On October 20, Matty Ross will present "The Life and Descendents of Jocko Finley, Builder of Spokane House." Jocko was a trapper, trader, guide, interpreter, builder of Spokane House, and the first European resident of Spokane, Washington.
Matty has always loved family history and researching his family genealogy. He retired 3 years ago after a career in the service industry, and has been a professional Santa Claus for sixteen Christmas. He is a member of the Friends of Spokane House. Matty is father to seven children, 12 grand-children, and one great-grandchild.
Dinner costs $20 and starts at 5:45 pm. Please make your reservation by Sunday, October 16. Please make your reservation with our Secretary, Barbara J. Leiss, either by email at email@example.com, or by telephone: (509) 276-5927 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. You can leave a message. Please identify yourself as The Westerners (on email Subject line), and also mention The Westerners when you telephone.
The purpose of the Westerners is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest and zeal for discovering and disseminating knowledge and understanding of the American West. To this end, Corrals generally meet on a monthly basis and are given a presentation on local or regional history, often times by a member of the Corral. Westerners encourage historical research and may popularize western lore and history though publications, awards, and preservation of archival records, documents, sites and other evidence of the Old West, which otherwise may be lost to posterity.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or becoming a member, spreading our purpose through word-of-mouth, we thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
I wanted to share that several members of the board have some health concerns.
FR Ted had a tumor removed on his bladder. He currently is at Touchmark Retirement Community, skilled nursing center, room 284, awaiting results. He likes to have visitors.
John Richards wife, Mary had a pulmonary embolism that went to her lungs, heart, and brain. She is getting home care for PT and speech therapy. She is now walking with a cane short distances. Her memory, etc may take more time.
Al Bendle passed away last week. No definite plans for his memorial, but they probably will be delayed for a couple of months.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our board and members that may have health issues and challenges.
Dick Jensen and all Members
Westerners International has about 60 "corrals" (clubs) within United States and about 20 corrals located in foreign nations (mostly around United States Defense Department locations). Spokane Corral is the only corral in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Our publication, the Pacific Northwesterner, is distributed to members and to many organizations including Princeton and Yale Universities. Our members are historians, authors, world travelers, and people interested in history.
The Spokane Corral of Westerners International is duly registered with Westerners International, an incorporated nonprofit in California, based at Canyon, Texas.