1965 Brewery Thanksgiving Message

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The November 1965 It’s the Water News showcased the Virgil Monroe family and their turkey: “Any designs Virgil Monroe might have had for this gobbler on Thanksgiving seem to have been foiled by his children Clyde, Luke and Sara, who have fostered a friendship with the fair bird. But, he needn’t despair. As an expression of thanks to its employees for a job well done, there will be a plump bird from the Brewery to grace the table of every OB family.”

German Heritage History Talk Draws Standing Room Only Crowd at the Schmidt House

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“It’s never easy to predict the turn-out for our free monthly history talks,” says Don Trosper, Public History Manager for the “Heritage Builders” program of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.  “Today’s noon hour talk was nearly filled to capacity as we hosted noted genealogist Jewell Dunn talking about the German heritage of the Schmidt family.”

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Connie Sweetman (upper left) digitizes and documents some postcards from the Schmidt collection. Leopold and Louis Schmidt (right) visiting California, shortly before Leopold’s death in 1914.

Back in the 1890s, Louis Schmidt headed up the construction of the original Capital Brewing Company (later renamed as Olympia Brewing) at the base of Tumwater Falls. Today, Louis’s great-granddaughter Connie Sweetman is back in Tumwater as a volunteer in our extensive Archives.

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Oly Saves the Day in Death Valley

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From It’s the Water News, November 1971

Dear Folks,

I am nigh on to 70 years old and just returned from a trip which included parts of the Nevada and California deserts—no air conditioner and incredible temperatures of 105 degrees. I was accompanied by my little toy Pomeranian dog, Suzie, who was obviously about to succumb to the relentless heat—and so was I. Continue reading