Descendants of James Gordon Gilliland

Jacob Ocheltree and his wife Phebie Gilliland
Two years ago I took possession of a trunk of photos that belonged to Barbara Ocheltree, a second cousin once removed. She died in 2003, and her executor couldn’t find any close family members to whom to pass along her personal possessions. She turned to a local genealogy society, which tracked me down. A lot…

Descendants of John Robinson Ocheltree

Barbara Ocheltree
Two years ago I took possession of a trunk of photos that belonged to Barbara Ocheltree, a second cousin once removed. She died in 2003, and her executor couldn’t find any close family members to pass along her personal possessions. She turned to a local genealogy society, which tracked me down. A lot of the…

Measles to dead in one day

Rhodora Rothacher, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Rothacker, ??? Pearson ave, died Saturday evening the first victim of the measles epidemic now raging in the city. Rhodora contracted measles Friday. Pneumonia followed, causing her death. With nine additional measles cases reported this morning, the total number of cases this month in Ames was 205. One mumps case was reported today to bring the month's total to five cases. Today's victims of communicable diseases follows:
While researching the Rothacker family this evening (expect a post about this project in a month or two), I found a daughter who died in 1929 of measles, which seemed pertinent to current discussions on vaccination. Measles Takes First Victim Two-year old child dies Saturday Rhodora Rothacker, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R.…

Seattle Police Department fails the city again

Walking While Black
Compare the Seattle Police Department’s spinning of the William Wingate case from the SPD with the reporting from the Stranger. The officer who made the arrest received counseling from her supervisor, a course of action that the department believes to be an appropriate resolution. A talking-to is an appropriate course of action for causing a…

Washington Advisory Votes

Marijuana crop, better known as help over here.
Due to the remnants of a Tim Eyman initiative, we have advisory votes on anything that can be construed as a tax increase that’s passed by the legislature. There are only two such this year. Advisory Vote No. 8 After we legalized marijuana two years ago, marijuana growers qualified for standard preferences for agriculture. The…

Washington Initiative Measure No. 594

Gun Show
Initiative 594 would apply currently used criminal and background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions. While I tend to be a bleeding heart liberal, I’m generally less supportive of gun control measures than a lot of other folks. There’s essentially two things…

Gramps 4.1

Gramps Logo
I’m finally upgrading to Gramps 4.1, which changes how it handles places. It now builds a hierarchy of places. Which means I now have some issues: Do I make overseas colonies children of the controlling country? I’m thinking so, but in most cases they weren’t considered part of that country the way that Iowa is…

Washington Initiative Measure No. 591

Jesse James, half-length portrait, facing front, holding handgun in left hand at his waist
Kicking off my 2014 General Election ballot is Initiative 591, which prohibits government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms without due process, and prohibits requiring background checks unless there’s a national requirement to do so. This initiative is an easy no. We already can’t confiscate guns without due process. A person’s guns have more…