Prosch Washington Views Album
The 101 images of Washington State contained in this database were collected into an album by Thomas Prosch, an early Seattle pioneer. Included are images of the Wenatchee, Chelan and Okanogan regions, as well as of historic Seattle and the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.
Son of pioneer parents, Charles and Susan Prosch, Thomas Prosch came with his family to the Pacific Coast in 1855 from Brooklyn, New York. The elder Prosch was a printer and in 1858 founded the Puget Sound Herald at Steilacoom. Thomas Prosch worked at his father's trade as well as a salesman and a logging camp hand. At nineteen he was a clerk in the State legislature and a clerk in the customs office at Port Townsend at twenty.
About 1869 Charles Prosch and his two sons, Fred and Thomas, acquired the Pacific Tribune from Randall H. Hewitt and continued its publication in Olympia. The complete ownership of the paper passed to Thomas in 1872 because of financial reasons. In 1873 Thomas moved to Tacoma where he continued publication of the paper for nearly two years and then moved it to Seattle where it continued about three years longer. He then sold the paper.
About 1879 he and Samuel L. Crawford bought the Intelligencer. Two years later the paper was merged with the Post to become the present day Post-Intelligencer. Early in 1886 Prosch sold the paper to a joint stock company.
In 1876 Prosch was appointed postmaster of Seattle by President Grant. He resigned the post after two years. He had charge of the municipal census of Seattle in 1890 and at the same time was special agent in charge of the federal census here. In the early 1890's he served three years as a member of the Seattle School Board. In 1894 he aided in platting the tidelands of Seattle and Tacoma. He was active in the Seattle CHamber of Commerce; he was secretary for three years and a member of the board of trustees for fourteen. He was memebr and officer of various pioneer and historical societies including the Washington Pioneer's association.
His later life was devoted to Historical writing and collecting. He died in 1915.
Additional photographs collected by Thomas Prosch can be found in the Prosch Seattle Views Album collection.
About the Database
The information for Washington Prosch Albums Collection was researched and prepared by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division and Cataloging staff in 2000. Not all the photographs from the collection were included in this database. The images were scanned in grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using the UW Content program. The original collection resides in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Washington Prosch Albums Collection.