The hard-working members of the OBIT committee have now been working for a year to create a database of where to find a specific obit from the Spokane papers since day one.
Above are Jeanne Coe, Sonji Rutan, Donna Phillips, Lynn Krogh, Duane Beck, PJ Farrance-Rabel, Sandi Gaffney, Patricia Flint, Lynda Keenan and Charles Hansen.
This photo shows a huge step toward completion of the project. Thousands of obits have been clipped from newspapers and glued onto cardstock and then alphabetized in archival boxes down at the MAC. The upright cards indicate those needing indexing. (Sandi is The Queen here; she's indexed hundreds of names/obits already!) Goal is to have a Guide To Finding Spokane Area Obits on the EWGS website soon.................. interested in helping? Contact Donna.
In your family stories, do you have any mention of how your ancestors might have marked Halloween? Or is this just a 20th Century Wall Street phenomenon? Did they at least maybe carve a pumpkin? (Or were pumpkins FOOD in days of yore?)
Have you a carved squash on your front porch yet? Know when/where that custom originated? Thanks to Wikipedia, here's the answer: It is believed that the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Hallowe'en time beganin Ireland. In the 19th century, "turnips or mangel wurzels, were hollowed out to act as lanterns and oftencarvedwith grotesque faces," were used on Halloween in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.