By Irene Elizabeth Martin
Birthplace of the state's canned salmon and the cooperative extension flow, Wahkiakum County has a old value extending past its borders. this day it stands on the cusp of switch because the rural occupations of fishing, farming, and logging, upon which the county has depended, be afflicted by open air impacts and demographic shifts.
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The editor's sense of civic duty and responsibility is evident in the pages of the fledgling Eagle, as there were constant calls for improved roads, schools, and other public facilities. G. Williams ran out of regular newsprint when the Columbia froze solid and riverboats could not dock to bring him his supply. He printed the Cold Snap Bulletin for four days on irregular sheets of paper, so that locals might not be without news. In the pages of these newspapers and the others printed during the county's history community norms may be discovered.
The first of these was the American, Robert Gray, in the Columbia Rediviva. He arrived in the spring of 1792, and is remembered in the names of Grays Bay and Grays River. Successors included Broughton, Lewis and Clark, Robert Stuart, Wilkes, Lee and Frost, Gibbs, and others too numerous to list. Sometimes their written records contain only a line or two, sometimes a paragraph, referring usually to the vegetation or to the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. However, if there were one unwritten motto that linked all of the above, it would be that Wahkiakum was a nice place to visit, but one wouldn't want to live there.
Crouch [Couch] this last summer as you expected. In cases of this kind we can give you no particular direction for your conduct, as you must be guided by circumstances as they arise. The general principle to be acted upon when competition occurs is to endeavor to defeat the power of the intruder by every fair means within your power, rendering his speculations unprofitable by lowering the tariff and selling at a small and even no profit at all for the time. 6 James Birnie succeeded Couch in his brief venture on the lower Columbia, and established a successful trading post at Cathlamet in 1846, naming it Birnie's Retreat.