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Sharing Our Memories:Jamestown S'Klallam Elders
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Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S'Klallam Elders

Honoring Elders for their Lives and their Wisdom.

 
 

 

 

 
(Top) Harriette Adams at Seven Cedars Casino, (Bottom) Adams Home in Jamestown.
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Harriette Lorraine Hall Adams
 

Born:
September 27, 1924 on Dungeness Spit
Parents:
Flora Sicade Hall and Jacob Hall
Paternal Grandparents:
Sara Collier Hall and Fredrick Hall


Harriette was born in her parent’s house in a village consisting of a few Indian houses on Dungeness Spit. She was delivered by midwife, Ida Balch Hall, who was her aunt. Later the house was moved and floated on a log raft to Jamestown known at that time as “Jimtown” but they never lived in this house. Her mother died when she was two years old. She also had two sisters who died young. Eleanor died at age nine and Helen was one day old when she died.
 
Crab were plentiful in those days. Harriette liked to go crabbing with her father. “Jake,” as he was known, made a living as a crab fisherman between Dungeness and Jamestown. He built an eighteen foot cedar boat named “Diablo” that had an inboard motor. Jake also built his own traps made of wood with eighteen gauge wire. He used clams for bait and held the trap down in the water with a brick.
 
“Our people did their fishing on Cooper Creek. They gaffed them,” Harriette says. They fished for salmon in this creek. Cooper Creek is located west of Jamestown where the Three Crabs Road now ends. Clams could be dug on the beach at what is now known as the Graysmarsh Beach at Jamestown.
 
When Harriette went berry picking she gathered wild strawberries, thimble berries and blackberry sprouts. They would peel the skin off and then eat them.
 
“Wild strawberries were on what we called McInnes Hill. Every spring we used to go up there and go after bluebell flowers, dogwood tooth violets, gum berries, mayflowers and wild strawberries. The hill was nothing but grass for years and years and years and now it is overgrown with trees. In those days all the children from Jamestown used to travel in a bunch, the older ones in one bunch and the younger ones in another bunch. The elders set their boundaries because when you go up on the hill they said, don’t go down on the other side, there’s a lake down there.”
 
Harriette attended the Jamestown Day School. The first of three schools was built at Jamestown in 1878 and when the last one burned down the children were transferred to the Sequim school in 1934. She and Margie Collier were the first Indian women to graduate from Sequim High School. Later in life she did custodial work in the school.
 
Harriette went to the Shaker Church in Jamestown where her great-uncle Billy Hall was the main Shaker minister. He was the last Shaker minister there because people chose other religions.
 
Harriette remembers a canoe coming from Port Townsend bringing food and coming in to shore “on the waves.” She also recalls swimming in a “real deep big” swimming hole at Jamestown. So many cultural traditions her ancestors had were no longer in practice as there was pressure for them to “live like white people.”
 
Harriette Hall Adams passed away in 2009.
 

 

 

Jamestown Elders featured in this Exhibit.

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George Woodman
Adams
 

Harriette Lorraine Hall Adams
 

Tillie Campbell Norton Baker
 
 

Robert C.
Becker
 
 
Meredith
Delores Kardonsky Bridges
 

DeEtte William "Bill" Broderson
 
 

Ray
Cook
 
 

Ruby Prince George
 
 

Walter Joseph Hubman
 
 

Helen Becker Jarvis
 
 

Lyle
Prince
 
 

Lincoln T.
Sands
 
 

 
Image of Exhibit companion book cover: 'Sharing Our Memories' Jamestown S'Klallam Elders; Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Official Federal Recognition of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
In 2001, with funding from the National Park Service Historic Preservation program, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe conducted interviews with Tribal Elders and transformed these oral histories into the book “Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S’Klallam Elders.”