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department of the University of Southern California, at Los Angeles,
from which he was graduated in 1895, and for the following three
years engaged in the practice of his profession in Los Angeles, where
he met with encouraging success. He was then offered the position of
physician for the Detroit Copper Mining Company of Arizona, at
Morenci, which he accepted, and Morenci has since been his home.
In January, 1901, he became Chief Surgeon for the Arizona Copper
Company at Morenci, and also had charge of the Longfellow Hospi-
tal at that place. Dr. Tuthill is Commanding Colonel in the First In-



fantry, N. G. A. In politics he is a Democrat, and interested in the
party workings, but not with a view to holding office. He is a mem-
ber of the Arizona Medical Association and of the Masonic Order.
He is also interested in mining, having claims in the Copper Mountain
District, and in New Mexico. Dr. Tuthill was married in 1896 in
California to Miss May E. Heinman, daughter of Richard Heinman
of Los Angeles.

Dr. Lewis A. Burtch

LEWIS A. BURTCH, M. D., of Clifton, was born in Morrison, Illi-
nois, June 16, 1875, his parents, J. M. and Phoebe Wood Burtch,
having settled there many years ago. Dr. Burtch was educated in the
public schools and after his graduation from high school, took a busi-
ness course. Subsequently he entered Rush Medical College, Chicago,
from which he was graduated in 1897, then devoting considerable time
to dispensary and clinic work, he secured a most thorough and practi-
cal experience in dealing with the variety of work afforded in the
hospital of a large city. In October, 1897, he came to Clifton, opened
an office, and in his practice has been successful from the beginning,
and has built up an extensive practice. Politically, Dr. Burtch is a
Democrat. He is a member of the Blue Lodge Masons, Knights of
Pythias, Spanish-American Alliance, A. O. U. W., and B. P. O. E.,
of which he is Past Exalted Ruler. Dr. Burtch married Miss Mar-
garet E. Stark, of Benton Harbor, Michigan.



Dr. John Rowland Whiteside



JOHN ROWLAND WHITESIDE, Physician and Surgeon, Kingman,
Arizona, was born at Troy, Illinois, November 19, 1851. His par-
ents were Abigail Hall and James Whiteside. He was educated in
Chicago University, and studied medicine at St. Louis Medical Col-
lege, from which he was graduated. Dr. Whiteside is eminent in his
profession in Arizona, is local surgeon for the Santa Fe R. R. Co..
the Goldroads Mining Company, and the Needles Mining and
Smelting Company.

Dr. W. P. Chenowith

Dr. Harry W. Purdy

DR. HARRY W. PURDY, practicing physician in Nogales for almost
thirty years, and one of the leading men in the profession in Southern
Arizona, is a native of Florida. He was born in Quincy, February 9,
1860, and is the son of Elijah and Elizabeth Johnson Purdy. Dr.
Purdy was graduated in 1882 from what was then known as the
Medical College of Bellevue Hospital, New York, and after gradua-
tion served one year as interne in that famous hospital and the experi-
ences of that year have been of great value in his life work. He then
came to Arizona as chief surgeon for the Silver King mine in Pinal
County, and after about six months w T as persuaded to remove to
Nogales as surgeon for the Santa Fe, now the S. P. of Sonora. This
was in 1884. He is now consulting physician and surgeon for all rail-
roads in Mexico south of Nogales. For almost twenty years he has
been a partner of Dr. Chenowith 's, and is also associated with Dr.
Gustetter in the Mira Monte Sanitarium. Dr. Purdy married Miss
Josefa Vasquez, a Mexican woman of distinguished lineage.



DR. W. F. CHEXOWITH, one of the pioneer physicians of Nogales,
is a native of Rose County, Ohio, where he was born in 1865. He
was educated in his native state and was graduated from the medical
department of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Chenowith has been
a resident of Nogales for twenty-three years, during which he has ac-
quired an excellent practice and been eminently successful in his work.
Dr. Chenowith is also County Superintendent of Health and surgeon
for the Southern Pacific Company north of the international line. He
is a member of the American Medical Association. He is married and
has three children.

LAWSON WELCH DOWNS, DD. S., Douglas, was born in Blooming-
ton, Illinois. Hav-
ing received the ad-
vantages of modern
high school train-
ing and two years
work in De Pauw
University, in
1902, he began the
study of dentistry
at the Indiana
Dental College, of
Indianapolis, from
which he was grad-
uated in 1905. He
at once came to
Arizona to prac-
tice his profession
and established an
office in Douglas,
where he has since
p.r a c t i c e d. Dr
Downs has built
up a reputation in
excellent w r ork and
thereby a large pat-
ronage, which is
constantly increas-
ing. He is a char-
ter member, and at

present Vice President of the Arizona State Dental Society. Fra-
ternally he is very well known, being Past Master of the Mount
Moriah Lodge No. 19, F. & A. M., a member of the Bisbee Com-
mandery of Knights Templar and of El Zaribah Temple Mystic
Shrine of Phoenix. He is also a member of the B. P. O. E. of Douglas.



The Valley Bank

THE VALLEY BANK was organized in 1883 with a capital of $50,-
000, and Colonel William Christy as cashier. In four years, how-
ever, the capital was increased to $100,000, and in 1890 Colonel
Christy w T as chosen its president, which position he held until the time
of his death. At that time included in its directorate were E. J. Ben-
nitt, now president, and Lloyd B. Christy, now cashier. This bank
occupies the only exclusive banking building in the city, which is of
colonial architecture and strictly modern in all its appointments. It is
constructed of reinforced concrete. During the life of The Valley
Bank it has been the constant aim of its management to aid in the up-
building of the state and city, and there one is accorded the utmost
courtesy in every department. In the five years elapsing from 1907 to
1912, the deposits of The Valley Bank increased from less than $600,-
000 to more than two and one-half millions, and having a capital and
surplus of $250,000, The Valley Bank is unquestionably the largest
bank in the state. This was the first bank in Phoenix to open a
savings department, and for the five years in which this department
has been in operation over seven hundred thousand dollars have been
deposited in it, and the depositors number over thirty-five hundred,
which is due evidence of public confidence and appreciation. Its of-
ficers at present are : E. J. Bennitt, president ; John R. Hampton and
John Ormsby, vice presidents; Lloyd B. Christy, cashier, and S. H.
Stewart and Lebbeus Chapman, assistant cashiers. These officers,
with a strong board of directors, and the confidence which the bank
now enjoys insures for it many years of continued prosperity.

COLONEL WILLIAM CHRISTY was a man of the noblest and strong-
est character, and no man among Arizona's makers had a wider vision
of her possibilities or a stronger faith in her future. For this reason,
there were in those days, none who needed to be sustained in their
hope of ultimate reward, aided through financial straits, or encouraged
in any way in their work in early time Arizona, who did not receive
help, if fortune brought them in contact with Colonel William
Christy. His beautiful country home, one and one-half miles out of
Phoenix, was ever conducted on a most generous plan, and here the
old-fashioned traditional hospitality was dispensed. Around his board
one met the man of affairs who needed counsel, the stranger who
needed to be made welcome, and the young person who needed the
protection of home affiliations in the new country not occasionally
but in the regular course of living, as the habit of the home was to
entertain in this whole-souled, cordial manner. Colonel Christy plan-
ned and worked with dauntless courage and purpose, along every line






of development of the commonwealth, and he was the maker of the
Valley Bank, the greatest financial institution in the state, of which
his son, Lloyd Bennett Christy is at present cashier.

Colonel Christy was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, February 14,
1841, and was thirteen years of age when the family settled on a farm
near Osceola, Iowa. There he finished his education and began to
teach school at the age of seventeen. At the age of twenty he was a
member of a regiment organized to protect the border in the Civil
War. During the war he was injured a number of times and spent
three months in a hospital at Newman, Ga., and for more than three
years >"^ter his return home he was obliged to carry his left arm in a
sling. Colonel Christy obtained his first banking experience in H. C.
Sigler s Bank in Osceola, where he remained five years, and of which
he became cashier. He then served a term as Treasurer of the State of
Iow r a, at the close of which he became cashier and a director of the
Capital City Bank of Des Moines, and while in this position assisted
in organizing the Merchants National Bank of that city. Owing to
poor health, about that time Colonel Christy found it desirable to
seek a more genial climate, and in 1882 he came to Arizona. He pur-
chased a ranch near Prescott, where he lived eighteen months, during
which he regained his health. He then purchased a farm west of
Phoenix, consisting of 440 acres, and on this he made his home until
the time of his death. He was actively interested in farming and
stock raising, and realizing the need of irrigation, he was director in
three canal companies and vice president of the Arizona Canal Com-
pany. In the matter of fruit raising Colonel Christy was a pioneer
and demonstrated that a fine grade of oranges and peaches could be
grown in the Salt River Valley, and was thus instrumental in develop-
ing an industry that has grown with each passing year. He was, in
fact, a potent factor in the advancement of Arizona, the industries as
well as the financial inte ?sts having been benefiitted by his sound
judgment and wise foresight. Religious, philanthropic and educa-
tional movements, too, have been the beneficiaries of his constant re-
gard and their welfare been promoted by his watchful oversight. In
politics Colonel Christy was a steadfast Republican, and he served as
Territorial Treasurer under Governor Irwin, and t\vice he was chosen
Chairman of the Territorial Republican Committee. In the years to
come when Arizona shall have forged ahead to a position of eminence
and have attained to a higher rank among the states of the union, the
name of Colonel William Christy will be given a high place in the
archives of its history and his influence upon the material and moral
interests of the country will be thoroughly recognized by an apprecia-
tive posterity. On August 22, 1866, Colonel Christy married Miss
Carrie E. Bennett, a native of Illinois and to the couple were born
five children, of whom Lloyd B. is the oldest. The other members oi
the family are George, Shirley, Carroll and Carrie.



E. J. BENNITT, the president, has been connected with the bank
since its organization, being called to the presidency in 1907. His
able and conservative management has been materially felt in the
growth of the bank. He was born in New York State in 1853, and
completed his college education at Union College, Schnectady, N. Y.
At his graduation as a civil engineer he came to Arizona by ox teams
across the plains in 1875. From that time until 1883 he engaged in
various occupations, principally mining, farming and merchandizing,
when he came to Phoenix w r ith Colonel Christy and joined him in
organizing the Valley Bank. Air. Bennitt was also one of the organ-
izers of The Phoenix National Bank. Mr. Bennitt has always taken
an active interest in the development of the section and is the head of
a large realty company.

LLOYD B. CHRISTY, cashier of the Valley Bank and Mayor of Phoe-
nix, is one of the best known bankers in the state, and has had
numerous honorary positions in the different bankers' associations of
which he is a member. At present he is the treasurer of the State
Bankers' Association. Mayor Christy is the oldest son of Col. Wil-
liam Christy, head of the Christy family in Arizona, and like his dis-
tinguished father, is a man of high ideals and great force of character,
and has the confidence and esteem of all with whom he comes in con-
tact in business, official or social life. He is practically in charge of
the Valley Bank, the greatest financial institution in Arizona, and it
is due to the Christy family's influence that the institution has
reached its present exalted position.

Lloyd Bennett Christy was born in Osceola, Iowa, and received
his early education in the schools of that state, having been graduated
( rom the Des Moines High School. The excellent training of the
owa schools was supplemented by a course in the University of Cali-
fornia, from which institution he w T as graduated, being among
those receiving high honors. Mr. Christy is one of the leaders in the
civic life of Phoenix. As Mayor he has made an excellent record,
introduced a number of reforms, established a system of economies,
and judiciously directed expenditures. As a result Phoenix is one
of the best governed, and in many w T ays one of the most attractive,
cities in the country today. Gambling and vice have been practically
stamped out, and civic reform has reached a high stage owing to
Mayor Christy's strict enforcement of the laws. As a scion of this
most noted pioneer family he is a prominent factor in the social life
of Arizona, and his beautiful home on Center street is presided over
by one of Phoenix's most popular and estimable matrons, Mrs. Mary
E. Culver Christy, a descendant of another prominent family of
Arizona. Mr. and Mrs. Christy were united in marriage December
25, 1898, and to the union have been born four attractive daughters,
Mary, Doris, Margaret and Katherine.


JOHN M. ORMSBY, vice president of the Valley Bank, has been
connected with western commercial enterprises since his early boyhood.
He started in as letter boy for the Wells Fargo Express Company at
Sacramento, spending some years with the company and being pro-
moted several times until he attained the position of express messenger.
He then took up railroading as assistant paymaster of the Southern
Pacific Company at San Francisco, continued with this corporation for
a number of years until he accepted a position with the Western
Union Telegraph Co., and came to Arizona in 1887 to become man-
ager of their office at Tucson. For twenty years he remained with
this corporation. He resigned his position with the Western Union to
become cashier of the Arizona National Bank, of Tucson, and for
sixteen years was a prominent figure in the commercial and financial
life of the Old Pueblo. For a number of years he had been a heavy
stockholder in the Valley Bank, and a member of its board of directors,
but did not take an active part in its management until early in 1913,
when he was elected vice president, removed his family to Phoenix,
and has since been assisting in the active management of the largest
bank in the state. During his long residence in Arizona, Mr. Ormsby
has been a leader in all affairs pertaining to the educational develop-
ment of the state and served as a member of the Board of Regents un-
der four different governors. He was the second secretary appointed
to the University of Arizona, and his work has been instrumental in
the upbuilding of this institution. Despite his activity as an educa-
tor, banker and businessman, Mr. Ormsby is best known for the part
he has taken in the fraternal life of Arizona, having been Past Grand
Master, Past Grand High Priest, Past Grand Commander of the
Knights Templar of Arizona, and six times he has been Master of
Tucson Lodge 4, F. & A. M. Mr. Ormsby is a native of the Key-
stone State, having been born at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, October
9, 1851. His parents were John S. and Jane Hindman Ormsby. He
was united in marriage to Miss Ella Gorham, member of a prominent
old New England family, and to Mrs. Ormsby 's influence and assist-
ance is largely due the success attained by Mr. Ormsby.

JOHN R. HAMPTON, attorney, banker and cattleman, chosen as one
of the electors to cast the first ballot for the State of Arizona for
president, has been prominent in the affairs of this state since he came
here twelve years ago. He was born in Pantatoc, Mississippi, in 1865,
his parents, John W. and Louise Hudson Hampton, being descendants
of well known Southern families. After having received the benefit of
the public schools he was graduated from the University of Mississippi,
afterwards attending Georgetown University, from which he was
graduated with an LL. B. degrees in 1890. He spent several years in
Washington, D. C., where he held different positions, and came to
Clifton in 1901. Here he engaged in the real estate business, as well


Clifton, although he owns considerable farming land in the Yuma
Valley. He served the Territory as a member of the lower house, and
two years later was elected to the Council, where he took a prominent
part in the deliberations of his party. He was chosen out of a large
as the practice of his profession. His realty holdings are chiefly about

John R. Hampton

field as a candidate for presidential elector and was elected by a large
majority. Mr. Hampton is vice president and a director of the
Valley Bank of Phoenix, and also a stockholder in the First National
Bank of Clifton. He is a member of the Masons and Elks.

SIDNEY H. STEWART, assistant cashier of the Valley Bank of Phoe-
nix, Arizona, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 12, 1885.
It was in that city he received a public school education and later on
received his commercial training in the Bryant & Stratton Commer-
cial School. He came west in 1902, secured a position as collector in
The Valley Bank, of Phoenix, and the fact that he is still connected
with this institution, and has continued to advance, grade by grade to
the responsible post of assistant cashier, demonstrates clearly that he
has been very successful in his chosen profession. He was appointed
to his present position in 1908. Mr. Stewart is Assistant City Treas-
urer in Phoenix and a director of the Phoenix Board of Trade. He is
a Mason and took a prominent part in the affairs of the order and
held several offices until the responsibilities of his position as assistant
cashier required so much of his time that it was necessarv for him to



Lebbeus Chapman

Sidney H. Stewart

discontinue his activities in the lodge. He organized Company A of
the National Guard of Arizona, of which he was elected First Lieu-
tenant, and showed such marked military ability, that he was pro-
moted to the position of Adjutant of the Third Battalion, which he
held for some time. He was later placed on the retired list, after
having served seven years in the National Guard of Arizona, and dur-
ing this period his work was such as to win the commendation of his
superior officers. He was united in marriage to Miss Nellie E. Bat-
tin in January, 1912, and they have one son, Sidney H. Stewart, Jr.
Mrs. Stewart was formerly a teacher in the Phoenix Union High
School and takes a prominent part in the social affairs of the city.

LEBBEUS CHAPMAN, Assistant Cashier of the Valley Bank, the
largest bank in Arizona, acquired his fundamental knowledge of bank-
ing in the very best school the country affords, one of the large na-
tional banks of New York City, The American Exchange National
Bank, where he accepted a minor position w T hen but 16 years of age.
Here he remained to advance step by step until he became Assistant
Credit man, a position which in New York City requires not alone a
thorough knowledge of the banking business, but a complete knowl-
edge of conditions in general and the ability to understand mankind.
Mr. Chapman was born in Englewood, N. J., October 6, 1877, and


received his education in the public schools of that town and Ruther-
ford, N. J., where his family removed when he was ten years old.
He is the son of Nathan Allen Chapman, a direct descendant of Lieut.
Lebbeus Chapman of the Revolutionary Army. Mr. Chapman served
as Corporal of the 2nd Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers during
the war with Spain, is a member of the Spanish War Veterans and
the Sons of the American Revolution, and retired as Veteran of the
71st Regiment of the National Guard of New York with the rank of
Sergeant. After his return from the Spanish American War he made
New York City his home until 1909, when he removed to Colorado,
and in 1910 he removed from there to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in both
of which cities he held responsible positions in large national banks.
His best judgment, however, was gradually gaining the ascendency,
and in March, 1911, he came to Arizona and settled in Phoenix.
Here his eminent business qualifications soon won for him the high
esteem of all those with whom he has come in contact and his wisdom
is apparent from the fact that he has chosen a practically new field in
which to give ample scope to his ability and wide experience in bank-
ing work. Mr. Chapman was married September 17, 1902, to Miss
Lillian Louise Bebus, and they have one daughter Lillian Louise

LEMUEL C. SHATTUCK, General Manager of the Shattuck Mine
and President of the Miners and Merchants Bank, is a native of Erie,
Pa., where he was born January 5, 1866. Mr. Shattuck was reared
and educated in the vicinity of his birth and lived there until he was
about seventeen years old. His ancestors came to America and
were among the very old settlers of the New England colonies, and
from there his paternal great-great-grandfather removed to Pennsyl-
vania. It has ever been characteristic of those who bore the name
that they succeed in the lines to which they devoted their special ener-
gies and they have invariably been noted for enterprise and progress.
Mr. Shattuck's maternal ancestors were among the early Holland
settlers in Pennsylvania. At the age of seventeen, when Mr. Shat-
tuck started out to make an independent livelihood, he landed in a
short time in what is now Cochise County, and for several years lived
on the plains and in the mountains, handling cattle and dealing in
water rights and ranches. He also devoted some of his time to pros-
pecting. He reached Bisbee in 1888, worked in the Copper Queen
mine where he remained until 1890, when he engaged in lumbering.
In the same year he was married to Miss Isabella Grenfell, and they
have since made their home in Bisbee. Their family consists of four
sons and two daughters. In addition to the business associations above
mentioned and his interests in Sonora, Mexico, Mr. Shattuck is
President of the Cochise Development Company, Director in the
Bisbee Improvement Company and the Bisbee-Naco Water Com-



Lemuel G. Shattuck


pany, and Treasurer and Director of the Denn Arizona Company.
He also served as member of the first City Council of Bisbee, and of
the Board of Supervisors of Cochise County. Politically he is a
Democrat, and he is an active member of the B. P. O. E. Thirty
years a resident of Arizona, the greater part of which has been spent
in his present surroundings, and having seen the County of Cochise
formed and develop into what it is today, Mr. Shattuck is rightfully
reckoned one of the best informed men on all matters of importance
of which Cochise can boast.

The Bank of Bisbee

THE BANK OF BISBEE, one of the largest banks in the state, and the
first one established in Cochise County, was organized in January,
1900, and authorized under the Territorial Bank Act to commence
business. For some years prior to its organization the Copper Queen
Store acted as depository, as a matter of accommodation, and in various
capacities assumed responsibilities ordinarily assumed by banking
houses only, until this became too heavy a tax upon their time and
force. Then, recognizing the necessity of a safe depository for funds
of corporations and individuals, the following gentlemen organized
The Bank of Bisbee, which commenced business on February 19,

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