A Rural Picnic
Washington Standard June 17, 1871
A Rural Picnic – The picnic goers of Yelm and Chambers’ Prairies had a pleasant time last Saturday, the tenth, at the Pattison Springs, near Chambers’ Prairie, where they found fields of sweet ripe wild strawberries. Some people have a prejudice against native picked strawberries, and the excursionists on this occasion were choice enough to keep the sentiment in view and pick with their own hands the delicious food. For the lovers of strawberries and cream (and who are not?) and everything that makes a picnic a gastronomical success, this was the time and place. After the feast of good things, followed games of an intellectual and mirth-provoking character. Many justly complain of the tedium of large gatherings, particularly of picnics, and the conclusion follows that the smaller the picnic the greater the pleasure and the longer it will be remembered. Give me Thurston county for a PICNIC.