Monday, October 31, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy Elementary School

Week #44 – Elementary School

Week 44. Elementary School. Describe your grammar/elementary school (or schools). Were they big or small? Are any of these schools still in existence today? If so, how have they changed since you went there?

Above is a picture of Whitman School (named for Marcus Whitman an early missionary in Washington State) I went to Whitman for 6 grades in the 1950s, when I started at Whitman as a first grader Whitman actually had 8 grades, but when I started the 6th grade Shaw Junior High opened and they removed 7th and 8th grade from Whitman and several other elementary schools in the north east part of Spokane, Washington. Notice I said I started as a first grader, as the school district had eliminated kinder gardens when I was five years old, due to lack of space and teachers. I did go to kinder garden at the Christian Church on Wellesley and Post.
The low addition on the right of the photo was the library; just left of the stairs was the wood shop, and the next class was home economics. If you can see the last classroom on the left on the third floor, in 6h grade I had a reading class there, but right outside of those windows was an air raid siren just at the same level as the third floor classroom. Hard to read when the siren went off every week.
Whitman was the largest elementary school in the Spokane schools when I was there, about 900 kids even after they removed the 7th and 8th grades.

In 1981 the Whitman School I went to was demolished as they had built a new Whitman School. The big hole in the building was actually where my first grade class was located. Next left was the boiler room. The old building had been condemned by the fire department as a fire hazard, but as you see in the photos it was a concrete building with a brick skin on the outside, not really burnable, but the old building had originally built with forced air heat to each room from the boiler room and the fire department was worried if a fire got started in the boiler room those forced air ducts would carry the smoke to every room in the building. Each class room only had two outlets also, and that was getting to be a hazard for all the extension cords.

When I started at Whitman they had portables all around the paved playground, but during the middle of first grade they built what we called the annex, west of the gym and it was one long building with I think 14 classrooms. I was in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in the annex, but by the 5th grade they needed more space so 5 portables were added north of the annex and all the 5th grades were in the portables. Sixth grade was back in the old building.
The picture above was when they were tearing the annex apart, each classroom was separated and sold, many were made into houses in the neighborhood. The cement building with the red around the top is the gym of the new Whitman school.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Night Fun #2,482,867,434

It's Saturday Night again -- and time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

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

1) Use the Population Counter on the BBC News website to determine your place in the current world population, and your place in all of history (of course, these are estimates...see the website for how they calculated this). Enter your birth date into the fields and click on "Go."

Well I am number 2,482,867,434 and the 75,499,742,715th person born on the planet.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Palisades Float

1946 Apple Blossom Parade, Palisades Float, in Wenatchee, Washington

Sunday, October 23, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy Worst School Subject

Week #43 – Worst School Subject

Week 43. Worst School Subject. What was your worst or least favorite subject in school and why?

Well English was always a struggle for me, but I think the Worst School Subject was PE (Physical Education). Starting about 3rd grade I slowed in my growing, so by the 5th grade I was usually the smallest student in any class. When I started high school as a sophomore (junior high had 9th grade then), I was 4 foot tall and 100 pounds. In the fall, PE started out as football, and if you have ever watched football on TV you seldom see a small person playing football. Next came basketball, and while I was a good basketball shooter, most of my shots were blocked by much taller classmates. I did come in second in a free throw contest, the winner was nearly as small as I was. Wrestling was a good class as I got to compete against kids nearly my own size.
Late in my junior year at high school I started catching up size wise, and after a year in college I finally got my full growth, but still do not really like football or basketball much, do root for the local teams though.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2011 Hayden Lake Family History Seminar

Saturday October 22, 2011 was the 2011 Hayden Lake Family History Seminar at the Hayden Lake LDS Church on W. Hanley in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This was the first time I have made it to this seminar, seems like I was always pretty busy outside in the garden when they scheduled this seminar, but this year it was raining on the scheduled day, so being in a nice warm and dry building was a plus.
I went to the first session on RootsMagic by Margie Stein Beldin an EWGS member and that class was packed, only problem with that class was it ended way too soon. Margie is an excellent speaker.
The next session I went to was Finding your Ancestors in Historical Newspapers by Miriam Robbins another EWGS member.. Miriam has been working on a website of Online Historical Newspapers for quite a while so she is an expert on online newspapers.
Next was lunch and a free one at that, a long row of crockpots filled with soups of every description, fresh baked rolls and salads.
After lunch was a session on the Family Search Wiki by Connie L. Godak (the seminar chairman). That room was pretty full also and she gave a lot of information on what you can find on the Family Search Wiki, and an offer to submit something to the wiki.
The next session was Scotology: Scottish History & Ancestry by Sandy Doutre. Sandy is a real expert on Scotland and Scottish research, so another good session.
The last session was a webinar by Lisa Louise Cooke on the Ultimate Google Search Strategies. Interesting seminar I have never been to a webinar before.
When the seminar was done we left the building into the bright sun, I thought the rain was over, but we had several more thunder and rain storms starting about dark.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Cashmere Float

This picture was taken in 1946 in Wenatchee, Washington during the Apple Blossom Parade.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy Favorite School Subject

Week #42 – Favorite School Subject

Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject?

Well I liked History and Science, but my favorite school subject was math. I guess I liked it as numbers came easy for me. Was it my best subject, yes I guess it was, but history and science were close behind.

Monday, October 10, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy Favorite Teacher

Week #41 – Teachers

Week 41. Teachers. Did you have a favorite teacher when you were growing up? What class(es) did this person teach and why did he/she make an impact on your life?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 8, 2011 through Friday, October 14, 2011

While I had many teachers in my twelve grades, I don't remember any of the early ones making an impact on me. Mr. Migaki in junior high was a great teacher even though a little unconventional at times, but Mr. Mabbott who taught US History in high school was the teacher that made the most impact on me. I was a good student that really did not apply myself a lot in school. Mr. Mabbott was the kind of teacher that really got the best out of everyone. His teaching did not require us to memorize dates, he said you will remember all the important dates, and if you need any other dates you will know where to look them up.
Towards the end of the school year there was a test of all the US History students to pick the top four for an interview with a local historical group. I did not remember the name, but now that I think about it, I think was one of the local DAR groups. Turned out there was eight of us picked, we scored so close that they could not pick the top four. Interesting interview and as a shy person I thought I did well, but they only picked one for the prize, Steve Jones. The rest of us just got honorable mention. Although there was at least three US History teachers, five of the eight came from Mr. Mabbott's classes. My love of history started there and it has served me well as a genealogist.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Statistics

Hey genea-philes - it's Saturday Night! Time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1) If you have your family tree research in a Genealogy Management Program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database (hint: the Help button is your friend!).

I use Ancestral Quest 12 for my genealogy program. Took a while to find the stats, but I did find them.

Individuals 2065
Marriages 791
Scrapbook 305
Notes 4142 (Note I put all my sources and citations in my notes)
Repositories 0
Sources 0 (see note above)
Citations 0 (see note above)
To Do Items 2
GUID Records 2856

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Matrilineal Line

Hey genealogy buffs - it's Saturday Night again -- time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

Charles Hansen
Margaret Kelly 1914-1994 married Claude Hansen 1906-2008
Cleo Travis 1890-1984 married Charles R. Kelly 1890-1954
Dona Vanderpool 1873-1900 married Orville Travis 1864-1948
Margaret Loe 1837-abt 1901 married Joseph Vanderpool abt 1831-1929
Kessiah Brannam b abt 1810 married John Loe abt 1799-1865


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