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(1895 – 1906)
          First, I naturally became interested in a desire to “go west and grow up with the country” as Horace Greeley, (around whose home I have played many a game of hiden’ coop) used to advise.
          After gold was discovered in California, four McQuesten boys, viz: my father, Henry Wingate McQuesten, his brother William and cousins Varnum and Leroy Napoleon McQuesten – all born in Litchfield, New Hampshire (birthplace of myself and three brothers), joined in the gold rush of 1849 to California. Their ages from fourteen to seventeen. They went in a sailing vessel around Cape Horn, which took six months, and I heard so much about their experiences in my early boyhood, I could hardly wait until I was fifteen when I struck out for California. I had but $7 in my pocket, and all the rest of my belongings in a fiddle box. It was several years before I got to Calif. Meantime I lived in Buffalo and Tonawanda, New York, and Colorado (went to Cripple Creek when gold was discovered there).
          After living in San Francisco 18 months, Oakland one year, I went to Salt Lake City (Utah was a Territory then). I took a civil service examination as stenographer and was appointed to the Indian Office in Washington D. C.
          Father and Varnum were pals in Calif. And Uncle William and Leroy were pals for about four years, then Leroy went to Oregon and volunteered for Army Service. He served under Bey Hayden, in many skirmishes with the Walla Wallas and other Indians. Then when gold was discovered up the Fraser River, he and Uncle William went up there. Having little luck, William return to Calif., but Leroy continued to go north; began trapping and trading with the Indians and was not heard from for more than forty years, until one day I read an article in a magazine saying “Jack” McQuesten, one of the first white men in Alaska, was authority on the location of the boundary between Alaska and the Northwest Territory. The name being spelled the same as we spell it, I sent the article home to my father. He replied, with a letter to “Jack”, and said: “Get this letter to him; “Jack” is a nickname given him out west. He is Leroy”. It took 13 months for the letter to reach him, via dog sleds.
          He was known as “Jack McQuesten”, the Father of Alaska”. He build Fort Reliance, seven miles below Dawson, the first settlement on the Yukon, and had trading posts at Circle City and Forty-mile Creek; discovered a river, which was for him: McQuesten River, and probably grubstaked more prospectors than anyone else in Alaska.
Written in 1965 by G. Dowe McQuesten (father of Dee Mcquesten), shortly before his death at age 94. He was in attorney for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, sent out by President Grover Cleveland, who had overseen his education.  Dad only had a 5th grade education, when he went to work for President Cleveland as one of his secretaries who knew shorthand and typing.  All of the White House secretaries were men.  Cleveland thought he had potential and sent him to George Washington University for his GED, undergraduate degree and on for his Law Degree and his post-LLB degree.  He had 3 law degrees. 
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A letter from Germany

Members and Friends,
An email was recently received from Michael Zacherle in Germany. He has been researching a relative for the past dozen years or so and has provided a biography of a possible Washington pioneer. I found it quite interesting to read and thought that we, especially members and friends in Omak and surrounding area, could be of assistance to him. Here is the link to the biography and his email is copied below. Zacherle Bio
Dear Sirs,
about a dozen years ago, I was able to visit the Okanogan County Historical Museum. Two lovely ladies helped me find information about John B. Zacherle, a relative that immigrated from Germany into the US in 1884. They directed me to the „Okanogan Rendezvous“, where I found a small article about him. This article was the first information I was able to find about him! Ever since, I have been trying to find out where John B. Zacherle was born, but was unable to find this information. As I live in Germany (I am German), it's not easy for me to get relevant information as long as it isn't accessible on the internet. However, I found some other interesting documents, and so I decided to write a short biography about him.
Please find enclosed this biography as a PDF document. I hope that you find this document interesting! I would be happy if you could maybe print the document and put it into your archival holdings. Please feel free to use this material in any way you like.
I'm looking forward to your suggestions or remarks!
Kind regards,
Michael Zacherle
Dipl.-Phys. Michael Zacherle    
Epernayer Straße 18                      Tel: +49 7243 767379
76275 Ettlingen                               +49 179 5917627
Please let us know if you were able to help him.
Curtis Hoffman
Uploaded 12/30/2020.

for a brief summary including photos of Arthur Foss - History and Haul-out presentation given 20-June 2020 by Richard Miller.  Access to the complete presentation may be found in this Library under the section labeled "Videos".

Graffitti Before pic                     Downed Willow Tree                  Behind Pioneer Hall                     Graffiti After Pic
Graffitti noticed on Pioneer Hall and adjoining property on April 30, 2021, picture taken moments after Davey Tree Service left.
Downed Willow tree is shown. Dogwood tree at front of Pioneer Hall is shown.
Thanks to Roy Pettus for scheduling the pressure washing and repainting the areas.
Photo acknowledgments:  Graffiti Before and Behind Pioneer Hall taken by Curtis Hoffman, April 30, 2021.
Dogwood Tree taken by
Downed Willow Tree taken by
Graffiti After taken by Roy Pettus.

Power Point presentation from 19-October 2019 at Pioneer Hall.  Address given by Curtis Hoffman, great-grandson of Elizabeth Zandell. See also the article in the December 2019 Pioneer Presences.
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IRS Forms are available to the public for 3 years, as required. The reports can be downloaded without charge.
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2018 Form 990-N
IRS form 990-N for fiscal year closing April 30, 2019. This pdf file may be downloaded by clicking on the title. There is no charge to download. This file will remain available through March 12, 2023.

2019 Form 990-EZ
IRS Form 990-EZ with pertinent schedules for fiscal year closing April 30, 2020. This pdf may be downloaded by clicking on the title. There is no charge to download. This file will remain available through March 15, 2024.

2020 Form 990-EZ
IRS Form 990 EZ with pertinent schedules for fiscal year ending April 30, 2021. This pdf file may be downloaded by clicking on the title. There is no charge to download. This file will remain available through September 15, 2024. On Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 5:45 PM File990 Info <> wrote:The IRS has accepted your 2020 990EZ for 91-6054968. Thank you, File990 Team
IRS Tax Exemption Letter dated 1961.


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Listing of pioneers interred prior to 1900, located at 3802 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater, WA.
Courtesy of Odd Fellows, provided to the Association December 6, 2017.

Memoir donated by Sally Irvine, grand-daughter of the author's cousin.  [permission for use on file]

Past Presidents listing of those who have served as President of the Pioneer Assocation of the State of Washington.  Many of these men and women are also represented on our Gallery page in the "Past Assoc Presidents" album, however, some are missing.  If you can help with this, please write to our Webmaster c/o Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd Av E, Seattle WA 98112 or email

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