People with older (historic) photos, please continue to come our way. This week, a researcher from Dallas contacted us regarding a photo they think they have of Alice Stensgar.
The picture is of a woman with a lighter complexion posing with her knee-length hair. Written on the back of the unknown photo is “Indian Princess.”
There is a beauty to the 100-year-old photos condition that looks like a filter on popular social media app Instagram.
The researcher was looking into the Yep-Kanum celebration that began in 1912 and reached out to us.
“Not long ago, I became aware of Yep-Kanum, which has been celebrated by the City of Colville each year since 1912.
As you probably know, in connection with the Yep-Kanum Celebration, a local girl is selected to fill the role of ‘Princess Amatap.’ In 1913, a Miss Alice Stensgar was selected by the Colville Indian Reservation to represent them in that role alongside the girl selected by the City of Colville.
The Colville Reservation may have continued to select girls to represent them in the years that followed, but that possibility was not clear to me.”
The researchers father played baseball in the Okanogan Valley from 1911 to 1916 under a second name, Jesse Davis. He left after serving in World War I.
The family recollects ‘grandpa’ speaking of his love for an Indian Princess living in the Okanogan Valley.
Despite the distance, she believed perhaps the Yep-Kanum celebration could be related somehow.
The researcher asked, “If you have an archive containing pictures going back to between 1912 and 1916, would it be possible to compare (this) image to a picture of Miss Alice Stensgar as well as the girls from the Colville Reservation chose to represent them as ‘Princess Amatap’ during the aforementioned period?”
Unfortunately, we do not possess this. We have, however, reached out to the Tribes’ History & Archaeology Department. But, perhaps, a subscriber or social media follower out there might recognize this woman; heck, it could be a grandma of one of our elders considering the time period — a person born around the turn of the century.
Hopefully they find some resolution. And someone else — or multiple people — find a new picture of grandma in this Tribune.
If you recognize the photo, call us. We will then forward any information to this researcher who hopes to find out who grandpa’s princess was.