Sheriff, pioneer women to be portrayed

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Early-day Walla Walla's mayor, sheriff and musician James McAuliff will appear in a Living History performance at At 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

In the mid-1800s Walla Walla was a robust community of gold miners, soldiers and townspeople looking to live in a safe town. McAuliff was called upon to help do that.

An Irish-American veteran of the war with Mexico, he came to the Walla Walla valley at war's end. He was a successful merchant, farmer and sawmill owner who was elected mayor 11 times.

Playing his fife, McAuliff often led parades in Walla Walla. He also served as sheriff and as a member of the territorial legislature. McAuliff is portrayed by retired Whitman College professor of Spanish and area musician Clark Colahan.

Seventh-day Adventist pioneers Caroline Maxson Woods and Augusta Moorhouse will talk about the life of Adventist prophetess Ellen White at 2 p.m. Sunday in the museum's pioneer village.

Caroline Maxson Wood came to the area by wagon train in 1859 with her husband, parents and siblings. They settled in the Russell Creek area east of Walla Walla.

She became a music teacher in Walla Walla schools and eventually music instructor at Walla Walla College. Her husband was superintendent of Walla Walla School District and one of the first Adventist evangelists in the area.

Caroline Maxson Wood is portrayed by Elaine Derby.

Augusta Moorhouse emigrated from Germany at age 9. In 1861, she and her husband came to the Valley with their eight children and settled by Birch Creek, southwest of town.

She was instrumental in founding the first Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater Adventist churches.

Her son, Maj. Lee Moorhouse, was a famed photographer of Indian people and the West and served as mayor of Pendleton and Indian Agent at the Umatilla Reservation.

Mrs. Moorhouse is portrayed by Cleo Wentland, The Museum's Oregon Trail Band will play popular 19th century music both days at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is $7 adults; $6 seniors 62 and older and students; $3 children 6-12; under 6, free. For more information, call 525-7703.

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