Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional Archives, photograph by Vibert Jeffers

John Percival was the second son of pioneer Samuel Wing Percival. In 1877, Samuel entrusted to John the important job of running the family’s dock business when John was only 16. In this photograph from 1940, John Percival stands in front of his shipping office, now the location of Percival Landing. He died in 1942, aged 81, after a sixty-five year career. Photograph selected and captioned by Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For more information see olympiahistory.org.