Mildred Parker, Last Grandchild of Olympia Brewing Founder Leopold F. Schmidt, Dies at 103

A recent donation from the estate of a New Jersey resident has intrigued our archives staff.


Mildred (Schmidt) Parker

In 1912, a daughter was born to Leopold F. Schmidt Jr. (son of Leopold Sr., founder of the Olympia brewery) and his wife, Louise Barksdale Schmidt. The daughter was named Mildred Virginia Schmidt, and she grew up in the family home in Olympia. Mildred died recently at the age of 103, and a box of photos from her estate arrived at our office. We’ll use several of those photos to illustrate Mildred’s life, Continue reading

Olympia Tumwater Foundation Offers Early Childhood Learning Grants – ThurstonTalk

azura-bella-300x240The Olympia Tumwater Foundation has grants available to support early childhood education programs.

The grants, which range from $250 to $3,000, were created to support innovative, sustainable classroom projects. Any Thurston County school district, nonprofit, early learning provider or collaboration of those groups may apply for the funding.

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation has given over $90,000 in early learning grants since 2006.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. May 2. For more information, including an application form, go to or call 360.943.2550.

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Celebrate Bob Crim’s Birthday and Semi Retirement With the Olympia Tumwater Foundation


Bob Crim has been the caretaker at Tumwater’s Schmidt House for nearly 60 years! He’s been a gardener, chauffeur, babysitter, sheep-shearer, handyman, and wedding host extraordinaire, to name just a few of his responsibilities. Help us celebrate Bob’s 78th birthday and semi-retirement on Tuesday, November 10, 12:30 to 3:00pm at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place in Tumwater.

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Stop by and say Howdy to Bob; all are welcome!

Tuesday, November 10 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Cookies! Cake! Ice Cream!