In Living History presentations this weekend, the lives of two prominent pioneers will be made at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

On Saturday Lois Hahn will portray pioneer Madame Josephine “Dutch Jo” Wolfe, and on Sunday Pam Myers will portray settler Lettice Millican Clark Reynolds, both who made an impact on the early Walla Walla community.

The presentations begin at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Pioneer Village.

Dutch Jo was a competent businesswoman who took pride in performing an important service in her community. 

She came to Walla Walla around 1860 and ran two upscale establishments for gentlemen. 

She insisted on a high degree of decorum from her employees, and she provided them with regular health checkups as well as good clothing that was fashionable and not too revealing.

She was also a benefactress in the community, particularly to the local fire department. She paid for the memorial statue to firefighters located in Mountain View Cemetery, where she and several of her employees are also buried.

A copy of the statue stands in Crawford Park on Main Street next to the Farmers Market, which is in the vicinity of one of her former establishments and a deadly fire on Jan. 1, 1974, that collapsed a building and killed the fire chief and a firefighter.

Reynolds was born in 1830, the oldest of 12 children. In 1843 her family headed west with a wagon train carrying 1,000 settlers. After her family settled in the Willamette Valley, she married Ransom Clark, who in 1855 obtained a 640-acre donation claim along Yellowhawk Creek.

Lettice and her husband came to Walla Walla to prove up their claim in 1855, but were driven out by the Indian War that year. 

After Ransom died in Portland in 1859, Lettice returned to Walla Walla to complete their cabin, which is now located in the museum’s Pioneer Village.

She was the first white woman to reside in the Walla Walla Valley after the Whitman tragedy. She married mill owner Almos Reynolds and become a public benefactor who made substantial gifts to Whitman College.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $4 for children ages 6-12, $8 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $9 general admission. For information call 509-525-7703 or see

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