kent stands, not
far from the land claim of Samuel W. Russell, Mrs. Crow's father.

Mrs. Crow was the sister of Mrs. Mary J. Terry, and Thomas, Robert and
Alonzo Russell.

The children of James and Emma Crow were all born in King county:
George Russell, bom February 19, 1864; died July 12, 1908; Thomas Elmer,
bom January 14, 1866; Emma Ellen, born July 12, 1867; Anna May, born
January 14, 1869; ^^^^ November 24, 1891 ; James Alonzo, bom April 5, 1870;
Joseph Wright, bom April 26, 1872; Robert W., bom December 6, 1873;
Edward L., bonj August 28, 1875; Charles William, bom July 20, 1877; died
June 27, 1914; Mary May, born August 3, 1879; Elizabeth Jane, born September
10, 1881; Samuel Woodburn, bom April 15, 1883; Monroe Earl, born July
5, 1885; died December 31, 1898.


Thomas B. Sumner, a member of the Sumner Iron Works, of Everett, is one
of the leading manufacturers of western Washington, but business represents
only one phase of his activity although his interests are among the largest of the
kind in his section of the state. He has been prominent in public life and over
public thought and action has wielded a wide influence. A native of Wisconsin,
he was born in Waupun on the 25th of March, 1857, and in his youthful days
attended the public schools of that city and of Hutchinson, Minnesota, to which
place his parents removed during his boyhood. When still in his teens he secured
a position in an iron foundry as an apprentice to the machinist's trade and
thoroughly mastered that work. While he was thus serving his brother was

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learning the molder's trade and after having acquired a thorough knowledge of
their respective lines they decided to embark in business on their own account.
A small shop was rented at Hutchinson, Minnesota, and as their patronage grew
Thomas B. Sumner looked after the mechanical end, while his brother had charge
of the molding operations. In this way they made their start. The excellent
work which they turned out ensured to them a growing patronage and they
enlarged and improved their plant from time to time, remaining at Hutchinson
until 1892, when they came to the west, seeking a favorable location in this great
and growing section of the country. They decided to buy property at Everett,
which was then little more than a village, and ten acres of land was secured.
Improvements were at once begun, including the erection of a large molding room
followed by a machine shop and a building for the casting. These were equipped
with the necessary implements and modern machinery required in their business,
including lathes, dies, etc. From the beginning their trade grew by leaps 'and
bounds. More buildings were added, tracks were laid and other needed improve-
ments were made for the prompt and capable handling of the business until at
this writing the Sumner Iron Works is one of the largest on the Pacific coast.
Employment is given to two hundred skilled workmen, many of whom are experts
in their line. Their pay roll amounts to twenty thousand dollars per month and
this adds much to the prosperity of Everett. Thomas B. Sumner is the general
manager of the business, which is conducted along careful and progressive lines.
He has direct charge of its affairs and its trade relations have constantly broad-
ened until the business is today one of the largest and most important of the
productive industries of that section of the state. Mr. Sumner is also interested
in various other lines which class him with the foremost business men of western

In political circles, too, he has also been a prominent figure and has held a
number of positions of public trust, to which he has been elected on the republi-
can ticket. In 1908 he was chosen to represent his district in the state senate
and served through the administrations of Governors Rogers and McBride. In
local affairs, too, he has been prominent, serving as councilman and in other
j>ositions in the city, and he has likewise been a delegate to the republican
national convention.

On the I St of January, 1884, at Hutchinson, Minnesota^ Mr. Sumner was
married to Miss Elva Frazier, the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Bonniwell, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her parents having died during her
infancy, she was taken into the home of the Bonniwells, one of the leading
families of Milwaukee, and received the same advantages given to their own
children. Mr. and Mrs. Sumner have become the parents of four children:
Emily Weston, who was born in Hutchinson and pursued her education in the
schools of that city and of Everett, supplemented by a course in Washington
University at Seattle; Abby Hutchinson, who was bom in Hutchinson, Minne-
sota, and completed her education at Boston, Massachusetts; George Bonniwell,
who was bom in Hutchinson and attended the State University of Washington ;
and Frank Weston, who completes the family.

Fraternally Mr. Sumner is connected with the Masons, having taken the
degrees of the York and the Scottish Rites, and is also a member of the Mystic
Shrine. He is likewise a charter member of the Elks lodge of Everett and

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