Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Washington State Hidden Word Square made September 21, 1996 at the home of Ethel Burkhart in Tenino - press to enlarge photo to read details. John met her grandson Kelly October 1970 on Greyhound trip when he saw Delbert Wiens at University of Utah in Lactoris fernandeziana conservation effort.Kelly Burkhart took an interest in the effort to grow the tiny seeds of Chilean Lactoris, and John got to know his grandmother and her large family.Many Native American words occur in Washington cities and places.In the Olympic peninsula, the Quinault and Queets peoples speak a dialect of the Salishan group related to the Chehalis,Satsop,Tillamook and other south and east. On the north coast The Makah at Neah Bay and the Clallam people have language and culture connections northward toward Alaska and British Columbia - the Nootka, Kwakiutl with fishing and totem-building traditions.In Quillayuete Prairie and LaPush and the Hoh Reservation a very ancient language is spoken of people who were probably the earliest settlers in the region. Solduc is said to mean "sparkling water" and Bogachiel "muddy when it rains." The Chinook was a trading dialect that incorporated words of many native languages and also French and English. Chinook was became the name of a salmon species.Several rivers and creeks are known as "Tumwata" with varying spelling, meaning "falling water" in Chinook.The summer of 1947 the Barretts visited Portland Oregon and the Columbia River, Olympia-Tacoma-Seattle, Mount Rainier, and spent one hot July evening at Ritzville on the way to Spoakne and Glacier Park Montana.Hollyhocks were in bloom, and Jack Barrett was interested in the apples and grain of the "Inland Empire" area.
Subject: Washington State hidden word square
Year: 1996