New York Wanderings: The Adirondacks & Warrensburg

October 5, 2014

I was up early and out the door, breakfast at the Econo Lodge was not very good.  So I ate some in the room.  I had brought the remaining steak back with me and put it into the refrigerator, so I warmed that in the microwave and it was good.

My goal today was Johnstown, New York and the Mohawk Valley.  Yup, I am on the trail of Loyalists again…

My route was I-87 south through the Adirondack Park.  Unfortunately it was very foggy and thick with the stuff.  So I was not going to get much in photographs.  As I entered the park on the highway I did get some vistas of the Adirondacks to both sides of me and it was very beautiful including the fog in the valleys and sunlight on the hills.  The colors of fall were slowly showing themselves but it was not at its peak just yet…!

Tourist information can be found here http://visitadirondacks.com/ and this link describes the height of the mountains in this group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adirondack_Mountains  My sister-in-law will not be impressed after having climbed Mt. Rainier, giggle!

My version of the Adirondacs

My version of the Adirondacks

A weathervane on the restop building

A weathervane on the rest stop building

To my surprise many of the rest stops were closed except the one with the bear weathervane.

I am a bit of a Rachel Ray fan and so I decided to stop in Warrensburg to visit Oscar’s Smokehouse which she featured on her TV show.  Oscar’s Smokehouse is on the north end of the town of Warrensburg.  Here is their website:  http://www.oscarsadksmokehouse.com/

Oscar's Sign

Oscar’s Sign

Oscar's Smoke House

Oscar’s Smoke House

Rachel's visit

Rachel’s visit is proudly displaced on their wall!

The building you see is the newer one built in 2005 after the fire, I believe.  It is very nice inside with a self-service area and the main meat counter. I purchased some self-service items: Cheddar Bacon Cheese, and Smoked Cervelet.  The cheese is very mild and I thought with bacon it might be too salty but it is very nice.  The sausage is also very nice and I just ate a big chunk! Slurp….

Self Serivce & Meat Counter

Self Serivce & Meat Counter

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They didn’t have tables at Oscar’s so I headed back to town and found a nice restaurant down the street to have my 2nd breakfast.  It was crowded and there was only one waitress but she was quick.  Notice the tin ceiling in this place.  I have more fun with small town cafe’s.

New Way Lunc

New Way Lunch

 

New Lunch Sign and a shop across the street

New Way Lunch Sign and a shop across the street

This cafe was right next door to the historical society. http://www.whs12885.org/museum.html

Warrensburg's historical Society

Warrensburg’s historical Society and mural

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Next was Saratoga Springs and then heading west on Hwy 29 to Johnstown.


New York Wanderings: Montreal to Plattsburgh, NY

October 5, 2014

Unfortunately I was hyper-ventilating about getting out of Montreal so my time at the BAnQ in Montreal was short.  However, now that I have visited Montreal, seen the Grand Bibliotheque and the Archives of Quebec, I am feeling a whole lot more confident.  I don’t know if I have figured out how to do Quebec genealogical research but I am getting smarter. HA!

It was time to move on and head for New York state and the USA.  Early in the morning I had loaded as much of my luggage into the car parked in the garage down the street as I could.  So I had only my computer case to worry about and as usual I stuff my pockets.  I went back to the Hotel St. Denis to check out.

The area in front of the Hotel St. Denis was filled with construction workers in the morning and by the time I had returned they had cut a hole in the sidewalk right in front of the hotel and taken up the parking space out front. The hotel staff were not happy they didn’t know about this till it happened.  The receptionist was very kind and we figured out that I could mail back the garage card to them rather than have to try to negotiate the mess out in front of the hotel.  She prepared an envelope and put some stamps on it.  I mailed it at my next stop.  I hope they got it safely?

My business done, I headed to my rental car and proceeded to get all my maps and stuff ready for getting me out of Montreal.  I was going over the Champlain Bridge.  See the photo below, yup the very one I drove over.

Champlain Bridge, from Montreal Insites http://www.memorablemontreal.com/accessibleQA/en/bridges/?id=163&menu=histoire

Yes I did this bridge…Champlain Bridge, from Montreal Insites http://www.memorablemontreal.com/accessibleQA/en/bridges/?id=163&menu=histoire

I took Rue Rene-Leverseque to Atwater and then turned left.  I continued on Atwater till it went under an underpass and just on the other side was the turn off to Hwy 20/15.  So far so good.

As I entered the Hwy 20/15 to get on the Champlain Bridge I discovered I had a big semi right behind me and he was not nice, he rode my bumper almost the whole of the bridge.  This bridge is very long and it crosses the St. Lawrence River.  Just on the other side I turned off to get on Hwy 15 to go south to the NY border, and fortunately, the signs said just that and I was able to follow easily.

Hwy 15 south to the USA border follows the St. Lawrence for a while and then it is inland and pretty straight with exits that are very far apart.  The signage is not very helpful for food and other needs. It is about 45 minutes to the border but before I arrived there, I stopped at a huge Souvenir shop and bought myself another T-Shirt which had Canada on it and then smaller letters for Montreal.  It is one of those that is very long so it is almost a dress but it was not expensive so it was a good thing.

The border came up very quickly and I was ready.  This time I had a nice young man who asked me just a few questions and then wanted to know more about my genealogy quest.  So we chatted a little and then I had to move on. I think he was bored. I had read this was a very busy border crossing and I had been prepared to wait but I was through it in not time.  There was a lot of construction in the area and the route back onto the highway was a little obscured with cones and things but I managed to find it.  I was now on I-87 going south.

I was home, back in the USA.  I really like Canada it is a beautiful country – Ontario and Quebec – but there is something about the USA…

There was a McDonald’s at the next exit and I decided to stop and take a break.  Plattsburgh was not that far and I was not in any hurry.  It was about 12 noon and so I had plenty of time.

It was nice to hear English and use dollars and I reflected that in Montreal they don’t smile.  I have to mention however that at the cafe down the street while eating my scone and having coffee one morning in Montreal the proprietor burst into song and all of us were smiling.  However, other than that, I did not see any smiling faces or hear laughter in Montreal. The conversations at the restaurants were very serious but animated in French. The hotel staff was friendly and I liked hearing “Bonjour Madame,” or “Pardon Madame” or just a simple “Bonjour.”

A Cafe on St. Denis, one of many

A Cafe on St. Denis, one of many

Finding the Econo Lodge in Plattsburg was not to difficult and I was soon in my room.  They had the Keurig Single Coffee maker but if I wanted coffee I was to buy it in the lobby.  What? Don’t worry I was prepared.

I wanted to see Lake Champlain so I had sought out the Naked Turtle Restaurant as a place to go for dinner but when I got there it was gone!  So I took my pics of the lake and marina and went in search of the Applebees that I had noted earlier.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Champlain

I saw signs for ferry boats to Vermont on the highway I-81.  Here is some info about the city of Plattsburgh:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plattsburgh_(city),_New_York

Lake Champlain Marina

Lake Champlain Marina

Again, Lake Champlain Marina

Again, Lake Champlain Marina

Lake Champlain itself, a portion of this huge lake

Lake Champlain itself, a portion of this huge lake

Well, it was not that hard to go back and forth across the border even with a rental car so in retrospect I could have done my trip a bit different. Living 2.5 hours from the border in Seattle I just don’t go back and forth and when I do we usually have trouble getting from Canada back into the US. So I was concerned.  I have had the car/van inspected and other things happen.  I have to admit that it went a whole lot better going in and out of Ontario and Quebec than I thought.  Rental Car companies do not want you to leave the car in another country so I was obligated to bring it back to New York State.  Make sure that they will allow you to take the car into Canada before you rent.  Budget in Buffalo at the airport assured me they were bonded to do just that and go into Canada.  I did have the rental agreement with me so if I was asked I could hand it to the border guard.


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

May 29, 2014

Eddie completed her classes and graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School on the 15th of May, 1928.

Eddie's Diploma from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

Eddie’s Diploma from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

She had among her things in her Collection of Junk, a faded letter dated November 1, 1928 from the State of Washington Department of Licensing informing her that they had received her application and fee of $10.00 for the nurses’ examination to be held December 3rd at 9 a.m. in the Stimson Building, Seattle and the Women’s Athletic Club, Spokane. She probably opted to take the test in Spokane since she was living there.

Another faded letter came on December 10, 1928 telling her that she had passed her recent nurses’ examination and gave her grades on the examinations for: Physiology and Anatomy, Gynacology, Hygiene, Bacteriology, Obstetrics, Materia Medica, Surgical Nursing, Dietetics and Pediatrics.  Apparently she was not happy with her grades for she wrote “OUCH.” on the letter.  Her average was 88.3.

She received another certificate which was dated the 4th of December 1928 giving her Nurse’s status per the law.

Becoming a nurse 1928

Becoming a nurse 1928

When I visited Sacred Heart Hospital in 2002, they were displaying in the hallway pictures of the nursing students progressing from the beginning to the end of the school.  I do not know if this display exists anymore.  The nursing school has changed greatly at Sacred Heart along with the buildings and more.

Here is my hubby walking that hallway at Sacred Heart 2002

Here is my hubby walking that hallway at Sacred Heart  Hospital in 2002

Can you find Eddie in the photo below?  She is second from the right top row. Unfortunately, I will not be able to list the graduates names.  The low lights make it difficult to enlarge the picture and you will find it gets fuzzy.

They had a department that covered the history of the hospital so if you want to know more I am sure they would be helpful at Sacred Heart.  I was treated very well when I visited. You will need to make an appointment.  When we visited it was 2002 they an archive but I cannot find it on their website.  You might have to call the hospital and ask about their archive for the nursing school.

The Nurses graduation class of 1928 Edna McDonald is featured

The Nurses graduation class of 1928 Edna McDonald is featured top row on right second in.

Years later Eddie would work in an office down the hall from my mother’s work. My Dad and I would come and pick up my mother up and take her to do the weekly grocery shopping at the Safeway in the University Village which was on the way home.  While she was getting ready, I would head down the hall to visit Eddie.  It was called Seneca Summit Surgery and it was just north of Swedish Hospital on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It closed in the late 1960’s.

My mother, Marjorie, graduated from the Virginia Mason Nursing School in Seattle in 1938 a full 10 years after Eddie.

Eddie was called “Mac” for a nickname.  My dad, Keith, was called “Mac.”  My mother, Marjorie was called “Boardie” before she married my father Keith, and then she was called “Mac” as well.

To learn more about my mother’s nursing experience see my post, Marjorie becomes a Nurse, January 21, 2014, the Boardman and Brown blog:

http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/marjorie-becomes-a-nurse/

Eddie’s Collection of Junk – A Conclusion:

The time as come where I have reached the end of the bulk of Eddie’s Collection of Junk.  I feel like I am the history of Cheney High School’s early years through my father’s sisters and brother.  I do have 3 photographs probably of their graduation pictures for a Velma Ryker, Lucille Chapman and a Mary Snagg that I have not posted who were friends of Eddie.  I am willing to share so contact me and we will figure it out.

Eddie stopped putting things in this book when she graduated from her nursing school in 1928.  She left Spokane sometime after 1930 and headed to Seattle, Washington.  She would take up residence near the waters of Puget Sound in the Alki Beach area of Seattle.  This area is part of the West Seattle neighborhood.  Eddie liked the mountains and the water and I remember many walks with her on the beach near her homes.  She lived in at least three, maybe four apartments in the Alki beach area over the years. Vivian, older sister, migrated from Spokane to Seattle sometime in the early 1960’s and they lived next to each other in a house like duplex on Alki Beach till Vivian was moved to a nursing home.  That house is now replaced with a modern looking apartment.  After Vivian’s death, Eddie continued to live in the downtown area of West Seattle.

There is one more piece of memorabilia to share with you from Eddie’s book.  As you have noticed Eddie’s brother Keith is not mentioned in this series of posts from the Collection. There is one picture that she kept created by Keith and I will share that when I start to write about him in future posts.  Eddie’s brother Keith was three years younger than her so he is just about to enter Gonzaga High School when she was graduating from nursing school.  Can you guess what the picture is…..?

Yes, it is a drawing of an airplane.


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Speech Given at Graduation – Sacred Heart

May 22, 2014

There is a speech that appears to have been given at the graduation ceremony for the Sacred Heart Nurses Class of 1928.  Again I conclude that Eddie wrote it and then gave the speech, implying she was an officer.

There are actually two versions:

Sacred Heart class of 1928 Graduation Speech.

Sacred Heart class of 1928 Graduation Speech.

 

A Speech for Graduation, 1928 Sacred Heart

A Speech for Graduation, 1928 Sacred Heart

 


A Constitution for the Nursing Student Body at Sacred Heart in Spokane from Eddie’s Collection of Junk…

May 15, 2014

Did you really expect my Aunt Eddie to put her head down and study her nursing classes only and not get political or involved. She apparently got involved with the creation of the constitution for the nurses and more.

Eddie in 1928

Eddie in 1928 Graduation Picture

Nurses Suggestions

Nurses Suggestions

Page 2 Nurses Suggestions

Page 2 Nurses Suggestions

Here is a draft of the Constitution for the Student Body for the Sacred Heart Training School for Nurses.   It might have more pages but these are the ones that survived.

Page 1 Constitution

Page 1 Constitution

Page 2 Constitution

Page 2 Constitution

Page 3 Constitution

Page 3 Constitution


Eddie’s Classes At Sacred Heart Nursing School

May 8, 2014

Back in 2002, I made an appointment and visited the Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane where I was given Eddie’s Nursing School History.  I am not going to share all of what information is contained in the documents, but instead tell you some of the highlights.

Eddie & Friend circa 1926

Eddie & Friend circa 1926 maybe later…

The history given to me included her class work years.  They rated her on absence, attendance, and examinations.

July to September 1925 she was in the Preparatory Course which consisted of the History of Nursing, Nursing Ethics, Principles & Practices of Nursing (Demonstrations given 30).

From September 1925 to 1926 Eddie took: Drugs & Solutions, Anatomy & Physiology, Personal Hygiene, Medical Nursing, Surgical Nursing, Bacteriology and Dietetics.

From 1926 to 1927 she took Pediatrics, Nursing in Comm. Diseases, Obstetrical Nursing, Gynecological Nursing, Anatomy & Physiology.

Then in 1927 to 1928 the courses were Orthopedic Nursing, Eye Ear Nose & Throat Nursing, Materia Medica & Therapeutics, Psychiatric Nursing, Nursing Ethics.

They rated her on lecture work listing her teachers and the lectures she attended.

They also rated her as follows:

    • Health – good
    • Disposition – Excellent
    • Manner – Shy but pleasant
    • Neatness – Fair
    • Punctuality – Good
    • Thorough and Conscientious – yes
    • Able to take responsibility – yes
    • Is she capable and intelligent – yes

Acceptance to Sacred Heart Nursing School from Eddie’s Collection of Junk…

May 1, 2014

Just a couple of weeks later Eddie received another short letter in the mail from Sacred Heart Hospital dated Jan. 22, 1925 telling her that she was accepted into the Nursing program.

So on July 6, 1925 Edna Lorraine McDonald entered into the school of the Sacred Heart Nurses program in Spokane, Washington.

Letter of Acceptance for Eddie to Sacred Heart Nurses School, Spokane WA 1925

Letter of Acceptance for Eddie to Sacred Heart Nurses School, Spokane WA 1925

Something tells me that this document below came with the acceptance letter.  The document seems to be the rules for entrance into the program.  She would be on six weeks probation when she entered the school.  She must be of average height and in good healthy condition and dentistry should be done before entering the school. It goes on to tell about the supplies they need to bring.

In Eddie’s day the student nurses had to stay in dorms has a condition of attending the school.

Rules for the Nurses at Sacred Heart 1925

Rules for the Nurses at Sacred Heart 1925

Sacred Heart Nurses School Rules page 2

Sacred Heart Nurses School Rules page 2

Here is our pupil, Edna or Eddie, ready for class. Actually they probably called her “Mac,” a family nickname used for my father Keith, her brother, and my mother Marjorie, Eddie’s sister-in-law.

Eddie ready for her school work at Sacred Heart in 1925

Eddie ready for her school work at Sacred Heart in 1925


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