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Hon. William Edgar Borah, serving for the third term as a member of the United
States senate, was born at Fairtield, Illinois, June 29, 1865, his parents being William
N. and Eliza Borah. In the acquirement of his education he attended the Southern
Illinois Academy at Enfield and afterward became a student in the University of Kansas.
Determining upon the practice of law as a life work, he thoroughly prepared for his
chosen profession and was admitted to the bar in 1889. Through the intervening period
he has continued in active practice save for the time he has devoted to public service.
He opened an office at Lyons, Kansas, where he remained in 1890 and 1891 and in the
latter year he removed to Boise, Idaho, where he has since made his home. He soon
gained recognition as one of the ablest members of the bar of the northwest and a large
and distinctively representative clientage was accorded him. Moreover, he became a
prominent factor in the public life of the community. His interests never centered
within the mile radius of his own home. He has long been recognized as a man of
broad vision and a deep student of the vital problems before the country, and upon all
the important subjects which are engrossing public attention he has kept abreast with
the best thinking men and in fact has in many respects been a leader in public action
and a molder of public thought. On the 14th of January, 1903, In the contest for
election of a United States senator from Idaho, he received twenty-two votes when twen-
ty-six were necessary for a choice. In 1907 he was elected to the office for a six-year
term, was re-elected in 1913 and again in 1919. He has for some years been an acknowl-
edged leader of the upper house, with many of the representatives of republican forces
rallying to his support. His record in connection with the League of Nations and other
vital problems is today a matter of history. Though men may differ from Mr. Borah,
they never question the integrity of his position and they know that as a factor in any
contest he is always open and aboveboard, fearless in defending what he believes to
be right. Mr. Borah was a member of the republican national committee from 1908 until
1912 and his opinions have long carried weight in the councils of his party.

On the 21st of April, 1895, Mr. Borah was married to Miss Mamie McConnell, of
Boise, Idaho. In the city which they regard as their home, although much of their
time is necessarily spent in the national capital, they are held in the highest esteem
and the general feeling entertained for Mr. Borah throughout Idaho is plainly evidenced
in his third election to the United States senate.


Dr. Ernest Ellsworth Laubaugh, medical adviser to the department of public welfare
of the state of Idaho and recognized as an able and eminent physician, was born in
Shickshinny, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, August 20, 1887. His father, Elmer
E. Laubaugh, is a contractor of Philadelphia, where he Is still active in business.
The mother, who bore the maiden name of Sarah J. Sprake, is also living. She Is
a native of England, while the father was born in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Laubaugh of this review was reared In Philadelphia and was graduated from
the Medico-Chirurgical College of that city, now the Post Graduate School of the
University of Pennsylvania, completing his course in 1909, at which time the M. D.
degree was conferred upon him. For eight months he served as interne at Mercy
Hospital at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and then spent eighteen months as interne
in the Philadelphia General Hospital, gaining broad and valuable knowledge and
experience, which is never as quickly secured In any other way as In hospital


practice. He was assistant pathologist for serological work in the Philadelphia General
Hospital in 1912-13 and assistant demonstrator in physical diagnosis at the Medico-
Chirurgical College during 1911 and 1912. He was also assistant instructor im
neurology at that college in 1912-13 and then, seeking the opportunities of the north-
west, came to Boise on the 1st of June of the latter year. From that date until
April 13, 1917, he was bacteriologist of the state of Idaho and resigned his position
to enter the World war as a volunteer. He was called to the colors in September,
1917, and entered the United States Medical Corps at Fort Benjamin Harrison at
Indianapolis, Indiana. On the 15th of November, 1917, he was transferred to Newport
News, Virginia, and there remained for twenty months, being discharged on the 23d
of April, 1919, with the rank of captain, having entered the service as a lieutenant.
When the country no longer needed his aid Dr. Laubaugh returned to Boise and on
the 1st of May, 1919, took up his duties as medical adviser of the department of public
welfare and chief of the bureau.

On the 5th of February, 1914, Dr. Laubaugh was married to Elizabeth C. Tallman,
of Boise, and they have two children: James Elmer, born November 11, 1914; and
Lucile, born February 29, 1920. Dr. Laubaugh is a member of the American Legion
and he is a member of the Idaho State Medical Society, of which he is now serving
as secretary. He is also connected with the Medical Reserve Corps of the United
States army with the rank of captain and is in the United States Public Health Service
Reserve with the rank of past assistant surgeon. Throughout his professional career
he has largely been identified with scientific research and investigation, and his
labors have been far-reaching, resultant and beneficial.


Earle C. White, a Pocatello capitalist whose labors have been a most potent factor
in the upbuilding and development of the city and th'e promotion of its business
interests, was born at Salt Lake City, Utah, January 15, 1867, a son of Charles M
and Evelyn M. (Cobbe) White. The father was born at Syracuse, New York, Decem-
.ber 28, 1823, and the mother's birth occurred in Vermont, January 13, 1843. They
were married in Coldwater, Branch county, Michigan, to which state Charles M. White
had removed during his youthful days. In the early '50s he crossed the plains to
Wyoming and later made several other trips of this order, gaining broad experience
in all phases of pioneer life. From Wyoming he finally removed to Salt Lake City
Utah, but after two years returned to the former state and established his residence -
at Evanston, Uinta county, where he continued in the practice of law for a number
of years. He then came to Idaho, settling at Paris, Bear Lake county, where he
became associated in law practice with Judge Alfred Budge, with whom he was thus
connected until 1901. In 1902 he removed to Pocatello, where he continued in law
practice until his death, which occurred in June, 1913.

"The snows of winter are on his head,
But the flowers of spring bloom in his heart."

Earle C. White Is the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. White and in the
early schools of Evanston. Wyoming, he pursued his education. He afterward began
reading law under the direction of his father and his thorough preliminary study
led to his admission to the bar in 1890. He came to Pocatello in September 1891
when the population of the city was about twenty-five hundred. Here he entered upon
the practice of his chosen profession, in which he continued for some time, but his
keen appreciation of the resources and advantages of this section caused him' to aban-
don the law in 1894 and become a potent figure in the exploitation of the country He
especially operated in the field of real estate, largely confining his attention to Poca-
tello property, and he is an authority upon the resources and land values of south-
eastern Idaho. He has had much to do with the building and improvement of the
:ity and has erected innumerable houses which he has sold or rented In fact he
has operated most extensively as a speculative builder, transforming unsightly vacan-
into fine residential districts and adding much to the beauty of the city He has
likewise promoted many business enterprises of importance and is now interested in
the Pocatello Cold Storage Company, the Smith Candy Company, the Pocatello Pro-
vision & Packing Company and in the Church & White block, which is one of the
modern office buildings of the city. He likewise has large interests in oil in Wyoming


In April, 1890. at Chariton, Iowa, Mr. White was united in marriage to Miss
Annette Fickel. a daughter of George W. and Elizabeth J. Fickel, the former now de-
ceased, while the latter is living in Pocatello. Mr. and Mrs. White have become parents
of four children, two of whom died after reaching adult age. One son, Edward O..
was in the office with his father and the other son, Earle C. ( Jr., was engaged in the
hardware business under the name of the White Hardware Company. The living son,
Leslie M., is in training at a military school of Moscow, Idaho, and the daughter,
Louise E., is at home. Another member of the White household is Mrs. Charles M.
White, who is living with her son at the age of seventy-seven years.

Mr. White is affiliated with all the York Rite bodies of Masonry, including Poca-
tello Commandery of the Knights Templar, and he is also identified with the local
organizations of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the
World, while his wife is a member of the Eastern Star. She also has membership in
the State Federation of Women's Clubs, is chairman of the Red Cross in Bannock
county and during the period of the war has devoted most of her time to this work.
Both Mr. and Mrs. White are zealous members of the Pocatello Presbyterian church,
in which he is serving as a trustee, while Mrs. White is superintendent of the Sunday
school. Their aid and influence are always given on the side of progress and improve-
ment along the lines which lead to the material, intellectual, social and moral develop-
ment of the community. Along many lines of endeavor they have reached out help-
fully for the benefit of their fellowmen and the career of Mr. White is one that should
ever serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others, showing what can
be accomplished through individual effort combined with a recognition and utiliza-
tion of opportunities.


Julius H. Jacobson, field agent for the bureau of crop estimates, in the United
States department of agriculture, with offices in the Idaho building at Boise, was born
in Logan, Utah, July 6, 1887, and is the only son of J. W. B. and Hannah (Hall)
Jacobson, who were natives of Sweden. The father died when the son Julius was
but two years of age. He was reared in Logan, Utah, and in Blackfoot, Idaho, and
in 1909 was graduated from the Utah Agricultural College in the former city.. In 1910
he entered the service of the United States government as an agriculturist in the
interior department. He served for three years in that department, being stationed
at various points in New Mexico and Colorado, and in 1913 he entered the agricultural
department of the government and has steadily been connected therewith in one capacity
or another to the present time, covering a period of seven years. During the first
five years of this period he alternated between the state of Nebraska and Wash-
ington, D. C., being engaged in investigation and experimental work. Since 1917 he
has been a field agent for the bureau of crop estimates in the state of Idaho. For a
time he had headquarters at Blackfoot, but in January, 1919, his office and headquar-
ters were transferred to Boise. He has become the owner of a good three hundred
and twenty acre ranch in Bingham county, near Blackfoot, which he homesteaded.

Mr. Jacobson is a most alert and energetic man, actuated by a spirit of progress
in all that he undertakes, and never stops short of the successful accomplishment of
his purpose. Fraternally he is a Master Mason. He belongs also to the Boise Chamber
of Commerce, to the University Club of Washington, D. C., and to the American Society
of Agronomy, connections which indicate the nature of his interests in the rules which
govern his condnct.


Clinton E. Norquest, meteorologist in charge of the United States weather bureau,
was born in Williamsport, Warren county, Indiana, November 2, 1878. His parents
were natives of Sweden but were married in Attica, Indiana, in 1877. The father,
Olaf Norquest, was a contractor and builder, devoting his entire life to that pursuit.
The mother bore the maiden name of Ida Larm and both have now passed away.

Clinton E. Norquest was the eldest of a family of five children, four of whom


are yet living, but he is the only one in the west. He was reared in Williamsport,
Indiana, and was graduated from the high school there with the class of 1895, win-
ning first honors and becoming valedictorian of his class. He afterward engaged in
teaching school for two years and then entered Wabash College, where he spent two
years as a student. Again he took up the occupation of teaching, which he followed
for another two year period in Indiana, and in 1904 he came to the northwest,
where he entered the service of the United States weather bureau at Portland,
Oregon. Throughout the intervening period he has been connected with the bureau
and after serving as assistant in Portland for a few months was made assistant in
the weather office at Spokane, Washington, where he continued for two years. He
next became assistant at Cleveland, Ohio, where he also spent two years, and in
September, 1909, he was given charge of the weather office at Devils Lake, North
Dakota, a position which he "filled for two years. From 1911 until 1918 he was chief
clerk in the weather office at Indianapolis, Indiana, and in 1918 he was placed in.
charge of the Boise weather bureau as local meteorologist. His training and expe-
rience have well qualified him for important and responsible duties of this character.
Thoroughly familiar with the scientific phases as well as the practical features of his
work, he is a prominent representative of the weather bureau in the northwest. He
resides on Orchard avenue on the Boise bench, where he owns a fine little ranch
property embracing several acres of good land.

On the 19th of April, 1904. Mr. Norquest was married at Boswell, Indiana, to Miss
Judith Smith, a native of Indiana, and they have two children: Kenneth Smith, born
November 29, 1907; and Mamie Elouise, born December 19, 1911.

Mr. Norquest belongs to the Boise Chamber of Commerce. His religious faith
is that of the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is a Mason, who has attained*
the Knight Templar degree of the York Rite and the thirty-second degree of the
Scottish Rite. He is a past master of the lodge and is the possessor of a fine gold-
watch which was presented to him by the blue lodge at Indianapolis, Indiana, in which
he was made a Mason in 1912. He has ever been a worthy and exemplary follower
of the craft, loyal .to its teachings and its purposes.


John P. Tate was a prominent and prosperous insurance man of Boise who passed
away April 23, 1911, when forty-one years of age. Being scarcely yet in the prime of
life, his death was the occasion of deep regret to his friends in Boise, who were many
He was born at Tioenesta, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1871, and was reared in the Key-
stone state but in young manhood came to Idaho and spent a year or two at Nampa,
where he engaged in business as an insurance solicitor. He then came to Boise and
made for himself a very prominent place in insurance circles, building up one of the
largest insurance agencies in Idaho, known as the John P. Tate Agency, which is still
in existence, with offices in the Sonna block. The business is now owned by others one
of whom is Philip Tate, a younger brother of John P. Tate. The latter was recognized as
one of the most successful business men in Boise and made for himself a most creditable
and enviable position in business circles. Carefully investing his earnings he be-
came the owner and builder of some of the fine business blocks of the city including
the John P. Tate building at the corner of Eleventh and Main streets, now occupied
by the Jenkins Furniture Company. This was built in 1904 by Mr Tate and is
still owned by his widow. In addition to that property Mr. Tate built the Alaska
block on the north side of Main street, between Tenth and Eleventh streets now
occupied by the Cash Bazaar. However, he deeded that fine property to the American
Sunday School Union before his death, retaining a third interest, which insures
wife and children a good income from the property as long as they live
lowing their death this will also be the property of the American Sunday School
anthropic act ^^ *** '" '"" sympathy with her hu sband in this splendid phil-

It was in 1907 that Mr. Tate was united in marriage to Miss Emma Gekeler
ho was born near Leavenworth, Kansas, and came to Idaho when a little maiden of

eight years m company with her parents, David and Catherine Gekeler The

trio a y bo r ut m S ? ^M CO vV r0m Colorado in * wagon drawn by mules, making the
80, and Mr. Gekeler at once took a timber claim embracing one hundred




and sixty acres southeast of Boise, which tract was then all in sagebrush. He built
thereon a dugout, into which he moved his family, and proved up on the property.
In fact he still occupies that place and is today an active, hale and hearty man of
eighty-two years. In addition to his claim he has mining interests at Clayton, Idaho,
and makes frequent trips to attend to his business affairs in the different localities.
Mr. Gekeler was born in New York and was married to Catherine Stacey, who passed
away in 1896, leaving three daughters, of whom Mrs. Tate is the eldest. The other
two are: Carrie, who resides with her father; and Ermie, now the wife of A. F.
Prickett, a farmer of Ada county.

In 1918 Mrs. Tate erected a fine, modern, seven-room, two-story house on a seven-
acre tract of land which is a part of the Gekeler homestead, and here she resides
with her four sons: David Gekeler, born May 20, 1898; John P., born August 30,
1900; Philip W., born January 30, 1902; and W. Paul, February 8, 1904. The two
eldest sons are now in college, the former being a student in the Oregon Agricultural
College, while the latter is attending the University of Chicago, taking a pre-medical
course. Both had joined the colors before the armistice was signed, being with the
Cadet Corps of their respective educational institutions. All four of the sons have
attended the Garfield school in South Boise, in which their mother was a pupil during
her girlhood days and in which she was also a teacher for three years prior to her
marriage. Mrs. Tate is an active member of the Second' Presbyterian church of South

Mr. Tate was a most earnest Christian man, keenly interested in the moral prog-
ress of the community in which he lived and doing everything in his power to promote
the upbuilding of Christian influences and extend the growth of the Presbyterian church,
of which he was a most faithful follower. He belonged to the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and his life was ever actuated by high and honorable principles. As he
prospered in his undertakings he felt that he was simply the custodian to whom
was entrusted the care of certain things and he used his "ten talents" wisely and
well. He had the keenest sense of personal honor and everyone who knew him spoke
of him in terms of the warmest regard. He was largely an ideal husband and father
who found his greatest happiness in promoting the welfare of his family and regarded
no personal sacrifice or effort on his part too great if it enhanced the interests of
his wife and children.


Paul A. Mader, bacteriologist for the state of Idaho, was born in Hummelstown,
Pennsylvania, March 23, 1894, his parents being William H. and Ella C. (Longenecker)
Mader, who are also natives of the Keystone state. The father is a clergyman of
the Reformed church and for twenty-five years has been pastor of a church of that
denomination at Easton, Pennsylvania. In fact it is the only pastorate that he has
ever held, for the period of his service there compasses his entire connection with
the ministry.

Paul A. Mader was reared and educated in Pennsylvania, pursuing his collegiate
work at Muhlenburg College in Allentown, where he specialized in biology. He was
graduated from that institution in i917 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. In
December of the same year he enlisted for service in the World war as a private at
Fort Slocum, New York. He was immediately transferred to Camp Stewart, Virginia,
where he remained from January, 1918, until October of the same year, being con-
tinuously engaged in laboratory work for the United States army. On the 8th of
October he was commissioned a second lieutenant and in the same month he wag
sent to the army laboratory school at New Haven. Connecticut, where he remained
as an instructor until the 31st of December, 1918, when the school was closed, the
armistice having been signed. For a short time he was then in charge of a laboratory
at Fort Slocum, New York, and on the 8th of February, 1919, was mustered out
of the army.

During the succeeding spring and summer Mr. Mader was in charge of the plant
pathological laboratory substation at North East, Pennsylvania, near Erie, where the
work was conducted under the Pennsylvania state agricultural department. He re-
signed that position on the 1st of October, 1919, and on the 20th of the same month
entered upon his duties as bacteriologist of the state of Idaho.


On the 14th of November, 1918, Mr. Mader was married to Miss Irene E. Miller,
who was also born in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Westchester Normal
School and of the Philadelphia Art School. At the time of her marriage she was
assistant supervisor of drawing in the public schools of Easton, Pennsylvania. Mr.
and Mrs. Mader have already made for themselves a most enviable position in the social
circles of Boise. Mr. Mader has become a member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce
and also belongs to the American Legion.


Pasco B. Carter, attorney at law of Boise was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
on the 28th of November, 1880. His father, Henry Carter, was a leading business
man of that city and married Wilhelmina Eccleston, who was born in Virginia.
They became the parents of six children: Charles Allen, John Slade, Henry B.,
Mary Deria, Wilhelmina E., and Pasco B.

In the acquirement of his education Pasco B. Carter attended the East Liberty
Academy at Pittsburgh and after his graduation there entered Princeton University
in the fall of 1901. A four years' course brought him the degree of Bachelor of Arts in
1905 and he then entered upon the study of law in the Pittsburgh Law School of the
University of Pittsburgh, from which he was graduated in 1908 with the LL. B. degree.
He was admitted to practice in both the county and supreme courts of Pennsylvania
and entered upon the active work of his profession in Pittsburgh but in the fall of
1908 was attracted by the opportunities of the growing northwest and came to Boise,
where he has since followed his profession. He was associated with Samuel H. Hays, a
connection that was maintained for over ten years, and in 1920 he became associated
with A. A. Fraser, a well known and prominent member of the Boise bar. Mr. Carter
has been connected with much important litigation and enjoys a merited reputation
as an able advocate and counsellor. He is ever actuated by a laudable ambition for
professional success and his devotion to his clients' interests is proverbial, yet he
never forgets that he owes a still higher allegiance to the majesty of the law.

Mr. Carter is a Presbyterian in religious faith and his political belief is that of
the republican party. He stands stanchly in support of every cause or measure in
which he believes and his position upon any vital question is never an equivocal one.
He is a man of pleasing personality, genial and courteous at all times, and his
strongly marked characteristics are those which make for personal popularity.


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