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Spring 2015

Gallery: Self-portraits of Okanogan photographer Frank Matsura

The works of Frank Matsura, a photographer born in Japan who moved into the Okanogan valley in 1903, chronicle the end of mining in the area and the influx of farmers and families. In his 10 years as a valley pioneer, Matsura became a friend, neighbor, and trusted resource to the community. He also shot a number of self-portraits that capture the lighter side of frontier life.


On the web

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderlands photo exhibit to open at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (The Spokesman-Review, April 23, 2023)

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Winter 2015

Through the years with three lifelong Okanogan Cougs

Tom Monroe ’63, Richard Wagner ’61, and I started the first grade together in a small town in north central Washington, ninety miles north of Wenatchee and thirty miles south of the border with British Columbia, Canada: Okanogan. Perhaps even more remarkable is that we were all born at Elsie McDonald’s Maternity Home, probably because there was no hospital in Okanogan. Tom and I were playmates for a few years before beginning school—not very many, to be sure! —but we three boys began our life-long friendship together at Grainger Elementary School in Okanogan while America was still battling WWII.

We were never called “The Three … » More …