WVGS Executive Board Meeting: 
Thursday, October 7th, 2019 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Broadway Commons - An Upstairs Room 
1300 Broadway Street NE 
Salem, Oregon 

General Meeting: The Public is welcome!
Saturday, October 9th, 2019
Veterans of Foreign Wars Building
630 Hood St NE
Salem, Oregon 
(Park in the parking lot across the street.)

10:30 am – 11:45 am   The General Membership Meeting.
A short meeting will be held to conduct society business.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
      Program: “Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers”
      Speaker:  Kerry Wymetalek

  “Ghosts in the attic” is the lead for a Corvallis Gazette-Times written by Bennett Hall March 27, 2016. The story was about the Mobile Veterans Museum stored at and displayed at and from the Marion Post 661 Veterans of Foreign Wars Building. The title was appropriate as the building does creak with age.

  The Building itself; though not an ancient building as some in Salem are, was constructed by veterans for veterans. The builders were craftsman of the time and all were Spanish American War and WWI veterans and their families. Marion Post was named after the name of the county of its’ location as were many Posts of the time. It was formed and chartered almost 99 years ago (The Post birthday is March 16th). The land was donated by a member and the materials were purchased with funds donated by the membership. The actual construction began in 1938 and was completed by 1940.

  Virgil T Golden, a decorated WWI Army veteran and successful businessman in the community was an active member and contributor to Marion Post. Recently his grandson brought in his military records and pictures. This started a movement to reproduce Virgil’s Army Uniform for the display and research into his family history. Others have done this research as well, so I am leaning on their efforts and expertise.

  Kerry Wymetalek: “I was born in Pendleton OR the second of fraternal twins. My family moved to Portland and within a couple years, the State dismantled my family. The older kids went to a foster family and the younger ones went to different foster families and then to adoption. My twin and I were adopted together. We lived in Portland, then Sauvies Island, then Portland again. 

  After the Columbus Day storm in the early sixties, we moved to Seaside. Early on my adopted family introduced us to the coast and it stuck. I learned about the sea, earned my income from the sea and realized early my career would be in the Navy. I served all over the world because of the Navy and became interested in other cultures. After serving my required service I left active duty and attended Oregon State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology. 

  While earning my degree, I began to research my family heritage. I also was an active member of an adoptive rights group and testified before committees in the Oregon Legislature. In 1982, while researching I found record of my birth and my birth surname and, soon after, my birth mother and most of my siblings. Last year we found our last missing sister because of DNA testing. 
WVGS programs

               Our programs are always open to the public.
Autosomal DNA Q&A with Denise Sproed
By Appointment - 5:00 pm to Library Closing, Tue-Fri
Salem Public Library
The WVGS Desk (Main Level, Southwest)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

Go to the 'Research' page to submit an appointment request.
Upcoming General Meeting Programs:
November - Inside the VFW (at the VFW HALL on Hood St)
December - Annual Christmas party and Auction (also at the VFW)

Do you have suggestions for a program? Let Doug Crosby know!