The Melon Quiz: Pierce County
Question #1: This Puyallup resident gained national attention in 1906 when – at the age of 76 – he decided to reenact the Oregon Trail by traveling East by covered wagon to raise money and awareness for the cause of historical preservation. Known as the Johnny Appleseed of his day, this individual repeated the trip multiple times, gaining audiences with such figures as Teddy Roosevelt, Orville Wright, Calvin Coolidge and Henry Ford. The US mint dedicated a 50-cent piece to his efforts and his mansion – now located in down-town Puyallup – remains a historical landmark.
A) Ezra Meeker
B) John Rodgers
C) Victor Kandle
D) Nathan Chapman
E) Billy Joe Hobert
Question #2: What does the “Tacoma Method” refer to?
A) The corruption and bribery of Morton McCarver that resulted in Tacoma becoming the terminus of Northern Pacific Railroad.
B) The unbridled growth of 1880 – when the population exploded by 3600% in a single year, prompting the visiting Rudyard Kipling to describe the city’s growth as “literally staggering under a boom of the boomiest.”
C) The expulsion of the city’s Chinese population – as later described by one observer: “several hundred men, led by the mayor and other city officials, evicted the Chinese from their homes, corralled them at 7th Street and Pacific Avenue, marched them to the railway station at Lakeview and forced them aboard the morning train to Portland, Oregon. The next day two Chinese settlements were burned to the ground.”
D) The Mayor/City Planner system that was adopted following an FBI investigation of widespread corruption in city politics.
E) The practice of eating a Pizza Time special from the crust out.
Question #3: In 2003, following more than 13 years of well documented abuse, this Tacoma police chief shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Question #4: Which of the following convicted criminals was not from Tacoma.
A) Watergate conspirator John Ehrlichman
B) Serial killer Ted Bundy
C) Beltway snipersLee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad
D) Mass murderer and child molester Joseph E. Duncan III[
E) Henry Lee Lucas – America’s most prolific serial killer.
Question #5: Which of the following was last to be incorporated?
C) University Place
E) Fox Island
Question #6: The scapegoat of the Puget Sound War of 1855-56 has always been Puyallup Chief Leschi. What was Leschi eventually hung for after a jury failed to reach a conviction?