Keith’s mother Grace was busy raising a family while her husband Ronald (R.S.) was involved with the lumber business and politics in the town of International Falls.
This photo is of Grace as a young girl and it is this young girl that my grandfather Ronald fell in love with and met somewhere in Minnesota. Maybe it was when he visited her father in Pine River to talk about lumber? Maybe it was on the train to St. Paul/Minneapolis where she attended school? Miriam her daughter didn’t seem to know the story of how they met or even the date of the marriage as was reflected in her notes that she sent me.
Ronald and Grace were married in September of 1898 and eventually settled in International Falls with their family. I wrote about the marriage in my post dated February 20, 2010.
Keith’s cousin Mary McDonald Louiseau told me when I visited her in 2000, that Grace liked to read so the library at their home was filled with books. There is no date on this oval photo of Grace.
Here Grace is sweeping the snow? Not sure why, but I enjoy the look which reminds me of her daughter Eddie. I like the contrast in the pictures of my father’s mother and my grandmother. I have very little information about her. I think these photos start to show a little of her personality. In this snow photo she is in a rather shabby dress. For some reason I think she was pregnant at this time? I do not know the year this snow photo was taken.
In this picture Grace looks lovely and happy. Written on the photo is the year 1911. Left to right: in the back row is Vivian, Gordon, and Grace. In the front row is Miriam, Eddie, Jean and then baby Keith, main star of this blog. Grace is holding Keith, my dad, close. If you look closely you can see that Miriam and Eddie’s hair is cut like a boy’s hair cut. I am wondering if there was a lice problem?
I have had the good fortune to know all of these siblings of my father Keith. They were very much a part of my life. The only one I never knew was Grace for she died very young as you will see.
I have another blog that I am writing that covers Grace Barclay McDonald’s parents and ancestors. It is called the “Barclays of Pine River, The Lives of George and Amarilla Barclay.” You will find it at: http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/ Grace’s ancestry goes back to the Mayflower through Grace’s grandparents Elizabeth Keller Spracklin and Daniel Dair/Dare Spracklin. I will eventually talk more about Grace’s earlier years in that blog up till she meets Ronald (R.S.).