of the American Revolution
Coos Bay Chapter, Marshfield, was organized October 14, 1917 at the
home of Miss Edith Preston, by Mrs. George L. Dindinger, organizing regent, and Mrs. I. L.
Patterson, state regent. The name
Coos Bay was chosen in memory of the Coos tribe of Indians, whose
native habitat was the vicinity of Coos
also because the membership
of the chapter included women from several towns on the bay. The Coos Indians were of the Kusan family, formerly
living at Coos Bay. The name
is first mentioned by Lewis and Clark, who spell it Cook-koo-oose. The spelling has been variously, Koo'as,
Kowes, Coose and finally Coos.
One Indian meaning for Coos ascribed is "lake," another, for "place of pines." Oregon Magazine, March 1926
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