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Afro-American Pioneer Dead
■r. THE LATE GEORGE H. GROSE. In the death of George H. Grose Seattle loses another of her pioneers as well as one of her energetic citi zens. When but a child he came with his parents to Seattle, where he has continuously resided for the past thir ty years. During that time he has seen marvelous changes come over Seattle —its growth from a mere coun try village to a great metropolis, and during all that time he has been a familiar figure among her cosmopoli tan citizenship. Old timers as well as new timers knew George Grose, as he always kept pace with his surround ings. He died last Saturday evening For 10c on the Dollar WE BOUGHT A CAR LOAD OF RAKES HOES and FORKS That were in a Railroad Wreck ON SALE HONDAY Spelger & Hurlbut Second and Union after a lingering illness, which he contracted some ten months ago. George H. Grose was educated in the public schools of this city, and was associated first with his father in busi ness when but a boy. His father, Wil liam Grose, who died some five years ago. being the pioneer Afro-American business man in the Northwest. Young Grose began business for himself be fore the fire in Seattle, and "Grose's Commission House" did a flourishing business for a number of years, at the head of which was G. H. Grose. Clos ing that business out he in connection with his father devoted his time to fruit and berry culture at the Grose homestead near Madison and Twenty third avenue. He was subsequently employed in the county treasurer's office under Byron Phelps for two terms, and when Mr. Phelps became mayor of Seattle he was instrumental in having Mr. Grose named as city poundmaster, which position he held for a number of years. He gave up that business to become a partner in the ownership of the Seattle Republi can. Feeling himself, however, not adapted to the newspaper business, he retired therefrom in a few months, but in the meantime he had made ap pliation to enter the United States custom service, and through the in fluence of Dr. A. P. Mitten, deputy customs collector for this port, he was almost immediately assigned to duty. About that time the government assay office was being born in Seattle, and friends induced Superintendent Fred A. Wing to name him as day watch man, which position he held for one year. After leaving that he devoted his time to the buying and selling of real estate and the winding up of his father's estate. He subsequently ac cepted a position with the Ralston Health Food Company as traveling salesman, which he held until his health forced him some ten months ago to come home for a vacation, with the hope of sufficiently regaining his health by September to begin work again. At that date he did begin work but found himself unable to continue, and immediately came home again on ly to grow slowly but surely worse until he died. Mr. Grose was twice married. His first wife died some gix years ago, his NOW READY! ffiZSt Everybody. second, however, survives him who was Miss Aurora Jones, formerly of Indianapolis, Ind. She has one two year old girl baby, and his mother and a number of relatives also mourn his loss. He was a devout member of the A. M. E. church of this city and his funeral was held at the church last Tuesday evening. Rev. S. S. Freeman officiating. The floral offerings were numerous, thus proving the high es teem in which he was generally held. Acquaintances from Tacoma, Everett, New Castle came to be present at the funeral. PERSONAL Mrs. Beard of Vancouver is the guest of Mrs. Brice Taylor. Rev. Brown of Roslyn occupied the Mt. Zion Baptist church pulpit for two evenings last week. Mrs. George Allen is able to be about again after a protracted attack of tonsilitis. Miss Myrtle Warmack of Bremerton was the guest of Mrs. Geo. Rideout last Wednesday. Mrs. George Allen is just recover ing from a protracted attack of ton silitis. The Magazine club of which the late Mr. Grose was a member, sent a most beautiful floral offering. The reception given by the Kaskade Social club in honor of the Youi Ladies' Soiree club was a very enjoy able affair. The Rainier club has followed the example of the Rainier-Grand hotel and discharged its colored crew. The colored boys are not giving satisfac tion these days. Mrs. Jacobs of Everett was a guest in the city this week for several days. Miss Elizabeth Donaldson came over from Everett to attend the reception given in honor of the Young Ladies' Soiree club. Among those out of the city attend ing the funeral of Mr. G. H. Grose, were: Rev. Bailey, Everett; Rev. and Mrs. S. J. Collins, Attorney Lawrence Sledge and Mrs. Edsen, Tacoma; Rev. N. D. Hartsfleld, Newcastle. Miss Emma Houston, who came home for Easter, will not return to school again until next September, as she is making preparations to accom pany her aunt, Mrs. S. R. Cayton, east, to be absent some four months. While away they will visit St. Louis, New Orleans and Kansas City. THE FAIR ROUTE. via Chicago or New Orleans to St. Louis, is the one that gives you the most for your money—and the fact that the ILLINOIS CENTRAL offers unsurpassed service via these points to the WORLD'S FAIR, and in this connection to all points beyond, makes it to your advantage, in case you con template a trip to anj r point east, ti write us before making final arrange ments. We can offer the choice of at least a dozen different routes. B. H. TRUMBULL, Commercial Agent, 142 Third Street, Portland, Ore. J. C. Lindsey, T. P. & P. A., 142 Third St., Portland, Ore. P. B. Thompson, F. & P. 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