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Guide to the Thomas Wickham Prosch Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 0042
Accession No.: 0042-001
Creator: Prosch, Thomas Wickham, 1850-1915 , creator
Title: Thomas Wickham Prosch papers
Date Span: 1775-1915
Quantity: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Languages: Collection materials are inEnglish.




Biographical Note

Son of pioneer parents, Charles and Susan Prosch, Thomas Prosch came with his family to the Pacific Coast in 1855 from Brooklyn, New York. The elder Prosch was a printer and in 1858 founded the Puget Sound Herald at Steilacoom. Thomas Prosch worked at his father's trade as well as a salesman and a logging camp hand. At nineteen he was a clerk in the State legislature and a clerk in the customs office at Port Townsend at twenty.

About 1869 Charles Prosch and his two sons, Fred and Thomas, acquired the Pacific Tribune from Randall H. Hewitt and continued its publication in Olympia. The complete ownership of the paper passed to Thomas in 1872 because of financial reasons. In 1873 Thomas moved to Tacoma where he continued publication of the paper for nearly two years and then moved it to Seattle where it continued about three years longer. He then sold the paper.

About 1879 he and Samuel Lo Crawford bought the Intelligencer. Two years later the paper was merged with the Post to become the present day Post-Intelligencer. Early in 1886 Prosch-soId the paper to a joint stock company.

In 1876 Prosch was appointed postmaster of Seattle by President Grant. He resigned the post after two years. He had charge of the municipal census of Seattle in 1890 and at the same time was special agent in charge of the federal census here. In the early 1890's he served three years as a member of the Seattle School Board. In 1894 he aided in platting the tidelands of Seattle and Tacoma. He was active in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce; he was secretary for three years and a member of the board of trustees for fourteen. He was a member and officer of various pioneer and historical societies including the Washington Pioneer's Association.

His later life was devoted to historical writing and collecting. He died in 1915.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, miscellaneous documents (including Revolutionary War), log of notes on Pacific Northwest, dictionary of Chinook jargon.

Terms of Access

Access restricted: For terms of access,contact Special Collections for details.

Terms of Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Purchased from Mrs. P.P. Anderson, 2/16/1959.


Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Prosch, Thomas Wickham, 1850-1915--Archives.
Geographic Names:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Sources.
Subjects:
Chinook jargon--Dictionaries
Personal Papers/Corporate Records
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