Louis W. Suter
L. W. SUTER, the jeweler, is
â€¢ one of the prominent and reputable business men of Nome.
He came to this country in the spring
of 1 900, and began business in a modest way, and notwithstanding the fact
that he has been compelled to move
his store four times (and Poor Richard said: "Three moves are as bad as a
fire,") his business has thrived and he
has prospered. He owns and conducts
the leading jewelry store of Nome, and
probably carries the largest and best
selected stock of jewelry of any merchant in Alaska. His wares comprise
everything to be found in a well
equipped, first class jewelry establishment, including silverware, cut glass
ware, diamonds, nugget jewelry,
watches and Alaska souvenirs. The
fixtures in Mr. Suter's store are modern and up to date. During the past summer three men have been in constant
employment in the manufacturing and
repair department. The chechako expresses surprise at finding such an establishment in this isolated community.
Mr. Suter was born in Rouse's Point, New York, Dec. 23, 1869, but the family
moved to Swanton, Vt., when he was an infant. His trade came to him by inheritance,
as he is the son of a jeweler. The early part of his life was spent in Swanton, where he
was educated and began life in mercantile pursuits, being placed in charge of a store when
he was seventeen years old. He went to Seattle in 1891 and was employed by the
McDougall & Southwick Company, and at a later period was on the road as a traveling
salesman in jewelry lines. He came to Nome in 1900, and by the use of good business
methods has builded [sic] wisely and well.
Mr. Suter is a member of the Masons, the Arctic Brotherhood and the Eagles. He
was president of the Anvil Masonic Club one year. This is a strong organization of
Masons in Nome which has received a dispensation to organize a lodge. This lodge
will be the most northerly and westerly Masonic lodge in North America. Since he
resided in Nome Mr. Suter has taken one journey to the states, in 1903, when he went
home for the first time in thirteen years. It was during this trip he arranged for carrying
the large stock which gives his store the eminence among jewelry stores of Alaska.
Besides being a careful and prudent business man, who appreciates the value of honesty and
square dealing in the management of a business, he is socially a genial man who sees the
bright side of life. He is married, and has a cozy home in the store building.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.