Monday, October 16, 2017

Some Book Serendipity at GFO Seminar

Saturday I attended the seminar in Milwaukie, Oregon at the Milwaukie Center, with CeCe Moore as the speaker, put on by the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. It was a fantastic program on DNA research. The speaker was so motivating in encouraging me in wanting to do more of this type of testing and discovering more about my ancestors. We had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed visiting with so many friends. Then I bought way too many books, but I am prepared for reading when I take breaks from working on the DNA results. Thank you to my friend Tricia Oberndorf from St. Helens for driving and helping me cart the books home.

Monday, the books I bought on Saturday are finally unpacked, entered into my excel book list, with only seven duplicates. One I even bought two of from the same vendor. I know where those seven will go. For only $2 a book from GFO and 1/2 price from OGS I got some great deals. There are 25 from GFO and 10 from OGS, with total cost of $70.50. I only bought one new book for $40 from the book vendor. My favorite find is a copy of "The Coming of the Mormons" by Jay Kjelgaard. What a great little book written for youth. If you don't have a copy there are some for sale online that cost just a little more than what I paid. The drawings in the book are by Stephen J. Voorhies and are pen and ink. Many books I will read and pass on, but this one stays with my collection with other books that he wrote.

List of Books bought 14 October 2017
GFO all $2
Adventurer's of Oregon by Constance Lindsay Skinner, 1921
Columbia Co. Historical Soc. Booklets Index Vol. 1-21
Deep Ancestry Genographic Project by Spencer Wells
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, no date, but very old
Family Diseases are You at Risk? by Myra Vanderpool Gormley
Genealogical Resources in English Repositories by Joy Wade Moulton (Duplicate)
Graduel Romain at Quebec, in French 1854 (very old and fragile)
Guide Map of Quebec by Carrel, 1952
Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Oregon by OHS, original 1942
History of the Westward Movement by Frederick Merk
House Histories by Sally Light
How to Do Everything with your Genealogy by George G. Morgan (Duplicate)
How to Locate Anyone Who is or Has Been in the Military by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson
Hymns of the Christian Life, First Congregational Church of Salem, Oregon, 1925
Marshfield Mass. Vital Records to 1850 by Robert M. Sherman (Duplicate, 1st book $42)
Oregon Historical Quarterly Index Vol. 82-101, 1981-2000 compiled by Brownell and Platt
Research in Oregon! by Connie Lenzen
Saxons, Vikings, and Celts by Bryan Sykes
The Bridge of the God's by F. H. Balch, 1902
The Columbia America's Great Highway by Samuel Lancaster
The Conquests of England by Eric Linklater
The Genealogists Encyclopedia by L. G. Pine
The Old Ship Meeting House of Hingham, Massachusetts by Gladys Stark, 1951
The Sleuth Book for Genealogists by Emily Anne Croom
Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthorne Groene (Duplicate)
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel
Your English Ancestry A Guide for North Americans by Sherry Irvine

Census Records, State, Local, Federal, Mortality, Territorial by Ruby Lacy $1
Connecticut Sources for Family HIstorians and Genealogists by Kip Sperry $1
Genealogical Handbook for NE Research by Marcia Wiswall Lindberg $1.50 (I have been looking for this)
Genealogical Resources of the Minnesota Historical Society by MHS $1.50
Heraldry, Ancestry and Titles by L. G. Pine $1 (Duplicate)
Index to American Genealogies by Munsell $7.50
The Coming of the Mormons $1.50
Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Anne Croom $1, $2.50 (Duplicate)
Women's Diaries $2

Yes, I will scrounge for books. Give me a box or boxes and I will fill them up. GFO sells used books on their website, but surely not at this price! These were some wonderful finds. Serendipity in the books. Up to 730 books in my genealogy collection. Still have five boxes of family books in boxes, but one of my main goals is to get them on shelves. Another main goal is to spend more time reading and then sharing the books.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Watts Books at the Watts House with Signatures of Family Members

Watts Books at the Watts House with Signatures of Family Members

Acres if Diamonds by Russell Herman Cornwell, John D. Moore & Co., published 1901, Philadelphia, singed in fire, J. G. Watts.

American Cookery, The Boston Cooking School Magazine, April 1934, Property of Mrs. Watts, Gardening Section.

Baxter’s Practicle Up to Date Receipt Book for Bakers, 1896/1922, signed by author, Mary A. Ewing.

Call Julii Caesaris – Commentarii by George Stuart AM, Eldredge & Brother, Philadelphia, 1863/1867, J. G. Watts March 1884.

English American Literature by Truman J. Backus, New York, 1881, donated by J. G. Watts, inscribed “a present to Rose by a friend.”

Fortieth Anniversary of the Statehood of Oregon by State of Oregon, W. F. Leek State Printer, Salem, Oregon, to J. G. Watts County Clerk 1898-1900 with picture.

Good Morals and Gentle Manneers by Alex M. Gaw AM, American Book Co., New York, 1873, Mrs. J. G. Watts.

History of the Great War Vol. 1-8, New York, 1916, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier, June 24, 1941.

McGuffey’s High School Reader by Van Atnwarp, Bragg & Co., New York, 1889 to Mr. J. G. Watts when County Superintendent of Schools, 1891

New Normal Mental Arithmetic by Edward Brooks, Sower Potts & Co., Philadelphia, 1873, James G. Watts December 9, 1880.

Old Fashioned Roses by James Whitcomb Riley, Bobs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1912, Mary A. Ewing 1940.

Oregon Native Son Historical Magazine, Native Son Publishing Co., October 1900, singed in fire, J. G. Watts.

The Harvard Classics, New York, 1909-1914, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier June 24, 1941.

The Library of Universal Literature by Frank Crosby, New York, 1900, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier, June 24, 1941.

The Life and Works of Washington Irving Vols. 1-2, by Pollard & Moss, New York, 1893, donated 1955 by H. E. Burns father of Archie Burns, who was a grandson of Wm. Watts, Scappoose, Oregon.

The Orthoepist by Alfred Ayres, D. Appleton & Co. New York, 1880/1888, J. G. Watts.

The Shakesperein Reader by John W. S. Hows, New York, 1881, signature and notes by J. G. Watts, PHS 1887.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scappoose, Oregon Historical Sketches

Scappoose, Oregon Historical Sketches
Good History 25 names, BK No 1, Pioneers
Historical Sketches 1824 – 1940, J. G. Watts, 1940, Front page
Susannah Rice 437 NE Multnomah St. Portland
List Names for 1830, 1840, 1850

Watts Books at the Scappoose Library with Signatures

Watts Books at the Scappoose Library with Signatures

Gefchichten and Marchen, by Lillian Foster, 1899: John Russell Collier

Germelshaufen by Griffin M. Lovelace: Helen Watts Clothier

Marchen und Erzahlungen by H. A. Guerber: 1914-15 Helen L. Watts, S.H.S.

Marchen und Erzablungen by H. A. Guerber, vol. 2, Helen L. Watts, S.H.S. ‘17

Sober als bie Rirdje by Mills Whittlesey, A.M., Helen Watts

Frau Sorge by Gustav Gruener, 1911, Presented by J. G. Watts, Feb. 17, 1930

The Footprints of Time And a Complete Analysis of the American System of Government, by 
Charles Bancroft, 1880, Jas. G. Watts, 1881, 17 yrs. old, Scappoose, Ore., Bought May 2, 1881, $5.00

Business Law for Business Men, State of Oregon, by A. J. Bledsoe, 1915, Watts and Price 1915
With receipt, received payment A. J. Bledsoe Mgr., Watts & Price, Scappoose, Or., Aug. 24, 1915

Nasby In Excile or six months of travel, by David R. Locke, 1882, Presented to Scappoose Public 
Library by Miss Vera Price May 1940, Mrs. D. W. Price

Story of One Hundred Years, by Daniel B. Shepp, Presented to Scappoose Public Library by Miss 
Vera Price May 1940, Mrs. D. W. Price

History of The Oregon Country, by Harvey W. Scott, 1924, Presented by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier (Miss Maude Watts) Feb. 15, 1930, sticker in book Presented by Henry E. Collier, Maude E. Collier, In Memory of John R. Watts and Elizabeth M. Watts, Pioneers 1852

Joab Powell, Homespun Missionary, by M. Leona Nichols, 1935, from the library of A. E. Burns, a grandson of William Watts, Scappoose Pioneer of 1852

A History of Oregon, by Robert Carlton Clark, Ph. D., 1926, from the library of A. E. Burns, a grandson of William Watts, (a pioneer of Scappoose (1852) ), Ira W. Burns 1955

Life on the Plains of the Pacific, Oregon: History, Condition and Prospects, by Rev. Gustavus Hines, 1881, Given by Ida Watts Burns in memory of her father William Watts (1803-1873) on whose donation homestead the town of Scappoose is located, A. E. Burns

History of the Columbia River Valley, by Fred Lockley, 1928, Presented to the Scappoose Public Library by Mrs. Henry Duncan of Warren, Oregon in memory of her brother Wm. Fullerton born in the Scappoose vicinity in 18??

No Man Like Joe, The Life and Times of Joseph L. Meek, by Harvey Elmer Tobie, Our Pioneer Association, May 1875, sticker in book Presented by Friends In Memory of J. G. and Rose E. Watts

Life and Letters of Mrs. Jason Lee, by Theresa Gay, 1936, Presented by friends of J. G. and Rose E. Watts.

Sacajawea of the Shoshones, by Dela Gould Emmons, 1949, Presented by friends of J. G. and Rose E. Watts.

The Empire Builders, by Robert Ormond Case, 1949, Presented by the Scappoose Parent Teacher Association founders day February 18, 1959, in memory of Mrs. Rose Watts, sticker in book Presented by Friends In Memory of J. G. and Rose E. Watts

The Rand-McNally Guide to the Great Northwest, by S. H. Soule, 1903, From the library of Archie Burns who was a grandson of William Watts the 1852 Pioneer of Scappoose, Presented Ida W. Burns, 1955

The Use of the National Forests, by Gifford Pinchot, Forester, 1907, Given to Scappoose Public Library, 1946, Mary Ewing

Sunset’s Flower Arrangement Book, by Nell True Welch, 1942, Presented to Scappoose Library by Mrs. W. D. Burg, 1950, Mrs. Lena Burg

There are some books that we were unable to locate and they are probably set aside somewhere. They include:
Beasee Hero? by Ruth Bender, 1959
The State of Oregon General & Special Laws, Legislative Assembly 1899
The Tender Heart by Archie Bearns, 1944
Days with Chief Joseph: Diary, by Erskine Wood, 1950

Northwest Exploration, by Gordon Speck, 1845

Scappoose Historical Society Board Information

 Scappoose Historical Society Board Information
1997 22 Nov., History of Scappoose Historical Society
1975 7 Apr., Letter Mary Pintarich to Mr. Van Watts, not this Watts family
Research on Van Watts Family, not related

Scappoose Historical Society Timeline

Scappoose Historical Society Timeline

1852       12 October, William Watts born 1803 KY, arrived in Oregon with his second wife Nancy Jane with whom he had two children Robert and Elizabeth; settled Donation Land Claim 1358, 10 December 1852. The claims were for 320 acres and an additional 320 acres for the wife. His son Benjamin M. (wrote Ben Watts Trail Log), had Donation Land Claim 1450. William had seven children from his first marriage to Elizabeth M. Naylor and all five sons came to Oregon including John W. (wrote “Foghorn” Diary), James W., Francis and Thomas. William with his third wife, Mary Ann Butterworth, had four children Henry Clay (his daughter Alice Mary Watts wrote about the family in 1981), Ewing Jolly, Isabelle (her daughter Ida Marion Strong Seggel wrote about the family in 1976) and Ida Ann.

1861       12 December James Washington Watts married Elizabeth Matilda Nessly, parents of Minnie Annette, James Grant and William Thomas; Elizabeth later married John Ralph Watts a cousin of James Washington Watts.

1872       14 August death of James Washington Watts.

1873       27 April marriage of Elizabeth Matilda Watts to John Ralph Watts. Three daughters born to them: Lillie May Perry, Marie Ellen Eskridge and Maude Elizabeth Collier (wrote about the family in 1976).

1864       23 October James Grant Watts born in Scappoose, Oregon. (Wrote history of Scappoose 1852-1934)

1868       25 December Arizona Rosamund Ewing born in DesMoines, Iowa.

1888       2 February Daniel (Dee) William Price married Minnie Annette Watts.

1890       17 September James Grant Watts married Arizona Rosamund (Rose) Ewing.

1891       4 June birth of son Raymond Ewing Watts, who died 16 June 1904.

1894       25 April birth of daughter Hazel Mildred Watts who married Rev. Vernon Walter Cooke 16 May 1917.

1898       20 December birth of daughter Helen Lucille who married Reverdy Mead Clothier 1 January 1924.

1902     James Grant Watts built Watts house in Scappoose, Oregon.

1905       1 February birth of son James Loring Watts who married Irene K. Leach 12 March 1938. (Wrote about the family in 1976)
               16 April death of John Ralph Watts, second husband of Elizabeth Matilda Watts.

1909       Cook book produced by the Columbia County Ladies Aid Society.

1920       2 January death of Elizabeth Matilda Nessly Watts. Scappoose Street named for her. Will in Columbia Co. She bequeathed land for public schools.

                13 April first special election held, J G Watts elected first mayor

1921       13 July City of Scappoose Incorporated and adopted its first charter, voted on Aug. 13 at Watts and Price Hall, Scappoose, Oregon, formally adopted November 1, 1921

1922       City water system complete

1924       Street lights installed

                Cook book produced by the Scappoose Ladies Aid Society.

1927       Electricity connected to homes

1928       Scappoose Garden Club Organized

1929       Library started by Rose Watts, Caroline Dorris and Lena Burg, November 29 tea, over 100 books donated.

1931      Fire at Watts and Price store, library books moved to Watts home

1938       22 April Scappoose Garden Club reorganized. Gladys Wheeler President, Rose Watts Vice-President, Amy Frakes Secretary-Treasurer.

1956       24 April James Grant Watts died.

1958      Scappoose Public Library built as part of Fire Station building, dedication October 20, books to be moved
by the high school students. About 4,000 to 5,000 books. Corner stone placed with items of interest.

1959       31 January Rose Watts died.
               Beverly Kennedy became librarian and would serve for over thirty years, retiring in 1992.

1969       June 26 – City of Scappoose purchased the Watts house from James Loring Watts and Irene L. Watts for $20,000. About this time it is estimated that there were 16,000 books in the library.

1974       October - Formed society, city moved offices into Watts house
               December 3 – Society members met with City Council
               December 5 – Society incorporated with non-profit status, Mary Pintarich president, chairperson

1975       January 21 – Society met with city and established guidelines
               September 29 – Society bylaws adopted

6 October – Council behind society 1976 project to rejuvenate the Watts house, received grant, society to oversee the museum

1977       June 24 – Children’s Museum opened, overseen by the Woman’s Club of Scappoose

1980       February 19 – Watts house designated first historic landmark of Scappoose
              November 28 – Watts house place on National Register of Historic Places

1981       January 5 – Watts house recognized by State Historic Preservation Office

1983       May 2 – Final Woman’s Club meeting, turned over Children’s Museum and funding to Scappoose Historical Society, copy of minutes

1987       December 5 – Watts house non-profit status reinstated by Oregon Corporation Division

1988       42 members
               March 3 – Vivian R. Urie president, chairperson and registered agent of society

1989       June 20 – Irene Watts a member of the society is quoted, “Home was purchased by the city with the understanding it was a historical site and would become a museum eventually.”
               June 20 Board minutes of Scappoose Historical Society

1997       20 members
               November 22 – The 22 year relationship between city and the society, city report
               Scappoose High School advanced wood working class and instructor donated their time to construct the display cases, Scappoose Woman’s Club treasury provided funds, Scappoose Senior Citizens donated a quilt that they made as a bicentennial project

2004       ReAnna Sharp president of society

2006       29 members

2012       Barbara Hayden president of society

2016       Elaine Thompson president of society, 24 members

2017       Karen Holmberg president of society

A Serendipity Day

Went out to lunch with my brother and his daughter. We went to one of our mother's and grandmother's favorite restaurants, the Wishing Well, in St. John's, Oregon. Great Chinese food. I had not been there for 15 years. We celebrated my niece's birthday and had a great visit. Then we drove by my Aunt and Uncle's home who I have not spoken to in four years. They were at the beach, but I hope to make contact soon. Sometimes we get promptings to do something and it feels so good when we follow them. Family memories are precious. My niece shared with me that she had been given some of our mother's things. Her family now has the silverware our mother purchased before she got married to our father and a couple of her paintings. What a treasure just knowing she has them. A serendipity day.