We took a day off (almost) today and just stayed in Spokane for an extra day. We didn’t want to arrive in Tacoma on a Sunday afternoon – we figured it wouldn’t be very convenient for the staff to have us arrive on their day off.
We also took advantage of the fact that there is considerably less traffic on a Sunday for us to drive around the old part of Spokane looking for addresses. I was able to look up the addresses where Papa and his family lived through the years because Ancestry.com has the City Directories from 1900-1935 on line. They lived in about 10 different places between 1908 and 1925 – apparently apartments and small rent houses that aren’t there any more. In 1926 they moved to 928 W 17th Ave, and, lo and behold, the house is still there.
It’s a charming bungalow, and the lady who lives there now was out in the yard and saw me taking the picture. She said it was built in 1908, and there was one family that had lived there from 1940 through 1995. They bought it then and had raised their children there. She was entranced to learn some more of the history of her house and I was pleased to learn that many people had had happy lives there.
After that, we went back to the motel and spent the afternoon resting up. We went to dinner at a very good steak place about 4:30 (we still haven’t gotten our stomachs acclimated to the new time zone), and we’re lucky we went then, because by the time we finished, there was a long wait.
Tomorrow we press on to Tacoma. The next issue of the blog should be pictures of our new home!