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.
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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.

1923 Concert Theatre flyer for "My Wild Irish Rose" that was located in Skamokawa, Washington.  Was a 1/2 sheet of writt...
05/07/2020

1923 Concert Theatre flyer for "My Wild Irish Rose" that was located in Skamokawa, Washington. Was a 1/2 sheet of written on a full sheet of white or ivory paper. Does not tell us where the theatre was located. No donation number on the item #1000-8172. If anyone has information please share, thank you.

Dorcas Society Congregational Church - 1926Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, WACathlamet Congregational United Church of Chri...
05/06/2020

Dorcas Society Congregational Church - 1926
Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, WA

Cathlamet Congregational United Church of Christ – 100th Anniversary 1895-1995 prepared by Myna A. Martin: "The Dorcas Club, headed by Lettie Warren, was organized in 1926, and through all the years of its existence, regular meetings were held. By 1990 their membership dwindled to only a few. Faithful members died and other moved away. Their contributions to the church in the form of money, gifts, and much hard work was recognized. "

Lettie L. (Smith) Warren is the second one on the left top row and she died in 1960. None of the other women were identified. From: CharlesH. & Frances (Haslem) Mooers #55-4325. Digital file: 1926 Dorcas Society Congregational 55 4325.jpg

1930's Congregational Church Sunday School ClassCathlamet, Wahkiakum County, WashingtonFront steps of what is now the Pi...
05/04/2020

1930's Congregational Church Sunday School Class
Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, Washington

Front steps of what is now the Pioneer Church. The boy in the very front holding the dark hat 1. Billy Mack, 2. Fred Seaburn but don’t see a number. 3. Is Billy’s Mack’s teacher but she is not identified and we don’t see a number. Reverend William Wilkie Head (retired pastor) and his wife, Eliza Depree (Filer) Head Sunday School Superintendent on the left.

From: Wahkiakum County Assessor’s Office #200-8169
Digital file: 1930's Congregational SundaySchoolClass Steps 200 8169.tiff

Young Men Dressed Up in Skamokawa 1900-1910 from Unknown #1000-8148.  Basically 2 rows of young men & a bit older ones t...
04/08/2020

Young Men Dressed Up in Skamokawa 1900-1910 from Unknown #1000-8148. Basically 2 rows of young men & a bit older ones too. The blur is moving and the guy behind him isn't much better. Boy on the right side is sitting on wooden keg in rows 3&4. Would like to identify some or all if we are lucky, please help.

"Nel's Living Quarters" that we posted earlier this week.  Left to right on the photo: two guys sitting, two ladies in t...
04/04/2020

"Nel's Living Quarters" that we posted earlier this week. Left to right on the photo: two guys sitting, two ladies in the center, couple on the right. The cropped version really is out of focus because the scan that we were sent wasn't a high enough resolution. In hindsight we probably should have bought the original postcard but we can't afford it and we turn down 2-3 requests each year to purchase items.

1930's Congregational Church-Children’s Sunday School Classes with Rev. Head -CathlametOn the front steps of what is now...
04/04/2020

1930's Congregational Church-Children’s Sunday School Classes with Rev. Head -Cathlamet
On the front steps of what is now the Pioneer Church. Reverend William Wilkie Head is at the very back and we are assuming his wife, Eliza D. (Filer) is on the left. None of the other persons are identified. From: Harold & Blanche (Heron) Bradley #861-8147

We always like to have as much identification of the places and people of the photographs in our collection. We have cropped this one down so you can see faces easier. Any help given will be appreciated.

Our Saviours Lutheran Church-Puget Island, WA  Close-up taken in 1948 shows outside stairs and old tower, is on plain pa...
03/31/2020

Our Saviours Lutheran Church-Puget Island, WA Close-up taken in 1948 shows outside stairs and old tower, is on plain paper-not displayable copy. The no stairs was taken in 1955 and is on a higher quality paper and is passable but would like higher quality original(s) to scan of similar photos.

1914 "Nels' Living Quarters" Grays River, WA - Writing on back says this was a stopping place for Middle Valley fisherma...
03/31/2020

1914 "Nels' Living Quarters" Grays River, WA - Writing on back says this was a stopping place for Middle Valley fisherman and Stanke, Oatfield and Carlson are in the photo. John Chaix of Eugene, OR is a collector of old postcards who buys and sells them and e-mailed a photo of the photo in 2007. Not high enough quality so if zoom in faces get distorted. Would like to identify who everyone is.

03/30/2020

Looking for an older photograph of St. James Episcopal Church in Cathlamet that we can scan and use in the museum. We have a plain paper photocopy that is a copy of a copy multiple times. Thank you in advance.

03/30/2020

In a normal year the museum would be opening the first full weekend in May. For 2020 and the Covid-19 we are not sure when we will open for business. We want everyone to stay safe.

City Meat Market Invoice to Howard LeRoy Wiester before 1916.  Market was owned by the Strait Brothers.  Samuel Fraser S...
03/18/2020

City Meat Market Invoice to Howard LeRoy Wiester before 1916. Market was owned by the Strait Brothers. Samuel Fraser Strait died 26 August 1916 and David Strait died 12 May 1929. It is possible that David didn't drop his brothers name from the business because of the costs of doing so was more than he could afford. Howard Wiester moved to the area by the 1910 Census and died May 1950. From: Unknown #1000-8140

1896-97 Disctrict No. 22 School District (RedMan) - Souvenir Program.  Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington.  From: A...
03/12/2020

1896-97 Disctrict No. 22 School District (RedMan) - Souvenir Program. Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington. From: Ada (Fredrickson) White. Teacher is Albert Edward Pender (married Georgie Agnes Baker of Grays River in 1899), he was born 29 Feb 1872 in Ontario Province, Canada; died 4 Aug 1927 in Vancouver, Clark County, WA.

1916 Wahkiakum County Bank Note from John Sandstrom of Puget Island for $100.00 plus $2.75 interest to total $112.75.  J...
03/11/2020

1916 Wahkiakum County Bank Note from John Sandstrom of Puget Island for $100.00 plus $2.75 interest to total $112.75. John's mailing address at the time was through Westport, OR. The note was for gold coin. Donated by Wm. & Hazel (Sandstrom) Canham #66-374.

1913 Roberts, Emma - Skamokawa was donated by herself.  We do not know if maiden or married.  A search of records from 1...
02/26/2020

1913 Roberts, Emma - Skamokawa was donated by herself. We do not know if maiden or married. A search of records from 1910-1920 do not show her. She took maybe 30 photos during that year that were later donated to the WCHS. We'd like to find out more about her.

Middle Valley School - Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington, About 1885District School No. 11 was located across road...
02/22/2020

Middle Valley School - Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington, About 1885

District School No. 11 was located across road from Joe Carlson, later Francis Meyer farm.

Left to right-back row: Alfred Cook, Demas “Lindley” Bowman, George B. McDonald, Alfred Lund, Oscar Carlson, Lewis McDonald, John “Henry” Carlson, George Bowman, Emma Sophia Carlson, Ida Benson.

Front row: Frank Carlson, Duncan “Neal” McDonald, Frank Bowman, George Benson, Mary “Minnie” O’Connor-Teacher, Etta Bowman, Josephine “Josie” Benson, Nettie Cook, Catherine “Carrie” J. Lund.

From: Jim & Margaret (Kessell) Maki #18-107
Digital file: 1885 Middle Valley School Skamokawa 18 107.jpg

County Common School Superintendents 1854-1960 compiled Mildred (Lindgren) Jones, volunteer curator.  There were 22 inde...
01/21/2020

County Common School Superintendents 1854-1960 compiled Mildred (Lindgren) Jones, volunteer curator. There were 22 independent common schools in the county at one time. Mildred followed the current custom at the time with many of the male names were only initials and the females had only married surnames even if they weren't married at the time they held the position. One Josephine Olson is 1958 we could not find her to know if Olson was maiden or married name.

Ladies of MacCabees No. 34-Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington. Early 1900’sOriginal photo does not give us where th...
11/06/2019

Ladies of MacCabees No. 34-Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County, Washington. Early 1900’s

Original photo does not give us where the identified women are sitting or standing, 11 plus toddler in front row, 12 in back row. List includes Mrs. Eggman, Mary (Blanchard) Bailey, and Blanche Heron (baby born 1891), Ida (Benson) McEvoy, Libby (Newell) Thompson, ???? Thompson, Jessie (Lamont) Bailey, Loretta Kennedy, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Newell, Marie (Jensen) Silverman (holding 1 of the 3 banners). From: Harold F. & Blanche (Heron) Bradley #861-892

We need help with identifying the order these ladies are in. Comparing multiple photos from the museum collection is really time consuming so any help is appreciated. Please use left to right, front and back row.

10/30/2019

Museum is now closed for the Winter and will reopen the first full weekend in May from 1-4 p.m. If your planning on coming to the county please give us a weeks notice and we can open if there is a volunteer available.

I.O.R.M. Quillis Tribe No. 65 of SkamokawaImproved Order of Redmen–Left to right. Back Row:  Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, ...
10/30/2019

I.O.R.M. Quillis Tribe No. 65 of Skamokawa
Improved Order of Redmen–Left to right. Back Row: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Alex Johnson, Unknown, Emil Martin (died 1929), Bob Bowman (died 1963), Louis Nelson, Unknown, Unknown. Front Row: Miles Marsh (died 1963), Oscar Lygressen (died 1972), Grant Williams (died 1973), Unknown, Bob Benson (died 1953), Pete Johnson (died 1943), Hans Christian (died 1937), Harold “Albert” Martin (died 1959), Thomas Smith, Unknown. From: Leslie McEvoy #953-100 The fraternal order is a bunch of European white men dressed up and the group was part of our county history.

Ladies Aid Society-Skamokawa1904-1905GIFT, Met in the Skamokawa Methodist Church.  Probably Mrs. Brooks is in the photog...
09/19/2019

Ladies Aid Society-Skamokawa
1904-1905

GIFT, Met in the Skamokawa Methodist Church. Probably Mrs. Brooks is in the photograph. 5 Women in the front row sitting and 6 women in the back row standing. None are identified. Curator notes: 2 photographs 11" x 9" faded black cardboard backing, 8.5 x 6.5" B&W sepia photograph.

From: Harold & Blanche (Heron) Bradley #861-1217 & 7997
Digital file: 1904-05 Ladies Aid Society Skamokawa 861 1217.tiff

Grays River Builder-1939 August 31: Does anyone know where Bisson Creek Road is, maybe before county lines were redrawn?
08/27/2019

Grays River Builder-1939 August 31: Does anyone know where Bisson Creek Road is, maybe before county lines were redrawn?

The Eagle-Thursday, 24 August 1939 Skamokawa business ads congratulating Puget island grand opening of new bridge.  Poss...
08/21/2019

The Eagle-Thursday, 24 August 1939 Skamokawa business ads congratulating Puget island grand opening of new bridge. Possible owners father Birger Ivar Anderson who died in 1979, work history shows logging railroad engineer. Son Arvid Ivar Anderson who died in 1964 of a heart attack while logging but he was only 18 in 1939. From: Evelyn (Morris) Huerd #610-8084

Witzel School Children & Teacher - from Ture & Dora (Laughlin) Oman in January 1964 and fast forward to July 2019: no ot...
08/04/2019

Witzel School Children & Teacher - from Ture & Dora (Laughlin) Oman in January 1964 and fast forward to July 2019: no other identification than what you see. Ture grew up in Clatsop so checked with CHS Museum and no records of the school. Asked Janine (Klint) Oman for help, she said to check Dora's Laughlin family. Dora grew up in Grays River but her dad was from Yamhill, Oregon. Her grandparents were in one of the 1847 Wagon Trains to Oregon and settled in the Marion County, Oregon area. Witzel School was located in Turner, Marion County, Oregon. Photograph could also be from Dora's Cummings side of the family too. Waiting to see if the Marion County Historical Museum has anything more. Thank you Janine for steering us we hope in the right direction.

Crown Willamette Mill located just West of the present Crown Zellerbach office and sorting yard Cathlamet.  The mill ope...
07/27/2019

Crown Willamette Mill located just West of the present Crown Zellerbach office and sorting yard Cathlamet. The mill opened in 1929 and closed in 1945. The problem with the description is current residents won't know where the Crown Zellerbach office is unless museum volunteers can periodically update photograph descriptions to current day. Unknown donator #1000-8075

07/04/2019

I need to find the Groesbeck family Bible (#308) and I sorted through a box of Bibles and a bookcase and didn't find it so it has to be in the attic storage. What I did find was a 1899 Swedish Leather Bible (12x10x5) from Mildred "Millie" Cross Bain owned by her gr-grandfather Hans Peter Olson who immigrated to Willmar, MN. At the back was photo pockets and a few documents. Hans' daughter, Anna and son-in-law Charles Martinson migrated here by 1892. Bible and most of the contents will go back to Willmar, MN with us keeping digital copies.

Letter from Wahkiakum County Clerk's office (Clarence White) to Thomas Albert Cross from 1905.  Will be interesting to s...
06/28/2019

Letter from Wahkiakum County Clerk's office (Clarence White) to Thomas Albert Cross from 1905. Will be interesting to see if others read what Pamela (Below) Lazor and Kari (Teeter) Kandoll read. There was no certificate with the document. From: Mildred Alberta (Cross) Jones Risk Bain #713 in her gr-grandparents Hans Peter & Kirstin (Matson) Olson's Swedish Bible.

Improved Order of RedMen No. 65, Skamokawa Tribe from Arthur "Leslie" McEvoy #953-1215.  The photograph was taken at the...
06/26/2019

Improved Order of RedMen No. 65, Skamokawa Tribe from Arthur "Leslie" McEvoy #953-1215. The photograph was taken at the Fern Hill Cemetery for Decoration Day. Everyone was identified (misspellings) but no year. We dated according to the earliest person's death date, which was Oscar Smith in Nov. 1914. Photograph, identification as well as cropped photos of the men will be available at museum beginning this weekend for $25 digital copy if we don't have to mail. We understand that this group would be not be politically correct in our modern times but they did play a part in our counties history in Skamokawa and Cathlamet.

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

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65 River Street
Cathlamet, WA
98612

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

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(360) 795-3954

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We open each season the first full weekend of May on Saturday (Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm) until the last Sunday in October. During the Winter call the Curator at 360-849-4353 for an appointment, please give 5 days notice if possible because we are a volunteer organization and may need to find a volunteer to open the museum. 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. 2020 has seen some challenges with Covid-19 and we are unsure about opening with so many of our volunteers being retired with higher health risks. We will follow county and state guidelines.

Comments

Are you guys open this coming up Sunday? If so what are the hours and price?
A post card I inherited from my grandparents.
Going through a box of my dad’s stuff. Found a group of these invoices and some letters. My dad grew up in Cathlamet. Not sure what to do with these documents. Any ideas?
I'm trying to find phone books for Skamokawa, years 1910-1920; do you have any? Thank you.
Kari, may I call you? I have a shadow box of a very long Marine & law enforcement history, that should accompany the white dress uniform in the museum. Assembled by friends & family. Thanks.
Do you have any pictures from the WS Brooks family, Alger, or Marshall families? Thanks much.
Greetings from Upstate NY. My late (adoptive) father's 2nd great-uncle was Washington S. Brooks, elected County Commissioner of Wahkiakum in 1871. I'm looking for information on Bessie Ruth Marshall 1887 Skamokawa - 1906 Los Angeles, CA, granddaughter of WS Brooks. Her parents were William Wesley Marshall 1846 OH - 1918 Skamokawa and mother Sarah Louisa Brooks Marshall 1849 MI -1916 Skamokawa. I don't believe Bessie had any other siblings. All buried in Fern Hill. I would love to find Bessie's obituary, also information on the family - if they had any other children - and any other information relevant to this family. Thanks so much!