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Biography of David Milton Boyd

David Milton Boyd, secretary of the Traffic Motor Truck Corporation of St. Louis, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 1, 1878, and is a son of Trustin Brown and Emily (Tousey) Boyd, who are now residents of St. Louis. Their family numbered two sons, the younger being Ingram F., who Is the president of the Boyd-Richardson Men’s Apparel Company of this city. In the acquirement of his education, David Milton Boyd attended Smith Academy of St. Louis, which he entered in 1887, completing his course by graduation in June, 1896. He afterward attended Yale University and won his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899. He started out in the business world as a representative of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, holding a clerical position with that company until 1901. In the following year he entered the employ of Russell Sage at New Paltz, New York, and in 1900 was made general superintendent of the New Paltz & Poughkeepsie Traction Company, so continuing until 1901. In that year he became general manager of the Shore Line Railway at St. Johns, New Brunswick, where he remained until 1904. During the succeeding five years he was again connected with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, acting as private secretary to the vice president and later was appointed division freight agent at Newark, New Jersey. With his return to St. Louis Mr. Boyd became identified with the T. B. Boyd Furnishing Goods Company, handling men’s wearing apparel. He entered the business on the 1st of May, 1909, and became secretary, treasurer and director. The usiness has since been reorganized under the name...

Biography of Peter Dewar Forbes

PETER DEWAR FORBES. – In the gentleman whose name heads this brief memoir, and whose portrait appears in this history, we have one of the very earliest settlers of Tacoma, as well as one of her prominent business men and capitalists. Mr. Forbes was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, February 18,1845, and is the son of William and Jesie Dewar Forbes. After his school days were passed, Peter learned the trade of a carpenter and shipbuilder, becoming a master mechanic. In 1868 he came to the United States, locating in Minneapolis, where he became a well-known architect and builder, until 1873. In that year he desired to seek a milder climate, and chose Washington Territory as the most desirable location, making his first residence in Seattle and engaging in his former business. His matured ability soon attracted the notice of the officers in the Northern Pacific Railroad, then entering the territory. In April, 1873, he accepted employment as superintendent of depot and bridge construction, and in this capacity built all the depots, roundhouses and machine shops form Land Pend d’Oreille to Tacoma, and from Kalama to the latter place. On his arrival at the present site of the beautiful city of Tacoma, there was but one building in the place; and in 1874 Mr. Forbes built the headquarters building for the company, then standing where the magnificent new theater is now being erected. Together with these important works of an almost public character, Mr. Forbes also superintended private enterprises in his line; and in 1875, we find him master and owner of the steamer Isabel, running from Victoria...

Biography of Hon. H. W. Fairweather

HON. H.W. FAIRWEATHER. – Mr. Fairweather was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, May 20, 1852. Here he received a common-school education. His father was from Essex county, New York, pure English. His mother’s parents were from Ireland, pure Irish. Our subject went to Boston in 1868, and found work as brakeman on the Old Colony Railroad. He spent 1869, ’70 and ’71 in Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Minnesota in the same line of work. He came to Washington Territory in 1871, and was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company as locomotive engineer, and subsequently as chief clerk. In 1873 he received the appointment of general passenger agent of the Pacific Division, with residence at Kalama. In 1874, he was promoted to cashier, and retained this position until 1877. He resigned this position in that year to accept the general freight and passenger agency of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company, with residence at Portland. He resigned this position in 1879 to accept the vice-presidency of the Walla Walla & Columbia Railroad Company, and also acted as general superintendent of this line. He resigned this position in 1881 to accept the superintendency of construction of the Pend d’Oreille Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, and after the completion of this work, resigned in March, 1883, to look after his own affairs. He was married in 1875 to Miss Mattie Curtis of Kalama, Washington Territory, and has three sons and two daughters. Mr. Fairweather has been prominent in territorial politics, having been secretary of the territorial Republican central committee, and a member of this body for many years. He...

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