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.