Whitman County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar


Whitman County Genealogical Society

is hosting a FREE Spring mini-seminar

Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room, 811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA

Saturday, April 21, 2018


The Buffalo Soldiers and The Tuskegee Airmen:

Past, Present & Future” by Horace Alexander Young

“Cooking the Church Books”

by Fr. Mike Savelesky

9:00 am: The doors open.

9:30 am-10:30 am: Horace Alexander Young is a Clinical Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz History at Washington State University. The profiles of three servicemen will be discussed: Col. Charles Young, U.S. Army 9th and 10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers); Lt. Col. Clarence L. Shivers, U.S. Air Force (Tuskegee Airman); and Lt. Col. Jack D. Holsclaw, US Army (Tuskegee Airman & WSU Alumni).

10:30-10:45 Break and refreshments.

10:45 am-11:45 am: Fr. Mike Savelesky is a retired pastor living in Spokane, currently serving the Holy Rosary Parish in Rosalia and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in St. John. His current volunteer job is Diocesan Archivist in Spokane, WA. His presentation will include: why the Catholic Church keeps records; details found in various parish sacramental books (Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist, Marriage, Ordination, Profession of Vows, Annulments); tips for researchers’ use of sacramental books; tips for researchers’ use of parish census directories; review of available resources for the researcher.

If you have any questions or need more information contact WCGS President, Sue Kreikemeier at:

aerocraft@completebbs.com or 509-635-1303. Please RSVP to Sue or whitmancgs@gmail.com

by April 14 to accommodate handouts & refreshments.

While the seminar is free, donations are welcome at the door.

Directions: Turn off Bishop Boulevard onto Klemgard Ave., follow Klemgard Ave. up the hill and turn left at the top. Do not go into the front entrance, but turn right, continuing up the hill and turn left at the white car ports. Find an appropriate parking place, enter the building through the main doors and go straight ahead to the Social Room.


Fr. Mike Savelesky’s biography includes the following:

  • Born and raised in Davenport, WA!!
  • Graduated from Gonzaga University (Bishop White Seminary Formation Program) in 1969
  • Post-graduate work at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (PhD. in Religious Studies,1973)
  • Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Spokane August 4, 1973
  • Major pastoral assignments: Rector of Bishop White Seminary (1976-1980)

Pastor, St. Peter Parish in Spokane (1980-1995)

Pastor, St. Patrick and St. Francis Parishes in W. Walla (1995-2001)

Pastor, Assumption Parish in Spokane (2001-2012)

  • Taught in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University
  • Heavily involved with diocesan administration until retirement in December 2014
  • Involved in parish property defense side of diocese’s bankruptcy case (Association of Parishes)  
  • Edited the Catholic newspaper, the Inland Register, for several years 
  • Wrote/edited a few books, including a 2013 centennial history of the Diocese of Spokane

(“Children of the Sun”) 

  • Served all the bishops of the diocese until the present one  
  • Elected to administer the Diocese in 6-month interim between Bishop Cupich and the current man
  • Current Pastor of Holy Rosary in Rosalia and Our Lady of Perpetual Adoration in St. John Parish work is in my heart!


Horace Alexander Young’s biography includes the following:

  • B.M., Texas Southern University; M.A., Washington State University; Additional Studies: The Shepherd School of Music (Rice University)
  • Maintained a career that spans four decades in the areas of performing, composing, recording, touring, teaching and writing about music
  • Appeared in over 87 recordings and several international tours and performances with Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Bill Withers, The Manhattans, Freddy Fender, Regina Belle, Johnny Kemp, Abdullah Ibrahim (a.k.a. Dollar Brand), Bubbha Thomas, Gerald Alston, Toots Thielemans, John Blake, Arnett Cobb, Jonathan Butler, Youssou N’ Dour, Onaje Allan Gumbs, The McCoy Tyner Big Band, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Barron, George Coleman, Dwight Sills, Milt Hinton, Dave Liebman, Norman Brown, Don Menza, Marvin Stamm, Betty Carter, Mark Ledford, Joe Sample, The Crusaders, Tootie Heath and countless others
  • Performed in 18 countries across 5 continents, where his saxophone, flute and vocal selections have thrilled audiences at major Jazz Festivals in Montreaux, Hamburg, Leipzig, London, Paris, The Hague, British Columbia, Berlin, New York, New Orleans, Tokyo, Houston, Seattle, Gent, Laverkusen, Glasgow and South Africa.
  • Served as Chair of the Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  • Served as Interim Director of Jazz Studies at Texas Southern University where he conducted the Texas Southern Jazz Experience Big Band and The Joe Sample Orchestra
  • Taught on the music faculty at WSU (1998-2008), Rutgers University & Sonoma State University
  • Maintains an active performing and recording schedule and is in constant demand as an adjudicator and guest performer for numerous festivals and schools throughout the USA, Canada and abroad
  • Recent recordings are found on Pacific Coast Jazz label
  • Contributed articles for various magazines and publications, as an author and music journalist.