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Charles T. Uhlman
Charles T. Uhlman. - Mr. Uhlman, a portrait of whom is placed in this
history, although a young man, is an example of what the possibilities are
for a young man when guided by honesty, industry and business ability.
Coming to Tacoma but a few years ago, our subject entered a meat market as
an apprentice at a salary of fifteen dollars per month. To-day he is a
member of the council that guides the interests of the City of Destiny,
the proprietor of a large and increasing trade, with branch houses at
different points on the Sound, and is erecting handsome brick blocks that
will stand as monuments to the enterprise and industry of one of Tacoma's
brightest business men.
Mr. Uhlman was born in Washington, District of Columbia, January 10, 1861,
and is the son of Charles J. Uhlman, a former district surveyor of the
District of Columbia. His mother was Minnie (Frank) Uhlman, both of his
parents being of German descent. When our subject was but five years of
age, the family suffered the irreparable loss of the husband and father.
They resided in Washington until March 4, 1869, when he with his mother
and four brothers, started West, coming to St. Louis, Missouri, and one
year later to Portland, Oregon. Our subject then attended school for
eighteen months. The family, in 1872, located a homestead on Chehalis
river, where Charles remained until 1881. Most of that time he found
employment as a farm hand, and for three years worked for "Blockhouse"
Smith. He was also two years in the employ of A. W. Sargent. While in the
latter's employ he met with a severe accident, having his leg fractured.
||On recovering from that accident,
he came to Tacoma with the idea of learning a trade. He selected the
butcher trade, and entered the employ as apprentice of the Original
Ranier Market, then owned by Myson D. Barlow & Bros., at a salary of
fifteen dollars per month. He remained in that market through all
the changes of proprietorship until it passed into the hands of S.
Coulter & Sons. He was then placed in charge, and managed the
wholesale business for the latter firm for the following three
years. During that time he purchased the Original Ranier Retail
Market, which he conducted for himself. Two years later he purchased
the wholesale business of Coulter & Sons, which he has since
conducted; and his field of operations extends over the entire Sound
country. Twice during one year Mr. Uhlman suffered the entire
loss of his market by fire, but each time built larger than before.
During all that time he had unbounded faith in the future of the City
of Destiny, and purchased property from time to time, until now he owns
some of the most valuable real estate in the city, part of which is the
building now occupied by Chester Cleury & Co's dry-goods store on Pacific
avenue. In 1888 he built the Uhlman Block, a magnificent three-story
building on the corner of A and Ninth streets, opposite "The Tacoma" where
he has fitted up without question the finest market on the Pacific coast.
Mr. Uhlman in 1889 organized the Puget Sound Pressed Beef & Packing
Co., a corporation destined to fill an important place in the resources of
the State of Washington. He is a large property owner in other parts of
the Sound, more especially on Bellingham Bay, where he possesses valuable
real estate adjoining the city of Fairhorn. In March, 1888, he was elected
a member of the city council of Tacoma, a position he still holds, and is
to-day regarded as one of the most responsible and progressive business
men in the city. He was united in marriage in Columbus, Washington
Territory, August 26, 1883, to Miss Myrtle Middleton, a native of
Illinois. By this union they are blessed by the possession of two
Source: "History Of The Pacific Northwest Oregon and
Washington", Compiled and Published by the North Pacific History Company
of Portland, Oregon, 1889.
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