Keith’s first years where in International Falls, Minnesota one of the coldest cities in the United States. Here he is in a buggy with furs to keep him warm.
I know that my Dad was well-loved, and it looks like his sisters would take care of him on occasion including him in their play. He was very close to them over the years and stayed in touch. In later years he would honor them by naming the boat he built by adding their make-believe friend Mrs. Scubalub to the boat’s very long name. I will share the boat’s name in a future post. I think it is funny to see the sisters in the various photos holding Keith. I like to think they had to restrain him from being curious about the camera. A hobby he took on in his later life.
Keith is in the living room of the house in International Falls in the photo below.
The photo below was taken about 1915 and Keith is with his siblings. The writing on the back reads that he was the one responsible for poking his eyes out. You have to click on the photo to make it bigger to see that his eyes are a bit odd. Keith is on the left, next is Jean, Eddie, Miriam, Gordon and Vivian.
If we compare Keith in the photo above which is dated 1915, we might be able to figure out how old he was in this next photo. He looks very much the same but maybe a little younger. The outfit is similar.
There is writing on the back of the photo above but it is very difficult to figure out….It reads something about his birthday and school. It had been put in a frame and cut up and they used glue. I was only able to get this much revealed. I just know there is good stuff in the writing?
Here Keith is with his Uncle Alexander McDonald a fireman in International Falls. See the post Alexander Thomas McDonald, Fireman, dated August 7, 2010.
The next picture was shared at the very beginning of this blog. This is the one in which Miriam, Jean and Keith are dressed in Scottish outfits. I believe these were taken in International Falls probably for some celebration, but who dressed them up is not known. Grace died in 1911 and Keith was born in 1910 eighteen months before her death, so it had to be Nellie or some other family member that was involved because of Keith’s age. If you look closely the costumes look like they are all of a different plaid? It is too bad they aren’t in color. Sigh!
The time line for Keith’s earlier life is not clear, most is my guessing based on the photos that I have. Once Ronald their father, left International Falls it gets really difficult to know exactly how long they were in Grand Prairie, Alberta and what really happened from 1915 to 1920 when they appear in Cheney, Washington.