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First Senators and Representatives of Washington

These are the names of the first state senators, with their counties: Adams, Franklin, and Okanagan County, F. H. Luce Asotin and Garfield County, C. G. Austin Chehalis County, C. T. Wooding Clallam County, Jefferson, and San Juan, Henry Landes Clarke County, L. B. Clough Columbia County, H. H. Wolfe Cowlitz County, C. E. Forsythe Douglas and Yakima County, J. M. Snow Island and Skagit County, Thomas Paine King County, W. D. Wood, J. H. Jones, 0. D. Gilfoil, John R. Kinnear, W. V. Rinehart Kitsap and Mason County, W. H. Kneeland Kittitas County, E. T. Wilson Klickitat and Skamania County, Jacob Huusaker Lincoln County, J. H. Long, Lewis; H. W. Fairweather Pacific and Walikiakum County, B. A. Seaborg Pierce County, John S. Baker, L. F. Thompson, Henry Drum (Drum was the one democrat in the senate) Snohomish County, Henry Vestal Spokane County, Alexander Watt, E. B. Hyde, B. C. Van Houton Spokane and Stevens County, H. E. Houghton Thurston County, N. H. Owings Walla Walla County, Platt A. Preston, Geo. T. Thompson Whatcom County, W. J. Parkinson Whitman County, John C. Lawrence, J. T. Whaley, A. T. Farris First Representatives of Washington Adams County, W. K. Kennedy Asotin County, William Farrish Chehalis County, R. L. Nims, J. D. Medcalf Clallam County, Amos F. Shaw, John D. Geoghegan, S. S. Cook, Clarke; A. B. Luce Columbia County, A. H. Weatherford, H. B. Day Cowlitz County, Chandler Huntington, Jr. Douglas County, E. D. Nash Franklin County, C. H. Flummcrfell Garfield County, W. S. Oliphant Island County, George W. Morse Jefferson County, Joseph Kuhn King County, J. T. Blackburn, W. C....

Delegates of Washington Convention, July 4, 1889

The several counties were represented as follows in the convention: Adams County, D. Buchanan Garfield, S. G. Cosgrove Franklin, W. B. Gray Columbia, M. M. Goodman, R. F. Sturvedant Chehalis County, A. J. West Clarke County, Louis Johns, A. A. Lindsley Cowlitz County, Jesse Van Name Island County, J. C. Kellogg Jefferson County, Allen Weir, George H. Jones, H. C. Willison King County, R. Jeff’s, T. T. Minor, T. P. Dyer, D. E. Durie, John R. Kinnear, John P. Hoyt, M. J. McElroy, Morgan Morgans County, George W. Tibbetts, W. L. Newton Kitsap County, S. A. Dickey Kittetas County, J. A. Shoudy, A. Mires, J. T. McDonald Lewis County, O. H. Joy, S. H. Berry. Lincoln County, H. W. Fairweather, B. B. Glascock, Frank M. Dallam Mason County, Henry Winsor, John McReavy Pacific County, J. A. Burk Pierce County, T. L. Stiles, P. C. Sullivan, Gwin Hicks, H. M. Lillis, C. T. Fay, R. S. Moore, Robert Jamison Skagit County, James Power, Thomas Hayton, H. Clothier Skamania County, G. H. Stevenson Snohomish County, A. Schooley Spokane County, C. P. Coey, Geo. Turner, J. Z. Moore, J. J. Browne, T. C. Griffitts, H. F. Suksdorf, Hiram E. Allen Stevens County, S. H. Manly, J. J. Travis Thurston County, John F. Gowey, T. M. Reed, Francis Henry Wahkiakum County, O. A. Bowen Walla Walla County, Lewis Neaee, D. J. Crowley, B. L. Sharpstein, N. G. Blalock Yakima, W. F. Prosser Whatcom County, J. J. Weisenberger, E. Eldridge Whitman County, J. P. T. McCloskey, C. H. Warner, E. H. Sullivan, J. M. Reed, James Hungate, Geo. Comegys From the Oregonian of July...

Washington Pioneers and Solders in the Indian War

David Shelton, son of Lewis Shelton and Nancy Gladdin, his wife, and grandson of Roderick Shelton and Usley Willard, his wife, of Virginia, was born in Buncombe County, Virginia, Sept. 15, 1812, migrating with his parents to Missouri territory in 1819. He married Frances Willson, born in Kentucky, May 30, 1837, and removed in 1838 to the Platte Purchase, settling near St Joseph, where he lived until 1847, when he emigrated to Oregon, taking up a claim on Sauvé Island, which he sold in 1848, and went to the California gold mines, returning to Portland in 1849, where he remained until 1852, when he removed to Washington Territory in company with L. B. Hastings, F. V. Pettigrove, Thomas Tallentine, and B. Ross on a small schooner, named the Mary Taylor. Shelton and Ross remained in Olympia until 1853, in which year he settled on Skookum Bay, and was appointed one of the three judges of Thurston County, which at that time comprised the whole Puget Sound country. He was elected to first territorial legislature, and introduced the bill organizing Sawamish County (the name being subsequently changed to Mason), of which he was the first settler. He served in the Indian war of 1855-6, as a Lieutenant in Co. F., W. T. vols. Mrs Shelton died April 15, 1887, at the age of 70 years. Shelton was a man of strong convictions, and a power in the community where he lived. His children were Lewis D. W., born in Andrew County, Missouri, in 1841; John S. W., born in Gentry County, Missouri, in 1844; Levi T., born in Clackamas County,...

Second Regiment of Washington Volunteers

The 2d regiment of Washington volunteers was officered, so far as the official correspondence shows, as follows: Company A, Capt. Edward Lander; 1st Lieut A. A. Denny. Vice H. H. Peixotto resigned; 2d Lieut D. A. Neely; H. A. Smith surgeon; Strength 33 rank and file. Non-com officers, John Henning, C. D. Biven, J. Ross, Jacob Wibbens, James Fielding, Walter Graham, David Manner, Asa Fowler. Company B, Capt. Gilmore Hays, promoted to major by election; 1st Lieut A. B. Rabbeson, elected Capt. Vice Hays; 1st Lieut Van Ogle, vice Rabbeson, and John Brady, vice Van Ogle, commanded lastly by Captain Burntrager; 2d Lieut William Martin; 2d. Lieut William Temple, vice Martin resigned. Non-com officers, Frank Ruth, D. Martin, M. Goodell, N. B. Coffey, J. L. Myres, T. Hughes, H. Horton; Strength 52 men rank and file. Company C, Capt. B. L. Henness; 1st Lieut G. C. Blankenship; 2d Lieut F. A. Goodwin; non-commissioned officers, Joseph Cushman, William J. Yeager, Henry Laws, James Phillips, William E. Klady, Thomas Hicks, S. A. Phillips, H. Johnson; Strength 67 rank and file. Company D, Capt. Achilles; 1st Lieut Powell; Strength 44 rank and file. Company E, Capt. Charles W. Riley; Strength 21 men rank and file; commanded lastly by Lieut Cole. Company F, Capt. Calvin W. Swindal; 1st Lieut J. Q. Cole; Strength 40 rank and file. Company G, J. J. II. Van Bokelin; promoted to Major by election; 1st Lieut Daniel Smalley, elected Capt. vice Van Bokelin; 2d Lieut C. W. Ebey; Strength 55 rank and file. Company H, Capt. R. V. Peabody; Strength 42 rank and file. Company I, Capt. S....

Southern Battalion of Washington

The southern battalion consisted of the Washington Mounted Rifles, Capt. H. J. G. Maxon, Company D, Capt. Achilles, who was succeeded by Lieut Powell, and two Oregon companies, one Company, K, under Francis M. P. Goff, of Marion County, and another, Company J, under Bluford Miller of Polk County. Oregon Statesman, March 11 and May 20, 1856. For convenience of reference, they are named here: Company A, organized and commanded by Lieut-Col Edward Lander Walla Walla County, organized out of friendly Chehalis and Cowlitz Indians by Sidney S. Ford, Capt. Clarke County Rangers, organized by Capt. William Kelly Company E, Capt. C. W. Riley, succeeded by Lieut J. Q. Cole Company H, Capt. R. V. Peabody Company L, Capt. E. D. Warbass Company N, Capt. Richards, succeeded by Capt. Williams Company M, consisting of 10 white men and 43 Nez Perces, Henri M. Chase, Capt. a company of Squaxon scouts under Lieut. Gosnell a company of Cowlitz Indians under Pierre Charles. Lieut-Col Lander was retained on the governor’s staff, and Jared S. Hurd, E. C. Fitzhugh, and H. R. Crosbie aids, with the rank of Lieut-Col, in addition to the appointments made in Dec., of Craig and Doty. Edward Gibson was appointed extra aid. B. F. Shaw was elected Lieut-Col of the 2d regiment in April. W. W. Miller still held the office of quartermaster and commissary-general at Olympia. Warren Grove was appointed quartermaster and commissary at Steilacoom F. Mathias at Seattle A. H. Robie at The Dalles Charles E. Weed at Olympia R. M. Hathaway at Vancouver R. S. Robinson for the northern battalion, at Port Townsend C....

Washington Settlers from Oregon

William Craig was born in Greenbriar County, Virginia, in 1810. He entered the service of the American Fur Company in 1830, and for ten years led the life of a trapper. When the fur companies broke up, about 1810, he came to Oregon, and settled not long after at Lapwai, near Spalding’s mission, to which he rendered valuable assistance in controlling the Indians. He also was of much service to Gov. Stevens in making treaties with the Indians of eastern Washington. Stevens appointed him on his staff, with the rank of Lieutenant colonel, and he was afterward appointed Indian agent at Lapwai, for’ which position he was well fitted, and which he held for a long time. ‘But for his liberality he would have been rich, but he has given away enough to make several fortunes.’ Walla Walla Union, Oct. 23, 1869. ‘He was the comrade in the mountains of Kit Carson, J. L. Meek, Robert Newell, Courtenay Walker, Thompson, Rahboin, and a host of other brave men whose names are linked with the history of the country.’ Walla Walla Statesman, in Portland Oregonian, Oct. 30, 1869. Here are a few men who settled in Washington at an early period, but who had first resided in Oregon: Solomon Strong, born in Erie co., N. V., Nov. 11, 1817. At the age of fourteen years removed to Ohio, thence to Iowa, and thence, in 1847, to Or., with an ox-team, with his wife and one child, George W., born in 1S43, in Iowa. Strong settled on a claim seven miles from Portland, residing there until Sept. 17, 1850, when he...

Washington Council Members, 1854

The members of the council elected to fill the places left vacant by the expiration of the short term and other causes were: Jefferson Huff and Ira Patterson from Clarke and Skamania County C. C. Terry and W. A. Strickler from Pierce and King County A. M. Poe from Island County, Clallam, Jefferson, and Whatcom County. Catlin, of the former council, was chosen president Butler P. Anderson, Chief Clerk A. J. Moses, Assistant Clerk J. L. Mitchell, Sergeant-at-Arms William Cullison, Doorkeeper The Lower House was composed of: William McCool, of Skamania, County; C. C. Stiles, Chas S. Irby, William Hendrickson, Henry R. Crosbie, of Clarke County John Briscoe, of Pacific and Wahkiakum County George Watkins, of Chehalis and Sawamish County Charles H. Spinning, Charles F. White, of Lewis County Stephen Guthrie, William Cock, Benjamin L. Henness, William P. Wells Thurston County William H. Wallace, Frank Clarke, Samuel McCaw, of Pierce County John Carson, of Pierce and King County A. A. Denny, of King County Timothy Heald, of Jefferson and Clallam County R. L. Doyle, of Island and Whatcom County A. S. Abernethy, of Cowlitz County Crosbie was chosen speaker B. F. Kendall was elected Chief Clerk R. M. Walker, Assistant Clerk Milton Mounts, Sergeant-at-Arms William Baily, Doorkeeper. Wash. Jour. House, 1851-5, 8-9,...

Hudson’s Bay Company Forts in Washington

In Stevens’ report is found a list of all the forts of the H. B. Co., with their rank and value, and the amount of cultivated laud, making the whole foot up no more than $300,000, whereas they received twenty years later more than double that amount. The other information contained in the report relates to the segregation of the land claimed by the companies into donation lots, with the names of the squatters, and is of interest in the history of the early settlement of the country. The following are the names of the so-called trespassers: At Fort Vancouver, Bishop Blanchet, for a mission claim, the same 640 acres being claimed by James Graham of the H. B. Co. The county of Clarke also claimed 160 acres of the same land as a county seat, which was allowed, as I have mentioned elsewhere. Over all these claims the United States military reserve extended. Immediately east of Vancouver 640 acres were claimed by Forbes Barclay (British), and the same tract by an American, Ryan, who resided on it and cultivated it, while Barclay lived at Oregon City. Adjoining was a claim of 640 acres, which, after passing through several hands a servant of the company, Chief Factor Ogden, and Switzler was finally sold to Nye, an American. A tract 4 miles square above these claims, and embracing the company’s mills, was claimed by Daniel Harvey (British); but 640 acres, including the gristmill, were claimed by a naturalized citizen, William F. Crate; and 640, including the sawmill, by Gabriel Barktroth, also a naturalized citizen. A portion of this section, with...

Washington Petitions for Land Law separate from Oregon

The most important matter to which the attention of the national legislature was called was a change in the land law, to effect which congress was memorialized to grant them a surveyor-general of their own, and a land system “separate from, and wholly disconnected with, that of Oregon territory.” To be relieved from the prohibition preventing the holders of donation certificates from selling any portion of their claims before they received a patent; their certificates to be prima facie evidence of title. Suggestions were given as to the manner of establishing a claim by witnesses before the surveyor-general. That persons entitled to a donation should be permitted to take irregular fractions of land. That town proprietors should be authorized to convey lots by valid deeds, the same as if a patent had been issued. That when either parent of a child or children should have died upon the road to Washington, the survivor should be entitled to as much land as both together would have been entitled to; provided the land taken in the name of the deceased should be held in trust for the children. Or when either parent should have started for or arrived in the territory, and the other, though not yet started, should die, having a child or children, the surviving parent should be entitled, by complying with the provisions of the law, to the full amount that both parents and such child or children would have been entitled to had they all arrived in the territory. Or that when both parents should die after having begun their journey to Washington, or before locating a...

Washington Counties Organized

Sawamish County, first organized March 13, 1854, had its name changed to Mason Jan. 3, 1864, in honor of Charles H. Mason, first secretary of the territory. The county officers appointed on its organization were: Commissioners, Wesley Gosnell, Charles Graham, Lee Hancock Sheriff, Finis K. Simmons Judge of Probate, Alfred Hall Auditor, V. P. Morrow Treasurer, Orrington Cushman Justice of the Peace, Aaron M. Collins Olympia Pioneer and Dem., May 27, 1854. Commissioners appointed for Whatcom County were Commissioners, William Cullen, H. C. Page, R. V. Peabody Sheriff, Ellis Barnes Auditor, A. M. Poe. Commissioners appointed for Walla Walla County were: Commissioners, George C. Bamford, John Owen, Dominique Pambrun Sheriff, Narcisse Raymond Judge of Probate and Justice of the Peace, Lloyd Brooke. Clark County Vancouver is called Columbia City in the act. This patriotic change of name occurred about 1851 or 1852, but I fail to find any mention of it. I think it was done on the motion of the first postmaster at that place, R. H. Lansdale, who had the post office called Columbia City. The name, however, would not pass in the face of long usage, and the Washington legislature at its second session changed it to Vancouver. The commissioners appointed for Clarke County by the first territorial legislature were: Commissioners William Dillon C. C. Stiles and Mr Fairchilds; Sheriff George W. Hart; Judge of Probate Henry Gullifer; Auditor William Ryan; Treasurer Henry Burlingame; Justices of the Peace Solomon Strong Michael Tubbs; Coroner William M. Simmons; Assessor Henry C. Morse; Constable for Vancouver precinct, Moses Kirkham, for Cathlapootle precinct, C. C. Bogarth, for Washougal precinct, Berry...
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