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Interesting promotional broadside, including a double page view and smaller map, promoting the Clise Investment Company.

The top view is a photograph of the Seattle waterfront, with two Oregon Improvement Company wharfs at the right.  The smaller map promotes the routes of the Seattle Steamship & Railway Lines.

The promotional text includes a letter to prospective investors and statistical information showing the growth of Seattle and its regional economy.

The Clise Investment Company

James W. Clise, was president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and one of the most active and successful business men of Seattle.

Born in Lancaster, Wisconsin in 1855, he moved to Stockton, California in 1875, where he was engaged in mercantile business until 1879. He then moved to Denver, Colorado, where he was in the lumber business until 1889.

In 1889, he came to Seattle and organized the Clise Investment Company, of which he has since been president and general manager. Besides handling real estate and other investments, Mr. Clise served as agent for a number of prominent eastern capitalists in their investments in Seattle.

Mr. Clise is also manager of the Globe Navigation Company, which operated purchased steamships and was building a large sailing fleet to take part in the commerce of the Pacific.

Clise's largest early sale was a land sale in Pioneer Square to Lyman C. Smith, who built the Smith Tower on that land.

The University of Washington Archives holds the Clise Family Papers.


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