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SEATTLE'S AFRO-AMERICAN HOME BUILDERS Professor Booker T. Washmg- Fon, the well known. Tuskegee promoter, some_weeksjago con tributed a well written article to an eastern magazine, which dwelt on the home building of the Negro in the United States, which article was~well illustrat ed with the pictures of the homes of some of the leading Negroes in the various cities of this coun try. The article which was tak en from actual life made a splen did showing for the Negro, who no where in the United States a half century ago knew any of the real tithes of home life and their pleasing environments, must have been an eye opener to the critics of the Negro, who have maintained ever since he has been emancipated that none of the qualities in him leaned to ward homemaking, and that however well he might be edu cated, he, like the wild Indian, who after having been educated at one of the leading colleges of the land, would return West and relapse into the ways of the Indian, that after educating and refining, the Negro would return to his hovel and be as con tent therein as in a mansion with magnificent grounds surround ing. In selecting representative homes, however, Prof. Washing ton secured the pictures of the stars of the race-bishops, law yers, doctors and professional men, and if any of the black folk took any pride in home building it should be such persons. In the city of Seattle there are per haps not to exceed 700 Negro voters, and of that number only six are professional men, and not one of the entire number holding any official position of any kind, class or nature, and yet those who own good and commodious homes with inviting surroundings, will reach se i'enty five per cent of the whole num ber. Only in rare instances will you find such commodious homes among the Seattle Negroes aa those represented by Prof. Wash ington, but all of them have pleasant homes and they are for the most part well cared for. The professional men of the city all own palatial homes. Homes far in excess of those owned by the same class of white men do ing the same volume of business. This is so because they desire to have nice homes, and not being able to hire the ornamental part of it done, they get in and do it themselves, and while they are at it, do it better, and a visitor to the city in passing one of their homes might suspect some man of considerable wealth lived therein, owing to the fine ap pearance of the house and the well kept grounds. Some time ago this paper]issi> ed a booklet giving a partial re view of the success the Negro had attained in the Northwest, which booklet was illustrated with the pictures of a number of the homes owned by Negroes of not only Seattle, but other cities of the state. To demonstrate more fully that the Negro of the Northwest is at least developing into splendid home builders, the pictures of a few homes are here with represented, and_lthat the reader may not get the opinion that it is only the stars of the race that are inclined to good home building, the five homes in the accompanying group are all owned by men in the ordinary walks of life. Number one is owned by John Robinson, a janitor of one of the business blocks of Seattle, who. makes no pretenses of passing himself off as a "big man." It is well kept and as cosy as can be. He built the most of it him self, even to putting in the hot water plant. Number two is the home of Ben Angel, who for a number of years has been the custodian of the office building of the Seattle Electric Co., which is but a polite term of saying, he is the janitor thereof. A nice home with pleasant surroundings and al ways well kept. His home pre- "P&, '^1 I^^'ißftiv A^A^BL mw^ X* ■ ■ —**""—'— H -■ —!■-*■* —t"""\^l VUIU *™ s ,v~'T— I.' —T.' —."' U i J Uii*i — "", — Mp**rfPMTf\iM sents a much better appearance than his white neighbors and all because he works harder than they do to make it so. Number three is the home of J. H. Doage, of Tacoma, who follows the trade of a barber. His home is situated in a nice neighborhood, and he sees to it that it is kept looking just as well if not better than those of his neighbors, because he knows if he does not, his neighbors will be complaining about that ' 'nig ger's shack on the corner." Number four is owned by Fred Mitchell, a railroad porter. It is not quite as pretentious as the THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN others, but it is a cozy cottage, and the surroundings give it a much finer appearance than the picture herein would indicate. Days when he is in the city he spends his rest hours beautify ing his home surroundings and he has done so most admirably. Number five belongs to Mrp. Sarah Grose, an old pioneer of this section. She has owned the property many years, and on it may be found a most choice va riety of fruit trees, flowers and all such things that go to bless and beautify a home. Her hus band and son, both of whom are now dead, spared no pains in making this an ideal home, and she and her grandchildren are keeping it up to the standard. __ It is not the intention of the writer to place any intrinsic val- j ua on these homes, because be yond being homes for those who own them, they have no greater ! value. If the town has grown to such an extent of making each of these plots of ground more or less valuable, they are still the homes of these folk, and as long as they occupy them as such will have no more value than when they first purchased them unless they desire to sell them. What is desired to get out of all this is that the Negro in the Northwest, who has been thrown among the Anglo - Saxons, is a loptingf his customs and build ing for their children as well as for themselves, elegant homes, and by this it is not meant they are building palatial homes, but whether palatial or not, they make them look their best by keeping both the house itself and the yard surrounding it up to date, and this is true of the rank and file of the Negroes as well as the stars of them who ooccupy exalted positions among their fellow men. Taking it all in all, it is very plain from what has been shown in this connection that the Negro, especially those of the West, are taking to good home build.ng the same as the Anglo - Saxon, and if he was similarly situated in a financial way he would bu 1.1; ; just as expensive homes. In other words, thtra is no differ ence in human nature, whether clothed in a blajk or white skin. Hundreds of homes owned by Negroes in in Seattle would show up just as well as ! those herein and ninety - nine per cent of them are the homes of men in the very ordinary walks of life proving very clear ly that the spirit of good home building is taking hold of one and all of them. It has been something like eighteen months since the book let issued by The' Seattle Re- Friday, October 2, 1908 publican was distributed, and at that time it was found that many Negroes were the own ers of homes in the'city of Seat tle, all in more orj less good con dition, and compared very favor ably with the ones the cuts of which appear herein; since that jj time however, others have either bought or built; the list below will give the reader some idea of the progress the Negro in Seattle is making toward home building considering the limited number herein: Walter Washington, W. L. Presto, Ben Williams, W. E. Bennett, B. L. Franklin, C. H. Harvey, J. H. Booker, Mrs. Frank Murguson, F. W. Green, G. W. Thompson, Mrs. W. Tay br, Mrs. Eliza Sheperd, Mrs.' Aurora Grose Russell, R. A. Clark, Mr?. King, Mrs. Scott, W. H. Teemer, Maurice O'- Brien, Mrs. Carrie Selby, J. S. Murray, S. P. De Bow, W. Creasman, Mrs. Mattie Agee, Fred Mitchell, Pres ton Brown, Geo. Rowell, James Allen, Mrs. Miller, L. P. Kay, Frank Anderson, C. Brayshere, R. W. Butler, Joe Moss, Ben J. Angelle, Geo. and Will Bailey, Mrs. Bailey, Ben Sellers, Mrs. Jackson, J. L. Percy, Charles Curry, W. R. Gamble, Ransom Hutt, E. I V. Gallaway. M. C. Calhoune, S. E. Williams, James Ander son, Milton Roy, Peter Clinch, Thos. Payne, A. J. Jennings, W. M. Weathers, Mrs. Annie Finny, Chas. Sims, W. B. Davis, Mrs. E. L. Whitner, Mrs. S. A. Richardson, Frank Smith, E. F. Myer, Z. L. Woodson, H. R. Cayton, J. E. Hawkins, J. A. Williams, M. J. Combs, A. R. Black, Thos. McPherson, Mrs. R. Johnson, Calvin Rhodes, Sam uel Turner, James Allen, P. E. Ory, J. Austin, Mrs. Lovey, H. G. Jones, W. H. Hender son, A. H. Hall, J, T. Bailey, I. F. Nbrris, J. G, Gayle, Mrs. t. Lawrence, Richard Davis, . F, Tutt, John Robinson, Mrs. G. S. Bailey, Mrs. M. B. Wason, C. T. White, John Gibson, M. J. Shockley, Willis Berry, Green Fields, William Blockley, Caroline Campbell, . Bird, Barbara Davis, Rev. George Manney, Mr. Lavend r, Mrs. K. Corum, Clark Har is, Mr. Brewster, W. C. Mc- Clinton, Mr. Prayto, Samuel Thorn, S. A. Glass, Hiram Campbell, Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Foster, M. T. Coma, W. fames, J. P. Ball, F. N. Har is, Geo. 0. Allen, William M. . Wylie, J. T. Gayton, Mrs. allian Wylie, J. N. Drake, \. E. Hayes, H. Gregg. The Sunday Forum, an or ganization among the Afro- Americans of this city, which has been existence for the past years, has begun the work of another year. Its annual elec tion of officers will be held next Sunday afternoon at the Afro American hall. Those at the head of the organization have planned a number of new featurs for the ensuing year, and one of them is, the organizing of a Home Improvement Club, which will foster and encourage the beauti fying of the homes and the yards among the Afro - Americans. Such a club cannot get at its work a day too soon as it will soon be time for the planting of spring bulbs and sweet peas. Phone Main 305 for Legals.