NE Washington Genealogical Society Civil War Headstone Dedication

Evergreen Cemetery

Headstone Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, July 1, 2017

1:00 PM

(Located on Aladdin Road about 1 mile north of Highway 20)

Honoring four American Civil War veterans whose burial locations are unknown

Genealogy can sometimes produce a great “who dunnit.” Stevens County auditor’s records have been an indexing/scanning project of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society for many years. Over the winter of 2015, a couple of shining stars emerged that had been waiting for us to find.

Amongst the neat little boxes tied with cotton string was a letter to the Stevens County Commissioners asking them to appropriate funds and issue a warrant to D. J. Zent for a burial plot at Evergreen Cemetery for all old veterans (dated April 13, 1899, Colville, Washington). He states: “As a veteran of the late war I with others have had the care during the sickness and death of George B. Williams an ex-soldier of the Civil War and a member of the 12th Michigan Cavalry – and after his death I contracted for a lot in the cemetery near Colville known as the Evergreen Cemetery agreeing to pay therefore – The lot contains room for 20 graves – and the price to be paid is ten ($10) dollars.”

Further research shows the commissioners approved the appropriation and issued a warrant at the next Commissioners meeting in April, 1899, thereby the County owned the plot for old soldiers to be buried in. Evergreen Cemetery has many unmarked graves but George B. Williams was not listed in our enumeration of the interments. After 18 months of extensive research, we are no closer to identifying George B. Williams other than to say he served and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery. The research also unearthed three other men who are Civil War Veterans with grave sites of unknown location. These veterans are William Aldridge, Dennis Huntley, Jr and James (Benjamin) Moore.

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 a memorial dedication ceremony honoring these veterans will begin at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Cemetery located on Aladdin Road about 1 mile north of Highway 20. Included in the program is Gordy Struve (Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War) emcee, Boy Scout Troop #921 presenting the colors, Pastor Dave McCue (Colville Community Church) offering the blessings, Colville High School trumpeters playing “Taps” and NeWGS members Gary Sheehan, Lora Rose and Jim Witham laying wreaths and a rose. Also attending is Major Gary Michie and his reenactors of the Washington Civil War Association displaying artillery. The community is invited to attend.

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21 June 2017

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We Still Need Everyone’s Help in this Ongoing Search!!

Click HERE for the latest and greatest as far as the updates we’re getting in on this community-based effort. We don’t want ANYONE’s research time or efforts wasted. Check HERE to make sure you’re not duplicating your efforts!
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GFO’s June 2017 Star – Jackie Olson

Jackie Olson stepped up to help several years ago when the previous Forum Insider editor resigned. She consistently produces an attractive publication filled with interesting content. The Insider’s publication timeline is tight, and many times she receives information at the last minute, and she is always adaptable to making last minute adjustments to the publication before printing. She attends the Board of Director’s meetings in order to become aware of current information so she can keep our readers informed.
Thanks, Jackie!!
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Wow! It’s Portland in the 40’s!!

The Oregonian/OregonLive is producing a book focused on Portland in the 1940s.

Portland Memories II: The War Years will feature nostalgic images of Portland including street scenes, education, celebrations, and commerce and will also showcase Portland’s role in the war effort as well as the rise and fall of Vanport.

You are being asked to participate. If you have photos that meet our guidelines, please bring them to one of the planned scanning sessions. For guidelines and scanning schedule click HERE.
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How do you Save Memories? A Historic Preservation Conversation – Gresham City Hall

Memories surround us in the historic landmarks and architecture of Gresham’s houses and buildings.

Reflecting back, moving forward

Hear about Gresham’s historic places and local projects, what Oregonians are saying about historic properties, and what’s happening around the state.

Includes open panel discussion, short lectures, refreshments and raffle.

Hosted by the City’s Historic Resources Subcommittee. The GFO will be on the agenda as part of the panel discussion for this event! Come out and learn all about preserving the landscapes we live in.
This event is open to the general public including students, seniors, professionals, organizations and agencies.
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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, JUNE 24th

Italian Interest Group noon – 2pm

Ciao to everyone interested in Italian genealogy research. This is a great opportunity to learn, share, and enjoy others with a common interest. Italian genealogy research in the Portland area now has a home. Come join our group. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25th

Library Work Party 9am – noon

There’s€™s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’€™s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so and you’€™re welcome to do the same. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28th

Cataloging Meeting 1 – 3pm

GFO library cataloging volunteers will get together to discuss our processes and progress on the recataloging project. Anyone interested in cataloging for GFO is welcome to attend but must RSVP in advance to president@gfo.org.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

BOOK EXCHANGE

The SGS Library has begun exchanging books and periodical issues with other genealogy libraries around the country.

Thus far, through this exchange, we have added 7 new books (conservatively valued at over $280) to our collection which bolstered our holdings for counties in Virginia and West Virginia. In return, we have either reimbursed the sender for postage, or exchanged some of SGS’ publications with them.

When the SGS Library offered our publications to other libraries, we received requests from seven other genealogical libraries. The response has been very positive.

One librarian checked her own family names in Edmond S Meany’s Living Pioneers of Washington, published by SGS in 1995, and found two family members with full articles, including the date their wagon train left Illinois, and a third relative is mentioned. She hopes to visit SGS in January 2019 when the American Library Association meets in Seattle.

This book exchange is an excellent way to raise our profile within the genealogy community!

GOT ACADIANS OR CAJUNS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE?

The SGS Library has a new section devoted to Acadia. The colony of New France in northeastern North America was known as Acadia. This includes areas of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Maine. Acadians who resettled in Louisiana came to be known as Cajuns. You can find this new section under Canada (CAND/AC/) in the library, but for a while check for items for Acadia on the new acquisitions shelf.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
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14 June 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

 

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Calling All Volunteers!! You really MUST come to the Party!! Saturday, June 17th, at the GFO!

We’re throwing you a party this Saturday, as we’d like to show our thanks for all you do for the GFO.

We will be celebrating our volunteers with snacks and prizes during our Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 17th beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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Query on Perry Summerfield

 

Hello, I’m recently re-located back to my roots here in Port Orchard and have been doing some research on my great-great grandfather Perry Summerfield, he lived in the Puyallup area I would say around 1890-1930’s ? Any info would be great. I am planing a drive down there soon, oh and he used to work with Ezra Meeker, a farmer, and something to do with the Wash Fair.
Thanks
Charles Summerfield <1973lespaulrr@gmail.com>
907-841-5327

South King County Genealogy Society Meeting

South King County Genealogy Society General Meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, June 17th beginning at 10:00 am at Wesley Home – Lea Hill, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn. Arrive by 9:30 am with your morning coffee and share your research with an experienced genealogist.

Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research – Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.

Our guest speaker is Cyndi Ingles of Cyndi’s List – Cyndi is the creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/).

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
7 June 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Super Volunteers to the Rescue!! Help on Sundays??

Volunteer spots are open for Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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