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In an effort to peacefully dispossess Eastern Washington tribes of their land, Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens convened the First Walla Walla Council on May 29, 1855. It didn't work out quite as planned. Stevens's earlier Point Elliott Treaty with Puget Sound tribes proved equally messy, although this did not prevent a re-enactment of its signing, held at Juanita Beach on May 27, 1933.
In 1908 Teddy Roosevelt dispatched the U.S. Navy's Great White Fleet from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, including a tour of Puget Sound. When the ships arrived in Elliott Bay on May 23, 1908, Seattleites beamed with pride upon seeing the USS Nebraska, which had been launched from the Moran Brothers shipyard four years earlier. The Nebraska was the only battleship ever built in Washington state, and its construction was buoyed by $100,000 in community aid.
On May 27, 1905, the Burlingame Gardena irrigation ditch was completed in the Walla Walla Valley, bringing much needed water to local farmers to supplement the Old Lowden Ditch, which had been dug 12 years earlier. In the 1830s, Marcus Whitman was the first person to bring irrigation water to the valley, but his efforts died with him in the 1847 attack that became known as the Whitman Massacre.
On May 24, 1935, George Weyerhaeuser, the 9-year-old heir to the company that was the world's largest producer of lumber, was kidnapped in Tacoma while on his way home from school. After a $200,000 ransom was paid, the boy was released unharmed and the largest manhunt in the Northwest up to that time began. Arrests were quickly made, but it took more than a year for the FBI to track down the ringleader.
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--T. H. White, The Sword in the Stone
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