Steilacoom history: Charles Prosch’s reminiscences

In his book, Reminiscences of Washington Territory, Mr. Charles Prosch, editor of Steilacoom’s Puget Sound Herald, tells about that momentous offer from Capt. Lafayette Balch:

It was not my purpose to come to Washington Territory when I left New York [Mr. Prosch, born in Lancaster County, PA, had apprenticed in New York]; nor did I expect to remain on this coast longer than one or two years. A residence of 60 days in San Francisco, however, reconciled me to a permanent home on the Pacific Coast. In the winter of 1857-58 I made the acquaintance of Capt. Lafayette Balch, the town proprietor of Steilacoom. He had a small water-powered sawmill on Nisqually Bay, a lumber yard in San Francisco, and three or four vessels plying between the two places, carrying lumber down and returning with merchandise.

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The value of old newspapers

From Reminiscences of Washington Territory by Charles Prosch, pp 107-109, published by Ye Galleon Press, Fairfield, WA, 1969

In August, 1893, I received the telegraphic message following, from the Tacoma law firm of Doolittle & Goff:

“Balch case set for today. Please come on first boat or train. Bring newspaper files.”

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Around the Sound: Painting Quarters 4 at Ft. Steilacoom

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A crew from Tracy Quality Paint of Gig Harbor worked this past week on painting Quarters 4 at Historic Ft. Steilacoom, on the grounds of present-day Western State Hospital.  After work is done on the Quarters 3 building, it will be painted. Before he passed away, the late Sen. Mike Carrell appropriated funds for the restoration of these buildings. Funding for painting Qtrs. 1 & 2 was provided by the Nisqually Tribe.
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Around the Sound: Islanders rally to save ill eagle

As told to Nancy Covert

This past Friday night Anderson Islander, Jeanne McGoldrick, phoned some neighbors to report that her young grandson, Andrew, spotted an injured eagle on the beach (the kids love to swing on the Stephensons’ swing down there). The eagle could not fly, and seemed hungry. Dave McGoldrick brought down some salmon for the eagle, who I will call “him”, but it could be a “her.” [Read more...]

Lemming pitches for gold

JJ Lemming
JJ Lemming

JJ Lemming pitching at Steamboat Springs World Series (photo courtesy of Sara Lemming)

J. J. Lemming started back to 8th grade at Pioneer Middle School this past week, and the Steilacoom teenager had a cool story to share with his classmates.

His “how he spent his summer” story likely included a recap about taking part in the 19th annual Triple Crown Baseball World Series in Steamboat Springs, CO. His “Dream Team,” comprised of guys from Lacey and one lone Steilacoomite, was one 0f 29 other teams that participated this year. [Read more...]