December 1, 2015

Amazing Books App For Kids On The Go

Amazing Books™ Application

Parents are always looking for something to keep the kids entertained in the car or on the plane.  Amazing Books is a digital popup book app for your children’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod and available for download now at iTunes.

Stories include The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and My First Trip to Washington, DC.  These entertaining children’s iPhone app s even have a feature where you can view the story in 3D! (You can purchase the glasses at Amazon).

If your household has an iPad instead you can opt to add the children’s iPad app instead.

What if you’re a grandparent with an iPod? …yes, there’s the children’s iPod app too.

For more detailed information regarding the books, click on any of the links included and download your books today.  Let’s make traveling more fun!

Our Ancestor’s Moving Experiences

While we were on our vacation to California we stopped in Oroville to visit my aunt and uncle and do a little sight-seeing. We did the former, but not the latter. One of the places I would have liked to have seen was the Pioneer History Museum but we ran out of time in the two days we were there.

We really wanted to see the museum because Jim’s great-great grandfather

Joshua Wilkerson

was one of the 1849 miners who came to that area and found gold.  We really always wish we could find a picture of him as a young man, but finding that would be like finding gold wouldn’t it? :)

Even though we missed that destination, as we rode along those thousands of miles I began thinking of just how our ancestors moved all their things for those same distances.  I know, we all think of those pioneers on the Oregon Trail and how they had to dump some of their precious belongings along the trail, but what about later, before moving boxes and supplies in our present era?

I know people had trunks and probably wooden boxes to safeguard their treasures, but it might surprise you to know that cardboard boxes came into their own as early as 1874, when G. Smyth built the first single sided corrugated board-making machine. Also in 1874, Oliver Long improved upon the Jones patent and invented a lined corrugated cardboard.

While it may have been some time before cardboard boxes were widely used, it’s intriguing that the invention has been around for that long, isn’t it? Do you own any old trunks or boxes from earlier times?


History of Papermaking

The invention of paper and the history of papermaking machinery.

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1951 Hawaiian Passenger List – Elvin and Lillian Moline

One of the perks of having my family tree on Ancestry (for FREE)  is that while I’m not actively searching their databases, they are doing it for me.  When they find a “hit’ I get an email and a link and can go right to the document or record.

That’s what happened today and I’m so happy to know the actual date of when my Grandpa Elvin (Al) Moline and his second wife Lillian Epstein Moline actually sailed on the Lurline to Honolulu, Hawaii.  At that time it was the Territory of Hawaii since it wasn’t made a state until 1959.

It looks like the duration of their ocean cruise there was five days.  Of course, now I wonder if they came back the same way, where they stayed in Honolulu and what wild and crazy things those two kids did there.  (He was 57 and she was 45) I wonder how they got to San Francisco where they boarded the ship?  At the time, my aunt Joyce and her husband Frank were in Formosa (not yet Taiwan) where Frank worked for an airline.  It’s possible they, or just Joyce, flew to Hawaii and met my grandparents and then they all flew home to Seattle together.  That’s all speculation though.

What’s interesting also is that when you read the words passenger list you usually think of someone who’s emigrating or immigrating from another country, not just going on vacation.  Aloha!


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