Cheney Normal School and Miriam 1923 to 1925!

October 24, 2013

Miriam headed for the Cheney Normal School right after she graduated from High school.  This photograph below was among Miriam’s possessions.  When I visited Cheney in 2002, I saw that the pillars were still standing.   By 2003 it was now called Eastern Washington University and it was very different from what this photograph suggests.  It was all grown up as an institution.

The Entrance to the Cheney Normal School

The Entrance to the Cheney Normal School

For some reason, I think this photograph that follows was taken at the Normal School. Miriam does not look happy.  It is one of my favorites of her for she didn’t like having her photograph taken.

Miriam surprised

Miriam surprised

Below are some Normal School yearbook page and we find Miriam is active in the Avon Club and so is Eddie.  I do not see Eddie in the picture but I believe the person on the end in the front row is Miriam looking very serious.  Both are listed in the 3rd column next to each other. This leads me to believe that Eddie attended the Normal School for a short while before she headed to Spokane to enter nursing school.

Miriam and Eddie are members of the Avon club

Miriam and Eddie are members of the Avon club – click to open

Much to my surprise Miriam was also a member of the French Club or rather Les Membres Du Cercle Francais.  Miriam is listed in the center column about half way down. I cannot be sure but I think she is the one in the front row in the center, with a hat and a white-collar. The second page you will find Miriam’s name at the bottom as a Rapporteurs.  I don’t ever remember her speaking French.

Miriam and French Club at Cheney Normal School

Miriam and French Club at Cheney Normal School

More French club for Miriam

More French club for Miriam

Someone wrote in more information about Miriam on the page where the names of the graduates are listed.  It reads “McDonald, Miriam, Cheney High School.”  The additional information reads:  “Honor Roll, Press Club – Vice President, Avon Club, French Club and Journal staff.”  Under the French club is some writing I cannot make out.  It looks French.  I am so grateful to the person who added the information about Miriam.

Miriam Graduates from Cheney Normal School 1925

Miriam Graduates from Cheney Normal School 1925

Miriam probably attended the Commencement exercise in May of 1925 for the Normal School for a copy of the program was among her possessions.

Commencement 1925 Cheney Normal School

Commencement 1925 Cheney Normal School

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In the scrapbook page above, Miriam is listed under the 3 year diplomas.  They also had four-year diplomas.  There is another page that lists two-year diploma students but it is huge so I am not going to feature it here.

Miriam must have been on a speed course, attending in the summer to be done by August 13, 1925 having graduated in 1923 from high school.  She may have been small of stature 5 ft. 2 inches but that didn’t slow her done. She was ambitious.

I have mentioned that she was teaching in Noxon, Sanders, Montana from July 1925 to June 1926. If you study the dates you see that she was definitely on the move.  She followed that up with teaching in Ritzville, Adams County, Washington for 8 months from July 1, 1926 to June 1927.  She then headed to Heppner, Morrow Co., Oregon from July 1929 to June 1935 doing 9 months each year.  She then returned to the Normal School and obtained an advanced degree.  I will share that in a future post.

My Aunt Miriam is the person responsible for all my genealogical madness.  She sent me 6 pages of family notes and later I found 3 more.  I have honored her in a post at the beginning of this blog. Thanks again Miriam.

Note:  Under the Freedom of Information Act, I obtained Miriam, Vivian and Jean’s school retirement files, so that is why I know where they were teaching over the years.  I tried for Gordon but they didn’t have anything for him, so his teaching in Big Timber, Montana is probably lost or with those school records in Montana.


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