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The Seattle Republican. [volume] (Seattle, Wash.) 1???-1915, April 08, 1904, Image 8

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Afro-American Pioneer Dead
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
HOES and
That were in a
Railroad Wreck
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
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
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
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.
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
We can offer the choice of at least
a dozen different routes.
Commercial Agent,
142 Third Street, Portland, Ore.
J. C. Lindsey,
T. P. & P. A.,
142 Third St., Portland, Ore.
P. B. Thompson,
F. & P. A.,
Rm. 1, Colman Bldg., Seattle, Wn.
If you want to borrow money on
your diamonds, jewelry or watches at
low rates, don't hunt up your "friends"
low rates, don't hunt up your "friends."
Go to the American Watch and Jewel
ry Co., 908 First Aye., private offices,
and business strictly confidential. ***
[//I c that Prin t" \||
The Big Cut
Price Sale
of Pianos and Organs at D. S. John
ston Co.'s, 903 Second avenue, is at
tracting buyers from every direction.
The values are genuine and no greater
bargains were ever offered here. It
will pay you to take advantage of this
money-saving opportunity if you will
need a Piano or Organ in the next six
months, as you can save from $75 to
$100 on a Piano and $25 to $40 on an
Organ. All instruments sold on easy
payments and guaranteed to be as rep*
resented. We also sell The Simplex
Piano Player, Columbia talking ma
chines and small musical instruments
903 Second Aye. Burke Bldg.

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