Methow Valley Women
In conjunction with our 2020 commemoration of the 19th Amendment and the expansion of women’s political rights, the Shafer Museum has compiled information on several of the Methow Valley’s notable and fascinating women. These short biographies can also be found in our Bike-Hike-Drive-Ski tour, coming soon! Explore below and learn about some of the incredible women that have helped to make the Methow so special, and their ties to the history of these locations.
location: town of twisp
The town of Twisp was born from the merging of the towns of Gloversville and Twisp. Gloversville, platted by trapper H.C. Glover in 1897, eventually became part of Twisp, possibly due to Post Office requirements. Twisp was platted in 1899 by Amanda Burgar.
Gladys l. price
location: town of pateros
Pateros was established around 1885 by Lee Ives, with his road house on the river known as Ives Landing. In 1900, a Spanish American War veteran, Charles E. Nosler, renamed it Pateros after a village he had visited in the Philippines. In May 1913, Pateros was incorporated and for the next several decades, it remained a peaceful community known for its fruit orchards and cattle ranches. In 1966, Pateros was submerged beneath the Columbia River when the Wells Dam opened. Some houses and businesses were relocated, but many remained in their original location and were lost. In 2014 the Carlton Complex fire swept through Pateros, leveling entire city blocks, causing $100 million in damages, and leaving behind a charred landscape.
location: Town of winthrop
ella may (frisbee) maxey
gwendolyn (creveling) yockey
location: town of carlton; general store
more about Jennie miller
location: First Butte Lookout
The First Butte Lookout was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1938 and staffed every season until 1997. In 1942, it was staffed year-round as a World War II Aircraft Warning System. After being used on an emergency-basis in 1998, it returned to use 5 days per week in 1999 and still remains active for emergency use. It was added to the National Historic Lookout Register in 2000.
location: thirtymile fire memorial
The Thirtymile Fire Memorial is a lasting tribute to the four wildland firefighters who lost their lives in the 2001 Thirtymile Fire. This powerful reminder of the danger these firefighters face, has been constructed next to the Chewuch River approximately 30 miles north of the Town of Winthrop. The memorial site is where 16 people took shelter as a last chance effort to escape the erupting fire. Four firefighters did not make it. Two of these four were young women, just 18 and 19. The memorial site includes a low rock wall, plaques dedicated to each firefighter, four memorial markers, and a stone bench for visitors seeking a quiet spot to rest and reflect.
Karen Lee Fitzpatrick, 18, was trained for U.S. Forest Service work, including fire fighting. She went to work for the fire agency directly after high school, and had been involved in the Nile Valley Fire, near her home in Yakima, and an Oregon Fire, near The Gorge, over the 4th of July 2001. When the call came in at midnight July 9, 2001 to report with her crew out of the Naches Ranger Station to a fire up by the North Cascades near the Thirtymile Fire campground in Winthrop, WA., it was her third fire.
Jessica Lynn Johnson, 19, was a student at Central Washington University, with family in Yakima. She was in her second year with the Forest Service as a seasonal wildlands firefighter, but actually got started in 1998 when she joined a rookies' firefighting program taught by veteran firefighters from Central and Eastern Washington.