Monday, September 2, 2013
Chief Spokane Garry's Real Name
Two local, amateur historians have found definitive, written proof that Chief Spokane Garry's Salish language name was Slough-Keetcha." And the article showed a facsimile of the written proof of his name and explain how the discovery was made. This was a good-read article and further proof that our Spokesman is worthy of our subscription.
Every person deserves to be know by his or her proper name. In the case of Spokane Garry, which was the name given to him by the white folks, he deserves to be known by his real name, Slough-Keetcha.
Is this information relevant to EWGS? Certainly for we strive to discover our ancestors real, full and proper names. And we're quite maddened with mention of Mrs. Andrew Smith. We know names are vitally important and we, too, seek after them.
Here's a name-funny I found in the 1860 census for the Western District of Washington County, Virginia (out in the westward-reaching toe of Virginia). On this census I found Leonidas LOVE, age 58, born Virginia, and his wife Freelove, age 56, born Virginia. Made me laugh: Mrs. Freelove LOVE. And you?