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Lucinda Bingham, a native of Vermont but reared in Littleton, New Hamp-
shire. Her people removed to southern Illinois and there she met and married
Mr. Hastings. It was on account of her ill health that her husband removed
with the family to the west and she passed away in Port Townsend at the age
of sixty-nine years. They became the parents of seven children : Oregon C,
now deceased; Frank W., a prominent resident of Port Townsend; Maria C,
the deceased wife of D. M. Littlefield; Loren B. ; Josephine, who has passed
away ; Jessie M., the wife of Thomas Crang, of Portland, Oregon ; and Warren
I., an attorney, now deceased.

Loren Bingham Hastings began his education in the common schools of
Port Townsend and afterward went to Vermont, where he attended St. Johns-
bury Academy for two and one-half years. He also was a student in Eastman's
Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York, and after thus being thoroughly
trained for life's practical and responsible duties he returned to Washington,
where he engaged in the grain business in Seattle as a member of the firm of
Craig & Hastings. That partnership was maintained for eighteen months, after
which he again became a resident of Port Townsend and in connection with his
brother engaged in farming, teaming and contracting. They hauled wood to the
steamers and also hauled the first charcoal to the old Irondale furnaces when
that industry was established. On the 24th of February, 1881, Mr. Hastings
purchased a half interest in a little steamer called the \^irginia, which consti-
tuted the nucleus of his present extensive and profitable steamboating business.
The Hastings Steamboat Company was organized and was the first to carry
mail for the United States government by steamboat on the Sound to W^hidbey
island and near-by points. The company continued to carry the mail under con-
tract until February 29, 191 6. In 1902 the American Tugboat Company was
organized, of which ^Ir. Hastings became the president, thus. further extending



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his activities and business interests. He is also a director of the Hastings
estate and has been prominently connected with various important corporations
of Port Townsend which have contributed in large measure to the upbuilding
and development of this section of the country.

On the 2 1st of October, 1878, in Port Townsend, Mr. Hastings was married
to Miss Emma Littlefield, a native of Dexter, Maine, and a daughter of Tobias
and Lucy Littlefield, representatives of old Maine families of English descent.
Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Hastings had a daughter, Francel, now
the wife of Captain H. G. Hamlet, of the United States Coast Guard, residing
at South Baltimore, Maryland. There are two children of this marriage: Jean
Hastings Hamlet, born in Baltimore, August 5, 1906; and Loren Francis Ham-
let, born in Oakland, California, in 1912. In 1910 Mr. Hastings was called
upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who passed away on the 2d of December
at Port Townsend, when fifty years of age, her death being deeply regretted by
the many friends whom she had made during the period of her residence in
this section of the country.

In pohtics Mr. Hastings is a stalwart republican and in 1901 and in 1903
was elected to represent his district in the state legislature. He has also taken
a most deep and helpful interest in community affairs and for four terms has
been a member of the city council, in which connection, as in state office, he has
exercised his prerogatives in support of many valuable public measures. Fra-
ternally he is a Mason, having taken the fourteenth degree of the Scottish Rite,
and he belongs also to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He became
one of the organizers and was the first president of the Commercial Club and
his religious faith is evidenced by his membership in the Episcopal church. The
first white boy born and reared in Port Townsend, he is certainly well known
to its citizens and his course of life has won for him the high regard, confidence
and goodwill of all with whom he is associated. The Hastings family, recog-
nizing the opportunities of the west, contributed constantly to its advancement
and while promoting their own fortunes have also aided in winning public
prosperity.



JESSE SHATTUCK JONES.

The name of Jesse Shattuck Jones has figured prominently in connection with
the political interests and history of Tacoma, where he is now living. He was
born in Indiana in i860, a son of Jesse and Aurillia (Shattuck) Jones. He is
descended on his mother's side from William Shattuck, who was born in Eng-
land in 1 62 1 and died in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1672. He is descended
on his father's side from Robert Cadwalader, who was born in Pennllyn, Wales,
in 1677, and came to America, settling in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, in 1698.

Jesse S. Jones was educated in Indiana and early turned his attention to
railroad work, in which connection he traveled all over this country and to a
large extent in Mexico. In 1894 he came to Tacoma and shortly afterward
entered politics and in this connection he has been best known in the city. He
was elected to the office of city councilman, filling that position for a number of



416 WASHINGTON, WEST OF THE CASCADES

years. He was made president of the council and as such exercised his official
prerogatives in support of many plans and measures for the general good. He
studied closely questions and issues of the day and his influence and efforts were
directed for the substantial improvement of municipal affairs. In 1907 he was
elected a member of the state senate from the twenty-ninth district. He was
elected president of the senate, this being the first time in the history of the
state that this honor had been conferred on a new member. In 1907 he resigned
as senator to take a place on the newly organized railroad commission of Wash-
ington, where he remained until that board was superseded by the public service
commission, and he served on that board as a member and chairman until the
year 1913, when he was relieved on account of the election of a democrat as
governor. In 1914 he was again elected state senator for his district for a four-
year term. He is a republican and has always been elected as a candidate of
that party.

He was married in 1907 to Corinne \^irginia BuUard, of Tacoma. He is a
member of Clover Lodge, No. 91. F. & A. M., of Tacoma, has the thirty-second
degree Scottish Rite and is a member of Afifi Temple. He is also an Odd Fel-
low and an Elk. He w^as a member and at one time trustee of the old Chamber
of Commerce and is now a member of the Tacoma Commercial Club. As a
member of these organizations he has always put forth effective effort for ad-
vancing the city's welfare and has actively cooperated in all plans and projects
having for their object the benefit of Tacoma.



HARVEY ADAMS KETTNER.

H. A. Kettner, proprietor of the Kettner Hotel at Raymond, was born in
Washington county, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1859, and in the Keystone state
spent the first ten years of his life. It was in 1869 that he went with his parents
to Iowa, where he attended the common schools. He farmed for a few years
in northwestern Iowa and in 1886 went to Kansas, where he resided for seven-
teen years. He engaged in well drilling there for five years and spent a similar
period in the livery business in Rush county, that state. He removed from
Rush county to Washington in 1905, establishing his home in Raymond, and
for a year he was employed in a sawmill. He afterward engaged in painting
and paper hanging until the 226. of June, 191 1, when he built the Kettner Hotel
at the corner of Ellis avenue and First street, a large three story building, con-
taining forty rooms, thoroughly modern in equipment and furnishings, and at
the time of its erection it was the leading hotel of the town. He has since
conducted the hotel, which has two store rooms on the first floor, while the
remainder of the building is devoted to hotel purposes. Mr. Kettner was asso-
ciated with three others in the' erection of the England building in Raymond in
T906. He was also one of those who promoted the Willapa Harbor Oil Com-
pany, raising twenty thousand dollars locally to start same. They drilled eighteen
hundred feet but on account of the failure of a bank in Raymond they lost
their money.

In 1883, in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mr. Kettner was united in marriage to Miss



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Sarah J. Thomas, of Illinois, and they had one child, Scott, who died in 1905 at
the age of sixteen years. Mr. Kettner votes with the republican party but
while he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day he has never
sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his efforts entirely upon his
business affairs.



FRED A. DURR.



The spirit of modern business progressiveness is manifest by the Durr Laun-
dry Company, of which Fred A. Durr is the manager. Careful organization
of the plant in all its departments is one of the elements that contribute to suc-
cess, combined with a thorough study of the public needs and the best methods
of meeting these. Along lines of steady progression therefore Mr. Durr has
advanced to a place among the leading business men of Everett, being today
proprietor of one of its largest and most thoroughly sanitary and up-to-date
laundries. He was born in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, March 7, 1872, a
son of John Christian and Rebecca (Schultz) Durr. The father was a native of
Brooklyn, New York, while the mother was born in Germany and when a maiden
of twelve summers was brought to America by her parents, who settled in Wis-
consin, where she was reared and married. The father had removed to that
state at an early date and there followed farming, becoming one of the pioneer
agriculturists of Winnebago county. He resided in that locality until 1875, when
he removed to the southern part of Minnesota, where he continued in active con-
nection with farm life until called to his final rest in 1891, when fifty-four years
of age. His widow is now living in Tacoma, Washington, at the age of seventy
years.

In a family of eight children Fred A. Durr was the fifth in order of birth and
in his boyhood days he attended the public schools of southern Minnesota, pur-
suing his studies for a time at Amboy, in Blue Earth county. Later he engaged
in farming, devoting three years to that pursuit following his father's death.
In 1894 he removed from the middle west to the coast, establishing his home at
Tacoma, Washington. There he entered the laundry business in connection with
his brother, who was proprietor of the Cascade Laundry. After five years spent
in that connection Fred A. Durr removed to Everett and established a laundry
business at Riverside, beginning operations with a small plant. In fact he started
out with a capital of but two hundred dollars and in the beginning if his trade
amounted to sixty dollars per week it was considered a good week. Gradually,
however, his patronage grew and removing to Bayside, he bought out the French
laundry plant. Still his patronage developed and in 1912 he bought property
on Grand avenue and erected the modern building whicli he now occupies, in-
stalling therein the latest improved machinery known in connection with the
laundry business. He now employs thirty-five people and his trade is steadily
increasing. He has a large outside trade, while four wagons are used in the
collection and delivery of goods in Everett. He has been most progressive in
all his methods. He studies the trade and he brings to bear in the conduct of
his undertaking the same progressive qualities which mark the path of the



418 WASHINGTON, WEST OF THE CASCADES

successful merchant. He believes in attractive advertising and issues an illus-
trated magazine termed Clean Clothes, which is "devoted to cleanliness, sanita-
tion and sound textiles." The subjects discussed therein while in a way relative
to the laundry business are most entertaining and instructive. He is interested in
every question concerning the laundry trade, from the turning out of first class
work to the care of employes. One of the recent issues of Clean Clothes gives
two accounts of how women's clubs are attempting to cooperate with the laun-
dries in rendering work easier for employes by having work called for and dis-
tributed at various times in the week and thus preventing congestion and hard
work for the employees during the first three days of the week. In the paper is
often discussed the worth and manufacture of textiles. The equipment of the
Durr Laundry is thoroughly modern and reasonable prices and prompt service
have continuously been factors in the growing success of the business.

Mr. Durr has been married twice. In 1892 he wedded Miss Etta Hazel, of
Amboy, Minnesota, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hazel, of Sterling, Minne-
sota. She passed away in 1903, leaving two children : Ada M., who is a graduate
of the Tacoma high school and the normal school ; and Elsie Belle, who is a
graduate of the high school of Everett, while at the present writing she is attend-
ing the normal school. On the 5th of January, 191 1, Mr. Durr was married to
Miss Bessie Beckett, of Everett, Washington, a daughter of John H. and Avis
(June) Beckett. There is one child of this marriage, Maxine, who was born
March 16, 1916.

Mr. Durr is independent in politics. Fraternally he is a chapter Mason and
also a member of the Elks lodge at Everett. He belongs also to the Commercial
Club, cooperating heartily in its plans for the welfare and upbuilding of the city.
He belongs as well to the Automobile Club. He is also associated with the Wash-
ington & Oregon Laundry Association and with the National Laundry Associa-
tion. He started out in life without a dollar but laudable ambition has prompted
his efforts at every point and gradually he has worked his way upward, basing
his success not only upon industry but also upon scientific knowledge of every-
thing that has to do with the laundry trade. His work has been productive of
excellent results when viewed from a financial standpoint.



KNUTE K. AALBU.



In manufacturing circles of Everett the name of Aalbu is well known, for
since 1909 the firm of Aalbu Brothers has been continuously and successfully
engaged in the manufacture of carriages and wagons. When a young man of
twenty-one years Knute K. Aalbu came to the new world from his native land
of Norway. He was born in Trondhjem on the i6th of August, 1871, a son
of Knute and Dorothea (Bakken) Aalbu, who were also natives of the land of
the midnight sun. The father became a well known agriculturist there and passed
away in his native country in 1887, when fifty-seven years of age. His widow
still resides in Norway and is now seventy-six years of age. In their family
were ten children, of whom five are yet living.

Knute K. Aalbu was the fifth in order of birth and in his boyhood days
attended school in his native land, after which he started out in the business



WASHINGTON, WEST OF THE CASCADES 419

world as a clerk in the mercantile store of his brother. He continued to make
his home in Norway until 1892, when he severed the ties that bound him to his
native country and sailed for America, first making his way to Yankton county,
South Dakota. There he engaged in the implement business until 1901, when
he sold out and removed to Everett, where he embarked in the creamery business,
establishing the first creamery of the city. He conducted business under the
name of the Everett Creamery, Ice & Storage Company and thus instituted the
initial enterprise of that character in his section of the state. For eight years
he continued successfully in that business and then sold out, after which he
established the Aalbu Carriage & Wagon Alanufacturing Company, which from
a small beginning in 1909 has grown to extensive proportions. His interests are
now carried on under the name of the Aalbu Brothers Carriage & Wagon Manu-
facturing Company and something of the growth of the trade is indicated by
the fact that he employs from eight to fifteen workmen.

On the 22d of October, 1904, Mr. Aalbu was married in Yankton county.
South Dakota, to Miss Hannah Bakke, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sten Bakke,
well known in that county. Mr. and Mrs. Aalbu have a daughter, Dorothy
Maud, who was born in Everett, February 18, 1906, and is now attending the
public schools.

In politics Mr. Aalbu maintains an independent course. While in South
Dakota he served as the first treasurer of Irene but he has never been a politician
in the sense of office seeking. He holds membership with the Sons of Norway
and is a worthy representative of his native land in the land of his adoption.
He has never had occasion to regret the resolution that brought him to the new
world. He felt that opportunity might here be his and in the passing years
he has wisely utilized every chance that has come to him, progressing step by
step until he is today a leading factor in business circles of Everett.



WILLIAM PITT TRIMBLE.

William Pitt Trimble is one for whom opportunity has spelled success. With
notable prescience he foresaw something of what the future had in store for
Seattle and with his arrival in the city became an investor and a promoter of
public interests, his activities resulting beneficially for the city as well as proving
a source of individual prosperity. Seattle's history records his activities along
lines which have had to do with public progress and improvement. He was one
of the pioneer citizens here. Seattle, like many of the cities of the northwest,
began as a logging camp and developed with the growth of the lunil)cr industry.
It had progressed little beyond that point when William P. Trimble cast in his
lot with its citizens and had taken on none of the metropolitan proportions and
conditions of the present. Mr. Trimble recognized that the geographical situation
argued much for the town and believed that the future must bring growth,
progress and development. Accordingly he invested in properties which with
the settlement and growth of the city have developed into some of the most
valuable real estate of Seattle, bringing to the owner a handsome annual income.

Mr. Trimble, however, is a lawyer. It is the profession for wliich he studied



420 WASHINGTON, WEST OF THE CASCADES

and qualified and with which he was actively identified in Seattle for a number
of years. He is a native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, born February 2, 1865. His
parents, William Wallace and Mary (Barlow) Trimble, were also natives of the
same state, the former born in Cynthiana and the latter in Scott county, Kentucky,
where they were married. The father became an attorney at law and in course
of time was elected circuit judge, being recognized as one of the able members
of the bar in his district. He also served with the rank of colonel in the Union
army during the Civil war. Both he and his wife have now passed away. The
ancestral history of the family is one which bears many distinguished names and
the record is one of w^iich Mr. Trimble has every reason to be proud. The
Trimbles came from the lowlands of Scotland. One of the family, at which time
the name was Trumbull, went to the north of Ireland under Cromwell and many
of his descendants are still living there. Representatives of the family came to
America in 1733 and one of the name held the office of crown surveyor, a position
which carried with it some of the powers of a notary and magistrate. He filled
that position under commission from the king. He located in Augusta county,
\'irginia, and was the progenitor of the family in the new world. ]\Iany of the
name of Trimble participated in the Revolutionary^ war, including William
Trimble, the great-grandfather of William Pitt Trimble, who after rendering
military service in defense of America, brought back his soldier's warrant and
went to Kentucky in 1781, becoming one of the pioneers of that state. He
penetrated into the "dark and bloody ground" and there encountered the hard-
ships, privations and difficulties which always confront the early frontier settler.
Many distinguished names are found upon the family records, including that
of Robert Trimble, a great-uncle of \Mlliam Pitt Trimble, who served on the
bench of the United States supreme court. Thus the line is traced down to
William Wallace and Mary (Barlow) Trimble.

Their son, William P. Trimble, pursued his early education in the public
schools of Covington, Kentucky, and afterward attended the W^oodward high
school of Cincinnati, Ohio. Later he went to Paris, France, where he became
a student in the Ecole Alsatienne, a preparatory school, which he attended for
about three years. Returning to America, he spent two years as a student in
the University of Cincinnati, pursuing a general course, after which he entered
upon the study of law in the same institution and was there graduated with
the class of 1887. He practiced for a brief time but in 1888 again went to
Europe and traveled in that country and in America until 1893. The follow-
ing year he arrived in Seattle, opened a law office and ability soon brought him to
the front as a representative of the profession. Extending his connections
along business lines, he became a trustee of the Arctic Construction Company,
of which he has also been the president, and he is now^ a trustee of the Washing-
ton Security Company and is financially interested in other business enterprises
of importance but has practically retired from active business management. He
has important realty interests, including valuable city property, and he is also
the owner of Blake island, on which he has his summer home.

Moreover, he has become a recognized political leader, giving stalwart
allegiance to the republican party. He has been a candidate for the offices of
mayor and state senator and during the year 1904 was elected one of the body
of charter commissioners to draft and submit to the people of Seattle a new



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city charter. He was • presidential elector when William Howard Taft was
elected and he was appointed by the governor as the official messenger to carry
the electoral vote of the state of Washington to Washington, D. C. He has
studied closely the important questions and issues of the day, those affecting
national existence as well as the municipal welfare, and to converse with him
upon any of these questions is to gain information that is not superficial in char-
acter, for he has delved to the depths of many important problems.

On the 15th of November, 1897, Mr. Trimble was united in marriage to
Miss Cannie Ford, a daughter of Frank Ford, an attorney of Covington,
Kentucky, and also president of the largest wholesale establishment in Cincin-
nati. Both of her parents are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Trimble have
been born five children. Ford, Mary Barlow, William Pitt, Augusta and Webb.

The family are communicants of St. Mark's Episcopal church and Mr. Trimble
is also prominent in club circles, holding membership with the University,
Rainier, Arctic, Seattle Athletic and Seattle Golf and Country Clubs. Fie also
belongs to the Archaeological Society and the Aviation Club and was president
of the local organization of the Navy League, of which he is still a member.
Flis wife holds membership with the Colonial Dames of Virginia and his children
are connected with the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Such
in brief is the history of William Pitt Trimble, a man whose service to Seattle
can scarcely be overestimated. The pioneer spirit which led his ancestor to
leave Scotland and penetrate into the vast wilderness of the new world has been
manifest down through the family in succeeding generations. William P.
Trimble is the eldest son of the eldest son in all the succeeding generations
and the spirit of his ancestry was manifest in his removal to the northwest,
when he became identified wath Seattle's interests in the period of early progress
and development. He was among those who instituted a new era of rapid
growth and progress leading to the present, advancement and prosperous condi-
tion of the city, his work being of lasting and permanent benefit. He is now
reaping the reward of his labors, having become one of the substantial residents
of the city, and is living retired in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former
activity. There have come to him most of those things which men covet as of
value — wealth, political prominence and position — and in gaining these he has



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