History of Seattle Municipal Railway's Division C, the streetcar line that once connected Burien with White Center and Seattle.
July 17, 2005
HPLB Board Meeting Minutes Various Dates

Notes on minutes from various dates.

Held at office of the vice president, 407 Oriental Building, Seattle WA on Dec 26, 1913 at noon

Present: Chas Schoening, FW Dashley, Geo White, F A Ausman, D I Burkhart

WH Murphy resigned as president Nov 30, 1912. Geo W H White elected President.

Sept 29 1911, meeting of ‘subscribers’ refers to starting point as “Oxbow”

Washington Corporation license no 853 for 1911

Oct 13 1911 meeting held at company offices, 633 Pioneer Building, Seattle Wa: first meeting of corporation
Oct 13 1911 trustees meeting, officers elected, National City Bank of Seattle for savings. Geo W H White offers franchise for $1300. Coughlin offers franchise for Seattle for $800. Macquaid & Moore Contractors bid on grading work – rejected. L I Gregory employed for $325 / month plus expenses.

Nov 13 1911, Gregory reports estimate for construction of $100,760 +/- $12000.

Nov 18 1911, 25% assessment.
Nov 20 1911, bids by contractors. Awarded to WM Carey 4301 Evanson and Macquaid and Moore (written Macquade & Moore by Mitchell). Clearing, grubbing, grading and culverts from Station 15+00 to 133+00.
Jan 2 1912 Gregory resigns (job done). Interest in moving route from west to east of Ambaum.

"RESOLVED, that the Highland Park & Lake Burien Railroad, a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the state of Washington, do propose to build, equip and operate (or cause to be built, equipped and operated, an electric, steam or gasoline power railway, beginning at or near the intersection of First Avenue South and West Michigan Street in McLaughlin’s Water Front Addition to Seattle, running thence southwesterly through what is known as Hales Gulch to a point at the corner of Ninth Avenue Southwest and Kenyon Street, thence south to Henderson Street, thence West to Sixteenth Avenue Southwest, thence Southerly along the most practical route to a point where the new County Road crosses the line between Sections 18 and 19, Township 23 North Range 4 East W. M., thence to the N. W. corner of the N. E. Quarter of the S. E. Quarter of Sec. 24, Township 23 North, Range 3 East W. M., a total distance of about 8 miles, all in King County State of Washington."

President reported application for extension: from First Avenue South and West Michigan Streets along Michigan Street to a connection with the Seattle Electric Company system on Bateman Ave.
25% assessment on Jan 5th.

Jan 25 1912, approved move to east side. Struck J A Maitland from investor list. Commissions for subscriptions from here on, 30%, stock 10%.

Feb 10, 1912, 25% assessment. $7500 extra to extend line from station 15 to Spokane Avenue and Iowa Avenue, not to Oxbow (first avenue south and Michigan street). West side of the Duwamish river. McLaughlin protested – avoiding his land 'McLaughlin's Waterfront Addition'. Hofius Steel & Equipment Company supplied the rails. Geo W H White given 50% commission on all stock subscriptions from this point on that he secured, in the form of stock!

Feb 17, 1912 approved $30,000 for rails from Hofius.

Washington Corporate License 3822 for 1912

Sep 3, 1912 Murphy salary of $125 / mo as president.
Sep 30, 1912 Cancelled contract with Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power for power line from Georgetown contract date May 12 1912
Nov 26 1912 Cancel agreement with Seattle Electric Company for use of their car and request to remove it as soon as convenient and to discontinue power service from and after this date.

Dec 21 1912, Murphy resigns as president. Seattle Public Utilities requests road reopened within the next few days. Secretary writes to SPU telling that it would be impossible and asking for six months.

Letter of resignation on Fremont Market letterhead – Wm H Murphy is owner. "Wholesale and retail dealer in beef, pork, mutton, veal, ham, bacon, salt meats, lard, etc."

Dec 30 1912. Letter from Valentine at SPU requests HPLB to meet with city Franchise Committee on Friday, Jan 3.

Jan 24 1913. H B Snider given until Feb 5 to sell line for cost of debt – expected to be $40,000, to investor in New York City. Assuming they will operate it

1913 annual meeting: Road was sold on lien for $12662.78. Trying to get the money together by March 1914 to buy it back – worth more as scrap. Unable to pay loan to Mercantile Bank. This resulted in the attempted sale to another railroad company.

May 22 1913, stockholders agree to sell to city

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