Annoted Bibliography of the Okanogan/Okanagan Country

Compiled by Ida Skarson McCormick

copyright 1997-1999, all rights reserved

This Bibliography is a "work in progress." Please send corrections or suggestions to Ida Skarson McCormick, Okanogan County Coordinator. Unusual and/or unpublished sources and their locations are especially desirable. Please provide complete bibliographic information from the title page and the reverse of the title page. Sometimes important bits of information, such as date and place of publication, are not shown on those pages but are hidden somewhere in the introduction or the text. Please indicate where and how you found the information.

If the books listed are not available to you in your local library, you may contact your local public librarian to request interlibrary loan. Although some library call numbers are shown where known, this is not necessarily the library from which an interlibrary loan would be made to your local library.

The Okanogan County Historical Society at Okanogan has a research room and sells books. Other museums in the county include: Shafer Museum (Winthrop), Molson School Museum, Oroville Old Depot Museum; these are not open year round.

The Special Collections Department at the University of Washington Suzzallo-Allen Library in Seattle has unique items. The Eastern Washington Historical Society at the Cheney-Cowles Museum in Spokane, Washington, has materials of interest; the society sells books.

Check the main libraries in cities such as Spokane and the North Central Washington Historical Society in Wenatchee. Washington State University Library in Pullman and Eastern Washington University in Cheney have a consolidated online catalog with Okanogan County entries.

Some Okanogan County newspapers are on microfilm at the University of Washington (Seattle), Washington State University (Pullman), and the Washington State Library (Olympia). The Central Washington Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, located at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, has Okanogan County materials, including some early school records and a microfilm copy of the Harry SHERLING Collection.

For newer books, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will be shown in this Bibliography when it is available. The ISBN may make it easier to buy a book (new or used) from a bookstore such as Powell's in Portland, Oregon. A totally online "bookstore," such as amazon.com in Seattle is another possibility. Give the bookstore as much bibliographic information as you can. You will find books for sale in the Okanogan Country at museums and drugstores.

Surnames of Okanogan County people are in solid caps.

Agriculture (Cattle, Timber, Orchards)

See Biography and Oral History sections.

Archives

Okanogan County, Washington, USGenWeb Archives

Washington State Archives (Central Region), Central Washington University campus, Ellensburg.

Art

Onley, Toni, Canadian artist. Collection of 26 of his Okanagan Valley Watercolours. Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC. Photographs of some of his work.

Biography

Dennis, Sue Robinson. Homestead Girlhoods: Growing Up on the Northwest Frontier. Seattle: Smuggler's Cove Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-918484-10-3. About Annie (KOEHLER) BRUNE, her half-sister Elsie (KOEHLER) JOHNSON, Annie's daughter Clara (BRUNE) STAPLES.

MacDONALD, Ranald. Ranald MacDonald [1824-1894]: The Narrative of His Early Life on the Columbia Under the Hudson's Bay Company's Regime; of His Experiences in the Pacific Whale Fishery; and of His Great Adventure to Japan [1854]; with a Sketch of His Later Life on the Western Frontier; 1824-1894. William S. Lewis (1876-1941) and Naojiro Murakami (1868-1966), eds. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press, 1990. Reprint, with new foreword and afterword. Originally published for the Eastern Washington State Historical Society by the Inland-American Printing Company, 1923. ISBN 0-87595-229-1.

Roe, JoAnn. Introduction by Murray Morgan. Frank MATSURA, Frontier Photographer. Seattle: Madrona Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-914842-67-6. Includes photographs.

Roe, JoAnn. Ranald MacDonald: Pacific Rim Adventurer [1824-1894]. Pullman, Washington: Washington State University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-87422-147-1 (hardback). ISBN 0-87422-146-3 (paperback). She details his role in the opening up of Japan to the West. He is buried on a Washington State Parks heritage site just over the Ferry County line from Northeast Okanogan County. Ranald McDonald Grave

Sheller, Roscoe. Ben Snipes: Northwest Cattle King [1835-1906]. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort, 1957. Fictionalized account of pioneer cattleman, whose range was larger than England and included part of present-day Okanogan County.

Steele, Richard F.; assisted by Arthur P. Rose. An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties, State of Washington. [Spokane:] Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904. xii, 867 pp. 43 leaves of plates. Illustrations. Portraits. Includes many biographical sketches of Okanogan County people. Seattle Public Library R979.7 St32i.

Tracy, Katherin (SHERLING). Harry---From a Boy to a Man. Colville, Washington: privately printed (Statesman-Examiner), 1991. Harry SHERLING (1899-1997) of Molson and Oroville was Okanogan County's primary historian and a real treasure.

Cemeteries

Okanogan County Genealogical Society. Okanogan County, Washington, Cemetery Records. Omak, Washington: Okanogan County Genealogical Society, 1991. Supplement, 1996. The legal description of the properties is given, in addition to directions for reaching the cemeteries. 407 pages plus surname index. Markers are listed according to grave order in most of the cemeteries, making it easier to associate families.

PETRY, Dorothy (FASSETT). Oroville and Molson Cemeteries Microcomputer Database. Oroville, Washington. Unpublished. Includes locations of graves, some obituaries, some unmarked graves, some individual isolated graves.

RISE-BUSH, Debora. Some Inscriptions from Oroville and Molson Cemeteries (partial transcriptions).

Census

Auditor, Stevens County, Washington Territory. 1871 Washington Territorial Census: Stevens [County], Kettle Falls Precinct, [Okanogan Area]. Census taken as of the 1st day of April, 1871. Signed 19th August, 1871, by the Stevens County Auditor. Microfilmed by the Washington State Library, Olympia, WA.

Auditor, Stevens County, Washington Territory. 1878 Washington Territorial Census: Inhabitants in Okanogan [area], in the County of Stevens, Territory of Washington. Census taken as of 1st March, 1878. Enumerated in the Okanogan area starting 10th May, 1878. Microfilmed by the Washington State Library, Olympia, Washington.

Auditor, Stevens County, Washington Territory. 1885 Washington Territorial Census: Census of Stevens County [Okanogan area], Washington Territory. Census taken as of the first Monday in February, 1885. Signed by Stevens County Auditor 5th September, 1885. Microfilmed by the Washington State Library, Olympia, Washington.

United States, Bureau of the Census. 1880 Washington Territorial Census: Inhabitants in the West Division, "Columbia River up to the Okanakan" [Okanogan area], in the County of Stevens, Territory of Washington. Census taken as of June 1, 1880. Enumerated June 10-30, 1880. Microfilm roll T9-1397, SD 1, ED 64.

United States, Bureau of the Census. 1890 Veterans Census, State of Washington, Okanogan County. Microfilm.

United States, Bureau of the Census. 1900 Census, State of Washington, Okanogan County. Microfilm.

United States, Bureau of the Census. 1910 Census, State of Washington, Okanogan County. Microfilm.

United States, Bureau of the Census. 1920 Census, State of Washington, Okanogan County. Microfilm.

Census microfilm is available at the Seattle Public Library. Federal census microfilm is at the regional branches of the National Archives, including the Northwest Regional Branch in Seattle. Federal census is also available for rental through LDS (Mormon) Family History Centers and is for sale by some commercial firms.

Churches

Schmidt, Jessie. "A History of the Upper Methow Valley Methodist Church Parish, 1903-1963: Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama." Mimeographed, 1963, 39 pp. In: Dibble, Dale, compiler. Methow Valley Pioneers. CD-ROM. Naples, Florida: Privately published, 1998.

Court Records

Okanogan County Courthouse, Okanogan, Washington.

Directories

Polk, R. L. & Co. Oregon, Washington and Idaho Gazetteer and Business Directory. Vol IV (1889-90). At the Seattle Public Library. Includes some persons and businesses in Okanogan County. Additional volumes in this set are available at the Tacoma Public Library.

1998 North Central Washington Phone Book. Hagadone Directories, Inc., PO Box 1266, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816 (Telephone 1-800-727-9104). Includes all of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties. Includes portions of Ferry, Grant, Kittitas, and Lincoln Counties. Includes individual maps of the principal cities and towns with brief histories. Lists information about museums, dams, points of interest, golf courses, winter sports, recreation areas, calendar of events.

Ethnic Groups

Fiction and Film

Cariboo Trail. Motion picture 1950, starring Randolph Scott and Gabby Hayes.

Run, Appaloosa, Run. Motion picture. Walt Disney, 1989. Omak Stampede and Suicide Race.

WISTER, Owen. The Virginian. The first American Western novel. Written while Wister and his bride were staying with his Harvard roommate, Guy WARING, at Winthrop, Okanogan County. Motion picture 1929, starring Gary Cooper and Walter Huston, directed by Victor Fleming. Motion picture remake 1946, starring Joel McCrea. Television series, starring James Drury.

Folk Art

Lund, Jens, ed., with Elizabeth Simpson. Folk Arts of Washington State: A Survey of Contemporary Folk Arts and Artists in the State of Washington. Tumwater, Washington: Washington State Folklife Council, 1989. Governor's Invitational Art Exhibition, Olympia 1987, Seattle 1988, Yakima 1988, Spokane 1988, Wenatchee 1989, Anacortes 1989, Ephrata 1989. Funded by Washington State Centennial Commission "Projects of Statewide Significance" grant. Elsie (KOEHLER) JOHNSON [deceased] of Molson, seed-art collage-murals and 3-dimensional cedar-scale full-size eagle, front and back covers, pages 6, 28, 29. Betty (BORST) ROBERTS of Oroville, high-speed, finely engineered, flower-inlaid spinning wheels, pages 29, 31. Book includes photographs.

Genealogies

HELM, Elva (RISE), compiler. Havillah and the HELM Family: A Touch of Community, and a Family History by and for the HELM Family. Colville, Washington: The Statesman-Examiner, 1991.

HELM, Elva (RISE), compiler. Westward Ho: FLETCHER, MORRIS, RISE. Privately published.

Molson-Chesaw-Knob Hill Community Development Committee. Okanogan Highland Families.

Tracy, Katherin (SHERLING). Harry---From a Boy to a Man. Colville, Washington: privately printed (Statesman-Examiner), 1991. Harry SHERLING (b. 1899 Molson) of Molson and Oroville, Okanogan County's primary historian. SHERLING, BERGMAN, LINDBERG, FORSBERG, PETERSON. From Sweden to Okanogan County.

"Ghost" Towns

BARLEE, Neville Langrell (1932- ). Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington. [Oroville, Washington: Old Okanogan Publishing Company, 1988.] C88-091321-5. Covers Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan, and Kittitas Counties, Washington. Maps and photographs.

Carter, William. "The Northwest Was Something Else" in Sunset Ghost Towns of the West. Jack McDowell and Sherry Gellner, eds. Menlo Park, California: Lane Publishing Co., 1978, revised ed., pp. 142-183. Many photographs and maps. There is a subsection, "Oroville's Orbit: Ghosts of Northern Washington & Southern British Columbia," pp. 172-175.

History, Community and Regional

Dibble, Dale, compiler. Methow Valley Pioneers. CD-ROM. Naples, Florida: Privately published, 1998.

Green, Virgil, Lorraine Green, Effie Lea Wilson, Violet Utt, compilers. Valley Memories. Okanogan, Washington: Anchor Printing. History of the Tunk Valley, the Chewiliken Valley and Riverside. Reprinting 1999. 639 pages. Photographs. Ownership of this book was donated to the Okanogan County Historical Society.

Grand Coulee Dam Bicentennial Association. From Pioneers to Power: Historical Sketches of the Grand Coulee Dam Area: A Project of the Bicentennial Association. n.p.: 1976, 467 pp. Has several sketches of Okanogan County people (such as "Wild Bill" Condon), as well as community history. Revised and expanded from: Grand Coulee Dam Area Community Development Study. History of Grand Coulee Dam Area; From Pioneers to Power. [n.p.]: 1958. 147 pp. Seattle Public Library has both; the 1976 edition is 979.73 F925.

Molson-Chesaw-Knob Hill Community Development Committee. Okanogan Highland Echoes. Overview of history and geography of the Okanogan Highlands. First edition 1962, revised edition 1986.

Molson-Chesaw-Knob Hill Community Development Committee. Okanogan Highland Families. 1975. Supplement 1982.

Molson-Chesaw-Knob Hill Community Development Committee. Okanogan Highland Album. Colville, Washington: The Statesman-Examiner, 1988. "A pictorial history of the Okanogan Highlands and of the people who have lived here." 501 pages. Indexed. ISBN 0-940151-05-7.

Steele, Richard F.; assisted by Arthur P. Rose. An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties, State of Washington. [Spokane:] Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904. xii, 867 pp. 43 leaves of plates. Illustrations. Portraits. Includes many biographical sketches of Okanogan County people. Seattle Public Library R979.7 St32i.

WILSON, Bruce A. Late Frontier: A History of Okanogan County, Washington (1800-1941). Okanogan, Washington: Okanogan County Historical Society, 1990. Drawings by Barbara Coppock. Maps by Steven A. Hyzer. ISBN: 0-9625698-3-6. Seattle Public Library R979.728 W691L.

Maps, Geography and Place Names

1895 Map of Okanogan County. Alma is now Okanogan, the present county seat. In 1895 the county seat was Conconully up in the hills. Chelan County was created in 1899 from Okanogan and Kittitas Counties.

Branch of Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the United States Board on Geographic Names, the United States Forest Service, and the United States National Ocean Service. CD-ROM. Geobase: National Geographic Names Database. Elk Ridge, Maryland: Wholly Genes, Inc., 1977. The Master Genealogist (TMG) software implementation. Includes modern and historic place names. Uses numerous natural and cultural search terms. Provides latitude and longitude. Makes it easier for the genealogist to use a handheld geographic positioning satellite (GPS) electronic receiver in the field (cemetery locating, etc.). Branch of Geographic Names, US Geological Survey, 523 National Center, Reston, VA 22092-0523, USA (Telephone: 703-648-4544).

Espy, Willard R. Omak Me Yours Tonight: Or, Ilwaco Million Miles for One of Your Smiles, a Ballard of the Evergreen State. Seattle: Seattle Book Co., 1974. 60 pp. Illustrated. Music. Besides Omak it features other Okanogan County places: Chesaw, Tonasket, Twisp, Malott, Methow, Coulee, and Sauk. Must be read aloud!

Washington's Okanogan, Columbia River Basin, Lake Chelan, Coulee Dam National Recreation Areas: Travel & Recreation Map. Wenatchee, Okanogan, Colville National Forests. Pasayten, Sawtooth Glacier Peak Wilderness Areas. Colville Indian Reservation. Back country roads, trails, boat launches, off-road vehicle areas, wildlife areas, museums, points of interest. Comprehensive park and campground facilities chart. Woodinville, Washington: Square One Map Co., 1974. Revised 1994 by Manoa Mapworks, Inc. ISBN 1-883735-03-3. Available from American Automobile Association (for AAA members), Seattle. Includes many small place names not usually found on modern road maps. Estimate (1993) of population of incorporated cities and towns.

Military

Mining

BARLEE, Neville Langrell (1932- ). Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington. [Oroville, Washington: Old Okanogan Publishing Company, 1988.] C88-091321-5. Covers Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan, and Kittitas Counties, Washington. Maps and photographs.

Native Americans

See Photography and Biography sections.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Washington State Archives (Central Region), Ellensburg, has Okanogan County naturalization records for the first quarter of the 20th Century. Many immigrants from Canada, Europe and Asia came to the Okanogan Country. Until 1922 an American-born woman who married a foreign national lost her US citizenship and needed to apply after the law changed. Asians were denied citizenship for many years. The Okanogan Country was surprisingly cosmopolitan, with many languages represented.

Newspapers

Methow Valley News. Established 1903.

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune. Oroville, Washington. Official paper of Oroville and Tonasket. Established 1905.

Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

The above existing and many other discontinued newspapers are available through major microfilm collections at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington State University, Pullman, and the Washington State Library, Olympia.

Oral History

Strickland, Ron. River Pigs and Cayuses: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest. San Francisco, California: Lexikos, 1984. Edited by Tom Hassett. Photographs by Ron Strickland. ISBN 0-9385300-29-1. Glossary pp. 184-186. 31 oral histories, of which the following 9 have a connection with Okanogan County:

Photography

Colville Confederated Tribes Photograph Collection. Colville Confederated Tribes History Department, Nespelem, Washington 99155.

MATSURA, Frank S. [Sakae Matsuura] (c1874-1913). Frank MATSURA Photograph Collection. Okanogan County Historical Society, Okanogan, Washington.

MATSURA, Frank S. [Sakae Matsuura] (c1874-1913). Frank MATSURA Photograph Collection. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

Historical Photograph Collection. Okanogan County Historical Society, Okanogan, Washington.

Roe, JoAnn. Introduction by Murray Morgan. Frank MATSURA, Frontier Photographer. Seattle: Madrona Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-914842-67-6. Includes photographs.

Schools

HELM, Elva (RISE). North Okanogan County Schools. Oroville, Washington. Unpublished notebook with photographs.

See also History, Community and Regional section.

Vital Records

Auditor, Okanogan County, Washington. Courthouse, Okanogan, Washington. There is a limited number of vital records before state registration of births and deaths began in July 1907. County Auditor's birth records 1899-1911 are on microfilm at the Washington State Archives (Central Region), Ellensburg. The State Archives regional branches have the statewide index to Washington death records 1907-1997 on microfilm. Libraries around the state also have the death index (not necessarily all decades).

Washington State Vital Records. For general information.

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