Monday’s Mystery

At a recent conference in Vancouver, Washington, the theme was “Layers of History” and meaning along the final hundred miles or so of the Columbia River. The first session addressed The Great Ice Age Floods (also known as the Missoula Floods) and I learned just how the cataracts in the coulee areas of central Washington were carved or created. So the mystery question today for you is: HOW were the Dry Falls created? By what term is the process known?  (You perhaps have been to the Dry Falls State Park when going on Hwy 2 between Spokane and Wenatchee?)

And a double delicious WSGS cupcake to Sonji Rutan of the Eastern Washington Gen Society in Spokane. Here’s her comment about Black Pudding:  Isn’t this the same as ‘blood pudding’? I’ve tried it and don’t care for it, but then today’s pallets are perhaps more sophisticated or spoiled then our ancestors.

The above picture may look a teeny bit enticing but NOWAY today. Black Pudding as made from animal blood, mixed with animal fat and then flour, oats, wheat, or whatever grain-thickening they had.

Monday’s Mystery

In the 1840s at Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Clark County, Washington), a food delicacy was Black Pudding. What was this? Would you have enjoyed it??


And a great big WSGS calorie-free cupcake to Gary Parfitt who knew that the answer to the previous Mystery was TRUE. According to “Ask Marilyn” in the Sunday Parade Magazine, water runs down a drain either way depending on many factors. Thanks to all who answered but Gary was the first; maybe he’ll share his cupcake with you??


Monday’s Mystery

Good morning, Washington (and surroundings)!  Our mystery for today is this: TRUE or FALSE:  Water going down a drain spins one way in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere. Is this TRUE or FALSE?

A Delicious Calorie-Free WSGS Cupcake to Elsie Deatherage for correctly answering the previous mystery…. how many feet did Mt.St.Helen’s lose in the blast in 1980? The correct answer was 1300 feet. Wowsers, eh? And, as we Eastern Washingtonians know, lots of that ash residue is still findable and/or visable yet today.


Monday’s Mystery

Today’s Question is a “fun” memory question:  How many feet did Mt.St.Helen’s lose on that Sunday, May 18, 1980? And do you remember what YOU were doing that day?

A WSGS cupcake goes to Pam Hert for the correct answer to last week’s mystery question: What year did the Ellensburg Rodeo begin? It was 1923.  Good for you, Pam. 


Monday’s Mystery

Our Washington’s Monday Mystery question this week is:

The Ellensburg Rodeo, began by “modern community minded citizens motivated not only by desire to celebrate a vanishing way of life but also by a modern entrepreneurial drive to promote their community and generate commerse.” The question is what YEAR did the Ellensburg Rodeo begin?

We want to keep you guessing, so use the “Leave a Comment” box below to tell us your answer. The answers won’t be posted (but we’re getting them!) until we announce the correct answer and first correct responder next week. Good luck!

Kudos and a WSGS Digital Cupcake to Barbara Johnson for her corret answer of 14…..”how many dams are on the Columbia River.” Enjoy your cupcake, Barbara.

Monday’s Mystery

Guess we stumped you all last week but good….. or at least Charles Hansen’s “mystery” stumped you. Nobody got the correct answer. But no never mind, here is today’s mystery:

How many dams are there on the Columbia River?? 

Do remember that the Columbia originates up in Canada. 🙂

First correct answer gets a Digital Cupcake and their name in print!



Monday’s Mystery Answer

We all think about today when we should be thinking about the time our ancestors were living. I was listening to one of the RootsTech online talks and the speaker was telling about putting off research on one of her ancestors because it was a very common surname, I know I have done that also, but when she looked for the person in the time she was looking there were hardly any in the location she lived. So in last weeks Monday Mystery

I had posted about the Seattle City Directory page I had digitized and asked how many people were in the Seattle City Directory for the surname Jones. Well the answer is 2, and both were ladies which were fairly uncommon in city directories in the 1800s.

We did not receive a single answer so I guess it was too hard.

Monday’s Mystery

Today’s question comes from Charles Hansen:

I have been indexing for Scribe and just indexed the page with the surname Jones in it. How many people with the surname Jones were in the Seattle City Directory 1891-1893?

Gosh, Charles, that’s a toughie but I’ll bet somebody comes up with the right answer.

We want to keep you guessing, so use the “Leave a Comment” box below to tell us your answer. The answers won’t be posted (but we’re getting them!) until we announce the correct answer and first correct responder next week. Good luck!

Whoops! & Monday’s Mystery Winner

The “whoops” is the correction to last Tuesday’s Trivia: Was enjoying a browse through an 1876 Monitor Guide to Post Offices & Railroad Stations in the United States and Canada. It was fun to search and find four Washington cities listed: Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Spokane Bridge in Stevens County. That raised my eyebrows because I remembered that Spokane County was formed from Stevens County in 1858. Humm. And that was the only listing for Spokane. How come the inaccuracy, I wonder?

Charles Hansen gave me/us the explanation: 

Donna  Spokane county was formed by the Territorial Legislature in 1858, but January 20, 1863 Stevens county was formed and attached to Spokane county. January 19, 1864 Spokane county was named Stevens County. October 30, 1879 Spokane county was formed out of part of Stevens county. So between 1864 and 1879 there was no Spokane County.  Charles

And since I shall be in Salt Lake City next Monday for RootsTech, may I proudly announce the winner of last Monday’s Mystery:

Gary Parfitt! He was the first reply to correctly answer that “World’s Fair” was what Seattle (1962) and Spokane (1974) had in common. Congrats and kudos on your knowledge of Washington history, Gary.

But we do thank all of you who puzzled the mystery and took the time to answer.

Monday’s Mystery…….. Brand New on the Blog!

As a result of our January 2017 two-day Board meeting, some wonderful new ideas were proposed and will be implemented………… first one is Monday’s Mystery.

This will be a Washington history question and the first one with the correct answer will see their name in print (with a kudo) next week. 

Since we want to keep you guessing, please use the “Leave a Comment” box below the post to tell us your answer. The answers won’t be posted (but we are getting them!) until we announce the correct answer and first correct responder next week. 

Here is the Monday Mystery for today:

What did Seattle (1962) and Spokane (1974) share????