Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Postcard

Found this postcard in my uncle Leigh Hansen's post card book:
The back has a note from my aunt Carrie Hansen to Lee (sic) Erland Hansen. It was postmarked about a week before Leigh's second birthday. Carrie was away at college and she was just 17 then.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

This years Veterans day is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI the war to end all wars. It is also the 129th anniversary of when Washington became a state in 1889. Neither of my grandparents were in WWI, Anton Hansen was too old born in 1870 and the oldest that had to register for service were born in 1872. Charles Kelly was a railroad worker and of prime age for a soldier, but railroad workers were not drafted. He did fill out a draft registration card though.
Here is three photos of my uncle Leigh Hansen taken in May of 1919, not quite 6 years old yet. He did serve in WWII as an aircraft mechanic, spent most of the war in Arizona, but was in Panama for four months in the spring 1943.

My dad Claude Hansen was 12 when WWI ended, and like his brother Leigh he served in WWII also. He was in a service squadron that serviced the B-17 and B-24 bombers. They started here in Spokane, went to England, then north Africa and finally in Italy. Here is a photo of their camp at San Severo Italy. Pop ran the motor pool, keeping all the vehicles they had running.
 Previous Veterans day posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

354th Service Squadron Reunion Olean New York 1972

Due to a recent scare from a flooded basement I have been scanning bunches of photos. My dad had one of those photo albums that ruin the photos if left too long so I wanted to get the photos out of that book and preserve them. This was the first photo in the book and I did not know where it was taken. I Googled  Castle Inn and found them all over the country but a lot in California. He had went to a reunion in Ventura California in 1978 but Google did not find a Castle Inn in Ventura.
The 354th Service Squadron was formed at Geiger Army Air Field soon after Pearl Harbor, they serviced the B-17 and B-24 bombers. They were first sent to England then to North Africa and near the end to Italy.
This photo from the parking lot shows a Motel DeSoto across the street, so I Googled that and the first entry came up Olean New York. The 354th had a reunion in Olean in 1972, so I Googled Castle Inn Olean New York. First hit was a picture of the Olean New York Castle Inn being demolished!! The rubble did not look like the above photo. A couple of hits below the top one was a postcard on Amazon of the Castle Restaurant and Castle Inn of Olean New York. The Castle Inn looks just like the photo above, so now I know these photos are from the 1972 354th reunion in Olean New York. The postcard will be here next week. I also have the sheets where all the veterans and their wives that came signed in.
In with these 1972 photos was four old black and white photos. Three did not have a location.
 This one said Camp San Sevro on the back. I was not sure that was spelled correctly so I Googled San Sevro Italy since I remember pop saying they stayed there a while. Found out that the USA had a large base of P-51 fighters at San Severo Italy in April 1944 and 1945, so I guess this photo was taken there at San Severo Italy.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Night Fun Genealogy Societies

Been a while since I even posted on my own blog and even longer since I did a Saturday Night Fun post.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

What was the first genealogical society you joined?  Why did you join that one?  What other societies are you a member of?

In 1991 we had a Hansen reunion and one of my dad's first cousin was a volunteer at a Family History Center (Now Family Search Center). She had some information on our ancestors. Soon after the reunion our local Community College had a class on beginning genealogy. My sister and I took the class and one suggestion was to join the local genealogy society. 
My sister and I joined Eastern Washington Genealogical Society in 1992, 
Later on I was on the Prodigy genealogy  board and found out I was related to the expert there.
I also joined the Grundy County Missouri Genealogy Society, the Adams County Genealogical Society, the New England Genealogy Society, and the National Genealogy Society
Today I still belong to the National Genealogy Society, Whitman County Genealogical Society, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, and the Washington State Genealogical Society.

Friday, July 13, 2018

My 9th Blogversary

I almost missed my 9th Blogversary, I did miss my 8th Bloversary last year. I did all the rest though posted here
I have not been doing much on my personal blog, been busy digitizing for Scribe and blogging for the WSGS Blog
Maybe this year  I can post more.
The Seattle Worlds Fair posts I did quite a while ago seem to still be popular.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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