Last May, I found this postcard way back in an antique mall in Verona, Virginia. Of course I had to have it! There is nothing to date it (was no message on the back), so I went to our Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral website, and to the "History" tab, and found this:
"In August of 1881, Jesuit Father Joseph Cataldo converted a carpenter's shop into the Church of St. Joseph, the first Catholic church in the Spokane Township. Like the smallest of seeds, the mustard seed, the Catholic faith here had humble beginnings. Only five people attended the first Mass in that wooden shed which measured just fifteen by twenty-two feet.
Soon the seed sprouted and found sustenance in this soil. Five years later, a large brick church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes replaced the original structure, and a school opened under the direction of the Sisters of the Holy Names. The seedling's continued growth required an even more significant move. The cornerstone for the present church was laid in 1903. In 1906, the new school was completed. In 1913, this mustard seed became what the Gospels celebrate as the "largest of plants," when Our Lady of Lourdes became the Cathedral for the newly created Diocese of Spokane."
I would guess that this postcard image dates back to about 1906? Do any of our EWGS members have stories about their ancestors attending this church?? I'll bet many of them did and over many years.
In honor of Washington's Quasquicentennial
Celebration (WA 125), this year's
theme is 125 Years of Making
History. Our regional branches are hard at work, promoting all
things Archives, so check out what's happening at a branch near you in the
18th - History Day
Fall Workshop for Teachers, 9:00 a.m. - Noon -- in conjunction with the
WWU Libraries Heritage
Resources, Center for the Pacific Northwest Studies and the Washington State Historical
Society 25th - Archives Building Open House,
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- in conjunction with WWU's Fall Family Open
House 28th - Basics of Personal Digital Archiving
Workshop, 4:00-5:00 p.m. -- in conjunction with the
Common Core Tools for Teachers: The History Day Connection,
9:00 a.m. - Noon, Mt. Spokane High School, Meade -- in conjunction with the Washington State Historical
Society - 3 Clock Hours Provided free of charge!
- Information/Resource Table--Educator Night at the
Museum--LeMay Auto Museum in Tacoma, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 4th
- History Day Fall Teacher's Workshops, 9:00 a.m. - Noon and
1:30-4:30 p.m., University of Washington Libraries, Seattle
18th - Basics of
Historic Research, 9:00 a.m - Noon,
The Basics of Historical Research is for teachers, students, beginning
genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You'll get practical
advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information you will need to
investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class
project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History
Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), Common Core learning standards, or
personal historical interest. This class will cover:
What primary sources are--and aren't
What historical sources are--and how to use them
How to use the library system
How to use archival collections
How to find and use reliable online resources
How to properly cite your sources
How to use information from different sources
Common Core Tools for Teachers: The History Day Connection, 9:00 a.m. -
Noon, Suquamish Museum -- In
conjunction with the Washington State Historical Society - 3 Clock Hours
provided free of
Join us at the State
Archives in Olympia to celebrate Archives Month with a series of brown bag lunch
sessions on Thursdays in October! These sessions will feature records in our
collections that may help you with your genealogical or historical
Contact the Southwest
Regional Archives for more information.
Penitentiary Records--Learn about what types of records may be
found with an inmate number from the Digital Archives 9th -
Brick Wall Session with the State Archivist--are you working on
a genealogy project and have hit a brick wall? Come in and talk to Steve
Excell, our State Archivist, to get some hints and
tips! 16th - Vital Records--Learn about
what vital records are available at the State Archives and how to use them to
find additional records. 23rd - Land and Property
Research--Learn about how to research a property's history with records
from the Archives. 30th - Linda
Hazzard--Come and learn about this self-proclaimed holistic healer and
her subsequent murder charge from the turn of the century. Just in time for
- The Eastern Regional Branch and Digital Archives are planning a
Saturday Open House Event, with tours and presentations on how
to use the Digital Archives, what's new on the DA, and how to access the Eastern
Regional Archives records. Details to follow, but it will likely be held from
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.
The focus will be on the
Expo '74 slides and records in the collection, as it has been 40 years since
that landscape-changing event took place in Spokane!
Central Regional Branch to host Volunteer Recognition
Each year, the Office of the Secretary of State hosts a recognition event
to thank volunteers. This year, on October 7, we'll be in Ellensburg at the
Western V.I.P. Room at the Kittitas County Events
Center. As part of this exciting day, the Central Regional
Branch will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes
October 7, 9:00-10:00 a.m. (PDT) -- Presented by Tracy
Rebstock and Lori Larson
Designed for staff of libraries in Washington,
this free web presentation lets attendees share their skills
and successes, while learning about new topics. Join Legacy Washington and the
Archives as they educate us about our history, and how to locate and
access the historical resources available through these two sources.
Miriam Robbins, an eager-beaver EWGS member, is again offering classes to us through the Act 2 (Community Colleges of Spokane) program for seniors. Here's what she's offering in October:
"Whether you are a beginner of have already started exploring your family tree, learn to use online genealogy resources for research. Discover tricks and frugal tips to expand your research and stretch your budget. A working knowledge of the computer and Internet is required. All classes are held at the Magnuson Building, 2917 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Room 148."
Online Vital Records - M200 - 7 Oct - 6:30-8:30 - Cost $8
Online Obituaries & Cemetery Records - M201 - 14 Oct - 6:30-8:30 - Cost $8
Online Census Records - M202 - 21 Oct - 6:30-8:30 - Cost $8
Organizing & Preserving Your Genealogy - M203 - 28 Oct - 6:30-8:30 - Cost $8
Finding Your Canadian Ancestors Using Online Records - M204 - 4 Nov - 6:30-8:30 - Cost $8
Find more information and register at www.sccel.spokane.edu/ACT2 or call 509-279-6030.
Miriam is a knowledgeable and energetic teacher of genealogy subjects and just completed the course to become a Certified Genealogist; you will enjoy and learn from her classes.
On Monday evening, September 8th, eleven EWGS members gathered at the KSPS-Public TV station on South Regal to take pledge calls for PBS and to enjoy each other's company for the evening.
Cheryl Beck is our "great leader" who coordinates all the arrangements between EWGS and KSPS.
Here is our official KSPS station group photo. Don't we look good in our EWGS vests?
One of the programs airing that evening was a remembering music of the 1950s and 1960s. I polled the group asking their favorite singer: Cheryl-Paul Anka; Dani Lee- Tennessee Ernie Ford; Janette-Ricky Nelson; Pat-"too many to say!"; Tony-Roy Orbison; Jeanne- "too many to say!"'; Dianne-Everly Brothers; Evelyn-Elvis; Doug-Kingston Trio; Oweta-"too many to say!" I would have to say that my favorite singer is from the 1970s: John Denver.
We enjoyed a fun evening and I'm sure did a good job for our public TV station. I hope when Cheryl Beck puts out a call for volunteers for the next pledge-call-taking-event that you will want to join the group.
When my father died in 1973, I found
in his belongings an old sepia-colored photograph of a stark desert
setting. The most conspicuous features were a pair of low hills,
distinctive mainly because the surrounding area was so flat.
My father grew up in the
northwestern corner of the Texas Panhandle, just across the state line
Clayton, New Mexico. Nothing on or with the picture indicated where it was
taken, but I suspected it was in the vicinity of Clayton, an area which Dad
A year ago, I found myself driving
through that area. I’d spent a couple of days poring over records at the
Dalham County Courthouse. I’d also located my great-great-grandparents’
graves at the Texline, Texas, Cemetery. After all that searching, my wife and I
were headed west, out of Texas, and braced for a full day’s drive to Salt Lake
Then something caught my attention.
The unwavering horizon had a slight deviation after all. The closer we got to
Clayton, the more clearly a couple of mounds stood out, making a memory
flash appear in my mind of that old photo of my Dad’s. When the hills were
close enough to register a strong match with the image in my head, I pulled
over and took a picture.
Back home in Spokane, I dug out
Dad’s photo and verified that I had located the same place. A little time with
Google filled in some blanks. The early Spaniards called the two
hills Orejas de Conejos, or Rabbit Ear, and when the Santa Fe Trail
became a significant route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New
Mexico, the Rabbit Ear was a landmark that alerted wagon trains to a
surprisingly good supply of water, food and grass.
In the 1920s, my father and his
family pushed on to the Pacific Northwest with its towering mountains, so
different from the flat monotony of the Great Plains. Dazzled as he was by the
Cascades, my father found enough meaning in his memories of the Rabbit Ear that
he held onto that photo the rest of his life. I probably will too.
Probably one of the best reasons for joining a genealogical society
is the people you meet, and the volunteers that help run the society are
the best. So I was glad when EWGS nominated Lola McCreary for the
Volunteer award that WSGS gives out at their annual meeting. Sadly Lola
did not attend this years meeting so here she is receiving her award
from WSGS vice president Donna Potter-Phillips.
There was a goodly September crowd that turned out for the 6 September 2014 EWGS meeting. Speaker Ann Corwine explained her Family Heritage classes (offered through the local college's seniors program, Act 2) and gave tips and how-tos for preserving our family histories.
Several new EWGS members and many visitors were introduced and committee chairs gave reports on their groups' activities. EWGS is a triving, growing, most worthwhile group!
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In the September- October 2014 issue of Nostalgia Magazine pages 18 and 19 is the article titled: Early Spokane History Marker Installed at the First Intersection in Spokane. It tells about installing this marker in Riverfront Park just east of the Rotary Fountain:
Here is a close up of the city hall that was built here in 1894 and torn down in 1913 to build the Union Pacific Railroad depot.
They also have a picture that shows what this spot looked like from across the river about 1900.
Another view from across the river.
The dedication picture in the magazine included 4 persons: Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, Chuck King and EWGS member Doris Woodward.