Serendipity Thursday

Last week, while visiting the Central Washington Branch of the Washington State Archives in Ellensburg, and since I have no family connections to the counties covered by this archives, I looked for interesting Washington trivia. And I found much in the books on the shelves there.

From the book:  Plats & Descriptions of Operating Properties Owned by the State of Washington, a report prepared by L.D. McArdle, of the Dept of Efficiency on 30 June 1924.  Found some interesting maps.

This was the original platting for the Washington Soldiers’ Home in Orting. the first deed was dated 18 Nov 1890. The facility was opened in 1891 and was located on 181 acres in the beautiful Puyallup Valley near Orting. It is still in operation today.

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To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Served at any time, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces including the National Guard;
  • Received an honorable discharge;
  • Reside in Washington State;
  • Be the spouse or widow of an eligible veteran;
  • Or be a Gold Star Parent.

Was your ancestor a resident in this place??