Eddie and Jean Celebrate High School Graduation 1925!

April 17, 2014

Graduating from high school is a big deal.  I remember mine.  There was something like 600 students. Roosevelt High School in Seattle was a big school. Eddie and Jean’s was quite a bit smaller which made it probably a very wonderful experience.  They certainly had fun.

Both sisters entered into the Normal School at Cheney after high school.  Jean was on the track of becoming a teacher. She would head for Hammond, Carter Co., Montana and teach there from 1 July 1926 to 30 June 1927.

Eddie was only at the Normal School a short time and she changed course. The whole McDonald family made the move from Cheney to Spokane about 1926.  I believe it was because my father Keith could be near Gonzaga High School and take their mechanical course.  At that time Gonzaga was a high school and college all in one.

Eddie was on a course to attend Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane.  I will share her memorabilia from that time in her life in the next posts.

Here are some photos of Jean and Eddie taken in 1925 and I think they are their family graduation pictures.  They are a little later by a few days from the graduation ceremonies.

Eddie by the house with the Ivy 1925

Eddie by the house with the Ivy 1925

Eddie and Jean near the same ivy.  I was unable to locate this house in Cheney and was told a lot of houses had been torn down and new ones built. There are no city directories for Cheney from 1920 to 1925 so I was not able to figure out where they lived while they were in Cheney.

This does say May 31, 1925 Eddie and Jean

This does say May 31, 1925, Eddie and Jean

Jean is so serious.

Jean May 31, 1925

Jean May 31, 1925


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Senior Prophecy 1925

April 10, 2014

There was a lot going on in 1925 when Eddie and Jean graduated from Cheney High School in Spokane County, Washington.

Here is a drawing done by one of the students of Cheney High School for the Senior Prophecy for 1925 and some verse.  If you can read the artist’s signature then you are doing better than me!

CHS - Artist 1925

CHS – Artist 1925

In the verses of this poem are references to the senior students, the McDonald comments are on page 27.  Just click the photo and it will open in a larger window, just remember to click you back button or choose your tabs carefully to return to this blog.

Senior Prophecy page 1

Senior Prophecy page 1 CHS 1925

Page 2

Senior Prophecy page 2 CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy page 2 CHS 1925

Page 3

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Page 4

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

So at the very end we see that Edna MacDonald and her friend Lucille Chapman maybe be the culprits and wrote this piece?


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Good Old High School Days 1925

April 3, 2014

Eddie had even more memorabilia in her junk collection from her Cheney High School. Here we have a Senior Will where she and her sister Jean are featured along with many others. It is sort of a passing of the torch kinda thing!  It is a riot…what clever kids they were.

CHS Senior Will 1925

CHS Senior Will 1925

This is apparently the questions asked when you get your picture taken:

CHS table of attributes 1925

CHS table of attributes 1925 click to open hit back button to return

The school song:

Cheney High School Song 1925

Cheney High School Song 1925

In those dear old high school days, in those dear old high school days, free from sorrow, care and strife, the happiest moments of our life.  You can hear those banjos ring a ting a ling.  You can hear those Seniors Sing.

Chorus

Cheney High School, Cheney High School, We are signing praises, ringing. You will never find the quality of the class of twenty-five. RAH! RAH!

Pages from CHS yearbook 1925

Pages from CHS yearbook 1925

Look closer in the bottom left corner and you will see Eddie and Jean

Eddie and Jean 1925

Eddie and Jean 1925

Another page CHS 1925

Another page CHS 1925


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation Time 1925

March 27, 2014

The time had come for Eddie and Jean to graduate from high school.  The Cheney Yearbook of 1925, which I think was the first published, shows Eddie and Jean together on the same page. Jean was younger by a year and they skipped her ahead. In Jean’s later years, she mentioned that this being “moved ahead” was not a good idea?

Eddie and Jean in the Yearbook for Cheney High 1925

Eddie and Jean in the Yearbook for Cheney High 1925

Eddie's invitation to graduation 1925 CHS

Eddie’s invitation to graduation 1925 CHS

Eddie and Jeans Calling cards 1925

Eddie and Jean’s Calling cards 1925

The program and her comments:

Commencement Exercises Cheney Hi 1925

Commencement Exercises Cheney High 1925

Cheney High School Graduation program 1925

Cheney High School Graduation program 1925

Congratulations are in order:

Congratulations to the graduate 1925

Congratulations to the graduate 1925


Cheney High School Honor Roll 1924 & Basketball

March 20, 2014

The Eastern Washington University has a great newspaper archive and I found these items about the students at Cheney.

The February 1924 issue features Jean under the Biology section. Edna is under the English listings.  Miriam has graduated but here are a series of 1924 photos of the sisters except Vivian.

Miriam, Jean and Eddie Winter 1924

Miriam, Jean and Eddie Winter 1924

Eddie, Jean Nellie, Miriam and unknown girl. Winter 1924

Eddie, Jean Nellie, Miriam and unknown girl. Winter 1924

Jean, Eddie and unknown friend, Winter 1924.

Jean, Eddie and unknown friend, Winter 1924. Eddie has a camera in her hands

The March article you will find Jean’s name under Biology and Modern History.  Eddie appears under the English students.

Honor Students Feb 1924

Honor Students Feb 1924

Honor Students Cheney WA March 1924 & Basketball

Honor Students Cheney WA March 1924 & Basketball

A close up of the March 1924 article on Honor Students has a little article tucked in at the end about the girls basketball team receiving the honor of letters.  Eddie is listed.

Basketball March 1924

Basketball March 1924

“Twelve members of girls’ basketball teams at the Cheney high school have been awarded honor letters as follows:  Clare Bemi, Adelia Bacharach, Vivian Harmon, Alice Ewy, Edna McDonald, Alberta Victor, Theresia Burke, Virginia Nance, Genevieve Johnson, Gertrude Bechtel, Elizabeth Andrews, Juanita Eads.”


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


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