This bibliography is a listing both of the sources I cite on various pages throughout this website, and of Lewis County-specific publications that may be of interest to researchers.

* Population figures were taken from the Washington State Office of Financial Management April, 1999 Population Survey.

* Location descriptions were taken from the Washington State Highway Map, published by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, Olympia, 1989.

Additional publications, including Lewis County Mortuary Records 1895-1920 and Lewis County Birth and Death Records 1891-1906 are available for purchase from the Lewis County Genealogical Society.


"1845-1945: A Washington Centennial Commemorative Booklet." Subtitle: "Arrival of Michael Simmons Party at Tumwater (New Market) to Establish First Community in Washington. Establishment of Lewis County - 'Mother of Washington Counties'." Published by the State Department of Conservation and Development.

Berberich. "The George Waunch Family." Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900. Ed. Herndon Smith. Centralia, The Daily Chronicle and F. H. Cole Printing Co., 1975. pp. 60-72.

Boswell, H. James. American Blue Book Western Washington. Seattle, Lowman and Hanford Co., 1922.

Brokenshire, Doug. Washington State Place Names: From Alki to Yelm. Caldwell, ID, Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1993. pp. 39-41.

Dale, Ella P. Jordan. Memoirs: Life on the Farm for the Seven Jordan Sisters 1890-1919. Ebook published by Ella's granddaughter, Carolyn Dale, 2016.
Note from Carolyn: "It includes 31 episodes that give highly detailed, factual accounts of daily life on the farm near Mossyrock and in neighboring towns. Her parents, Charles and Mabel (Epperson) Jordan came from Texas in 1889 and joined other family members farming in the area. The book also has material on other early settlers, such as the Swofford, Riffe and McMahan families. The Dale family is hoping that by republishing the memoir a an e-book, it will be more accessible to researchers and libraries. It is currently available ($1.99) at retailers such as Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks and Barnes & Noble."

Erickson, Kenneth A. Lumber Ghosts: A Travel Guide to the Historic Lumber Towns of the Pacific Northwest. Boulder, Pruett Publishing Co., 1994. pp. 44-85.
* This book is available for purchase through Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble Online.

Hunt, Herbert and Floyd C. Kaylor. Washington: West of the Cascades. 3 vol. Chicago, S. J. Publishing Co., 1917.

Kucera, Victor J. Onalaska: From Kansas to Washington...via Wisconsin, Arkansas, Minnesota and Texas 1886-1942. 2011.
* Thoroughly-researched history of the early days of Onalaska that will be of interest to anyone with ties to the area. This book is now available through the Lewis County Historical Museum for $29.95 (LCHM members get a 10% discount). More information about the book is posted on the Lewis County Genealogical Society's website.

La Gra, Carroll, Ed. Morton: 1889-1989 Centennial. 2nd ed. Morton, self-published, 1989.
* This book is available for purchase from the Morton Depot Museum [Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society], P.O. Box 777, Morton, WA 98356

Middlesworth, Shirley. "The Early Mail." Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900. Ed. Herndon Smith. Centralia, The Daily Chronicle and F. H. Cole Printing Co., 1975. pp. 35-69.

Miller, Donald C. Ghost Towns of Washington and Oregon. Boulder, Pruett Publishing Co., 1977.

Nix, Alma and John Nix, Eds. The History of Lewis County, WA. Chehalis, Lewis County Historical Society, 1985.

Oldham, Kit. "Washington State Legislature changes the name of Clarke County to Clark County on December 23, 1925". Washington HistoryLink.Org, 2003.

Ramsey, Guy Reed. Postmarked Washington: Lewis and Cowlitz Counties. Chehalis, Lewis Co. Historical Society, 1978.

Rigg, Dorothy Mae. "George Washington--Founder of Centralia." Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900. Ed. Herndon Smith. Centralia, The Daily Chronicle and F. H. Cole Printing Co., 1975. pp. 193-222.

Rochester, Junius. "Oregon Territory, Establishment of". Washington HistoryLink.Org, 2003.

Smith, Herndon, Ed. Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900. 2nd ed. Centralia, The Daily Chronicle and F. H. Cole Printing Co., 1975.
* This book is available for purchase for $29.50 including mailing from: Centralia Book, P.O. Box 304, Centralia, WA 98531.

Sparkman, LaVonne. Before It's Gone - Old Time Tales. Interviews with eastern Lewis County pioneers.
* This book is available for purchase from the Morton Depot Museum [Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society], P.O. Box 777, Morton, WA 98356

Sparkman, LaVonne. From Homestead to Lakebed - Kosmos: The Town that Drowned.
* This book is available for purchase from the Morton Depot Museum [Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society], P.O. Box 777, Morton, WA 98356

Sparkman, LaVonne. Nowhere to Look But Up: Early Settlers of Morton and Mineral Washington.. Self-published, 1989. Among the early pioneer families featured are the Bremers, Coopers, Crumbs, Bingamans, Edlunds, Knittles, Cottlers, Clevengers, Stouts, Wastes, Stiltners, Rosses, Wilsons, Engles, Costons, Perigos, Comptons, Temples, Combs, Naslunds, Sutherlands, Ahlstrands, Lodens, Hales, Sparkmans, Hughs, and Riffes.
* This book is available for purchase from the Morton Depot Museum [Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society], P.O. Box 777, Morton, WA 98356

Sparkman, LaVonne and Boyer, Irma. Where the Big Bottom Begins - Randle History.
* This book is available for purchase from the Morton Depot Museum [Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society], P.O. Box 777, Morton, WA 98356

Steinhaus, Billie Sr. Stories From Lewis County and the Far, Far Northwest. Everett, WA: Cravat Enterprises, 1991. The author descends from Lucien J. and Jeannette (Henderson) Cravat, who settled first in Ainslie, and later moved to Little Falls, Lewis County. Both Lucien and Jeannette died in the mid-1880s, and their five children were sent to live with different foster families. This book recounts the stories of the Cravats' life in Lewis County, and how the children - Mae, Lillie, Inez, Stella, Anna and Robert - fared with their foster families. [One quibble with the book is that no last names are used - even the chronology at the end of the book fails to provide the surname of each of the childrens' spouses.]
* This book is available on intelibrary loan through the King County Library System (and possibly other libraries as well) - Dewey#979.7 STE. I have also seen it on several of the online rare- and used-book services, including Alibris.

Tinsdale, Donna. "Mary Adeline and Joseph." Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900. Ed. Herndon Smith. Centralia, The Daily Chronicle and F. H. Cole Printing Co., 1975. pp. 100-135.

Washington Territorial Timeline. Washington Secretary of State, 2003.