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Voting time for August Library Jewels

by Brian Zylstra | August 28th, 2015 9:04 am | No Comments


Over the past week, we’ve featured some of the rare, historical and interesting items found in our State Library through our monthly Library Jewels blog series.

We’re now ready for you to take a final look at the three August entries and then choose your favorite. They include a 1784 chart of the Northwest coast of North America and coast of northeastern Asia, an 1873 photo of a Tacoma family having a picnic, and a 1934 map of Columbia County.

You can vote through our online poll below. You have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to vote, so don’t forget!

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1784 chart of Northwest coast of N. America

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1873 Tacoma picnic photo

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1934 map of Columbia County

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House9 recount confirms narrow edge for Lathim

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Secretary of State Kim Wyman says the recount of the close primary vote in House District 9 in the sprawling six-county district showed that not a single vote changed from the original tally.

That means former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim’s 47-vote margin over Democrat Kenneth Caylor stands. Lathim advances to the General Election, taking on fellow Republican Mary Dye, who was appointed to the House earlier this year to replace Rep. Susan Fagan.

The outcome will not affect the partisan makeup of the House. Ds now have 51 seats and Republicans 47. One other special House election will be held in the 30th District. The Republican, Teri Hickel, led the Democrat, appointed Rep. Carol Gregory, 52-48 in the dry-run primary.

The state’s Top 2 system allows voters’ two favorites to advance to the fall election without regard to party preference. In most cases, that means a candidate from each of the two major parties, but in largely one-party districts like in Seattle or much of Eastern Washington, sometimes two candidates with the same party preference get into the finals. In last year’s 4th District congressional race, Republicans won both runoff spots.

The recount was required by state law because the second- and third-place finishers in the primary were within one-half of 1 percent of each other.

 

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Library Jewel #3: 1934 map of Columbia County

 

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Our third and final Library Jewel for August features a rare 1934 map of a county many of you might not know much about: Columbia, located in southeastern Washington between Walla Walla County to the west and Garfield County to the east.  The map shows a proposed reorganization area (perhaps for school districts), school district boundaries, existing schoolhouses and new schoolhouses “corrected to July 1 1934.”

We plan to launch the online poll of our three Jewels Friday, so be ready to vote for your favorite!

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A snapshot of Ferry County

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 Ferry County flag (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives)

Washington’s northern reaches contain some of its larger counties, such as Okanogan, Ferry and Stevens. In our 10th snapshot story, we turn the lens toward Ferry County, a sparsely populated but beautiful county in Washington’s northeastern region.

Ferry County was named after Washington’s first governor, a Seattleite named Elisha Ferry, in 1899. Ferry contains 2,197 square miles and has a population of around 7,646, giving it a population density of around 3.4 people per square mile. Ferry is a rural county, and many of its residents are able to experience nature and recreation to the fullest. There are many opportunities for hiking, water sports, fishing and other outdoor activities in Ferry. Its largest city is Republic, which also serves as the county seat.

The economy of Ferry has been reliant on natural resource extraction since the county’s founding. In 1850, during the gold rush, prospectors came to Ferry in droves searching for the precious metal in stream beds and mountainsides. The economy also focuses heavily on logging. Both of these economic staples are clearly represented on the county flag in the form of a lumberjack swinging an ax and a prospector panning a stream.

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Library Jewel #2: 1873 picnic photo

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When you live in a beautiful state like Washington, it’s a given that most people will find a way to enjoy the outdoors. One popular option going back to our territorial days is picnicking.

The State Library has this 1873 photo showing how the pioneers did it. (Notice there isn’t any KFC or pop or tortilla chips!) This shot features the Ralstons, one of Tacoma’s pioneering families, enjoying a meal out in the woods. The sepia photograph makes it hard to distinguish the individuals.

Our third and final Library Jewel is coming soon, so be ready for it.

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August Library Jewel #1: 1784 chart of Northwest coast

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The State Library is a definite go-to place for historical and rare maps of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Check out this 1784 chart showing the Northwest coast of North America and the Northeast coast of Asia after both coasts were explored in 1778 and 1779 by Captain James Cook. The chart, prepared by Lt. Henry Roberts, was the product of Cook’s third and final voyage of the Pacific. Cook did not survive this final voyage as he and other crew members were killed by Hawaiians along the coast of the Big Island on Feb. 14, 1779.

The chart is the first Library Jewel for August. More to come this week.

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Rock on! Satsop festival pics top poll

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Some of the crowd at the 1971 Satsop rock festival. (Photo courtesy Washington State Archives)

Maybe it’s because its anniversary is fast approaching. Maybe it’s because it was far out and groovy. Or maybe cuz it’s just fun to see old photos of people wearing beads and bell bottoms.

Whatever the reason, the photos of the 1971 Satsop rock festival was the winner of the August Archives Treasures poll. The festival pics gathered 42 percent of the votes to edge out the 1920 Vancouver shipyard photos, which received 38 percent. Taking third with 20 percent was the collection of Gov. Dan Evans’ letters asking members of Congress to consider amnesty for President Nixon.

We’ll launch our August Library Jewels series this week, so watch for it.

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Elections Division honored for emergency planning

Fires burn on the hillsides above Twisp, Wash. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) Special to Brian Zylstra for one-time, non-exclusive use in Office of Secretary of State. Permission is for editorial usage only and is not to be used for advertising purposes.  Digital manipulation, outside normal cropping and color correction, is prohibited. Use of text dropped in over the photo is prohibited. If you wish to use this photo in derivative works, ancillaries, other formats and media, please contact us with details of your proposed reuse. We grant licenses on a per use basis. Mandatory credit to Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

A wildfire burning near Twisp. (Photo credit: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Washington has won national recognition for emergency preparedness for state and county elections operations, Secretary of State Kim Wyman and state Elections Director Lori Augino announced Friday.

The National Association of State Election Directors selection committee named Washington the winner of the 2015 state division of the Election Center’s Professional Practices Awards. The award will be presented at the 2016 NASED meeting.

Wyman, an officer of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said the nation’s secretaries of state, election directors, and the Election Center, the election profession’s premier organization for training and certification, all have recently focused attention on continuity of service in the event of a disaster. Noted Wyman:

“Today in Washington, wildfires are sweeping across a wide swath of the eastern part of the state and last year, fires during the 2014 election season caused great challenges for several of our counties.  We have volcanoes, severe storms and power outages, breakdown in data transmission, and many other potential challenges, so it makes eminent sense to get ready BEFORE something hits.

“I am so proud of our State Elections Division and the 39 counties for stepping up – and it is gratifying to see this national recognition for the hard work for the people of Washington.”

The Elections Division identified a need for emergency preparedness and launched a bold program to provide training, templates and technical expertise to election officials, Augino said. She added:

“We are committed to protecting the democratic process while also encouraging voter participation. Washington is better prepared today to conduct elections in the event of a disaster. We are thrilled to receive recognition for best practices from our peers, and we are already getting inquiries from other states.”

 

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Secretary Wyman honors our Greatest Generation vets

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Marine veteran Clayton Pitre speaks at the launch ceremony for a new exhibit focusing on Washingtonians who served in World War II. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)

Marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day that ended World War II, the Secretary of State has launched a new exhibit that features GIs in some of the most vicious fighting of the conflict, survivors of the Nazi death camps and minorities who encountered racism during the war. A dozen stories take visitors from the beaches of Normandy on D-Day to the awful winter of the Battle of the Bulge to postwar Japan and the aftermath of the atomic bomb.

“Washington Remembers: Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom,” is the vision of Kim Wyman, the Secretary of State. Wyman’s uncle, Cpl. John Dobbs, received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in the conflict.

“World War II united Americans in an unparalleled way,” Wyman said. “These stories give gripping detail and the lessons in them should find their way into every classroom and library.”

The free, privately funded exhibit was launched Thursday, and follows nine online profiles that offer fresh insight into the war. Wyman’s Legacy Washington staff created the exhibit and online profiles. (UPDATE: TVW says it will air the exhibit launch tonight at 8:30, Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m.)

Deputy Secretary Greg Lane and historian John Hughes emceed a launch event in the Legislative Building’s State Reception Room, saluting the courage of the service members and civilians in sharing their painful experiences. Future generations need to know, and remember those stories, they said.

“It took decades for many veterans to speak openly about the war,” Wyman said earlier. “And we’re losing them every day. I’m delighted that we’ve documented, for history’s sake, the trials and victories in a war that changed who we are.”

Speakers included Clayton Pitre, one of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps since the Revolution; John Robert LaViriere, a mortar gunner with the U.S. Army who detailed the life of a GI in letters he faithfully sent home; and Henry Freidman, a Jewish man from Poland who hid in a barn loft to avoid the Nazi death camps.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his husband, Michael Shiosaki, attended to honor Michael’s father, Fred Shiosaki, and a throng of friends and family and history buffs joined the festivities.

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Some of the panels of the Washington Remembers exhibit.

The exhibit features the following 12 Washingtonians:

Les Amundson, a B-17 bomber pilot who spent 18 months in captivity after his plane was shot down over the Netherlands.

Henry Friedman, who, as a Jewish teen, evaded the Nazis for 18 months in small barn loft in Poland.

Robert Graham,  Washington’s former seven-term state auditor who was a flight engineer on cargo planes that few far across the Pacific during the war.

Bob Hart, an Army paratrooper who fought in Italy, France and the horrific Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

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Marine veteran Stan Jones stands in front of the exhibit panel about him. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)

Stan Jones, a Tulalip tribal leader who, as a Marine, served in the South Pacific and later watched Japanese orphans scavenge trash cans for food after an atomic bomb destroyed much of Nagasaki.

John Robert LaRiviere, a mortar gunner in the U.S. Army who spent the winter of 1945 in a foxhole during the Battle of the Bulge.

Joe Moser, a fighter pilot who was shot down over France and later survived eight months of captivity and was released from Buchenwald concentration camp days before his rumored execution.

George Narozonick, a Navy sailor who was part of the massive D-Day invasion at Normandy in 1944.

Clayton Pitre, who trained at a segregated base during the war and landed at Okinawa in 1945 as one of the first African American Marines since the American Revolution.

Arnold Samuels, who escaped Germany with his family in 1937 only to return there as an Army Counter Intelligence Corps operative near the war’s end and helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.

Fred Shiosaki, a Japanese American who served with the U.S. Army’s legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe.

Regina Tollfeldt, one of 15,000 women who worked in Boeing’s Seattle factories during the war.

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World War II-era Boeing worker Regina Tollfeldt in front of her exhibit panel. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)

 

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A snapshot of Douglas County

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Douglas County flag (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives)

Just east of the Cascade Mountains in roughly the center of Washington lies Douglas County. Douglas, which was founded in 1883 out of land from Lincoln County, is the ninth county in our snapshot series.

Douglas was named after Illinois Senator and statesman Stephen A. Douglas, who famously lost to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. He participated in historic debates with Lincoln regarding issues such as slavery and abolitionism.

Douglas County contains 1,849 square miles of land, and is bordered by the Columbia River on its west, north, and south sides. Its population is about 40,000. Geographically, it is Washington’s 17th largest county. The county seat is in Waterville, but the largest city is East Wenatchee.

The main economic activity in Douglas County is agriculture, which accounts for around a third of total employment. Apples, wheat and cattle are all important products that come from Douglas. The county’s landscape ranges from foothills and riverland, to flatland and steppe that is conducive for farming.

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Still time to nominate a WA company for state honor

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Do you know a Washington corporation or business that does good things in your community? It could be providing volunteer help on projects, donating money or supplies, or something else that makes a positive difference.

If such a company springs to mind, help give it the recognition it deserves by nominating it for our state’s highest civics award.

Time is running out to offer nominations for a 2015 Corporations for Communities Award. The nomination deadline is August 31.

Nomination forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website here.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman will choose two large and two small companies from among the public’s nominations. Her selections will receive a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, the highest civics honor that the state awards.

Anyone can nominate businesses for the award. Any for-profit corporation, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) or Limited Partnership is eligible for the award.

Nominees need to be registered with the Office of Secretary of State and must be in compliance with state and federal laws.

Winners will be announced by early October, with an awards ceremony taking place in Wyman’s office later that month.

For more information about the awards program, contact program coordinator Patrick Reed at (360) 725-0358 or patrick.reed@sos.wa.gov.

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