Friday, February 22, 2013

Family History Friday


I feel it a real privilege to be the "keeper of the book". My gggrandmother
was given this photo album by her husband in 1877 and her
daughter -in-law  Tabitha May Isreal kept it after she died.
Today I'll spotlight
Tabitha's husband, Ezra Clark Isreal. He was born in 1879 in
Chestnut, Ill.
He moved to Dayton, Wa. in 1892 with his family, he
said  his first summer was filled with "lazy hours fishing"  and then the  next summer he actually had to find a job.
~His first job he sorted potatoes for .25 /hr
~~His next job was chinking cracks in a grain warehouse
~he moved up in the world in 1902 when he was nominated
county clerk
~in 1922 he went into the warehouse business
~10 yrs later he went to work for Columbia County Grain Growers
When he died his wife received a letter from the Pacific Northwest
Grain Dealers Association calling Clark the "grand old man of the grain trade"
When he died in 1950 he was an independent grain buyer. He died
early at 70. My great grandma outlived him by many
years...she died in her nineties.
I never had the chance to meet him but the consensus seems to be
that he was a wonderful man, very loved by family and friends.
This piece of furniture was taken out of his office in Dayton
and I'm blessed to have it in my living room.
The grandkids love pulling the drawers in and out and
put their little toys in them. I treasure it.


  1. That's a great picture of him reading 'Ranch Romances'. And those shoes...

  2. His wife hated that he read those magazines!