The Heritage Network

The Heritage Network

Fort Colvile Bicentennial


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  1. Good Day!

    I have recently discovered that one of my 3rd great grandfathers is James Goudy, the Blacksmith and Miller at Fort Colvile from 1830 to 1851. I have learned through online research that he married a young woman from the local Kettle Falls tribe named Catherine sometime in the early 1830s. They are reported to have been married at the fort, and had several children there including my great, great grandmother Mirabelle (Myra) Goudy, born in 1846.

    I am very interested in visiting the events you’re planning for the 2025 Bicentennial to learn more about all the people who lived and worked near Fort Colvile. I have just signed up for your newsletter, and will look forward to reading all the online information and enjoying future newsletters.

    Question: The local Kettle Falls tribe is commonly referred to as the Colvile Tribe. Since they were likely living there long before Fort Colvile was named, I’m very curious to learn the name the this Tribe before 1825?


    Steve Bennett
    Meridian, Idaho

    • Steve:

      I have not found any further information on Goudy, though the name seems familiar.
      As for “Colville”. The Army forced 12 tribes into one reservation and gave it a corrupted name of the local Hudson’s Bay Fort Colvile (sic). Today the Colville Confederated Tribes ( are doing well for themselves despite the lies and discrimination of the past.

    • Steve: This is a slow response to your comment since I did not have information about Goudy when you asked. I have discovered that he managed the Grist Mill for Hudson’s Bay and eventually owned it. The grist mill has a lot of historical significance in terms of its importance to Hudson’s Bay and also to the Kettle Falls community. A recent article about the mill and Goudy can be found on the articles page or directly here:

  2. Steve:

    A couple further notes. WordPress does not seem to give me immediate access to your email address. If you click on the Keep in Touch button I can add you to our mailing list. Yu can contact me directly
    The twelve tribes consigned to the Colville reservation opted to use that name because they were all somewhat protected by their association with HBC Fort Colvile. They can still change the name. I would love to hear more about Goudy history from you. Few people I have contact with are more directly connected to its history than yourself.


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