October 9, 2015

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986


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


No Catch: You Can Have A Free WordPress Blog

How would you like to have your own WordPress blog for free? All you have to do is create your free blog using your own URL courtesy of Okay blog.  WordPress blogs traditionally get more traffic and have more bells and whistles available in their design.  If you’re wondering, “What’s the catch?” there really isn’t one.  They host the blogs, add you to their blog directory and you can write about anything you like. Maybe you’ve been mulling over a photo blog?  This might be a way to create one!

This might be a great alternative to other free blog platforms in which you can begin your genealogy or hobby blog too.  I noticed on the hosting site the variety of blog topics runs from A to Z.  Maybe you’ve been reluctant to sign up for a WordPress blog because of the cost of self-hosting.  Doing it this way might be a way to take that initial plunge into writing a blog while you ‘learn the ropes’.  Being a blog author isn’t all that difficult, other than choosing a topic and having time to compose your articles.

Depending on how you want to run your blog, it’s also possible to do some advertising on your blog and make a couple bucks in the process.


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How To Use WeFollow Wisely Or Not At All

It’s a sad tale, but sometimes I get in a hurry and forget some good blogging practices like read the fine print.  That’s what happened to me yesterday and thankfully my Twitter friend @FindAGrave called my attention to the fact that when I gave permission to WeFollow to access my Twitter account I also clicked both checkboxes, one of which gave WeFollow permission to change my Twitter profile site address to a WeFollow website link instead.

Now that I think about it, I’ve seen this on other people’s Twitter accounts too. When I click on their weblink it takes me to WeFollow instead. OK, I don’t want to be redundant here, so here’s what you need to check:

  • Click on your Twitter Account > Click on Profile > Look down the list below your photo, etc. and check to see if your Web is your blog address or Website.  (Twitter will NOT let you change your web address in your profile until you do one more thing. )

  • If it isn’t, then scroll back up and click on Connections. In that list is all the websites who have permission to connect to your Twitter profile (I think it’s listed by when you gave the permission.)  If one of them is WeFollow you need to click on REVOKE ACCESS.

What I had to do was just that, and then go back into WeFollow and sign up again with my Twitter account name (this isn’t mandatory, just something I wanted to do) but this time, I made sure not to check the box allowing them to change my website/blog address.  As I have read, this used to be an automatically checked box by WeFollow, but now it’s not.  They must have gotten some angry flame mail. 😈

Don’t give away your site’s link juice.  Why promote someone else’s site and pump up their page rank instead of your own?

Voting Ends For Your Favorite Genealogy Blog and Advent Calendar Begins




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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?

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