HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES WANTED
Several Orting area families are interested in starting a Christian Based Cooperative in order to give homeschool families more class opportunities, ie. Foreign Language, Video Editing, Global Positioning Systems, Math Tutoring, etc. Are you interested in participating or would like more information?
Please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22, 1889.
Part of “The Whitesell Story”*, written by Mrs. J.C. Taylor (Margaret Whitesell) sometime during the mid-1930’s and submitted by her niece, Effie (George) Anderson states that the friendly Indian that visited the Whitesells warning of the Indian War was named “Jake” (see the Indian War for more information on this).
Transportation in and out of Orting was extremely difficult until the early 1870’s, when coal was discovered on the headwaters of the Puyallup River. The Northern Pacific Railroad needed coal for their operations, so they built a railroad line through Orting in 1877. Population growth skyrocketed after that.
Because the railroad line ran right through the Whitesell property, it became known as Whitesell’s Crossing. Henry Whitesell became the first postmaster in the area, with the post office being called “Carbon”. It was later changed to Orting however.
seems Puyallup and Sumner are not the only towns in the area that have
mysterious names. Orting also has no hard documentation on how the
name came into being.
* “The Whitesell Story” can be found in the book “The History of the Town of Orting” at the Orting Library
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