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 Opium Cures, Mysterious Moses and More: Snapshots of 1891

From the archives.

The following items are from the year-by-year account of the early days of the county as told in J. C. Rathbun’s History of Thurston County, Washington published in 1895.


Business during 1891 was dull in Thurston County. The people were recovering their sober senses after the unnatural excitements of the boom of the previous year.

On March 27th John Rigby of Seattle was awarded the contract for building the court house at $107,000, the building to be completed by March 1, 1892, he to forfeit $20 for every day the building remained unfinished after that date. The work had not progressed far when disputes arose between Mr. Rogers (county building superintendent) and Rigby’s foreman as to the quality of material to go into the building.

A branch of the Keeley Institute of Dwight, Illinois, was opened at Olympia for the cure of the drink and opium habits and many were its patients. Some of Olympia’s leading citizens availed themselves of its advantages. With some the cure appears permanent; others have already fallen back to their former habits.

In June the city was thrown into consternation and gossips were all agog by the return of Moses H. Scott. In 1884 he suddenly disappeared. In course of time he was reported dead. He left considerable property and a relative secured letters of administration. Mr. Scott now returned and claimed the property. One suit for possession was instituted and decided in the superior court adversely to Scott. The case was taken to the Washington State Supreme Court where the decision of the superior court was affirmed. Scott then appealed to the federal court which decided in his favor.

By Keith Eisner

The draw bridge in Olympia around 1889. The draw bridge in Olympia around 1889.