October 24, 2016

The Carstairs Family Dirt

I suppose you’re thinking that this is going to be about some dastardly deed done by someone in the Carstairs family. Wrong!

No, instead, this is the story of the David C. and Isabella (Small) Carstairs family, who are originally of Scotland, and are my sister-in-law Kathy’s Great-great Grandparents.

Actually, this is about where this branch of the Carstairs family settled here in Washington state near Matlock in Mason County. I have not pinpointed the time by finding them in the census, but I do know that they were residents of Washington according to the Territorial Censuses of 1887 and 1892.

As it turns out, the land where they farmed and raised sheep had some very distinctive soil, probably left over from when the last glacier pulled out and headed north. Carstairs Soil

My point is, when you are looking for family information, you never know what kind of dirt you will find. Real, or the gossipy kind. In any case, keep your mind open when you are doing Google searches or the kind, because that is how I found out about the soil being named for the Carstairs family and the land where it is found.


The above is a Genealogy Report format of 3 generations of this family. Please contact me for any additions, connections or corrections. webduckie AT yahoo DOT com

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Recycled Cell Phones Reforest Our Planet

Yesterday was Earth Day, but that’s no reason to slack off on your efforts to save the planet now that it’s over. My daughter-in-law told me about iRecyclePhones and their goal to lessen the impact on our landfills while at the same time reforesting areas of our planet that need it.


Here is all you have to do (ideally, after you delete your personal information from the phone!): You supply the box and put the phone(s) you would like to recycle into it. Then, download and print the prepaid shipping label. iRecyclePhones.com, in union with American Forest, will plant one tree for each cell phone that’s donated. Easy, simple, and something good you can do for the planet. Now, go spread the word about this worthwhile effort!


In an effort to get the word out about this endeavor, I am posting this on both iPentimento and my other blog Pentimento. I usually post about genealogy here at iPentimento, so think of this as a Public Service Announcement. 😉

WA State Flood Photos – December 2007

I don’t think New Orleans was much worse than the flooding that is currently inundating western Washington state near Centralia. These pictures were taken just a few days ago, right after the storm. The first two show I-5 at the exit for Centralia and why the freeway south is closed for 20 miles. You will have to click on the thumbnail to get the larger picture.

I-5 Exit at Centralia, WA       Exit at Centralia, WA

This next picture speaks volumes to me, but I wonder if it will to you too? Look at the hillside above the slide area. Notice anything missing? Whomever was allowed to clearcut that hillside above those houses should be punished to the full extent of the law. I don’t know who owns the land, but I could hazard some guesses. I didn’t hear of anyone being hurt, but it looks like the house where the slide debris came down is a total loss.

Slide area near Centralia, WA


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