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Presidential Installation 5.19.22

Jim Wohlpart was officially installed as Central Washington University’s 15th president on May 19, 2022, during a ceremony on the Ellensburg campus. An installation is the official ceremony in…

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High Mountain Valley Local Authors Collection Talk by R. Denner 10.8.2019 shot by L. Kerschner

Jampa Dorje, also known as Richard Denner, is Ellensburg’s resident Tibetan Buddhist monk. He is an artist, painter, writer, and poet. This reception celebrates the collection of works by local…

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Fern Mettler Video Interview

Fern Mettler speaks about her secretarial work at Central Washington University, 1965-1982.

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Chester (Chet) Taylor Audio Slideshow Interview, part 2

Chester (Chet) Taylor (b. 1914 at Bristol Flats, Washington) talks about his family's work in cattle driving, homesteading, and logging. He talks about his grandfather, John Taylor, who married…

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Arthur (Art) Pasa Video Interview, part 2

Arthur (Art) Pasa (b. circa 1910) began working in the coal mines at Roslyn, Washington, at 17 years of age. He worked in the Northwestern Improvement Company No. 7 Mine, shoveling, shooting, and…

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Ole Jordin Audio Interview, part 16

Ole Jordin talks about his family's roots in Ellensburg, Washington. He describes the Benson hanging, skirmishes with Native Americans, threshing, water disputes, law and order, a saloon…

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Robert (Bob) Bell, Sr., Audio Interview, part 10

Robert Bell, Sr. (b. 1887 in Hudson Bay, New York), arrived in Cle Elum, Washington, in 1888. Bob Bell describes gardening, fishing, and trapping, noting in particular Native American activities in…

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Adolph Elsner Audio Interview, part 7

Adolph Elsner (b. 1896) describes how his father immigrated from Germany to Roslyn, Washington, in 1886. He describes his father's work at the Roslyn coal mines and involvement in the Washington…

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Jack Ness Audio Interview, part 5

Jack Ness talks about his Scottish roots and his experiences in logging beginning circa 1907. Ness worked in log mills and camps around Post Falls, Idaho, before transitioning to Casland and Liberty,…

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John (Jack) and Ester Simpson Audio Interview, part 4

John (Jack) and Ester Simpson talk about the Archibald and Simpson family histories in Bow Hill, Scotland, where some mined. Jack and Ester explain how the Archibalds and Simpsons immigrated to Cle…

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Valery (Val) Zrebeic Audio Interview, part 2

Valery (Val) Zrebiec (b. December 25, 1913) describes his schooling and life in the Nelson Siding and Cle Elum areas of Washington state. He talks about his Polish heritage, including Polish language…

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John (Jack) and Ester Simpson Audio Interview, part 1

John (Jack) and Ester Simpson talk about the Archibald and Simpson family histories in Bow Hill, Scotland, where some mined. Jack and Ester explain how the Archibalds and Simpsons immigrated to Cle…

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Jack Ness Audio Interview, part 6

Jack Ness talks about his Scottish roots and his experiences in logging beginning circa 1907. Ness worked in log mills and camps around Post Falls, Idaho, before transitioning to Casland and Liberty,…

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Lambert Family Audio Interview, part 6

Nell and Thomas (Tom) Lambert, III (mother and son), talk about their family roots in Iowa and Oklahoma. They explain how Nell married Thomas (Tom) Lambert, II, in October 1928. They discuss how…

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John Rigek Audio Interview, part 7

John Rigek talks about his family, the Rigeks and Klauses, and his work in the Northwestern Improvement Company coal mines at Cle Elum, Washington. He talks about shooting coal, working conditions in…

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Jack Ness Audio Interview, part 3

Jack Ness talks about his Scottish roots and his experiences in logging beginning circa 1907. Ness worked in log mills and camps around Post Falls, Idaho, before transitioning to Casland and Liberty,…

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