Seattle in 1940 – Enter Marjorie Boardman…

Keith’s military service eventually lead him back to Seattle and settling in the Pacific Northwest.  As we have seen he is living on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington in 1940. Capitol Hill was where a great many of the major hospitals were located on what is called First Hill:  This is where you would find Swedish, Doctors, Virginia Mason, and Harborview and others.  Now it is very different with consolidations, mergers and more.

At this time, in 1940, Virginia Mason Hospital had a nursing school.  On 2 May, 1938 Marjorie F. Boardman along with her some of her friends graduated from the Virginia Mason Nursing School.  I believe I-5 claimed the building in the photo below.

Marjorie in front of the dorm for the Virginia Mason Nursing School

Marjorie in front of the dorm for the Virginia Mason Nursing School

Source:  Marjorie F. Boardman, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, Block 21-22, SD#1, ED#40-227, Sht#7B, enumerated April 14, 1940 by Louise B. Fleming.

1940 Census snippet for Marjorie and her friends

1940 Census snippet for Marjorie and her friends

Terry Avenue – Line 43, 231, R, 44, Smith, Patricia C., Head, F, W, 22, S, No, H4, born Nebraska, lived in Kent. Boardman, Marjory, Partner, F, W, 27, S, No, H4, born Washington, lived same place. Batchelder, Virginia L., Partner, F, W, 22, S, C2, born Washington, lived Hoquiam. Gould, Beverly A., Partner, F, W, 23, S, H4, born Montana, lived Tonasket. 

They are all graduate nurses working at a hospital as listed above.  I think the use of the term “partner” to be rather amusing.

Graduation Ceremonies for the nursing school 1939

Graduation Ceremonies for the nursing school 1939

Exactly when my father Keith met my mother Marjorie is unclear.  The story I heard was they met roller skating.  Now I know my Dad was an expert roller skater because he would take us roller skating on Sunday down by the University of Washington playfield along 25th near the University Village shopping center.  He tried to teach me to go backwards but I never quite master that part.  Unfortunately the rink was closed down, I think for something like a garbage dump till it was made an official playfield.

Now my Mom, didn’t roller skate. She never went with us to the rink on Sunday.

The other story is they met dancing at one of the popular dance locations in Seattle. This might make a little more sense. Maybe a place like the picture below?

The Spanish Castle dance hall, built in the 1930 on HWY 99 at Midway. It was demolished April 7, 1968.

The Spanish Castle dance hall, built-in the 1930 on HWY 99 at Midway. It was demolished April 7, 1968.

For more information about the Boardman’s and Marjorie’s life before she met Keith go to the blog:  The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, A Canadian Story, see link on the right side of this blog.  Oh did you notice the 1940 census said she was born in Washington State…nope, she was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and she applied for her first papers about 1938 and completed her naturalization after her marriage to my dad.

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