The Naming of Counties in the State of Washington

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University of Washington, 1913 - Names, Geographical - 15 pages
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Page 1 - That from and after the passage of this act all that portion of Oregon Territory lying and being south of the forty-ninth degree of north latitude, and north of the middle of the main channel of the Columbia River...
Page 15 - ... named for a prominent resident. Pendleton; town in Umatilla County, Oregon, named for George H. Pendleton. Pendleton; town in Anderson County, South Carolina, named for Judge Henry Pendleton, a Revolutionary jurist. Pend Oreille; lake in Idaho, named from a tribe of Indians who were given this name by the French because of their habit of wearing pendants in their ears, the phrase meaning "hanging ear.
Page 2 - Oregon Archives, p. 116. 3 Brown. Political History of Oregon, v. 1, p. 174. * Oregon Archives, p. 149. 1 2 THE NAMING OF COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON one to change Vancouver district to that of Clark, the other providing for the creation of a Lewis county.5 Immediate action was taken upon these bills with the result that upon the following day the bill creating Lewis county was passed, as was also a bill substituting in all cases the word "county...
Page 3 - So strong was the response that at an adjourned meeting a convention was called to meet at Cowlitz on the 25th of August, to consider the advisability of an appeal to Congress for a division of the Territory of Oregon. The Cowlitz Convention in addition to other business recommended the creation of four new counties. For two of them the names Simmons and Steilacoom were urged.11 At the next session of the Oregon legislature, one county only out of the recommended four was organized. A petition signed...
Page 7 - It was named in honor of Lieutenant WA Slaughter, killed while defending from hostile Indians the lives of the American settlers in the Puget Sound region, December 4, 1855. However greatly admired and respected was the gallant Slaughter, his name was not the people's choice for the new county, as is shown by its legislative history. On January 9, 1857, Mr. TD Hinckley of King county presented to the house of representatives a petition of certain citizens of King county praying to be set off into...
Page 1 - ... two counties.2 In this form, it was approved on the 2Oth and provided that " All that portion of the Territory of Oregon lying north of the middle of the main channel of the Columbia River, shall be and the same is hereby declared a separate district under the name and style of Vancouver district.8 At the next session of the assembly, attempt was made to eliminate the name Vancouver. On the 1 8th of December, 1845, Mr. Hill presented a petition praying that the name of Vancouver district be changed...
Page 3 - Or. Ter. Session, 1850-51, p. 38). 11 Thomas W. Prosch, in The Political Beginning of Washington Territory in Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, v. 6, p. 152, June, 1905. 12 Bancroft, HH History of Washington, Idaho and Montana, p. 51.
Page 11 - The first bill introduced in the legislature which met October 4, 1875, provided for the creation of a Ping county, to be cut from Walla Walla and named in honor of Councilman E. Ping, of that county. It passed both houses, but was disapproved by Governor Ferry on the ground that no legal provision had been made for representation in the legislature.63 Failing to pass over the Governor's veto, a new bill was soon after introduced to create of the same section of Walla Walla county a new county, to...
Page 5 - Mason county28 in honor of Charles H. Mason, the first Sec20 Laws of Washington, Session 1854, p. 473. Date not given. 21 US Congress, 39-1, Session Laws, 1865-66, p. 82. 22 Seattle Daily Times, March 22, 1903, Magazine section, p. 6. 23 Wash. Laws, 1854, p. 475. Date not given. 24 Statement by Pearlita C. Stadelmann, of Bellingham. The writer is indebted to Mr. Thomas W. Prosch, of Seattle, for information warranting the belief that the town, lake and county were all named for the Indian Whatcom....
Page 14 - Wash. Laws, 1899, PP- 26-29. 77 Wash. Laws, 1899, pp. 148-55. 78 Wash. Laws, 1905, pp. 185-91. 79 The writer is indebted to Mr. JM Hitt, Librarian of Washington State Library for investigating the facts in regard to the naming of Benton and Grant Counties. 80 State ex. rel. Chehalis County v. Superior Court Pacific County, see Wash. Reports, v.

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