Great-grandson to portray settler William Phillips


WALLA WALLA -- Early settler William Phillips will be portrayed in a living history performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Musuem, 755 Myra Road

Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in England, Phillips arrived in the Walla Walla Valley in 1860.

He liked the area, and his family made the voyage to join him the following year.

Phillips quickly established a tinware and metal-working shop. His place of business was on Main Street, and it escaped damage from Walla Walla's first devastating fire in 1864.

It again was unharmed by a Main Street fire in 1865.

However, in the Alder Street fire in 1866, Phillips lost many thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that he had stored in a building on the corner of Third Avenue and Alder Street.

The following year, Phillips was appointed Fire Warden, charged with the job of reorganizing the city's fire department.

Dick Phillips, great-grandson of William Phillips, will talk about these early fires and how they were dealt with almost 150 years ago.

Prior to the Living History presentation, at 1:30 p.m., the Oregon Trail Band, with musicians Bob Bohlman, Neil Busby, and Ron Busby, will play old-time music.

The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 children 6-12; $6 age 62 up and students; $7 adults and free for members.

For more information, call 525-7703.


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