Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum

Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum Long before James Birnie's family settled in Cathlamet in 1846 there were Chinookan tribal members living, hunting and fishing in the area. The mouth of the Elochoman River was a prime spot for fishing for Salmon.

We open each season the first full weekend of May on Saturday (Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm) and until the last Sunday in October. During the Winter call the Curator at 360-849-4353 for an appointment, please give 3-5 days notice if possible because we are a volunteer organization. Featured displays: "Koshe Nanitch" Chinookan rock carving, logging camp bunk house, "Totem" Columbia River fish buying boat, Columbia River commercial fishing wharf, Crown Zellerbach No. 6 locomotive, farming and logging equipment, Dr. Harold Fritz's office. Over 1000 photographs and a large genealogy section of past and current county families.

The Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum has contributed a few pieces of their dairy exhibit items to this special...
05/30/2019

The Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum has contributed a few pieces of their dairy exhibit items to this special exhibit. June is Dairy Month for the Washington Dairy Farmers.

Wahkiakum High School Boys Baseball Team that is not identified.  It was inside Shirley A. (Wright) Pratt's 1948 Wahkiak...
05/23/2019

Wahkiakum High School Boys Baseball Team that is not identified. It was inside Shirley A. (Wright) Pratt's 1948 Wahkiakum High School Annual but there was no team photographed in the annual. Her daughter Diane (Pratt) Solbrack #510 donated the 1947 annual as well and they did have a team but the photo was an informal photograph. Would like to identify, please go left to right and front and back. Wonder if those are wool socks?

Wahkiakum County School Districts Census Records: https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/2487  are now...
05/22/2019
Washington State Archives, Digital Archives

Wahkiakum County School Districts Census Records: https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/2487 are now available at the state archives as PDF files. This was a project that Evelyn (Morris) Huerd and I stood in front of a copy machine with the help of the Lower Columbia Genealogy Society and made copies for Evelyn to index and publish as she did her other books. Evelyn's estate is at WCHS and the school census records are sorted but we hadn't decided if we should scan them. We will refer people to the WA State site to get the PDF scans.

Washington State Archives, Digital Archives is the first Digital Archives in the nation to Preserve the electronic Records of both State and Local Government.

Group of 10 Young Ladies-Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, Washington, 1900-1910  Event and date not provided on original but...
05/01/2019

Group of 10 Young Ladies-Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, Washington, 1900-1910

Event and date not provided on original but the Cathlamet Regatta Court. Left to right - Front Row: Leona Doumit, Gertude Manary, Ethel Below, Unknown, Myra Olsen. Back Row: Esther Linquist, Rose Pemberton, Myrtle Dunham, Unknown, Mabel Christensen.
From: Assigned donator number with no name attached #441-8008 Date based on when James & Esther (McKerrow) Manary lived here. Would like to identify event and 2 unknown girls.

04/29/2019

Kent and Irene Martin donated the 2 microfilm machines and Wahkiakum County newspaper microfilm to WCHS this winter. The machines do not print and there are two options: hand write the articles or take a photo of the screen with your camera/cell phone. Curator has not tried the second method yet with our machines but has done so at the Astoria Library.

04/29/2019

The Museum will be opening for the season, Saturday 4 May 2019 at 1 p.m. Days open will be Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. until the last weekend in October. For in-depth genealogy or photograph orders please make prior arrangements with the curator to meet at WCHS.

GIFT, Receipt from Doumit & Bros. to Order of Redmen dated 25th of November 1901 for purchase on 25th for gaslights and ...
03/28/2019

GIFT, Receipt from Doumit & Bros. to Order of Redmen dated 25th of November 1901 for purchase on 25th for gaslights and wicks, 2 floor rugs, 1 undershirt for T. Fox. On 23rd they bought 16 yards of ribbon (returned) for $2.50. Mike Gorman paid $1 towards ticket on the 23rd. Since Mike Gorman paid the bill it is probably the Cathlamet Redmen Lodge. Notice the prices. Karen (Venable) Parks Meehan #500-7958

Letter to George T. Allan from Aldrich, Merrill & Co. in 1864 for a transaction he did for Mrs. Birnie.  This would be C...
03/28/2019

Letter to George T. Allan from Aldrich, Merrill & Co. in 1864 for a transaction he did for Mrs. Birnie. This would be Charlot (Beaulieu) Birnie. George Traill Allan was employed beginning in 1830 with the Hudson Bay Company as a clerk. He became a naturalized citizen in 1851. He moved to the Cathlamet area by 1854 when he was a witness in Gustavus Krebs' Donation Land Claim V-267. While the Birnie Pioneer Cemetery shows a death year of 1883, records indicate he was still alive in 1887 in the Washington Territory Census in Cathlamet. Hudson Bay records have his name as Allan. Karen (Venable) Parks Meehan #500-7956

03/28/2019

Karen (Venable) Parks Meehan donated documents earlier this month that her grandmother Agnes Gertrude (Haslam) Venable Eddy Larsen rescued from a burn pile at Alexander Birnie's home after his death in September 1922. Mainly are merchant receipts but are are a mix of people in the Cathlamet from merchants in Portland, which surprised us.

Daily News-Monday 27 December 1971. Don't let the headline fool you it is not about the 125th Anniversary of Cathlamet. ...
01/27/2019

Daily News-Monday 27 December 1971. Don't let the headline fool you it is not about the 125th Anniversary of Cathlamet. Lucky the publication information is with the article. Blanche (Heron) Bradley scrapbook #861-7850

Next week we will be adding in a newspaper (Wahkiakum County Eagle) aerial photograph of Cathlamet dated 26 August 1971....
01/26/2019

Next week we will be adding in a newspaper (Wahkiakum County Eagle) aerial photograph of Cathlamet dated 26 August 1971. Was in a scrapbook that Blanche (Heron) Bradley did #861-7843. Note the publication is missing but having the date helped. We do not have the actual photograph and a photo of the newspaper is the best we can do, scans are to pixelated. Not sure if the other two photos are part of the article or not. A lot of people would cut out articles and forget the publication and date.

Blanche (Heron) Bradley compiled scrapbooks (glued onto pages) of mainly newspaper articles from all over the region as ...
01/12/2019

Blanche (Heron) Bradley compiled scrapbooks (glued onto pages) of mainly newspaper articles from all over the region as they related to our county. This article was really interesting to read and had the publication and date, which is really important for a museum. Scanned the articles into the computer if we didn't damage the original article or book pages. Photos of the articles can be hard to read.
B&W jpg in pieces so we could read them easier. #861-7827

11/29/2018

Regarding Evelyn (Morris) Huerd's estate it will take a considerable amount of time to go through the collection because it is so big. Estimating 8'-10' of paperwork and that doesn't include the 4-drawer filing cabinet. Some files will be her personal families but the rest is what she gathered through the years of indexing county records and cemeteries in our county. She is greatly missed as a friend and historian.

1957 "Christmas Party" program presented by the Wahkiakum High School Band and Chorus on 19 December.  4 pages.  From: E...
11/29/2018

1957 "Christmas Party" program presented by the Wahkiakum High School Band and Chorus on 19 December. 4 pages. From: Evelyn (Morris) Huerd collection #610-7753

1910 Letter written to National Cloak & Suit Company by 11 year old Chloris "Maxine" Elliott on April 16.  She is the yo...
11/16/2018

1910 Letter written to National Cloak & Suit Company by 11 year old Chloris "Maxine" Elliott on April 16. She is the youngest of Ralph C. A. and Chloris May (Deschamps) Elliott children and they lived in the two-story while house next to the Doumit building in Cathlamet. Maxine was born April 1900 in Cathlamet and died 5 Sept 1915 in Portland at the age of 15. Tom Doumit found the letter in the house and donated recently to the museum #485-7629.

11/10/2018

Newest photos added to the collection are 1964 & 1965 Wahkiakum Mules Boys Basketball teams. Identification of staff and team members (happy dance by curator for identification) Donated on behalf of Jack & Coral (Jennings) Linquist #288.

11/10/2018

The WCHS Museum is needing volunteers so we can remain operational next year. Short and long term projects (some can be done from home if you have a computer), hosts for next season (May to October Friday-Saturday 1-4 pm) as well as board members (must own property in the county for board position). Six board members is not enough to sustain our operations. Training is provided.

11/10/2018

The WCHS board is asking for volunteers help to keep the museum operating. Short and longer term projects all year long (some can be done from home if you have a computer) but also hosts from May to the end of October. Our By-Laws state 10 board members and we are down to 6 and this past year a few board members had health issues and getting 5 to meetings was difficult. Board members must own property in the county. We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30 pm during the winter and 3 pm during the summer. Especially need board members from Skamokawa to Deep River. Please volunteer.

10/12/2018

Museum will be closing for the season at the end of the day, October 28th. If you are wanting to visit you can make pre-arrangements for a volunteer to meet you at the museum until we open again May 4, 2019. The curator usually is in the Museum on Friday afternoon's most weeks all year around.

10/12/2018

The Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum's photograph collection is part of the Museum's fundraising efforts since we do not receive funding from any state, county or town government entity. This is why we sometimes only show the faces of the people in photographs that we need identified and not the whole photograph. Our photographs are $20 plus 7.6% sales tax for 350 dpi jpeg photos if we e-mail them, if we have to postal mail then it is $5 extra for a archival DVD/case then the postage. We can provide a hard copy as well but only print 8" x 10". Photographs have to be ordered.

10/12/2018

Today, October 12, 2018 is the 56th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm in 1962 that struck our region hard with high winds that uprooted and snapped trees.

10/06/2018

We have volunteer hosts for Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. through the 13th of October only without the WCHS board or curator putting in extra time. In most instances the curator offers training to those who want to volunteer. Once the WCHS closes for the season there are some projects that are done during the winter and we could use extra help too.

09/21/2018

We are trying to fill hosting slots for October and if we don't get volunteers we will be closing the doors for the season really early. We are all volunteers and there is no financial support from the county or Cathlamet.

Before 1922 Cathlamet Baseball Team unknowns that we need help identifying.  Full photograph is available for purchase a...
09/21/2018

Before 1922 Cathlamet Baseball Team unknowns that we need help identifying. Full photograph is available for purchase at WCHS and was donated by Normam & Corliss (Florek) Sotka #58-5787. Real Photographic Postcard was undated but one of the plays died in 1922 giving us a before time.

Nora May Klinger, 7 years & 7 months old.  W. S. Anspage photographer stamped on back but the ink has become faint so ca...
09/06/2018

Nora May Klinger, 7 years & 7 months old. W. S. Anspage photographer stamped on back but the ink has become faint so can't read their location. We do not know if her family is connected to the county or not, there is a Eva Elizabetha Steinbruch Klinger who married Samuel Rick Wiest but it was 2 more generations before the Wiest family came west from Pennsylvania and there was no Nora in that line. From: Dale & Margaret (Unknown) Strueby

08/24/2018

Just completed logging into the computer database the Puget Island Telephone Books donated by Helen (Brateng) Danielsen on May 1979. Dates are 1952, 1957, 1965,1966,1968,1969,1970,1971,1972,1973, 1974, 1975 and 1980. Stored in bookcase left side of photograph boards in back.

Masten Portrait-Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, WashingtonBefore 1899Charles C. Masten was born in 1863 in Portland, Oregon...
08/22/2018

Masten Portrait-Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington
Before 1899

Charles C. Masten was born in 1863 in Portland, Oregon to John Swan & Lucy Loretta (Irish) Masten. He married Minnie V. Silverman in 1896 in county. She was born 1878 in Ed Dorado County, California to Caleb L. & Martha Jane (Litten) Silverman. Charles and Minnie’s daughter Bernice was born in 1898 and died in 1899. Charles owned a logging operation and named a locomotive after Bernice. Photographer John W. Crow in Portland, Oregon.
From: Blanch (Heron) Bradley #861-7652
Digital file: Masten, Minnie & Charles CrowPhot 861 7652.tiff

08/22/2018

We need hosts for the month of September and October on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Please join the board members and volunteer. Our organization does not receive any county or Town of Cathlamet funds.

1976 Wahkiakum County Fair Display for Puget Island Grange  #660 donated by Ray & Ora-Loraine (Coates) Bauer in 2010.
08/14/2018

1976 Wahkiakum County Fair Display for Puget Island Grange #660 donated by Ray & Ora-Loraine (Coates) Bauer in 2010.

The 1st Cathlamet Regatta was held 21 September 1907 with Ethel Below being crowned as Queen and maids were Mary & Carri...
06/16/2018

The 1st Cathlamet Regatta was held 21 September 1907 with Ethel Below being crowned as Queen and maids were Mary & Carrie Morgan, Myra Olson, Marian Morrill, Bernice Burke and Marjorie Martinsen. Here are the males and we don't know who is who: Dr. Fred Peacock, Mr. Cooper, George Hanigan, Clarence White. Micheal Gorman & Ralph Watkins are identified.

This is a project that WCHS assisted the Wahkiakum High School art students with this spring.  The students chose a wide...
06/03/2018

This is a project that WCHS assisted the Wahkiakum High School art students with this spring. The students chose a wide variety of photos from all over the county from the WCHS photo collection to draw and are not on display at Redmen Hall in Skamokawa into September.

Spinning Wheel - We need help identifying what type of wheel this is.  We wished we knew the whole story on the wheel bu...
06/01/2018

Spinning Wheel - We need help identifying what type of wheel this is. We wished we knew the whole story on the wheel but the written record says it was donated by Mrs. E. Hart and it was left over from a Women's Club sale in 1975 and she donated it to the museum soon after. The foot pedal is missing. #57-349

1920-1924 Edna Barbara Cole - She was born 23 May 1918 in Oregon and is the daughter of Dr. Ray Freeman & Sarah Belle (B...
05/31/2018

1920-1924 Edna Barbara Cole - She was born 23 May 1918 in Oregon and is the daughter of Dr. Ray Freeman & Sarah Belle (Burke) Cole. Dr. Freeman did not live in Wahkiakum County but when he and Sarah divorced in 1921, Sarah married William Raymond Johnson and they lived in Skamokawa. William and Sarah are buried in the Fern Hill Cemetery and Edna has a headstone there with her birth date only engraved. Research finds Edna with her parents in 1920 in Portland, 1930 with mother and step-father in 1930 also in Portland. Possible leads she could have married a Earl D. Laskey in Clark County also could have died in 2013 in Cowlitz county under her maiden name. These two photos have been digitally restored.

Matti Kelli rowing school children to probably Fairview School on Grays River.   Matti took out a donation land claim on...
04/30/2018

Matti Kelli rowing school children to probably Fairview School on Grays River. Matti took out a donation land claim on property in 1892 with his wife Britta L (Karjalainen). She died Feb 1896 and he died in 1935 in Astoria where he had moved. Girls could be his own girls or someone else's but they are not identified. If is daughters could be: Erikka, Kate, Anna, Elizabeth, Marie, Hilma, or Ida. Digital copy of original donated to the museum 04/22/2018 by #462-7554 (left her watermark on photo, we have a clean copy as well).

W. T. Rawleigh Co. in Freeport, IL made women's compressed face powder in compacts and Rawleigh Inset Duster for louse a...
04/28/2018

W. T. Rawleigh Co. in Freeport, IL made women's compressed face powder in compacts and Rawleigh Inset Duster for louse and other insects. We discovered today that we have both in the museum, scary that louse powder and face powder were made in the same factory, also found the company did spices too. The compact and duster have product still in them. Rawleigh sold items from a wagon. Interesting read if you look up the company. Going to have to plug the hole in the duster.

The curator also has another volunteer position of secretary for the Seal River Cemetery.  There are Cedar planks in our...
04/25/2018

The curator also has another volunteer position of secretary for the Seal River Cemetery. There are Cedar planks in our cemetery for grave markers and if there were names on them they are blank now. One we discussed was for Baby Girl Rova. Records say she was stillborn 23 Apr 1898 and daughter of Karle Rova but mother was unknown. Now curator/genealogy hat was put on. Father was Karl Johan Johanson Rova born in 1959 in Ruskola, Norbotten, Sweden have not found county records for him but his baby girls is buried here. In 1910 he is in Astoria with son Astor, two daughters Vera and Mildred. The son's marriage application in Clark County, WA in 1931 gave mother's name as Mary Boykila but nothing found on her. Karl died April 1929 in Clatsop County, Oregon. Karl had a brother Edward who was in the Astoria for awhile then moved to British Columbia and he married Erikka Kellinsalmi Kelli.

04/11/2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 1 p.m. is a short WCHS business meeting and afterwards is cleaning day so we can open the first weekend in May. We are a volunteer organization and the museum gets dusty and needs surfaces dusted and floors cleaned so it is presentable to the public. Please help in our efforts to show our county history to the public. Memberships are always welcome as well as money donations. We do not get any county or Town of Cathlamet funds.

03/29/2018

The museum will be opening for the season on May 5 from 1-4 and each Saturday and Sunday until the end of October. We are need of volunteers to help do some spring cleaning on Wednesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. for a few hours. We also need hosts. We are all volunteers and without extra help we might be forced to close the doors. Please consider volunteering.

03/21/2018

As the curator (volunteer) I am responsible for the overall museum collection. Most curators don't do genealogy research but most of the items, photos have no or minimal descriptions and in some cases the woman are identified as Mrs. Surname. Because the duties are overall it isn't possible to spend weeks on a specific item including genealogy and sometimes only have a day to spend before having to move on. If families want to do genealogy research and provide to the WCHS we'd be happy to accept whatever is collected. We have 3-4 drawer filing cabinets already but often times it is not always practical to hard print everything.

Skamokawa Group 1890-1920 On the back it says: Grunstad, Thomas Thompson, ** Marsch, Eggman, John Thompson, Grant Willia...
03/21/2018

Skamokawa Group 1890-1920 On the back it says: Grunstad, Thomas Thompson, ** Marsch, Eggman, John Thompson, Grant Williams, Marsch Girl, Carlson, Marsch Woman. 7.25" x 9.25" B&W sepia on 9" x 11" ivory cardboard backing. Curator notes 03/21/2018: Does not say which row these people are in nor does it say what the event is or the date. (Help on identifying why the photo was taken and matching the names given to the faces is needed.)

Arthur & Elina (Unknown) Kivi - Description says he was a tailor in Deep River, Wahkiakum County, Washington and Astoria...
03/16/2018

Arthur & Elina (Unknown) Kivi - Description says he was a tailor in Deep River, Wahkiakum County, Washington and Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon. Have not been able to find them through normal genealogy methods, Otto W. Kivi is also a tailor in Portland but never married. Kivi could be a shortened surname as well. Real photograph postcard, unmailed. From: Dr. F. P. McCann #1009-1967

Address

65 River Street
Cathlamet, WA
98612

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(360) 849-4353

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