Many of the patent medicines contained opiates or alcohol; Hostetter's Stomach Bitters, advertised in the as "a cure for headache, nervousness, indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation and malaria" had an alcohol level of 44%. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, a brew of herbs and alcohol for "woman's special ills." (The company was charged with fraud in 1905 for sending out handwritten letters supposedly signed by Lydia herself, when she had been dead for 20 years.) Back to top of page The had been microfilmed several years ago by Bell & Howell for the Washington State Library.
News from other distant ports, such as those in Alaska, came on the boats that arrived in Port Townsend each day.
On the West Coast, Asian immigrants supplied labor for the mining, fishing, logging and farming industries.
Many Chinese immigrants attempted illegal entry to North America through the various port towns of Washington and British Columbia, including Port Townsend.
As a result, social, economic and political structures, especially in Washington, still seemed malleable to the newcomers …
once in the expansive environment of Puget Sound [a worker] might see himself as a miner or molder or carpenter, and a participant in the creation of a new and more equitable society than the one he left behind." The economic fortunes of many communities were tied to the route of the railroads, and Port Townsend residents had high hopes of being selected as a transcontinental railroad terminus.