Washington Women's History in Columbia Magazine

columbia 19871-1The Washington State Historical Society has published COLUMBIA magazine quarterly since 1987. The magazine features articles that focus on the history of Washington and of the land orignally comprising what was known as the Oregon Country. The list below compiles articles that appeared in COLUMBIA and pertain to women's history in the Pacific Northwest.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1987; Vol. 1, No. 1

    • Who Was that Lady Your Town Is Named After?, p. 3
      How Washington towns named after women got their names.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1987; Vol. 1, No. 2

    • When "Ma" Preached in Kelso, p. 13
      Money, sex and preaching are not a new concoction.
    • History Album, p. 48
      When the earliest nuns went begging.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1987-1988; Vol. 1, No. 4

    • Little Girl Memories of a Christmas on the Cowlitz, p. 10
      by Mrs. Charles Olson
      Cowbells on the horses, candles on the tree.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1988; Vol. 2, No. 1

    • Beheaded Pioneer, p. 24
      By Laura Arksey
      The colorful but tragic story of the Ebeys of Whidbey Island, told through the family diaries.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1988; Vol. 2, No. 2

    • The Nevada Bloomer Case, p. 42
      By John Fahey
      Flamboyant lawyers, a political conspiracy and an obedient wife delay women's suffrage in Washington.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1988; Vol. 2, No. 3

    • Glory Days of Vaudeville, p. 3
      By Nancy Allison Wright
      Turn-of-the-century Seattle was a hotbed of the liveliest of stage arts.
    • Original Governor's Mansion, p. 40
      By Norman Johnston
      In the Northwest's first historic preservation fight, preservation lost.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1988-89; Vol. 2, No. 4

    • The Invisible Sex, p. 8
      By Mike and Lynn Jordan
      Washington women of the 1880s, as seen through the territory's newspapers.
    • Abby Williams Hill, p. 21
      By Ronald Fields
      An exhibit of the long-neglected work of an important woman artist.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1989; Vol. 3, No. 1

    • Merriam's never-before-published account of her visit to Neah Bay a century ago.
    • Whitman Mission Revisited, p. 10
      By David Herrera
      At long last, Paul Kane's 1847 drawings of the mission make their Washington debut.
    • Torches to Guide Us, p. 28
      Edited by Harriet Kofalk

COLUMBIA: Summer 1989; Vol. 3, No. 2

    • Women's Suffrage: No Constitutional Franchise, p. 22
      By Doris H. Pieroth
      Considering women's suffrage at the first session of the Constitutional Convention in 1889.
    • Centennial Hall of Honor, p. 36
      One hundred celebrated Washingtonians.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1989; Vol. 3, No. 3

    • Isabel Arcasa: A Centennial Centenarian, p. 22
      By Robert H. Ruby and John A. Brown
      An interview with a remarkable l00-year-old Washingtonian.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1989-90; Vol. 3, No. 4

    • Washington Human Services Come of Age, p. 6
      By Michael K. Green
      How social and health services organizations answered the challenge of the depression years and after.
    • Rare Images of Washington's Early Native People, p. 24
      By David L. Nicandri
      A look at J. K. Duncan's drawings.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1990; Vol. 4, No. 1

    • Lenna Baird: Mother to 200,000 Boys, p. 12
      By Bruce C. Harding
      A WWI Red Cross volunteer who made a difference.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1990; Vol. 4, No. 2

    • Vanessa Helder and Grand Coulee Dam, p. 34
      By Larry Schoonover
      "The Giant" is rendered into art.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1990; Vol. 4, No. 3

    • The Expedition of 1905, p. 32
      By Lisa Mighetto
      Two hundred climbers accompany Hazard Stevens up Mt. Rainier on the 25th anniversary of his initial ascent.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1991; Vol. 5, No. 2

    • History Album, p. 15
      The Huggins family around the flagpole at Fort Nisqually.
    • From the Collection, p. 32
      Diary of a sea captain's wife.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1991-92; Vol. 5, No. 4

    • Sarah Peterson Smith, p. 34
      By John Fahey
      James "Hecla" Smith's widow and heiress was a woman to be reckoned with.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1992; Vol. 6, No. 2

    • School as Parent, p. 14
      By Bryce E. Nelson
      The social welfare movement of the early 1900s found a home in the Seattle Public Schools.
    • Lady of the Lake, p. 38
      By Harriet U. Fish
      A chilling mystery from the Olympic Peninsula.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1992; Vol. 6, No. 3

    • Empty Harvest at Waiilatpu, p. 22
      By Julie Roy Jeffrey
      Nothing in her experience could have prepared Narcissa Whitman for the realities of mission life in the Oregon Country.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1993; Vol. 7, No. 1

    • Frontier Conflict, p. 8
      By Weldon Willis Rau
      A pioneer family's memoir.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1993-94; Vol. 7, No. 4

    • Daniel R. Bigelow, p. 31
      By Shanna Stevenson
      A man of principle who stood against the political order.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1994; Vol. 8, No. 1

    • Women Were Everywhere, p. 39
      By Michael Ostrogorsky
      Female stampeders to the Klondike and Alaska.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1994; Vol. 8, No. 2

    • She Dared to Be Different, p. 6
      By Donna Bergman
      Lizzie Ordway stands out among the original "Mercer girls" as a woman who came to Seattle not for marriage but for independence.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1994-95; Vol. 8, No. 4

    • Balloon Bombs & Submarines, p. 6
      By Marc K. Blackburn
      Japanese attacks on the Pacific Coast during World War II injured few but frightened many.
    • George Bush of Tumwater, p. 14
      By Darrell Millner
      Mulatto pioneer and founder of the first American settlement on Puget Sound.
    • History Album, p. 20
      "Mother says, ‘Next year.’"
    • The Snoqualmie Indians as Hop Pickers, p. 39
      By Kenneth Tollefson
      Puget Sound Native Americans turned to seasonal farm work to supplement their dwindling traditional resources.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1995; Vol. 9, No. 2

    • The Glorious Fourth, p. 4
      By Jacqueline Williams
      Independence Day festivities on the Oregon Trail.
    • A Victorian Odyssey, p. 33
      By Linda Lawrence Hunt
      The tragic tale of two Spokane women who gambled for high stakes and lost more than they bargained for.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1996; Vol. 10, No. 2

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By Eugene A. Wiggins
      Grandmother's river.
    • A Hard Day's Night, p. 6
      By Patrick F. Diviney & Michael Allen
      "Beatlemania" takes Seattle by storm in 1964.
    • Spokane's 1936 Olympian, p. 34
      By Doris H. Pieroth
      Attending the Berlin games was a dream come true for Mary Lou Petty.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1996; Vol. 10, No. 3

    • Potatoes: A Washington Tradition, p. 20
      By Jacqueline Williams
      The lowly spud ranks high on the state's list of agricultural successes.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1996-97; Vol. 10, No. 4

    • Fay Fuller, p. 24
      By Betsy Potts
      The first woman to conquer Mount Rainier's summit.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1997; Vol. 11, No. 1

    • Mary Richardson Walker, p. 26
      By Joyce W. Prairie
      A glimpse into the life of one of the Oregon Country's first women missionaries.

COLUMBIA: Summer 1997; Vol. 11, No. 2

    • History Album, p. 32
      "Eleanor on the Elwha."
    • The Women Behind Washington's Libraries, p. 37
      By Margaret Gribskov
      Evergreen State clubwomen were essential to the establishment of a valuable cultural resource.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1998; Vol. 12, No. 1

    • Betty and the Bishops, p. 17
      By Beth Kraig
      Courtroom antics in a libel suit against the author of The Egg and I could have been a chapter from one of her novels.
    • We Danced All Night, p. 34
      By Jacqueline Williams
      Pioneer life began to take on the trappings of civilized society with the advent of the "dance."

COLUMBIA: Summer 1998; Vol. 12, No. 2

    • History Album, p. 18
      Red Cross to the rescue.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1998; Vol. 12, No. 3

    • Truth or Fiction?, p. 34
      By Kenneth L. Calkins
      The stories behind some of Washington's school names.

COLUMBIA: Winter 1998-99; Vol. 12, No. 4

    • Kathleen Eloisa Rockwell, p. 24
      By James Bledsoe
      From dance-hall damsel to self-made icon of the Klondike gold rush era.

COLUMBIA: Spring 1999; Vol. 13, No. 1

    • On Sidesaddle to the Columbia, p. 9
      By Laurie Winn Carlson
      Pioneer women rode the Oregon Trail in truly feminine fashion.

COLUMBIA: Fall 1999; Vol. 13, No. 3

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By Irving W. Anderson
      Exploding the myths and misconceptions about Sacagawea, the Shoshoni Indian woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition.

COLUMBIA: Summer 2000; Vol. 14, No. 2

    • Helmi, p. 24
      By Wesley Wehr
      The early years of Helmi Juvonen, a major artist of the "Northwest School," as revealed in her correspondence.

COLUMBIA: Summer 2002; Vol. 16, No. 2

    • The King County Poor Farm, p. 8
      By Terri Mitchell
      The evolving mission of this public-funded entity planted the seeds of two regional medical centers.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2002-03; Vol. 16, No. 4

    • The Adventures of a Pioneer Judge and His Family, p. 18
      By Harry M. Strong
      Good-bye Cleveland—hello Cathlamet and life on the northwestern frontier.
    • Erna Gunther, p. 30
      By Christine Colasurdo
      A small woman with enormous talent and determination.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2003-04; Vol. 17, No. 4

    • Love, Hennie, p. 11
      By Martin N. Chamberlain
      Henrietta Haller writes home about life at Fort Dalles in 1853-54.
    • Miss Kitty Takes to the Road, p. 24
      By Lewis O. Saum
      The story of an extraordinary theatrical performance given in Seattle in 1933.

COLUMBIA: Spring 2004; Vol. 18, No. 1

    • Bella Weretnikow, p. 6
      By Judith W. Rosenthal
      Seattle's first Jewish female attorney.

COLUMBIA: Summer 2004; Vol. 18, No. 2

    • The Fourth Wave, p. 7
      By Molly Cone, Howard Droker, and Jacqueline Williams
      An influx of immigrants fleeing Nazi terrorism swelled the ranks of Washington's Jewish community during the 1930s and 1940s.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2004; Vol. 18, No. 4

    • Maud Lillie Bolin, p. 29
      By Lynn E. Bragg
      A pioneer of aviation for Washington women and Native Americans, this Yakama woman was also a cowgirl, rodeo performer, drama coach, and community activist.
    • History Album, p. 33
      The Boerhave Sisters Orchestra, aka the Mystic Five.
    • The Cattle Battle, p. 34
      By Laurie Winn Carlson
      Dairy cows were essential to the success of Pacific Northwest homesteaders.

COLUMBIA: Spring 2005; Vol. 19, No. 1

    • History Album, p. 6
      Miss Columbia.
    • Tsugiki, a Grafting, p. 29
      By Gail Nomura
      Reflections of an immigrant generation taking root in a new land.

COLUMBIA: Summer 2005; Vol. 19, No. 2

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By David L. Nicandri
      Unravelling the Sacagawea myths.
    • How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?, p. 36
      By Robert A. Harvie
      Washington's country life reformers were part of a national effort to reduce the migration of young people from rural to urban areas.

COLUMBIA: Fall 2005; Vol. 19, No. 3

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By Antoinette Broussard
      Nettie Craig Asberry, a pillar of Tacoma's African American community.
    • Mother Joseph, p. 15
      A formidable force for good in Washington's territorial days.
    • History Album, p. 33
      An early Pathé newsreel featured Yakima's Blossom Festival in 1912.
    • A Lady in the Senate, p. 34
      By Laura Arksey
      Reba Hurn became the first woman elected to the Washington State Senate.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 42
      By Peter Donahue
      The novels of Mary Brinker Post.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2006-07; Vol. 20, No. 4

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By Stephanie Ambrose Tubbs
      How about giving Sacagawea a much-deserved day off?

COLUMBIA: Fall 2007; Vol. 21, No. 3

    • Tideland Tales, p. 6
      By Llyn De Danaan
      Katie Gale takes a stand for what is hers.
    • Mary Farquharson, p. 17
      By George W. Scott
      A state senator whose socialist ideals brought her under fire.
    • Head, Heart and Hands, p. 34
      By Katrine Barber
      An interview with Warm Springs artist Lilliam Pitt.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2007-08; Vol. 21, No. 4

    • Ballots, Babies and Brothels, p. 30
      By Heather Lee Miller
      Seen, unseen, and unsightly women - together they tell the whole story of women's history.

COLUMBIA: Spring 2008; Vol. 22, No. 1

    • History Commentary, p. 3
      By Stephanie Coontz
      History as a tool to accurately assess "the gender gap."

COLUMBIA: Summer 2008; Vol. 22, No. 2

    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 44
      By Peter Donahue
      The island works of Hazel Heckman.

COLUMBIA: Fall 2008; Vol. 22, No. 3

    • Ellen Powell Dabney, p. 8
      By John Daughters
      Mother of the home economics movement in Washington.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 42
      By Peter Donahue
      The Palouse novels of Elizabeth Marion.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2008-09; Vol. 22, No. 4

    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 44
      By Peter Donahue
      The works of June Burn.

COLUMBIA: Spring 2009; Vol. 23, No. 1

    • A Diamond in the Rough Meets Lady Bountiful, p. 6
      By Doris Pieroth
      Sometimes brash, always determined, May Arkwright Hutton left Spokane a shining humanitarian legacy that only her husband could match.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 34
      By Peter Donahue
      The novels of Ada Woodruff Anderson.

COLUMBIA: Summer 2009; Vol. 23, No. 2

    • Image Collections Online, p. 13
      Women in Washington history.
    • A Women's Place, p. 22
      By Gary L. Atkins
      With the birth of the 1970s feminist movement, lesbianism came out of the closet in Seattle.

COLUMBIA: Fall 2009; Vol. 23, No. 3

    • History Commentary, p. 2
      By Debra Stephens
      Washington women win the vote.
    • History Album, p. 19
      The many faces of Erna Tilley.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 36
      By Peter Donahue
      Norah Berg's Lady on the Beach.

COLUMBIA: Winter 2009-10; Vol. 23, No. 4

    • Sweethearts of Jazz, p. 6
      By David Keller
      The path-breaking women of Seattle's early black musicians' unions.
    • Seattle Apartment Kitchens, p. 14
      By Jacqueline B. Williams & Diana James
      By the early decades of the 20th century apartment buildings could offer the labor-saving appliances many women longed for.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 36
      By Peter Donahue
      The novels of Allis McKay.

COLUMBIA: Spring 2010; Vol. 24, No. 1

    • Bobbi McCallum, p. 9
      By Kimberly Voss
      Before her tragic death in 1969 this Seattle P-I writer won national journalism awards for her reporting on women's issues.
    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 36
      By Peter Donahue
      The poetry of Mary J. Elmendorf.

COLUMBIA: Fall 2010; Vol. 24, No. 3

    • Retrospective Reviews, p. 36
      By Peter Donahue
      The novels of Helen Rucker.