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Bulletin – 5/1/21

…hington Center Main Stage is located at 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For more information visit Here, or contact 360-753-8586.  … Continue reading

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Governor Hotel – 4/11/21

…w available online. The 1972 cityscape pictures The Governor Hotel at the corner of 7th and Legion. The hotel has existed here since 1890, but in three different incarnations. The latest structure was built in 1970 in a mid-Century modern design by architectural firm Camp, Dresser, McKee. It is seen here during Pride Week 2014. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information, see https://olympiahistory.org/1972-2/…. Continue reading

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Lower Main Street – 4/4/21

…Way north). Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information, see https://olympiahistory.org/1856-the-indian-war/… Continue reading

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3/28/21 – Miller’s

…949, around the time this photograph was taken. The building has housed a number of retail establishments throughout the years. Damage from the 2001 earthquake and other alterations have largely eliminated its original mid-Century modern architectural features. Image selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information see https://olympiahistory.org/1950-2/. Jeffers photo, 1949, Susan Parish Collection, Washington State Archives… Continue reading

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Newell, Gordon: Rogues, Buffoons, and Statesmen

…at contains the pages sought.  Front cover to page 7 Chapters 1 and 2: page 8 to page 45: 1845 to 1863 Chapters 3 and 4: page 46 to page 98: 1864 to 1883 Chapters 5 and 6: page 99 to page 178; 1883-1903 Chapter 7: page 179-255; 1903-1917 Chapters 8 and 9: page 256-363; 1913-1933 Chapter 10: page 364-423; 1933-1943 Chapter 11: page 424 to 486; 1943-1953 Chapter 12 and index: page 487 to end: 1953 to 1970s (index begins after page 506)  … Continue reading

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Washington Veneer – 3/21/21

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. With the completion of the Carlyon Fill in 1911, the port area of Olympia was able to accommodate dramatic industrial growth. The Washington Veneer Company was founded in 1924, joining the existing Olympia Veneer cooperative at the northern tip of the Port. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information see https://olympiahistory.org/1933-2/… Continue reading

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3/14/21 – Sylvester Park with 7th Avenue “lid”

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. This photo, taken from the Old State Capitol building, shows Sylvester Park around the end of the 19th century. To the south of the park we see the planking of “the lid,” the predecessor of the 7th Avenue railroad tunnel. It was originally a trench dug along Seventh Avenue and capped by wooden planking. The trench was replaced by the current tunnel in 1913. Photogra… Continue reading

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3/7/21 – Washington Standard

…). Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information, see https://olympiahistory.org/1874-building-a-railroad/…. Continue reading

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2/28/21 – Leschi

…r Washington gained territorial status, but refused to sign the Medicine Creek treaty, deeming it inadequate to preserve the Nisqually way of life. He was later judicially murdered for his role in the so-called Indian Wars of the 1850s, but posthumously exonerated in 2004. Image selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information https://olympiahistory.org/1841-cheetwoot/… Continue reading

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2/21/21 – Procession of the Species

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. In 1995, Earthbound Productions founder Eli Sterling spearheaded the Procession of the Species, an annual event commemorating Earth Day and the natural environment. The event features thousands of participants and spectators and involves months of preparation. This angler fish is a perennial favorite. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more infor… Continue reading

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2/14/21 – KGY

…oldest on the Pacific Coast, licensed in 1916. In 1960 it moved into a mid-Century modern building design by G. Stacey Bennett, at the far northern tip of the Port area. The 1972 Sylvester’s Window narrative describes the welcome voice of KGY’s long-time and beloved Dick Pust, announcing a snow day during the blizzard of January 1972. Both Dick and the station tower are visible in the cityscape for 1972. Dick has now (2021) retired from radio bro… Continue reading

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2/7/2021- Centennial Parade

…Throughout 2021 we are featuring events and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. In May 1950, Olympia held a week-long celebration of our city’s centennial. The Olympian put together a multi-page spread, residents dressed as pioneers, culminating with the Grand Centennial Parade of Progress. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross. For more information, see https://olympiahistory.org/1950-2/…. Continue reading

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Bulletin – February 2021

…Hard Times Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest The Not-So-Ordinary   History Lessons To Go   Do you want to learn more deeply and engage with new historical content? Try a “History Lesson To Go” as part of your distance learning! These lessons also connect with information on the WA State History Museum app.   CSI Lewis: The Mystery of Meriwether Lewis’ Death Point of View Part 1: Understanding Treaties Point of View Part 2: U… Continue reading

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Little Hollywood – 1/31/21

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. A neighborhood known as Little Hollywood had existed for many years along the shores of the Deschutes Estuary (now Capitol Lake), but expanded during the Great Depression, as depicted in the cityscape for 1933. Buildings were a mixture of float houses, temporary structures known as shanties, and more permanent structures such as Zamberlin’s Market, pictured here. Ph… Continue reading

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Sylvester Park – 1/25/2021

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. After the construction of the magnificent Thurston County Courthouse, now the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the town commons was beautified into a public park with winding pathways, bandstand, and fountain. In the year of the 1899 cityscape, Olympia celebrated the last year of the century with a bicycle parade through the park. Photograph selected… Continue reading

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Columbia Hall – 1/17/2021

…rah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society. For more information see https://olympiahistory.org/1874-building-a-railroad/… Continue reading

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Konrad Schneider – 1/10/2021

…ed by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society. For more information, see https://olympiahistory.org/1856-the-indian-war/… Continue reading

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Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

…ur coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories. Join the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to navigate the seas ahead by identifying your favorite maritime places, taking a survey on the future of our saltwater shorelines, or attending a virtual workshop. Get involved and learn more at www.preservewa.org/ahoy.   Time to Join us!  Your annual dues support the newsletter, the Thurston County Histor… Continue reading

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Charles Wilkes – 1/3/2021

…ts and people from the Sylvester’s Window cityscape project, now available online. In 1838, an American naval officer, Charles Wilkes, was given command of an expedition to explore the Pacific Ocean and document its shores and islands. Wilkes reached the southern end of Puget Sound in July 1841. He and his crew were among the first Americans to set foot at what is now Olympia.   Image selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 12/31/2020

…legally cast a ballot and who could not during the history of the on-again-off-again vote for women. Journey through an interactive timeline, voting at key spots along the way, to understand the importance of voting to our society and how women’s suffrage has impacted and affected our nation over time. You’ll come out knowing the names of those  who fought for this basic constitutional right, and you’ll appreciate your right to vote as never befo… Continue reading

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Join or Renew Your Membership

…Support Form, and mailing to OHS-BHM PO Box 1821  Olympia, WA 98507 If you are renewing and there are no changes (address, category of membership), you can simply proceed to payment options below. For on-line payments with credit card or Paypal Account, select your membership category from the drop-down menu and then click on the Buy Now button below to be taken to our secure Paypal site (Paypal account not required!):  Membership Individual $35…. Continue reading

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About Us

…nd promote increased knowledge and advocacy for historic preservation. Our online newsletter, frequent bulletins, Facebook postings, and extensive website all foster engagement and participation, and provide sources of information and tools for further research and activity. We strive to help create a community that is interested and informed about local history. The Bigelow House Museum, located at 918 Glass Avenue, NE, Olympia, Washington,  is a… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 9/1/2020

…le and royalty context information please contact: Daydishka McCloud at 360-456-5221, ext. 1239. This event is taking place at the Nisqually Youth and Community Center, located at 1937 Lashi St. S.E. in Olympia.   September 26, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Historic Fort Steilacoom (Lakewood): Fall Living History Open House & Annual Used Book Sale.   Experience life at a fort in the Pacific Northwest!  Living historians in period dress will demonstrate dail… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 8/1/2020

…guardian. To register your child who is 5 and under contact the Fort at 253-404-3970. Fort Nisqually is located at 5400 N Pearl St #11 Tacoma.   August 4, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Washington Trust for Historic Preservation – Virtual Panel: Careers in Preservation. During this virtual panel, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will be focusing on preservation careers in construction and the trades. These industries are crucial pieces of the c… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 7/1/2020

…r information, visit https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/history-through-the-arts-camps/ Fort Nisqually is located at 5400 N Pearl St #11 Tacoma.  City of Olympia – Marine Creature Mondays Video Series. Visit https://streamteam.info/marine-creature-monday-videos/ to enjoy weekly marine education video posts showcasing  the amazing marine critters found under the sea in Puget Sound. Created by underwater videographer Matt Balder and Bob Wharton,… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 4/1/2020

…videos may be accessed on YouTube HERE. Washington State History Museum – Online Collections.  For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic the Washington State History Museum is closed, but they encourage you to make good use of their online collections database! Pick a topic of interest, type in your search term (try dogs or WWI for example) and see what comes up! Begin your Washington History Search HERE. Washington State Library – Primarily Wash… Continue reading

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4/12/2020 – Mann’s Seeds

…tograph from 1965. His grandfather was Champion Mann, who first operated a pharmacy downtown, and later opened Mann’s Seeds, at the current location of Rainy Day Records on 5th Avenue. Sparks was closing the store after many years of operation, the victim of mass production and distribution of seed. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For more information see olymp… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 3/1/2020

…e information, call 360-786-8117 or visit https://olytumfoundation.org/what-we-do/schmidt-house/ The Schmidt House is located just off Custer Way in Tumwater at 330 Schmidt Place. · March 14. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. PNW Chapter of International Coleman Collectors Club (Lacey): 15th Annual Display of Vintage Coleman Lanterns, Stoves, and More. So, you thought you’d heard of just about every possible specialized collector organization imaginable? Think a… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 2/15/2020

…e information, call 360-786-8117 or visit https://olytumfoundation.org/what-we-do/schmidt-house/ The Schmidt House is located just off Custer Way in Tumwater at 330 Schmidt Place. · February 20, 3:00 PM. Washington State History Museum (Tacoma): Free Third Thursday! On the Third Thursday of every month, admission to the Washington State History Museum is FREE OF CHARGE after 3:00 PM. For a list of upcoming events, visithttp://www.washingtonhistory… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 2/1/2020

…ts reach adulthood, these punishments can lead to what some call the School-to-Prison Pipeline that affects many Black communities. Why are Black students punished more than others in the classroom? Based on his extensive research and teaching experience, Dr. Daudi Abe, a professor, writer, and historian who holds an MA in human development and holds a PhD in education from the University of Washington, demonstrates that the racial achievement gap… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 1/15/20

…er Randy Lewis. This event is taking place at the Cherberg Building, Room A-B-C, 304 15th Ave SW Olympia. · January 15, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Thurston County League of Women Voters (Olympia): Forum on the Census and Redistricting. The 2020 Census will take place this year, and will be the first U.S. census to offer options to respond on line, by phone, or by writing. Among other things, the census will determine the number of seats for the U.S. House… Continue reading

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Bulletin – 1/1/20

…To RSVP or for questions, contact operations@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722. The Harbor History Museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. · January 7, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Washington State History Museum (Tacoma): McMenamins Elks Temple History Pub – Whiskey, Mixologists, and the Pacific Northwest. Northwest native Renee Cebula is passionate about history. A former history educator, her research focus turned to Cocktail Cultur… Continue reading

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All-Woman Jury Trial in Olympia

…ntieth Century,” accessed at: https://www.thurstontalk.com/2014/09/25/share-ada-sprague-mowell-community-activist-early-twentieth-century/ “Crowds See All-Woman Jury Sworn,” Olympia Daily Recorder, December 13, 1910, pg. 1. “Estate Settled Up of Quaint Character Former Suffrage Worker,” [Rev. Genevra Lake], Olympia Daily Recorder, December 23, 1921, pg. 8. “Five Women Sit on Olympia Jury,” Tacoma Daily Ledger, December 14, 1910, pg. 14. “Jean Jogg… Continue reading

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History of Women’s Suffrage in Olympia

…tribal and local government, (Seattle: The League of Women Voters Education Fund, 2004), 36. [26] http://www.ncsl.org/legislators-staff/legislators/womens-legislative-network/women-in-state-legislatures-for-2019.aspx [27] City of Olympia website:  http://olympiawa.gov/city-government/city-council-and-mayor.aspx  … Continue reading

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Bulletin – 9/1/18

…Marketing & Events Coordinator, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722. The Harbor History Museum is located at 4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor. ********** * September 7, 7:30 PM. Schneebeck Concert Hall (Tacoma): Jacobsen Series – Bernstein 100. Famed conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday was August 25, 2018. Celebrating Bernstein’s legacy as a composer, conductor, and intellectual, Anna Wittstruck will emcee an evening of cla… Continue reading

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Blankenship, Georgiana, Old Olympia Landmarks

…ry’s history, when the people lived in constant dread of the Indians, a man-of-war was sent to the Sound as a means of protection. The commanding officer unloaded a gun mounted on a carriage and left it for use in an emergency. This gun was mounted on the stockade on Fourth street and later was taken to the waterfront and thenceforth the gun was fired only on special occasions as on the Fourth of July or on political rallies. The people of Olympia… Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue Dam and Bridge Construction – 2/14/16

In early 1949, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the construction of a dam, bulkhead, and new bridge at the mouth of the Deschutes River, thereby creating Capitol Lake. This photograph from late 1949 or early 1950 shows the beginning of construction of the dam and the Fifth Avenue Bridge over it. In the distance we can see the dome of the Legislative Building, still under repair following the April 1949 earthquake. The dam and bridge wer… Continue reading

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Fallout shelter – 9/20/15

…panicked Olympians to building fallout shelters. For $215, a family could buy a ready-made shelter from the Seamart store downtown and install it in their basement. In this photograph, a family demonstrates life in an underground shelter. While Mom happily plucks away at her ukulele, Dad and big brother look on approvingly (note as well the medicinal bottle of Canadian Club on the shelf.) Only little brother looks a tad bored on his upper bunk. P… Continue reading

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Thurston County Courthouses Through History

…tee; story map created by Brian Hovis and Deb Ross To view the map in full screen, link here (external link to ArcGIS Online)  … Continue reading

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The Sanborn overlays: Olympia in 1884

…vidual sheets, which you can turn on or off by clicking on the layer icon (), as well as setting opacity levels for each layer (use right arrow in the layer menu). There is also a layer that contains color-coded dots with links to historical features (see instruction page for more information on this feature).  To view the map in full screen, link here (external link to ArcGIS Online)  … Continue reading

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The Sanborn overlays: Olympia in 1891

…nborn. The shoreline can be seen outlined in blue.  These overlays consist of several individual sheets , which you can turn on or off by clicking on the layer icon (), as well as setting opacity levels for each layer (use right arrow in the layer menu). There is also a layer that contains color-coded dots with links to historical features (see instruction page for more information on this feature). We recommend you start with the overview for 189… Continue reading

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The Sanborn overlays: Olympia in 1908

…e right arrow in the layer menu). There is also a layer that contains color-coded dots with links to historical features (see instruction page for more information on this feature). We recommend you start with the overview layer, then click on various layers as desired.  Click here for more detailed instructions and tips on using the Sanborn overlay feature.  Story map created and copyright 2014 by J. Brian Hovis. Used by permission. All rights re… Continue reading

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The Sanborn overlays: Olympia in 1924 and 1947

…y; Capitol Lake and the Fifth Avenue Dam were still in the future, as was I-5. The port area continued to add land for the next few years, and was in flux while these maps were being created. Architect Joseph Wohleb created the Mission-style look of downtown Olympia and many other important buildings. Capitol Campus, west of Capitol Way, was largely completed. Industrial activity continued to expand between 1924 and 1947, and growth continued apac… Continue reading

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Ralph’s Thriftway – 9/14/14

…location on State Avenue in 1956. It was a showcase for the very latest in grocery stores. It was also one of the largest stores in the northwest, and included a children’s play area, clothing department, and two leased areas, Bailey Pharmacy and Blue Ribbon Meats. This photograph, taken in 1958, shows the soda fountain and the pharmacy. Photograph selected and captioned by the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For more informa… Continue reading

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Geographic Resources – Maps, Walking Tours, Interactive Maps

…ire Insurance Maps, historic maps created between 1888 and 1947; available online to Timberland Regional Library cardholders [Login required] (See also the Sanborn Overlay Project above) Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room: Washington Place Names Database Thurston County Courthouses through history, an interactive Storymap Thurston Regional Planning Commission Historic Properties interactive map What Was There: Historical photos superimposed on m… Continue reading

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Olympia High School – 4/27/14

…Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov The institution formally named William Winlock Miller High School, but known by all as Olympia High School, has existed at three locations. The second location, featured here, was built in 1919, on Capitol Way between 12th and 13th, on what is now East Capitol Campus. It was originally a three-story brick building with a parapet. An addition was b… Continue reading

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Mosquito Fleet at Percival Landing – 4/20/14

…the equivalent of our Interstate 5, dozens of small, privately owned steam-driven freight and passenger vessels, dubbed the Mosquito Fleet, plied the waterways between Olympia, at the southern end, all the way to Vancouver, in British Columbia. In this photograph, probably from the 1890s, three sternwheelers – the Northern Light, City of Shelton and Multnomah – are all pulled up at Percival Landing, in Olympia. State Library Photograph Collection… Continue reading

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Old State Capitol Building after 1949 Earthquake – 4/13/14

…the entire Puget Sound region. The Old State Capitol Building (now Office of Superintendent of Instruction) is shown here undergoing repairs. General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Link here to information about the Old State Capitol Building…. Continue reading

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Capitol Lake Restrooms and Bath House

…mend possible capital improvement projects for Olympia. Among the projects approved and funded was this bath house and restroom facility on the shores of Capitol Lake. The lake was at that time less than ten years old and was a popular swimming spot. The architect, George Ekval, reportedly created this mid-Century modern design, with its striking sawtooth roof, free of charge. The bath house portion of the facility is no longer used. The building… Continue reading

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Fleetwood Building

…is known locally as the Fleetwood Building. “Fleetwood” was the first seven-digit telephone exchange in Olympia (popular lore that it was named for the Lacey Fleetwood family cannot be verified). In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a group of Olympia High School students formed The Fleetwoods, named after the exchange, and rocketed to national fame with their hits “Come Softly to Me,” “Mr. Blue,” and many others. The building is on the local regist… Continue reading

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Foutch: Origins of the Olympia Historical Society: part 4

…ovember meeting. Board and Membership Meetings: These would alternate month-to-month. A general membership meeting would be Thursday October 3 at 7 p.m., a Board meeting Saturday November 2 at 10 a.m., and a general membership potluck meeting Saturday December 7 at 10 a.m. For 2003, General membership meetings would be in January, March, May, July, September and November; Board meetings in February, April, June, August, October and December. Commi… Continue reading

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President’s Column – Summer 2013

…ite and the number of hits has already multiplied significantly. Our Board approved a Certificate of Appreciation for Thad, along with a complimentary five-year membership in the Society. Remember at our January meeting, we had to pass the hat to collect money for professional web services? It wasn’t enough to hire professional help, but Thad Curtz’ volunteer work helped us avoid that cost. Still, it’s clear that we need reliably-available experti… Continue reading

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Origins of the Olympia Historical Society, Chapter 3

…newsletter for September. Susan Goff will provide an article on the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exhibition by Olympia High School and will ask Michael Houser for an item on Olympia City Hall. Shanna Stevenson will provide information on Francis Sylvester; Drew Crooks will provide one of the donated postcards for an illustration. Membership: Rebecca Christie presented the draft membership flier. Members suggested 250 copies for the first printing; member… Continue reading

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Foutch: Origins of the Olympia Historical Society, part 2

…administrative tasks and began to explore program topics and other heritage-related activities. The February 23rd Meeting This meeting recorded lots of follow-up actions by committees. Attending were Bob Arnold, Ralph Blankenship, Rebecca Christie, Marilyn Connon, Drew Crooks, Spencer Daniels, Roger Easton, Edward Echtle, Lois Fenske, Susan Goff, Genevieve Hupe’, Russ Hupe’, Anne Kilgannon, David Kindle, Duane King, E.L.Johnson, Mark Johnson, Bruc… Continue reading

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O’Connell: Olympia in Minor League Baseball

…nd promoter, had an idea for a baseball league. Fink seemed to be a jack-of-all-trades sort of promoter in the era, is mostly mentioned in that gray area between public relations and newspapering. He wrote about sports, worked for newspapers, but also ran teams and leagues. In 1903 he is also noted in the first ever mention of the Southwest Washington League as “the manager of the Tacoma druggists” baseball team. This is the same era that saw the… Continue reading

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Mann’s Seeds Building/Rainy Day Records

…was the location of the home of Champion Bramwell (CB) Mann. CB Mann ran a pharmacy in the Turner Block building, was from an early pioneer family, and acted as territorial librarian for a time. His most significant contribution to us, however, was the initiative he took in the early 20th century to locate and survey Thurston County’s original pioneer families, recording how they arrived here, who they came with, where they settled, and other info… Continue reading

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Oops

…Two corrections to yesterday’s bulletin: The Drew Crooks event date was correct, but the day of the week is Saturday, not Monday. All of the events listed except the Bigelow House event are at the State Capital Museum. — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org To unsubscribe, send us an e-mail: olyhistory@gmail.com… Continue reading

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New History Blogs That Inform and Inspire

…out Olympia history for years but her work and commentary is now available online at www.heatherlockman.com for easy perusal. Here you will discover that she is the author of many of the interpretive signs you’ve enjoyed around town, those concise nuggets that call attention to some facet of the past and add a storied dimension to familiar places. Lockman humorously recalls the joys and terrors of saving the local historic gem, the Bigelow House,… Continue reading

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Society website back on line

…ps://olympiahistory.org/membership/ Thank you very much in advance, on behalf of the Society. Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org To unsubscribe, send us an e-mail: olyhistory@gmail.com… Continue reading

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Olympia Historical Society July 2012 bulletin

…ith House: http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-facilities/community-buildings/jacob-smith-house All of us who love Olympia history benefited greatly from Roger’s contributions and we will miss him sorely. The *Canoe Journey,* to be held at the end of July, will be a spectacular, interesting, and fun filled time. Several organizations have contacted us with requests for volunteers and assistance… Continue reading

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President’s Message Summer 2012

…sonalities who helped shape the Nisqually Delta as we know it today.  We co-sponsored that event with the League of Women Voters. On May 12 OHS assembled a big exhibit on law enforcement and firefighting in Thurston County from 1920-25 as part of the third Thurston County Through The Decades event since the series started last year.  This was a major effort at Lacey’s Huntamer Park, sponsored by the Lacey Historical Museum and the City of Lacey. … Continue reading

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Olympia’s Historic Chinese Community – Families

…ish in return for his work. “Although I may be standing less than a mile from where our family started its life in America, we’ve come a long way,” the new governor said. http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=107   Next Section: Chinese Cemetery Back to Main Page… Continue reading

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Olympia’s Historic Chinese History – Railroads and Riots

…killing many in the process.  News of this incident emboldened radical anti-Chinese agitators in the Puget Sound region.  Several instances of violence against the Chinese culminated in November, when a white mob that included the Mayor and many prominent businessmen removed the entire Chinese population of Tacoma, and burned their homes and businesses.  Seattle citizens immediately attempted to follow suit, but Territorial Governor Watson Squire … Continue reading

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New website feature “Where are we?”

…tory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=322:welcome-to-qwhere-are-weq&catid=32:where-are-we&Itemid=50 This feature was developed by me, the Society’s web content “mistress,” with able assistance of Brian Hovis (map developer) and Sean Krier (Society webmaster). We would love to have your help in developing pages for locations to add to this site. We have plenty of sites to get you started with, or you may suggest your own, and we’ll… Continue reading

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Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum Bylaws

…ing committee  that shall be responsible for the care, maintenance, and day-to-day operations of the Bigelow House facility. Such committee shall have a line item in the budget for purposes of regular and emergency facility maintenance expenditures.   (b)    Finance Committee. There shall be a standing committee  that shall be responsible for managing the corporation’s budget and finances. The treasurer shall chair the finance committee.   Article… Continue reading

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Selected Transcriptions and Images from Olympia Tribune Souvenir Issue 1891

…the business management. In March last, with Major C.M. Bartin, his father-in-law, he leased the paper, and his long journalistic experience insures the success of the venture. Mr. Gill will continue as business manager of the paper. Among the later additions to the business firms of Olympia is that of Rose & Godard, who, late in the year 1890, opened their handsome and magnificantly stocked jewelry and optical salesroom at 222  Fourth street… Bo… Continue reading

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Derricott: Judge Lee Creighton

…appealing to the ironical humor that life always presents. He was a huge X-Files fan; fashioned himself an “X-Filian”; and couldn’t resist giving weekly updates on the series from the bench. Monica Schneider, at the time the Probation Program Manager, recounts an unforgettable example of his courtroom humor: “I was in court on a probation matter and a defendant who I knew from high school was being sentenced. I was merely a bystander during that… Continue reading

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Medical Arts Building

…eb Ross The Medical Arts Building was commissioned in 1962 by doctors E.V. Olson and William Bigelow. It was completed in 1966. The building was adjacent to St. Peter’s Hospital on Sherman Street, on the West Side,  and housed a variety of medical practitioners, including a pharmacy. The doctors hired noted local architect G. Stacey Bennett to produce a modern, yet practical building whose beauty and utility continue remarkably intact nearly fifty… Continue reading

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Minor House

…Regional Archives Minor House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross Like its next-door neighbor, the Harmon House, the Minor House, built in 1922, is one of several homes that were ordered by catalogue from the Tumwater Lumber Mills Ready Cut Homes. The company was founded by the Anderson family, who were Swedish. Over fifty homes in the South Capitol Neighborhood were from the TLM catalogue. Five homes in a row in this block were dubbed “Swede row,” in… Continue reading

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Olympia Avenue Historic District

…The Olympia Avenue Historic District was created by resolution of the Heritage Commission, approved by the Olympia City Council. Link below for the Staff report describing the District. Several of the homes are individually listed in Where are We?, best found by consulting the Interactive Map. Olympia Avenue Historic District Staff Report PCTV/TCTV video on Olympia Avenue Historic District, available on Youtube  … Continue reading

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Olympia High School first site/Capitol Campus sunken garden

…d the grand opening. When the Wilder and White plan for Capitol Campus was approved, the state approached the district and offered to purchase the property and find a new location for a high school, which had in the meantime become overcrowded. A spot was located across the street and plans were made to move the furniture and equipment when it was complete. However, in the summer of 1918, the building burned down, taking all the furnishings with i… Continue reading

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Ralph’s Thriftway

…uded a children’s play area, clothing department, and two leased areas, Bailey Pharmacy and Blue Ribbon Meats. This photograph, taken in 1958, shows the soda fountain and the pharmacy. Additional resources: mid-Century Modern Context Statement, City of Olympia                                      … Continue reading

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Territorial Capitol/Legislative Building

…e center of town (see Old State Capitol Building). In the 1910s, the state approved the Wilder and White plan for the seat of government; it took until 1928, however, until the primary buildings of this plan were completed with the final touches on the current Legislative Building. There are abundant on-line resources about the Legislative building and its history, including many pictures of the damage done to the building in the 1949, 1965, and 2… Continue reading

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Wildwood building

…lecting the changing tastes in American architecture at the cusp of the mid-Century modern style. The Wildwood Building was located at the edge of the Wildwood Park subdivision that had been platted just a few year before. In locating a shopping center here — with a grocery store, pharmacy, and flower shop — G.C. Valley astutely anticipated the desire of families to shop in their own “suburban” neighborhoods, rather than relying on downtown market… Continue reading

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Winged Victory

…g those who served in World War I, was first conceived in 1919. Plans were approved in 1927, soon after completion of the main buildings of  Capitol Campus. It was designed by noted sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis. The monument was dedicated in 1938. The central figure represents the Greek goddess Nike, or Victory, flanked by members of the then-three armed forces: sailor, soldier, and marine, along with a Red Cross nurse. The photograph at above lef… Continue reading

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Saturday Meeting canceled, stay tuned

…Due to the unusually bad weather, Board President Mark Foutch has asked me to let you know that Saturday’s annual meeting has been canceled. We will try to reschedule for a time not too far in the future – I will send an update as soon as I hear when that will be. — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org To unsubscribe, send us an e-mail: olyhistory@gmail.com… Continue reading

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Membership

…torical Society” to: Olympia Historical SocietyPO Box 6064Olympia, WA 98507-6064. Please include your name and contact information, including phone number andemail address. Dues also accepted at scheduled meetings. Annual membership dues categories, as defined in our bylaws, are: $10.00 Student/Senior members (Seniors are defined as 65 years or older. (Students must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited learning institution at time of membe… Continue reading

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President’s Message Winter 2011-2012

…cellent programs! The remainder of our activities in 2011 were primarily co-sponsored with other organizations. These included co-sponsoring a presentation by John Dodge at a Yacht Club event about the historic shoreline of Olympia; having a booth at the summer Thurston County Through the Ages event in Tenino; sponsoring the 100th anniversary celebration of the Carlyon Fill; and representing the Society at the unveiling of two installations celebr… Continue reading

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New Online Options for Donating, Joining, and Renewing

…We are at last leaving the past and now offer our community the opportunity to join or renew online. Please follow this link for details…. Continue reading

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Fall 2011 Newsletter: Table of Contents

…President’s Message Mark Foutch Newsletter Editorial Policies The Honorable Lee Creighton Mark Derricott Deb & Lanny’s Excellent Adventures in Tacoma Lanny Weaver Revisiting Capitol Lake Allen Miller & Emmett O’Connell New Online Options for Donating, Joining, and Renewing… Continue reading

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The Honorable Lee Creighton

…appealing to the ironical humor that life always presents. He was a huge X-Files fan; fashioned himself an “X-Filian”; and couldn’t resist giving weekly updates on the series from the bench. Monica Schneider, at the time the Probation Program Manager, recounts an unforgettable example of his courtroom humor: “I was in court on a probation matter and a defendant who I knew from high school was being sentenced. I was merely a bystander during that… Continue reading

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President’s Message Summer 2011

…ng for your Olympia Historical Society. At our April 30, board meeting, we approved the purchase of a banner to identify our displays at local history events. Thanks to Karen Bowen for managing that “short fuse” project—the banner came just in time for Ralph Blankenship and Deb Ross to use it in Tenino at the first “Thurston County Through The Decades” event of the year. It really looks great! Early in June we supported the City of Olympia in a do… Continue reading

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Preserving the Family Bible

…conservation, this heirloom can reasonably last another 100 years. Select a good conservator and your family will enjoy and treasure your family Bible for many more generations. www.maxmarblesbookbinder.com Max Marbles binder@teleport.com (503) 378-7166 Max Marbles/Bookbinder 1313 Mill St. SE Salem, OR 97301… Continue reading

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Miller: Centennial of the Wilder and White Plan

…proposed capitol campus. In May, Harry White’s overnight note to his bride-to-be, Blossom Randolph in nearby Plainfield, New Jersey, confirmed the spark of this memorable moment: Have just finished our entry…..We think it’s good …..very good……classic, eye-catching, a very sound plan. Worked two nights till 1:30, then 3 A.M. Wednesday to get things just right……. Had extra time today, before Western mails closed At six….Got to the counter on time w… Continue reading

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Ross: The Loft on Cherry

…and cities; and the suits were in national demand. In 1929 the current two-story side of the U-shaped complex was added extending between Jefferson and Cherry Street along Legion Way. The building has tall bay windows along the long (Legion) side of the building at both levels, which provided ample daylighting for workers at their machinery. The one-story office annex, designed by famed architect Joseph Wohleb, was built around the same time. In… Continue reading

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Goforth: Home Again in Olympia

…expect that the entire area—both sides of the road— would be blanketed in cheap-looking development housing; with so many for rent and for sale signs I wondered why they had been built to begin with. The only charm left on that stretch down memory lane for me was the towering rows of evergreens creating a sheltered passage, dappled green in the afternoon sun. The once rural two-lane road that was the Yelm Highway and Ruddle [Ruddell] Road had bee… Continue reading

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WASHINGTON CELEBRATES THE CENTENNIAL OF THE WILDER AND WHITE PLAN

…proposed capitol campus. In May, Harry White’s overnight note to his bride-to-be, Blossom Randolph in nearby Plainfield, New Jersey, confirmed the spark of this memorable moment: Have just finished our entry…..We think it’s good …..very good……classic, eye-catching, a very sound plan. Worked two nights till 1:30, then 3 A.M. Wednesday to get things just right……. Had extra time today, before Western mails closed At six….Got to the counter on time w… Continue reading

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Newsletter available on line

…is message or link to others whom you feel would be interested. — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org… Continue reading

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The Loft on Cherry and Olympia Knitting Mills: Bathing Suits, Beat, and Brew

…and cities; and the suits were in national demand. In 1929 the current two-story side of the U-shaped complex was added extending between Jefferson and Cherry Street along Legion Way. The building has tall bay windows along the long (Legion) side of the building at both levels, which provided ample daylighting for workers at their machinery. The one-story office annex, designed by famed architect Joseph Wohleb, was built around the same time. In… Continue reading

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Olympia Historical Society Bulletin – upcoming events and newsletter deadline

…– January 5, 6:30-8:30 PM: Wood Window restoration. This is part of the Do-it-Yourself Wednesdays! Workshops, Hosted by Olympia Supply Co, 625 Columbia St. Olympia. With each Workshop: Get a 15% Off Coupon at Oly Supply, and a chance to win free products worth $30 or more! – January 10, noon, State Capital Museum: Arrowheads, Dart Points, and Knives, Oh My! Stone Tool Technology of the Southern Puget Sound. Scott Williams, Cultural Resources prog… Continue reading

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Reminder – annual meeting and potluck this Saturday

…he State Capitol Museum, co-sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society. Please bring a dish to share and your own plates and cutlery. There is sure to be lively discussion and exchange of news and ideas. We will be sending Lois and Sue off to well-deserved retirements from the board, and electing two new board members to take their places. Bring yourself and a friend or two – and your checkbook if you have not yet renewed your membership… Continue reading

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Fall Newsletter

…The Olympia Historical Society’s Fall Newsletter is now available for your viewing at https://olympiahistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=19&Itemid=38 Enjoy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving! — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org… Continue reading

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JOIN US! Celebrate Washington Women’s Suffrage Centennial November 7th-8th

…<http://www.washingtonwomenshistory.org/events/jubilation.aspx> Sam Reed Secretary of State New email address: sam@sos.wa.gov… Continue reading

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Fwd: Traffic Problem – Take Another Route to the OHS meeting

…ory@blogger.com>, “Goff, Susan” <scdgoff@comcast.net>, “Fenske, Lois” <lfenske@comcast.net>, “Derricott, Mark” < markderricott@gmail.com> To OHS members I am reading in this mornings Olympian that the I-5 exit to the State Capitol is closed today. Plan another route. See you at the meeting Ralph — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org… Continue reading

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Olympia Historical society bulletin

…ment is limited. To register, contact Mark Vessey, mvessey@wshs.wa.gov, 360-586-0219 *Last* but not least, the 63rd Annual Pacific Northwest History Conference “Game Changers & History Makers: Women in Pacific Northwest History,” will be held November 3-5, 2010 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington. For information, program and registration visit: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/heritageServices/conferences.aspx Note that online registrat… Continue reading

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Summer Newsletter Available!

…and activities, and get out in the sun if and when it appears! — Deborah Ross, on behalf of The Olympia Historical Society www.OlympiaHistory.org… Continue reading

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Sandman

…he 60 ft. vessel and to operate the boat as a floating museum, dedicated to preserving some of the maritime history of Olympia and South Puget Sound. The boat is open to the public, free of charge, on most weekends, year-round. You are cordially invited to come to Percival Landing in Olympia and visit this historic vessel. Until then, enjoy some of the photos of Sand Man’s history and restoration on the website www.tugsandman.org…. Continue reading

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Early Residents – M

…ilda, m. Bingham, then Naden Della, nee Johnston, married Ed Edgar, Spanish-American war veteran, sheriff, WSHS C2013.18.165, C2017.0.42 Irene, daughter of Ed and Della, m. Swift, WSHS 2009.224.3 John, superintendent of water system, superintendent of Olympia Water System, WSHS C1949.18.51, C1949.18.53, Matilda, nee Bennett, mother of Ed McCleary Charles, son of Henry, see McCleary-Robinson House in Where Are We? Henry, lumberman, owned McCleary M… Continue reading

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An Index to Olympia Area Residents 1845-1930

…a Heritage Commission. Link will bring up a Google Map, sites can be searched by name from there. Transcriptions from Olympia Tribune’s Souvenir Issue of 1891, containing biographies and photographs of notable Olympia citizens Washington West of the Cascades, a turn-of-the-century compilation Gordon Newell, Rogues, Buffoons, and Statesmen  Sylvester’s Window project As time and resources are available, other on-line resources are added, such as Wi… Continue reading

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Rainey: Short History of Manufacturing

…a large cattle and sheep operation on the Nisqually plains. The British fur-trading and agricultural companies were thus well-established on southern Puget Sound when American settlers began arriving. The United States, though, gained full sovereignty over the region by the mid-1840s. Colonel Michael T. Simmons led the first party of Americans to settle on Puget Sound. In 1846, he staked a claim around the waterfalls of the Deschutes River near wh… Continue reading

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Sylvester Narrative of the Founding of Olympia

…& occupied his claim. It was reserved for him by the Government. We could buy vessels cheap there then. Twenty-Five hundred dollars was all we paid for this brig. When we got into the Valley we went to Fosters bar. There is where we were all taken sick. Foster had a trading post there. We left here on the 2nd of April and got into Sacramento Valley about the 2nd of July. We were all that length of time going by ox team. About the 1st of September… Continue reading

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Ingham: Early Doctors of Olympia

…pay. Even this newborn baby had measles. Mrs. Ostrander also lost a sister-in-law, the wife of her brother Franklin Yantis, the grandmother of George and Robert Yantis and also for George and Robert Blankenship. She herself was so miserable she told later that at the time she wished they could all die. However, after six months of constant travel they finally arrived in Portland in September 1852. From the Dalles, they made the trip to Portland i… Continue reading

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Newell: So Fair a Dwelling Place

…revalent as to how Tenino got its name . . . that it was from the number 10-9-0 on a railway surveyor’s stake or on an early locomotive. The fact is that the railway used the Chinook word meaning “junction” in naming the station Tenino. It referred to the junction of the old military roads from Vancouver to Steilacoom and Olympia, which branched at that point. p57 Tenino achieved commercial importance in 1888 when its magnificent sandstone quarrie… Continue reading

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Blankenship: Lights and Shades of Pioneer Life

…a Vast Domain-Seattle’s First Newspaper An Unfortunate Misnomer – Pages 11 -14-The First Mail Route-A Historical Steamboat-The First Railroad Gov. Stevens’ Arrival in the Territory – Pages 15 – 22-Celebrities Identified With Early History-Origin of Geographical Names Women in Pioneer Life – Pages 23 – 27-Hardship and Privation Borne Unflinchingly-Olympia Girls that Gained Notoriety The First Circus – Pages 28 – 31-An International Baseball Game-En… Continue reading

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Blankenship: History of Olympia Lodge No. 1, F&AM

…dge No. 5.The dispensation was tendered by Mrs. Carrie M. McElroy, daughter-in-law of Thornton F. McElroy, first Grand Master of Washington. The model of the old temple, completely furnished with miniaturemodels of the old Lodge furniture was displayed in the Lodge room onOctober 7, 1932. The furniture was made by Brother Frank O. Scott; thewiring installed by Brother Case of this Lodge, and the painting doneby Brother Messegee of Harmony Lodge. T… Continue reading

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Home Again in Olympia

…expect that the entire area—both sides of the road— would be blanketed in cheap-looking development housing; with so many for rent and for sale signs I wondered why they had been built to begin with. The only charm left on that stretch down memory lane for me was the towering rows of evergreens creating a sheltered passage, dappled green in the afternoon sun. The once rural two-lane road that was the Yelm Highway and Ruddle [Ruddell] Road had bee… Continue reading

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Links to Helpful Sites

…line copies of this journal available after one year from publication; OHS-BH members may pick current editions up at Bigelow House or annual meeting Libraries The Evergreen State College Daniel J. Evans Library Timberland Regional Library South Puget Sound Community College Library Washington State Library Ask a Librarian service of the Washington State Library Library of Congress Sanborn Maps (in color)  Archives Washington State Archives & SW… Continue reading

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Bibliography – Books, Transcripts, and Articles

…Historical Society Newsletter, Summer 2011. https://olympiahistory.org/meet-a-family-blankenships/ Boba, Eleanor A.  “The Governor’s Mansion”  Portage 1988 9:3, 13-15. Bowman, George. McLane Volunteer Fire Department: Fire Dist. no. 9, 1950 to 1980, Thurston County, Washington  Olympia: The Fire Dept, 1989. Bullock, Jill. Olympia. Arcadia Publishing, 2010. Brazier, Don.  History of the Washington Legislature: 1854 – 1963  Olympia: Wasington State… Continue reading

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