Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Domestic Science circa 1921, 1922 and 1923!

January 9, 2014

My Aunt Eddie was truly a craftswoman and artist.  All of us of an older age and female took classes in “domestic science,” or maybe you knew it as “Home Economics.” I remember my sewing class in high school and I seem to recall cooking cookies.

Definition of Domestic Science: “The study of cooking, needlework and other subjects concerned with household skills.” from the English Dictionary.

Here is a curriculum for public schools in 1920 in Domestic Science:

http://www.viu.ca/homeroom/content/topics/programs/2001/DOMSCI20/index.htm

  1. Needlework
  2. Household sewing
  3. Preparatory lessons in Home Management and Personal Hygiene
  4. Practical Cookery, theoretical cookery
  5. Laundry work
Eddie at her sewing machine

Eddie at her sewing machine

I wish you could see these and feel them, they have survived 91+ years.  I have practiced these techniques in my time as well in the 1960’s.

Eddie's examples from her Domestic Science Class 1921-23

Eddie’s examples from her Domestic Science Class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

Eddie's work more samples

Eddie’s work – more samples

Snaps anyone - More of Eddie's work

Snaps anyone – More of Eddie’s work


Eddie’s Pile of Junk: A Cooking Class Project 1923

January 2, 2014
Class Project to Cook dinner - Sophomore Class 1923

Class Project to Cook dinner – Sophomore Class 1923

The page above reads:

“Souvenir of dinner served by Sophomore to them served under the supervision of Miss Gertrude Gage, 1923.”

“Souvenir of dinner served by S. cooking Class to teachers & mothers.  Mostly teachers as only about six mothers out of fourteen were present.”

This looks like the menu and if so, I am impressed.

The Menu for the Cooking Class 1923

The Menu for the Cooking Class 1923

Apparently it was not as successful as they had hoped.

Menu - Cooking Class CHS 1923

Menu – Cooking Class CHS 1923


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Tornado 1921

December 26, 2013

Eddie was involved in what was either a class project, a play or a newsletter?  It was titled THE TORNADO.

There are eleven pages and it appears that it may be several versions of the manuscript or issues?  I have tried to piece it together using the page numbers, but it might be better grouped with the color of the paper.  The date was February 23, 1921.

Staff:

Chairman:  Elizabeth Andrews

Editorial: Volene Wyatt

Assoc. Editor: Merville Ryan

Contributing:

Literary:  Edna McDonald and Clare Bemis

Dramatic:  Edith Sowles

General:  Walter Murphy

Advertising:  Lester Barr

Sports: Ruby Bargloff and Everett Conley

Locals: Ione Addington

Jokes:  Mina Barnes and Clarance Dykes.

You can just click on the photos below and they will open in a larger window.  Don’t forget to click your back button or close a tab to get back to this blog.

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Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Tea Room 1922

December 19, 2013

The Tea Room was quite the affair, at the Carnival for the Cheney High School on March 10, 1922.

Tea Room Napkin 1922

Tea Room Napkin 1922

Eddie kept this very fragile napkin, which is torn and wrinkled, from this Carnival.

A description of the event in this first page.  Click and it will open, hit your back button or close a tab to return.

The Tea Room 1922

The Tea Room 1922

The second page describes the Tea Women – the wait staff:

First shift the hostess was May Hatfield, Merle Mason, Leona Lane and Doris Lane.  The Second Shift the hostess was Vivian Harmon along Lily Pryor, Margy Sheldon, Edna L. McDonald.

The MENU:

Devil’s Food Cake or Doughnuts

Coffee, Tea or Cocoa


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Cheney High School Freshman Class 1921-22

December 12, 2013

There are many gems in my Aunt Eddie’s “Collection of Junk.” From this point on for many posts to come I will be featuring some of these gems.

One of them is the list of the students for the Cheney High School Freshman Class of 1921-22 and it looks like she wrote it.  The paper is tissue paper and it is very fragile.

These are the types of items that genealogists just go nuts over.  I was at the Tillicum Historical Society years ago in Cheney and they didn’t have much on the high school before 1925.  I believe they are now the Cheney Historical Society?

In the list below, Eddie is number 25 and Jean is 21.  Down at number 43, she lists the officers of the class: President Edna L. McDonald, Vice – Fred West, Sec – Roy Hughes, Tres – Alferd Eixson, Sergant at Arms – Pearl Ragan.  Class meetings 2nd Tues of every month. Class dues 35 cents a semester.  If only there was a photo. HA!

1921 to 1922 Cheney High Freshman Class list

1921 to 1922 Cheney High Freshman Class list

Cheney High School Freshman list 1921 to 22

Cheney High School Freshman list 1921 to 22


Jean’s Birthday Celebration 1924

December 5, 2013

The gossip column in the local newspaper is so much fun to read.  Here we find a little excerpt about Jean’s birthday celebration in 1924.  Her actual birthday was June 30th.

July 4, 1924 Jean's birthday party

July 4, 1924 Jean’s birthday party

It reads:  “In honor of Jean McDonald’s birthday a picnic was held at Fish Lake Saturday.  Those present were the Misses Nellie McDonald, Jean McDonald, Edna McDonald, Harriette Murphy, Doris Ryker and Velma Ryker.”  Cheney Free Press 7/4/1924.

The next photo was taken in 1927 and although it is not from the actual date above,  I thought it was fun.  On the left you find Vivian, then Miriam, Aunt Nellie and then Jean.

Vivian, Miriam, Aunt Nellie, & Jean 1927

Vivian, Miriam, Aunt Nellie, & Jean 1927


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Sister Jean the Actress 1924!

November 28, 2013
Jean in 1925 but the gesture is almost the same...

Jean in 1925 but the gesture is almost the same…

On a visit to my aunts Jean and Miriam in the  1980’s, Jean acted in a very curious manner. She was standing at her backdoor to her house in Selah, WA and she put her hand to her brow, palm out, and said in a very melodramatic manner.  “I must go inside now and get beautiful.”  She turned and swept into the house. I doubt beauty was really on her mind but something had inspired her.  We were about to go on a drive somewhere so she was probably teasing me a little. The picture above is Jean in 1925 a little after the play below but I think you can see the actress in her. HA!

When I found this article in Eddie’s Collection of Junk and in the Cheney newspaper (Feb. 24, 1924) mentioning Jean acting in a play, I was delighted.  The scenario above clicked and “I got it.”  I do regret not questioning her about her actions for it could have produced some wonderful stories.  I had been in an old-time melodramatic play in college, so we would have had a wonderful chat about our experiences.  Sigh!

The Fascinating Fanny Brown 1924

The Fascinating Fanny Brown 1924

Eddie had this comment in her Collection of Junk and the names she mentions are in the program below.

Eddie commenting about a play in Junior year.

Eddie commenting about a play in Junior year.

Here is the program for the Fascinating Fanny Brown:

Program for a Play 1924

Program for a Play 1924 – click to read about the plot!!


Jean’s Cheney High School Activities 1924

November 21, 2013

Jean was featured in the Cheney High School year book on page 58.  She was a member of the Student Council. Apparently they had their first meeting on December 1, 1924.

Cheney High School Student Council 1924

Cheney High School Student Council 1924 – click to open

Members of the council were:

President: Alfred Erickson

Secretary-Treasurer: Lola Sherar

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Hodge

Charge of Assemblies:  Lola Sherar, Jean McDonald, Beulah Liedloff, Velma Ryker, Theresa Burke, Vesta Clever, John Fishback, Victor Wilson, Roy Huse, Merville Ryan, Nolan Brown and John Nedwed and Cyril Byrnes for acting as substitute.

The Photo:  Jean is the one with the big white-collar front row second from right.


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The 3 Sister Reporters & Editors!

November 12, 2013
Eddie is featured in the Cheney High School Year Book

Eddie is featured in the Cheney High School Year Book – click to open – back button to return

According to the Cheney High School yearbook (circa 1925) the Cheney News was founded in 1923 and Eddie is the Editor?  In the picture above Eddie is smack in the middle.  Now I know why she kept the 15 issues of this paper.  This newspaper meant a great deal to my Aunt’s Miriam, Jean and Eddie.

“The High School News”  In the long forgotten year of 1923, before the edition of an annual was every dreamed of, the High School News was originated, under the auspices of the Senior Class.  Finances were provided for by general subscription and by advertisements. A faculty adviser and staff were selected by the student body, and the first edition was published in January.  The News was reorganized the following September.  In the fall of 1924 a temporary editor and a business manager were appointed to edit the paper until a permanent staff could be elected. Under this arrangement the first two editions were issued.  The regular staff was elected in November and edited the December issue.  It was as follows:  Editor, Edna McDonald; assistant editor Helen Hochtritt; business manager, John Burke; assistant business manager, Virgil McGee; faculty adviser, Miss Anne Norwood; reports, Majorie Arrasmith, Verne Bacharach, Clarence Dykes, Juanita Eads, Noel Guertin, Lottie Mason, Gertrude Michel, and Elanor Williams.  —Edna McDonald. 

Well, I then went back through all the issues I had of this newspaper and sure enough she was Editor for the January 13, 1925 issue Vol. III, No. 8.  Now Jean was also editor for the November 18, 1924 issue and Miriam was an Associate Editor at one time before Jean.  They were all reporters or on special assignment.  HA!

It is always wonderful to be surprised.  I have scanned the issues of the Cheney High School Newspaper from 1923 to 1925 and created a page.  Go to the top of this blog and you will find it.  Enjoy.

Jean as Editor of CHS News

Jean as Editor of CHS News

Here Eddie is featured:

Eddie is an Editor of the CHS News.

Eddie is an Editor of the CHS News.

Apparently Eddie held Miss Norwood, the advisor to the newspaper, in esteem for she had a picture of her in her Collection of Junk.

Miss Anne Norwood, Adviser for the CHS News

Miss Anne Norwood, Adviser for the CHS News


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Halloween Favors Cheney, WA style!

November 7, 2013

Halloween for 2013 has come and gone but that is okay.  I want to share some items I found in Eddie’s ” Collection of Junk,” before I continue on with more from her pile of stuff.  They are Halloween napkins and decorations.  They have survived and are probably about 90+ years old, maybe even older.  My Aunt Eddie was a craftswoman as you will come to see.

A Napkin that is very fragile

A Napkin that is very fragile

The next two Halloween Decorations are made of black construction paper and are rather hardy.  The bat has a good ten inches wingspan.  The Owl is about six inches high and 5 inches wide.

A Bat for Halloween circa 1923

A Bat for Halloween circa 1923

Nite Owl circa 1923

Nite Owl circa 1923

This party favor is quite clever, using black construction paper, a pipe cleaner and crepe paper.  The face is very well done.  It could be a cut out.

Scary Cat cira 1923

Scary Cat cira 1923

This napkin is regular sized and was extremely fragile and difficult to scan without tearing it.  Can you believe it lasted 90+ years.  The decorations wrap around the napkin over 2/3rds of it and are quite involved.

Large Napkin circa 1923

Large Napkin circa 1923


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