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Bishop, William Sr. (1833-1906) and Sally Bishop Williams (1840-1916): Re-peopling the Chimacum Valley

After the Puget Sound "Indian War" of 1855-1856, a number of high-status Coast Salish refugees relocated to Chimacum Prairie, south of Port Townsend at the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. T...

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Blaine, David (1824-1900) and Catharine Paine Blaine (1829-1908)

David Blaine and Catharine Paine Blaine came to Seattle from Seneca Falls, New York, the site of America's first women's rights convention, in which Catharine Paine participated. The Blaines were Meth...

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Boone, George (b. ca. 1844) and Florence (Ritchie) Boone (b. 1859) of Neptune Beach, Lummi Reservation

George and Florence (Ritchie) Boone and their family had the original allotment at Neptune Beach on the Lummi Reservation. This history of the family was contributed by Cheryl Metcalf.

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Boren, Carson Dobbins (1824-1912)

The pioneering contributions of Carson Dobbins Boren to the founding of Alki (in future West Seattle) and Seattle began and ended within a short period of six years. Carson Boren was a member of the D...

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Borst, Jeremiah (1830-1890)

Jeremiah Borst is considered to be the father of the Snoqualmie Valley, located in north central King County. A soft-spoken man with a lisp, he was the first permanent non-Indian settler in the valley...

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Borst, Kate (1855-1938)

Kate Kanim Borst was a Native American woman who was the third wife of Snoqualmie Valley settler Jeremiah Borst. During her lifetime, she witnessed the transformation of the valley from prairies and I...

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Boyce, Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart (1836-1916)

Lucinda Stewart Boyce was not only the first Euro-American woman to live permanently on San Juan Island, she also served as a community leader and role model for hundreds of women who braved the primi...

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Bracken, Robert (1841?-1906)

Robert "Bob" Bracken was the first non-Indian to settle permanently in what soon became Asotin County. He arrived late in 1861 when the area was still part of an Indian reservation. Bracken engaged i...

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Brown, Amos (1833-1899) and Alson Lennon Brown (1868-1942)

Amos Brown was a prominent early citizen of Seattle. He was a pioneering lumberman in the Puget Sound region beginning in the 1850s and had substantial real estate holdings in present downtown Seattle...

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Bull, Walter Alvadore (1838-1898)

Walter Alvadore Bull was in the first wave of non-Indian settlers in the Kittitas Valley just east of the Cascade Range in Central Washington. A 30-year-old bachelor and Union veteran of the Civil War...

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Bush, George W. (1790?-1863)

George W. Bush (1790?-1863) was a key leader of the first group of American citizens to settle north of the Columbia River in what is now Washington. Bush was a successful farmer in Missouri, but as ...

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Bush, William Owen (1832-1907)

William Owen Bush was the eldest son of George Washington Bush (1790?-1863), of Irish and African American descent, and Isabella James Bush (1809?-1866), a German American. In 1844 he accompanied his ...

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