Cheney Years: Ronald McDonald and Taxes!

April 10, 2013

The school census was suggested by the director of the Eastern Branch of the Washington State Archives when I was visiting the area in 2002.  She also suggested the use of the Personal Property Assessment Rolls.

Eastern Washington Campus

Eastern Washington Campus 2002

They were closing for the day so we had to leave quickly. She kindly did the research for me and sent her findings to my home.

Source:  Personal Property Assessment Rolls, City of Cheney, Spokane, Co., Washington 1922, R.S. McDonald, Eastern Washington Branch of the Washington State Archives.

1922:
Watches $30
Pianos $200
Musical Instruments $5
Sewing Machines $5
Household furnishings $300
Value of personal or real property $260
Jewelry etc. $20
Tax $130

1923 Line 35, no. 27
Full value of property $460
Real value $300
Assessible property $160
Tax $80

These documents are not real exciting to look at and mostly consist of the names on the right and then columns and numbers in the columns.  They are usually 2 page maybe more long.

Times were tough for my family.  I learned that they struggled and sent home money like most families of that time period.  It was not yet the 1930′s when the Great Depression hit and it got even harder.

At the very least it does place them in Cheney, Washington during the early 1920′s.  Still no address was listed for the house they lived at in Cheney.


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