Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Yellowstone Lake

Another couple of pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Yellowstone Lake Y Park 1941

Mother fishing in Lake at Yellowstone Park August 11, 1941

Tombstone Tuesday Arthur M. Bridges

Arthur M. Bridges 1869-1957 Husband of Mary Violet Kelly.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Poster

It's Saturday Night - is everyone ready for some Genealogy Fun?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope that you do... because this one is really cool!), is to:

1) Go to the www.ImageChef.com website and explore their FREE offerings. Click on the "Create" button, or choose to make a slideshow or posters from their main page (there are more than one screen of poster backgrounds).

2) Make one or more posters or other creation - perhaps they relate to genealogy or your own family history. Save them to your computer (right click, Save as Picture for Windows users).

Well here is a tombstone for my great grandfather buried in the K of P cemetery in Trenton, Missouri. When we visited he did not have a tombstone, so we arraigned for one. I have not been back to see it so I designed one for Robert Forsyth Kelly.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Morning Glory Pool

Another picture from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone Park (I think this was taken 1941 as it is with a group of Yellowstone Park photos from 1941)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2010 WSGS Conference

WSGS Annual Conference 2010

Journey of Discovery

When: Friday, September 17, 2010 (bonus) 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 18, 2010 8:00 -3:45 pm

Assembly of God Bethel Church
132 Kirkland Road
Chehalis, Washington

Hosted by
Lewis County Genealogical Society and
Lower Columbia Genealogical Society

Speaker: Saturday - Diane VanSkiver Gagel

1. No AAA? How did our Ancestors get here?
Depending on what your ancestors migration trail may be in America, have you ever thought that they came without having Triple A maps and guidebooks? Knowing why and how our ancestors moved west provides clues and insights into our ancestors' lives.

2. Women and the Law: Researching our Female Ancestors
Tracing our foremothers can often be difficult; however, knowing the laws at a particular time can provide information and clues about our female ancestors that most genealogists overlook.

3. Ancestors in the Attic: Finding and Sharing Family Photographs
This session provides information on finding photographs or seeking identification of photographs of our ancestors from distant relatives, libraries, and on the net, preserving, and sharing our photographs with others in using cameras, computer technology and the net.

4. Social History and Genealogy: Filling in the Gaps
During this session, Social History will be discussed to find clues about our ancestors and their lives as well as using Social History to write family histories through fleshing out the bones of information from our genealogical research.

For more information:click here

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Yellowstone Paint Pots

Another picture from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Paint Pots Yellowstone Park 1941

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Festival of Postcards Locomotion

Well for a person whose grandfather worked for the railroad here in Spokane, I was looking for a postcard with a locomotive on it preferably a big steam engine, but this is as close as I could get, a couple of boxcars on a dock at St. Petersburg, Florida in 1910. I found several postcards with buggies, and even a Thanksgiving card with two turkeys pulling a cart with two kids in the cart, but no locomotives.
Card says: On the A.C.L. Dock, St. Petersburg, Fla.

The back of this card says:
St. Potersburg Fla Mar. 2, 10 (1910)
Dear Claude
This is where we go fishing. They are catching lots of Mackrel out there now. Bert has gone fishing this forenoon. fish are very plenty here now.
With love Jennie.
Postmark St. Petersburg, Fla Mar 3, 1910. My dad was not quite 4 years old when he got this postcard, and soon his family would load up a boxcar with all their possessions and head for Columbus, Montana where my dad grew up.

Northern Pacific Depot, Billings, Mont. Columbus, Montana was on the NP tracks also, and later my grandfather ran the grain elevator that loaded grain into boxcars for shipping.

Back of this card says:
Say Claude
You will have to send to Montgomery for your wagon can't get one here.
No date or postmark, but it was addressed to Columbus, Montana, so after 1910 when they moved to Columbus.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Place Timeline

Hey there, genea-folks, it's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Do a Place Line. We're all familiar with Timelines - date, location, event, etc. I want you to create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents - your choice! In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events. Consider topics like residence, schools, churches, employment, etc.

Parents were living at 1641 E. Queen Ave, Spokane, WA when I was born in 1948, about a year and a half later they bought the house at 1611 E. Queen Ave so I lived there from 1949 to 1980, except for three years I lived at University Trailer Court in Pullman, Washington during the school year while I went to Washington State University, so 1968-1971. Pullman set a record the first winter I was there -33 degrees (no wind chill, but it was windy all the time in Pullman).
In 1980 my grandmother was moved to a nursing home and she had given me her house, so I moved in to take care of it and she never left the nursing home till she died in 1984. So 4903 N. Crestline St. Spokane, WA., 1980 to 2008 when my dad needed someone to stay with him, he died May 15, 2008. So from April 2008 to now back at 1611 E. Queen Ave, Spokane. Still cleaning out Crestline to get it ready to sell, but with the economy I am not in a real hurry.
In 1954 my parents bought a lake lot at Twin Lakes in Kootenai County Idaho, and pop and I built a cabin there. Still have that and spend as many weekends there as possible. Our cabin sure looks small next to the McMansions that are being built there today.

Education Whitman School, Spokane, WA from 1954 to 1960 two blocks from home, John Shaw Junior High 1960-1963 1.4 miles from home (if you lived 1.5 miles they bussed you to school), John Rogers High School 1963-1966 four blocks from home, Spokane Community College 1966-1967, Spokane Falls Community College 1967-1968, Washington State University 1968-1971.

Employment My mom did bookkeeping and income taxes, and I typed income taxes for her for years, and I helped out at a service station a few times, but my first real job was parking cars at Roosevelt Apartments Garage at 7th an Howard 1964-1968, then after college I went to work with my mom doing bookkeeping and income taxes, still doing that to today.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Yellowstone Moose

Another picture from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album, you might need a telescope to see the moose. :)

Yellowstone Park 1941

Monday, August 9, 2010

Nevada Bloomer, Spokane's Suffragette

In the June 2001 issue of the EWGS Bulletin I wrote an article to go along with the index of the 1887 Spokane County Territorial Census that was being published in the Bulletin. It took many issues to get all of the census published, and now the 1887 census is online at the Washington State Digital Archives. I had only indexed the name of the person and their age to go with the page number so I could copy the whole page when I looked up someone in the 1887 census, but the Digital Archives wanted more fields indexed, so today you can view an actual page online.

Why is this important? 2010 marks 100 years for women being able to vote in Washington, they actually had the vote a couple of times when Washington was a territory, but they lost the vote due to court actions, and this is a story on Nevada Bloomer who was one of the court cases the women lost. Washington was the 5th state to allow women to vote and so on November 8, 1910, women of Washington got to vote. Here is the article I wrote in 2001:

Nevada Bloomer, Spokane's Suffragette

Most of the ladies probably already know where the word “bloomers” came from. They were named after the Temperance and Womens Rights activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer. She was born 27 May 1818 in Homer, New York and died 30 December 1894 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She did a lot of speaking at Womens Rights rallies and she always wore her “Bloomer Costume” or “Bloomers” as they became known.
Spokane had its own woman suffragette named Bloomer, first name Nevada. I was asked by Professor Sandra F. VanBurkleo of Wayne State University to see if I could find anything about Nevada while she was living in Spokane, and where she is buried. In the 1887 Census No. 2, page 39 we find E.M. Bloomer, age 46 a saloon keeper. The next person listed appears to be “U.M. Bloomer, a female age 31; then two males, D.E. Bloomer age 8 and F. Bloomer age 5. Upon further searching, I realized the census taker made his “U's” and his “N's” almost exactly the same, so the 31 year old female should be “N.M. Bloomer,” undoubtedly E.M. Bloomer's wife Nevada.
Edward Montague Bloomer died 1 July 1917 and is buried in the Republic Cemetery in Ferry County. Nevada died in Seattle 23 July 1923, age 67, according to her death certificate #1569. It is not clear where she is buried, but it is not in Republic.
Woman Suffrage Declared Unconstitutional was the decision made in the Nevada Bloomer case on August 14, 1888 by the Washington Supreme Court. Nevada Boomer, wife of a Spokane saloon keeper, had lost the case where she was trying to get the right to vote for women. Suffragettes then raised $5000 to appeal the case, but Nevada refused to cooperate, so the case stood as originally decided.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Yellowstone Bears

More pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album, looks like bears drew a crowd even then.

These are bear pictures from August 1941


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