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York City and entered upon the general practice of law. In
January, 1906, I became associated with the legal department of
the American Telephone and Telegraph Co., an association which
continued until November, 1914, when I became one of the at-
torneys of the New York Telephone Co., with which organization
I am still associated.

I do not think I can ascribe to myself any particular hobby,
although I take a great deal of pleasure in outdoor sports, spend-
ing most of my summers at Nantucket, Massachusetts, sailing
and golfing, — the latter not always successfully but nevertheless
philosophically. My travels have taken me as far west as Omaha,
as far south as Atlanta, as far north as Quebec and as far east
on the Atlantic as one might go in cruising along the Massachusetts

As I review in retrospect my twenty years since college, I am
impressed by my somewhat routine existence, for I find very
little of extraordinary importance in which my classmates would
be interested. I recall, perhaps because it is recent, one step
in my home life which seems to mark an epoch, namely, moving
last Fall with my family from the apartment house life of New
York City to the suburban life of Westchester County. In my
declining years I have become one of those who have gone back
to the soil to live the simple life in the little hamlet of New
Rochelle. I feel that if I survive that life until next June, it will
be necessary for me to go to our Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
for a rest.

War Service: Was appointed an associate member of the Legal
Advisory Board for the City of New York on Dec. 18, 1917, and
was assigned to headquarters. In performing the work assigned
to me while acting in this capacity, I aided in the enforcement of
the Selective Service Law until the signing of the armistice.

Member: Harvard Club of New York City; Association of the
Bar of the City of New York; Economic Club; Theta Delta Chi
Club; and Telephone Society.


Born at Washington, D. C, July 19, 1881. Parents: Bernard Taylor, Laura

Ann {Browne) Janney. School: Western High School, Washington,

D. C.
Degree: S.B. 1902 (1903).
Married: Marion Bobbins, Washington, D. C, June 1, 1905. Children:

Marjorie, June 26, 1906; Eleanor, May 31, 1913; Frederick Emery, Oct.

27, 1914.


Occupation: Lawyer.

Address: {home) 657 Spruce St., Winnetka, III.; (business) 10 So. La Salle

St., Chicago, III.; 50 Congress St., Boston, Mass.; 149 Broadway, New

York, N. Y.

FROM 1902 to 1905, I attended law school at George Washing-
ton University, Washington, D. C; moved to Boston in 1905;
became a member of law firm of Emery, Booth, Janney & Varney
in 1910; moved to Chicago in 1917, where I opened an office for
that firm.

War Service: Civilian service as patent counsel for Alien Prop-
erty Custodian; as special assistant to the U. S. Attorney General
on patent matters involving war contracts, etc.

Member: Harvard Club of New York City; University Club
of Chicago; American, Illinois, and Chicago Bar Associations.


Born at Canton, China, July 8, 1874. Parents: Chan We Horn, Eng

Shee. Schools: Mt. Herman School, Mt. Herman, Mass.; University

High School and Mercer University, Macon, Ga.
Degree: is. 1898-99.)
Married: Paula Adams, Newark, N. J., Dec. 24, 1904. Children: Gregor

Chan, Nov. 1, 1905; two adopted sons.
Occupation: Tea merchant.
Address: (home) 56 Manhattan Ave., New York, N. Y.; (business) 2525

Broadway, New York, N. Y.

DURING my first few years after leaving College I worked for
the United States Government, as Secretary and Interpreter in
the Immigration Service. Located at Minneapolis, and later at
Seattle, Wash.

At present I am a merchant and in the restaurant business, and
do much legal business for Chinese unable to speak English.

Collecting Oriental art objects, and the making of Oriental Gar-
dens at my farm in the West, are my hobbies. I have one son,
and two adopted sons, the latter brought from China to be edu-
cated in the United States.

In 1921 I made an extended trip through China and Japan, visit-
ing old neighbors in Canton, and visiting points of interest from
the extreme South to the Mongolian Border and the Great Wall
at the North. Spent some time in the famine area, where no rain
has fallen on Shantung for two years, made a pilgrimage to the
Ming Tombs, and spent a month in Peking, exploring the wonders
of the purple "Forbidden City," the splendor of the Summer Pal-


ace, and the many noted temples for which Peking is justly famous.
I found China using electricity even in remote villages on the up-
per Yangtze, and the new boulevards of the coast cities humming
with motor cars (no Fords as yet) . Young people affect wrist
watches and own fountain pens, and even wear American clothes.
China while apparently in political upheaval proves the unrest is
only on the surface by carrying on her social and economic life
harmoniously and progressively. Dr. Sun Yat Sen is the idol of
South China, and I have a letter from him in which he says his
ideal is to make a United States in China, and to make it compul-
sory for every child of school age to go to school: China is a
vast garden where the rice fields lie in their irrigating waters like
emeralds set in platinum resting on the brown bosom of the earth,
and intensive farming is carried on with crude instruments in use
since the days of Abraham, but with them the farmer secures two
or three crops a year. The unsuccessful student is more respected
in China than a successful warrior, and monuments are erected in
the grounds of the Temple of Confucius at Peking, in honor of
students who successfully pass the last rigid examinations. China
looks upon the United States as her best friend among the Nations,
and treats American travelers with every kindness and courtesy.
My visit to Japan was at "Cherry Blossom" time, and the Island
Empire was a vast flower garden with historic Fugiyama capped
with snow dominating the picture. As we sailed away from Yoko-
hama a Japanese Sunday School came down to the dock, and the
bright parasols and kimonas made a brilliant picture. They car-
ried an immense purple flag with a flag staff tipped with a large
gold cross. As the ship steamed far out into the Pacific the little
group on the dock became but a blur on the horizon, and finally all
we could see was the great golden cross catching the rays of the
sun, while fainter and fainter over the waters came the words
in English of the old hymn, "God be with you, till we meet

Member: China Society of America.


Born at Salem, Mass., Nov. 18, 1881. Parents: Rufus Putnam, Ellen (Make-
peace) Johnson. School: Classical High School, Lynn, Mass.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; LL.B. 1905.

Married: Joanne Bird Shaw, Sept. 3, 1919.

Occupation : Lawyer.

Address: (home) 9 Louisburg Sq., Boston, Mass.; (business) 50 State St.,
Boston, Mass.


WENT to the Harvard Law School from 1902 to 1905, and am
now practicing law in Boston.
War Service: Served as Captain, U. S. A. Ordnance Depart-
ment; discharged Fbb. 1, 1919.

Publications: "Under the Rose," Harper & Bros.
Member: St. Botolph and Harvard Clubs.


Born at Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 13, 1870. Parents: Samuel Marie (Holmes)
Johnson. School: Public schools; and private instructor.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; S.T.B. (Boston Univ.) 1902; LL.D. (Alfred Univ.) 1915.

Married: Elvina Peterson, Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 16, 1894 (died Feb. 29,
1908) ; May B. Wallis. Child: Orville Parker, June 10, 1895 (killed in
action at Chateau Thierry, July 18, 1918).

Occupation: Secretary State Board of Charities.

Address: (home) 70 So. Swan St., Albany, N. Y.; (business) Box 17, Capi-
tol, Albany, N. Y.

AFTER graduation I attended the Summer School for Social
Workers in New York City and in September 1902, became the
secretary of the New York Committee for the Prevention of Tuber-
culosis, one of the first committees of the kind organized in this
country. The secretary's job was to organize and arrange educa-
tional movements to enlighten the public in prevention, treatment
and curability of the disease; to make studies in occupational
causes and social aspects of tuberculosis. The committee was a
part of the Charity Organization Society of New York City. In
May, 1903, I accepted the superintendency of St. Christopher's
Home for Children at Dobbs Ferry, a cottage institution for de-
pendent children, and remained there until June 1, 1907, during
which time much work had been accomplished in building a school
house, gymnasium, introducing many methods of working with
children. On June 1, 1907, I became superintendent of the Albany
Orphan Asylum in Albany, N. Y., and there constructed a new
institution of the cottage plan and for a time it was, and even
now is considered a fine modern outfit for work of this kind.
September 1, 1913, I became superintendent of the Leake and
Watts Orphan House in Yonkers, N. Y., an institution for children,
and continued there the work of reorganization of a children's in-
stitution. November 1, 1914, I went to Sing Sing Prison as the
assistant to Thomas Watt Osborne and remained there until Octo-
ber 1, 1915, when I was appointed superintendent of the State
Reformatory of Connecticut at Cheshire, Conn. Remained there


until September 1, 1916, when having been selected as secretary
of the State Board of Charities of New York I came back to
Albany and have been here since. In 1913 I was elected secretary
of the State Probation Commission but declined the position. In
1915 I was offered the Parole Commissionship of New York City
but declined it. In 1918 1 was the president of the New York
State Convention of Charities and Correction; in 1920 was the
president of the Capital District Conference of Charities and Cor-
rection; in 1921 was the president of the National Conference of
Officials of Charity and Correction; and in 1921 was made presi-
dent of the National Conference of Juvenile Agencies, and the
first vice president of the American Prison Association. Have
written many pamphlets on subjects pertaining to institutional
care of children and prisoners.

Have been interested in the Masonic fraternity in this State and
have held many offices and am at present the Junior Grand Warder
of the State with the probability of penning the Grand Master of
the State in a few years; am a thirty third degree Mason.

Have given much time to the study of mental defectives, and
am one of three commissioners for the study and care of this
group in New York.

My son Orville Parker, who was born before I graduated, en-
tered Harvard in 1914, went overseas with the 26th Division, was
a 2nd. Lieut, in the 103rd Machine Gun Battalion and was killed
in action at Chateau Thierry, July 18, 1918. He was a member
of the Class of '18. A post has been named in his honor in

Have done a great deal of public speaking, usually twenty to
thirty dinners a season, and before civic bodies of all kinds. Dur-
ing the war I spent most of my time in loan drives, partriotic ad-
dresses, four minute men work, etc.

The summer of 1921 I visited Denmark, Germany, Belgium,
France and England, and the Summer of 1919 was spent on the
Pacific Coast. Have also travelled much in all parts of the
United States.

In addition to my official duties as the chief executive of the
Charities Board of New York, and a member of the State Com-
mission for Mental Defectives, the Children's Code Commission,
and the Hospital Development Commission, all of them statutory

Member: Harvard, National Republic, University, Masonic
Clubs, New York; Fort Orange, University, Country, Albany, Rotary
Clubs, Albany; Harvard Club of Eastern New York.


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Born at North Berwick, Me., Oct. 31, 1876. Parents: Frank Ortelle, Mary

Christina (Hard) Johnson, (s. 1901-1902.)
Degree: S.B. 1902.
Died at Schenectady, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1903.

[The Secretary has been unable to secure an obituary.]


Born at Cambridge, Mass., May 4, 1878. Parents: Marshall, Julia Ann

(Redgate) Johnson. School: Rindge Technical School, Cambridge,

Degree: S.B. 1902.
Married: Clara Caroline Schwenck, Chicago, 111., May, 24, 1910. Child:

Robert Marshall, Jan. 25, 1913.
Occupation: Cabling Engineer.
Address: {home) 11 Jackson Place, Port Washington, N. Y.; (business)

Care of Western Electric Company, 463 West St., New York, N.Y.

[Adds nothing to data in Fifth Report.]


Born at Ludlow, Vt., June 20, 1880. Parents: James Arthur, Jeanette {Cass)

Johnston. School: High School, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Degrees: 5.5. 1902; 5.M. 1904.
Married: Bessie Evelyn Lamberth, Boston, Mass., March 28, 1906. Children:

Richard Arthur, March 27, 1910; Frances Jeannette, Aug. 15, 1912; John

Robert, Jr., Aug. 22, 1915.
Occupation: Plant pathologist.
Address: 1860 California St., Washington, D. C.

FROM College I went into the Department of Agriculture at
Washington in the study of plant diseases, taking up particularly
the diseases of tropical crops. After five years in Washington I ac-
cepted the opportunity to go to Porto Rico with the Sugar Planters
Association to work on sugar cane diseases, and after four years
there went to Cuba for the Cuban Government to work on bananas
and other crops, and take charge of their plant quarantine service
and also institute a course in plant pathology at the University of
Havana. After seven years there I have taken up the work of con-
sulting plant pathologist, and spend most of my time in the Trop-


ics travelling in the interests of various companies in different

I have travelled all through Central America and the West

Publications: Various bulletins from the Department of Agri-
culture at Washington from Porto Rico and from Cuba.

Member: American Asso. Ad. of Science, American Botanical
Society, American Phytopathological Society, American Geographi-
cal Society.


Born at Cleveland, O., Aug. 30, 1878. Parents: Azariah Lewis, Mary Ann

(Davis) Jones. School: South High School, Cleveland, 0.
Degrees: A.B. 1902; A.M. 1903.
Married: Florence N. Lewis, Cleveland, 0., June 22, 1905. Children:

Kenneth Arthur, April 29, 1907; Donald Lewis, June 15, 1912; Florence

Gwendolyn, Oct. 14, 1918.
Occupation: Headmaster, Browning School.
Address: (home) 164 Sickles Ave., New Rochelle, N. Y.; (business) 31

West 55th St., New York, N. Y.; after Oct. 1922, 50 East 62d, St., New

York, N. Y.

Am busy and happy; enough said above.

Member: Harvard Club, New York City; Ohio Society, New


Born at Sandwich, Mass., Sept. 30, 1878. Parents: Isaiah Tobey, Hannah
Charlotte (fFeeks) Jones. School: High School, Sandivich, Mass.

Degree: S.B. 1902.

Married: Ida Bonner Adams, Bay Shore, N. Y., April 27, 1911. Child:
Donald Bradford, Aug. 10, 1918.

Occupation: Civil engineer.

Address: (home) White Plains, N. Y.; (business) Care of Hazen Whipple &
Fuller, 30 East 4:2nd St., New York, N. Y.

I MUST confess that I cannot imagine anything interesting in the
routine life of a civil engineer, so I do not need to run past
the marginal notes. A postage stamp would furnish ample surface.
Various jobs begun and finished here and there in the United States
have occupied my twenty years.

War Service : The declaration of war found me engaged as res-
ident engineer on the construction of a plant for the manufacture
of material for war. The effect was to make the succeeding months


more strenuous. When that work was completed I became resident
engineer and superintendent of maintenance in the construction and
operation of a plant for the loading of powder charges for the field
artillery, where I was busily engaged when the armistice was


Born at Somerville, Mass., Jan. 10, 1881. Parents: George Henry, Juliet
(Haggett) Jones. School: Somerville Latin School, Somerville, Mass.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Married: Etta Louise Darling, Woonsocket, R. /., June 17, 1903. Chil-
dren: George Wilbur, May 6, 1905 {died April 26, 1911); Fred Ken-
nard, Jr., June 24, 1907; Dorothy Louise, Feb. 14, 1909 (died Feb. 28,
1914) ; Ruth Hall, Nov. 26, 1910:

Occupation : Realtor.

Address: (home) 1404 West 14:th Ave., Spokane, Wash.; (business) pres-
ident. Central Business Property Co., Hyde Bldg., Spokane, Wash.

THE first few years of my post-college life were a composite of
prosperity and tough sledding. The first year I spent in the
credit department of Franklin MacVeagh and Co., in Chicago —
three of us having been offered jobs with that concern before
graduation. Then came a year's traveling for E. Naumberg & Co.,
a New York banking house, selling commercial paper.

In the meantime I had married, and as few married men enjoy
the life of a traveling man, I answered the call of the West and
came to Spokane, with no friends or acquaintances here, and a de-
cided shortage of funds. Not being willing to go hungry, I landed
a job as a brakeman on the Northern Pacific Railroad. It was some
job, but it produced the necessary shekels and I have never regret-
ted the experience. Then by reason of the death of my father I re-
turned to Somerville, and spent three years there closing his es-
tate. But the smell of the pines and the call of the mountains,
with their lakes and streams and fishing and hunting, were too
strong, and so back I came to Spokane, and once again it was
something which I have never regretted.

For the next ten years I was with The Fred B. Grinnell Co., the
largest real estate and insurance brokers of Eastern Washington.
After filling various positions with that concern I became its
sales-manager, and occupied that position when I left them in

In 1918 I became trustee in bankruptcy for The Trustee Co., of
Spokane — a corporation that had bought five of the principal


office buildings of Spokane, and had then sold undivided interests
in those properties to some twelve hundred individuals all over
the known world — even in effete Boston. With the usual result
in high-handed finance, The Trustee Co., of Spokane went badly
broke, and when I jumped into the muddle it was surely a mess.
However with what was probably more good luck than good sense
I was able to reorganize the affair, and to salvage the wreck, so
that now we are moving along with reasonable peace and quiet
under the name of the Central Business Property Co., of which
I am president and manager, and which, in addition to handling
the five office buildings referred to, does a general insurance and
real estate business.

Haven't had much time for hobbies — am not even a golfer. I
suppose my chief hobby would be considered as Masonry, in which
I have been rather active for the past ten years. Have also spent
much of my spare time supervising a 5500 acre cattle ranch in
Northern Idaho, and as I believe that a hobby is something that
one does for fun and not for a profit, I might consider my ranch-
ing as a hobby for the Lord knows it has not produced any money.
Perhaps I might also refer to my connection with organizations re-
lated to the real estate business as a hobby. My boy is now in
high school, anticipating the day when he may enter Harvard.
Ruth has a notion that she is going to Wellesley. Of course they
are the two brightest and finest children in the world. That goes
without saying. My travels have been mostly over the highways
and byways of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British
Columbia, with an occasional trip to the Middle West or East, but
only to hurry back to the Pacific Northwest where one can breathe
and be happy in the midst of natural surroundings not to be
equalled anywhere in the world. I challenge the Native Sons of
California on that subject.

Haven't done much to boast of in civic or national affairs.
Have no political ambitions and the only semblance of a political
job I have held is as a present member of the State Board of
Higher Curricula of this state, having in charge the University of
Washington, State College of Washington, and three normal schools.
Have had the following titles at various times: president, Spokane
Realty Board, 1916 and 1917; president. Interstate Realty Asso-
ciation (composed of the real estate men of Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, Montana and British Columbia,) 1917-1918; president,
Harvard Club of Spokane, 1917-1918-1919; president, Spokane
Building Owners and Managers Association, 1921-1922; master,
Albert G. Mackey Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite Masonry,


1918-1919-1920-1921; potentate, El Katif Temple, Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine, 1921.

War Service: Was a Captain in the civilian army that cam-
paigned in every campaign that any one suggested. Was an ap-
praiser for the Government in connection with the work of the
Housing Bureau at Bremerton, Wash. Also served as a Four Min-
ute man in the arduous duties of making speeches in picture
houses, etc. My narrative is brief and sad. Being unfortunately
over the draft age and having a husky family to maintain, Uncle
Sam felt that my services were needed at home more than in the
service. In August, 1917, I was asked to serve with the rank of
Captain as an appraiser in connection with the acquisition of real
estate for government war industries, and accepted with thanks,
but to my sad regret Congress right at that time declined to ap-
prove further commissions from civil life and so I was out of luck.
Finally Congress relented and I was again notified to be ready to
go, but the armistice was signed and it was all off. Consequently
my war record is nil except as a series of disappointments.

Member: El Katif Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Harvard Club of
Spokane; Free and Accepted Masons; York Rite Bodies of Masonry;
Scottish Rite Bodies of Masonry with title 32 degree, K.C.C.H.;
Spokane Realty Board; Interstate Realty Association; Spokane
Building Owners and Managers Association; Spokane Chamber of
Commerce; Eastern Star; Elks.


Born at Latrobe, Pa., Aug. 12, 1877. Parents: David F., Leah {Price) Jones.

School: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. H.
Degree: A.B. 1902.

Married: Freda B. Suppes, Johnstoivn, Pa., Dec. 5, 1905.
Occupation: Organization and publicity.
Address: (home) 195 Claremont Ave., New York, N. Y.; (business) 150

Nassau St., New York, N. Y.

BEFORE leaving college I had become private secretary to Con-
gressman Samuel L. Powers. While handling this work I spent
two years in Washington, in the meantime doing a certain amount
of newspaper work. From this secretarial work I went on the
Washington Post, interrupting my newspaper work by a trip, of a
few months, abroad, and as a result landed in New York, steerage,
on Dec. 13, 1902, with ten cents in my pocket. I went to work on the
New York Globe, tried some publicity work, then went on the New
York Press. I worked on the New York Press until Mr. Frank


A. Munsey bought it. As he considered me a too high priced man,
he fired me. Then I went to the Sun where I remained for about
four years. Then Mr. Munsey bought the Sun. Mr. Munsey and
I did not meet on the Sun, but after a few months I determined that
I would not let lightning strike twice in the same place, so I
went into the advertising business, working for the H. K. McCann
Co. As the result of our entrance into the war, I was soon drafted
by the Liberty Loan Committee of New York for publicity work,
and for two years gave my entire time to develop and organize
that task. With the war over and this work finished, I became
general manager of the Harvard Endowment Fund. When the fund
was practically raised, I took over a good part of the clerical staff
and formed The John Price Jones Corporation.

War Service: Was Assistant Director of Publicity, Liberty
Loan Committee, 2d Federal Reserve District, 120 Broadway, New
York City, from August, 1917, to June, 1919. Had charge of
Press, Feature and Speakers' Bureaus.

Publications: America Entangled, published by Agnes C. Laut;
The German Secret Service in America, published by Small, Mayn-
ard & Co.

Member: The Harvard Club of New York; New York Press

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