John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

In August former chapter President and musician John Doan traveled to Southeast Asia to perform on his Harp Guitar. Besides exploring exotic places and meeting new friends, he captured the experience in a series of photo journal posts on his website. Experience John Doan’s unique and quirky sense of humor …

Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research

Katherine K. Blair died Monday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Sterling, VA at the age of 83. She served as the Doane Family Association national historian/genealogist for several years. A virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, Blair had phenomenal insight regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family who are descendants of …

How to have an enduring and happy marriage

Marriage is the commitment of joining two vastly different people who have their own personalities, traditions, values and expectations. Melding those into an acceptable compromise is a formidable task and isn’t always successful. This is when love pokes its head into the mix. That early attraction and passion that brought …

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101. Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. …

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Doane Falls glints in the sunlight

August 17, 2012 Media, Photo Comments
Doane Falls

Doane’s Falls is a series of five waterfalls located in Royalston, Massachusetts along an 0.2-mile section of Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Millers River. There is an extraordinary collection of photographs of the falls on Flickr. This one comes from Massachusetts resident Glen Taylor of Mountain View Photography.

Taylor captured the picture July 5, 2009 and writes:

“Can you believe it? I actually got outside with my camera today.

“My brother-in-law hadn’t been to Doane’s Falls before so we went out this morning. The water is quite high since it’s done nothing but rain for about a month. The stone bridge is just visible in the top right of the photo but you can’t see the first two drops from this angle. I like how the sun’s rays stretch through the scene.”

“We also visited another waterfall after this, so all-in-all, it was a great morning.”

Doane Falls

Photo: Doane Falls by Glen Taylor, Mountain View Photography, July 5, 2009.

Photo: Doane Falls by Glen Taylor, Mountain View Photography, September 14, 2008.

From another adventure to Doane Falls, Glen Taylor writes, “Taken on a recent trip to Doane’s Falls in Royalston, MA. A friend of mine, planning a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, needed some advice on how to take waterfall shots where the water was silky smooth. I know this shot doesn’t have silky smooth water, but I was showing him the difference between a long exposure and a shorter exposure.” September 14, 2008.

Photos: Glen Taylor, Amateur Photographer
Hometown: Northern Massachusetts
Website: Mountain View Photography

Picnic this weekend promises to fortify family spirit

August 14, 2012 Events Comments
2006 Picnic reunion at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The Doanes have had a long history in America from the time Deacon John Doane arrived with his family in Plymouth in 1630 to the present.

Learning about the history of one’s family, community, region, and nation is not only fun, but also can make for a sense of pride in knowing who you are and where you came from. It is with this spirit the Doane Family Association of Oregon Washington Idaho invites family and friends to rediscover some of the colorful people in the Doane family at the picnic this Saturday, August 18, 2012.

At 11:00 a.m. family and friends will gather at the covered area at Hazel Dell Park, 2300 NE 68th St, Vancouver, WA. The Doane picnics have always been a great time to visit and participate in a great picnic. Picnicers are encourage to bring their meal, beverage, plates and utensils — and also something to share. It can be as sweet as dessert or as simple as a story.

At 12:30 p.m. the Oregon Washington Idaho Doanes will hold an informal meeting — with reports from their secretary, treasurer, historian and any past officials who desire to speak. The gathering will get the latest about the national organization from the cousins who recently returned from attending July’s National Doane Reunion in Plymouth, Massachusetts. A discussion of incoming and returning officers will follow, and a vote will be cast on where to hold next year’s picnic.

There are some exciting things to experience on August 18. Doanes are asked to put the event on their calendar and invite sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, children, grandchildren, family and friends to a day that celebrates the family, history, and the great northwest. Former President John Doane says, “It will fortify the family quite literally!.”

PICNIC SUGGESTIONS: Bring clothing for weather from hot to cold, and if you have one wear your DOANE t-shirt. Temperatures may vary. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat for the sun. Bring plenty of digital memory for capturing the day. And if we have any writers in the group – consider writing a story for our new website,

BOOK EXCHANGE: did you read a good book this summer that you would like to trade for another good book? Bring it to the reunion. There will be a special spot at this year’s gathering for book trades. There will also be a small collection of books for sale. All cash generated will go to the chapter to help promote reading — especially reading of the awesome new website.

Do you read everything on your Kindle?

If yes, email your book review to, and watch for it to appear as a post on the chapter website.

Doane Sisters gear up for picnic discussion.

Doane family chows down at reunion picnic.

Quiet moment during the Doane family picnic reunion — everyone is eating.

Washington State genealogy and historical societies

August 12, 2012 Genealogy Comments
Washington State

We’ve compiled a list of Washington State historical societies and genealogy societies. If you see things that are missing please forward the information to doanefamilyassociation@gmail.comWashington State Historical Society. Explore the museum’s Hall of Washington History and discover a new view of the past, from frontier towns to modern technology. Includes events, programs … 1911 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402.

Adams County Historical Society was organized in May 1956 to gather and preserve the history of Adams County. Today the Society’s endeavors are the same with a strong emphasis on archiving and gathering our history for generations to come.

Benton County Historical Society is located in Prosser Washington.

Des Moines Historical Society maintains three museums in Burlington: the Heritage Center (501 North Fourth, Burlington), the Phelps House … 501 North 4th Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Douglas County Historical Society located in Waterville, Washington Items used by Native Americans & pioneers of the late 1800s. Functional tools & articles that added music & culture. Outstanding mineral …

East Benton County Historical Society Operated by the East Benton County Historical Society … use of natural lighting, this museum has won renown with museum professionals as “the best small museum building in the state”. 205 Keewaydin Dr, Kennewick, WA 99336.

Ferry County Historical Society, Ferry Co. Historical Society 15-2 N. Kean Street P.O. Box 287. Republic, WA 99166 … The Ferry County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization (501(3)(c )) …

Franklin County Historical Society and Museum captures the spirit and history of Franklin County. The Museum was originally constructed in 1910 as part of …

Garfield County Historical Society. Garfield became a county on November 1881 and was carved out of Columbia county. The county seat is Pomeroy. Please feel free to add books…

Jefferson County Historical Society. History of Port Townsend and Jefferson County in Washington State, museum, museum shop, archives, research, historic structures, national historic Victorian … 540 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368, (360) 385-1003.

Okanogan County Historical Society (OCHS) was formed in 1963 to preserve … the colorful heritage of Okanogan County in North Central Washington State. 1410 2nd Ave Okanogan, WA 98840, (509) 422-4272.

Pacific County Historical Society and Museum is a private, not-for-profit, charitable … The Society was incorporated with the State of Washington and registered with the … 1008 W Robert Bush Dr South Bend, WA 98586, (360) 875-5224.

Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum 402 S. Washington Ave. Newport , Washington 509-447-5388 10 AM to 4 PM Seven Days a Week May 1 through …

Whitman County Historical SocietyA cabin on the grounds built in 1870 is the oldest standing building in Whitman County. The house was the center of Colfax society between 1886 and 1920.

Washington State genealogy and historical society by specialty

Belfair Genealogical Society, a chapter of Puget Sound Genealogical Society. Gail Reynolds – News of Belfair members published in PSGS Backtracker. For monthly meeting information see Puget Sound Genealogical Society …

Fiske Genealogical Library. Search 10,215 titles, including 8594 books, 837 serials, and 671 articles held by the Fiske Library and Pioneer Hall Collections, 1644 43rd Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington has guidance for researchers, articles, and library catalog. “We are a non-profit organization that collects, preserves,and disseminates knowledge and information with reference to Jewish family history.”

Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS), located in Seattle, WA, is committed to enhancing lives by preserving and sharing the engaging … 901 Fairview Ave N # C160, Seattle, WA 98109.

Swedish-Finn Historical Society is a genealogical association in Seattle, Washington, USA. Persons sharing an interest in Swedish-Finn culture, tradition …

Washington State genealogy society by location

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society, a group of amateur genealogists researching their ancestries from the Pacific Northwest across the U.S. and the entire world.
Benton and Franklin Counties, Tri-City Genealogical Society

Chelan Valley Genealogical Society. Cheryl Webber is the Chelan County Coordinator. … In 1994 the Chelan Valley Genealogical Society published a 161-page …

Clallam County Genealogy Society is located at 931 W. 9th St. Port Angeles, WA 98363-5748.

Clark County Genealogical Society is located in Vancouver, Washington USA. Our members have compiled many books on our area …

Columbia County Genealogical Society. Personal Biographies for Columbia County · Old Dayton High … Columbia County Washington Genealogy · City Of Dayton … Dayton Historical Depot Society …

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society. Wasco Cultural Trust encourage projects and activities in the arts, heritage and humanities within Wasco County, Oregon.

Franklin and Benton Counties, Tri-City Genealogical Society

Grays Harbor Genealogy Society, has been promoting genealogy and family history for over 20 years. Although our ancestors come from all over the …

Jefferson County Genealogy Society (JCGS) was established in 1983 in Port Townsend, Washington, when a small group of people interested in …

Kittitas County Genealogy Society, library Location: 413 No. Main, Suites L & M Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3183.

Lewis County Genealogy Society Lewis County was created on December 19, 1845, by the provisional government of Oregon Territory, named after the pioneer explorer, Meriwether Lewis.

Lower Columbia Genealogy Society. The Genealogy Room contains over 1800 volumes of genealogical research books.The collection contains both local county records and …P.O. Box 103, Shelton, Washington 98584.

Mason County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 103, Shelton, Washington 98584. Sawamish County was created on March 13, 1854. On January 3, 1864 the …

Olympia Genealogy Society, OGS is a non-profit society based in Olympia, the State Capital of Washington. We are located in Thurston County, at the southern end of Puget Sound, …

Puget Sound Genealogical Society, located in Kitsap County, Washington, provides research, educational, and genealogical information through instruction … 2501 SE Mile Hill Dr # A102, Port Orchard, WA 98366

South King County Genealogical Society in Kent, Washington. Serving the communities of Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, … 11420 Southeast 248th Street, Kent, WA 98030.

Seattle Genealogical Society, founded in 1923, is an educational organization … The Seattle Genealogical Society’s mission is to serve as a community … Sand Point Way NE # 100, Seattle, WA 98115

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society P.O. Box 715 Conway, WA. 98238-0715. Visitors always welcome to attend.

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society Humble House at Heritage Park, Lynnwood, Washington. Let us, before we die, gather up our heritage and …

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library was founded in 1985 and a … We have gathered historical information pertaining to the northern part of … to support other genealogical libraries throughout Washington; and to keep …Arlington, WA.

South Whidbey Island Genealogical Society, Welcome! We hope you find this site helpful, interesting and inspiring. We offer fellowship and support to anyone …

Tri-City Genealogical Society, Benton and Franklin Counties

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society TPCGS publishes a genealogical quarterly, The Researcher, and numerous indexes and other publications for research in Pierce County. Each year TPCGS …

Wentachee Valley Genealogical Society (WAGS) promotes genealogy to further the understanding of our families and community through education, and the …

Whitman County Genealogy Society

Yakima Valley Genealogy Society was founded in 1967. We have a large library collection of over 18000 books which continues to grow.

To have your organization added to this list, email

Doane Family Association offers college scholarships

August 10, 2012 National, Scholarships Comments
college student

The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. offers college scholarships. For the 2009-2010 school year 20 students were granted between $1000 and $1500.

Funds are allocated in two ways:

1. The Doane Family Foundation Fund

The Doane Family Foundation assists non-family members who wish to attend Doane College in Crete, NE.

With input from the Doane Family Foundation Board of Directors, Doane College administers this fund and determines the recipients of those funds.

2. The Doane Family Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the family fund is to assist descendants of Deacon John Doane who wish to attend Doane College — or any accredited institution of higher learning. These family scholarships are available for undergraduate studies. The Doane Family Foundation Board of Directors administers this fund.

To apply for a scholarship from the Doane Family Foundation:

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Doane Family Association member or son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter of a DFA member
  2. Full time student enrolled in an undergraduate, degree-seeking program in an accredited institution of higher learning
  3. Demonstrate need by submitting a processed copy of a current year Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  4. Completion of application and successful essay submission

Steps to apply:

  • By February 28 submit the completed Doane Family Foundation Scholarship application for the following academic year. Send your application form, an essay, and a copy of your current year’s Free Application For Student Aid results (FAFSA) to the address printed on the form.
  • For applicants not attending Doane College a certificate of enrollment for the ensuing year — in their institution of choice — must be submitted to the address noted on the original application. Once received and processed a check is made co-payable to the student and the student’s college.
  • On May 1 the Foundation will announce the scholarship awards and inform the recipients.
How to contribute to the Doane scholarship fund

Scholarships are endowed by the Doane Family Association of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.

To contribute please contact:

Battle Ground Reflector carries Doane news

August 9, 2012 National Comments
Battle Ground Reflector Ken Doane

The newspaper in the north part of Clark County Washington, The Battle Ground Reflector, carried the news about The Doane Family Association of America’s new President, Kenneth M. Doane.

“Ridgefield resident Kenneth M. Doane was elected President of The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. …”

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.

You can read the entire article on the: The Reflector’s website site.

Merriel M. Ebe

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Merriel M. Ebe

“Merriel M. Ebe, age 86, of Custer, WA passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Moles Farewell Tributes Main St. Ferndale.” ~ Ferndale Record

Merriel M. Ebe went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2012 in Bellingham, Washington. She was born on January 17, 1926 in Bellingham to Luverne Linderman and Marion Knowles. She was a graduate of Bellingham High School, Western Washington University, and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. In addition to a satisfying career working as an R.N. Merriel worked for the Ferndale School District for eighteen years. On February 14, 1948 she married Aloys Ebe in Ferndale, Washington.

Merriel was an avid reader and gardener. She was also a weaver and involved with the Peach Arch Weaver’s Guild. Merriel was active in Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale, the Bellingham Historical Society, the Whatcom Genealogical Society, and the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aloys and her son-in-law Fred Dorman Jr. Merriel. She is survived by her children Stephen Ebe, Elaine Dorman, and Carol Ebe-Leib (Robert); grandchildren Eric Ebe (Sarah), and Monica Dorman and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale and the Lighthouse Mission, 901 W. Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225. A visitation will be held on Wednesday August 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes Ferndale, 2039 Main St, Ferdale, WA. A Rosary service will follow the visitation at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday August, 9th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 5781 Hendrickson Ave, Ferndale, WA. There will be a graveside service following the Mass at 1:00 p.m. at Enterprise Cemetery. After the graveside service there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall at St. Joseph Church.

Published in Bellingham Herald from July 31 to August 5, 2012

Read more here: Bellingham Herald Obituary.

Leonard Doyle Thornton

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Leonard Doyle Thornton

Leonard Doyle Thornton, 75, Dec. 28, 1936 April 17, 2012.

Leonard Doyle Thornton, beloved husband of Nancy; father of John Thornton of Tigard and Alice Wright of Portland; grandfather of three, died under the tender care of Kaiser Hospice on April 17. Leonard was born in Oklahoma to Elvis and Irene Thornton. His family came west around 1939 and settled in Canby. He graduated in 1955 from Canby High School, and had fond remembrances of growing up with his friends in the small community. He graduated from Portland State in 1962, where he met Nancy Maddux. They were married in 1963.

His entire career was with the Oregon Department of Human Services. He and Nancy always raised a huge garden. He loved to walk and square dance with the River City Dancers. His death was due to peritoneal mesothelioma. Donations in his memory can be made to Friends of Milwaukie Center.

Published in The Oregonian on April 28, 2012.


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