3 results for tag: 125th Anniversary


Washington’s First Statehood Appeal

[ Posted Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:56 ] The first constitutional convention convened in Walla Walla on June 11, 1878.  At that time Walla Walla was the largest city in Washington territory. During the convention, a delegate presented a petition for women’s suffrage. It proved too controversial a measure, but the delegates did go as far as granting married women the right to enter into a contract and to take legal action against any wrongdoer. In November, the voters approved the resolution to ask the United States Congress for admission into the Union.  A bill was introduced, but died in committee.  Historians looking back at ...

Washington’s 125th Birthday

[ Posted Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:00:00 ] This year the State of Washington is celebrating its 125th birthday.  Our birthday is November 11, 1889.  Before we put on our party hats and bring out the noisemakers, I thought we would remind ourselves about the journey our ancestors took toward joining the nation.  Along with the drive to officially join the Union, there were two other movements to define what kind of state and society we would be out here in the Pacific Northwest.  The issues of women’s right to vote and temperance were entwined, as many of the same activist women were involved in both movements.  It ...

The First Spokane County

In 1858 shortly after President Fillmore established Washington Territory, the Territorial Legislature created Spokane County which included all of Idaho as well as portions of western Wyoming and Montana. “Spokane” is believed to be an Indian word meaning “child of the sun.”  The legislature merged Spokane County and most of eastern Washington into Stevens County in 1863. [ Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:01:20 ] Tagged with: washington state, history, 1858, spokane