August 5, 2015

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Weather

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It was a dark and stormy night… but I’m going to cheat a little bit for this week’s blogging prompt for 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Weather and do a link to a previous post I did on Disasters which included my recollection of the Columbus Day Storm when I was in junior high school.

iPentimento | 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Disasters

Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 30, 2011 through Friday, May 6, 2011.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

Moline house Seattle1942

 

The Moline House on Queen Anne Hill

There’s no date written on this newspaper clipping, so I will have to estimate it was written some time around 1942.  I surmise that by knowing that my grandparents, “Al” and Eppie (Epstein) Moline, left their previous residence in Bordeaux, Washington when the mill there closed in 1941.

War was imminent, but it may have been a boom time for my grandfather who was a lumber salesman her in the Pacific Northwest.  Lumber was still in high demand for the war machine that was being called into action as World War II began.  PT boats especially, were large consumers of engineered wood. Grandpa had his own lumber company whose name, appropriately enough, was E. B. Moline Lumber Company.

The Marriage Spot

My mom was just eighteen in 1941.  She lived in this house with her parents all during the war years.  On February 5, 1944 my parents were married in this room, in front of this fireplace.

 

You Can Go Home Again

In about 1985 my mother and I made a pilgrimage to this house so she could show me where they had lived.  Miracles of miracles, when we reached the house they owners were having some remodeling done in the upstairs bath (a jacuzzi tub was being hoisted through the bathroom window when we arrived!) and since the house was pretty ‘wide open’ to the workmen anyway, we were allowed to tour a few of the rooms.

Mom was thrilled to be able to show me her room upstairs and tell me what it was like to live there.  I think it especially pleased her to show me the living room and fireplace where she and Dad were wed.  I was totally taken by the sunroom just off the living room, but she let me in on a little backstory: her step mother didn’t like that room much because it would get so hot at certain times of the year.

I can just imagine my grandparents hosting parties and playing bridge in this house.  Eppie was an RN and had worked at Swedish hospital before she married Grandpa.  She had also worked as a private nurse at one time for Mrs. Silverstone whose husband Emmanuel (Manny) was the district manager for the Crescent Spice Company.

1951 Hawaiian Passenger List – Elvin and Lillian Moline

A Seattle Adventure With Mom

 

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Nominate A Blog

Just a little reminder that the voting is ending today for your favorite genealogy blog for Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2011.  (Yes, I am nominated! :) ) As you can see in the sidebar to the immediate right I have a quick and easy link to the nomination page, or you can use the link above.

 

Tell Us Your Christmas Memories

And, starting tomorrow is the fun of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  I have my first post done and ready to go. Come join us and tell us all about your Christmas memories, won’t you?

Of Melmac, Corelle and Other Fine China

Corelle Festiva green dinnerplate

Our niece Jill and I get into some really fun conversations that can last for hours and hours. Today was no exception, and one of our topics was family china.  We discussed the various patterns we’ve had, and the ones we remember from childhood, as well as ones we’d like to have!

I wasn’t taking notes so I can’t remember all of Jill’s ‘china history’, so for now I’ll just list my own from memory.  Have you ever noticed that dinnerware kind of ‘evolves’ over time? When I was a young girl my mom had her wedding china that we used quite often.  For the life of me though, I can’t remember the name of the pattern, and I’m not even sure any more what it looked like.  I know that seems silly to some people, but the china was so connected to my memories of my mom and all I can remember is either the china or the silver had the word “spring” in it.

You know, when you think about it (and Jill and I think women are more into this than men) our lives are really tied to the dishes we ate from all through our lives.  It’s something we all have in common, and with so many designs to choose from, it happened that even during certain periods of time we had the same types of dishes, i.e. Corelle.

Brown Serving Bowl Texas Ware Dinnerware - Vintage Plastic Dinnerware

Take for instance when we were first married. We had very little money and so our ‘china’ of choice was Melmac or Melamine.  We probably bought a whole set (plates, cups, saucers, sauce dishes, etc.) for $20 at K-Mart.  That was around 1972, and at the time my favorite colors were yellow and orange so the color I chose for dishes was an orange and yellow floral with brown side dishes.  My guess is it was Texasware. We had those plates and dishes until around 1980 when we sold them at a yard sale to someone who wanted them for their travel trailer.  The image of the brown bowl above is from Grannie’s Attic and I have included a link to the site if you click on the picture.

Not long after, the ubiquitous Corelle came on the market and people loved it because it could go in those new microwaves everyone was getting.  They were tough, pretty in their own way and there were enough open stock serving pieces that each household could have everything matching, right down to the salt shakers.  I’m not sure what year it was, but sometime in the 1970’s we bought our set of the white with green flowers Corelle (spring blossom green).  Guess what! We still have it. It may eventually go away, but one of my biggest quirks is that I hate getting rid of things just because they’re out of style.  (I have gotten rid of the platform shoes and leisure suits! 😉 ). The photo above is from The Pyrex Files and on that site you will find a fascinating explanation of the difference between the spring blossom green pattern and the crazy daisy one.

A few years ago I bought some new dishes that look just like Depression glass, but they’re actually ::::drumroll please:::: Corelle.  We recently had some guests here for dinner and when I told them the dinner plates were Corelle they were amazed.  I have two sets of this green color with a slight swirl design on the edges. I’m starting to get arthritis in my hands and these seem like a safe bet for the future.

What’s your special dinnerware memory? I hope other people do posts like this in the future.  I’d like to see your memory-connected china too.  If you don’t know me by now, the title for this article was meant to be some subtle humor. :)  I suppose now because I wrote about Melmac I’ll get lots of people visiting thinking I’m writing about the planet that Alf came from.

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