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As much as I loved WordPress, it became difficult for  me to do anything with the site as it upgraded and changed.

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This old is new(s) to me


Just a quick blog today,

I finally have some time and enough finances (making my money work for me, not the other way around, is working well) to continue paying for, for the “world” membership — and Fold3 and Newspapers were included. Great value and already I have found documents I didnt know existed.

During the move, it has been a good source to have Ancestry and My Heritage websites, to keep our families ancestral lines there and gather more information. Yes, I still have nearly everything genealogy stored away still.

For example:

I knew my dad was not allowed in the military. I was told, it was because he was the youngest of many brothers who were already enlisted.

What I did not know was that my dad had registered to fight for our country.

Fold3 had the copy of his registration card.  Yes it was his, my dad has a very distinct signature.

Interesting what one finds after a little breather.

I’mm baaaack.


Moving to bare land and starting from the ground level takes much longer and much more time than one would think. Thus blogging has taken a step back while life goes on.

So what have I discovered in my spare time about this wooden silo?

This brick wall is solid and I’m not getting through or around it. Researching a little one purpose in life so far grain silo has proven to be most difficult.

shipWhat have we discovered?:

The wooden Silo is:

1.  made of wood and the wood is most likely Douglas Fir,                                                                                                                    tight grain, soft and a white wood
2. the nails have flat heads, and from what I am able to gather from a nail expert,                                                         seem to be about late 1930’s into the 1940’s
3. the only documentation on the property is dated 1907
4. the era of wooden silo’s tends to be around 1870 to 1950’s, though steel bins began                                                                       the early 1930’s to present time

more about silos and grain bins

history of cgc bin storage program 1933 -1975 – naldc

and this web page has some great photos and videos

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steel Grain Bins: Construction

here is an abstract of something I thought you might find interesting

(1920) History of the Silo, The (AJ)

So, where does that leave us on this treasure map of adventure?


We have come to the end of the search. I wasn’t able to gain any more information relating to the wooden silo itself, and without doing a complete and in-depth family history [which I currently have neither the time nor the request, of or from, the family who owned the property] we are going to leave it as it is.

The complete reconstruction will not be moving forward until next spring~ as construction is rampant in the area and schedules are full until then. For now, it is set to hold its curves during the winter and allowed to rest a while longer before spring activity stands it upright and puts it in full use again.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Greetings of the Holidays!




Thanks to
for the ship image

What would you take?


With all the wildfires and forest fires going on this August and September of 2017, many people are displaced from their homes, praying and wondering if they will have a home to go to when the fires have either burnt out on their own, or have been put out by the many firefighters and volunteers fighting the fires. Many people have had little notice to leave their homes, some are waiting to hear if they need to leave and to find a place to live until it is safe to come back to their homes, if their homes will even be there.


(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The ……environment/…fire…/f7df5910-9298-11e7-8482-8d…
10 hours ago – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic … has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. … People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.”

“Washington residents on evacuation notice after fire jumps Columbia ……on…fire…columbia-river/471357268
13 hours ago – More than 100 people are at a shelter run by the Red Cross in Stevenson, Wash. … It’s pretty surreal but the view of as we were leaving the house which … from the Eagle Creek fire flew all the way across the Columbia River …”

“Eagle Creek fire grows overnight; rescue underway for hikers ……/eagle_creek_fire_grows_overnight_hikers_still_trapped.html
3 days ago – Gallery: Hikers trapped by Eagle Creek fire reunited with friends and family … trailhead, after a fire broke out near the popular Columbia River Gorge trail. … of Interstate 84 are being told to immediately leave their homes. … A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail had been closed for weeks due to another fire, the …”

“Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West | The Columbian…/interstate-84-remains-closed-due-to-eagle-creek-fire/
13 hours ago – The Eagle Creek fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge since Sept. … to warn residents on the Oregon side of the river to leave their homes. … 84 was closed in both directions because of thick smoke and falling ash and … People living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River …”
It is not just here locally, but across the world, too:
“As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and are … because of wildfires in 2003, when more than 50,000 people were … B.C. wildfire resources ‘stretched’ as around 37,000 residents forced to … › News › Canada”
“Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high ……/40000-people-told-to-evacuate-grenfell-tower-fire/
Jun 26, 2017 – UP to 40000 people face being told to leave their homes over fire safety …”

Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?, an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado? What would you take at a moment’s notice – besides your family and pets? Is “it” easily accessible to grab and go? Is “it” packed away somewhere?

Perhaps you have “it” in a safe so if you have to go, you don’t have to worry about it while you are gone? Perhaps “it” is in a storage unit somewhere that is not in danger, or burnt_gun-safe-300x225 9 Myths about Gun Safe Fire Ratings

Perhaps the storage unit is in danger, but you and your family are not?

When your health is on the line, do you even think about “it”, or have you prepared ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about “it” when emergencies do arise. Disasters are never comfortable to think about, but you have precious memories that need to be cared for . Now is the time to prepare and plan ahead to protect what you have, so you can share it with many generations of descendants. Pass along to them the ways in which they can be protected. So many documents, photos, letters, and items have been lost to fires and flooding because of no protection or little protection or of not understanding how to protect them. Now is the time to learn all you can, in an affordable and manageable way to protect your family treasures. You can contact your local genealogical society, museum, archival center, library or even search on-line for ways to best protect the items you have.


Air Quality is important too:

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No mail today, because no ‘thing’ will last forever.


rusty-old-mailboxThis rusty ol’ mailbox has definitely seen better days.  I remember driving by it on vacations, in those days of when I was much younger than I am today.

Snail  mail as it is called today, is becoming a thing of the past, like the Pony Express riders.  There will still be packages to deliver and rush documents, but the art of writing a letter is overtaken by Snaps, Tweets, Texts and sometimes email.  Email, I have heard, seems to be used less and less by the younger generations, so it will also be a thing of the past.

Where are those Snaps with a 24 hour life expectancy? or, The Tweets that the world can see? The texts could be saved and printed, but will anyone take the time to do that and would it make any sense to someone else 20 years from now, or even to ourselves?

Email has a better chance, but unless the printout is preserved with both sides of the conversation, will it make sense at all?

What are we leaving our future generations to learn about us? All those digital photos we take, will there be a machine to read them? Does anyone use 3.5 floppy’s or have a reader in today’s laptops or notebooks, notepads, Surface’s? Does anyone have the old computers with a drive to use it with or a monitor that can display it for us?

Now is the time to create some photo-journals, or journals for our children and children’s children to be able to read. Perhaps the journals you keep will document something in history -current events to us- that is only assumed to be recorded in time, but yours is the vital piece to tell others about it.

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route.