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FREE Spring mini-seminar

February 21st, 2018 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Seminars - (0 Comments)

Whitman County Genealogical Society is hosting a FREE Spring mini-seminar at 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 am: 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 (which applies to all church denominations) 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.

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.

Here is the seminar flyer for download click on to download:

Seminar Flyer April 2018 with pix, ver 2.0

Click below for biographies of the seminar speakers:

Fr. Savelesky’s & Horace Young’s bios

Friends of Lone Pine Cemetery

December 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Cemeteries - (0 Comments)

Friends of Lone Pine Cemetery. The Lone Pine Cemetery is located near Tekoa. The earliest date of birth on a stone is 1809 and the earliest date of death on a stone is 1883. No burials have been permitted since 1953. The Friends of Lone Pine Cemetery are a group of dedicated volunteers intent on cleaning up the cemetery to make it accessible to descendants and visitors. If you know of someone who is buried in the cemetery and would like more information, contact Jim Savitz. Names of people buried at this cemetery can be found at http://www.interment.net/data/us/wa/whitman/lonepine/lone_pine.htm. Read more about their efforts at http://www.lonepinecemetery.com/.

My Family Veteran Anecdotes

December 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Veterans - (0 Comments)

By Judy Standar McMurray

Uncle Carl Reisenauer, born 1899, was drafted into the army for WWI. He trained at Washington State College in Pullman and spent some time on a cot in Bohler gym during the 1918 flu epidemic! He was discharged in Dec. 1918. He was drafted again at about age 44 into World War II and had stateside duty. He often commented about serving in two world wars.

My brother, Tim Standar, was in the army during the Viet Nam era. He was so proud when he brought his sharp shooter award home. The family, not so much. We could imagine him in the top of a palm tree over there. Not to worry. At a meeting, the group was asked if anybody could type. He raised his hand and spent the rest of the service in an office in Germany!


New book for sale

December 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Publications - (0 Comments)

Great news! Click here for a flyer with information about our latest publication entitled Whitman County, Washington Territory: Gleanings from Selected Newspapers with Every Name Index (1877 – 1886). This book is authored by Mary Simonsen who transcribed the gleanings and is being published in cooperation with WCGS. The price is $25 for the book or $15 for the CD. The price includes tax and shipping. Along with the flyer is a sample page from the new book. The index of the book lists every name from each gleaning, not just the primary name, along with the name and date of the newspaper in which it appeared. We hope you will consider ordering a copy of this book for your own use, as a gift to your favorite library, or a gift for a friend. The book has much historical information about people, places, land records, etc. from early Whitman County, Washington Territory. Ordering information is on the flyer. Thank you.