Thursday, December 6, 2018
Hi! This is a resend of this morning's post.
Many thanks to an alert, careful reader for letting me know that I mistyped the year 1925 instead of 1825 in two places in the blog.
The first mistype was in the second paragraph second sentence; the second mistype was in the last source in the footnotes. I have corrected both of the dates below. I also added another source that I used.
The mistypes are confusing to the reader, so I decided I should send out this post notifying you of the correct year.
Colville’s first school was a hand-hewn log building and is located at the Keller Historical Center that is
“the home of the Stevens County Historical Society Museum. The Keller House, also includes a machinery museum, a home-stead cabin, and a Forest Service fire lookout are among the many buildings on display on over seven acres of a pristine park-like setting.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
· April 15, 1888- Spokane’s first streetcar by Spokane Street Railway was horse-drawn were the first developed; their route was Riverside Avenue to Brown’s Addition. Cons: messy streets from the horses.
· June 1888– Spokane’s first cable car line (not a streetcar or trolley)—Spokane Cable Car Company--had one route heading toward Fort Wright, and another route heading up toward a new South Hill development called Cable Addition. This company built the first Monroe Street Bridge for its cable line. Cons: Very expensive. Streets had to be dug up to lay cable. When the cable went out, every car stopped.
· November 1888– Spokane’s first steam-powered line by Spokane and Montrose began operation on the South Hill. The streetcars were called Steam Dummies. The Montrose reference was to an undeveloped potential park to be called Montrose Park but was eventually developed and became Manito Park. Cons: Noisy, frightened horses, blew soot over pedestrians, had to build up a head of steam before could move trolley.
· 1889– The first electric trolley line begins in the East Central area.
· 1889– The horse-drawn lines immediately begin changing over to electricity.
· 1891– The remaining horse-drawn lines complete conversion to electricity.
· 1892– The steam-powered lines convert to electricity.
· 1894– The last cable car line ceases operation; its route is taken over by electric trolley
The price to ride any trolley was five cents which back then was a large amount of money. An ad for the new electric streetcars read:
"Imagine speeding down the street at the amazing speed of ten miles per hour. Gliding up hills effortlessly and traveling in style to all the corners of Spokane Falls for only a nickel."
These days we may not think that ten miles per hour is very fast, but when that ad was written it was pretty fast!
By 1915, the trolley era was already declining. Cars were more common. By the 1920s buses were becoming the new public transportation—they were faster and cheaper. Spokane’s trolley lines consolidated in 1922 renamed to Spokane United Railways; by 1933, they saw the future in buses and began to convert; the conversion to buses was completed in three years.
On August 23, 1936, all of the trolleys were burned in a huge bonfire!
Sources: Spokane History Timeline, Trolleys, Streetcars and Steam Dummies – 1888, Spokesman Review article, “Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley…Spokane’s Electric Trolley’s Helped Shape the City and Became Its Lifeline At the Turn of Century, May 21, 1995
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
· April 30, 1886, Mother Joseph left Vancouver, Washington, for Spokane, WA.
· July 2, 1886, Blessing of the Cornerstone and naming of hospital.
· January 15, 1887, First patient is admitted
· January 27, 1887, Sacred Heart Hospital officially opens.
· February 14, 1887, The county awards the Sisters a contract to care for the poor.
Contract rate is $1 per day.
· 1888, 579 total patients seen.
· 1889, Additional wing opens.
· 1893, The first operating table arrives, quickly followed by two more additions to
accommodate three operations per day.
· 1892, Electric lights replace oil lamps.
· 1893, First obstetrical patient delivers a baby at Sacred Heart.
· 1898, Nurses Training School opens—first in Spokane and second in the state.
· 1899, Doctors pay $375 for the first X-ray machine.
· 1900, First class of nurses graduate from the School of Nursing.
Sources: Donna Potter Phillips, Providence Health Care Heartbeat Magazine Summer 2016, Wikipedia
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Just a quick reminder, for any EWGS members that are interested, Family History Fanatics is conducting an online DNA eWorkshop: After the Test the evenings of Nov 29, Dec 6, and Dec 13. Participants will learn about what they can do with their DNA results after the test and how to start using this powerful genealogical tool. Six hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price is $24.99 through November 18th and $29.99 thereafter. More details and registration can be found at: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/dnaworkshop. Feel free to let any of your friends or family know about this workshop.
Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
Monday, November 5, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Seminar with Dave Obee on Canadian Genealogy is scheduled at Saturday morning (registration 8:30-9:00 am). The location has changed due to unforeseen conflicts. The all day seminar will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 8441 N Indian Trail Road in Spokane. There is plenty of parking available at this location when you arrive.
Lunch will be included for everyone who has registered. A mixed group of sandwiches has been ordered for you that registered after the October 15 cut off for the free lunch. So we all will receive "free lunch" for this event.
To emphasize. . . the Saturday seminar on Canadian Genealogy is being held at the announced time but the place has changed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 8441 N Indian Trail Road. I for one am really looking forward to learning from Mr. Obee and we hope everyone finds us at the new location.
EWGS Web Manager
SPOTLIGHT ON THE SPOKANE REGION
Spokane's Spooky, Scary 1,000 Steps!
Have you heard of the Haunted Stairs or the Thousand Steps? I first heard of the story way back in high school. My girlfriend drove me by the Greenwood Cemetery—she didn’t know why it was called the thousand steps—just that it was spooky scary!
When I saw this article in the Spokane Historical app, I just had to read it!
There are at least four tales about the stairs but the one I like the most is that many people believe that ghosts guard the staircase stopping people from reaching the top! Some claim to feel/see ghostly entities while walking at night through the cemetery, up the stairs. Another article in Google, Atlas Obscura, writes that the steps are called thousand steps because no one can ever make it to the top! If you walk the steps in the dark and do get to the top, it is said that you will see men, women, and children and will hear their shrieks!
I don’t know how many steps there actually are, but I’m not about the try to go and count them— they are on private property and the steps are in disrepair!
Source: Spokane Historical app; Atlas Obscura article in Google