Wednesday Nostalgia

When I attended the Clark County Genealogical Society seminar in May, we also enjoyed a World War I display and entertainment. I took these two photos, one of a local lady and author of the book she’s holding and one was the daughter of another reenactor there. I show these today just to highlight the fashion. So relatively modest, so grown-up-style even for the girl, and so really girlish and feminine. So different from today, eh?


Wednesday Nostalgia

One more tidbit about World War I. While on that trip to Vancouver, and at that WWI museum exhibit, I met author Diane Green-Hartley and bought her book, “Lillie’s Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother.”

For openers, did you realize that after WWI many of the bereaved mothers formed into chapters of Gold Star Mothers and between May 1930 and August 1933 a total of 6,654 of these mothers traveled to Europe at U.S. government expense, to visit the graves of their sons or daughters who died in the war. Diane’s book is the journal kept by her great-grandmother, Lillie Green, when she made this trip to visit the grave of her son Jasper (who had died in 1918).

This was a very moving read; I recommend it to you. The book is available at Amazon.

Wednesday’s Nostalgia

How many of us have a nice hanging rack over our stove where we hang our utensils and perhaps pots and pans? This is not a new idea. People who cook have always wanted their utensils handy.

I took this photo in the cooking building at Fort Vancouver National Park in Vancouver, Washington. Notice the variety of things…. big pans, little pans, ladles, hooks, cups, forks, lifters….. all with L-O-N-G handles for reaching into the fire. Notice the in-fireplace racks on the right? For baking?

Does this kitchen look anything like YOUR kitchen??

** I always think: how did they keep the ash out of their food?

Wednesday Nostalgia

Know when the first bottle of Olympia Beer was filled? Back on 1 October 1896, and it was in Tumwater, Washington, in that shadow of Mount Rainier, so it was called Rainier Beer. Remember how the company bragged that they used artesian water?

What you and I might remember most about Olympia Beer were the Running of the Rainiers commericals……… I can still see those brown-legged beer bottles running along…….

Check out the YouTube videos and indulge yourself in a big of true Washington nostalgia.

Wednesday Nostalgia

Last weekend I attended the Clark County Genealogical Society in Vancouver, Washington. The day before, Ginny Majewski and I visited the Clark Co Historical Society (housed in the old Carnegie Library). They had wonderful stuff on display there! Recognize this?

Now perhaps you cannot read the sign, but it’s a corn sheller! Yep, new-fangled, time-saving corn sheller. BUT you still had to harvest the corn, peel the cobs, and by hand insert the cobs one at a time into this gizmo and turn the crank.

Ah, yes, the good old days, right?

Wednesday Nostalgia

Anybody remember having curtain tie-backs like this? Pretty fancy, eh?

I wanted to know more so I asked Grandma Google. She sent me to this website:

We might use curtain tie-backs today but I’d bet they’re not like these!


Wednesday Nostalgia

Everybody, but everybody, knows the story of Humpty Dumpty and can quickly recite the rhyme: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…… Humpty Dumpty  had a great fall….. all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Dumpty together again. Bet you’ve recited that to your grandkids more than once.

Look again: where does it say that Humpty Dumpty was an EGG???

Quoting from TIDBITS, the freebie thing found everywhere, “the rhyme dates back to 1797 but it wasn’t until Lewis Carroll’s 1872 book, Through the Looking Glass, that he was described as an egg.

“In the original nursery rhyme, the last lines read: “Fourscore men and fourscore more could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.”

Thank you, TIDBITS, for this most educational tidbit.

Wednesday Nostalgia

Cannot speak for you, but my heart kinda breaks when I see a nearly forgotten gravemarker   …………….like this:

It was a small wooden curved marker, well rotted off at the bottom, and looking to me like somebody stuck it into this bush. No writing was visible.

Who did this marker memorialize? Did they want a marker that would eventually turn to dust? Was it a quick-simple marker by a family of limited means?

I took this photo in the un-endowed portion of Greenwood Memorial Terrace cemetery here in Spokane.

Would this be a fun challenge: Who would like to write the story of this little wooden marker, how it came to be and who it was for? If you would, send it to me,

Wednesday’s Nostalgia

I love chomping into a fortune cookie and (as my family and friends well know) I believe in them absolutamentally. What’s not to believe about “Traveling at this time would be a good investment of time & money.”

Of course, I’m always waiting for a little slip stating: “When you leave this restaurant your car will have a flat tire.” Oops.

But here is the best fortune-cookie-fortune EVER:  “One generation opens the road which another genealogist travels.” Amen and for sure.