People

  • April 30th
    George Barton Simpson, who opened a law office in Vancouver in 1907 and went on to become chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, was a man who never could seem to do enough for his community.
  • April 24th
    Louisa Wright was a feminist trailblazer in an era when women were supposed to stay in the kitchen while men made the important decisions.
  • April 24th
    Wood, a lifelong resident of Vancouver, was mortally wounded Sunday morning, May 22, 1927, as he led a raiding party on a bootlegging still in the Dole Valley area of north-central Clark County. His death came less than seven months after his election in a stormy campaign that involved the Ku Klux Klan.
  • April 24th
    Parlaying a natural talent for drawing into a national reputation, Basil Wolverton became one of the best-known men in the field of cartooning.
  • April 24th
    An only-in-America, rags-to-riches tale is the story of Morris Wolf, a poor immigrant from Europe who worked hard and found success in Clark County.
  • April 24th
    Wiswall served three terms in the Washington House of Representatives. He first was elected from Vancouver in 1932 on the Democratic ticket and was re-elected in 1934 and 1936.
  • April 24th
    To those who knew her, the name Ella Wintler conjures up a picture of a fiesty little lady of pioneer stock who enjoyed a good fight with her Democratic opponents in Olympia.
  • April 24th
    It was the most celebrated murder case in Clark County history. Before Turman and Utah Wilson went to their deaths on the gallows at Walla Walla a few minutes after midnight Jan. 3, 1953, the two brothers from Camas had their executions post-poned more than any other condemned men in state history.
  • April 24th
    When any definitive history of Clark County is written, the story of Gearshum and Sarah Van Atta is certain to take up several pages.
  • April 24th
    Capt. William H. Troup, born in London in 1828, worked on the Pacific Mail Co. route between Panama and San Fransico in 1850, when gold miners were swarming to California.
  • April 24th
    He was called "Mr. Aluminum" and he played a major role in transforming Vancouver from a sleepy village to a modern industrial city.
  • April 24th
    Thirty-seven years after his death, the name Wilmer Swank remains widely recognized in Camas, the city he helped build.
  • April 24th
    Promotion of communities that are known today as Camas and Orchards earned Doran H. (Don) Stearns a niche in the listing of prominent Clark County people.
  • April 24th
    Spurgeon was a prominent name in agriculture west of Vancouver from pioneer times until the decline of the prune and nut industry.
  • April 24th
    When Marshall Rowe Sparks died in 1946, he was called the dean of Vancouver's businessmen and the last of the pioneer merchants.
  • April 24th
    Although Louis Sohns was just one of many soldiers settling in Vancouver after serving at the barracks here, few enjoyed as notable a career as a civic leader.
  • April 24th
    The story of Sherman smith was "a Horatio Alger tale with no other equal in Vancouver," an interviewer reported in a 1963 story.
  • April 24th
    Among the numerous businesses once occupying the area south of Fifth Street now covered by the freeway, Charles W. Slocum's general merchandise store was one of the most prosperous.
  • April 24th
    Shumway was born in Iowa in 1861 and received a degree at Cornell College in Iowa in 1888. He was principal of Miles, Iowa, schools before coming to Vancouver.
  • April 24th
    Frederick Shobert tried his luck at gold mining in California for a couple of years, starting about 1849, but finally chose the Ridgefield area for a home.
  • April 24th
    Col. B.F. Shaw, credited with winning the decisive battle in one of the Northwest's Indian wars, was one of Vancouver's earliest residents and went on to become a prominent politician here.
  • April 24th
    Overheated partisan politics of the late 19th century can be thanked for the presence of one of the first legislators elected in Clark County after Washington achieved statehood in 1889.