Tacoma Illustrated

Tacoma Illustrated
Her History, Growth & Resources
A Comprehensive Review of the 
City of Destiny
Chapter 15


By Holice, Pam, and Deb

Extra special thanks to Holice B. Young for transcribing this book.  The excellent work she does continues to help many researchers!  Thanks also, to Pam Rietsch, for sharing her books with genealogists!


Manufacturer of Sewer and Culvert Pipe, Drain Tile, Terra Cotta Chimney Pipe, Etc.

The offices of this firm are at the Junction of Dock and Fifteenth Streets, at the head of commencement Bay, a most convenient place for the receiving of products of the works situated on Fox island, about sixteen miles from Tacoma, and there is also every facility for reshipment to outside points, as the North Pacific Railroad tracks run through the company's yards almost to the water's edge.

The Fox Island Clay Co. was established in August, 1888, and the plant was then owned by the Fox Island Brick Company. As soon as the company was incorporated, the yards at Fox island, which are second to none on the Pacific Coast for the finest deposits of various clays, were fitted with the very best machinery obtainable for the manufacturing of sewer and culvert pipe, drain tile, terra cotta chimney pipe, etc. All piping used by the city government, is manufactured by this company, and all the Sound cities, as well as numerous points throughout Washington and Oregon. Fifty men are employed to supply the constant demand.

The officers and directors are as follows: W. S. Bowen, president and general manager; J. M. Steele, vice-president; A. R. Zabriskie, secretary, and S. F. Sahm, J. M. Steele, I. W. Anderson, W. S. Bowen, and S. M. Clark, directors.

As we have mentioned in other parts of this work, the fine deposits of almost every kind of clay which are found in sections of this country are destined to play a great part in the future of our manufacturing industries.

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Hirsch & Frank, Merchant Tailors and Gents' Furnishers, are to be found at No. 1007 Pacific Avenue. Although not long established, it is now recognized as the leading house of its kind in Tacoma. Their location in the Dougan Block, a handsome four story edifice in the center of the business portion of the city, and the energetic manner in which they have made known to the public their thorough capability for supplying gentlemen with every article of dress, has given them a reputation that is second to none in the State of Washington. Both Mr. Hirsch and Mr. Frank are young men. The former gentleman comes from Des Moines, Ia., where he was engaged ina similar business for upward of fifteen years, but the bright prospects of Tacoma attracted him, and he became a resident of this city about a year ago. Mr. H. C. Frank may almost be termed an old timer in Tacoma. For the past six years he has made the City of Destiny his home, and it is safe to say that he has made himself an extremely popular man, with the hundreds of people whom he has met. For a considerable time Mr. Frank was associated with the well known furniture house of F. S. Harmon & Co., of Tacoma, but seeing the admirable opportunity to establish a gents' furnishing house on a first-class basis here, he joined Mr. Hirsch in his present business. For a well-fitting suit of clothes of the best material, one could not go to a better place than Messrs. Hirsch and Frank. They employ the best cutters obtainable, who spare no pains, and, in fact, take the greatest pride in turning out a suit that is faultless in make and design. The furnishing and hat department is equally well looked after, and is almost daily enlarged with the latest novelties of fashion.


James H. Price, the sheriff of Pierce County, styles himself an Oregon boy, and is proud of the fact. Previous to his nomination on the Republican ticket for sheriff of this county a year ago, Mr. Price had acted in the capacity of inspector of customs, and later as deputy collector of customs on Puget Sound of the port of Tacoma, for upward of fourteen years, and only quit the customs house to accept his present position, which was almost forced upon him. During those fourteen years, Mr. price proved himself a faithful and efficient public servant. AS sheriff of Pierce County he has acquitted himself more creditably. Owing to the constant and heavy stream of immigration many crooks, thugs and plus uglies, drive by the police of Eastern cities to seek other quarters, having, owing to the prosperity of Tacoma, come here with the intention of practicing their calling; but the prompt action of Mr. Price and his deputies has prevented any violent acts of lawlessness, and to-day there is no county and city that is more free from crime and the criminal element, than Pierce county, and the city of Tacoma.


The largest shoe store in the city of Tacoma is at 1340 Pacific Avenue. Mr. Tripple is a shrewd, energetic business man, and although he has been established here but a year, is already doing a very large and flourishing trade. Mr. Tripple's business may fairly be called a representative one, as he sells to all grades of the social scale, and gives satisfaction, to quote from his trademark: "All the year round." The store contains a thoroughly, well-selected stock of goods, and everybody, from the most fastidious purchaser to the laborer who wants a pair of high-lows, will find what he needs on his shelves. It may be mentioned in this connection that Mr. Tripple's show windows are the most tastefully arranged, and display the largest variety of goods of any similar concern in town.

Mr. Tripple is a thorough believer in advertising, and his judgment in this department of business has been chiefly the cause to which he attributes the present flourishing state of his affairs, a just tribute to advertising methods.

One of the chief claims of this new city is the resolve which seems to animate all of its business men, to commence right, and supply the best that any of the older emporiums of trade offer, thus building up business which will vie with the other cities of the East.

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An Elegant Hotel--Splendid Baths and fine hair Dressing Rooms.

On a triangular piece of ground overlooking the bay and the Sound, commanding the entire range of the Cascades and the magnificence of Mount Tacoma, has recently been erected the handsomest and most substantial structure in Tacoma or the sound region, known as "The Rochester." The building has a massive stone foundation, the upper part is pressed brick, three stories and basement with bay windows to each floor, and on three sides. The Rochester is more of an elegant and select family than transient hotel, although the proprietor expects to accommodate some transients in the new wing which is now under construction. It has at present forty-two rooms, and is lighted throughout by incandescent electric lights.

The entire woodwork in the finish of the house of the finest seasoned oak, and cedar of Eastern manufacture giving the tone and appearance of a princely resident suggestive of antiquity and elegance.

A fine dining-room elegantly furnished, along with the handsome parlors and reception-rooms, are among the most important features in connection with the hotel. A barber shop and ladies hair-dressing parlors, with Russian, Turkish shower plunge, also vapor, medicated and electric bathrooms (twenty-one in number), are in the basement of the hotel, conducted by Prof. Napoleon Le Blanc. A stairway leads to the roof where a promenade is securely arranged, which affords beautiful and entrancing views of land and water, forest and mountains.

The "Rochester" is located at the junction of Tacoma Avenue and D Street. The neighborhood is the most select in Tacoma, with fine residences and lawns, and adjacent to the Annie Wright Seminary.

Mr. A. C. Smith, the proprietor of the hotel and the ground upon which it is built, is one of the most influential citizens of Tacoma, as well as one of the wealthiest. Mr. smith is always ready and willing with his influence and money to promote the welfare of Tacoma. he is a member of the executive committee of the Chamber of commerce, and it is with pleasure that the compilers of the work produce his photograph with the rest of the executive committee, as well as a cut of the Hotel Rochester.


This prosperous concern is one of the largest business enterprises in Tacoma. It is located on the deep water front, with tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad in front of the warehouse for delivery to the lower floor and at an elevation of sixty feet in the rear for delivery on that side, with piers running a depth of water sufficient to accommodate the largest vessels at low tide.

The warehouse is the largest and most capacious on the Pacific Coast, being 514 feet on length, 114 wide, and three and one-half stories high. Endless chain conveyors are also put in for the delivery of grain for shipment. The building has been built with special view as to the danger from fire, and the tornado guarded against by the fact that the foundation of piles is encased ina solid gravel foundation. The trustees are William Dunn and A. J. Marble of Chicago, and a. M. Ingersoll, C. J. Kershaw, C. H. Marble of Tacoma. As references, the Tacoma & Elevator Company are permitted to use the following well known names: T. F. Oakes, president N. P. R. R., St. Paul. C. H. Prescott. 2nd vice president, N. P. R. R., Tacoma, Paul Schulze, General Land Agent, N. P. R. R., Tacoma, National Bank of Commerce, Tacoma, Tacoma National Bank, Tacoma, and Miles C. Moore of Wall Walla, the ex-Governor of the Territory.

The business of the company is exclusively storage and they are prepared to receive in store all kinds of grain, wool, hops, or any commodity for long or short time.

They intend also to soon make a portion of the building a bounded warehouse, and be ina position to receive and stores good in bond.

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When Messrs. Scholl & Huth established the Puget Sound Brewery just a year ago, they proved themselves enterprising and energetic business men. Previous to that time Tacoma was sadly in need of a first-class brewery that would be able to supply beer of a superior quality and in sufficient quantity to supply the ever increasing demand for this popular beverage. At the cost of many thousands dollars these gentlemen constructed a four-story building, 80 X 80 feet, at the junction of Jefferson Avenue and 25th Street, and later a wing has been added on the southeast corner that is of the same height, and 40 X 40 feet. The building erected, Messrs. School & Huth spared no expense in fitting it up with machinery which is of the most approved pattern, and of the very best material. Two Corliss engines, one of ninety, and the other of sixty horse power, furnish the necessary propelling power, and they are inconstant operation. A beer boiler, heated by steam, with a capacity of 4,300 gallons, is connected with a patent mashing machine that holds 6,500 gallons. The brewery also has a apparatus for the manufacture of their own ice for cooling the beer. With this machinery Messrs. School & Huth are enabled to produce 260 barrels of beer per day. The Puget Sound Brewery has gained an enviable reputation for the manufacturing of the "Walhalla" and "Der Goetten Trank" beers, which are, as the name of the last implies, drink that is suitable for the gods. Before this brewery was started considerable beer was shipped to Tacoma from the largest and most popular breweries in the East, but now saloonkeepers are rapidly withdrawing their patronage from these Eastern houses, and supply the public with an excellent beverage made from Washington hops by a process that insures a drink equally as good, in fact, superior owing to its freshness and purity. The distance of the transportation of ?Eastern beer is said to have had a decidedly bad effect upon those drinking it, however, that may be, those who have drank the beer of this brewery enthusiastically concede its good effects.

Under the supervision of Mr. P. A. Kalenborn, who at one time owned a large brewery in Kansas, and who thoroughly understands his business, the Puget sound Brewery is now on of the best paying and most prosperous business institutions in Tacoma.


This gentleman's main office is on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Eighth Street; he is one of the prominent German-American residents of Tacoma. He was originally a native of the Duchy of Brunswick, but because dissatisfied with his native city when the Prussian War engulfed all the smaller principalities and made a Untied Germany, and finally came to the land of freedom like so many of his countryman. With the industry and economy which is the heirloom of every German, he went to work and labored gallantly in Brooklyn until he had accumulated sufficient money to go into business on his own account.

He is now the head of a completely organized beer-bottling establishment in this town, has a large amount o money invested here and bids fair in the future to be able to go back, and buy up with fairly earned American gold, the little kingdom in which he first saw the light.

Manufacturer And Dealer in Sash, Doors, Blinds, Mouldings, Window and Door Frames, 2120 to 2130 East D. Street.

There is not a more live and energetic business man in Tacoma than the subject of this sketch, who has built up for himself a business that is not only large in its production but a most important acquisition to the city of Tacoma. Mr. Johnson's plant is most advantageously situated at the head of Commencement Bay, and in close proximity to the side tracks of the railroad company. He came to Tacoma from the town of Walla Walla in Eastern Washington six years ago, and immediately started his sash and door factory. The rapid growth of the city made Mr. Johnson's business a flourishing and prosperous one, and he considered himself on the highway to fortune, but after two years' hard work, in June, 1885, the factory was swept away by fire to such an extent that nothing remained. Undaunted by this catastrophe, Mr. Johnson immediately rebuilt on a much larger scale, adding everything that goes to make a first class factory. To-day eighty-five men find employment in the various departments of this institution, manufacturing sash, doors, blinds, mouldings, and window and door frames of all descriptions. Mr. Johnson is a typical Tacoma man, public spirited, and one who has the interests of the city at heart so thoroughly that he is ever ready to exert himself in its behalf.

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Attorney at Law.

No lawyer in Tacoma, or in fact throughout the State of Washington, is better known than Marshall K. Snell. The great distinction which Mr. Snell has attained as a lawyer is well merited, for during his two years' practice in the courts of this State, he has in many instances proved himself a careful and well read counselor, and as eloquent and able pleader. AS a criminal lawyer, Mr. Snell has few equals anywhere, and there is perhaps not another man who would have made such a clever legal fight as he did recently in the case of the United States vs. B. F. Hageman, and one hundred and thirty-one others for alleged fraudulent location of government land. Mr. Snell's remarkably able handling of the case, is universally conceded a very great legal triumph.

Another case equally interesting, and reflecting great credit on Mr. Snell, is that of the Territory vs. Alfred Fostrom, for murder in the first degree; and although everything pointed to the worst for the accused man, Mr. Snell obtained his acquittal in comparatively short time. Marshall K. Snell is the son of John Marshall King, Sr., of Ottumwa, Ia., who as a physician and surgeon served with the Eleventh Iowa Volunteers during the War of the Rebellion. Having acquitted himself creditably, and been dangerously wounded, Dr. King near the close of the war, returned to his wife and family on Nov. 1st, 1864, and died three days afterward. A few days later the terrible disease of smallpox broke out in Ottumwa, and the entire King family, with the exception of Marshall, died before the end of the month. During the excitement that prevailed at the time, Marshall was sent tot he pest house and afterward to the State orphans' Home, where he remained until seven yeas old, when he was adopted by William J. Snell, and his name was changed from Marshall King to Marshall K. Snell.

Mr. Snell's boyhood was spent on a farm, but he eventually acted a clerk to the legal firm of Button Bros. of Trempealeau, Wis., and soon afterward read law with Judge Alfred A. Newman of the Sixth Judicial District of Wisconsin. Mr. Snell graduated from the Wisconsin State University in 1881, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He settled in the town of Seymour, Wis., and there first began to practice his profession, acting as city attorney for three years, and as a member of the board of county supervisors for two years during the five years of his residence in the town.


Charles T. Uhlman, whose wonderful prosperity during his residence in the City of Destiny, stamps him at once as a true representative of the community to which he lives, came originally from Washington, D. C. 1881. The first employment he secured was with Barlow Bros. A market was purchased by S. Coulter & Co., and Mr. Uhlman continued with them until he opened a little meat market on C Street. After a short time he bought from Coulter & Co., the Rainier Market, where only a short time before he had worked on small salary. The city was growing then just as rapidly as it is to-day, and the business at the Rainier Market increased proportionally. Mr. Uhlman continued to conduct the business successfully, first supplying one or two smaller markets with meat and later on introducing a general wholesale department. In the fall of 1888 he constructed a handsome brick building on pacific Avenue opposite Tenth Street but last summer he conceived the idea of fitting up a meat market that in every detail would be the finest on the Pacific Coast. The Market block was then built on the corner of Ninth and A Streets. Half of the round floor was arranged for a butcher-shop which was fitted up at a cost of over $6,000. The subject of this sketch has just completed the organization of the Puget Sound Pressed Beef and Packing Co., with a capital stock of $150,000, and he will be president of the company.

Mr. Uhlman is also a stockholder in Brown's Wharf & Navigation Co., in which corporation he holds the office of secretary, and he is a leading member of the city council.

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Clifford & Tousey, Proprietors. Dealers in Belting, 
Hose, Packing and Leather & Findings 
1527 Pacific Avenue (Sprague Building)

This firm, which is the pioneer of its kind in Tacoma, and in the State as well, is composed of Benj. F. Clifford and Albemarle C. Tousey, and is leading and representative in all respects. They occupy one story and a basement, each 20 X 100 feet in dimensions. This firm makes a point to carry the very best goods that mechanical skill can produce, and in pursuance of this policy they have taken the State agency for Revere Rubber Co.'s unrivaled goods, consisting of their "Giant" Stitched and Seamless Rubber Belting, and "Granite" Seamless Belting, also "Granite" and Shawmut Hose, and "Granite" Steam Packing, and last but not least, their celebrated "Four Ace: and "Giant" Steam Fire Engine Hose.

They are manufacturer's agents for Hide, Leather and Belting Co.'s Pure Oak Tanned Short Lap Leather Belting, and carry a large and complete stock of all sizes, both single and double. This belting is the very best that can be produced by skilled workmen, using selected chestnut oak tanned leather, and is guaranteed to be second to none.

In each of their respective lines, belting and leather and findings, this firm carry the largest and most complete stock in the Pacific Northwest, and their large and rapidly growing trade attests their customers' appreciation of their motto, "Best quality goods only." In the management of their business, they bring to their aid a complete knowledge of the goods in their line, Mr. Clifford having been connected with a large Eastern firm in the same line from his boyhood up to the time they began business in Tacoma, some thirteen years, during which time he mastered the business in all its details, as bookkeeper, house salesman, traveling salesman, and for the last three years as manager and buyer of the firm with which he was connected. Mr. Tousey also brings to his aid a thorough knowledge of the goods he handles, having been connected with the same firm that Mr. Clifford was for a number of years, as bookkeeper, house salesman and road salesman, thus making him complete master of the situation.

Taking in connection the complete stock of best quality goods which they carry, and their comprehensive knowledge of the goods they handle, and the needs of their customers, we can safely pronounce this firm one of the best equipped for a successful business career of any in the rapidly growing "City of Destiny."

Branscheid & Young.

It is gratifying to the eye and business sense to note a thoroughly complete and well appointed commercial establishment, and one that more thoroughly realizes that sense of fitness than the one owned by Messrs. Branscheid & Young, located at 905 Pacific Avenue, is not to be found in Tacoma. The premises are spacious necessarily for the purpose of carrying their large and varied stock, yet everything is so nearly and tastefully arranged that intending purchasers can examine goods and make selections with half the trouble endured in less systematically organized establishments. The concern does a large jobbing as well as retail trade, and besides dealing in everything pertaining to the kitchen, attend to repairing, plumbing and fitting in the most efficient manner.

The Tacoma Stove Company claims to be, and is, the oldest house in its line in the City of Destiny, and has been in existence over ten years--a period commensurate with thrice the time ina more slow-going humdrum community. It was founded by Thomas H. Brown, who was bought out by Harvey & Young, the latter being the present partner, and later Mr. Branscheid bought out Harvey, on which event the business was enlarged and extended to its present position, which is that of being second to no other mercantile enterprise in the city.

They aim to handle only the very best goods, and a glance at the names of the following concern that intrust them with their interests in this part of the world, will quickly convince any one that their claim is entirely justified by the facts of the case. They are: The Bridge & Beech Manufacturing Company, of St. Louis, Stoves; Redway & Burton, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stoves; the William Resor & Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stoves; The William Miller Range and Furnace Company, the Monitor Steel Range Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio; John J. Ils & Co., of San Francisco, Hotel Ranges; The Boynton Company, of Chicago, Furnaces; The Minnesota Refrigerator Company, of St. Paul, and many others.

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One of the most complete establishments engaged in the somber industry of undertaking on the Pacific Coast is that belonging to the above named gentleman, and situated at 1151 C Street, Tacoma. Robes, shrouds, coffins and caskets are here displayed in such lavish abundance that one might well believe that Mr. Harlan was prepared to bury the whole city of Tacoma. At any rate, it may readily be understood that his claim of carrying the largest stock of goods of any concern in his line in this city, is founded on fact.

Mr. Harlan's personality and demeanor are by no means suggestive of his occupation. He is a slender, scholarly-looking gentleman on the sunny side of fifty, and though polite and courteous in manner, has an expression about the mouth that announces to the student of character that it would be unsafe to "stir him up" too much. He has been engaged in the undertaking business in all its branches ever since he was a boy of thirteen, a period of time extending over thirty-six years. The writer has heard him tell with infinite gusto and many chuckles, his early experiences when an apprentice in the then frontier State of Indiana. How he frequently had to construct coffins from the very clab; how, the coffin made, he would have to harness the team to the old fashioned box hearse and drive it over a "blazed" road through dismal forests, with the wolves and panthers snarling at him from the thicket, until he reached the farmhouse where the corpse lay, perhaps twenty miles distant.

Mr. Harlan handled the first metallic burial case ever shipped. It was long and oval in shape, and technically called the "Mummy Casket.' This was when he was working for Westlow, Thayer & Co., of Peru, Ind. Shortly afterward he became interested in the science of embalming, and followed up the study with indefatigable ardor. He traveled in Europe, Asia and Africa--that is Egypt-- in pursuing his investigations, and became one of the most expert embalmers of modern times.


This college, at 938 Pacific Avenue, is "a school that gives a practical education," and is it not for a moment to be doubted that a business education, such as can be acquired here, does sharpen and develop the reasoning and perceptive faculties, and fit one for the entire duties of life.

Prof. John W. Tait is the principal of the college, and is assisted by a corps of capable teachers. He is prepared to ground pupils thoroughly in single and double entry bookkeeping, plain penmanship, commercial law, business arithmetic, practical grammar, letter writing, spelling actual business and office practice, exchange, partnership settlements, and Hydrostatics, Greek, Latin, French and German.

The college occupies upper floor of 938, and is already full to overflowing, so that increased quarters will soon be needed to accommodate all its pupils. Mr. Tait was born in Canada, and has been engaged in teaching for over twenty-eight years. he is not only thoroughly experienced in his profession, but is a man of very considerable ability, and is endowed with an excellent education.


This well-known firm is located in the Sprague Block, on Pacific Avenue, near 17th Street. The firm name was originally Rigney & Foy. They deal in general produce, and more especially in hay, grain and feed, in which latter articles they do a heavy business. The concern utilizes the services of six employees, and requires two teams to handle its increasing business. The Messrs. Rigney, John R, Jr., and J. W. R. Respectively, were both born at no great distance from Tacoma. One of them in his earlier years held a responsible position in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company, which in those days monopolized about all the business of the Northwest. Before engaging in the commission business the Rigney Brothers were engaged in ranching on an extensive scale. The ranch is at Lakeview, and still in their possession. It comprises about 1,600 acres.




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