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George Washington Bush Timeline



1790? George Washington Bush  born near Philadelphia only child to African-American servant and Irish-American maid.

1815
Battle of New Orleans with Andrew Jackson
Oct
1818
Treaty of 1818 allows for joint occupation of Oregon Country

1820
Worked in the Pacific NW for Robideaux Trapping Co. and Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in Oregon Territory

1825 Fort George at Astoria moved to start Fort Vancouver by Dr. McLoughlin

1830
Moved to Tennessee

1830
Moved to Missouri and bought a farm
July
1830
Married German-American Isabella James

1831
Moved to Clay County Missouri and bought another farm which prospered
June
1832
Fought in Illinois Black Hawk War
July
1832
William Owen Bush born
July
1834
Joesph Talbot Bush born
Sep
1837
Rial Bailey Bush born
Apr
1841
Henry Sanford Bush born
Jan
1843
Jackson January Bush born

1843
Bush-Simmons party organized
May
1844
Start journey with wagon train to Oregon Country from St. Joseph, Missouri
June
1844
Oregon Lash Law enacted by Provisional Government of Oregon
June
1844
Bush-Simmons party in Big Blue River area Nebraska
July
1844
Bush-Simmons party in South Platte River area Nebraska, separate from General Gilliam wagon train
Aug
1844
Bush-Simmons party in Wyoming. See wagon
Sept
1844
Bush-Simmons party in North Platte River area Wyoming
Oct
1844
Bush-Simmons party in Idaho
Nov
1844
Bush-Simmons party in Eastern Oregon. See trail.
Nov
1844
First settlers of the immigration of 1844 arrives in Fort Vancouver
Dec
1844 Arrive at The Dalles, Oregon (Methodist Missions), Bush learns he is barred from Oregon by Lash Law
Dec
1844
Bush family stops with sick William Shaw family at The Dalles to care for all the party's livestock
Dec 1844 Simmons continues with most of Party with a few wagons to Washougal, WA and works for Factor Dr. John McLoughlin at Fort Vancouver
Dec
1844
Simmons with Messrs Loomis, Williamson and of John Owens, Henry Owens, James Owens (3 brothers) explores north along Cowlitz River, but returns to Washougal due to lack of food
Feb
1845
Americans Henry Williamson and Isaac Alderman built a log hut on HBC land near Fort Vancouver mainly for spite
Mar
1845
Bush and Shaw join rest of party in Washougal with livestock after swimming them across Columbia.
Jul 1845 Michael Simmons starts again for Puget Sound with William Shaw, George Wanch, David Parker, David Crawford (who had come to Oregon in 1843) Ninian Everman, Seyburn Thornton, and two others probably, Michael Moore and John Hunt.  Simmons and party upon reaching the Cowlitz prairie hired the  Frenchman Peter Bercier of Cowlitz Farms (HBC), as guide
Jul 1845 Cowlitz Trail construction begins
Aug
1845
Vancouver (Clark) County established north of Columbia River by American Provisional Government with Sir James Douglas, Michael T.Simmons, and John Forrest as Commissioners
Aug
1845
Lt. William Peel and Lt. Parke arrive from Puget Sound and tell McLoughlin there are many British ships in the area to protect British citizens
Aug
1845
Henry James Warre and Mervin Vavasour explore from Willamette to Victoria for the Royal Army and prepare a report that specifies that Puget Sound cannot be defended from American settlers
Sept
1845
McLoughlin submits his resignation to the HBC
Sept
1845
Bush-Simmons party with women and children departs Washougal for Puget Sound
Oct
1845
Party arrives at Tumwater and builds a 40 by 20 foot communal cabin on the Kindred claim 2 miles south of Tumwater for the winter.  Food in short supply.
Jun
1846
49th parallel set as boundary for Oregon Country in a treaty with Britain

1846
Bush and other families claim land and build cabins.  Bush claim was near existing Olympia Airport (Bush Prairie)
Spring 1846
Dr. McLoughlin retires from HBC.
Apr
1846
President Polk gives notice to London to cancel Joint Occupancy Agreement
June
1846
Oregon Treaty sets boundary with Canada at 49th Parallel ratified by US Senate

1846
Grist mill opens at the lower Tumwater Falls using few purchased parts
Aug
1846
Oregon Treaty ratified by both countries
Nov
1846
News of Oregon Treaty reaches Fort Vancouver.
Aug 1847 Puget Sound Milling Company formed for sawmill at lower Tumwater Falls.
Oct
1847
Sawmill opens using parts purchased from HBC.
Aug
1847
Trail cleared from Tumwater to Olympia
Aug
1848
Oregon (including Washington) becomes a American territory

1848
Stockade and blockhouse built at Fort Nisqually due to Indian hostility
Dec
1848
Lewis Nisqually Bush born

1849
Gold discovered in California
May
1849
Leander Wallace killed by Snoqualmie Indians at Fort Nisqually
July
1849
First meeting of the Oregon Territorial Legislature in Oregon City
Oct
1849
Two Indians hanged at Fort Nisqually for murder of Leander Wallace
Jan
1850 The brig Orbit (American owned) arrives in Olympia
Aug
1850
John Holgate (Seattle founder) stops at the Bush Farm
Sep
1850
Donation Land Claim Act provides free land to settlers

1851
Pacific County added within Lewis County
Sep
1851
David Denny builds first cabin in West Seattle
Jan 1852 Thurston County established which included north of Cowlitz and west of Cascades
July
1852
David Denny buys cattle on Bush Prairie

1852
Bush family saves many settlers from famine as crops failed
Sep
1852
"The Columbian" newspaper started in Olympia

1852
Bush family begins construction of new house with help of W.O. Thompson
Mar
1853
Washington Territory carved from Oregon Territory (included parts of Idaho and Montana)
Mar
1853
Tiger was caught by Bush brothers weighing over 200 pounds on Bush farm

1853
Isaac Stevens appointed as Territorial Governor stops at the Bush Farm

1853
WA Territory population 3965, Thurston County 996

1853
Olympia chosen as capitol by Stevens
Feb
1854
First Territorial Legislature convenes

1854
Indian killed in wage dispute at Butler's Cove, Olympia and 27 Indians killed at Port Gamble
Dec
1854
Medicine Creek Treaty sets reservations for Indians
Oct
1855
James McAllister and Michael Connell killed by Indians (first of white men during war that followed)
Oct
1855
Lt. James McAllister, Cols. A.Benton Moses, and Joseph Miles buried at the Pioneer Cemetery near the road

1855
HBC seen assisting Indians
Feb
1855
Memorial sent by Territorial Legislature to the US Congress allows Bush to own land under Donation Land Act

1855
Stage Coach from Olympia to Toledo started

1855
61 blockhouses built in Washington Territory - 2 in Tumwater, Bush, Rutledge, and Chambers claims
Jan
1856
Battle of Seattle
Aug
1856
End of Indian War declared and settlers return to fields
Feb
1859
Oregon becomes a state

1860
"Evening Olympian" newspaper started in Olympia

1860
Thurston County population 1504

1861
Start of American Civil War at Fort Sumter
Mar
1863
Parts of Idaho and Montana are carved from Washington Territory
Apr
1863
George Washington Bush died and buried in Pioneer Cemetary

1863
Tumwater Post Office opened
Sep
1864
First telegragh message received in Washington Territory at Olympia and it came from President Abraham Lincoln

1865
End of Civil War
Jan
1866
Rial Bailey Bush died at age 28.  The Pacific Tribune
Sep
1866
Isabella Bush died
Owen, Jackson and Sanford inherit the Farm.  (Talbert and Lewis are not inheritors)
Owen takes over the management of the Farm

1869
Tumwater incorporated

1870
Sanford, Sales of Liquor without a license
Mar
1870
Male African-Americans given right to vote in Fifteenth Amendment

1870
Thurston County population 2246, King County population 2164

1872
Northern Pacific Railway (NPR) arrives in Tenino

1873
Depression

1874
NPR starts service to Tacoma (terminus of transcontinental service)

1878
William Owen finishes construction of new house in same location as his parent's original log house.
Aug
1878
Olympia -Tenino narrow gauge railway through the Bush Farm opens

1884
William Owen Bush and George Gaston logging near Tenino

1884
William Owen Bush, game law violation
May
1888
Train tunnel at Stampede Pass opened to traffic for NPR
Nov
1889
Washington becomes a state

1889
William Owen Bush elected to first State Legislature for one term introducing House Bill 90 which starts an agricultural college later known as WSU

1893
Depression
?
1900
Houses on homestead - William Owen Bush, John Shotwell Bush and George Gaston (plus 2 extra houses for laborers)
Dec
1900 Last adult from the Party dies on his homestead in Tumwater - Jesse Ferguson
Feb
1907
William Owen Bush died
??
1910
The house of William Owen Bush moved from hilltop to near Deschutes River

1916 Railway discontinued

1916
Daughters and Sons of Revolution install marker at 8820 Old Highway 99

1928
Olympia Airport acquires most of Bush claim

1937
Bush family bible in care of Mrs. Nellie Kimsey Reichel
b. 2/13/1882 - Bush Prairie   died 2/28/1975 - Bellevue
Sep
1945
3 Houses left on homestead - John Bush, George Gaston, and Reichel
Apr
1947
John Shotwell Bush (son of William Owen) dies at the Homestead
Sep
1960
Bush house empty for 12 years.  The Tacoma News Tribune  Photo

1967
Bush House in disrepair.  Photo
May
1969
State Legislature denies funding for Bush Farmhouse repair. The Daily Olympian
Mar
1970
Bush Farmhouse pulled down by owner The Daily Olympian
Aug
1972
Soroptimists Prepare Bigraphical Exhibit. The Daily Olympian

1997
Bush Kiosk constructed at 83rd Avenue SW and Old Highway 99
Apr
2009
Butternut sapling planted on Capitol Grounds to honor George Bush and  Martin Luther King
Nov
2010
Butternut replanted after first died