LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Great coverage of Rendezvous

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I would like to comment on the great follow-up article that the paper did regarding the Frenchtown Rendezvous. The reporterwho covered the event did a great job in his reporting and covered the event well. It is also great that the paper covers these local events because this community has a lot of history connected to it and events such as this are what make Walla Walla County the historic place that it is.

We have a very unique historic site in the process of being developed by the Frenchtown Historical Foundation. It is called the Frenchtown Historic Site, located on old Highway 12, about eight miles west of Walla Walla.

This site is not only a historic site in a sense, but is also sacred and hallowed ground as this is where the Battle of Walla Walla took place between December 7-10, 1855, between the Oregon Mounted Volunteers and the area's Native American Indian tribes namely the Walla Walla, Cayuse, Umatilla, Palouse and De Shute indians.

The paper reported that many descendants from both the Indian tribes and the original Frenchtown population were on hand for the Rendezvous with historical interpreters talking about life as it was during this time period.

The paper also had some great photo shots of the historical interpreters and of the descendants of Suzanne Dauphin Cayouse, the Gagnon family, from the Waitsburg area.

Hopefully this will be an annual event for the Foundation and, once again, hopefully the paper will do the needed reporting that this community wants.

Oh, the paper? Why it was The Times, serving Waitsburg, Walla Walla and the Touchet Valley with Imbert Matthee reporting.

Steve Plucker
Touchet

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