Greetings from Everett, Washington!
What, is it Friday already? The family is still recovering from the Mukilteo Lightning Festival. Husband got sick and seems to be doing better. Daughter started to get sick but not down. Of course, he has lots of stories to tell about that chaotic hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm last Saturday when 700 to 800 people were enjoying a simultaneous fireworks and lightning show and then stood in a downpour while the promised buses were late in arriving.
Me, I set off the smoke alarms yesterday while broiling chicken upstairs. Note to self: use the downstairs broiler and close the door so the smoke doesn't get up there.
Last night was the Mukilteo Historical Society meeting in which I presented a short talk on a dramatic 1897 rescue of a crew of drunken sailors at Turn Point light on Stuart Island. The rescuer, Peter Christiansen, in reward was appointed the first lighthouse keeper at Mukilteo in 1906.
I was contacted by a fellow Wikitreer about a William Rose https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rose-14976 who is, according to DNA, related to one of my ancestors. But it looks as if he's not THE ancestor. These Roses are from Halifax & Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina, in the 1700s.
I, too, take a whimsical approach to choosing which profiles to work on. I have several filing card boxes from the 1980s and, when I feel like being methodical, am going through them card by card, noting which ones are on Wikitree and which ones have missing information. This keeps me from going down rabbit holes so often.
Yesterday, for example, I found a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in William Wallace McCammon, the father of the spouse of Anna Kirk, one of my Kirk relatives https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Kirk-5162 His profile probably needs work by some person better versed in presenting a military career. It kind of made my day. Rabbit holes are fun.
Another rabbit hole I'm working on is a crook and swindler who briefly operated a hotel in Mukilteo in 1887 and then skipped town with his co-investor's money. He did this all over the country and never did jail time as far as I can tell. When I can find a connection for him I'll add him to our happy tree.
Meanwhile, all of you, put love into your play! (I wouldn't call it work, although it takes HARD work)