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On August 26, 1855, U.S. Army Captain George Pickett arrived in Whatcom County to begin construction of Fort Bellingham. The fort wasn't there long, as pieces of it were moved to San Juan Island in response to the 1859 Pig War. In 1861 Pickett resigned his commission in the U.S. Army and joined the Confederacy after his home state of Virginia seceded from the Union. He rose to the rank of major general and is most remembered for leading "Pickett's Charge," a disastrous infantry assault in 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg, the South's last major offensive in the North.
On August 28, 1907, teenaged messengers Jim Casey and Claude Ryan established their own delivery business in Seattle, which they operated out of the basement of a Pioneer Square saloon. Funded with a $100 loan from Casey's uncle, their American Messenger Service proved to be a huge success, and it grew to become United Parcel Service -- the largest package- delivery company in the world.
On August 28, 1911, South Cle Elum incorporated in Kittitas County. Located across the Yakima River from the larger city of Cle Elum, South Cle Elum owes its start to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad (the Milwaukee Road), which arrived in 1908 and built a depot, roundhouse, and rail yard. The burgeoning community quickly became a bustling rail center and division point, which led to its incorporation.
One hundred year ago this week, on August 28, 1919, the Seattle City Council appointed Cecil B. Fitzgerald as mayor, replacing Ole Hanson, who had resigned to engage in other pursuits. Fitzgerald found himself stuck dealing with public dissatisfaction over the city's newly assumed ownership of its streetcar system, an expensive purchase championed by Hanson, and six months after taking office he lost in the primary election.
"I dreamed that the mines were all seething with fire
The men all fought for their lives
Just then the scene changed, and the mouth of the mines
Were covered with sweethearts and wives"
--"Dream of the Miner's Child," lyrics by Andrew Jenkins
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