Let’s Keep Indexing

The Washington State Genealogical Society thanks all who participated in our Digital Archives indexing effort throughout Family History Month (October). Whether you indexed one record or 1,000, each is appreciated and valued. So, let’s keep it up! There are still thousands of records to be indexed so a future researcher can benefit from your efforts.

We’d like to know if you indexed any Digital Archives records during the month of October. Just leave a comment on this posting to let us know. Thanks for your continued efforts!

Tuesday Trivia

Read a most interesting article in the November Smithsonian Magazine all about the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918. The author, John M. Barry, has spent years researching this topic and now believes this pandemic started in southwest Kansas, Haskell County to be exact, in January 1918. Several Haskell County men who’d been exposed went to Camp Funston in central Kansas and within two weeks, 1100 soldiers at this huge Army training camp were admitted to the hospital. Then, likely carrying the disease, infected men were shipped overseas…… to France and then Spain, where it spread among all soldiers like wildfire. In the end, this disease killed between 50 and 100 million people before running its course. Some 670,000 died in the U.S. (And to die from this influenza was a horrible death. If you dare, Google a picture of a lung from a deceased influenza victim.)
Think about your male ancestors, aged 17-45, in 1917. Were they in a place and situation that they might have become infected? (You’re here; they didn’t die, eh?) And what about your ancestor’s family? My grandfather had enlisted in Michigan in late 1917 and was at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center (north of Chicago) and the war was over before he finished his training. How lucky he was, and I am, that he survived.

Monday’s Mystery

Big congrats to Cheri Sanders who was the first to say (regarding last week’s cloud pix) that the top one were Washington clouds. Also Roy Ruthford was second (and last) to correctly guess. Way to go, guys.

Here’s this week’s mystery…..the question and the answer. The above photo comes thanks to The Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper. The story, back on 22 Sep 2017, concerned the mystery of this beautiful stone fireplace that sits on the Central Washington State Fairgrounds. Seeing the story, a reader furnished the answer.

Seems that in 1932 a church was founded on the site, holding services in a log cabin with a big stone fireplace. The cabin is long gone (burned down in 1933 resulting from “a roaring fire”) but the stone fireplace has stood as a mystery almost 70 years.

Have you ever spotted that old stone fireplace on the Fairgrounds and gave it a second thought?? Or have you ever spotted anywhere something man-made and wondered about the story it might tell?