Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CAPTAIN ELLSWORTH E. SHOTWELL,
of Lakeside, Chelan county, after a long and successful business career
in some of the most important centers of the United States, has cast his
lot among the people of this beautiful lake country, of which he is a most
progressive and influential citizen. He is manager of the Lake Chelan
Navigation Company. Captain Shotwell was born in San Francisco, February
5, 1860. His father, Joseph M., a native of New Jersey, came to San
Francisco in 1851, as owner and master of the ship Samuel Churchman.
He sold this vessel and remained in San Francisco until his death, in 1898,
engaged in mining, and also as manager for Allsop & Company, the Panama
Mail Steamship Line, and he was prominently identified with the Comstock
mines in the early days. During many years he was manager of the
Merchant's Exchange, and was one of San Francisco's influential pioneer
citizens. The mother of our subject, Minnie (Perrier) Shotwell, was
a native of Australia, who came to California when a child, with her parents.
Our subject remained in California nearly
all his life, and was engaged in mining stock speculation in San Francisco
during the most exciting periods of that business, and was well known "on
the street" in connection with the "Comstock" in its palmy days.
He began his business career while still a youth, was educated in private
schools in San Francisco and prepared for college, but chose a business
career instead. He followed deep water sailing and worked on coast
steamers, and was identified, for a few years, with business on the San
Joaquin river. At the time of the initial Yukon excitement our subject
went to Alaska, returned to California, and in 1901-2 went to Nome.
He came to Chelan county as a tourist, accompanied by his family, and was
so impressed with the natural beauty of the scenery, the climate and business
prospects, that he, decided to make this locality his future home.
He purchased the steamer Lady of the Lake, expended several thousand dollars
in refitting the boat, and subsequently built the fast dispatch steamer
which easily makes the round trip in a day, and promoted various other
Capt. Shotwell has two sisters, Grace, wife
of Edward T. Osborn, residing in California, for many years assistant treasurer
of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and Marion, wife of H. Tourgee.
In September, 1900, in San Francisco, our subject was married to Mary Warring,
a native of Maine. They have no children.