If you look closely at the page above you will see a line across near the middle of each column. The top of each column has a number: the left column has a 1, the right column has a 3, while below the lines are the numbers 2 and 4. Those numbers correspond to the four pages added between each city directory page. Page 1 shows postal forwarding addresses in the section labeled 1, page 2 shows postal forwarding addresses from the section labeled 2, etc.
On page 1 the first two entries are:
- Freer Dr. F.N. 126 1/2 Howard date 3-22
- Freeman Selva Toppinish, Wn G.D. (General Delivery) 4-5 and 4-8
On page 2, Mrs. Jake Frei moved 5 times: first on September 14, second on October 18, third on December 8, fourth on January 23 and finally to Julietta, Idaho, Route 1 on March 12. Now how can that be? Well the city directories came out early in the year and it took someone a while to take apart the city directories and then add pages and rebind, so we are pretty sure those last two dates would actually be 1912 instead of 1911.
Note page 3 contains five ladies. The 1913 Spokane city directory was the first to list the wives. Although a few ladies were listed in the city directories before 1913, most ladies were not listed at all. These forwarding address pages are a great resource for finding female ancestors!
Notice how the surname French was divided by the line so some are on page 3 and some on page 4. This page also lists some RFD (Rural Free Delivery) addresses; usually not many RFD addresses are in a city directory!
About 10 years ago, I got a query from a gentleman looking for his grandparents. He found them in one Spokane census but not in the next, so he figured they died between censuses and was looking for their obituaries. I could not find them in the Washington Death Index so I checked the postal forwarding books, and found that they had moved to a little town about five miles from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. A few weeks later I got a big thank-you letter; that town had put the cemetery list online and his grandparents were there in that cemetery. Without these postal forwarding books they may never have found his grandparents' burial place.