Location: Olympia Washington

Biography of Hon. Isaac Ingalls Stevens

HON. ISAAC INGALLS STEVENS. – Governor Stevens was born at Andover, Massachusetts, March 18, 1818. He graduated from West Point in the class of 1839, of which he stood at the head, and immediately thereafter was commissioned second lieutenant of engineers. In 1840 he was promoted to a first lieutenancy. In the war with Mexico (1846-1848) he served on the staff of General Scott and for gallant and meritorious services at Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec earned the brevet rank of major. He was severely wounded in the capture of the City of Mexico from the effect of which he suffered during life. At the close of that war, Alexander Dallas Bache, Superintendent of the United States coast survey, appointed him chief clerk in charge of the office at Washington, District of Columbia, a position he resigned in March, 1853, to accept the first governorship of Washington Territory. He journeyed thither across the continent, exploring a route from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to Puget Sound. On the 29th of September,1853, he entered the territory and assumed the performance of his gubernatorial duties therein. He issued his proclamation thereof at the crossing of the dividing ridge on the summit of the Rocky Mountains bearing that date. During the years 1854 and 1855, as superintendent of Indian affairs, he concluded treaties with the native Indian tribes within the territory, by...

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Biography of Dr. Alden H. Steele

DR. ALDEN H. STEELE. – “Olympia will always be a place for pleasant homes,” says one of her citizens well qualified to render an opinion, – the gentleman whose name appears above. The wide streets, magnificent shade-trees and comfortable residences of the capital of Washington Territory, together with her delightful climate, an extensive view of water and mountains, fully justify the remark; and no place could have a more pleasant recommendation. The Doctor has also examined the facilities of the place for a naval station, and finds that the location is most desirable from the following particulars: Safe anchorage and good harbor; ease of defense; abundance of coal, iron and ship timber; opportunity for a fresh-water dock and basin at small cost at Priest’s Point; ease of communication; and advantage of tide. Doctor Steele, whose presence as a resident contributes much towards the pleasantness of Olympia, is a native of New York State, having been born in 1823 at Oswego, where his father had long been a successful merchant. At the age of twenty our subject graduated from the medical department of the University of New York, and also from the office of Doctor James R. Woods, the distinguished professor of surgery. The first practice of the young physician was at Oswego, new York; but in 1849, in company with the mounted riflemen under Lieutenant-Colonel Loring, he crossed the...

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Biography of Hon. Hiram D. Morgan

HON. HIRAM D. MORGAN. – This gentleman, whose portrait appears in this history, and who is so well known up and down the Sound, has had a varied pioneer life since 1853. He is a native of Ohio, having been born at Mount Ayre in 1822. During his boyhood, his parents moved to Marion and other portions of the state; and in the course of his development he learned the carpenter’s trade, which has ever been a great reliance to him. In 1846 he came out to Oskaloosa, Iowa, and in 1853 became one of the Davis party to cross the plains to Oregon. At Salmon Falls he left the train and came on to Fort Boise, and with all his possessions on his shoulders walked down to The Dalles, and at the Cascades was employed by Bush & Baker in building a large bateau and ferry-boat. In October he left for Olympia, and in 1854 built there a schooner, the Emlie Parker, on a speculation, which he sold to advantage. When the war broke out in 1855 he was engaged by Michael T. Simmons, Indian agent, to act as his secretary. Mr. Morgan was soon selected by the Indians to act as agent. He built seven houses under contract on the Squakson agency, and twelve house for the Indians on the Puyallup agency, and in 1861 was appointed...

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Biography of Hon. E. L. Smith

HON. E.L. SMITH – Although these sketches deal mainly with men who came hither in the forties and fifties, we are yet occasionally reminded of the fact that length of residence does not constitute the only just claim to recognition in our annals. Every decade has its pioneers. Nearly every year has seen added to our number someone who by force of character, intelligence and industry has made himself a place in the esteem of the people, and in the business fabric of the country. The subject of the present subject was a pioneer of 1861. Though thus not f especially early residence here, there is scarcely a man in our history who has touched more of the experiences of life on this coast than he, or who has a larger circle of friends and acquaintances, or who has a greater general knowledge of this country, in all its many unfolding phases. Mr. Smith was born in Orleans County, Vermont, in 1837. Removing to Illinois in 1857, he became for a time a teacher in Tazewell County. In 1858 he entered Lombard University at Galesburg. In 1860 he found his life’s partner – a most happy “find” for both – in the person of Miss Georgia Slocum, of Woodstock, Illinois. During that same period of his life, too, though so young, he became by reason of his natural powers...

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Biographical Sketch of Gustave Rosenthal

GUSTAVE ROSENTHAL. – This well-known merchant was born in Bavaria on the 4th of July, 1840. He continued to live in his native country until 1856. In that year he emigrated to America. The first three years of his stay he spent in Boston. Then, removing to the city of New York, he was engaged in mercantile business until 1861. In September of that year he came by the Panama route to California; and two years later he resumed his journeyings, coming to a final pause at Olympia, Washington Territory. There he soon embarked in the business of general merchandising in partnership with Isaac Lightner. In 1874 Mr. Rosenthal purchased the interest of his partner, and has since conducted the business independently, being now one of the oldest business men in Olympia. In 1869 the office of county treasurer was conferred on Mr. Rosenthal. The wife of Mr. Rosenthal was Miss Katie Bettman, to whom he was united at Olympia, and by whom he now has an interesting family of four children, Bertha, Samuel, Caroline and...

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McCully, Frank M. – Obituary

Death calls F. M. M’Cully, Passes away after a sinking spell yesterday morning Funeral Thursday Frank M. McCully, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, died at 5:30 o’clock yesterday morning…underwent an operation for removal of gall stones about ten days ago. The operation was successful but his condition was so enfeebled by the progress of the disease attended by kidney trouble of a similar nature that he failed to rally and rapidly became worse. Saturday and Sunday death was fought off by the injection of saline solution but on Monday he rallied perceptibly and strong hope of his ultimate recovery was entertained. At four o’clock yesterday morning a sinking spell occurred and death occurred an hour and a half later.” “The flags on all the school buildings and upon the State Capitol Building were at half mast yesterday in respect to his memory…The Elks, of which Mr. McCully was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be in Masonic cemetery.” Of Scotch descent; descendants first settled in New Brunswick [wrong]; later pioneers of Ohio, where his father was born in 1829; came to OR overland in 1852; Frank’s father died earlier this year (1907) at the home of his daughter in OR. Frank b. 2 Oct 1857 Harrisburg, OR; moved to Salem with family in 1866; graduated from Willamette U. in B. S....

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Jorgensen, S. Cleone Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon S. Cleone Jorgensen, formerly of Enterprise, died May 1, 1983 at Olympia, Washington. She was buried at Bellevue, Washington. She is survived by one son, Lee Jorgenson, of Brush Praire, Washington; one sister, E.V. Ulrich, of Bellevue, Washington; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May, 1983 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Akes, Esther Elaine – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Esther Elaine Akes of Milton-Freewater died June 27, 2006, at Evergreen Nursing Home. She was 86. Mrs. Akes was born August 23, 1919 in Pendleton to James Wallace and Lucia Mae Tilton Spencer. On February 27, 1943, she married Charles Leonard Akes, Sr. at Olympia, Wash. She worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle as a “Rosie the Riveter,” putting the metal skin on B-17 bombers, while her husband served overseas during World War II. After the war the couple ranched in Bickleton and Roosevelt, Wash and Mrs. Akes started Oasis Aviaries, marketing her birds in the area. They owned a cattle ranch out of Joseph from 1956 until 1961. Moving to Milton-Freewater they started Char-El Morgan Horses and Akes Backhoe Service. Mrs. Akes showed her horses, was a horse show judge, taught young people horseback riding and was leader of the Crystal Springs 4-H Club. Mr. and Mrs. Akes traveled extensively and enjoyed steelhead fishing. The couple joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971, where Mrs. Akes served as the Relief Society President for several years. She was a talented seamstress and homemaker. Mrs. Akes was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by three daughters Lucia J. Kelly of Virginia Beach, Va., Roberta G. Isley of Burbank, Wash. and Esther E. Danner of Umatilla; a son Charles L. Akes...

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Crow, Phil – Obituary

Phil Crow, a 23-year resident of Olympia, Wash. died May 14, 2007. He was 62. Mr. Crow was born Sept. 14, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Henry and Mary Greenwood Loades, Sr. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1962 and attended Spokane Community College as well as General Motors University of Automotive Management. He was the Service Director for Chevrolet, General Motors, and Honda. Prior to residing in Olympia, Mr. Crow lived in Joseph, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash. and Enterprise. In he married Diane Farris in Enterprise in 1981. His many hobbies included gardening, grapes and tomatoes, shrimping, crabbing, fishing, hunting, woodworking, mentoring and all things regarding automobiles. He enjoyed “his” squirrels, the Seattle Mariners, traveling and exploring new places, and playing with his grandchildren. Mr. Crow held memberships in the Beacon Point Community including the Elks Club, and was a member for many years with the Chevrolet Division of “Only the Best” club. Mr. Crow is survived by wife Diane; his children: Shawn Farris-Crow of Sherwood, Brian Lewin of Stillman Valley, Ill., Patrick Crow of Boise, Idaho, Dionne Evans of Hay, Wash., and Staci Cenis of Forest Grove and seven grandchildren: Amanda, Nathan, Connor, Taylor, Caroline, Cole, and Henley. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., May 18, at the Masonic Center, 521 North St. SE, Tumwater, Wash. Memorial donations may be given to...

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Jeffries, B. F. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. B. F. Jeffers, formerly Mrs. Lydia Reeves, died in Olympia, Washington, Monday of this week, and interment took place in Union Thursday from the Undertaking Parlor. Mrs. Jeffers was a former resident of Union, at which time she was known as Mrs. Lydia Reeves, wife of Vincent Reeves. Mr. and Mrs. Reeves removed to La Grande from Union thence to Haines, where they resided up to the time of Mr. Reeves’ death, which was seven years ago. She was married to Mr. Jeffers, who survives her. After her marriage, the deceased was a resident of Olympia. She leaves no known relatives outside of the immediate family. A number of the former friends of the deceased came from La Grande to Union to be present at the funeral. Sept 3, 1918 Contributed by: Larry...

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Stuth, Nellie M. Grunden – Obituary

Nell M. Stuth, 82, of Olympia died Saturday, Jan. 5, 1985, in an Olympia convalescent center. She was born July 1, 1902 in Ellensburg and lived in Seattle and Yakima before moving to Olympia in the 1930s. She was married in 1940 to Albert E. “Stubb” Stuth in Olympia. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Stuth worked for Miller’s Department Store and was a member of First Christian Church. Survivors include two sisters, Anna Nichols, Port Orchard and Lottie Dale, Portland, Ore. The graveside funeral service for Mrs. Stuth was today, Jan. 8, in Masonic Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Mills and Mills Funeral Services. The Olympian, January 8, 1985 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Stuth, Albert E. ‘Stubb’ – Obituary

Albert “Stubb” Stuth died at an Olympia area nursing home Friday morning [July 21]. Mr. Stuth was born in Olympia, April 24, 1890. He attended Washington State College where he played baseball and he later played for the Olympia Senators baseball team in Olympia. Mr. Stuth served in the Army during World War I and later he and his brothers operated the Stuth Brothers Fuel Company in Olympia. Stubb sold the fuel company and became an employee of the Olympia Brewing Company. He retired several years ago. His home was at 3030 South Central Street. Mr. Stuth was a member of the Olympia Elks Lodge and the American Legion. Surviving is his wife, Nell Grunden Stuth, Olympia. A funeral service will be held in the Mills & Mills Chapel, Monday, starting at 11 a.m. Officers of the Olympia Elks Lodge will conduct the services. Burial will take place in the Masonic Memorial Park. Daily Olympia, Jul 21, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Dale, Donald D. – Obituary

Donald D. Dale of Portland, Oregon, died in an Olympia hospital Wednesday [January 4, 1950] after a week’s illness. Mr. and Mrs. Dale came to Olympia for a visit during the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stuth, 223 North Foote Street. Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Stuth are sisters [Lottie and Nellie Grunden]. Born in Missouri, July 17, 1886, Mr. Dale moved to Portland thirty five years ago and had been engaged in the real estate business there. He is survived by his wife, Lottie; two brothers, Bogue Dale in the real estate business in Klamath Falls, and Keith Dale, in San Diego; and two sisters, Ethel Dale of Klamath Falls and Mrs. Stella Pruen of the Dalles, Oregon. The body will be sent by Mills and Mills to the mortuary of Finley & Son, Portland for burial. The service will be held there this Saturday afternoon. The Olympian, January 5, 1950 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Goldberg, Charles – Obituary

Charles Goldberg, proprietor of Charley’s Hamburger, a restaurant on East Fourth Avenue, died in an Olympia hospital Thursday evening [June 19, 1947]. Mr. Goldberg had resided in Olympia for fifteen years and had been in the restaurant business for many years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge here. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Opal Williams, of Tonasket, and by two sons in Eastern Washington. Time of funeral service will be announced by Mills and Mills. The Olympian, Jun 20, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, George William – Obituary

Services for George W. Ormsby, 85, formerly of Nampa, who died Tuesday, June 10 [1986], in Olympia, Wash., will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Fissel Chapel of the Brown Mortuary Service, Chehalis, Wash. Burial will follow at the Claquato Cemetery, Chehalis. Mr. Ormsby was born Sept. 30, 1900, at Sams Springs, Iowa. He married Edith Roberts Oct. 8, 1924, in Mountain Home. They moved to Nampa, where he worked for the Pacific Fruit Express, retiring after 20 years service in 1945. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers in Idaho. He then operated a dairy ranch in Vale, Ore., for 10 years. He moved to Winlock, Wash., where he operated a grocery store for six years before moving to Chehalis eight years ago. He is survived by his wife of Chehalis; two daughters, Betty Jo (Mrs. Jack) Swain of Kent, Wash., and Donna Jean Chormicle of Rialto, Calif.; a son, Harry G. Ormsby of Lakewood, Calif.; two sisters Irene (Mrs. Johnny) Scribner of Vale, and Helen (Mrs. Delbert) Homer of Nampa; a brother Sam Ormsby of Sweet Home, Ore.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and three great granddaughters in Australia. Memorials may be made to Medic-One, St. Helens Hospital, P. O. Box 50-9, Chehalis, Wash., 98532. Contributed by: Shelli...

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