November 22, 2014

1933 Seattle: Gunner Moline – Owner of Moline Furniture Co

Molines in 1933 Seattle2

The Value of City Directories for Genealogists

Many times we have to hunt through records using first names with one surname in order to document each family member. One way to speed up the process is to check city directories for the one surname and see which first names are listed. Many times you get lucky and find not only the family member’s name, but also their spouses too, as well as their occupation or place of employment.

In looking at the 1933 Seattle, Washington city directory I found almost all of my Moline family using this method. From this image I’m able to determine the address of my Great Uncle Gunner and his first wife Lillian Tapping Moline. The address for their furniture company can be compared to an envelope we have to see if the two are the same.

Also shown in this list is my G-Grandfather Emil J Moline and his second wife Hannah Wilhemina living in the long-time family home at 114 Boren Ave North.

There’s a bit of a mistake for the listing of my grandfather Elvin B. Moline. They have him listed as “Edwin”. He is living with is second wife Lillian Vera Epstein Moline at 202 North 42nd Ave.

Last, but not least, is my aunt Signie Moline who is shown to be a stenographer for Yamashita Shipping Company. At this time she is a renter at 1118 5th Ave.

When this directory was released it’s possible my grandparents had already moved to Bordeaux, Washington where they would reside from 1933 until 1941.

 

Death On The Tracks: 1903 Bordeaux Washington

Mumby trucks with old growth logs

Death On The Tracks: 1903 Bordeaux WA

It was an unseasonably warm spring day in April. Blanch Philby, a mother of two toddlers was on her way to the mill to meet her husband Charles who had just been paid that day. She intended to get his paycheck and then go on to the company store where she planned on buying some things for her baby that was soon to be due.

As was most of the homes in the town, Blanch’s house was perched on the hillside making it necessary for her to go down a flight of wooden steps, cross the railroad tracks and then on to the mill.

She got as far as the tracks when she was distracted by a yell from her friend who wanted her to pick up something at the store for her. “A lone engine operated by a fireman blasted around the bend from behind her.”

Glen Whipple had the sorrowful task of picking up what was left of Charles Philby’s wife and unborn child. [Source: The Tacoma News Tribune and Sunday Ledger – 05 October 1969; from an original story for the Tribune by Jeanne D. (Mrs. W. Ken) Adams, an Olympia, WA area freelance writer.]

As you can imagine, a mill town was a very noisy place to live with big saws running, men shouting, railroad engines and other vehicles all in operation at the same time.

Looking at the 1900 Federal Census District #224 for Littlerock, Thurston, WA we find “Charley” age 25, and Blanch, age 15, Philby (no children) residing in their own home. A few residences away is another Philby family, but there is no way to tell if this is a family connection. The head of household in that family was Amos Philby, age 55, so it’s possible he is the father of Charles/Charley Philby. In 1900 Charley was working as a “timber faller” for a logging company. [Source: Ancestry.com]

Further research in the Washington State Archives Digital Records resulted in a different date for Blanch’s death: 1903. Her grave is in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Thurston (Tumwater, WA). FindAGrave lists her memorial as Memorial# 38299156 and her date of death is also 1903 there as well.

 

© Carol Yates Wilkerson 2012

 

 

 

 

Lillian Vera Epstein Moline 1904 – 1975

1904 Ancestry - Lillian V Epstein birth MN

This is a testament to “always go back and look again” for family records.  From the WA Digital Archives long ago I had found the Social Security Death Index for my mom’s step-mother Lillian Vera Epstein Moline.

Just on a whim, I looked at Ancestry.com again this last week and found her birth information which also included her parent’s names and ages. Additionally, I found where her parents were born (Russia).  Going by that new information, I’m now looking at the MN 1905 special census, the 1910 Federal Census as well as the 1920 census.

I’m pretty sure that Grandma “Eppie” also had a brother, but at this point I can’t remember his name. I think we do have some pictures of him though, so maybe I’ll have to dig them out and check them for names.

As you can see from the Ancestry.com record Eppie was born in Minneapolis, MN; she was a registered nurse in the State of Washington and worked for many years at Swedish hospital.  Grandma died in 1975 in Everett, WA which was also the home of her oldest step-daughter Eleanor Jeane Moline Davis.

Additional Moline article:

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

Surprise! My Aunt’s Given Name Was Jeanette!

Jeane Moline birth certif copy

If you remember, I said in a previous post Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline? that I was sending for my Aunt Jeane Moline Davis’ birth certificate to see what name her parents had given her.

First of all, I have to say, I had a lot of the information in order to be able to fill in the date, parents, etc., which made it pretty easy for the Health Dept. in Olympia to find the right person I was looking for. I was able to order online one day and I got the certificate the next day.  I should say, I only live an hour away from Olympia, so that was probably the reason for the fast service.

Now, here was the surprise: My aunt’s first name was neither Jeane or Eleanor, but Jeanette.  All my life though we always called her Jeane.  This brings me to the next mystery then.  My own mother was originally named Mildred Alice Moline.  Just to make this harder though, the birth certificate for Jeane shows no middle name! Ugh!

The middle sister was named Joyce Lorraine. I’ve never sent for her birth certificate but I have her military records showing her legal name (I presume).  I don’t remember the exact year but before 1965 my grandfather filled out an affidavit that changed my mom’s name to Joan Alice Moline.  So, the daughters were officially Jeane, Joyce and Joan. Or, as the Swedish relatives would probably say, “Yeen, Yoyce and Yown”. ;)

I’ve added the full image (minus the ‘copy’ info) to Jeane’s profile on Ancestry.

 

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