Friday, January 30, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

A couple of days ago I wrote about the debate over Social Security. Today Leland Meitzler has an article on his blog about Ida Mae Fuller the person that got the first Social Security Check here

January 30, 1935
Predicts Defeat of Grange Bill,  Senator Ed Peirce of Spokane the Senate Pro Temp predicted  the Grange Blanket Primary law will be defeated in the upper chamber despite the fact  that it won in the house 86-11.
If Defeated it automatically is referred to voters in the 1936 general election.

Interesting how a review of police is different than from today.

Still working on Grand Coulee Dam

February 1, 1935
City Merchants Want Sales Tax Levied on Buyer.  Spokane Retail Merchants voiced their opposition to any sales tax that is not passed to the consumer.

Brilliant Sunrise Dazzles Spokane. Spokane residents who arose early got to see one of the most brilliant sunrise spectacles seen here in many years.
Precipitation totals of 2.06 inches for January was a 0.10 of an inch short of normal.

Working on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

January 29, 1935
Battle Against Time is on at Coulee Dam.  Construction of a cofferdam which must be completed before snow waters from the Canadian Rockies comes roaring down the river. Not alarmed yet but behind schedule on the cofferdam.

Alaskan Highway Project is Urged.  Representative Donald McDonald introduced a memorial in the state house requesting congress to cooperate with Canada on building a highway to Fairbanks Alaska.

The big snows of winter are creating a lot of damage as it melts.

January 30, 1935

Blanket Primary Bill is Approved by State House.  By a vote of 86 to 11 the House approved the Blanket Primary initiative. Goes to Senate and if the Senate refuses to pass it, then it automatically goes to the ballot.

Having Census problems?

"Freedom Webinar Series" from Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree "Freedom Webinar Series"
by Patricia Bayonne-Johnson
(Vice-President of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society)

To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the end of slavery, Legacy Family Tree has announced a series of four FREE webinars:

·         Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji, Friday, February 20, 2015

·     United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice  Alexander Bennett, Friday, April 24, 2015

·       Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier, Friday, July 31, 2015

·         Maps Tell Some of the Story for African Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji, September 25, 2015

FREE access is available through the end of January for three webinars from 2014:

·         When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji
·         Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research by Michael Hait
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Monday, January 26, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

January 28, 1935
Cost of Heating is Made Public:  Mason City the worlds first all electric city revealed the cost of heating a 3 or 4 bedroom house with electricity. Average for last month was $8 so for a year $54-$55.

Want State to Widen Heavily Traveled Roads, but how to pay for the work?
1. Keep the 5 cent gas tax  (Washington is 37.5 cents a gallon now)
2. Keep the $3 registration fee for all vehicles.
3. Put a 11 cent tax fuel tax on diesel fuel (up to now exempt from fuel tax)

The Dionne Quints are 8 months old today. They grew 6.5 inches in the last 30 days and gained 6 pounds 13 ounces. They get one half an egg yolk each day, and on alternate days either vegetable pulp or fruit pulp. They still get milk and cod liver oil each day and cereal in the evenings.

Cheney Savages Go on the Warpath. Cheney Normal Basketeers left Sunday for the coast. Playing four teams while gone. First the stars from Wenatachee  at Cashmere. Then the University of Washington Yearlings, Tuesday; Bellingham Normal, Thursday; and Ellensburg Normal, Saturday.

Great Northern Crews Gathering Ice for next Summer

Saturday, January 24, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

January 26, 1935
Dam Power Use Causes Debates.  Which comes first? Power use by industry or families using land irrigated by the water. Primary attention to the power use and potential markets for the power. On the other hand Pacific northwest must use the soil to create a use for the power.

Dionne Quints doing well at 8 months.

King George to be honored  at Silver Jubilee.

Still working on Grand Coulee Dam.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

January 25, 1935
Prediction is that Washington is "headed straight" for a general sales tax was made by  County Assessor H.L. Kingsland following his return from the state assessors convention in Tacoma.
Money to run the state is no where in sight. A new 40 mill bill shuts down real estate taxes and they have to turn to something else. Other suggestions  Requiring auto owners to pay personal tax when renewing their licenses (the excise tax). Abolishing the township form of government.

Melting snow and ice a problem

Another sale at the Crescent.

The Olympic skating team is forming for the 1936 Winter Olympics.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EWGS 80th Birthday 2015

January 23, 1935
Mayor Alarmed at Condition of City Pavements.  The mayor declared some of Spokane's paved streets are in worse shape for traffic than a plowed field. The mayor wants the legislature to give the cities a portion of the fuel tax. The cities have been getting a small portion of the fuel tax but it expires early this year. Cities are sponsoring a bill to get 25% of the fuel tax.

Nice looking Studebaker  Ambulance with doors on both sides for quick loading.

GAR Women Leaders Leave.  Mrs. Ruth Purdue, President of the Department of Washington and Alaska Ladies of the GAR, and Mrs. Maude McCoy past Department President have been in Spokane installing officers and visiting the Gettysburg and Appomattox Circles left for their homes in Seattle