Whitman County Genealogical Society Spring Mini-seminar

Seminar reminder--
 For those of you who have not yet registered for our spring 
mini-seminar, but plan to attend, we encourage you to register 
by April 14 so we can plan for refreshments, handouts and room 
set-up. We have two excellent speakers in Prof. Horace Alexander
Young and Fr. Mike Savelesky. Please see the attached flyer for 
seminar details as well as the bios of the speakers. It promises 
to be an exciting and informative morning. The seminar is being 
held at Bishop Place in the Independent Senior Living Social Room, 
811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA. Driving directions are on the flyer. 
Doors open at 9 AM and the program begins at 9:30, ending by noon. 
For questions or to RSVP, e-mail whitmancgs@gmail.com or call 
Sue Kreikemeier, 509-635-1303.
 Hope to see you there. Monica Bartlett Peters


Fr. Savelesky’s & Horace Young’s bios

Seminar Flyer April 2018 with pix

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.

Meet the Board: Donna Potter Phillips

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

Donna Potter Phillips

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Donna Potter Phillips. Donna lives in Spokane and is WSGS’s Vice President, Communication Chair, on the Blog Team, and Region 7 Representative for Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens Counties. She also served as WSGS Vice President a number of years ago. She is a proud member of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society where she has been president (twice!), program chair, newsletter editor and held “jack of all” jobs. She is currently EWGS’s Federation of Genealogical Societies’ representative and Education chair.

Besides being a member of WSGS (since 1984) and EWGS, Donna is a member of the Mayflower Society, DAR, St. Clair County (Illinois) Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, Whitman County Genealogical Society and the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society. In addition, Donna was named a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer in 2008 and 2014. That’s a lot of genealogy, but that’s what Donna does!

Donna, age 5

Donna Ruth Potter was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Francis Harold and June Magdalen (Gurney) Potter. She was named for the heroine Lady Dona in Daphne Du Maurier’s 1941 novel “Frenchman’s Creek.”

Donna and her husband John are the proud parents of three, grandparents of eight and great-grandparents of 2-3/4 great-granddaughters.

Donna’s been interested in genealogy for more than 40 years – since she first learned she was a direct descendant of Englishman William Bradford of the Mayflower. She got “hooked” in 1971, joined EWGS in 1976 and has been researching, sharing, educating and promoting genealogy ever since. One of her favorite experiences was going with her son Benjamin and his son Austin to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane to see a B-52 bomber jet on display. According to the serial number on the plane, it was one Donna’s father flew as an Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force. Such serendipity! And speaking of “serendipity,” Donna publishes a weekly feature on the WSGS Blog called “Friday Serendipity” – assorted musings to entertain one and all. She also publishes “Monday Mystery,” “Tuesday Trivia,” and “Wednesday Nostalgia.”

On Donna’s ever-growing genealogy To Do List:
• Get all her genealogy research and information in order in case…well, you know.
• Upload her photos to www.Forever.com.
• Put her family tree on Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage.
• Make sure her list of contacts and passwords are updated.

When Donna’s not doing genealogy, she enjoys gardening (both inside and out), reading, rock collecting, taking educational classes and travel, including her ancestral homelands: Germany, England and Wales. She’s also a devoted dachshund lover!

A few more interesting tidbits about Donna:
• Favorite genealogy sites: Ancestry, FamilySearch and the Washington Digital Archives
• Favorite color: red
• Favorite dessert: Anything chocolate
• Word or phrase that describes her: Outspokenly energetic!

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Donna, say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.

Whitman County Gen Soc Plans Summer Outing

The Whitman County Genealogical Society will have a Summer Outing on Friday, June 2, 2017 starting at 1 PM. It begins with a tour of Bruning Funeral Home, 109 N. Mill St., Colfax. In addition to a tour of this wonderful historic building, we will learn about the research possibilities to be found there. There is limited space for this tour, so please RSVP no later than Monday, May 22 if you plan to attend. You can call Judy McMurray at 509-332-2386 or e-mail WCGS at whitmancgs@gmail.com.

After the Bruning tour, weather permitting, we will do a self-guided tour of the historic buildings on Main Street in Colfax. In case of inclement weather we will visit either the Whitman County Library (102 S. Main in Colfax) or the historic Perkins House (623 N. Perkins Ave. in Colfax).

Sue Rogers Kreikemeier Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Sue Rogers Kreikemeier

Today we’re introducing Sue Rogers Kreikemeier of Garfield, Washington, who was nominated by the Whitman County Genealogical Society (WCGS). She was recognized for her many years of dedicated service to the society.

Ms. Kreikemeier first became interested in genealogy while still small enough to perch on her Grandma Rogers’ knee, listening intently as her grandma told wonderful stories about their large extended family. While a relative newcomer to Whitman County, having arrived in 1977, Ms. Kreikemeier delights in learning about local families and their histories on the Palouse. Since joining WCGS in 2008, she has served as president (since 2011), program chair and become involved in planning programs and seminars.

Ms. Kreikemeier finds delight in connecting with anyone interested in genealogy and engaging them in the activities of WCGS. Her humor, laughter, and can-do attitude bring joy to all around her and illustrate that she richly deserved being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Whitman County Gen Society Newsflash



Welcome to the new year of Whitman County Genealogical Society –our 33rd!  Thank you to everyone for their support of our group.  Please note our annual meeting isWed., Oct. 26, noon at the WCGS library, Gladish Community and Cultural Center, 115 NW State St., Room 103A, Pullman.  All are invited to attend.

One of the agenda items will be the presentation of the ending budget for 2015-16 and the new budget for 2016-17.  The sale of our newest publication has been a big success.  Thank you to those who purchased a book or CD.  We still have some for sale if you would like to purchase one.  Information is in the newsletter.  Monica Peters

Alice Whitman Chapter DAR Meeting

Saturday – 15 Oct 2016


DAR is “Historic Preservation – Education – Patriotism”

Ridge Point Clubhouse, 1400 SE Fancy Free Drive, Pullman WA

Luncheon at 12:00 Noon  —  Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Hostesses:  Mmes. Lohrey-Birch, Dillman, Petura, Muir, Trail, Hawbaker

Please RSVP by 12 Oct with lunch count to Doris Lohrey-Birch – ph 509-338-0425

Program:  DAR Museum – Period Rooms

Speaker:  Joye Dillman, CDIT

Directions to Ridge Pointe Clubhouse:

From South, continue on WA27 (ignore the bypass) to enter Pullman, turn right onto Bishop Blvd at the first stoplight (about 1.2 miles).  Proceed on Bishop through the next two stop lights (about ¾ mile) then turn left into Ridge Pointe and hang a tight left onto Fancy Free Drive.  The clearly marked Clubhouse will be around the bend and on your right.  It is two miles from the bypass).  Ridge Pointe entry is directly across from the emergency entrance to Pullman Regional Hospital.

Directions from East:  Enter via 270 Pullman/Moscow Highway.  Turn left at the Bishop Blvd intersection and stay on Bishop as it winds past the river and curves up the hill.  Turn right into Ridge Point community.  The turn is directly across the small sign marking the emergency entrance to the hospital.  It’s about 8/10 mile from the turnoff from 270.

Parking:  There are spaces in front of the clubhouse and a few across the street.  Also a group of about six spaces on the left at the dead end of Fancy Free at the next left.

Whitman County Genealogical Society Gleanings from Selected Newspapers


Whitman County Genealogical Society

is pleased to announce the publication of a new book

Whitman County, Washington Territory:
Gleanings from Selected Newspapers
with Every Name Index

The 243 page spiral bound book with laminated covers compiled by Mary Bybee Simonsen in cooperation with WCGS, contains 194 pages of gleanings, plus an index of over 5,000 different names.  There were many newspapers in Whitman County from 1877-1886, but most gleanings were extracted from the Palouse Gazette, the Washington Democrat (both Colfax, W.T. newspapers), and the Palouse News (a Palouse City, W.T. newspaper), plus a few other area newspapers.  The extractions were done from microfilm at Washington State University Holland Library in Pullman, WA.  Every readable issue of these newspapers during this time period was reviewed for possible gleanings.  Most gleanings are from records, such as births, marriages, divorces, deaths, and land records, plus other interesting items related to the area.   Some articles, especially land records, were too faint to read, so the gleaning was edited.  Full articles may be read at a facility having these microfilmed newspapers.  A sample page from the book is printed with this flyer.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

After Sept. 30, 2016 each book will sell for $25.
The book is also available in pdf format on a CD for $15 (no discount price).
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Address_______________________City__________State___ Zip_______

Number of Books ordered ($20 each)____
Number of CD’s ordered ($15 each) ____
All prices include tax & shipping.
Make check payable to WCGS and mail to:
WCGS, P.O. Box 393, Pullman, WA 99163
(Orders will be mailed in October 2016).

Whitman County Gen Society Newsflash


Your WCGS is planning a “summer gathering” on Saturday morning July 9. We will meet at 10 AM to tour McConnell Mansion, 327 E. Second in Moscow, Idaho, followed by a tour of the Latah County Historical Society Centennial Annex across the street. After these tours those interested can
plan lunch together.



When one lives in a place near a state border, it is always good to check out
resources across the state line. Many times there are birth, death, marriage and land records just across the border. A good tip to remember wherever you are researching!

Whitman County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Hi, all,
    Attached you will find information about our spring seminar, which is FREE!  In addition, we will have goodies to munch on!  We have an exciting program planned with Charlotte Omoto speaking on DNA, and Matt and Sheli Carroll speaking on Irish Research.  Mark your calendar for Sat., April 30, 9 – 12:15, Bishop Place, Pullman.  We would like an RSVP by April 15 so we can plan for the number of handouts, snacks, etc.  Walk-ins are welcome, however.  See the flyer for how to RSVP and for further details on the seminar.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Monica Peters, WCGS Corresponding Secretary