Museum plans living history program


Walla Wallan Judith Fortney will portray her great-great-grandmother, early settler Suzanne Cayouse Dauphin, during a living history performance at 2 p.m. Sunday April 1 at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Dauphin was born in 1825 in the land of the Cayuse people.

In 1840 she married Mathieu Dauphin, a trapper from St. Louis, Mo.

They traveled to Fort Hall in Utah Territory near present-day Pocatello, Idaho, and over time had seven children.

Subsequent travels took them to the California gold fields in the Yuba River area, then to Wasco County, Ore.

They eventually homesteaded near Frenchtown, a French M?©tis community a few miles west of Walla Walla.

Their 160-acre donation claim encompassed the present town of Lowden.

Mathieu died in 1867, and upon his death Suzanne became one of the first Indian land title holders in the Northwest.

She died in 1876 and was buried in St. Rose of Lima cemetery at Frenchtown.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily April through October. Admission is $3 for children 6-12; $6 for age 62 and up and students and $7 adult.

For more details, contact 525-7703, or


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