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When was the last time you munched an Aplet or Cotlet or any of the wonderful fruit-nutty products made only in Cashmere? I stopped there on my way across the state on Hwy 2 and took their free tour..what a treat! The company was founded by two brothers almost 100 years ago and is still family-owned and in the same town. This little facility turns out a million pounds of candy every year. That’s impressive.

The tour begins with seeing huge vats of boiling syrup:

The syrup is next poured onto cooling trays and becomes gummy-like:

Next its cut into squares and dusted with sugar:

Then workers sort and pack the yummy pieces into boxes:

After the tour, you can shop! And shop! And taste and shop!!


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How would you define the term blog? How about:  A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

There are now over 800 of you regularly reading the WSGS blog! We’re busting our buttons with pride and pledge to you to keep up the good work. We do it happily for YOU.

We welcome your comments, kudos and even complaints.

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Just finished a fun little book: The History of Underclothes, by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington. This 266-page Dover reprint, first published in 1951, is a scholarly review of both mens’ and women’s underclothes from ancient times to the 1930s. Like you, most likely, to me the subject is most interesting. My beak was piqued about ten years ago when this photo appeared in our local paper:

The story was that these were the set of roomy bloomers that once belonged to Queen Victoria…. the drawers have a 56-inch waist. They have been added to Britain’s Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace…. if you care to go see them in person.

The authors outline the five functions of underclothes:  (1) to protect the body from cold;  (2) to support the shape of the costume (think: bustle); (3) for cleanliness;  (4) as erotic stimulation; (5) as a matter of class distinction.  Can’t say I read it word-for-word but it was a fun browse.

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A connection between Napoleon I of France and Seattle??? Yepper. Keep reading.

Ever been to the Fiske Genealogy Library in Seattle? This is a wonderful private library and well worth the time, trouble and effort to get there. Ask Google for more information.

Last fall when I was there, Gary Zimmerman, current director of the library, gave us the tour and told us the story of how Napoleon has a connection to the Fiske Library……

Of course you cannot read the story, written by Gary, so here goes:

“Genealogy brings many surprises into our lives. We need to be open to those little moments of “aha!” when we become aware of a new connection or new relationship that is totally unexpected.

“Take the Emperor Napoleon I, for instance. In the Fiske collection, I came across a very clear picture of the house of his exile on the small island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It was accompanied by the story of his final days, in poor health, far removed from his beloved France, where he hoped that his ashes would be laid to rest on the banks of the Seine. But that was not to be. He died on 5 May 1821. He was dressed in his favorite uniform and covered with the cloak he wore at the battle of Marengo. He was buried “in a lonely spot near a spring shaded by two weeping willows.”

“And there is the “aha.” There is a weeping willow here on the property where the Fiske Library is located. That tree has an interesting “genealogy.”

In 1835, a French naval officer took cuttings from the grave of Napoleon and they were presented as a gift of the French nation to the United States. The cuttings were planted at Mount Vernon next to the grave of George Washingon, where they thrived.

“Following the end of the Civil War, an officer who was preparing to move west, brought similar clippings from the now flourishing willows at Mount Vernon, to Washington Territory. They were planted at the officer’s new home on the hill above downtown Seattle. They thrived in this climate as well.

“In 1962 the State of Washington decided that I-5 should be built across the property of the now deceased Civil War veteran. His son, James Vernon Metcalfe, had grown up with the story of the willow tree in the yard and he felt it was worth saving from the bulldozers. He convinced the City of Seattle to take cuttings and plant them in appropriate locations to maintain the lineage of the St. Helena willow.

“Metcalfe also happened to be the historian of the Pioneer Association of Washington and he arranged for the city arborist to place some cuttings of the willow on the property at Pioneer Hall. Once again, a few feet from the shores of Lake Washington, the tree thrived. For the past 40 years it has graced the building that the Fiske Library now calls home.

“It may be far-fetched to trace the story of a tree for 180 years, in four widely separated physical locations, and call it genealogy, but the parallel is not too far removed from what we seek whenever we trace the peripatetic path of our predecessors.’

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For the everlasting record, this is a Google image of the Vantage Bridge and the photo I took on 19 Aug 2018…… the awful forest fires in our state (and Canada) have given us AWFUL, TERRIBLE smoky conditions.

If you look really close at the right side of the lower photo, you’ll see the end of the bridge.

As I zoomed along at 70 mph, I thought of how forest fires have forever been with us and how did our ancestors, who surely suffered from asthma too, dealt with such awful smoke?

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Do you, like me, enjoy stopping to explore ghost towns in your travels? Did you know there are 52+ ghost town sites in Washington??

This is the map from www.ghosttownsofwashington.com. (Note: two “Ts”)

Click to this website, and then to the county you want to explore, and wow yourself with history trivia….. and a possible stop on your next trip.

I clicked to Wahkiakum County (we don’t hear much about or from Wahkiakum County, do we?) and found two ghost towns listed.

Altoona was built on the north shore of the Columbia River in the 1850s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a fish receiving station.

Deep River was built on pilings (due to the tides) on the Columbia River in 1875 and was settled by Finnish immigrants.

Both these towns were visited by the angels who maintain the website and there are photos!! Wow.


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Hot weather summertime trivia to share with family and friends:

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

A day without sunshine is……………night.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first. 

God give us toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

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Question for August:  How many melon types can you name? We all enjoy watermelon, honeydew and canteloupe but did you know there are eleven different kinds of summer melons?  And, relating it to genealogy, how many are new hybrids and how many might our ancestors have enjoyed?

How about Crenshaw, Juane Canari, Piel de Sapo, Orange Honeydew, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Heirloom Contaloupe, Galia, Hami, Casaba and Sharlyn.  How many have you tried??

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Ah, recipes. We read them collect them and sometimes try them. In our Spokane newspaper, Dorothy Dean is the queen of recipes. In the 1940s she was the recognized authority locally on cooking….and there really was no such lady! These recent days, the paper has been re-publishing every week some Dorothy Dean recipes. Ever heard of Bubble and Squeak? Something from the lean 1940s I’m sure.  Also attached the Sauerkraut Quiche in hopes that one of you will make it and let me know how good (or bad) it was.