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Louis W. Suter

L. W. SUTER, the jeweler, is • 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.




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