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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.

 
 

 

 

 
Ruby Prince George,
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Ruby Prince George
 

Born:
Born: December 23, 1913 in a hospital in Port Angeles, Washington
Parents:
David and Elizabeth Hunter Prince
Maternal Grandparents:
Mary Hall Hunter Wood and David Hunter
Paternal Grandparents:
Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria
Great Grandfather:
Duke of York (Chetzemoka)


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Chetzemoka and His Wife  [539KB .mp3]

 



Ruby grew up in Jamestown and lived there for eighteen years.
 
She grew up with her brothers and sisters, Lillian Prince Sullivan, Oliver “Buck” Prince , Mildred “Micky” Prince Judson , Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Prince Holden and Lyle Prince . She attended the Jamestown Day School and went to the Shaker Church.
 
Her best friend was her Aunt Lydia Wood. They played Hopscotch in the road and made the lines with a squirt can of paint.
 
Ruby went picking for wild blackberries in “ back of Sequim.” During hunting season they went in a car east of the mountains to go hunting for deer because “they had bigger deer there. Around Sequim they only had small areas that you could hunt in. We would go over that way hunting and we would stop on the way going and find out where the mountain berries were and pick a bunch, then go hunting and stop on the way back and pick some more.” (Blue berries were called mountain berries). She did this when she was a child, “I was a big child” Ruby says. After she was married she and Ben would go to Clallam Bay and Sekiu for berry trips and hunting deer too.
 
Ruby used to work in the Bugge Cannery at Washington Harbor. She remembers (old) Tom Lowe who “used to work in the cannery until he got too old to stand there and work. Then he would tell us what to do. Most of the workers worked there in the summertime until school would start. The Lowes lived there all the time.”
 
“I went out digging clams in front of our place once in awhile but you had to walk a mile to get down there. Any clams with water in them were too heavy to bring home.”
 
Ruby married Ben George from Suquamish and moved to the Suquamish Tribe’s Port Madison Reservation with him. She met Ben when he used to come to Jamestown and play in a band. “He could play almost any instrument he picked up.”
 
Ruby and her family would go back to visit at Jamestown after she was married. Her folks lived next door to Martha Collier. Martha Collier had raspberries. “Carolyn (Ruby’s daughter) knows her, she used to slide down the hay mow and steal her berries.” Carolyn relates how Martha would get mad at her and her friends and she would come out with pie tins she had in her back yard and make a noise and they would “take off”.
 
Ruby Prince George passed away in 2007.
 

 

 

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.”