Pioneer journalist to be portrayed Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum


WALLA WALLA — Pioneer newspaperman Charles Besserer will be portrayed by Ron Klicker at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Charles Besserer was born in Germany in 1839 and immigrated to the United States in 1857.

He came to Walla Walla in 1862, where, among other activities, he kept a hotel at the summit of the Blue Mountains, then known as Linkton Road.

After an absence, he returned to Walla Walla and in 1875 became editor of The Spirit of the West newspaper, which he later bought and renamed the Walla Walla Watchman.

In 1885, he established the Milton Eagle, and later combined the Union, the Journal, and the Watchman into the Morning Union.

His frankness was such that it was said of his tenure, “death had a double terror in Walla Walla, lest Mr. Besserer should write an obituary of the deceased.”

The Living History performances will be in the pioneer settlement at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Visitors are encouraged to question the Living History re-enactors about their lives and times.

The Museum is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is free to Fort Walla Walla Museum members, eligible service personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’s Inwai Circle cardholders, enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and all children under 6; children 6-12 are $3; seniors 62 and up and students are $6; and adults are $7. For details, contact 509-525-7703, or


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