Joe Kuhn’s picnic

Another Chinuk Wawa document that we need to find…and a good light summer read!

Invitations to parties were quite the genre in settlers’ use of Jargon. In this space, we’ve previously seen a number of them.

Also file this under “Chinook Jargon as pioneer in-group language”.

Joe Kuhn's picnic The_Seattle_Star_Sun__Aug_9__1903_.jpg


Judge Joe Kuhn, pioneer, who for the past 24 years has given his old friends a clambake each summer, has sent out unique notices written in Chinook jargon, stating that he will give his next Old Settlers’ picnic August 15, in the Chimacum Valley, near Port Townsend. 

— from the Seattle (WA) Star of August 9, 1903, page 2, column 3

Could a copy of that invitation be sitting in a museum or archive locally?