The Sequalitchew

October 2006

Eighth Edition

President: Roxanne Woodruff
Vice President: Judy Smith
Secretary/Treasurer: Roger Newman
Webmaster: Greg Hitchcock

Fall Meeting

Our meeting this fall is scheduled for Sunday October 8th, 2006 at the DuPont City Hall 303 Barksdale Ave. DuPont, WA 98327. The doors will be open to us around 11am, bring a sack lunch. Our speaker will be announced

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.

At this meeting we are required by our Bylaws to select a nominating committee. Their position is to help us to find those within our group who are Direct Descendants willing to serve as our President, Vice President/ Membership Chair Person, and Secretary/Treasurer. This committee will be provided with the names and addresses of the group in order to contact those most interested and agreeable to work with us and for us. I thank all of you who will at least consider these positions. The voting for the positions above mentioned will not be until our spring meeting. For now, what we need is the Nominating Committee which consists of 3 persons. Please give all of these some serious thoughts. Thank you.

Candlelight Tour Tickets on Sale!

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Candlelight Tour tickets went on sale Friday, September 1st! Reservations are required for this popular event, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7.

This program gives visitors a chance to travel back in time and eavesdrop on life as it would have been at this Hudson’s Bay Company Outpost in 1857. Guests will encounter re-enactors portraying the people who lived at or near the Fort in the mid-1800s, as well as the Huggins’ wedding party. However, these people from the past won’t be aware of 2006 guests. To them, visitors will merely be spirits of the future who haven’t even been born yet, as they go about life as the men and women of Fort Nisqually did on an evening long ago.

Tours are approximately an hour in length and start every 15 minutes from 7:00-9:45 pm on both nights. Tickets are sold for specific times. We recommend calling as early as possible, as tickets sell out quickly for the most popular times.

Ticket prices: $8/adults; $6/seniors (62+) and teens (13-17); $5/children. Tickets are non-refundable and the event takes place regardless of the weather. No flashlights, flash cameras, umbrellas or strollers, please. Please contact the fort at: 253/591-5339 or

McLeod house on Muck Creek located in general area of today's Rocky Ridge School. Lft
to Rt: Tristan Mounts, John M. Mounts, and Frank St. Germain. — Del McBride Collection

The McLeod/McCloud Family at Nisqually and Puyallup

In talking with old George McLoud at Nisqually before he died, it was explained to me how that branch, which used the different spelling, was related to the Mounts family.

It seems that John McCloud (1815-1905) who was my great-great grandfather and father of Catherine Mounts, and who arrived at Fort Nisqually in 1838 from Scotland (Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides) quit the Hudson’s Bay Co. in 1849 to join the California Gold Rush. When he returned the following year, he found his wife’s family presumed he was dead, and married her off to an old chief living on the Humptulips River, Habalathed, or “Tom”, so she and her daughter moved there. McCleod decided to take another wife, a woman from the Puyallup Tribe in 1850.

On the 1886 tribal census she is listed as follows: #563 Ki-val-a-hu-la (mother to John McLeod, Jr) age 54, Born in 1832, a widow (in 1886) With her were: #564 Skla-ko-litz-a, age 62, (her sister) #565 Wha-ka-mun or “Allen” age 43 (her brother) Also on the 1886 census: Edwin McLoud age 35 Born 1851 (her son) Elizabeth McLoud age 21 (Edwin’s wife) Joseph McLoud age 5 (on census of 1887) Charley McLoud age 3 (in 1886)

On the 1885 census: *John McLeod age 31 Born 1854 (another son) Nancy McLeod age 20 (his wife) Jessie (?) age 4 (daughter) Baby McLeod age 1 (she was later named Agnes)

*(McLeod later appears as McLoud on Puyallup records)

*One source says this John McLoud’s wife was the daughter of a Cowlitz named “Slick-wau-kum” near Toledo. George McLoud and family were descendants of Edwin. One of Edwin’s daughters married Roland Charley at Shoalwater Bay, so we have cousins in the tribe there.

By the time the Puget sound uprising was over (1856-1857) the old Humptulips man died, and my great great grandmother and daughter (who became Catherine Mounts) returned to live with John McLeod at his donation claim on Muck Creek. (Apparently Ki-val-a-ha-la went back to live with her people on the Puyallup Reservation.) Mary, (the first Mrs. John McLeod) died June 15, 1887 and was buried on the claim. In 1905, after John McLeod died, her remains were moved from Muck to Steilacoom Masonic Cemetery where he was buried.

That is the story as I’ve pieced it together from family members, affidavits, and printed sources.

Del McBride

Delbert J. McBride

Tacoma News Tribune, July 24, 1998

Delbert John McBride, 78, a resident of Thurston County most of his life, died Sunday, July 19, 1998 at Evergreen Convalescent Center following a short illness.

He was born May 16, 1920 at Nisqually to Albert Edward and Pauline Leona (McAllister) McBride. He descends through his mother from the Pioneer John McLeod who arrived in 1837 to work for The Hudson’s Bay Company. McLeod, McAllister, and Mounts families of Nisqually and Chief Klapat Sca-da-wah and Haidawan of the Cowlitz tribe.

He attended Dupont Elementary and Junior High Schools, which began originally in the 1860’s as the historic Fort Nisqually School District No. 7 in Pierce County. Further education included Lincoln High School and College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Art Center School, Los Angeles, and Cornish School, Seattle. In 1955 he received B.A. degree and teaching certificate from the University of Washington and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching at Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor, and the University of British Columbia, he did freelance art at Klee Wyk Studio, Nisqually, and then became the curator of Washington State Capital Museum, 1966-1982, Olympia.

From 1966-1975 he served as a member of the Washington State Arts Commission. In 1994 he received the Annual Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Historic Preservation.

The ethnobotanical garden at the Washington State Capital Museum is named in honor of Mr. McBride, Curator Emeritus of the Washington State Capital; Museum and a noted ethnobotanical expert of Cowlitz/Quainalt descent.

Since his retirement he has devoted the major part of his time to research on Northwest Native American history and cultural heritage. He worked tirelessly to members of the local community as well as state-wide and nationally.

Mr. McBride is survived by 2 brothers, Albert “Bud” Edward Jr. and Malcolm A. of Olympia; 2 nephews and four great-nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 1 P.M. Sat. August 8, 1998, at the family home in Nisqually.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Nisqually River Basin Land Trust, 3318 N. Proctor, Tacoma, WA. 98407-5541.

Arangements by Mills & Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia.

Thank you John Milner for these articles & Bud McBride for the use of them

Peter Kittson

Peter Kittson

Moorhouse Collection, University Of Oregon

At long last the Moorhouse picture of Peter Kittson has been clearly found and identified in the Moorhouse Collection at the University of Oregon thanks to the hard work and dedication of Normandy Helmer, Access & Preservation Officer for the Special Collections & University Archives. Her story has been in a segment of the OR PBS Channel 10, Art Beat, which has been repeated a couple of times this past year.

She has an exciting and yet I am sure tedious job of searching through many historic old photos to sort, label, and ID many unnamed photographs of the Northwest. She pulled together a wonderful group of the Moorhouse pictures for the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon and had hoped to have Peter Kittson’s picture included along with his story which was in his own words in the Spokane Spokesman Review in October 1904, when he was 74 years old. His photo ID is #PH036_6823. It can be seen on line by going to the following web page: In their search you will need to enter his photo ID. The address for the cultural center is as follows:
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
72789 Hwy. 331
Pendleton, OR 97801

Letter: Edwin Kittson to Mr. Edward Huggins

Recently I received a little known piece of mail from the University of Washington. I had noticed at their website that there was a letter in a box of items listed for Edward Huggins. My earlier thoughts about this letter were that it was actually the letter that Sir James Douglas wrote to Edwin and that they just had a copy of it. My curiosity got the best of me and I wrote to the University and got a pleasant surprise. Our young Edwin who has been communicating through other sources did have a letter that he wrote to Mr. Edward Huggins. It is dated in Victoria, Vancouver Island on February 17, 1860 and he writes to Huggins who is at Ft. Nisqually:

“Dear Sir,

Please send the two Bibles which I left in July 1857 in charge of Mrs. Tolmie by the next Steamer (Eliza Anderson) under seal (and if you have one under the seal of the HBCompany) to Dr. Tolmie in such a way that it will not be tampered with in any way manner on the road. It turns out to be of importance to my interests that this charge to be immediate and prop promptly attended to. By so doing you will oblige.

Yours Sincerely,

Edwin Kittson”

He added after his ending:

“Please send a letter with it to Dr. Tolmie detailing that since Mrs Tolmie left it has been untouched in your custody. Please excuse the writing as the Anderson is going off immediately. E. Kittson”

Edwin would have been about 19-20 years old at that time. We wondered about the importance of these two Bibles and if they had any family history that might have been written in them. We also recalled a mention of Edwin in the Journals in 1857 and found this on July 1st entry date:

“Fine. Hands pressing wool. Greig in, superintended the wool pressing. Skinner with women breaking up land in swamp. Murdock McLeod making candles. Chaulifoux and Squally repairing wagon. Stalool ploughing in swamp. Dr. Tolmie and family went to Steilacoom. Edwin Kittson & Mr. Sinclair (this would be his brother-in-law, William Sinclair III who married his sister Jemima Kittson) arrived from the Cowlitz.”

Then later on August 18th it was posted:

“Fine. Chaulifoux, Squally, & Gohome rafting lumber from the mill to the landing. Dr. Tolmie improving. The Victoria canoe left with mail. Kittson left for the Cowlitz.”

Our young Edwin has become more alive to us this year than any other. This is one of those joys of belonging to such a group as this where we have all been able to share our histories and learn so many new things about our ancestors. This also is a reason I do hope all of you who join our group will remember to make and keep copies of our history with the DuPont Museum so that they will be there for future generations. It is also important that we share our histories with other institutions such as the University of Washington, so that future descendants & researchers who are eager to learn about our heritages will have that information available for them. Keep in mind that this is our Native & family traditions to pass on our heritage.