After a brief annual meeting, Carol Stout will tell about Chaplains & Priests who led the soldiers & their families in worship at the Fort Chapel and Catholic Church. The meeting and presentation are set for Sunday, October 18 (2 pm) at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA 98498 (on the grounds of Western State Hospital). Learn more at www.historicfortsteilacoom.org.
Editors, like other shrewd people, must live with their eyes open. A good story is told on one who started a paper in a Western town.
The town was infested with gamblers, whose presence was an annoyance to the citizens, who told the editor that if he did not come out against them, they would not patronize his paper.
The rights of Native Americans is a key issue in the Pacific Northwest, and on October 15, Danica Miller of the Puyallup Tribe will share the experiences of the Puyallup as they have protected their sovereignty from the point of first contact with settlers.
McNeil Island is the subject of a graphic memoir by Colleen Frakes. Her book is titled Prison Island, and uses graphic novel panels to tell her story of the challenges and atypical circumstances of growing up in this “company town”. She will be at the Steilacoom Museum (lower level) on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 to talk about her book.
Don’t miss the fun. Play golf with Oakland Raider Super Bowl Champion Otis Sistrunk and Seattle Super Sonics legend Slick Watts at one of the best courses in Western Washington. Tournament is being sponsored by the Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers Museum to help raise funds for educational development program, Museum improvements and community outreach.
There’s a subgroup of historical society members, who might be considered Lakewood’s version of the “Monuments” men and women.
Their focus is to ensure that historical monuments—actually bronze markers or mini-monuments—are being placed at historical sites around the city. Maps, showing their location, are available at City Hall, at the Chamber of Commerce, and at the Lakewood Historical Museum.
During a three-decade period, between 1932 and 1965, a three-story structure that overlooked Western State Hospital was known as “the White House.”
By Beverly Isenson
In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt took a 17-city whistle-stop tour through Washington to spotlight the ‘western wonderlands” by promoting conservation, irrigation, and prudent use of natural resources. He visited the first federally-funded irrigation district in Sunnyside, and the northwest’s magnificent forests, speaking to crowds at every stop.
The 2015-16 school year in the Town on the Sound has officially begun.
While students are returning to Cherrydale, Saltar’s Point, Anderson Island, Chloe Clark and the High School, there is one place where many former SHSD students can recall the subtle exercise they had each day–ascending and descending the staircase in Steilacoom School.
Dr. Jerry Ramsey, Author of Stealing Puget Sound, will speak at the UP Historical Society meeting on September 9 (7 pm) at the University Place Public Library Room D2 (3715 Bridgeport Way West, University Place).