Saturday, April 12, 2014

Locate Your Relation or Ancestor in Western Montana


While you're researching family history, Bygone Montanans, a new blog, is live again and leads visitors to past generations. Its goal is to help you trace your lineage, locate and learn about ancestors, discover the forces that motivated them, and to learn how they lived their lives -- as told in their own words in the trilogy Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II, & III.

How to use the online blog:
  • Use name labels to jump to excerpt with the name of one of the hundreds of people who passed through, sojourned in, prospected, explored, labored, or homesteaded in or around the Clark's Fork and Bull River valleys in western Sanders County, Montana, between the 1860s to early 1930s who is featured in the trilogy.
  • Up to 20 indexed names will be published, at frequent intervals, in an excerpt, and a historic picture if available.
  • When you find a family tie on the Bygone Montanans blog, please leave a comment, contact information, and share a memory to grow your family tree!
Why people read Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II & III on the freebie website:
  • The freebie links to each volume, has archives and labels that make it easy to jump to chapters and to alphabetically indexed surnames in each volume.
  • Option to begin at Introduction and click link at the end, to the next chapter.
Why people purchase Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II, & III on kindle:
  • Kindle books include new material and hundreds of exclusive historical photographs not in original books, or in the online freebie editions.
  • Kindle books are easily searchable.
  • Photographs are easily enlarged to view details.
  • Photographs can be copied and printed for personal enjoyment.
Stop by Bygone Montanans often, make yourselves at home, and stay a while. You might connect with a cousin you never knew existed, or find a long lost branch of the family.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Good Places to Have Fun in Whitman and Spokane Counties

Annual Frog Regatta is April 12, 2014
Rockford, Wash.
Join the fun taking place all over town.

Street addresses and contact information for good places to hang out in Whitman and Spokane counties:

Albion Library, 310 F Street, Albion, WA 99102
Paul Slaughter <albion@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Colfax Library, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax, WA 99111-1863
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director\Main Library, <info@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Colton Library, 760 Broadway Ave., Colton, WA 99113
Holly Meyer <
colton@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Endicott Library, 324 E Street, Endicott, WA 99125
Laura Jones, <
endicott@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Fairfield Library, Main Street, Fairfield, Wash., Bev Bergstrom <bbergstrom@scld.org>

Farmington Library, E. 203 Main, Farmington, WA 99128
Rose Anderson,

Garfield Library, 109 N. Third, Garfield, WA 99130
Kelsey Gallegos, librarian

LaCrosse Library, 107 S. Main, LaCrosse, WA 99143
Angela Bennett, <lacrosse@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Malden Library, 205 South Moreland, Malden, WA 99149
Shannon Roe, <malden@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Rosalia: Alice Porter Memorial Library, 402 S. Whitman Ave. Rosalia, Wa. 99170; Karen Wallace, <Rosalia@whitco.lib.wa.us>

St. John Library, 1 E. Front Street, St. John, WA 99171
Clancy Pool, <cpool@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Oakesdale Library, 102 E. Steptoe, Oakesdale, WA 99158
Michele Wright, <oakesdale@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Palouse Library, E. 120 Main, Palouse, WA 99161
Beverly Pearce, <palouse@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Tekoa Library, S. 139 Crosby, Tekoa, WA 99033
Diane Harp, <tekoa@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Uniontown Library, 110 S. Montgomery, Uniontown, WA 99179
Chelsea Leachman, <uniontown@whitco.lib.wa.us>

Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Parkway, Uniontown, Wash

On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E Palouse Hwy, Valleyford, Wash.
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bygone Montanans; a Montana Research Opportunity

To the merely curious or those of you who are interested in researching family history, Bygone Montanans, a new blog, opened the door to the past by naming the hundreds of people who passed through, sojourned in, prospected, explored, labored, or homesteaded in or around the Clark's Fork and Bull River valleys in western Sanders County, Montana, between the 1860s to early 1930s. Its goal is to help you trace your lineage, locate and learn about ancestors, discover the forces that motivated them, and to learn how they lived their lives -- as told in their own words in the trilogy BEHIND THESE MOUNTAINS, Vols. I, II, & III.

However, there is no need to purchase a book to take advantage of the opportunity to find someone, because the books are free here.

 Up to 20 indexed names will be published on the blog at a time, at frequent intervals, along with an excerpt and a photograph if available.

The free Behind These Mountains website includes a link to each volume, in addition to archives and labels that make it easy to jump to chapters. Or, simply begin at Introduction and then click the link at the end of each chapter that takes you to the next chapter. The website archives [but not the Kindle editions] have a link to a list of alphabetically indexed surnames found in each volume.
 

The free Behind These Mountains website includes a link to each volume, in addition to archives and labels in the panel on the right that make it easy to jump to chapters. Or, simply begin at Introduction and then click the link at the end of each chapter that takes you to the next chapter. The website archives have a link to a list of alphabetically indexed surnames found in each volume, which isn't available in the Kindle editions.

So suit yourself, but I hope you'll visit Bygone Montanans often, and share with friends and acquaintances. If you find anyone with family ties, please leave a comment, contact information, and share a memory to grow your family tree!

Stop by, make yourselves at home, and stay a while. You might connect with a cousin you never knew existed, or find a long lost branch of the family.
 

Friday, February 7, 2014

SPECIAL BULLETIN


The final volume of the Behind These Mountains trilogy is also in Kindle eEdition now, preserving the history of northwestern Sanders County, Montana for posterity.

Because the books have been revised to include information not available before, plus being edited by professionals. Photographs reproduction is also enhanced. The editions are superior in every way to the original softcover editions and this online edition.


Even if you don't wish to buy the books, do take advantage of Kindle's free "Look Inside".

Viewers have the following responses ~~

"You've got that one wonderful paragraph about yourself moving to the area, which I think makes the whole thing so credible and worthy. I love that. I also think your other paragraphs have a lot of information in them that is interesting, and kind of gives a style or voice that people can get a feel for. YOU come through ... in the books regardless of the small amount of your own prose," Sheri McGregor

 "Congratulations, Mona! YOU'RE the one who did the work, put in the effort. It is your accomplishment -- and a fine accomplishment it is, a real contribution to your region," G. K. Adams.

"I browsed through all three, and they look very good. Nice job! A little bit of history preserved for the ages! Bravo!" Gary Presley, Author of Seven Wheelchairs,
www.garypresley.com

"You may have equally good days in the future, but never a better one. Hearty congratulations," Jack Shakely, Author, Confederate War Bonnet, Give Me A Log With You At One End, and many others,
http://tinyurl.com/kz6ybc8

"Huge congratulations, Mona. I know the struggles with following Smashwords' guide. But all three volumes! You're definitely on a champagne kick:-)" Joanna Weston,
http://www.1960willowtree.wordpress.com, and published in many anthologies and magazines.

"Dancing many happy dances for you, Mona! What a major accomplishment!!" Jody Ewing, Author, Iowa Cold Cases,
http://tinyurl.com/knsljdg

"Wonderful news! Congratulations, and much, much success," Guilie Castillo,
http://guilie-castillo-oriard.blogspot.com/

"Congratulations, Mona-what an accomplishment! Best," Judith Quaempts

"You have done a marvelous service here. If I lived in the area or had every lived in the area, I would definitely want your books. Nice going!" Judith Stock, Freelance writer,
https://jstock.contently.com/

"Big congratulations," June Gallant, member
http://internetwritingworkshop.org

"You are AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you Mona," Kathy and Bill Creed.

"Mona, a simple congratulations just won't do...so, FarrrrrrrOut! as John Denver would have said," Keith Bellinger

"This looks great! Two years! Plus the 20+ years before that. And the Kindles include pictures and footnotes. I know you were formatting all of this. You did so good. You're an inspiration. Victory, right! I posted announcements to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook," Katherine Kay,
www.katherinekay.com


"Congratulations!! I have been letting all my friends know about your books!" Michael Vanek

"Congratulations on the completion of your two-year project! What's next? I looked at your Mona's Kindle Store, but I haven't viewed the author page yet. $19.95 per volume is a good price, I think. Higher than most of the Kindle books I've seen--I assume because it's history with lots of photos--but still reasonable enough to be affordable for most folks," Marylyn Cork, Project director/co-author of the Bonner County History Book, Beautiful Bonner; co-author with Diane Mercer of Priest River and Priest Lake Memories; and co author with Diane Mercer and Jeanne Tomlin of Priest River and Priest Lake: Kaniksu Country in the Images of America series, Acadia Publishing.


 "With all those photos, that's a major accomplishment. You set an example few can emulate," Mel Jacob, Author, "The Lilacs Bloom", "Deadly Valentine",
www.nellduvall.com

"Big Congrats!" Peter Bernhardt, Author: "The Stasi File," Quarter Finalist 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award; Sequel: "Kiss of the Shaman's Daughter."
http://tinyurl.com/a7rnpql - http://sedonaauthor.com
"They are good books--people will love them," Carol Page.

"pretty neat stuff!!" Frank Gremaux

"I found you at:
http://riverjournal.com/vivvo/keywords/mt-scribbler and http://montanascribbler.com/p/contact.html," David Miller.

"I peeked into Volume III and it's impressive, Mona. The phototgraphs are as clear as if I was holding them in my hand. Good, detailed write-ups for each one. Sometimes it seems like you've been working on this forever, but the truth is, you've accomplished a ton of work in a short time. I can only imagine the relief you feel at actually completing a task like this. It's fantastic! .... People are going to benefit from this history series for years to come." Sue Ellis,

"Congratulations, Mona. I can tell it's been a grand undertaking and the histories look fascinating. I wish you many, many sales," Carol Crigger, Author, Gone Rogue, Hereafter, Three Seconds to Thunder,
www.ckcrigger.com

"Way to go! I was going through my books the other day, and it tickled me to see a lot of remembered names. Good job Mona, but now what will you do?" Neil Logan

"Mona, huge congratulations! I took a peek at your book through the Amazon Inside feature, and I am truly impressed. You have clearly worked long and hard, and your dedication has paid off," Bob Sanchez, Author, When Pigs Fly voted #1 Best Indie on Goodreads!
http://bitly.com/bobsanchez and http://bobsanchez1.blogspot.com

"Congratulations. You must feel good having completed this project," Wayne Scheer

"Congratulations, Mona! Wonderful news, I'm thrilled for you. Way to go," - William Bartlett

"YAY!!!! I'm so proud of you!" Carla Street



"Dang, I hope yer still scribblin' stories gal.....yer notta writer! Yer, a story teller and. a dang gud 'un ta-boot welp, I kindee jist run acrost ya.....whilst diggin' up bones....The Thompsons are my maternal kin....now, funny thing about archeology ya jest never kno where thet trail will lead ya! And, it rode me, rite to you. Life really, throws folks curve balls sometimes it, seems like only yesterday I was, swilling a few cold pints with, my, favorite cousin.. Nipper.... on Okinawa, 1970...he being USAF on the western side of the island...me USMC on the Eastern, remembering fallen comrades and, cousins KIAd in Vietnam. Never; realizing it, would be our last reunion...he was on my paternal side and, passed a year ago this past April. So, beings Im a travelin man, I jest pulled up stakes and, headed for Ehprata Wa. to visit his sister.

  Anyolways Im now residing in this sage brush and, rock rekindling old kinsmanships and, researching my mothers side...the Thompsons. So, whilst followin a trail , like a Blue Tick hound onna raccoons trail I barked up yer tree via the international web...Im David Thompsons 4th great grandson...knowing Thompsons Falls Montana is, named for him and, my mother Janes mother Eunice Neola Thompson was, raised on the Thompson ranch in, none other than, Thompson Falls, Im seeking written or,oral histories of, Montana Territory circa 1860-1950...and, hopefully pho-tee-graphâs, on the flip side my maternal grandfather was a Doherty...now, a funny thing arises here at this, juncture he forbade talking of, his forefathers yet, the 2 families migrated outta Canada East, via Wisconsin about, the same time and, settled in Montana Territory as; your research has; probably shown you, if; you're aware of; D. Thompson they, were very acquainted and, friendly with, the indigenous tribes. It, just so, happens my grandfather Robert Murray Doherty was, buried on the Kootenai reservation in 1941....

    Bicca-Cutta...Mucka Cutta...means cut, bisquits grandmother....on, those cold freezing winter nights....when, the indian agent sold the Federal governments beef alottments for the indians; to pioneers and, miners...the tribes would head for the Thompson ranch..( Harry Albert Thompson and, his wife Sophie )..replete with, a barn....shelter and, above all....food and, kinsmanship of, friendships spanning decades....So, out would come the fat and, flour, Harry would butcher beeves and, the pipe would be passed.....again....

   This, is; an oral history passed down from my grandmother Eunice....now, an interesting tidbit....my mother came to, visit me whilst I resided in Colorado about, 1992,she asked, to go to Estes Park so, up thru the Conifers along the old road we, drove...there, just up ahead and, to the right was, Charlie Silver Plumes indian trading post, stop she says...so, beings Im an obedient 50s sumthin brat I do......after sum palaverin' and, rejoicing....Charlie had eaten at the Thompson Ranch as, a boy...ummm....wunder why, the many paths that are walked and, the many lives that are entwined throughout history come together a century later....what are the chances? A mere coincidence? A longing for old comrades to smoke the pipe again? A spiritual thing? Charlie passed 4 days later.

   So, here we is...you and, I....onna fluke of mere chance....even, if; you kno nothing....I would honor you, by just outright buying a 3 volume set....bound of, course...

yer a good read....and. I mite add yer folks ˜ad a heckava sense of, humor.....naming you sech!

Respectfully

David J. Cheek"

END

Mona Leeson Vanek 
Montana Scribbler | http://montanascribbler.com"Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II, &amp; III | http://tinyurl.com/mdmefz4
Mona's Author Page |
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KCEM56
(Online copies of original softcover editions: http://tinyurl.com/4kfpw9v)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The North Palouse Washington e-Newscast will be on hiatus until further notice due to illness. Please use the links to locate news and events in the towns on the Palouse.

My sincere hope is that you will continue staying informed by using the built in Pages at the top of the page, and Links in the right hand panel on this page. TOWNS will link you to events and news in many of the Palouse towns. Many websites post dates and activities well in advance. Many city and town government minutes and agendas are also accessible via the TOWN page.

SCHOOLS keep readers of their websites well informed. CHURCHES include many informative websites.

All library schedules are accessible in the Whitman County Library and the Spokane County Library links, in the right hand panel.

Artisans at the Dahmen Barn  website, with registration due dates, and On Sacred Grounds Coffee blog, The Clarion  update their scheduled events regularly.

Don't miss the December craft shows on the Palouse. Schedules are available via several town links.

The editor