Where the Mashel Meets the Nisqually: The Mashel Massacre of 1856 is on sale today!

On a quiet morning in the spring of 1856, Washington Territorial Soldiers hiked down to the Mashel River where it meets the Nisqually River outside of Eatonville, Washington and attacked a Nisqually Indian band trying to hide from the fighting during the territorial wars. Why did they do it, and what really happened?After months of research, read the first in-depth book about the Mashel Massacre.

What started out as a student project for the Honors class at Bethel Jr. High lead to follow up research and the writing this book by teacher Abbi Wonacott. "I grew up in Eatonville and always heard vague stories about the Mashel Massacre. I had a lot of questions and wanted to know the truth. Now, I have answers and an important part of Eatonville and Nisqually history I want to share," states Abbi Wonacott. "I could not have written this without my students, so all the proceeds go back to the Honors class."The book is a paperback about 40 pages long containing pictures and a cover from an original watercolor by local painter Dan Hoffman. It is being used as a fundraiser for the Honors Club.

Order your copy today. Purchase it at Kirk's Pharmacy in Eatonville for $10 or at Bethel Jr. High in Spanaway. $10 for self pick up or through district courier. $15 by mail which includes shipping and handling. Just mail in an order sheet. All proceeds go back to the Honors students.

Copy and Paste this order form:

Name: _____________________________


Phone: _______________________

# of copies: ______
Signed copies: Yes______ No_____

Total Amount Enclosed: _______

Go to or mail in an order sheet to:
Bethel Jr. High
Attn: Bobbi Wilson
22001 38th Ave. E.
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 683-7282
Checks payable to Bethel Jr. High


For more information, go to http://earlyeatonvillewa.blogspot.com/

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

140 Copies Sold

Yesterday, Roxanne (along with mom and brother) and I went down to Eatonville to sell some books. The people's response was amazing. Not only did they purchase all the books we had, those who had already purchased copies expressed how much they loved the book.

It was so great to know that the book is turning out to what we hoped it would be. We wanted it to tell the story of the Skie-kie family and be a gift to the people of Eatonville. Many still ask, "Did Eatonville people attack them?" How wonderful it is to say, "no, they did not."

Many have responded a love for chapter six which celebrates the work to restore and heal the area by Eatonville and Nisqually people.

We had a wonderful day of good conversations and positive response to our book!

Thank you, people of Eatonville.