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THE "SEATTLE SPIRIT" of the
Firm of Z. C. MILES A PIPER CO.
This Firm Takes in the North
west Fixture Company.
United Concern Is Now the Lar
gest Jobbing House of
Stoves and Electric
Supplies on the
In 1869 an ox train crossed the
continent with a numerous com
pany of young men for the grow
ing West. At that time little
was known of Puget Sound, so
Mr. Z. C. Miles, who was one
of the party, headed for San
Francisco, thinking to make that
his home. Arriving there in the
fall, he soon learned of the set
tlements of the North, which
seemed to offer especial induce
ments to young men of energy
and grit. He seemed most favor
ably impressed with the reports
from Seattle, which was then a
village of about 800 people.
After purchasing a supply of
goods he took a sailing vessel —
then the only means of transpor
tation —and arrived in Seattle
early in 1870. Then a new firm
was started, which was destined
to become one of the largest and
most respected houses in the
Northwest. Waddell & Miles
was the title, and for many years
the faces of these two men were
familiar to the "old timers" in
Upon the death of Mr. Wad
dell, Mr. Miles continued the bus
iness as the Z. C. Miles Co., and
enlarged and extended it up to
the time of the great Seattle fire,
when he saw the entire stock
wiped out in a few hours.
The ruins of his stock were not
cold before the company was
i again doing business, and soon J
Z. C. Miles.
A. L. Kasson.
the large corrugated iron build
ing at 78-84 Yesler Way was
erected by the late Henry L. Yes
ler for the company. Here the
firm did an immense business and
was most prominent in the re
building of Seattle.
The panic coming on after the
rebuilding caused the failure of
many of the firm's best customers.
This, with the immense loss in
the big fire, caused the company
serious financial difficulties and
necessitated the appointment of a
friendly receivership. The hard
times continuing, the difficulty
grew worse, and many then ex
pected to see the firm's business
wound up. In this condition Mr.
Miles called to his assistance a
young man somewhat new to the
Seattle public, but a man of keen
insight and great executive abil
ity, Mr. A. L. Piper. Mr. Piper
A. L. Piper.