Ever given a thought to street names in a housing subdivision?? There may be genealogy clues hiding there in plain sight.
Take this Oswald street sign. It’s my understanding that the developer can name the streets most anything he wants and he often picks name suitable to the history and goings-on in the community.
In 1912, Ethel and John Peter Oswald bought land west of Spokane and raised a family of five children there. A grandson still owns the original house….. which is one mile from where this sign was erected. Do the folks living along Oswald Street ever give a thought to where the name originates?
My daughter lived in Pullman on Itani Street. She was told that was the developer’s mother-in-law’s name.