By Nancy Covert
In 1858 Steilacoom town founder Lafayette Balch hired Charles Prosch, a Pennsylvania newspaper man, away from his work in San Francisco to help Balch “boom” his town on the Sound. Editor Prosch couldn’t turn down Balch’s offer of a house, guaranteed pay no matter what…and the opportunity to be a big part of this developing communiity between Olympia and Seattle.
This is just one of many interesting anecdotes about early Washington newspapers–especially those printed in Steilacoom. Papers such as the Courier, the Puget Sound Herald, The Truth Teller, the Lakewood Log and others will be discussed at the Steilacoom Historical Museum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. The museum is located at 1801 Rainier Street.
The talk is complimentary and open to anyone interested in learning about early, pre-Internet publications. Retired journalist Nancy Covert will share highlights of her newspaper research.Print This Post