Albert Laurance Flewelling

Albert Laurance Flewelling

Durham, N. N. "Spokane and the Inland Empire; History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington." Vol. 2. S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1912.


Albert Laurance Flewelling was born in a log house on a small farm near the town of Hanover, Michigan, October 26, 1861. His father, Abram P. Flewelling, was of sturdy Welsh stock, tracing his ancestry back to the last king of Wales. His mother, whose maiden name was Rosana Sprague, was of Scotch-Irish parentage dating back to the early settlement of America before the Revolution.

The early life of A. L. Flewelling was spent on a farm near Lansing, Michigan. He was educated in the public schools, and at an early age he began school teaching. At the same time he began reading law, spending his vacations and spare time in a law office. He was admitted to the bar in open court in the month of November, 1886, and the next spring he began the active practice of law at Crystal Falls, Michigan, in the heart of the great Lake Superior iron district. During his early practice he became identified with a number of the strongest mining companies of the district and later was associated with Corrigan-McKinney & Company of Cleveland, Ohio, who at that time were the largest independent producers of iron ore in America, and for fifteen years immediately preceding the year 1906 he was General Counsel for that concern and acquired for himself through training he received by reason of his affiliations a large amount of mineral lands in Michigan, which he still owns.

In March, 1906, Mr. Flewelling came to Spokane as general manager of the Monarch Timber Company of Idaho and the Continental Timber Company of Washington and purchased the home which he now occupies at 2120 Riverside avenue. Under his management these companies purchased very large tracts of timber land in the Panhandle of Idaho and in northwestern Washington and when the holdings of these companies were purchased by the Milwaukee Land Company Mr. Flewelling became and still is the vice president and general manager of the last named company, with its principal western office in the Old National Bank Building in Spokane.

Mr. Flewelling is a republican in politics and a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Spokane Club and the Spokane Country Club and also the Ranier Club and the Arctic Club of Seattle. He is director in the Spokane & Eastern Trust Company- and the Union Trust & Savings Bank of Spokane.

On May 10, 1887, Mr. Flewelling was married to Lottie A. Weatherwax, who is also an attorney, and for many years was associated with her husband in active legal work. They have only one child, a daughter, born in 1888, Eethel F. Sanderson, wife of C. B. Sanderson, now living in Spokane.

Submitted to the Washington Biographies Project in October 2015 by Diane Wright. Submitter has no additional information about the person(s) or family mentioned above.

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