Around the Sound: Wild carrots and weedy “sweet” peas

Two weekends ago my granddaughter and her parents loaded their vehicles and left very early Friday morning for the annual pilgrimage to the other side of the state where granddaughter was to begin her sophomore year at WSU. This morning I received a set of jpgs (see, I’m using the lingo) showing how her suite and bedroom were are arranged. Once she settled in, she helped arriving freshmen familiarize themselves with the campus. [Read more...]

Heritage Questions: What Does a Genealogy Detective look for?

Mom and Dad

It’s this Saturday! The Family Research Workshop “From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey” is this Saturday, August 16 to benefit the DuPont Historical Museum from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  I didn’t suspect until we started working on this interactive program  how much it’s possible to learn in just a few minutes, and how important are  the family stories that go with the bare facts. For instance:

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Around The Sound: Travelers advised to “stay at the Tacoma Hotel”


In the latter part of the 19th century, there was no Murano Hotel nor Lakewood’s “Best Western” Motel to house out-of-town visitors—instead it was “The Tacoma”—a sprawling four-story, 100+ room hotel, located on a bluff between 9th and 10th Streets, along Pacific Avenue, overlooking the harbor.

The hotel, built for about $400,000 by the Tacoma Land Company, according to THS member Deb Freedman, was designed by Architect Stanford White. The ornate structure included many fancy rooms, one of which, the Viking Dining Room, was designed by NW architect Kirtland Cutter.
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Heritage Questions: So Am I A Genealogy Detective yet?


I had a call the other day from someone who said she can’t come to our our special heritage event From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey on August 16.  But she wanted to let me know that she was writing a check to the DuPont Historical Museum anyway because she believes our small museums are so important.  You don’t even have to do that, just plan to be with us next Saturday, August 16, (with lots of surprises, prizes, and a free lunch) all for the  benefit of the Dupont Historical Museum.

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Steilacoom Historical Museum

The Steilacoom Historical Museum is located in downtown Steilacoom. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 and on Wednesday afternoons during the Steilacoom Farmers Market. In addition to the Museum exhibits, docents offer tours of the historic Nathaniel Orr Home and Orchard and provide demonstrations at Nathaniel Orr’s Wagon Shop. Admission is free. For more information:

Around the Sound: Old Settler Cemetery is setting for recent Eagle Scout project

There are four early burial sites in the Lakewood region: Mountain View Cemetery, just off Steilacoom Boulevard, that marks its centennial in 2015, the pioneer cemetery on the grounds of Western State Hospital—a small area where early pioneers, such as Steilacoom’s first mayor (and Idaho’s Territorial Governor) William Wallace and his wife, Lucena, are buried; Grave Concerns, the Ft. Steilacoom park graveyard for patients from the hospital, and the Masonic Cemetery, located in a cul de sac off Washington Blvd.

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Heritage Questions: I don’t mean to be grouchy


“I don’t mean to be grouchy, but I don’t think I have time to do all of this research.“ That’s what I said to Dee Fournier last Friday as we talked about family research.  “I mean, who’s kidding who.  I barely have time to do the bare necessities.  I haven’t washed undies in two weeks.”

“That’s too much information,” said Dee, moving back a couple of steps.  “How much time do you have.”

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