Today in Washington State History From Telegraph line reaches Seattle on October 25, 1864. Major Alexander P. Cronkhite is shot and killed during training exercise at Fort Lewis on October 25, 1918. Washington State Grange initiative to authorize creation of public utility districts is filed with the Secretary of State on October 25, 1928. Group Health Cooperative formalizes a Joint Conference Committee to work out differences between medical staff and Board of Trustees on October 25, 1952. King County Council approves controversial Critical Areas Ordinance on October 25, 2004.