Early pioneer woman portrayed at museum


This week's Living History presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, brings to life early pioneer woman Nancy Emily Estes Wiseman.

Estes was born in Arkansas in 1842. At 17 she married Jonathon "Tip" Wiseman. Their honeymoon was spent on a wagon train along the Oregon Trail, headed for the Pacific Northwest. Nancy and Tip had 11 children during their years together, all who survived. Their first son, William Nathan, was the first Euro-American male child born in the region.

Nancy's father, Thomas Estes, moved to the Walla Walla Valley from Arkansas in 1860. The Estes and Wiseman stock farms were located first in the Dry Creek Valley northwest of Walla Walla before they moved to Eureka Flat. The Estes family was one of the oldest and best known families in the Valley.

Wiseman is portrayed by her great-great-granddaughter Harriett Hart Beach.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April through October. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students and $7 general admission. For more information, call 525-7703 or visit fortwallawallamuseum.org.


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