Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 WSGS Conference Day 1

Thursday September 16th I left Spokane heading for the WSGS Conference at Chehalis, Washington. I headed on I-90 almost to Ellensburg, then south towards Yakima and then on highway 12 which goes to I-5 just south of Chehalis, Washington. Highway 12 goes over White Pass and while the weather was pretty nice till we crossed White Pass coming down on the west side we were above the clouds and off in the distance was this snow covered mountain.

We stopped at the La Wis Wis Campground and stayed the night there. It was raining lightly that night, but by the morning it had quit.

If you look closely at the middle of this picture you will see a bridge and it was a narrow one lane bridge just slightly wider than our mini home.

This is the small creek that went under the bridge about 50 feet from where our mini home was parked.

September 17th we headed down the pass further and stayed at Lewis & Clark State Park. I had to be to the board meeting at 1 p.m. and was not sure where the Bethel Church was, so after dinner I headed for the church and attended the board meeting. We got a tour of the site for where the conference was to be held, and that church is huge. WSGS used 4 rooms and all were large and roomy. If you look closely down the hall in this picture you will see the room for the vendors. After the board meeting the board members and family got together at the Rib Eye Restaurant for a get together meal.
At 6:30 p.m. registration started and then at 7:15 p.m. Steven Morrison from the Olympia Genealogical Society and his topic was OUTLAW GENEALOGY, Finding the Outlaw in your Family. His outline contained the Story of the McCarty Gang and a book by Charles Kelly The Outlaw Trail A History of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. 1996. My sister Jacque noticed that right away as our grandfather was Charles R. Kelly, but he died in 1954 so could not have written this book. Steven is a very good teacher and his subject was very interesting and a good case study in finding missing ancestors.

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