Monday, March 2, 2015

EWGS Bits & Pieces

Don't miss out! Do come to our meeting next Saturday. Jim & Debbie Johnson are bringing a truck load of genealogy books for sale and Jim will give two presentations to us. Gonna be a great day.

Saturday, March 7
Spring Meeting: Find your Research Tools
9:00 am to 4:00 pm  //  Check in time is 8:30
Country Homes Christian Church, 8514 N. Wall, Spokane, WA
Heritage Quest Research Library Day  at the Country Homes Christian Church.  There will be book sales and two great presentations by Jim Johnson of the Heritage Quest Research Library in Sumner, WA.  Jim and Debbie will bring their huge book sales shop. Program details are in the attached flyer.
Cost: $5.00  Non-members are always welcome!  Same price as members.

POTLUCK:  Please bring a potluck dish for this meeting.  Members whose last name begins with:
Appetizers and Salads: Q-Z         
Entrees: I - P           
Desserts: A-H


Those who do not subscribe to our newspaper, the Spokesman Review, are missing out on all the great articles about Spokane history. 

Jesse Tinsley has a regular "Then and Now" feature. This week's bit was about the Red Cross "Sacrifice Shop," which opened in 1918 in downtown Spokane and was manned by the local Red Cross chapter. Jesse always includes old photos in his posts and they are always so fun to see. The site where this building was in now home to the Washington Trust Bank.

Stefanie Petit pens a "Landmarks" column. These are bits and pictures of the history of a place in Spokane. Stefanie travels all over the county to find the stories to share with us. 

To me these features alone are worth the subscription price.


Also in today's paper was a photo of the world's longest-married couple. Duranord and Jeanne Veillard have been married for 82 years. This year he turns 108 and she is 105; they live in Spring Valley, New York.  Google it to see their photo. And you thought you had been married a long time. 


We know much about the black-slavery issue in the mid-1900s in the U.S. But white slavery? I was reading The Great Wagon Road by Parke Rouse, Jr. 2001. This road ran from Philadelphia down into the south. In the chapter on the Scots-Irish he wrote, "A Philadelphian in 1732 described (the ordeal of the Scots-Irish immigrant voyage):  'One of the vessels was seventeen weeks on the way and about sixty of its passengers died at sea. All the survivors are sick and feeble, and what is worst, poor and without means; hence, in a community like this where money is scarce, they are a burden, and every day there are deaths among them....When one is without the money, his only resource is to sell himself for a term from three to eight years or more, and to serve as a slave. Nothing but a poor suit of clothes is received when his time has expired. Families endure a great trial when they wee the father purchased by one master, the mother by another, and each of the children by another. All this for the money only that they owe the Captain.'" 


Do you realize that there is a contest going on with big prizes? For every issue of our Digital Digest that is published in 2015 there is a contest to Find The Hidden Acorn. First one to spot this little nut, and emails its location, wins a prize!  Details to be announced in the Digest itself. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?


I've recently come upon two parallel quotes which I think are right on:

Curt Witcher:  “I will vehemently but not violently disagree with you.”

Dallin H. Oaks:  “We may disagree but we may not be disagreeable.” 

Good sound advice for anybody.


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