Looking for Orting, Washington WWII Veterans

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UPDATED NOV 20 2014

Having just moved back to the Orting, Washington area after an absence of over 20 years, I’ve gotten involved with the local Orting Historical Society. One of their current projects is the restoration of the War Memorial in the Orting City Park. The Memorial was originally built sometime after August 7, 1944, as The City Council meeting notes state that the building of the War Memorial was approved on that day. Originally, the front of the wall included 3 cases in which were the names of WWII veterans that served from Orting. The names were on small bronze plates and included a star to the side of the name if the person died in the service. There were at least 261 names on the wall. I remember the cases with the names on them, as I went by the memorial on my way to school every day. Based upon an Orting Oracle photo in our files that was originally taken with a black & white Polaroid camera, the Roll of Honor cases were no longer on the front of the Memorial Wall sometime after 1961, but was likely much later, maybe as late as 1966 or 67. The rededication of the memorial took place just this last November 11.

The Memorial Wall after the 3 cases with the names were removed. This photo may be of the "In Memory of" plaque being installed after the removal of the people's names.
The Memorial Wall after the 3 cases with the names were removed. This photo may be of the “In Memory of” plaque being installed after the removal of the people’s names.

However, there’s a rather sad mystery as deals with the three Honor Roll cases, and the story keeps evolving. At some point all the cases with the names disappeared, torn from the front of the memorial. The story as I’ve heard it was that the Orting area included included a man who served, but had Japanese ancestry (This I know, as these folks were our family friends). The family asked that his name be added to the War Memorial. The Local American Legion, who along with the Lions Club, had built the memorial, refused to add the name to the wall, stating that they would remove all the names of our Orting veterans rather than have them displayed alongside someone with Japanese ancestry. And that seems to be exactly what happened. So far, we’ve not found out what happened to the 3 cases making up the Honor Roll. Looking back from over half a century later, this seems racist, and honestly, rather stupid. Racism against those of Japanese ancestry was rampant during and for years after WWII – especially on America’s west coast. I’ve written about all this many times before, and at this point I consider it just another difficult part of our history.

Although there are no plans to add names to the memorial, I’d like to construct a listing of those folks who lived in Orting and served with the military in WWII. I may expand this as time goes on to include other wars and conflicts.

The trick is to only include those with Orting City and rural addresses – for Orting is the home of the Washington State Soldiers Home, where virtually thousands of vets have lived, and died. FamilySearch has the microfilm of the applications to live at the Soldiers’ Home, and the a Washington State Digital Archives has them digitized from 1891 to 1987. There are 9184 records in this database. However, you can’t just browse the database. All searches are based on knowing a name to begin with.

Issues of the Orting Oracle (on microfilm at the Pierce County Library), as well as the WWII Draft Registration Cards found at Ancestry.com seem to be a good starting point (keeping in mind that men didn’t necessarily serve just because they registered). I found 259 men who listed Orting as their place of residence when registering for WWII. There are also other online databases that include information that I can pull from.

So the project begins… Do you have ancestors who served from Orting? If so I’d love to here from you. Add comments – or write me at Lmeitzler@gmail.com.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

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Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 – 1,385 – 2,249 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 – 0 – 1,395,009 – New browsable image collection.

Isle of Man, Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 0 – 44,050 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 – 389,387 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 396,405 – 396,405 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899–2011 – 0 – 91 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886–1972 – 0 – 1,232 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Death Records, 1911–1961 – 173,963 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822–1880 – 0 – 7,376 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805–1920 – 0 – 1,829 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866–1963 – 0 – 78 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 17,565 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886–1900 – 0 – 3,926 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Crawford County Church Records, 1853–2007 – 0 – 695 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 152,511 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881–1962 – 0 – 989 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Northern District, Eastern Division, Naturalization Index, 1855–1967 – 0 – 196,148 – New browsable image collection.

US, Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860–1930 – 0 – 3,659 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Cache County Records, 1861–1955 – 0 – 3,045 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 328,371 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634–1951 – 0 – 115 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008 – 0 – 202,454 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891–1950 – 0 – 732 – Added images to an existing collection.

Family Roots Publishing & Meitzler Family Move Update

Mt. Rainier photo taken from the Footshills Trail. The Trail runs just a few hundred yards from our home in Orting.
Mt. Rainier photo taken from the Footshills Trail. The Trail runs just a few hundred yards from our home in Orting.

Last spring we (the Meitzlers) made the decision to move home to Orting, Washington. As of July, we had been gone for 20 years, as it was in July of 1994 that we left Washington State and went on the road in our 36 ft. Safari motorcoach. We didn’t come off the road until 2000, although we did take the motorhome out to conferences up through 2005. When we did settle down, it was in Bountiful, Utah, where we have lived until now.

We started packing up both our home, and the business – running books sales to reduce selected inventory in May. We took one truck load of household items to Washington in early June. That load went into storage. On July 2, we left Bountiful with 2 trucks (with trailers) loaded with both books and household goods, as well as an SUV towing a trailer, arriving in Orting the following day. We unloaded the rigs over the holiday weekend, part going into our house, part into the business building, and part to storage. We had the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in Orting, which is quite a spectacular event! There doesn’t seem to be any ordinances dealing with fireworks in Orting, and if there are, they are totally ignored. I’ll admit to enjoying the evening to the fullest extent, getting to know a lot of my new neighbors in the process. Over the next month, our family has spent some enjoyable walks and bicycle rides on the Foothills Trail, which runs just a few hundred yards from our home. Everyone in the family has bikes, so we can ride the Trail whenever we have the time.

During the month of July we got the FRPC business up and running in the old Heritage Quest Press building in Orting. My brother, Steve, owns the building, and he made space for us to set up our data entry, sales, and stockroom in the same area where we worked from 1988 to 1993.

About a week ago, Patty and I left Orting, leaving Dale and Tara to mind the store, and drove back to Bountiful. Arriving here, we immediately loaded a truck and trailer with both household and business goods for a return to Orting. We then joined our son, Lee, in going to work on getting the house ready to sell. After essentially running a business out of our basement here since 2008, the place needed new carpet, and various other upgrades that we’ve been putting off since we bought the place. Now someone else will get all these wonderful upgrades that we talked about doing since we moved in. Oh well, this seems to be what I do with every home we’ve owned over the years…

Patty and I have also been working on the websites, and the Salt Lake Christmas Tour while here. Patty is currently in the process of preparing the 2014 Christmas tour receipts and invoices, which we will mail by August 25 or 25. As of this moment, we have 74 attendees preregistered for the Christmas Tour, with just a few spaces left for the 2014 Tour. If you’re interested in coming, you might want to sign up asap!

We plan to leave our Utah place in the hands of the real estate folks and head for Orting again on September 3 or 4 – then attempt to return to a “normal” life.

I want to thank our many friends and FRPC customers who have continued to support us with your thoughts and prayers, as well as purchases, during this EXTREMELY stressful period in our lives. We can see the finish line, and just need to cross over. Just a few more days…

Fred Keating Farm Buildings in 1924

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From 1975 until 1991, with very brief absences, Patty and I lived on the old Fred Keating farm on South Prairie-Carbon River Rd, about 5 miles outside of Orting, in Pierce County, Washington. We raised our kids there. We live in the area again now, but in the City of Orting itself. This photo, scanned with no retouching whatsoever, was taken by Alfred Keating, one of Fred Keating’s two sons. It’s noted on the back of the photo as follows: Our buildings in 1924 from backside, colored by me, Al. – the backside would have been from about the location of what is known today as the Keating Road. At the time it was just a driveway bordering the Keating place. As a kid, I knew the gravel road Gregg’s driveway – and later as the road to the “Pasture in the Sky” – a name I believe given the pasture by my friend, Ralph Black. The area was known as Arline Mills for a number of years. See the Arline Mills category for more blogs on the area.

New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain & USA at FamilySearch.org

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New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain

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Czech Republic, Northern Bohemia, Litoměřice Archive Church Books, 1552-1905

39,869

0

Added index records from various church parishes within Northern Bohemia from the State Archive of Litoměřice.

Czech Republic, Northern Moravia, Opava Archive Church Books, 1571-1905

0

68,345

Added browsable images from various church parishes within Northern Moravia from the Provincial Archive of Opava.

France, Quimper et Léon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909

56,003

22,130

Added images and index to existing collection.

Germany, Miscellaneous City Records

0

74,517

Added browsable images for Neumarkt.

Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950

0

197,923

Added browsable images from Lublin, Gliwice, and Częstochowa Roman Catholic Church Diocese.

Portugal, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1890

0

519,943

Added browsable images from Braga.

Slovakia, Church Books, 1592-1910

0

257,568

Added browsable images from the area of western Slovakia that are within the jurisdiction of the State Regional Archive of Bratislava.

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930

50,278

293

Added images and index from Spain, Avila parish (Madrigal and Garganta) to existing collection.

Spain, Municipal Records

20,068

677,871

 Added marriage record index for the city of Malaga, Spain; and browsable images from the Sevilla, Spain Municipal Archive.

U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967

0

9,030

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U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940

12,943

441,525

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U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983

0

107,465

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U.S., Montana, Rosebud County Records

0

13,818

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900

0

36,230

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U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934

195,240

158,733

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U.S., Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977

120,536

0

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U.S., Washington State County Records; King, Kitsap and Pierce Counties, 1854-1950

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30,216

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Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1913

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1913. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is two-sided 8.4 x 14. However, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online, I posted the form in four illustrations – two from each side. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 1 - left

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 1 - right

Names of Parents or Guardians – Names of Children – Date of Birth (month & day) – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Date of Birth (Year) – Sex – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian. Note that in a number of cases, a line is used for Weeks in School. I believe this to mean “not given.” Where this occurs, I am transcribing it as ng for “not given.” Also note that the person who took this census accidentally put the “weeks in school” in the wrong column, and realizing the error, retitled the heading and kept this same format to the bottom of the page.

  • W. G Sawyer – Frances Sawyer – Nov 28 – 29 – 1902 – f – South Prairie – blank
  • blank – David ditto – Oct 5 – ng – 1897 – m – ditto – W. G. Sawyer
  • Jas McCarthy – Dora McCarthy – Aug 20 – ng – 1893 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Minnie ditto – July 14 – ng – 1895 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Wm McCarthy – Sept 30 – ng – 1897 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Elizabeth ditto – Apr 30 – ng – 1901 – f – ditto – Mrs. Emilie McCarthy
  • Tom Kaparak – Andy Chopic – Dec 26 – ng – 1897 – m- ditto – blank
  • blank – George ditto – Apr 21 – 19 – 1900 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Annie ditto – July 15 – 24 – 1905 – f – ditto- blank
  • blank – Rosie ditto – Jan 15 – ng – 1907 – f – ditto – Mrs. Kaparak + Her Sign
  • H C Nettleton – Myrtle Nettleton – Nov 14 – 10 – 1903 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Grace Armstrong – Mar 30 – 18 – 1905 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Charlie ditto – June 8 – ng – 1906 – m – ditto – Mrs. H C Nettleton
  • Wm Wilchuck – Vernie Yotsko – Feb 2 – 29 – 1900 – m – ditto- blank
  • blank- Jennie ditto – Oct 25 – 29 – 1901 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Andy ditto – ditto 30 – 29 – 1903 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank- Annie ditto – Mar 30 – 29 – 1906 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – John Terek – May 24 – 29 – 1900 – m – ditto – Anna Wilchuck
  • J M Breen – John Breen – ditto 15 – 1901 – m – ditto – J M Breen
  • Fred Keating – Ed Keating – Apr 18 – ng – 1895 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Dora ditto – Nov 16 – ng – 1896 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Bertha ditto – ditto 20- 30 – 1898 – f – ditto – Fred Keating
  • blank – Anna ditto – Apr 29 – 30 – 1900 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Alfred ditto – May 12 – 29 – 1906 – m – ditto – blank

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 2 - left

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 2 - right

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Ansel Eddington – Charlie Eddington – Nov 22 1906 – m – ng – Orting – Alice Eddington
  • Arthur ditto – Myrtle ditto – Sept 15 ditto – f – ng – ditto – Rose ditto
  • Chas Flory – Lorena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – f – 10 – ditto – blank
  • blank – Diddie ditto – Feb 18 1901 – f – 29 – ditto- blank
  • blank – Fred ditto – Dec 13 1900 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Birdie ditto – July 26 1906 – f – 26 – ditto – blank
  • blank – Chester ditto – Jan 5 1907 – m – 26 – ditto – Emma Flory

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1911.
Arline School Census Records for 1912.

Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1912

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1912. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is actually 8.4 x 14. However, I’ve trimmed off the the first column in this form (Names of the Parents or Guardians), which was totally empty of any data, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Note that there is no “Postoffice Address” listed. This is because just one day before (April 30, 1912), the Arline Mills post office was discontinued and mail service was transferred to South Prairie. I’ll bet things were still a bit unsettled, so a place was not listed, but just left blank.

Arline School Census 1912 - Page 1

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Rena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – female – 33 – Blank – Blank
  • Freddie Flory – Dec 13 1909 [should be 1899] – male – 32 – blank – blank
  • Diddie Flory – Feb 18 1902 – female – 29 – blank – blank
  • Birdie Flory – July 26 1905 – female – 27 – blank – blank
  • Chester Flory – Jan 20, 1907 – male – 29 – blank – C. H. Flory
  • John Carner – Jan 27 1897 – mal – 16 – blank – blank
  • Dolly Carner – May 31 1900 – female – 33 – blank – blank
  • Evelyn Smith – Nov 24 1907 – female – 32 – blank – A Smith
  • Chas Smith – Aug 29 1904 – male – 34 – blank – blank
  • Alfred Keating – May 12 1906 – male – blank – blank – Fred Keating
  • Edward Keating – April 18 1895 – mal – blank – blank – blank
  • Dora Keating – Mar 16 1896 – female – 25 – blank – blank
  • Bertha ditto – April 18, 1895 [wrong – this was Edward’s birthday]- ditto – 34 – blank – blank
  • Annie ditto – April 29, 1900 – ditto – 34 – blank – blank
  • Mike Yotsko – Jan 20 1893 – male – blank – blank – blank
  • Mary Yotsko – Aug 10 1896 – female – blank – blank – blank
  • Verny ditto – Feb 2 1900 – ditto – 32 – blank – blank
  • Andy Yotsko – Oct 20 1905 – male – 33 – blank – Annie Yotsko
  • Anna Yotsko – Mar 20 1906 – female – 32 – blank – blank
  • Jennie ditto – May 26 1900 – ditto – 33 – blank – blank
  • John Tereak – Oct 25 1901 – Mal – 33 – blank – blank
  • John Breen – May 15 1902 – ditto – 32 – blank – Michael Breen
  • Myrtle Nettleton – blank – blank – 26 – blank – E Nettleton

Arline School Census 1912 - Page 2

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Dora McCarthy – Aug 20 1893 – female – blank – blank -blank
  • Minnie McCarthy – July 14 1895 – ditto – blank – blank – blank
  • Willie McCarthy – Sept 30 1897 – male – 33 – blank – blank
  • Lizzie McCarthy – April 30, 1901 – female – 33 – blank – E McCarthy
  • David Sawyer – Oct 5 1897 – mal – 34 – blank – S. Sawyer
  • Frances Sawyer – Nov 28 1902 – female – 25 – blank – blank
  • George Chopic – April 10 1898 – male – 3 – blank – Tom Chopic
  • Annie ditto – July 10 1905 – female – 5 – blank – blank
  • Rose ditto – Febr 26 1907 – female – blank – blank – blank
  • Andrew ditto – Dec 21 1898 – male – blank – blank – blank
  • Alberta Brantner – Oct 12 1902 – female – 34 – blank – blank
  • Dorothy Brantner – July 15 1889- ditto – 32 – blank – blank
  • Frank Brantner – Oct 12 1904 – male – 32 – blank – A. Brantner
  • Raymond Nelson – May 24 1902 – male – 34 – blank – blank
  • Williard Nelson – Jan 18 1904 – male – 32 – blank – M. Nelson

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1911.

Arline School Census Records for 1913

Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1911

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1911. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is actually 8.4 x 14. However, I’ve trimmed off the the first column in this form (Names of the Parents or Guardians), which was totally empty of any data, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Arline School Census 1 May 1911 - Page 1

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

Note that the signatures on the page are obviously not the signature of the parent or guardian. These are just the names of said people, all written by one person, most likely the teacher.

  • Rena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – female – 32 – Arline Mills – Chas Flory
  • Freddy Flory – Dec 13 1899 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Diddy Flory – Feb 18 1902 – female – 32 – ditto- blank
  • Birdie Flory – July 26 1905 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Johnie Carner – Jan 27 1897 – male – 32 – ditto – Chas Flory
  • Dolly Carner – May 21, 1900 – female – 32- ditto- blank
  • Charley Smith – Aug 29 1904 – male – 32 – ditto – Antone Smith
  • Joseph Kennedy – Dec 19, 1904 – male – 3 – ditto – Joseph Kennedy
  • Hellen Kennedy – May 29 1905 – female – ditto – 3 – ditto – blank
  • Edlin Kennedy – Dec 18 1906 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Edward Keating – Apr 18 1895 – male – 32 – ditto – Fred Keating
  • Dora Keating – Marh 10 1896 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Bertha Keating – Mach 20 1898 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Anna Keating – April 29 1900 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Mike Yotsko – Jan 20 1893 – male – blank – ditto- Anna Yotsko
  • Mary Yotsko – Aug 10 1896 – female – 31 – ditto- blank
  • Verney Yotsko – Feb 2 1900 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Andy Yotsko – Oct 25 1905 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Anna Yotsko – Mar 20 1906 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • Jenny Yotsko – May 26, 1900 – female – 32 – -ditto – blank
  • John Tereak – Oct 25 1904 – male – 32 – ditto – Anna Yotsko
  • John Breen – May 15 1901 – male – 32 – ditto – Sarah Breen
  • Myrtle Nettleton – Nov 14 1902 – female – 27 – ditto – E. Nettleton
  • Nelly Anderson – Sep 18 1894 – female – blank – ditto – Sarah Breen

Arline School Census 1 May 1911 - Page 2

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

Note that the signatures on the page are obviously not the signature of the parent or guardian. These are just the names of said people.

  • Mary McCarthy – Apr 22 1891 – female – blank – Arlene Mills – E. McCarthy
  • Dora McCarthey – Aug 20 1893 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • Minnie McCarthey – July 14 1895 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • William McCarthey – Sep 30 1897 – male – 36 – ditto – blank
  • Lizzy McCarthey – Apr 30 1901 – male – 36 – ditto- blank
  • Olive Alexander – June 14, 1897 – female – 32 – ditto – W. G. Sawyer
  • David Sawyer – Oct 5 1897 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Frances Sawyer – Mar 28 1902 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Lincoln McCarthy- Feb 25 1901 – male -31- ditto – Daniel McCarthy

Note – Frances Sawyer shows up in later years with a November 28 birth date.

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1912.

Arline School Census Records for 1913

My Home “Town” For 40 Years – Arline Mills, Pierce Co., Wash.

I was raised from my birth on a “farm” of sorts in a small community on the South Prairie-Carbon River Road between the Pierce County towns of South Prairie and Orting, Washington. I spent the first 18 years of my life in a converted school house that was once know as the Arline School. The school lay on 13 acres of property that bordered the eastern side of the road and was made up of everything from swamp to hillside – and even an acre or two of hilltop.

The Meitzler family moved from a rented house in Tacoma out to the Orting Valley property in August of 1942 (1), having purchased purchased the property in March from Sam Riddle (2), who lived on the next property to the south. Our home was a converted school that had been built about 1912, purchased by Joe Case of Orting, and had been used of dances and social functions. After Joe passed away, the school was remodeled into a home for Joe’s widow and children (2). Where the school had a very high ceiling and one massive room with cloakrooms, the house now had two stories, with four bedrooms upstairs, two storage rooms upstairs, two bedrooms downstairs, kitchen formal dining area, living room and an indoor restroom in what had been a cloakroom. Sam Riddle purchased the property from the Case family and later sold it to my parents, Theodore and Virginia Meitzler, as mentioned above.

My parents both loved plants and flowers. Now that they lived out in the country, and they had the space to grow their plants – starting off as a hobby, of course. Dad supported the family in various ways, including working as a salesman, working at Rainier State School, logging for a winter near Kosmos, Washington, and working at the Woodland Park Floral Greenhouses in Sumner. By 1956, I was six years old and my folks were full-time greenhouse operators.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MEITZLERS
But wait – this isn’t to be the story of a family, but of a community, that being the community of Arline Mills. It’s quite a story, and one that will take many chapters, in this case, blogs. For you see, I’ve wanted to tell this story for nearly 30 years, but could never quite find the time. So – I’ve now decided that one blog at a time, I will shed a bit more light on Arline Mills. I have a lot of data, and I plan to include copies of pictures, original documents, and most anything else that helps to tell the story. Since this is my first blog on the subject, I’m going to invite my readers who might have ANY further information about the community, it’s inhabitants, and their descendants, to feel free to share whatever they may know. Use the comments section after any Arline Mills blog and/or email me personally at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com.

HOW THE TOWN GOT ITS NAME
I’ll compile a full chapter or more later on about the Orville Rankin Biggs family, but at this juncture, let’s just say that Orville Biggs had struck it rich in the Orville Rankin Biggs - Courtesy of Mary Louise ClayAlaska Gold Rush and had come back down to the Seattle area looking for ways to invest.(2) He settled on going into the timber industry, and came to the Orting – South Prairie Valley just after the turn of the century, building a sawmill and mill pond at the very base of the hillside against which we lived years later.(4) Biggs (1860-1904), and his wife Elizabeth Louise Hodges (1858-1928), had three children, one stillborn, and the others being Arline (1891-1939) and Erma Louise (Pearl) (1893-1981).(3) Orville Biggs named the town for his daughter, Arline, and called it Arline Mills.(4)

Arline Biggs went on to marry Edgar Gott, who, with his cousin, Bill Boeing, formed Boeing Aircraft Company. Gott was the first president of Boeing. Many years later, the county decided to name the short (a couple hundred yard) connecting road that ran between the Pioneer Way, over the railroad bed, to the South Prairie-Carbon River Road. They named it Arline Road – the only reminder of what the community was once named. However, somebody messed up in the sign shop. I still remember seeing the new road sign, and doing a double take – for instead of saying Arline Road, it said Airline Road. I will guarantee that the folks at the county had no idea of the connection between Arline and the airlines, but lets just say that it’s the “rest of the story.”

To be continued…

(1) Theodore Canfield Meitzler Obituary, The Country Gazette, March 1999. Original copy of the newspaper in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah.

(2) History of Arline, Pierce County, Washington, June 30, 1997. Note – Geanellen Doty Kuranko, and her daughter-in-law have done extensive research on the South Prairie-Arline Mills area. Thanks to the Kurankos, much area of the area history is today preserved.)

(3) Family Group Sheets for the Biggs family, obtained from granddaughter, Mary Louise Clay, of Gresham, Oregon. Originals filed in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah.

(4) Postmarked Washington, by Guy Reed Ramsey; chapter about the Arline Mills Post Office.