Albert L. Valentine
A. L. VALENTINE came to Nome in 1900 as manager of the Nome Trading Company, a mercantile institution which soon acquired a splendid reputation for honesty of business methods and the high
grade goods it supplied its patrons. Mr. Valentine was elected to the Nome council at the municipal election held in April, 1902, and was unanimously selected by that body as mayor of Nome. He discharged the duties of this office with marked ability.
Mr. Valentine was born in Fontanels, Adair County, Iowa, June 18, 1868. He went to California with his parents in 1875. The death of his mother a few weeks after their arrival, was the cause of the boy going to Seattle to reside with his uncle. Mr. Valentine's education was obtained in the Seattle public schools. At the age of sixteen he began to earn his own livelihood. In 1886 he was employed by the Puget Sound and Gray's Harbor Railroad Company as a member of the surveying party. This employment probably determined much of his future, career.
From 1887 to 1890 he was in the Seattle city engineer's office. Later he was associated with the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, in connection with the Seattle
terminals. From 1892 to 1897 he was assistant engineer and chief clerk of the O. I.
Co., now the Pacific Coast Co. In 1897 Mr. Valentine was employed by the Northern Pacific Coal Company, but went back to the O. I. Co. in the fall as manager of the
store at Franklin. Here he remained until 1899. In the following year he came to
Nome, where he resided three years. He is still interested in mining and ditch property
in the Nome country.
At the state and county election in 1904 Mr. Valentine was elected to the office
of surveyor of King County, Washington, a position which his training and wide
experience eminently qualifies him to fill. February 14, 1894, Mr. Valentine married
Miss Martha Sidebotham. The issue of this union is one child, Albert L. Valentine, Jr.,
born October 13, 1896.
Mr. Valentine is an honest, sincere man, and was recognized as one of Nome's progressive and public-spirited citizens.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
E. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.