My Aunt Eddie, Keith’s sister, had a journal book filled with memorabilia that was titled:
A Collection of Junk!
In the post dated January 3, 2013, Ronald’s Story Continues! Revisiting Grand Prairie, Alberta and mention of Albany, Oregon, I shared a little from the collection in that post about those locations. I was surprised to find that they were in Albany, Oregon before heading for Cheney. At some point I will have to find additional records to show that the McDonald family was there.
The journal/ scrapbook is now 92+ years old. It smelled musty, the pages had discolored, items were missing leaving blank spaces, things had fallen out and been stuffed back inside. The scrapbook was filled with mementos of school, places, friendship, club activities, high school parties, graduations, and political leanings. It was just a scrapbook using a cash journal for its home.
Apparently this “Collection” was first owned by her sister Jean whose name was written in the back of the book, but most of the stuff in the book was about Eddie’s life experiences.
Eddie claimed ownership on page 67:
Here is a picture of Eddie probably sometime around about 1918 give or take a few years.
This is an example of what the pages looked like in her journal scrapbook:
As I studied the items I began to see more categories or rather groupings of the information. Eddie wrote notes describing the item but some items were missing or miss filed so I was not able to identify all. Eddie didn’t necessarily put the memorabilia in date order and she mixed them up.
These are some of the groupings I came up with:
- Cooking Class or rather domestic science
- Gift from Grandma
- Grade School
- Grammar book
- Grand Prairie
- Letters from Other Schools
- Movies & News
- Newspaper Editor
- Nurses School
- Oddities and Missing things
- Plays & Things
- Politics and News
- Pretty Things
- School Memories
- Stories Written
- The Tea Room
The journal covers several locations like Grand Prairie, Alberta, Albany, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; Cheney, Washington, and even a little of Seattle.
In the posts that follow, reference to Eddie’s “Collection of Junk” will appear on occasion or when it adds to the information that I already have about that topic or person. We will start with her older sister Vivian.