The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Shelby Taylor

An appreciation for Jean Allyn Smeltzer, Klickitat County's unofficial historian


Jean Allyn Smeltzer is living history.

She has contributed much to her community, the Presby Museum, and, of course, The Goldendale Sentinel through her compilation of records, reaching far back into Klickitat County’s rich history, making her recently announced retirement a loss for her many fans.

Aside from her multitude of documentation and books, Jean has spent her time submitting weekly features for the past five years to The Sentinel through her feature column Looking Back, which sites Sentinel archives dating back 100 years and more.

Jean was born in Goldendale in 1936 and graduated from Goldendale High School in 1954 and married her husband Roy in 1956. Her interest in histori...

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