Down Memory Lane
(Excerpt from 1939 Souvenir Edition of Washington’s Centennial.) The women whose pictures are shown, like all women of their day, made history “the hard way.” Their plain hairdresses and general appearance indicate more than anything else the kind of life they led.
Their diversions were few, their tasks many. Their work was never done — constant cooking in pots on cranes in fireplaces or in Dutch ovens, laboriously scouring tinware with sand or ashes, gathering herbs to dry on the rafters for medicinal use, making soft soap, patching and piecing quilts, and scrubbing their plain floors.
The woman on the left is Margaret Morrison Young. She helped to make Washington history by her early identification with church work.
In the center is Margaret Munce Palmer. The Palmer family is identified with the early history of Washington by having settled here among the first. Mrs. Palmer was the wife of Samuel Robert Palmer.
Mrs. Almon Moore (right) and her family came to Washington in 1840. Almon Moore kept a stock of merchandise and sold it in one half of the Moores’ frame home, one of the first in town.