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December, 2014
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Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

(More) Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

County Benefits from “JBLM Day of Service”

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Health Systems Doing a Good Job of Tracking Illnesses

Families Welcome New Members

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Less Leftovers, More Joy

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 Growing Pains—No Cattle, Milk Cows get a Pass, Dogs Taxed!

From the Archives:

1869 was a busy year for the growing village of Olympia and Thurston County. Here are some of the signs of growth as reported by J.C. Rathbun in his History of Thurston County, Washington, published in 1895.

In January, 1869, Sheriff William Billings took the contract to build a timber jail, 16 X 20 feet, to contain two cells to be located at the corner of Union and Washington streets.

In the spring after the inauguration of President Grant, there took place a complete break up of official and social relations at Olympia. The adherents to President Johnson were removed and more intense partisans put in their places.

The assessed valuation of the county for 1869 was $911,129, an increase over the previous year of $123,267.

The growth of Olympia up to his time had been such that there now came a demand for the definite location of streets. Accordingly the town council ordered a survey of the town site and land marks set at all street corners.

This summer the board passed an ordinance restraining cattle from running at large in the streets except milk cows. A tax of $2.50 was levied on each dog.

By Keith Eisner

Main Street in Olympia about 1890. Main Street in Olympia about 1890.