Tuesday Trivia

Sue Erickson is a whizzbang of a gal. She’s been active with the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society forever, active with the YVGS Library forever, and past president of the Washington State Genealogical Society.

She recently shared with the WSGS Board a Pulled Pork BBQ Lunch. The BBQ sauce was without-enough-words-to-compliment-it GOOD. She explained that it was her grandmother’s recipe. Aren’t we blessed that she shared it with us? Here tiz:

Bar-B-Que Sauce

2 14 oz bottles of Catsup

1 12 oz bottle of Chile Sauce

1/3 C prepared mustard

1 ½ C packed brown sugar – or to taste

1 T dry mustard

2 T ground black pepper

1 ½ C wine vinegar

1 C lemon juice

½ C A-1 Steak Sauce

Dash Tabasco

¼ C Worcestershire

2 T Soy Sauce

2 T salad oil

1 12 oz beer  (optional)

Makes about ½ gallon and keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator.

Monday Mystery

Who built the Peace Arch at the border north of Bellingham?

The builder was none other than Washington’s famous Sam Hill, businessman, road builder and philanthropist. The Arch was built between 1914 and 1921 and was one of the first structures built with earthquake resistance in mind. The name Peace Arch denotes the friendly relations between Canada and the U.S.

If you’ve driven I-5 north, heading for Vancouver, Canada, you’ve gone through the checkpoint at this famous place. It sits in a lovely park; did you ever get out and walk around in that park?

(From Washington Curiosities, by Harriet Baskas, 2008.)

Friday Serendipity

Want a really big heads’ up??? Here it be:

NEXT APRIL 6th for EWGS Spring Seminar

And who is Sunny Jane McClellan Morton, you rightfully ask?

Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning writer, editor and speaker for the multibillion-dollar genealogy industry. She is a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast, with more than 2.5 million downloads worldwide, and a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, the U.S.’ premiere publication for genealogy hobbyists. A popular speaker at events across the country (including RootsTech), Sunny is especially known for expertise in tracing U.S. ancestors, particularly in church records; her unique comparisons of the industry’s largest websites; and inspiring presentations on how to reconstruct and tell meaningful stories from the past. Sunny is the author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your LegacyGenealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites and the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (working title), co-authored with Harold Henderson, CG. She is the Co-Editor of Ohio Genealogy News and winner of the prestigious NGS Newsletter Competition (2017) and writing awards from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She holds degrees in history and humanities from Brigham Young University.

Stay tuned to www.EWSGI.org for more information. That’s the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society in Spokane. 


Wednesday Nostalgia

Remember the awful-terrible-horrendous fires near Manson and Chelan a couple of years ago? My long-time friend Maureen White accomplished something too many of us only think about or maybe talk about. She went about interviewing her Manson-Chelan neighbors, collecting their memories of that memorable day and had them all published in a book.

Titled Burned Out,  Maureen created a tangible memory-artifact for those who lost their homes or just lived through that awful-terrible day. Big Special Kudos, Maureen (proud member of the Chelan Valley Genealogical Society)!!

Tuesday Trivia

Winter is approaching and travel across I-90 will be more limited but you might want to add a visit to Roslyn to your next year’s Must-Do List…….. if you’re a genealogist,t that is.

Roslyn was a booming coal-mining town about the turn of the century and men from all over the world came for the work. These men belonged to various ethnic and social clubs and as they died, they were buried in “their” portion of the cemetery. There are 26 such divisions in the Roslyn cemeteries and it is SO INTERESTING to walk among the various ethnic artwork and way of placing grave markers. There is even a Druid section! Better plan a stop and see for yourself. Google “Roslyn cemeteries.”

Monday Mystery

These are not Washington-related mysteries but are certainly genealogical mysteries. Ever heard of burials in Iron Coffins or Quaker guns??

A Quaker gun is a deception tactic that was commonly used in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted black, used to deceive an enemy. And I guess they worked!

Watched a fab show on PBS called “The Iron Coffin Woman” about a mid-1800s burial in Queens, New York. Yes, such vessels were used for a short time before the Civil War when there was no embalming. Here’s a link to more about the show which delved into the history of such coffins and researched the probable history of the long-deceased lady.

Death, Burial and Iron Coffins

Friday Serendipity

This is not to herald National Donut Day (which is on June 1st, did you know?) but to share with you some donut history.

“Since the early 20th century, doughnuts have been a popular treat in the U.S. More than 10 billion doughnuts are consumed annually in the U.S. due in part to the large-scale expansion of corporations like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts.”

Did you know that the origin of these sugary treats was at least partially in Germany? A cookbook from 1485, published in Germany, refers to a Gefullte Krapfen or jelly donut. In Germany, donuts have been referred to as Berliners for over 200 years. As they have evolved and spread throughout the world they’ve been given a variety of names. Traditional European donuts have a filling; American ones include a hole.

Have you have your donut or doughnut today? Since they say Americans are, on the whole,of  one-quarter German ancestry, that explains our delight in a fresh donut, right?

(Thanks to the German Genealogy Group Newsletter, Sept 2018, quoting Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany.)

Wednesday Nostalgia

Ever taken the time to visit the Mukilteo Lighthouse on the waterfront down from Everett? It’s been there since 1906 (Everett was founded in the 1860s). The area has been turned into a lovely little public park and if I lived closer I’d go often! Luck you Everett-and-nearby folks.

Tuesday Trivia

 Thanks to a Norwegian-descended friend, I just became aware of a magazine titled Scandinavian Press. I was so impressed; I wish I had Scandinavian ancestry! I enjoyed the Fall 2017 and Summer 2018 issues and there were articles about Scandinavians winning Olympic Gold, Alfred Nobel and his Peace Prize, Jean Sibelius, composer, Denmark’s Virgin Islands, Finnish Independence History, Where Sweating is Spiritual (saunas), Viking Family Discoveries in America plus a dozen smaller, regular features and even recipes! One fun feature is “What’s It? Where’s It? The page shows four or five scenes from place in those five countries and invites readers to guess. Such fun!

The Summer 2018 issue carried a 2-page article on the opening of Seattle’s new Nordic Museum last May. Even without that heritage, I want to visit that museum!

If you are of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic or Finnish descent, you must at least check out this magazine! Click to www.scandpress.com  to preview some sample pages of the magazine and to order your subscription. Or you can call for free:  855-675-7226.  The magazine is published in Minot, North Dakota.


Monday Mystery

Here’s a crazy question for you……. a “mystery” question, if you will.

How many museums are there in Washington State? Give a guess…..

The answer: LOTS! MANY! I don’t really know how many!! But two things I do know. Almost every town, from bitty to big, is proud of its heritage and has a museum of some sort. And a new Museum Listing Database is now posted on our WSGS website!

The initial list was compiled by EWGS member Duane Beck and then turned over to Donna Phillips who then turned it over to our WSGS most-capable webmanager, Heather Murphy and viola! It’s there for all to view.

That’s not all; if YOU know if a museum or historical site or fort or any some such that is not on the list, you can click to send that information to our webmanager and she will get the list updated asap.

WSGS offers this to you for your traveling planning and for hometown researching. After all, isn’t it the stuff and artifacts of the pioneers of that place that fill those museums???