Friday is SATA-day for Salemites and tonight's the Salem Area Trail Alliance benefit at the Ike Box.
|Salem Area Trail Alliance|
Disco Bingo Night
And yes, the proper word for those who live in Salem is Salemite!
Over at Salem Weekly, there's a Hinesian suggestion to replace Salemite with Salemian.
No, no, no!
Salemian merges with So-Lame-ian too easily.
Besides, Salemite is well-attested. Here are two examples - one from before Statehood!
|Pre-Statehood! Oregon Argus, August 28, 1858|
|Front Page: Capital Journal, April 5, 1907|
On the contrary, Salemite is far from an archaic word. It has a well-established usage at least to the mid-19th century, and it extends into common usage today.
There's no need to change!
Update, June 12th, 2015
Mostly in tweets...
What should #SalemOR residents be called? Read about it & vote here. #KeepSalemWeirder http://t.co/mgn890Jm36 @salem_statesman @travelsalem— TomMayhall Rastrelli (@RastrelliSJ) June 12, 2015
.@Salem_Statesman Er. Uh. Did anyone think of checking newspaper archives? (Oregon Statesman & Capital J?) Historically it is Salemite.— Darlene Strozut ☔️ (@Enstone) June 12, 2015
Salemites:,Salem was founded by Methodist missionaries, mostly from New England. Biblical names were important to them. Salem is both...— Darlene Strozut ☔️ (@Enstone) June 12, 2015
...a New England name and a biblical name (Shalom). Salemite was in keeping with Israelite, Hittite, etc....— Darlene Strozut ☔️ (@Enstone) June 12, 2015
...if folks want to have a conversation about *changing* from the historical label "Salemite," fine. But we do have a name.— Darlene Strozut ☔️ (@Enstone) June 12, 2015