Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EWGS Program Chair, Barbara Jolly, Promotes Networking

Follow the Trail of Networking at EWGS

Barb Jolly became aware of the importance of networking during EWGS social time when Jennifer Saunders, her neighbor in Ritzville and new EWGS member, asked if anyone else was having challenges with the MAC doing family history.  Barb asked Donna Phillips to help.  Donna introduced Jennifer to Bill Hire who was an expert on the MAC.  Jennifer found answers.

The following skit is a true story of what can happen if you network during EWGS social  time.  Statistically what happened is about a zillion to one---but it did!

Scene 1: Barb Jolly visits friend John Timm whose cancer has put him in Hospice.  She asks John what he knows of his family history.  Answer-"My best friend Barney Streeter & I have always called each other "Cousin"--Are we?"  Barb goes to work on John's family history.

Scene 2: Evelyn Wilhelmson, EWGS member, is asked by Jan Parr to research her family history.  While researching, they find they are related on the Herrick line.  Jan is also the daughter of Jackie Streeter from Ritzville.

Scene 3: Evelyn & Jan visit Ritzville Chamber of Commerce in search of the Streeter line.  Jennifer Saunders, EWGS member, is in charge of that office & sets in motion their search which results in Jan's attending Barney Streeter's funeral and the chance to meet her relatives on the Streeter side.

Scene 4: EWGS social time.  Jennifer Saunders meets up with Evelyn.  Jennifer remembers that Barb is researching the Timm/Streeter line & introduces Evelyn to Barb.

Scene 5: Barb arranges for John, Evelyn & Jan to meet on John's front porch in Paha, WA, where they discover that all 3 of them are related on the Herrick line.  They spend an enjoyable afternoon sharing stories of their family history. 

What are the odds of these 3 meeting and finding out they are related?  How are you spending your time at EWGS?  Do you have questions that might be answered by someone in the room?  Networking works!

Barb Jolly


Monday, August 11, 2014

Spokesman Review Has Great Spokane History Articles

Our very own newspaper, The Spokesman Review, carries weekly articles (complete with new-and-old photos) about the history of Spokane and the area. Stefanie Pettit compiles the Landmarks columns, and Margaret Cowles and Jesse Tinsley offer the Then And Now stories. Both are wonderful!

To me, these columns are a major reason to take the daily paper. I've clipped out the articles and have a nice folder of Spokane history............. after all, it was not other people's ancestors who made this history but was mine and hubby's and probably yours too.

While I cannot copy/paste the photos here for you, I can give you the link........... this one was especially interesting for it was the before-and-after pictures of our new Huntington Park, right alongside the river "under" the Monroe Street bridge:  http://www.spokesman.com/then-and-now/huntington-park/

Here are the links to the other historical offerings of The Spokesman Review:



Give these sites a looksee....... and consider subscribing to the paper so you can enjoy them weekly in the paper with your morning "cuppa."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Germans from Russia Heritage Society

"Everyone has a story. Is yours German Russian?" So begins a colorful brochure for the GRHS (Germans from Russia Heritage Society). I was honored to be a speaker last July 25 and 26 at the Davenport Hotel here in Spokane for their annual conference.

Did you know that there are two similar groups, the Volga Germans and the Black Sea Germans. The Volga area was settled by Germans accepting Catherine the Great's invitation in 1763 to come settle. The Black Sea groups came fifty-some years later but in greater numbers. I was told that there were 100 "mother colonies" around the Black Sea with 30-40 families in each colony, for a likely total of about 25,000 people. The membership of the GRHS is made up primarily of the descendants of the Black Sea Germans.

It was about 1900 when the Black Sea Germans began migrating to the United States. Here are maps of the principle settlements:

The folks attending this convention are lucky in a sense because they know the villages in the Black Sea area where their ancestors were for a century, and many even know the village back in Germany where they originated! Today, each village has a Co-Ordinator and there are published lists of surnames from each village.

At the conference, I met William Gary Schorzman who was vendoring his books and he donated a copy of all three books to the EWGS genealogy collection!  His books were:  The Schorzman Chronicles, one volume "featuring Christian and Christina Ulmer-Schorzman of Odessa, WA," and the second volume featuring "Jacob and Anna Christina Ulmer-Schorzman of Quincy, WA."

The third book author Gary Schorzman donated to EWGS was titled The Schorzmann's of Johannestal, Beresan, South Russia, Evangelical Lutheran Kirche.

All three of these books are huge, 350-400 pages! May I introduce you to the author; he's holding the Kirche book.

EWGS member Kent Aggers was there among folks from as far away as Florida. These folks are serious!

If you want more information on the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, with its headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota, visit their website:  www.grhs.org .  I understand that the 2015 conference will be in Bismarck.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cheers to the Library Volunteers

This is a copy of the Cheers article in the Inlander newspaper July 24, 2014 page 60, thanking Eastern Washington Genealogical Society library helpers by the Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project. They are putting a memorial in the sidewalk close to where each Spokane Firefighter died. I know the volunteers will appreciate the thanks.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Unusual Burial...... In An Oak Tree

"Within this oak, planted three centuries ago in the original Magnolia Plantation garden by his ancestor, Thomas Drayton, Jr., of Barbados, are interred the remains of

John Drayton Hastie,  July 22, 1917-Dec. 16, 2002

Whose later life was devoted to continuing the horticultural efforts of eight generations of family predecessors, and to transforming their springtime garden into one of beauty for all seasons." 

Last May when I visited Charleston, South Carolina, I visited the magnificent gardens nearby. In Magnolia Gardens, I spotted this and thought it was a most unusual burying place and photographed it to share with you. I would guess that in time, the hole in the trunk of this oak will close around the memorial plaque and box of John Drayton Hastie. Personally, I like the idea of living forever in a tree. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Spokane's Earliest Monroe Street Bridge

No one of you better own up to remembering this Monroe Street bridge over the Spokane River! This "rickety wooden affair" was erected in 1889 and burned down in 1890 to be replaced by a steel bridge. Click to www.historylink.org and then "Monroe Street Bridges" to read a great article all about our several bridges that crossed the Spokane River below the falls on Monroe Street.

The back of this undated postcard reads:  "This city is located on the Spokane River, which plunges through the center of the town in a series of three cascades, falling 132 feet in a quarter of a mile, and in one and a quarter miles 150 feet. The climate in this sheltered valley gives cool summers and mild winters. The business part of the city is along the lower stretch of the river, where the great water power of the fall is turned."

What buildings from this postcard image do you recognize?  I see the courthouse and the flour mill is all. Look how empty the city is on the horizon!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Remember this Carnegie Library?

I came upon this old postcard in a junque shop in Virginia and boy, did it bring back memories. This Carnegie Library was built in 1905 and is near Browne's Addition. Today it is tree shaded and  houses legal offices. Does anybody but me remember it as a library?

In 1956 I attended 8th grade in Browne's Addition elementary school just a hoot and holler west of this library. The 2-story school is no longer there but the gym part of the building is still there and faces a parking lot. In 1956 I was having much dental work done and once a week or so would walk downtown to the Paulsen Building where I would sit in the chair facing out onto the clock tower of the old railroad station while Dr. Stone (still remember his name!) put a horrid black rubber dam on my mouth and worked on my teeth. Living in Air Force housing on Fort George Wright as we did at the time, Mom would come fetch me after my dental appointment.

Sometimes I got to go after school to this library and mom would fetch me from there. It was glorious. I don't remember a single thing exactly about the library except that it smelled good, like books should, I guess.

Would love to hear from anybody who attended Browne Elementary and visited this Carnegie Library back in the day.