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COMMISSIONER BIOGRAPHIES, by Judy Hurt, Spring 2005.

The job of commissioner was a political appointment by the Governor.

Harry A. Fairchild

Mr. Fairchild was born in Ontario, Canada in 1858. In 1883 he was admitted to the bar at
Fargo, North Dakota and in 1884 he came to Washington and located in that part of
Bellingham that was then known as Old Whatcom. He was the Prosecuting Attorney of
Whatcom and Skagit Counties. After that he became a legislato r.

He was Chairman of the Commission from 1905 to 1911. He was the author of
legislation creating and perfecting the Railway Commission in 1905, 1907 and 1909 and
the Public Service Commission in 1911. He served as Chairman and Director of both
agencies. Mr. Fairchild died October 8, 1911. On October 11, his remains were placed
in the capitol rotunda where they lay in state from 1 to 2:30 p.m. He was rated as one of
the most able lawyers in the State of Washington.

He was also one of the first families in Olympia to have a car. When he died, it was a big
loss to the state, according to many newspaper articles.

James S. McMillin

Mr. McMillin was born in 1855 in Indiana. He went to Indiana schools and at age 16
went to college, graduating in 1876. He took up the study of law and practiced in Indiana
until 1882. He then came to the Pacific Coast, locating in Tacoma, to follow the legal
profession in the Washington Territory. He was a lifelong Republican.

He was also with the Crowell Land Co. of San Francisco. He had a row with them; had a
lawsuit, won, got control, and went ahead with land development business. He was a
large man, very forceful, a good talker ―when he talked he said something‖. Always
carried an umbrella – ―was always right‖. He was appointed to the Commission in 1905
and resigned in 1907. Commission laws said members were not to engage in any
business contrary to commission activities.

During the 1907 legislature, someone made a speech to the effect that Commissioner
McMillin was not attending to the Railroad Commission business, but instead was
spending too much time attending to his own affairs (Roche Harbor Lime & Cement –
Crowell Land, etc.). Mr McMillin resigned in a huff – wrote a check to the state covering
all of the monies it had paid him in salary.

Mr. McMillin died November 3, 1936 at age of 81 years, 5 days.

John C. Lawre nce

Mr. Lawrence was born in Ohio on January 22, 1861. He was very active in the
Republican Party and in the early history of Whitman County. He was also
superintendent of schools in Whitman County at age of 21, which means about 1882. He
was also a state Senator in the 1889 Legislature and was then in the real estate business.

 He was appointed to the Commission in June 1905 by Governor Mead as a member of
the Railroad Commission and traveled extensively for the Commission. In his
autobiography, Mr. Lawrence said he could not work with George A. Lee and becoming
provoked, resigned from the Commission. The First Annual Report of Public Service
Commission says he resigned on November 29, 1911 as Chairman. J. C. Lawrence
tendered his resignation effective no later than January 1, 1912. On December 21, 1911,
Governor M. E. Hay accepted the resignation of Commissioner Lawrence as of January
1st . On that date, Commissioner Jesse S. Jones became the senior member. (Mr. Lee had
been appointed November 11, 1911 following the death of Chairman Fairchild on
October 8, 1911).

Hay wanted to run for Governor on the Bull Moose ticket. Lawrence wanted to run for
Governor on the Republican ticket, was opposed by Hay.

In 1922 he returned to Winlock as manager of the Washington Coop Egg & Poultry
Association. He kept this job until he died on December 23, 1928.

Jesse S. Jones

Mr. Jones was born in 1860 in Indiana, then moved to Kentucky. He took up railroading
and had traveled all over the United States and much of the territory of Old Mexico. He
came to Tacoma in 1890, and immediately became active in politics. He was councilman
from South Tacoma for a number of years, part of the time serving as president of the city

In 1907 he was elected a member of the state senate from the 29 th district. He was
elected president of the senate, this being the first time in the history of the state that this
honor had been conferred on a new member. In 1907 he resigned as senator to take a
place on the newly organized Railroad Commission of Washington, where he remained
until that board was superseded by the Public Service Commission, and he served on that
board as a member and Chairman until the 1913. When Democrat Governor Lister was
elected, he told Mr. Jones that ―if you don’t quit, I’ll fire you and replace you with a
better man‖). Mr. Jones was a Republican.

In 1914 he was again elected state senator for his district for four years, and since 1922
was on the Tacoma Park Board. Mr. Jones died in November 1931.

George A. Lee

Mr. Lee was born September 27, 1881 in Nebraska. He graduated with a law degree
from the University of Nebraska. He moved to Spokane with a law partner and was a
great friend of Governor Hay. In 1909 he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General
by Vaughn Turner and assigned to the Industrial Insurance Commission. He married a
girl Governor Hay was very much interested in (Georgia). When Mr. Fairchild died,
Governor Hay appointed Lee as Chairman to the Public Service Commission. His term
was 1910 to 1912.

He was Chief Counsel for Iowa-Nebraska Light and Power Company in the 1930’s and
then General counsel for the Lincoln Tractor Company.

Mr. Lee was a good speaker and Gov. Hay used him a great deal as Gov. Hay was not a
good speaker. Lee wanted Hay to appoint Henry Gray to the Commission. Hay would
not do it. Mr. Lee died in 1953 or 1954.

Harry E. Wilson

Mr. Wilson was born in Keokuk, Iowa on February 26, 1870. He finished his public
school education in Shenandoah, Iowa; and attended Western Normal College in
Shenandoah, graduating in the commercial and teachers training departments.

He taught in Lincoln Business College while attending the University of Nebraska, from
which he graduated in its School of Law in 1900. He then came to Seattle in 1901 and
began the practice of law. He served on the Washington Public Service Commission
from March 5, 1912 to June 15, 1913.

In June 1918 entered the employment of the First Methodist Church in Seattle as Director
of Religious Education, which position he held for over 40 years.

He wrote his own biography for the Commission in 1971 at age 101 plus years. Died
December 23, 1971 at 101 years, 9 months, 27 days.

M. M. Godman

Mr. Godman was born in Marion County, Missouri January 1, 1856. At the age of 14 he
moved with his mother to Santa Rosa, California. He graduated in 1877 from Pacific
Methodist College and later studied law, being admitted to the practice by the Supreme
Court of the State of California in 1880. In the fall of 1880 he moved to the Territory of
Washington, locating at Dayton where he engaged in the active practice of law for more
than 25 years. In 1907 he moved to Seattle. He was a member of the Constitutional
Convention as well as a member of the legislative sessions of 1891 and 1907. He served
as judge of the Superior Court of the counties of Columbia, Garfield and Asotin for a
term of four years.

In April 1913, Judge Godman was appointed by Governor Lister to the post of Chairman
of the Public Service Commission of the State of Washington, which he held until
September, 1914, resigning because of ill health. He died November 9, 1914.

As a side note, Judge Godman was vice president of a 10,000-acre coconut ranch in the
vicinity of Acapulco and owned by a syndicate in Mexico. During a period when the
family was in Mexico, his oldest son was murdered by some Mexican terrorists. It is
generally conceded by those who knew him best that this circumstance had some
influence in hastening his death. He never seemed to have recovered from this shock.

Arthur A. Le wis

Mr. Lewis was born June 15, 1873 in Umatilla, Oregon. After the Indian uprising, the
family relocated to Spangle in Spokane County.

Lewis replaced Jesse H. Jones, whom Governor Listed told to ―get out or be fired‖.
Note: Lewis not much weight. Served on The Commission from March 16, 1913 to
August 15, 1919. Most of his working career was in the accounting field. He was a
lifelong Democrat. At one time he was County Treasurer in Spokane and City Treasurer
in Spokane. In later years he became the Assistant Manager and Comptroller of the
Spokane Hotel, where the Ridpath Hotel is now situated.

He died of cancer on October 7, 1938.

Frank R. Spinning

Mr. Spinning was born August 6, 1860 in Olympia. His education began with Indian
children on the Puyallup reservation where his father was a physician in the
government’s employ. Spinning was been an agriculturist all his life. He served on the
Sumner School Board 18 years’ was a state legislator one term in 1891.

He served as County Commissioner in Pierce County from 1883 to 1887, was a member
of the Sumner school board 18 years, member of the legislature for one term, director of
the Western Washington Fair and member of the County River Improvement Board.

He worked 13 years under Governors Lister, Hart and Hartley in the Division of
Transportation, first appointed June 16, 1913 after Lister came in in January 1913; after
Lister died he worked under Governor Hart and then under Governor Hartley for
probably seven months, until July 31, 1925.

They were going to name a new highway in Olympia Spinning Way, but instead it was
named Martin Way. Mr. Spinning was a Democrat but the Republicans liked him too.

Before he died he was taken to Steilacoom for senility and died 1-1/2 days later,
approximately May 7, 1943

C. A. Reynolds

Mr. Reynolds was born in Calaveras County, California, on February 12, 1870. He went
to school in Stockton, California, attended college at Chico and Hastings Law School in
San Francisco and was admitted to the bar in 1893.

Sometime after the birth of his first son in 1896, he is reported to have left his family in
California where he had been a law librarian and traveled to Alaska during the gold rush.
A divorce soon followed and Mr. Reynolds returned to Ballard and began the practice of
law. Some ten years later Reynolds is said to have remarried his ex-wife who is believed
to have passed away in Seattle about 1930. About 1933, Mr. Reynolds was married to
Ethel Gordon, some 20 years his junior.

He was Chairman of the Public Service Commission from 1914 to1916. He was well
read, a student of Shakespeare, organized the Rainier Golf Club in Seattle, and practiced
law during his working years.

He died of a heart attack on August 22, 1942 during a visit to the Boeing Plant and was
buried at Santa Cruz, California.

E. F. Blaine

Mr. Blaine was born June 26, 1857 in Romulus, Seneca County, New York. He attended
Northwestern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso and studied law at the Union Law
School at Albany, New York. He moved to Huron South Dakota and later to Minnesota.
In 1884 he moved to Tacoma, Washington. The following year he arrived in Seattle and
took charge of the old Michigan sawmill at Belltown. On January 1, 1886 he resumed
the practice of law, forming a partnership with the Hon. John J. McGilvra, and later with
Lee DeVries. He also owned the Sunnyside Irrigation canal. From 1902 to 1908 he
served as a member of the Seattle Park Commission.

He was chairman of the Public Service Commission in 1917.

It was announced July 12, 1919 that Governor Louis F. Hart had accep ted the resignation
of E. F. Blaine and in his stead had appointed Elgin Victor Kuykendall as chairman to be
effective August 15, 1919.

Hance H. Cleland

Mr. Cleland was born in Campbell Hill, Illinois on October 4, 1884. He received a B.S.
degree at Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana in 1906 and an LLB from the same
college in 1906. He was a Representative in the House (Olympia) in 1913. He was an
Assistant Attorney General from 1916 to 1919; and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of
Spokane County.

He was appointed to the Commission on August 16, 1919 to February 21, 1924; then
went into private practice in Olympia 1924 to 1938; he was President of California,
Oregon Power Co. in Medford 1938 to 1941; President of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
1941 to 1946; Chairman of Board of same 1946 to 1948; President of San Diego County,
City and County War Chest in 1942; President of San Diego Chamber of Commerce
1943 to 44; President of Pacific Coast Electric Assn 1944 to 45.

Lt. Governor Louis Hart became Governor on death of Ernest Lister in 1919 and fired A.
A. Lewis and Elbert F. Blaine from the Commission and Hance H. Cleland was one of
his appointees.

Mr. Cleland died October 11, 1959.

E. V. Kuykendall

He was born October 8, 1870 at Oakland, Oregon. He grew up in Pomeroy, Washington.
He was a reading clerk in the state senate; has served of Superintendent of Garfield
county schools, two terms as Prosecuting Attorney, 15 years as City Attorney and as
Mayor of Pomeroy in 1990. He was elected to senate 1917.

He was appointed to the Commission in July of 1919 by Governor Louis F. Hart

He died in Pomeroy February 5, 1958.

James Claiborne Allen

Mr. Allen was born January 24, 1871 in Kentucky to a judge who was long a family
friend of Washington’s first Governor (Stevens). The family traveled by emigrant train
with the youngest four children, and joined the Judge in Olympia. They later lived in the
old Stevens’ home on the capitol grounds, at the head of Columbia Street.

Jim Allen attended local Lexington Kentucky schools and graduated from Lexington
Academy for Young Men in 1889, then joined the family in Olympia.

After several years in early highway location work in Washington he worked (1893) in
San Francisco as a conductor on the Market Street Railway. He developed his first
interest in railroad engineering. He joined the then building of the Santa Fe Railway in
Texas in 1894. His work was interrupted (nearly resulting in his death) by an attack of
acute appendicitis – being carried eastward five days in a ―buck board‖ to end-of-rail,
then another day by train to the Catholic hospital in Amarillo where he slowly recovered.

He then worked for several years for various railroads in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and
Louisiana. In 1903 he joined the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. as chief locating engineer
for their Missouri- Arkansas Lines. He worked for many railroads.

Among his achievements, he located and built the world famous Chukanut Drive into

He was appointed Chief Highway Engineer early 1921. E. V. Kuykendall, Director,
appointed James Allen, then Chief Highway Engineer, as Supervisor of Highways.

Governor Lister appointed him State Highway Engineer (later Highway Commissioner)
where he organized the Highway Department as served as Director until 1925 when he
formed his own engineering firm and, in 1926, the construction firm of Allan and Govan;
contracting for the construction of highways until his death in April 1934.

Early in 1921, the Washington State Legislature included the Department of Highways,
in the Department of Public Works. Elgin V. Kuykendall, Director, appointed James
Allen, then Chief Highways Engineer, as Supervisor of Highways (chapter 7, Laws of

Mr. Allen died April 20, 1934

Walter B. Whitcomb

Mr. Whitcomb was born April 5, 1874. He graduated from the University of Minnesota
in 1896 and received his Master’s Degree the following year. He was admitted to the
Washington Bar in 1896 and began practice in Bellingham in 1901; then moved to Blaine
where he practiced law until 1910. He then moved back to Bellingham and became a
partner of Albert Mead (who became Governor) until 1912 when Mr. Mead died.

His father was Francis Whitcomb, a New Hampshire man who had become one of the
pioneers in McLean County, Illinois, and who was a contemporary and acquaintance of
Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. Whitcomb was appointed by Governor Hart on March 1, 1924 as supervisor of
Utilities; December 16, 1924 as Director of Department of Public Works, succeeded as
Director by John C. Denney March 11, 1925

He died September 1, 1944.

John C. Denney

Mr. Denney was born November 18, 1852.

He received his education at Northern Indiana Normal School of Valparaiso, Indiana. He
began the study of law at Newcastle Indiana, pursuing his reading in the office of a
friend, James Brown, until admission to the bar in 1878. He practiced law in Kansas for
ten years before coming to Washington.

He was appointed Judge in Snohomish County from 1891 to 1892 by Governor Ferry; he
was then elected for a four year term, 1892 to 1896; he was defeated in 1896 and elected
again in 1900 to January 1, 1905. He was defeated for reelection in 1904. He was
appointed Judge in Snohomish County 1891 to 1892 by Governor Ferry; elected four
years 1892 to 1896; defeated in 1896; elected judge 1900 to January 1, 1905; defeated for
reelection in 1904.

He was Director of the Commission between 1925 and 1930. He had a falling out with
Governor Hartley and left the job as Director in 1930 rather than stay to 1933. He died
March 1930, a short time after he left commission.

Owen O. Calde rhead

Mr. Calderhead was born in 1865, the son of a United Presbyterian Minister. Worked for
Northern Pacific Railroad as a traffic manager, general agent, general pass enger agent
and general baggage agent. He worked as a rate expert with the Commission shortly after
it was formed for about 20 years and then as Secretary; as Supervisor of Public Utilities
and Supervisor of Transportation. C. Rae Moore did not like Mr. Calderhead and, ―got
him fired‖ by Gov. Hartley ―to save expenses‖.

Mr. Calderhead died around 1934.

C. Rea Moore

Mr. Moore was born July 29, 1885. In 1904, he was a member of a survey party for the
Northern Pacific, his group built boats and were the first white men to navigate the
Missoula River between St. Regis and Paradise, Montana. The party saw no other
humans until the following April.

From 1905 to 1907, he was resident engineer for construction of the Spokane, Portland &
Seattle Railway. From 1910 to 1915 he supervised the construction for the Oregon-
Washington Railway & Navigation Company, including the building of a bridge over the
Snake River, which at that time was the highest and longest bridge in the west.

He was the Chief Assistant Director of the Washington State Department of Public
Works from about August 1, 1925 to August 15, 1929. He was a member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers in 1918, was an Associate member in 1913 and
made a life member in 1948. Did not leave WWP until 1953.

When Hartley was elected Governor, he appointed an Everett pal, Judge John C. Denny,
Chairman of Director Owen O. Calderhead of the staff and C. Rea Moore, an engineer
and nice fellow. Moore did not like Calderhead – ―got him fired‖.

Mr. Moore died on May 11, 1969.

James P. Neal

Mr. Neal was born November 12, 1883 at Westfield, Indiana. Took a law course at
Harvard, and became a lawyer, and moved to Freewater, Oregon. In 1913 he moved to
Walla Walla, was City Attorney in 1915, 1916, and 1917 and again from 1920 until 1927.
In 1927 he was appointed Supervisor of Transportation in the Washington State
Department of Public Works, until September 1, 1929 when he resigned to enter the
private practice of law. Since that time he specialized in corporation and transportation
law and is considered an authority of these subjects.

He died September 17, 1947 in Olympia.

Fred K. Baker

Mr. Baker was born in Fleming, New York on January 5, 1861. The photo of Mr. Baker
was taken when he was 95 years of age.

He spent his early years in the banking business in New York City and Grand Rapids,
Michigan, where he then entered the lumber business. He operated a sawmill in
Menominee, Michigan in 1890 and served a term as Michigan State Senator in 1899. He
came to Everett in 1901 and operated a lumber company. He then moved to Bellingham
where he managed a mill. He returned to Everett in 1913 and built a lumber company.
In 1920 he moved to Oregon where he operated a lumber mill.

Long active in the political Republican circles, he returned to Everett in the mid-twenties
and served as Director of the Department of Public Works under Governor Roland
Hartley. In tribute to his long service to the Republican Party he was chosen as elector in
1952 and with great pride he cast one of Washington’s nine electoral votes for Dwight D.

He took great pride in his ancestry, being a direct descendent of the Rev. Nicholas Baker
who came from England to Hignham, Mass in 1635. The Rev. Baker’s name appears as
a witness to the will of Miles Standish. His grandfather, Dr. Abel Baker, was born in
1789 and died with Mr. Baker was four years old. Mr. Baker was proud to point out that
thusly his and his grandfather’s overlapping lives spanned the entire 170-year history of
the U. S.

Mr. Baker died July 18, 1957.

Enoch Bagshaw

For two decades, from 1910 to 1930, Mr. Bagshaw was Mr. Coach in the Pacific
Northwest. He coached Everett High for 11 seasons winning a national championship in
1921. He was University of Washington coach for nine seasons with a 63-22-6 record
and two Rose Bowl appearances.

Since 1908, each head football coach that has stayed at Washington for more than one
year has either been fired or has resigned under fire. Enoch ―Baggy‖ Bagshaw (1921 –
1929) may have gotten the most unfair deal of all the coaches, when University President
Charles May restricted recruiting. The late all- American Chuck Carroll, one of
Bagshaw’s players, said, ―May started a drive to curtail the practice of recruiting. . . and
because he (May) was from Washington, he started it at home.. . . He squeezed Bagshaw.
It got so bad . . . we just didn’t have enough players. Hardly anybody was turning out—
17 or 18 guys—not enough to have a scrimmage.‖

Although he fought his firing to the bitter end, saying that ―Washington has no quitters,‖
Baggy was sacked by Earl Campbell, not the famous footballer from Texas, but a former
bookstore manager, named athletic manager in 1928.

He was a Commissioner in the Transportation Division and died in his office in 1930.

B. R. Lewis

Mr. Lewis was born September 28, 1864 in New York. He was in the timber industry in
Minnesota and then moved west with his family to Spokane. He will be remembered as
one of the early pioneer prominent lumbermen of the Inland Empire. He also organized
the First National Bank of Coeur D’Alene in which he was a major stockholder as well as
president. He sold his interest in this bank in approximately 1908. He moved to Seattle
in about 1912. He was appointed to the State Department of Public Works between 1925
and 1930 by Governor Roland H. Hartley (probably in 1930 upon the death of Enoch
Bagshaw) and appointed Commissioner in 1930. He retired in 1933 and moved to

He died July 2, 1950, a few days before a family reunion he had planned.

Frank Purse

Mr. Purse was born March 12, 1888 in the mining town of Shaston, Pennsylvania and at
age four moved to Wilkeson, where in later years he became a mine foreman. In 1919 to
moved to Tacoma where he operated an industrial safety business. From 1929 to 1934 he
served as supervisor and adviser of the Washington State Public Utilities Department
under Govs. Roland H. Hartley and Clarence D. Martin.

From 1935 to 1938 he served as District Supervisor of the ICC in Portland. In 1938 he
became District Director for the ICC in Chicago and in 1953 became Vice-President of
Spector Freight System in Chicago. Upon retirement he returned to Tacoma.

Mr. Purse died February 26, 1964

Ernest K. Murray

Mr. Murray was born January 21, 1906 He was one of the most honest Commissioners –
poorest diplomat. The Legislature reduced his salary – even then he would not quit.

Intercity Truck Lines – Murray is attorney.

He died October 25, 2000.

No other information available.

Warren Danforth Lane

Mr. Lane was born in Iowa May 10, 1867. He attended school at Northwestern
University and awarded a Master’s degree in science and later attended the University of
Minnesota and earned his law degree. He came to Seattle in 1904 and practiced law there
until 1915. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1915 until 1917.
He served on the City Council from 1917 until 1920. Mr. Lane was a member of the
Seattle Municipal League and opposed the purpose of the Seattle Municipal Railway in
1919 when he was a councilman. He ran for judge two or three times but did not get
elected. In 1928 he was elected by the City Council to finish the unexpired term of
Robert Kesketh, who had resigned.

At one time in his life he was also the State Grange attorney and a Seventh Degree
member of the Grange.

Mr. Lane was appointed Supervisor of Transportation for the State Department of Public
Service on January 17, 1933.

He lived in Olympia and was in Seattle on business when he died at the Olympic Hotel
on January 10, 1938.

Ferd Schaaf

Mr. Schaaf was born in 1900 in Colton, Washington. He served in the U. S. Army during
World War I and then graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1923. He was a deputy
prosecutor in Spokane County for three years, and from 1930 to 1934 he served as
Prosecuting Attorney of Okanogan County. He went to the Attorney General’s Office as
an assistant in 1934 after unsuccessfully running for Attorney General in 1932.

He became director of the Public Service Commission in 1936 under Gov. Clarence D.
Martin and served until 1940, when he entered private practice in Seattle. For six years
until his death in 1966, he had been an attorney with the U. S. Army Engineers in the
Real Estate Division.

Mr. Schaaf died in December of 1966.

Ralph Benjamin

Mr. Benjamin was born in Lafeyette, Maryland on September 22, 1890. He was educated
in the Seattle public school system and graduated in journalism at the University of
Washington in 1914. He was editor of University of Washington Daily. He started his
career in journalism with the Seattle Sun; and became editor in chief of Scripps League
Newspapers (Seattle Star, Spokane Press, Bremerton Sun & Portland News Telegram).
In December 1941 became editor of the Teamsters. He worked for Dave Beck.

He was Supervisor of Utilities in 1936 and Supervisor of Transportation in 1938. He
resigned in 1941.

Mr. Benjamin died in 1956 at age 65.

A. M. Garrison

Mr. Garrison was born October 4, 1898 at Sidney, Texas. He was educated through high
school at Comanche, Texas. He taught school there for one year. He served in World
War I in the Navy after being trained in wireless communications. After the Navy, he
came to Yakima and was a bookkeeper for Rovig Lumber Company and then as a
bookkeeper by Roach Fruit Company until 1924. Then he moved to Grandview in 1925
and entered the fruit business until 1938. He was on the City Council in Grandview for
many years.

He was appointed to Public Service Commission as Director of Utilities by Governor
Clarence D. Martin in 1937 and served until 1941. He then became employed as a rate
and tariff specialist by the Oregon-Washington Telephone Company until 1943, when he
was commissioned a Captain the U. S. Army where he served until 1948, in Germany.
After discharge, he returned to Germany as a civilian employee of the U. S. Military
Government in Stuttgart.

He returned to U. S. in 1952 and moved to Sunnyside where he developed a ranch on the
Roza Irrigation Project. He became associated with the Yakima Valley Bank as a field
appraiser and remained with the bank at the time of its merger with the Seattle First
National Bank, where he was employed as assistant manager and appraiser at the time of
his death on June 5, 1957.

Don Abel

Mr. Abel was born December 23, 1894. He was in the United States Army from May 1,
1917 to July 1, 1919 with the 91st Division for one year in France. In France he promoted
to Captain of Infantry and assigned as Commander of Company D 361st Infantry.

He graduated from the University of Washington Law School on December 23, 1919. He
practiced law in Chehalis from December 1919 to May 1, 1936. He was the Prosecuting

Attorney of Lewis County from January 1922 to January 1926. He was appointed State
Administrator of the National Works Progress Administration and served from May 1,
1936 to February 1, 1940.

He was appointed by Governor Clarence Martin as Chairman of the Dept. of Public
Service and served from February 5, 1940 to March 31, 1946. He was then appointed by
Governor Wallgren as member of the State Supreme Court from Oct. 1947 to Oct. 1948.
On January 16, 1957 he was again appointed Chairman of the Department of Public
Service Commission and served until June 30, 1957. On July 1, 1957 he was appointed
Chairman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board and served on that board until
January 15, 1968.

Mr. Abel died in July of 1980.

Frederick G. Hamley

Mr. Hamley was born October 24, 1903 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the
University of Washington in 1932 with degree of LL.B. Cum Laude. He was admitted
to practice law before state and federal courts in the State of Washington, Federal District
Court of District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and
District of Columbia Circuit, United States Supreme Court. He was admitted to practice
before the IIC and FCC.

From August 1932 to March 1935 he was in the private practice of law in Seattle. From
March 1935 to June 1938 he was on the Seattle City Council. From June 1938 to August
of 1938 he was Superintendent of the City of Seattle Water Department., and Chairman
of Seattle Board of Public Works. From August 1938 to November 1940 he was
Assistant District Counsel, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, Coulee Dam, Washington.
From November 1940 to April 1941 he was Special Assistant Attorney General and
personal legal advisor to Governor Arthur B. Langlie.

From April 1941 to May 1943 he was appointed Director of Washington Department of
Public Service.

From May 1943 to January 1945 he was the Assistant General Solicitor of NARUC.
From January 1945 to September 1949 he was the General Solicitor of above association.
On September 6, 1949 he was Appointed Associate Justice of Washington Supreme
Court. On November 1950 he was elected to six-year term on the Washington Supreme
Court and was Chief Justice January 1955 to July 1956.

On July 6, 1956 he took office, under appointment of President Eisenhower, as a member
of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Judicial Circuit.

In June of 1971 he retired.

B. F. Schaefer

Mr. Schaefer was born in Connecticut on August 7, 1887. After the death of their parents
Mr. Schaefer and his siblings moved to Spokane. Charles joined the Navy for a four-year
term. Then he became a member of the YMCA staff in Spokane. During this time he
availed himself of the opportunity to finish a course in business at the Jenkins Institute.

He was then manager of the Dayton, Washington flour and feed mill. Moving from
Dayton to Yakima in 1924, he established the C. F. Schaefer Co., Inc. packers and
shippers of NW Fruits. This business carried on until 1940 when he was chosen to fill
the vacancy of state Supervisor of Transportation by a position left vacant by the
resignation of Ralph J. Benjamin.

He was then appointed by Governor Langlie to the Director of Public Service. This
position he filled until the close of Gov. Langlie’s first term. Until his death on
November 9, 1964, he was agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

His was a spirit of optimism. He believed no task nor problem was too great to be

William A. Givens

Mr. Givens was born February 18, 1890. He attended grade and high schools in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the Collegiate Institute, class of 1910. In 1910 he journeyed to
Victoria, British Columbia and joined an elder brother in a land and timber brokerage
business. He spent considerable time in that job in the states and in 1915 opened a
branch office in Portland. In 1917 he enlisted in the Oregon National Guard, assigned to
Fort Stevens, Oregon. He saw service in France. By virtue of his military service, he
received American citizenship papers on February 10, 1919.

In mid-1919 he became the office manager for Peninsula Shipbuilding Co., Portland,
Oregon and remained in that capacity until completion of their ship contracts with The
Emergency Fleet Corporation.

Prior to 1926, he was active in a stock and bond operation in Portland and in 1927
became the traveling auditor for the Coos and Curry Telephone Company, which later
consolidated with Puget Sound Telephone Company in Everett. The merged company
then became known as the West Coast Telephone Company and he served in that
capacity until mid-1931 at which time he was ―farmed out‖ as rate engineer to the Pacific
Telephone & Telegraph Co., Seattle. In 1933, the depression caught up with him and
except for independent and sporadic assignments in the utility field, he was unemployed.

In April 1934 he accepted an appointment as utility tax accountant for the City of Seattle.
He then accepted appointment to the Commission as Supervisor of Public Utilities. He
was appointed by Governor Langlie 1941 to 1945. There was pressure on Langlie to let

him go but Langlie would not. Givens went out when Walgren came in and the
Department was changed.

E. W. “Andy” Ande rson

Mr. Anderson was born July 3, 1892 in Custer Washington. He was educated at Sunrise,
Custer and Bellingham common schools and the University of Washington. He was a
newspaperman in Bellingham and Olympia. He studied law and was admitted to the Bar
January 22, 1922. For ten years he was an Assistant Attorney General serving under two
Attorneys General.

He was with the Second Washington Infantry on the Mexican border and in World War I
in France for 21 months. He was discharged for disability on April 16, 1920. He then
went into the private practice of law and was a member of the American Legion and

He ran twice for Attorney General, once in 1936, but didn’t get the nomination. He
served as City Attorney under Truman Trullinger, and was Governor Langlie’s legal
advisor during the 1943, 1949 and 1953 sessions of the legislature. He was known
throughout the state as an expert in constitutional law. He was a Supervisor of the State
Department of Transportation from 1943 to 1945. He also worked on the Revised Code
of the State of Washington. He was appointed to be a member of the State Public Service
Commission in 1951 and two years later became Chairman.

Mr. Anderson died January 4, 1955 in Olympia, Washington.

Hugh A. Dressel

Mr. Dressel was born on September 9, 1907 in South Dakota. He went to college at
Washington State College and Gonzaga School of Law and became a lawyer. He
practiced in Spokane and then was Prosecuting Attorney in Pend Oreille County from
January 1935 to October 1941. He then was an Assistant Attorney General assigned to
the Public Service Commission from October 1941 to February 1945. For two months,
February 1, 1945 to April 1, 1945 Mr. Dressel was supervisor of Transportation under
Director George Stuntz when UTC was separated into two separate entities. On April 1,
1945 he became Assistant Director of the Dept. of Transportation under Paul Revelle.

After he served on the Commission he went into private practice in Spokane.

Mr. Dressel died November 20, 1995.

George R. Stuntz

Mr. Stuntz was born and raised in the State of Washington. He graduated from Seattle
University in 1925 and the University of Washington Law School in 1928. He practiced
law continuously until June 1961.

He served in the U. S. Navy as an office from 1942 to 1945.

He was Director of UTC from January 10, 1945 to March 31, 1945.

He was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Washington from 1951 to
1955. He was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of King County in 1961.

Paul Revelle

Mr. Revelle was born in Dover, Delaware on May 2, 1899 and brought to Seattle in 1900.
He was educated in the Seattle Public Schools and took courses at the University of
Washington. He graduated from LaSalle University in Chicago in traffic and
transportation. He was a graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff School
at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; was a graduate of the U. S. Army Transportation School,
Officers’ Training Course at Camp Stoneman, California. He served in both World War I
and World War II.

The Legislature in the 1945 session, abolished the Department of Public Service, and
created the Department of Transportation and the Department of Utilities. Governor Mon
C. Walgren was authorized to appoint directors of the two new departments and
appointed Paul Revelle as the Director of the Department of Transportation. He served
during Walgren’s term of office, 1945 to 1949. Revelle resigned when Walgren was
defeated for reelection.

Mr. Revelle had many jobs in his career, starting in 1922 to 1928 as a warehouseman and
salesman for Wholesale Company in Seattle. He was also Assistant to the President of
the Washington State Federation of Labor, Seattle and Olympia; was Director of the
Teamster’s Joint Council Promotional League and Member, Seattle City Council and
Chief of Evacuation for Seattle in 1941 and 1942. Most of his jobs had to do with the
transportation industry and civil defense, in Washington, Kansas, Michigan and
Washington D.C. He retired in 1968.

Mr. Revelle died October 11, 1978.

Andre w J. Zimme rman

Mr. Zimmerman was born in 1904.

After finishing studies in business administration, accounting and economics in Illinois,
Mr. Zimmerman spent some time around Chicago as an accountant. While scanning the
American magazine in late 1933 he came upon an article entitled ―Crime Does Not Pay‖
which outlined many phases of the Federal Bureau Investigation’s work and invited
inquiry from interested attorneys and accountants. The next thing he knew he was being
interviewed with others . With one month and two days of training, he joined the staff of
the St. Paul office just before ―Little Bohemia‖ and assisted in the search for John
Dillinger, John Hamilton, Tommy Carrol, Homer Van Meter, Alvin Karpis (Old Creepy),
Fred and Ma Barker and their many imitators and hangers-on.

He became director of the Washington State Department of Public Utilities from 1945 to
1949. He was then an executive Vice-President of the Washington Independent
Telephone Association.

Mr. Zimmerman died in March 14, 1969

Owen Clarke

Mr. Clarke was born in 1913. He received his L.L.B. from the University of Washington
in 1936. He practiced law for many years, serving as Prosecuting Attorney of Yakima
County from 1946 to 1949. During WW II he served as a Naval Reserve Office in the
Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

In 1949, he became Chairman of the Public Service Commission and a member of the
Washington Toll Bridge Authority. He was appointed a member of the Interstate
Commerce Commission by President Eisenhower in 1953, at which time he moved to
Washington DC. In 1957 he served as chairman of that commission. He also served as
Defense Transport Administrator. In 1954, he was a delegate to the Island Transport
Committee and the International Labor Organization at Geneva, Switzerland; and in
1957, delegate to the Pan American Railway Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On February 1, 1958, he became Vice President of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Company and moved to Cleveland. He was also a Vice President of the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad and of the White Sulphur Springs Company.

Mr. Clarke held Directorships in the REA Express, the Cincinnati Union Terminal
Company, the Cincinnati Inter-Terminal Railroad Company, the Fort Street Union Depot
Company, the Western Pocahontas Corporation and the Transportation Association of
America. He was a National Vice President of the National Defense Transportation
Association, a member of the Board of Trustees, American Museum of Safety, the
Harriman Safety Memorial Medals Committee, was a founder member of the American

Society of Traffic and Transportation, a member of the Transportation and
Communications Committee of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and member of the City
Club of Cleveland’s Public Affairs Committee.

He died on January 8, 2002.

Guy R. Enlow

Mr. Enlow was born on January 16, 1901 in Munday Texas. He worked for an oil
company office in 1920. He moved from Texas to Montana in August 1923 and came to
Washington in 1942. He had a high school and business college education.

He was the treasurer and controller of Inland Empire Refineries at Hillyard from April 1,
1949 to November 1952. Governor Langlie appointed Mr. Enlow to Commission in
1961. He was a Republican and would not be reappointed to Commission after Langlie
was voted out.

Mr. Enlow died June 28, 1989.

(Have someone translate handwritten cards to see if he was negligent in showing
financial responsibility).

Raymond Clifford

Is in 1919 Legislative Manual. 1923 – AG Office; rate section transportation from 1949
to 1950; Judge of Superior Court of Thurston and Mason Counties. He was a resident of
Olympia. No picture in file.

Mr. Clifford died August 24, 1991.

Jerome Kuykendall

He was born in Pomeroy, Washington on November 8, 1899 and graduated from
Olympia High School in 1925. He received his law degree at the University of
Washington in 1932. From 1932 to 1941 he practiced law in Seattle. In 1941 he was
appointed by the then Attorney General of the State to be an Assistant Attorney General
and served in that capacity until 1944 when he was commissioned as an officer of the
United States Naval Reserve and went on active duty in that capacity. In 1946 he
completed his military service with the rank of lieutenant, and then return to the position
of Assistant Attorney General. In 1947, he was Counsel to the Jud iciary Committee of
the Senate of the State of Washington, and formed a partnership for the practice of law in
Olympia where he practiced law until 1951.

In 1951 he became Chairman of the Public Service Commission until 1953 when he was
nominated by President Eisenhower to be a member of the term for which he was
appointed, which term expired in 1957. He was again nominated, and again designated

Chairman of the Commission for a term expiring in 1962. Thereafter, he entered the
practice of law in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kuykendall died November 21, 1993.

Joseph Starin

Joseph Starin was born November 8, 1899 and lived most of his life in Washington. He
was educated in the public schools of Tacoma and Seattle and a graduate of the
University of Washington, College of Business Administration with a BBA degree and of
the School of Law with an LLB. He had some military service in WWI.

After some practice of law in Seattle, he joined the Department of Public Service in 1937
as a Legal Examiner and in 1940 became Chief Examiner of the Department. He was
appointed as a Member of the Commission for a 2- year term in 1951 and was reappointed
for a six year term in 1953. He retired August 1, 1968.

He died August 3, 1984.

Robert D. Yeomans

Mr. Yeomans was born in Chicago June 9, 1912. He graduated from the University of
Washington with a B.A. in 1936 and in 1939 with an L.L.B. He practiced law in Seattle
from 1939 until July 0f 1942, he was Lt. Jr. Grade in the USNR. He served overseas in
the Caribbean area for about two years. He ended service as a Lt. Commander in
November of 1945.

Mr. Yeomans resumed the private practice of law in Seattle until May 1953 when he was
appointed a member of the WUTC, then known as the Washington Public Service
Commission. He served there until the first of July 1956, having tendered his resignation
the previous May. In August 1956 he was appointed Secretary of the Washington Water
Power Company where he has been Secretary.

Mr. Yeomans died in March of 1972.

Ralph M. Davis

Mr. Davis was born August 4, 1919 at Douthet, Oklahoma; attended Linfield College of
Oregon; and was a graduate of the University of Washington in with a B.S. and 1948
with an LLB. He served as an Air Force pilot in WW II and completed six years of
active duty. He then entered private law practice in Bellingham in 1948. Mr. Davis
became the Law Reporter for the Supreme Court in 1949. He became an Assistant
Attorney General 1952.

He served as chairman of the Washington Public Service Commission from 1955 to
1957. He then joined Puget Sound Power & Light as secretary in 1957; elected vice
president as well as secretary in 1961; elected President of company in 1962; then served
as president and CEO of Company.

He was chairman of Governor’s Advisory Council to the Department of Commerce and
Economic Development. He was Board Members to many companies, including Puget
Western, Inc., Edison Electric Institute, The Rainier Club, Seattle Chamber of
Commerce, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Greater Seattle, Inc. and many more.

George F. Parks

Mr. Parks was born in Van Buren, Arkansas on March 30, 1896.

He worked for the A.T. & Santa Fe Railroad until WWI, then went into Army and served
through the war in the 42nd (Rainbow) Division and was discharged in June 1919. Spent
nearly all of his service in Europe.

He worked again for railroad until 1924 when he came to Washington. Had his own
business until 1937 when he was appointed inspector for the Washington State Liquor
Board. He was discharged in October 1941 when Langlie became Governor. On
February 1942 he was employed as a Secret and Confidential Agent of the Office of
Naval Intelligence and assigned to the 13 th Naval District with headquarters in Seattle,
Washington. He resigned in 1945 to accept position of Chief Enforcement Officer for the
State Liquor Board when Mon C. Walgren was elected Governor. When Langlie became
Governor again in 1949, was discharged from that position.

He then worked for a transportation firm in Seattle until Albert D. Rosellini was elected
Governor and Parks was appointed State Director of Personnel in 1957, the same day he
was inaugurated. He remained in that position until September 1, 1957 when he was
appointed as a member of the Public Service Commission. He remained there until
March 3, 1959 when the Governor asked him if he would transfer and become a member
of the Board of Prison Terms and Parole. He made the change and remained there, part
of the time as Chairman. He was seriously injured in November 1966 and was unable to
work except in an advisory capacity from his home and in May 1967. He then retired
from all state service.

Mr. Parks died in June of 1981.

Francis Pearson

Mr. Pearson was born on July 15, 1909 in Seattle, Washington; He was a state
representative; state senator; Assistant Supervisor of Finance & Budget Department,
Civil Defense Administrator, NARUC past President, music company businessman.

He assumed Commissionership April 1, 1957, his last term ended January 1, 1975

Mr. Pearson died on January 15, 2000.

Dayton A. Witten

Mr. Witten was born on January 28, 1896. He came to Washington in 1920, settling in
Olympia where he became backshop foreman at the Daily Olympian. Deciding that he
liked the Northwest, Witten began to grow roots. Three years later he bought the
Buckley Banner. In 1927 he came to Auburn and bought a newspaper that had gone into

receivership. Witten had promptly suspended publication and formed the Witten Printing
Co., which printed Auburn’s first advertising publication. After five years, he launched
the Auburn News in 1931. In 1946 he sold the Glove-News to John Fournier.

The Republican Party approached him numerous times asking him to run for the State
Senate in the 30th District. He won the election. He served nine years in the Senate. In
1947 he was drafted by the Board of King County Commissioners to manage Boeing
Field. He was elected Mayor of Auburn in 1951.

He 1959 he was appointed to the Commission and served until 1970.

Mr. Witten died in October of 1976.

Patrick D. Sutherland

Patrick Sutherland was born July 18, 1922 in Hollywood, California. He was schooled in
Seattle and went to the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana and University of
Washington where he graduated with a B.C. in June 1943 and a law degree in 1946.

He was in private practice 10 years in Seattle; then served two years as an assistant
attorney general He was appointed by Governor Albert D. Rosellini to serve as
Commissioner of the WUTC from April 1959 to January 1967. Mr. Sutherland resigned
his Senate seat on accepting this appointment. He was at the end of his sixth legislative

He then served as Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney for 20 years.

He was full of the joy of living and full of the Irish Dickens. He always introduced
everyone, ―This is my very best friend.‖ Well liked by everyone.

Mr. Sutherland died September 22, 1995.

Robert D. Timm

Mr. Timm was born in 1921. He was the son of a pioneer eastern Washington family.
He attended schools in Harrington, then went on to the University of Washington to earn
a degree in economics. He was a rancher, a director of a savings and loan association and
a partner in an industrial park development in Auburn. He also studied journalis m and
did reporting assignments for the Spokane Chronicle.

He moved to a job as Secretary and Administrative Director of the WUTC from
Governor Evans’ office, where he served as special assistant in the early days of this
administration. He served as State Representative from the 8th District from 1951 to

In 1971 he was appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board by President Nixon.

After he retired, he and his wife spent summers at Loon Lake and winters in Maui,

No information on his death.

Donald H. Brazier, Jr.

Don Brazier was born March 14, 1931 in Seattle and is a fourth generation
Washingtonian. Born and raised in Seattle, he is a graduate of the Seattle public schools.
He attended Whitman College and then the University of Washington, where he received
his undergraduate and law degrees. He has had a lifelong fascination with the history of
the American West and particularly the State of Washington.

After service in the U.S. Army, he entered the practice of law in Yakima where he
resided for twelve years. In addition to private practice during that period he served as a
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, as an Assistant United States Attorney and worked in labor
relations for Boise Cascade Corporation. He also spent five years as a member of the
Yakima City Counsel and Mayor Pro-Tem. He served one term in the House of

In 1969 he moved to Olympia as Chief Deputy Attorney General. From 1971 to 1977 he
was chairman of the Utilities and Transportation Commission. From then until 1982 he
was senior vice president and corporate legal officer at Washington Mutual Bank. In
1982 he returned to private law practice in Seattle and Olympia where his primary work
was lobbying and utility law. From 1994 to 1997 he was a member o f the Public
Disclosure Commission (chairman in 1996).

He is retired now, primarily to pursue writing projects and other interests relating to
Washington history.

Edward F. Harris

Mr. Harris was born in 1909. Mr. Harris was appointed to Commission by Governor Dan
Evans June 1971 to fill out remainder of Robert Timm’s six- year term, who was
appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board. Mr. Harris’s salary was $23,500 a year. Mr.
Harris’s term expired January 1, 1973. Mr. Harris was an attorney and served his 9th term
in the house. He was first elected in 1954. He had been vice chair of the Judiciary
Committee and a member of the Rules Committee. From 1944 to 1954 he was Assistant
Manager Spokane Taxpayers’ Association. Republican (floor leader, Re. Ca ucus

Mr. Harris died September 19, 1983.

Elme r C. Huntley

Mr. Huntley was born June 1, 1915 in St. John, Washington and was educated at
Washington State College. In 1956, Mr. Huntley was elected to the House of
Representatives. He served give terms and one term as a Washington State Senator. In
1973, The Huntleys moved to Olympia where he accepted the position of Commissioner
of WUTC, serving until 1979. He served as chairman of the State Highway Commission,
Toll Bridge Authority.

He also helped organize the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, and served on
its board of directors. He was the first president of the Whitman County Association of
Wheat Growers. He belonged to many organizations, including Board of Trustees of
Deaconess Medical Center, General Telephone, Old National Bank of Washington, and
Sunset Life Insurance. He was a Thirty-third Degree Mason, Past Grand Master of the
Masonic Lodge in Washington and Alaska, member of First United Methodist Church of
Olympia, Olympia Rotary Club, Olympia Yacht Club, Capitol City Golf Club, and many
others.. He was a State Representative; State Senator, Chairman of State Highway
Commission, 1973, His term ended January 1, 1979. Mr. Huntley died in May 1994.

Frank W. Foley

Mr. Foley was born February 10, 1913 in Spokane, Washington. He went to college at
Washington State University and Gonzaga Law School, where he earned a law degree.
He was a Lt. Colonel in the U. S. Army; was in private practice of law, a municipal
judge, and a state senator.

He assumed commissionership on February 1, 1975 and his term ended January 1981.
After his commissionership, he was appointed to the state’s Oceanographic Commission.

Mr. Foley died February 6, 1993.

Robert C. Bailey

Mr. Bailey was born May 31, 1918 in Raymond, Washington. He attended Raymond and
South Bend schools. He graduated from South Bend High School in 1935. Bob had a
job as a printing apprentice and considered himself lucky because it was the depression
years. After five years he became a full- fledged journeyman printer. He enlisted in the
U.S. Navy prior to Pearl Harbor and served in the United States and aboard ship in the
Pacific theater. In April 1946 he received his honorable discharge as a chief yeoman.

He ran for and was elected Pacific County Clerk, a job he held for four years. He then
decided to run for state representative, which was then only a part-time job. He and his
father also acquired ownership of the weekly Raymond newspaper. He served as
representative and was elected senator, serving from 1956 to March of 1977.

In 1966 he became western administrative assistant to Congresswoman Julia Butler
Hansen. He did not collect salary from Ms. Hansen during the legislative sessions.
When Ms. Hansen retired in 1974, he campaigned unsuccessfully for Congress. His
appointment as manager of the Port of Willapa Harbor followed. He was on leave from
this position to attend the 1977 Legislative Session when Governor Dixy Lee Ray
appointed him chairman of WUTC. He served four years as chairman and two years as
commission, retiring in 1983. Mr. Bailey died in August 2005.

Aldo J. Benedetti

Mr. Benedetti was born January 30, 1922 in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from
the U. S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree and the University of Puget Sound with a
B.E. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and 1951 to 1953. He was a civil
engineer, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Water Division, Assistant
Director and Director of Utilities with Tacoma in 1985.

He assumed commissionership on April 23, 1979 and his term ended 1985. He was also
on the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and the Tacoma Pierce County Economics
Development Board, and has served on the boards of social service agencies such as t he
Good Will and United Way.

Gary M. Odegaard

Gary Odegaard was appointed commissioner by Dixy Lee Ray on her way out of office
and he served from January 1, 1981 until January 11, 1981. He wasn’t even confirmed
by the Senate. Before that he spent 11 years as the 20th District senator before quitting in
1980 to spend more time with his children

Robert W. Bratton

Mr. Bratton was born February 26, 1931 in Chehalis Washington. He received his
college education at Whitman College (AB); was in the U. S. Army from 1953 to 1956;
was in the IBM Data Processing Division from 1956 to 1971; was Deputy Executive for
King County from 1971 to 1981. He was a Member of the State Economic Assistance
Authority from 1972 to 1978, a civic activist. He assumed Commissionership on January
20, 1981 and his term ended January 1, 1987.

Mary D. Hall

She was born August 12, 1938 in Illinois. She received her education at Iowa State
University (BS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MS, PhD); was President
of Hall & Associates Management Consulting Firm (1972 to 1982); Regional
Commissioner of North Carolina Department of Human Resources from 1976 to 1978;
Professor of Public Administration at the University of Washington Graduate School of
Public Affairs in 1978, is a pilot, author.

Ms. Hall assumed Commissionership on August 30, 1982 and her term ended December
31, 1984.

A. J. “Bud Pardini

Mr. Pardini was born January 10, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went to
Kinman Business University (Master of Accounts); was a U. S. Air Force Sergeant from
1951 to 1952; Fidelity Mutual Savings Bank, Senior Vice President and Senior Loan
Officer from 1955 to 1983. He was a member of the Washington State House of
Representatives from 1968 to 1978.

He was Commissioner from 1983 to 1985. After that he was the Eastern Washington
Director for U. S. Senator Dan Evans from 1985 to 1987.

He assumed commissionership September 8, 1987 and his term ended January 1, 1993.

After retirement he moved to Priest Lake, Idaho.

Richard D. Casad

Mr. Casad was born November 8, 1928 in Yakima, Washington. He received his
education at Washington State University (BA), Naval Intelligence Postgraduate School
from 1952 – 1953. U. S. Army (1952), US Navy (1952-1955), US Naval Reserve
Captain, Office of Naval Intelligence (1955-1973), staff assistant to US Senator Henry
M. Jackson from 1973 to 1978; Regional GSA Administration from 1978 to 1982; Puget
Sound Area Manager for Bonneville Power Administration from 1981 to 1984 .

Mr. Casad assumed Commissionership March 20, 1985, appointed by Governor Booth
Gardner.. He died of lung cancer May 1994 while still a Commissioner1995. Fellow
commissioners and their staff ―felt Mr. Casad always brought the highest degree of
concern and fairness to protecting the ratepayers. He was fair to the companies, but he
always had the consumers’ interest at heart. He will be hard to replace and sorely

Sharon Nelson

Ms. Nelson received her B.A. from Carleton College, an M.A.T. from the University of
Chicago, and her J.D. from the University of Washington. She has been a history and
anthropology teacher. While in law school, she interned at the King County Prosecutor’s
Office, Washington State Judicial Counsel, and the University of Washington School of
Law Affirmative Action Tutorial Program. From 1976 to 1978 she was staff counsel for
the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for the United States Senate; in
1979 she was a member of the U. S. Delegation to International Teleco mmunications
Union, World Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

From 1978 to 1981 she was Legislative Counsel to the Consumers Union of the United
States, Inc. Then in 1982 and 1983 she was in a private law firm in Kirkland. From 1983
to 1985 she was Staff Coordinator for the Joint Select Committee on
Telecommunications for the Washington State Legislature.

From 1985 to 1997 she was Chairman of the Commission. In 1997 to 2000 she was a
consultant on strategic issues to a variety of corporate and nonprofit entities. From 2000
to 2003 she was Director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology at
the University of Washington School of Law. Today she is the Senior Assistant Attorney
General for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

Richard He mstad

Mr. Hemstad was born November 1, 1933 in Superior, Wisconsin. He received his
education at St. Olaf College (B.A.), University of Chicago (J.D.). He was in a private
law practice in Seattle from 1958 to 1967and again from 1995 until 1993; he was legal
counsel for Governor Daniel J. Evans from 1967 to 1973. He was the Director of the
Washington State Office of Community Development from 1973 to 1977; Professor of
Law, University of Puget Sound School of Law from 1977 to 1985; Washington State
Senator from 1981 to 1985. He then went into private law practice in Olympia from
1985 to 1993. He was reappointed to a second term in 1999 until 2005. He assumed
Commissionership on June 1, 1993 and his term ended 2005..

William R. Gillis

Mr. Gillis was born in 1955 in eastern Washington. He received his B.A. and M.S. from
Washington State University, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He was an
from 1987 to 1988 at Pennsylvania State University, Director of Center for Rural
Assistant Professor from 1983 to 1987 and tenured Associate Professor of Agriculture
Economics Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1991. He was President of The Gillis Group in
Ritzville, Washington from 1991 to 1994, and also an author.

Mr. Gillis assumed Commissionership November 10, 1994 and his term ended January 1,

Mr. Gillis is currently the founder and Director of the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide
at WSU. He started the Center in 2001.

Anne Levinson

Anne Levinson was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1958. Her job in high school was
working at the Bonanza Steak House (which likely set the stage for her becoming a
vegetarian later in life). She fought for the right to become the first female grill cook
because the pay was higher than the regular jobs given to females. She succeeded at
breaking the barrier only to realize that her lack of arm length/height and the heat of the
fire under a large diagonal grill was not a great combination.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of
Kansas in May 1980. She played field hockey in high school and college. She ended up
filing one of the nation’s first Title IX complaints when funding for women’s athletics
was cut. It provided the impetus for her to go to law school, where she received her J.D.
at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1983. Northeastern’s specialty is
public interest law. After taking the Washington State bar exam, she went to Iowa to
work on Alan Cranston’s Presidential Campaign. She then returned to Seattle to work for
an environmental organization.

She served as a special assistant and legal counsel to Mayor Royer in his third term.
Then she served as deputy chief of staff, chief of staff and then deputy mayor for Mayor

She was appointed by Governor Locke to serve as Chair of the Commission in 1997. In
1999 she was appointed by Mayor Schell to serve as a judge in Seattle’s Municipal Court.
She designed and served as presiding judge of one of the nation’s first Mental Health

After leaving the bench, she served as special Counsel to the Select Committee on
Adolescents in Need of Long Term Placement, established to help the State better
understand how to improve long-term outcomes for youth with severe behavioral and
emotional needs and their families.

Her next adventure was to serve as deputy director of the Seattle Monorail Project, the
government created by Seattle voters in November 2002 to design, build, operate,
maintain and own one of the nation’s first citywide monorail rapid transit systems. The
opportunity to create a government from scratch was just too good to pass up.

Marilyn Showalter - 1999-2005
Gov. Locke appointed Ms. Showalter chairwoman of the UTC in February 1999. In Nov.
2004 she was elected President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility
Commissioners (NARUC). She is also a past President of the Western Conference of
Public Service Commissioners, and a past chair of the Qwest Regional Oversight
Committee (ROC). She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve
on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Advisory

Before coming to the commission, Showalter served as Gov. Locke's senior policy
adviser on energy and telecommunications issues. She worked for the state House of
Representatives for five years as budget counsel and chief clerk in 1994. She worked as a
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in King County before being tapped as legal counsel to
Gov. John Spellman in 1981. She has also practiced law privately and taught law school.
Showalter is a graduate of Harvard College (1972) and the Harvard Law School (1975).

Patrick J. Oshie

Patrick Oshie was born on July 13, 1952 in Colorado Spring, Colorado. In 1977 he
received his BA at Western Washington State College. Mr. Oshie received his JD in 1980
at the University of Washington School of Law.
Mr. Oshie was an instructor at the University of Utah in 1981 and also in private pract ice
in a firm emphasizing Indian affairs and related matters. The firm represented the Utah
Navajo Development Corporation and the Utah Navajo Industries. From 1981 to 1983 he
was the tribal attorney for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall Idaho.

He was an associate attorney from 1983 to 1984 in a firm in Pocatello, Idaho,
representing clients in general civil and criminal matters. From 1984 to 1987 he was an
Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah. From 1987 to 1989 he was Assistant
City Attorney for the City of Seattle.

From 1989 to 1991 he was in private practice in Kirkland, Washington.

From 1991 to present to 2001 he was with the firm of Oshie and Spurgin in Yakima. The
practice consisted of representing the Yakima Nation and other clients in the following
areas. Federal Indian law, environmental law, and natural resources law, emphasizing the
restoration of Yakima and Columbia River Basin salmonids.

From 2001 to the present he has been a commissioner at the UTC.

Mark Sidran
Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed Mark Sidran as chairman of the UTC in March 2005.
Before coming to the commission, Mr. Sidran practiced municipal law for the Seattle
firm of Foster, Pepper & Shefelman.

He was elected Seattle City Attorney for three terms from 1990 to 2001. Sidran was a
candidate for Washington State Attorney General in 2004, and for Mayor of Seattle in
2001. He was managing partner at McKay & Gaitan from 1988 to 1990, and a partner in
the firm from1986-1988. He was King County deputy prosecutor from 1976 to 1985.

Mr. Sidran's civic activities include membership on the boards of the Downtown
Emergency Service Center (2003-present), American Jewish Committee (1991-present),
and the United Way of Seattle-King County (1994-1997). He was chair of the King
County Regional Law, Safety and Justice Committee in 1999, and a Mentor at the
University of Washington Law School Mentorship Program from 1994 to 2001.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School, 1976, and Harvard
University with a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, 1973.

Philip Jones
Gov. Gregoire appointed Philip Jones to the Commission in March 2005.

He is the founder and President of Jones & Company, an international trade and
government affairs consultancy based in Seattle that assists companies that are expanding
business activities in foreign markets, and helps energy firms develop new commercial
markets in energy production and distribution, especially in areas such as renewable
energy, electricity transmission, and other areas. Before coming to the commission, he
served as Managing Director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the
Netherlands for five years. From 1989 to 1997, he was a consultant based in Seattle
working on similar issues in trade policy and energy issues.

From 1983 to 1988, he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans,
the former U.S. Senator from Washington State. He coordinated the trade policy agenda
for Senator Evans during his term, including work on the Omnibus Trade Act of 1987,
the Uruguay Round of the GATT legislation, the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement,
and the textile-apparel quota legislation.

From 1978 to 1981, he served as Director of the State of Ohio’s office in Tokyo, Japan,
which coordinated the state’s activities in Asia to promote direct investment in Ohio (e.g.,
the Honda Motor Company) and promote exports to the Asian region. After leaving
Japan, Jones directed the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University that is
housed in the Center for International Affairs.

Jones chaired the Washington Coalition for NAFTA in 1993-94, a grass-roots
organization of about 150 business and other organizations supporting the legislation in
Congress to implement the Trade Agreement between Mexico, Canada, and the United
States. He also helped found the first Washington chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber
of Commerce. He has served on the boards of the Washington Council on International
Trade (WCIT) and the Japan-America Society of Washington. He is currently serving on
the Board of the World Affairs Council. He is also a member of the Pacific Council on
International Policy (PCIP), a think-tank based in Los Angeles that promotes discussion
on international affairs and trade issues.

Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington and graduated from Shadle Park High School.
He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies in
1977. He is fluent in Japanese, and has a working knowledge of Chinese and Swedish.


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