Can you identify this photograph?

Girls in garden photo

Recently, the Tumwater Historical Association donated this framed photo to the Schmidt House. It shows a group of girls working in a garden. The girls are for the most part dressed alike, with white blouses, dark skirts, ties and bonnets. To the left stands a man holding a garden tool and a bunch of beets or radishes. The title of the photo is merely “Tumwater Countryside, circa 1900. Courtesy Olympia Brewing Company.”

Some years ago, the photo was displayed at the old Sambo’s Restaurant in Tumwater.

Unfortunately, we know nothing more than that. Who are the girls pictured here? Were they from a local girls’ school? Where was their garden located?

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