Saturday, June 4th - at 11 a.m., Adding the names of three ( line of duty death) Firefighters to the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery (inside the arches to your left)
Friday, June 17th - 2 p.m. Lorenzo Wesley (L.W.) Rima, Pioneer, Surveyor & Businessman, dedication of a newly restored memorial by the family.
July 22nd, 2 p.m. dedication of our 30th Historical Monument to the Vogel's (ran Natatorium, and Louis married Emma Looff, whose father made the carousel for them as a wedding present - which is now in Riverfront Park), this will take place at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery, at the Peace Abbey Mausoleum, and hopefully we will be going to the carousel to celebrate afterwards.
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.
Chief Spokane Garry was a prominent figure in the settling of the Spokane region. Until recently all we knew about the case of Chief Spokane Garry was that his land was stolen by a white man, a hearing was held on the matter near the end of his life, that Gary lost, that he died penniless and homeless in January 1892, and that the government documents in the case had been destroyed (from Lewis 1917). Last time Beine spoke to Westerners, he unveiled the government documents long thought to have been destroyed-- a nearly 60-page report of fraud and included testimonies filed by U.S. Special Investigator John Skiles in 1891. This report also demonstrates complicity in the fraud on the part of several of Spokane’s founders including James Glover, Charles Bigelow, Charles Sypert and Montgomery Hardman.
In this presentation Beine will focus on several never-before-heard testimonies from the Skiles Report (1891). These include testimonies of James Glover and Henry T. Cowley, and Beine will focus mainly on the testimonies of Garry and his daughter Nellie themselves. These last two contain much new information about the travesty that was perpetrated against Garry and his family by our early city leaders.
Please call in your meal reservation no later than Sunday, May 15. Our caterer, Corbin Senior Center, needs to order the correct amount of food. You may RSVP with our Secretary, Barbara J. Leiss, either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (anytime), or telephone (509) 276-5927 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. You can leave a message. In both instances, please identify yourself as: The Westerners (on email Subject line), and also 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.