“Living histories of missionary, entrepreneur on tap at FWWM”
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(The described event took place during the weekend of August 8-9)
Living History enactors will present portrayals of pioneers at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the pioneer settlement at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Ave.
On Saturday the Rev. Eugene Casimir Chirouse, (OMI) a Catholic missionary will be portrayed by Jean-Paul Grimaud.
And on Sunday William B. Phillips, tinsmith and hardwareman, will be portrayed by Dick Phillips, his great-grandson.
Chirouse was born in May 1821, in Bourge-de-Peage, France.
He began his novitiate with the oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was chosen as one of five missionary oblates to travel from France to Oregon Territory.
In May, 1847, the oblates set forth on the 2,000-mile journey from Westport, Kan., to Walla Walla, following the Oregon Trail.
(Photo on left is Fr. Casimir Chirouse, OMI)