An Overview of R.S. McDonald & Grace A. Barclay Family

This page will cover the posts written about the family of R.S. (Ronald Sandfield) McDonald and his wife Grace Amarilla Barclay on this and other blogs.

These two individuals are my grandparents and the parents of my father, Keith B. MacDonald.  Ronald is the son of Archibald and Mary McDonell. Grace is the daughter of George and Amarilla Barclay.

I am creating pages for each family grouping to help make it easier to find the posts written about that family.  This will make it easier to find study the information and I highly recommend that you do that and not just jump around.  Please read the posts carefully it is important.  Always feel free to ask me questions and request copies of original documents or suggest updates for genealogy always changes as new information comes to light.

Blogs are not the best for doing searches and can be confusing.  As the author I sort of know what is going on.  I have made copies of my posts and put them into a Word.doc so I can search it and I have a Table of Contents of the posts making it easier for me to find things.

There are three ways to search this blog:
  1.  Use the Archive Box on the right side of the blog and find the month and year and click and it will give you a listing of posts written during that time.  So if you use the dates below you can find the post you are looking for and see it in sequence.  Blogs go from past dates to present so they are backwards from a book.
  2. Use the Search box on the right of this blog to search using key words like a person’s name, the location, topics like Mayflower etc.
  3. Seek out the Categories which I have tried to organize by surname, cemeteries, locations and subjects.  The list is auto alphabetical within the grouping, so you need to scroll looking for what you want.  There is a number next to the category telling you approximately how many posts that the category.  It may not find all references to the keyword you are using, although I strive to be careful and diligent.
  4. Blogs are backwards from a book, so the oldest posts are the first. So you could technically go back to the beginning and go forward through the blog.  I strive to do the genealogy in a chronological manner but not always for this is also a story about their lives and family connections make it very complicated. When I start writing about a family, I do a summary post of the family of a specific couple listing their children and then try to follow it with more detailed posts about the children and their families if it works within the concept of the blog.  If you see revisiting in the title it means I have found new information or am going back to that person or couple and adding more detail.

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A Table of contents of the posts written on this blog and other regarding the

family of Ronald S. McDonald and Grace A. Barclay.

Grace Barclay & Ronald S. McDonald

Grace Barclay & Ronald S. McDonald

Keith used the “MacDonald” spelling while his father, aunt and siblings used the “McDonald” spelling. It was formerly McDonell or even Macdonell, Macdonnell

Please note that some of these posts are published on other blogs.  See the right side of this blog for the list and link under Blogs I like…

Ronald McDonald and Grace Barclay, Keith’s parents: 

  1. Keith’s Parents, Ronald and Grace’s Marriage, February 20, 2010
  2. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010 – a summary of their children.
  3. Archie and Mary in 1871, May 23, 2011
  4. McDonell Family in 1881, June 2, 2011
  5. Ronald S. and Angus Strike Out on their Own, December 16, 2011
  6. The Migration to Minnesota Begins for the McDonells, December 23, 2011
  7. Life in Bemidji? February 2, 20102
  8. McDonald’s Settle in International Falls, March 27, 2010
  9. Riverside Drive, International Falls, MN, March 30, 2010
  10. Ronald and Grace Family Life, April 1, 2010
  11. Ronald S. McDonald or known as just R.S., April 2, 2010
  12. Ronald S, McDonald – A Dam is Built, May 10, 2010
  13. Commissioner R.S. McDonald, May 15, 2010
  14. Time Capsule Opened 2006, May 21, 2010

Life after Grace’s death: 

  1. R.S. McDonald Leaves International Falls, October 5, 2010
  2. Ronald’s story continues: Revisiting Grand Prairie, Alberta and mention of Albany, Oregon, January 3, 2013.
  3. A Scandal in Koochiching County circa 1918! January 19, 2013
  4. R.S. Traveling Card – Knights of Columbus, January 31, 2013
  5. R.S. McDonald Family Settles in Cheney, WA, 1920, February 14, 2013
  6. Nellie becomes the caretaker of Grace’s Children, March 1, 2013
  7. School Census from Cheney, Washington, March 28, 2013
  8. Cheney Years: Ronald McDonald and Taxes! April 10, 2013
  9. The McDonald’s find work in Tuscor, MT 1924-1925, August 28, 2013
  10. The year is 1930 in Spokane, July 16, 2015
  11. The Rest of the McDonald’s in 1940, November 19, 2015
  12. July 1947: Ronald S. McDonald passes. A Tribute! January 28, 2016

Grace Barclay McDonald – for more on Grace see the blog The Barclay’s of Pine River. 

  1. Grace Barclay McDonald, May 29, 2010
  2. An Unexpected Tragedy, July 18, 2010
  3. A Family’s Sad Times, July 20, 2010

Ronald’s parents”

Archibald and Mary McDonald’s Children, March 20, 2010 – A summary of their children including Ronald S. (R.S.)

Note: For more posts on Archibald and Mary, Ronald’s parents, see their page at the top of this blog.

 

Their Children: Baby born 1899, Vivian (Leola Vivian), Gordon (Ronald Gordon), Miriam Audrey, Eddie (Edna Lorraine), Jean (Laurie Jean), Keith, and Grace Elizabeth.  

The Children of Ronald and Grace about 1947

The Children of Ronald and Grace about 1947

LtoR: Vivian, Gordon, Miriam, Eddie, Jean, Keith, and Katy, Jean’s daughter.

Note:  Ronald (R.S.) may be featured in some of his children’s posts like the McKanna and McDonald Wedding 1924 that have not been included in the list above.

  1. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010
  2. School Census from Cheney, Washington, March 28, 2013

Leola Vivian McDonald McKanna

  1. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  2. Amarilla takes on a new role as grandmother:  The birth of Leola Vivian 1902, May 12, 2014 – From the Barclays of Pine River Blog.
  3. Darling Vivian, June 5, 2010
  4. Vivian’s Baby Book, June 16, 2010
  5. A Collection of Junk! June 25, 2010 – Vivian’s Geisha drawing
  6. Local Cheney Maid Weds! May 11, 2013
  7. McKanna and McDonald Wedding 1924, May 23, 2013
  8. Leola Vivian and Hilary McKanna begin Married Life! June 6, 2013
  9. Hilary McKanna’s Family! June 20, 2013
  10. Hilary’s Early Life! July 3, 2013
  11. The McKannas and Life in Alaska, July 18, 2013
  12. Hilary’s brother and wife: Bob and Theo McKanna, August 1, 2013
  13. Vivian McDonald becomes a teacher 1923! August 15, 2013
  14. The McDonald’s find work in Tuscor, MT 1924-1925, August 28, 2013
  15. The Rest of the McDonalds in 1940, November 19, 2015

Ronald Gordon McDonald

  1. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  2. Keith and Gordon, Two Brothers, April 24, 2010
  3. Brother Gordy! July 9, 2010
  4. Eddie’s Collection of Junk – Brother Gordy early 1920’s, September 12, 2013.
  5. Amarilla welcomes her grandson in May 1904, July 15, 2015 – From the Barclay’s of Pine River Blog.
  6. Minnesota 1934 to 1935: A little work and a little school, August 6, 2015 – Keith was in Minnesota working and visited his uncle Alex and brother Gordy.
  7. The Rest of the McDonald’s in 1940, November 19, 2015

Miriam Audrey McDonald:

  1. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010
  2. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  3. Keith’s Sister: A Tribute to Miriam, February 19, 2010
  4. Miriam’s Birth & Baptism, April 17, 2010
  5. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Sister Miriam Graduates from Cheney High School, September 26, 2013.
  6. Cheney Normal School and Miriam 1923 to 1925, October 24, 2013
  7. Eddie’s Collection of Junk, The 3 Sister Reports & Editors (Jean, Miriam and Eddie), November 7, 2013
  8. Another Granddaughter arrives in January of 1906, November 8, 2014 – From the Barclay’s of Pine River Blog.
  9. Nellie’s Charts – Her Father Archie McDonell’s Family, June 17, 2011, This post includes Miriam’s versions of Nellie’s charts.
  10. Nellie’s Charts – Her Mother Mary McDonell’s Family, July 21, 2011, This post also includes Miriam’s versions of Nellie’s charts.
  11. The Rest of the McDonalds in 1940, November 19, 2015

Eddie (Edna Lorraine) McDonald:  Some of these posts may also cover Miriam, Jean, Gordon and Vivian. 

  1. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  2. Grace gives Amarilla another granddaughter: Edna Lorraine in 1907, May 1, 2015 – From the Barclay’s of Pine River Blog.
  3. The Rest of the McDonalds in 1940, November 19, 2015
  4. PAGE at the top of this blog:  Cheney High School News, Copies of the CHS Newspaper during the early 1920’s.

Eddie’s Collection of Junk:  

  1. PAGE – Eddie’s Collection of Junk!  Note this is a page at the top of the blog explaining the collection.
  2. A Collection of Junk! June 25, 2010 – Note: Eddie’s memory book
  3. Eddie’s Collection of Junk, The 3 Sister Reports & Editors (Jean, Miriam and Eddie), November 7, 2013.
  4. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Cheney High School Freshman Class 1921-22, November 7, 2013
  5. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Tea Room 1922, December 19, 2013
  6. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Tornado 1921, December 26, 2013.
  7. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Cooking Class Project 1923, January 2, 2014.
  8. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Domestic Science circa 1921, 1922, 1923! January 9, 2014.
  9. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: More Examples of Domestic Science 1921-23, January 16, 2014.
  10. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: School Work! January 23, 2014
  11. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Subject is Boys! January 30, 2014
  12. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Movies and Music, February 6, 2014.
  13. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Death of Harding, Coolidge Takes Presidency, February 13, 2014.
  14. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Letters from other Schools, February 20, 2014.
  15. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Robert W. Service author & poet. February 27, 2014.
  16. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Organizing the Girls Basketball 1923 CHS, March 6, 2014.
  17. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Party for the Letter “C” Club – 1924! March 13, 2014.
  18. Cheney High School Honor Roll 1924 & Basketball, March 20, 2014.
  19. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation Time 1925, March 27, 2014
  20. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Good Old High School Days 1925, April 3, 2014.
  21. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Senior Prophecy 1925, April 10, 2014
  22. Eddie and Jean Celebrate High School Graduation 1925! April 17, 2014
  23. Becoming a Nurse from Eddie’s Collection of Junk…April 24, 2014
  24. Acceptance to Sacred Heart Nursing School from Eddie’s Collection of Junk, May 1, 2014
  25. Eddie’s Classes at Sacred Heart Nursing School, May 8, 2014
  26. A Constitution for the Nursing Student Body at Sacred Heart in Spokane from Eddie’s collection of Junk, Mary 15, 2014
  27. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Speech Given at Graduation – Sacred Heart, May 22, 2014
  28. Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928, May 29, 2014.

Laurie Jean McDonald: 

  1. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010
  2. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  3. Eddie’s Collection of Junk – Sister Jean, the Editor! November, 7, 2013.
  4. Eddie’s Collection of Junk, The 3 Sister Reports & Editors (Jean, Miriam and Eddie), November 7, 2013.
  5. Jean’s Cheney High School Activities 1924, November 21, 2013.
  6. Jean’s Birthday Celebration 1924, December 5, 2013.
  7. Eddie and Jean Celebrate High School Graduation 1925! April 17, 2014
  8. The Rest of the McDonald’s in 1940, November 19, 2015

Keith Barclay MacDonald: 

  1. Overview, January 20, 2010 – Discussing this blog and introducing the subject.
  2. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010
  3. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010
  4. A Life Begins in International Falls, March 6, 2010 – Note: Keith’s birth.
  5. International Falls and the Rainy River, March 1, 2010
  6. A Baptism in International Falls, March 13, 2010

See Keith’s own page at the top of this blog for more details about his published posts.

Supplement Information:

  1. Genealogical Research in Koochiching County, March 16, 2010 – Note: Minnesota.
  2. Records of the St. Alphonsus Church, March 20, 2010 – Note located in Chapeau, Pontiac Co., Quebec on the Ile of Allumette.
  3. PAGE – Trips to Canada 2012 and 2014, November 2014 – A Table of Contents of the posts published. These are important because I traveled to Pembroke, Chichester and Allumette Island and all around the Ottawa River in 2012.  See the top of the blog.
  4. PAGE – Can DNA Help me Find my Family, – see top of the blog.