Dick Phillips as grandfather Charles Phillips

Dick Phillips is a Living History Company member of many years and has compiled volumes of information about his family history. He portrays his grandfather, Charles Phillips, and his great-grandfathers William Phillips and William Rockfellow. 

Dick Phillips will give the Living History presentation of pioneer entrepreneur John Boyer at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 NE Myra Road.

As John Boyer, Dorsey Baker’s brother-in-law, Phillips will talk about his life, career and several entrepreneurial peers who took advantage of the tremendous opportunities available during Walla Walla’s boomtown years.

In 1849, Boyer opened a store in Sonora, California, the Queen City of the California goldfields, which he operated until the 1860s. He came to Walla Walla in 1862 and went into a mercantile business with Dorsey Baker.

Since Baker and Boyer both had reputations for being honest businessmen, miners from the Idaho gold fields would leave their gold in the mercantile safe. This was the start of the Baker Boyer Bank enterprise, which officially opened in November 1869.

Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors/students, $4 kids ages 6-12, and free for kids under age 6. Information is available at info@fwwm.org, fwwm.org and 509-525-7703.


Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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