Friends of Fort Vancouver Blog
Betsy White Wing Ough
"Founder of Washougal, WA"
Our story explores the life of Betsy Ough, founder of Washougal, WA. Born into a Cascade tribe, her Indian name translated meant "White Wing." Her tribal village was located at today's Parker's Landing on the Columbia River and her father was Chief Schlyhouse.
In her early twenties, White Wing met a British trader and soon after, with the promise of a house at Fort Vancouver, the young couple was married by Chief Factor John McLoughlin. They lived at Fort Vancouver for eight years before founding the community of Washougal, W.T. located on the eastern edge of Clark County.
At age 100, Betsy Ough was interviewed by a reporter for The Oregonian. In our podcast, her remarks are read by Native American artist Lillian Pitt and supplemented from archived, tape-recorded interviews Gracia Ough Jones preserved at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal, WA. Special thanks to the Two Rivers Museum and their historic archive.
Thank you for listening
"Voices Seldom Heard" was funded in large part by the Clark County Historical Promotion Grant Program. The series was researched and hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Mark Dodd, Technical Advisor
and Mary Rose, Executive Director of Friend of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
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