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D. M. Drumheller
Mr. Drumheller arrived in Walla Walla in the spring of 1861 when a mere boy, and has grown and prospered with the county in which he has taken a deep interest. During his residence in Washington he has been actively engaged in the various branches of business that have transformed a wilderness into a prosperous state. In all his enterprises he has been eminently successful.

He is known in every section of the State as a man of undoubted integrity and extensive business ability. Since his arrival in Spokane Falls in 1879, his has done everything by his moral and financial aid to advance the interests of this city. He has been the Vice-President of the Traders' National Bank since its organization, and has aided materially in the building up of the city from a struggling village of 250 inhabitants ten years ago to its present population. He has always had unbounded faith in the future of this city, and has never failed to substantiate it.

Chester Glass
Although but 35 years of age, Chester Glass's reputation has reached far beyond the Northwest. His name is not unknown to literary fame, since he is the author of the widely circulated work entitled "The World, Round it and Over it," it being a recital and review of his extensive travels around the world. The book has passed through several editions and had an extensive sale.

Being a man of close observation and large experience he has enabled to give his impressions of people and countries in a superior manner. It is therefore to the credit of Spokane Falls, as well as to Mr. Glass himself, that he has become identified so largely with the importance of this city and has invested in one on the most popular and choicest residence additions to this city, known as "Lidgerwood Park."

Mr. Glass is by profession an attorney and counselor at law, and is highly educated and polished gentleman. He has resided in Spokane Falls about a year and a half, and is one of the most enthusiastic believers in the great future, not only of this city, but of the entire State of Washington. He has attested his belief in the future of this city by his large investments.

David B. Jenkins 
Probably no man in the State of Washington, and few in the United States, have a War record of which they may be more justly proud than Col. D. B. Jenkins. He was born on the 25th of August, 1823, in Jefferson County, Ohio. His early youth was spent on a farm, and his education was received at a common school, and at the Seminary of Mount Pleasant, in Jefferson County, Ohio. His preliminary studies having been finished he devoted his attention to law, at Steubenville, Ohio, but he soon moved to Cincinnati, where he had better opportunities to become initiated in the mysteries of the legal profession. There he attended a law school, from which he graduated in the spring of 1845, and was admitted to the Bar and began the practice of his chosen profession.

His physical condition had been considerably impaired and in a few years he was obliged to come West in search of health, and in that way he settled in La Salle County, Illinois, where he practiced law until the commencement of the War. At the outbreak of that terrible strife he was appointed Major of the 1st Illinois Cavalry, and so ranked from the 1st of July, 1861. He had the distinction of being the first field officer of cavalry who engaged the Confederate Army. For one year he served in Missouri, but was captured at the siege of Lexington. After a short term of imprisonment he was exchanged and served at New Medford and several other engagements. On the field of battle, and in the spring of 1863, he was transferred to the 14th Illinois Cavalry, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He did gallant service in Kentucky and East Tennessee, where he served under General Burnsides, and at the battle of Knoxville, he was entrusted with the command of a brigade. He was then transferred to Sherman's command, and marched with that great warrior to Atlanta. He participated in Stoneman's raid, but lost his horse and was obliged to return on foot. He served with distinction under some of the greatest generals which the War has produced, viz: Grant, Sherman, Pope, and Burnsides. At the surrender of Johnson he resigned his high rank in the army, not desiring to be a peace soldier, but for the great and excellent services he had rendered his country when in need of brave men, he was offered by the commanding officer great inducements to remain in the service. His decision, however, was final, and he went to Knoxville, where he at once commenced the practice of his profession, principally in the Federal courts.

He conducted some of the most noted litigations in the South connected with the war. In 1867 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States. The fatigue and deprivations of the War, together with his close attention to his law practice, had again impaired his health to such an extent that he was obliged to come West. He went to Colorado, but the climate was not suited to his physical condition, and after one year he decided to move to Puget Sound, arriving in Seattle on the first of March, 1873. He once more resumed the practice of law in that city, but in May, 1879, he left for Spokane Falls, arriving here on June 3, 1879. He was the first settler on the north side of the river where he is interested to a large extent in the real estate. Col., Jenkins is the only Lieut. Colonel of cavalry residing in the State, and during the turbulent times of the great conflict his mane was frequently mentioned in dispatches with high honor, and he was much esteemed by his commanding officers, who had implicit confidence in his ability and courage. In Spokane Falls he is much honored and respected, and he has done much toward the development and growth of this young city. The high esteem in which he is held in a just recognition of an upright and honorable career.

O. B. Nelson 
Enterprises of the most extensive character owe to a great extent their being and success to the untiring efforts and substantial support of Mr. O. B. Nelson.

The Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway and the Spokane & Northern Railway found no stronger advocate and enthusiastic supporter than Mr. Nelson.

Mr. Nelson was born in Denmark in 1850, and at the age of 21 he came to Avoca, Iowa, where he engaged in the general merchandise business. He soon established an irreproachable reputation in the commercial and financial circles, and he commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens to such a high degree that for three terms he served them as councilman.
He came to Spokane Falls in 1887 and immediately engaged in a wholesale and retail grocery business under the firm name of O. B. Nelson & Co.

His success in business and in fact in every sphere of life is entirely due to his exceptional perseverance and close attention to business.

No better testimonial to Mr. Nelson's business tact, honesty and integrity could be given than the fact that he has raised himself from a man of small means to his present affluent circumstances and extensive business connections.

He is an ardent admirer of Spokane Falls and his belief in her great advantages and rapid development is substantiated by his large investments and general public spirit.

He is a Director and liberal supporter of the Northwestern Industrial Exposition.

William O. Nettleton
Mr. Nettleton arrived in Spokane Falls in 1887, and at once conceived the idea that this city was destined to become in the near future the metropolis of the Northwest. How well he could rely on his superior judgment has been evinced. Realizing the fact that a judicious investment in real estate would insure large and remunerative returns he did not hesitate to purchase a large tract of land which was then considered to be one of the suburbs of the city. Scarcely three years have passed since he made the investment, and now Nettleton's addition is one of the choicest and best residence properties in Spokane Falls.

As an illustration of the rapid growth of this city and the many fortunes that have been realized from real estate investments may be cited the fact that Mr. Nettleton purchased in 1887 the controlling interest in 160 acres of land which is now named for him. At that time he paid the trifling sum of &100 per acre, while to-day the same property has a market value of $3,000 per acre. He was instrumental in organizing the only cable railway system in this city, and was also one of the Directors of the Spokane Street Railway Company, tow lines of street cars which traverse most of the entire city.

One of his main achievements is the establishment of a college, known as the Finney College, and he has taken an active part in religious as well as commercial and financial matters. Like many others on whom fortune has smiled, Mr. Nettleton has always contributed largely to everything which could be of substantial benefit to the welfare of this city. He was born is Ashtabula, Ohio, and is now only 39 years of age.


Source:
Spokane Falls and its Exposition. The City of Spokane Falls and its Tributary Resources. Issued by the, Northwestern Industrial Exposition, Spokane Falls, Washington, October 1st to November 1st, 1890. Copyrighted, 1890, By C. W. Robinson, Manager. Matthews, Northrup & Co., Art-Printing Works. Buffalo and New York. 1890.

 

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