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.

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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!!


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