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twenty-five thousand dollar school building. The natural contour of
the town site lends itself to ideally arranged residence districts and a
perfectly beautiful system of parks. On the entire west and north
sides the park slopes to the very water's edge. In laying out the streets
the utmost care has been given to preserving the natural beauty of the
place. An electric light system has been installed and aside from
being a director of the Inland Portland Cement Company, Mr. Lar-
sen is now president of the Metaline Falls Water Company, also of
the Larsen Realty Company, the Larsen Lead Company and The
Lead & Zinc Company, all business enterprises of Metaline Falls. He
has studied methods pursued in town-building elsewhere in the north-
west, has improved upon plans previously followed by others and has
avoided all that is likely to lead to difficulties.

In 1906 Mr. Larsen was united in marriage at Port Carbon, Penn-
sylvania, to Miss Bertha Brown, a daughter of George and Mary
Brown, of that city. They now occupy a very beautiful home at
Metaline Falls, which Mr. Larsen erected in 1910. He belongs to the
Spokane Club and the Inland Club, also of Spokane. He has never
held nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his
business affairs, which are of rapidly growing importance. The town
which he has founded and which stands as a monument to his enter-
prise and progressiveness is not only most beautifully situated but lies
in the midst of a district of splendid natural resources and of agricul-
tural possibilities. He displayed notable sagacity and foresight in
choosing the location, and the business methods which he is pursuing
insure the continual growth and prosperity of this new and enterpris-
ing city of the northwest.

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(2$LIVER HALL, who is now serving his third term

OWj as state senator from this district, has been a resi-
Wj dent of Colfax for the past thirty-four years. He was
Ss§ born in St. Lawrence county, New York, on the 17th
of February, 1852, and is a son of Luman and Lydia
(Crossett) Hall, the father a native of Vermont
and the mother of the state of New York.

During the early childhood of Oliver Hall his parents removed
to Canada, but subsequently located in northern Wisconsin. He be-
gan his education in the common schools of Canada, and completed
it in those of Wisconsin and of Mankato, Minnesota, where the
family later resided. He terminated his school days at the age of
eighteen years, in 1870, and thereafter gave his entire attention to
farming. From then until 1876 he was associated with his father
in agricultural pursuits in Minnesota, but in the latter year they
came to Washington. When they first removed to this state they
located in Seattle, where they resided for a year then came to Col-
fax. Here the father and son engaged in the manufacture of
wagons and buggies and also sleighs, this being the first industry
of the kind north of the Snake river. This enterprise was operated
under the firm name of L. Hall & Son until the father's death in
1880, after which Oliver Hall conducted the business under his own
name. Various activities engaged the attention of Mr. Hall during
the pioneer days and in addition to the wagon and carriage business
he also sold pumps and windmills from 1877 to 1900. Possessing
much foresight and sagacity, he has always had the faculty of rec-
ognizing and utilizing to his advantage opportunities not discernible
to the less resourceful individual, and to this can be attributed much
of his success. Agricultural pursuits have strongly attracted Mr.
Hall for many years, and he is now devoting his time to farming
and fruit growing.

During the long period of his residence in Whitman county, Mr.
Hall has taken an active and helpful interest in all public affairs,
particularly those of a political nature. He casts his ballot for the
men and measures of the republican party and for several terms was

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a member of the Colfax council, while from 1894 to 1902 he was a
member of the state senate from this district. His services in this
capacity were rendered with a rare degree of efficiency, and were
generally satisfactory to the community at large, so that in 1910
he was again sent to the senate, his present term expiring in 1914.
Here as elsewhere Mr. Hall has manifested the initiative and strong
powers of organization and executive ability that have always char-
acterized him in the direction of any undertaking. He was a most
valuable acquisition to the commercial circles of Colfax during the
early days, and to his perspicacity, resourcefulness and determina-
tion of purpose can be attributed much of the development of that
period. Fraternally he is affiliated with Hiram Lodge, No. 21, A.
F. & A. M.; Colfax Chapter, No. 8, R. A. M.; and Colfax Lodge
No. 4, K. P., of winch he is past grand chancellor and past supreme
representative. He also belongs to the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, being past grand master and past supreme representative
of this organization ; and he is a past dictator of the Order of Moose.
He has been an enthusiastic member of the Colfax Commercial
Club since its organization, and he is also affiliated with the Inland
Club of Spokane. Enterprising and public-spirited, Mr. Hall is one
of the popular men of the county, where by reason of his loyalty to
his friends and the community, and his straightforward, upright
transactions he is held in high esteem by all who know him.

Cbtoarb Herbert Jamtesion

HE history and development of a city depends upon
its progressive merchants, manufacturers and pro-
fessional men — those who capably control important
business interests and at the same time cooperate in
the upbuilding and benefit of the city at large. Of
this class Edward Herbert Jamieson was a representa-
tive. He ranked with the foremost business men of Spokane, was
also classed with its public-spirited citizens and his investigation and
research along various lines also won for liim qualification with the
scientists of the northwest. There was much of interest in his life
record which began at Ambala, in the British East Inches, January
12, 1832, and closed at Spokane on the 21st of December, 1909. His
parents were Jesse Mitchell and Elizabeth (McClary) Jamieson. On
his father's side he was of Scotch and on his mother's of Scotch-Irish
lineage. The former was sent as a Presbyterian missionary to In-
dia and after twenty-five years devoted to preaching the gospel to
the people of that district he brought his family to the United States,
establishing his home in Monmouth, Illinois, in 1863. There he ac-
cepted the pastorate of the First Presbyterian church and continued
active in the ministry for a long period.

While the family were residents of Monmouth, Edward Herbert
Jamieson pursued his education there in the public schools and in
Monmouth College, from which he was graduated with the B. A.
degree in 1871, while three years later he received from his alma mater
the Master of Arts degree. After his college days were over he spent
some time in teaching school and was for several years principal of
the high school in Keithsburg, Illinois. His early identification with
business interests on the Pacific coast was in the capacity of educator,
his first position being that of principal of the high school at San
Jose, California. In the meantime he took up the study of law
which he pursued in a thorough and systematic manner until admitted
to the bar upon examination before the supreme court at San
Francisco. In 1882 he removed to Spokane, the town, then in its
infancy, containing only a small population yet having in its situation
and natural resources the elements of its future greatness. He re-


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mained a resident of Spokane until called to his final rest, and during
the early years of his residence here engaged in the practice of law.
However, business interests gradually claimed his time and attention.
He recognized and utilized the opportunities for judicious invest-
ment in property and eventually putting aside his law practice en-
tirely gave his attention to the supervision of his realty interests. At
an early period of Iris residence in Spokane he erected several busi-
ness blocks, two of which were destroyed by the fire of 1889. In
1890 he erected the fine Jamieson building, at the corner of River-
side avenue and Wall street, which is still one of the ornaments of
this city. He also owned much land in the surrounding country and
his residence and estate, "Five Pines," near Piedmont, on the Spokane
and Inland Railroad, ranks as one of the finest private places in the

Mr. Jamieson was first married to Miss Mattie A. Reid in 1876,
who died in February, 1880, and they had one daughter, Mattie
Mabel, who on September 7, 1904, married Norman Roscoe Totten,
engaged in the real-estate business in Spokane. Two children were
born to them, namely: Edward Jamieson Totten, born July 2, 1906;
and Elizabeth M. Totten, born June 10, 1908. On July 4, 1881,
Mr. Jamieson was united in marriage at Boonville, California, to
Mrs. Ida (Hoag) Haskins, a daughter of Dr. M. R. and Laura J.
(Morgan) Hoag. They were both pioneers of Ohio, having come
from Connecticut at an early age with their parents. Dr. Hoag was
a noted physician of Ohio, and practiced surgery and medicine for
over forty years at Lodi, Medina county, Ohio. Five children were
born to Mr. and Mrs. Jamieson. Josephine Janette, living at home;
Edward H., also at home; Arthur M., who died in infancy; Evelyn
Elizabeth, attending Wellesley College; and Irene Kathryn, attend-
ing high school in Spokane.

Mr. Jamieson was always regarded as a public-spirited citizen
and his labors were an element for general progress and improvement
although never in the path of office-seeking. He was especially in-
terested in education and contributed liberally toward the establish-
ment of Spokane College, serving as president of the college council
at the time of his death. His own private library was one of the
finest in the northwest and included many rare volumes, he being
noted for his discriminating taste and appreciation as a collector.
He was also a lover of nature and had comprehensive knowledge of
botany. He was likewise fond of art, of music and of travel, and
in fact was in close touch with all of those varied interests which are

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uplifting and beneficial forces in life. His friendship was ever deep
and sincere and his hospitality cordial. His political allegiance was
given to the republican party save at local elections, where he cast
an independent ballot. He was one of the organizers of the Pres-
byterian church of Spokane and contributed liberally to its support.
He was numbered among the few prominent business men who sur-
vived the financial panic of 1893, retaining an untarnished name.
His contribution to the world's work and progress was a valuable
one. While he won success it was never gained at the sacrifice of
others' interests and never to the exclusion of activity along those
lines which take men from the more sordid field of business into those
paths of life which mean advancement and improvement. He knew
the joy of life because he chose the things which count for most in
intellectual advancement and character development.



lYRUS HAPPY, of Spokane, was born on a farm in

C-.A Perry county, Illinois, near the present city of
wi Duquoin, January 28, 1845, a son of Burgin and
\5( Mary (Williams) Happy. Both his parents were
natives of Kentucky, removing with their individual
families to Illinois, where they were married. He
was reared on the paternal farm, receiving in his early years only the
educational advantages of a country log school, which he attended
for three months in the winter seasons until the age of fifteen. Ow-
ing to the absence of his elder brother in the army it then became
necessary for him to devote his entire time to the work of the farm.
In March, 1865, he enlisted, under the last call of President Lincoln,
in Company K, Eighteenth Illinois Infantry, and he continued in
the service until December of the same year, when he was mustered
out with his regiment.

After leaving the army Mr. Happy decided to complete his edu-
cation and pursued studies in the academy at Duquoin, Illinois, and
then in McKendree College at Lebanon, where he was graduated in
the scientific course in 1869. He then went to Edwardsville, Illinois
(the county seat of Madison county), studied law in the office of
Gillespie & Springer, and in 1871 was admitted to the bar and em-
barked in practice at that place. For some six years he was in pro-
fessional partnership with Judge David Gillespie (his preceptor in
the law), and subsequently, until 1891, he sustained the same relation
with C. X. Travous, who had been a student in Mr. Happy's law
office and became a practitioner of eminent ability and reputation,
occupying at the time of his death, in 1908, the position of general
counsel of the Wabash system of railroads. During his professional
career of twenty years in Illinois Mr. Happy enjoyed substantial
success and became known as one of the representative members of
the bar. At all times interested in public questions and affairs, he
took a somewhat active part in politics. As a young lawyer he was
twice a candidate for county judge, but except on those occasions
never ran for political office. In the campaign of 1876 he was a nom-
inee for presidential elector on the republican ticket, which was sue-

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cessful at the polls, and he joined in formally casting the vote of
Illinois for Hayes and Wheeler.

Owing to failing health, Mr. Happy determined to establish liim-
self in the northwest and in January, 1891, removed to Spokane,
where he has since resided and pursued his profession. He is known
for exceptional conscientiousness and fidelity in his work, and for
marked accomplishment and ability in certain technical branches of
the law which in recent years have become of the very highest impor-
tance throughout the northwestern country. Mr. Happy was among
the first to foresee the peculiar demands that would be made upon
the legal profession by the general process of irrigation; and in the
department of irrigation law he is one of the foremost authorities
and practitioners.

His special interest in this direction was the outgrowth of exten-
sive observation and study of the subject of irrigation as related to
agricultural possibilities, and of an intimate personal connection with
several vital undertakings. In 1902, in behalf of clients who had a
large financial interest in an irrigation company in the Yuma valley,
Arizona, he with his law partner devoted much attention to the con-
cerns of that company. This led him to make an exhaustive study
of irrigation questions and problems in their historical, legal and prac-
tical aspects, and he traveled many thousands of miles in the United
States and Mexico, examining the different systems in operation. As
one of the legal representatives of the Yuma valley enterprise (known
as the Irrigation Land & Improvement Company), he has partici-
pated actively in the fight for it in the courts and before the United
States department having jurisdiction of the matter against the prac-
tically confiscatory policy of the United States Reclamation service —
a contest attracting wide attention because of the governmental meth-
ods involved.

From his earliest residence in Spokane Mr. Happy took an active
interest in projects for developing the natural resources of the sur-
rounding country. It was generally believed that on account of the
gravelly nature of the soil throughout the Spokane valley irrigation
was impracticable on any basis of expectation of profit. On the 4th
of April, 1901, W. L. Benham, a retired railroad man, filed articles
of incorporation of the Spokane Valley Land & Water Company;
and after making appropriations of water in the lakes around the
valley, he constructed an irrigation canal through a section of land
which he had acquired at Greenacres. "The experiment (we quote
from a paper by Mr. Happy) demonstrated that the gravelly soil
of Spokane valley makes the best irrigating canals and ditches that

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can be made without concrete, and that the soil is as responsive to
the intelligent application of moisture as any soil in the world." But
it was exceedingly difficult to overcome the settled prejudice on the
subject. In the critical emergency of the company Mr. Happy was
one of the first to come to its support, and by his money, labor and
influence greatly assisted it to become a success. After the retire-
ment of Mr. Benham he was president of the company in the most
critical period of its existence, shortly before it was sold to D. C.
Corbin. He took a leading part also in promoting the success of
tbe Spokane Canal Company, constantly rendering it most valuable
assistance, and is still its legal adviser. He was one of the principal
incorporators in the Methow Canal Company, in Okanogan county,
served for some time as its president, and has always been its legal
representative. In addition, his firm has charge of the legal interests
of the Arcadia Land Company.

To Mr. Happy the people of the Pacific northwest are largely
indebted for the interest now being taken in apple culture on an ex-
tensive and scientific scale. Convinced by his knowledge of the capa-
bilities of the soil of the Spokane valley when subjected to intelligent
irrigation that it offered special advantages for the culture of the
apple, he became an enthusiastic advocate of that industry, and there
is no man to whom a larger share of credit is due for the resulting

As a citizen of Spokane he is known for high character and ideals
and for active usefulness, both in connection with the general inter-
ests of the community and in the private relations and influences of
life. He is an accomplished and forcible speaker, and has written
and published considerable on various topics, especially in relation to
the substantial advantages and resources of the northwest. In pol-
itics he has always sustained his relation with the republican party,
contributing to its success by campaign speeches, though as in early
life, declining to become a candidate for office. His law firm is
Happy, Winfree & Hindman, in which W. H. Winfree and W. W.
Hindman are associated with him.

Mr. Happy married, in Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11,
1879, Minna Mary Prickett, a daughter of John A. and Elizabeth M.
Prickett. Their children are: Claudine Hunt, who married G. W.
Kaufman, now of Marshfield, Oregon; Eloise, who wedded Seth
Richards, a son of Henry M. Richards, of Spokane, Washington;
Cvrus, Jr.; and John Harrison.

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JN THE pages of Washington's judicial history the

OJ name of Hon. Richard B. Blake figures prominently
W) by reason of his service as judge of the superior
» court for the district comprised of Spokane and Ste-
vens counties. He was ever a brilliant although un-
pretentious member of the bar during the period of
his connection with the profession here, his ability being widely rec-
ognized by his colleagues and contemporaries in the practice of law.
It was not alone, however, his high standing as an attorney but also
his high character as a man and citizen that won for him the warm
regard and honor in which he was uniformly held. He was born in
Hendricks county, Indiana, March 14, I80O, and died on the 15th
of June, 1900. His father, John Blake, was a prominent farmer of
that county and upon the homestead farm the son was reared to the
age of sixteen years, devoting the summer months to the work of the
fields and the winter seasons to the acquirement of his education in
the district schools. He afterward went to Danville, Indiana, where
he pursued a preparatory course of study and then entered De Pauw
University, from which he won his Bachelor of Science degree, being
graduated from that institution in 1872. In the meantime he had
also taken up the study of law and in October of that year was ad-
mitted to the bar. He had previously completed the classical course
in De Pauw University as a graduate of 1870 and in his college days
became a member of the Phi Gamma Delta.

Judge Blake entered upon law practice at Danville, becoming
junior partner of the firm of Hogate & Blake, his associate in prac-
tice being later a member of the supreme court of that state. For
sixteen years Judge Blake continued a member of the Danville bar,
making continuous advancement in practice and at one time holding
the office of prosecuting attorney. The west with its growing oppor-
tunities attracted him in 1888 and in that year he arrived in Spokane,
where he opened a law office in connection with Colonel William M.
Ridpath, with whom he practiced until October, 1889. In that year
Mr. Blake was elected judge of the superior court for Spokane and

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Stevens counties and remained upon the bench for four years, his
record as a judge being in harmony with his record as a man and
citizen, distinguished by the utmost loyalty and by a masterful grasp
of every problem presented for solution. In 1893 he resumed the
private practice of law and became senior partner of the firm of
Blake & Post, in which connection he practiced until his death. He
possessed a keen, analytical mind and his presentation of his cause
was ever characterized by clear reasoning, logical deduction and cor-
rect application of legal principles. That he had the honor and
respect of his fellow practitioners is indicated in the fact that he was
called to the presidency of the Spokane County Bar Association and
was elected vice president of the State Bar Association. His name
was prominently brought forth in connection with the candidacy for
governor on the silver republican ticket but he expressed his unwill-
ingness to leave the active practice of his profession. His name was
also mentioned in connection with supreme court honors and in 1896
he was tendered the democratic nomination for mayor of Spokane
but was unwilling to enter public life. He always regarded his pro-
fession as his chief interest and was connected with much prominent
litigation, including the case which H. T. Cowley brought against
the Northern Pacific Railroad, in which Judge Blake acted as coun-
selor for the plaintiff. The action was brought to determine the
title of about one hundred and twenty acres of land and finally the
case went to the supreme court of the United States, where a final
decision was rendered in favor of Mr. Blake's client.

On the 22d of December, 1874, in Danville, Indiana, Judge Blake
was united in marriage to Miss Antoinette E. Moore, a daughter of
Jacob K. and Phoebe Moore, both natives of Danville. They became
the parents of two sons: Jacob M., who is a graduate of the Ann
Arbor Law School and is now living in San Francisco; and Robert
B., who was graduated from the Chicago University and is now a
leading attorney of this city. The death of Judge Blake occurred
in 1900 and in his passing Spokane lost a man whom she honored
highly as a representative lawyer and citizen. He certainly deserved
much credit for what he accomplished. He started out in fife with-
out capital or assistance and won his way to a leading place as a rep-
resentative of the Washington bench and bar. As his labors brought
to him financial return he made extensive and judicious investments
in real estate which netted him a handsome profit in later years. He
held membership in the Vincent Episcopal church and in matters of
citizenship could always be counted upon to further progressive pro-

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jects for the public good. He possessed marked literary taste and
was also a lover of music. He read broadly and made that which
he read his own. His life record is worthy of stud}', showing the
forcefulness of industry, persistency and honorable purpose. He
was a man who in every relation of life was found faultless in honor,
fearless in conduct and stainless in reputation.


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|j|UBREY LEE WHITE is one of the prominent and
successful men of the Inland Empire who have grap-
pled with big problems in finance, who have capably
directed and managed mining and railroad interests
and have won brilliant success in everything they
have undertaken. Mr. Wliite has not specialized as

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