The Sequalitchew

May 2004

Third Edition

President: Roxanne Woodruff
Vice President: Judy Bridges
Secretary/Treasurer: Roger Newman

Spring Meeting

Our meeting this spring is scheduled for Sunday May 16th, 2004 at the DuPont City Hall 303 Barksdale Ave. DuPont, WA 98327. Our speaker will be Dr. Gary Wessen, Ph.D., of Wessen & Associates, who is one of those over seeing much of the field investigations at the 1833 site. Also attending with him will be Mr. Bob Martin, Project Manager for the DuPont Works Clean-Up Project. Mr. Martin hopes to take us through the 1833 site area at the conclusion of our meeting. He has also asked us in his letter dated March 17, 2004 if one of our members would be willing to “participate with Weyerhaeuser in planning for the long-term future of the 1833 fort site”. He continued on to say, “We have not established a formal mechanism to determine the future disposition of the site yet, but plan involve your organization as a concerned stakeholder subject to your interest”. I ask you all to give this some thought and let me know of your interests.

At our Break time there will be some snacks and a raffle for any donated items will be held. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and histories and join us for a wonderful afternoon.

We meet bi-annually (May and October generally) at the DuPont City Hall and on occasion at the DuPont History Museum 207 Barksdale Ave DuPont, WA 98327 Our $5.00 dues are collected each spring. If you know someone who might be interested in joining, please pick up an application.

In Memoriam

In our last newsletter we started a memoriam for members who have passed on and I would like to add here a couple more whom should also be remembered at this time:

May they rest in peace.

A Very Special Thank You Received

On February 6, 2004, Doreen Beard Simpkins sent us a very special thank you and invitation. It reads, “On behalf of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, I would like to formally acknowledge and thank the Descendants of Fort Nisqually Employees Association (DFNEA) for your donation of the 8-volume Chambers Encyclopedia set originally belonging to Edward Huggins. Our appreciation in particular is extended to Alice Harrison, Joe Huntsman, and John Davison, who funded the acquisition of the encyclopedia set and directed that it be placed in the Fort Nisqually permanent collection in DFNEA’s name.

The encyclopedia set has been added to the shelves of the secretary in the Parlor of the restored 1855 Factor'’ House, where it joins other books once owned by Dr. William Fraser Tolmie, Edward Huggins’ H.B.C. colleague and brother-in-law. We find it gratifying that all of these learned volumes — which once occupied space in this house during the Tolmie and Huggins families’ respective residencies — have found their way back home again after so many years, thanks to the generosity of so many people. We hope DFNEA members will enjoy seeing the Huggins encyclopedias on exhibit during their next visit to Fort Nisqually…”

We join them in thanking Alice most especially for her sharp eye on E-Bay and presenting this idea to Joe and John that we might all share in this wonderful donation.

Please, when you can, go and visit this wonderful display.

“E is for Evergreen”

Recently, while at our local library, I spotted a very interesting child’s book called, “B is for Beaver” An Oregon Alphabet written by Marie & Roland Smith and illustrated by Michael Roydon. It came through the Sleeping Bear Press 310 N. Main St, Ste. 300 Chelsea, MI 48118 I was really impressed with the history it provided for 2 levels of reading. The alphabet went something like; “A” is for Astoria. It gave a simple rhyme for the younger reader and for the older reader it provided the history of Astoria. In “B” is for Beaver it told about the Hudson Bay Company and so on through the alphabet. This was for Oregon. I noticed there were books for all the other States as well. At least most, but I didn’t see one for Washington, so I contacted Sleeping Bear Press and was told that this book will be, “E is for Evergreen” and it will be released in September for the new school year. Will “N” be for Nisqually? Will “C” be for Cowlitz? Will “P” be for Puget Sound? For those of you looking for ways to introduce history to the young these are really good books. If the Washington book is as good as Oregon’s I am hoping that this might become available at the bookstore at the third site. I will be sure to have them check it out. While our young cousins, ages 3 & 4 years old, were visiting with us they enjoyed reading B is for Beaver on their own! They even attempted to read the bigger words and stories in it.

Archaeological Excavation Permit

In response to our letter to Allyson Brooks, Ph.D., of the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, we received the following and thank Allyson for her help.


At the October 12th, 2003, meeting of the “Descendants,” our regular raffle was held. The following people were the winners:

Edith St. Martin Flowers
Floyd Woodruff Drink Coasters
Tom Ransom Barbecue Grill
Marge Delany Christmas Sock
Jean Miller Bear Book
Beth Julian Beaded Purse
Roger Newman Picture Frame

Ketron Island
Ketron Island named for William Kittson by Lt. John Wilkes, Photo by R. Woodruff 2003.


Permanently sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society in conjunction with the annual conferences of the Northwest Archivists, Inc. & Northwest Oral History Association with co-sponsorship from the Idaho State Historical Society & Oregon Historical Society May 6-8, 2004 — Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, Washington

For the first time in many years, the Northwest Archivists, the Northwest Oral History Association, and the Pacific Northwest History Conference are meeting together. The program features eight workshops, an opening reception, major keynotes, fifteen breakout sessions, annual meetings, and an evening at the Squaxin Island Tribal Museum, Library, and Cultural Center. For the full program, go to:
or email, or call 253-798-5879 or 360-586-0219

Miscommunication Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Presentation by Dr. Sally Thompson April 15, 7 PM

Dr. Sally Thompson presents a program that focuses on the tribes that Lewis and Clark encountered that used sign language, especially the Shoshone and Salish. Dr. Thompson is director of the Lifelong Learning Project at the University of Montana's Center for Continuing Education. The Lifelong Learning Project works collaboratively with tribes to produce top quality, primary resource materials about Native Americans. As this date has already passed it would be good to hear from any of you who may have had to opportunity to hear it.


BEYOND LEWIS & CLARK: The Army Explores the West

Nearly two hundred years ago, army captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery headed west with orders from President Thomas Jefferson to find a route to the Pacific Ocean and document the land and peoples they encountered on their way. The Lewis and Clark expedition became a model for subsequent army expeditions by Zebulon Pike, Stephen Long, John C. Fremont, and George A. Custer.

Through October 31, 2004. For more information, visit:


Nespelem Paintings by Ruth Kelsey

Art, anthropology, biography, and history intersect in this “Inviting the Spirit Gallery” exhibit featuring paintings from the Historical Society’s collection of Indians of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Through Sept. 5, 2004. For more information and a virtual tour, visit:

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA