Keith and the move to Spokane City about 1925…

May 7, 2015
Felts Field

Felts Field

The family once again moved about 1925 and settled in Spokane, the city. Their house was very close to Felts Air Field, which I visited in 2002.  They didn’t have a museum at the airfield but in one of the buildings there were pictures on the wall.  You can put “Felts Field” in a search engine and get some really great photos or images of this airfield, click images.

 http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8464

There was a lot of airplane history being created at Felts Field in the early 1900’s.  Apparently Lindbergh landed in 1927 at the airfield.  In later years Keith was always interested in this man and his life story.

I bet this is where it all began, my Dad’s love of airplanes.  This was not the only air show Keith would attend.  This next link is very cool.

http://www.drshute.com/archives/000108.html

The other children: Vivian, Gordon, Miriam, Eddie and Jean had finished high school.  Jean had been move ahead a year and graduated with Eddie in 1925.  They all went to the Normal School which is now Eastern Washington University.

Eddie’s Collection of Junk was heavily weighted toward her sisters but she did have two places that Keith made his mark in her collection.

He writes on the side of this page and doodles as well.  The spelling of Barkely is interesting.

Keith Barkely John McDonald

8 d Training School 25″

Backset Ball Star CTS – (Bloney)

5/21/25

Can you find the arrow that indicates where he is in the top photo?  Unfortunately, I do not know where Dad found this page and what yearbook he took it from.  It was among Eddie’s things in her scrapbook with no identifying information.

Keith's contribution to the collection of Junk

Keith’s contribution to the Collection of Junk

The other item that was included in Eddie’s Collection of Junk was a drawing of an airplane by Keith — not badly done for a young boy.  He even provides the measurements for us to see and mentions the Spokane Aviation School which must have been at Felts Field when it was called Parker Airstrip and renamed in 1925?  I have not been able to learn more about this Training School at this time.

Keith writes on it Spokane Aviation School

Keith writes on his drawing the Spokane Aviation School

Keith's autograph on his airplane drawing

Keith’s autograph on his airplane drawing

Eddie and Keith had a different path to follow from that of their siblings.

Sister Eddie, as you know, became a nurse and went to Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane from about 1925 to 1928. I have featured her time at nursing school in posts on this blog.

Keith entered Gonzaga High School in Spokane about 1925 and began his studies at that school. Gonzaga was both a high school and university at the same time back in the early 1900’s.


Keith and Living in Cheney, Washington 1920 to 1925

April 30, 2015

Ronald brought the family to Cheney, Washington by 1919 or early 1920. The Normal School (Eastern Washington University) was there and it was a good place for the McDonald children to get further education.

Keith’s siblings, Vivian, Gordon, Miriam, Eddie and Jean all attended Cheney High School and later go to the Normal School.

You will find more about their adventures at school under the label of “Eddie’s Collection of Junk.” See the Page at the top of this blog for a summary of this series of posts.   Just place your mouse cursor over the pages and hover at the top of this blog and the drop down menu will be highlighted.

The McDonald family is featured in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census living in Cheney, Spokane Co., Washington.  Ronald is listed as head and this is the first time that we find his sister Nellie with the family.  Just exactly when Nellie joined Ronald is unclear but from 1920 on she would help Ronald take care of his children.

Seventh, 314, 30, 32, McDonald, Ronald, S. Head, R, M, W, 54, Widow, 85, NA 93 or 98, yes, yes, Canada, English, father born in Canada, mother born in Canada, English, yes, Lumberman is crossed out and none is written in. McDonald, Nellie E., Sister, F, W, 49, S 1900 Canada, English, father born in Canada, mother born in Canada, English, none. McDonald Vivian L., daughter, F, W, 17, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota. McDonald Gordon R G, son, M, W, 15, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota. McDonald Miriam A, daughter, F, W, 13, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota. McDonald Edna L, daughter, F, W, 12, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota, McDonald Jean L E, daughter, F, W, 11, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota, McDonald Keith B.J., son, M, W, 9, S, yes, yes, yes, Minnesota.

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Cheney, Spokane Co., Washington, SD #5, ED# 117, Sht No. 2A (8251) West Cheney Township, Cheney, a city of the third class, enumerated 6 January, 1920 by G. H. Host.

Keith didn’t go to Cheney High School like his other siblings.  His path would be different.

Keith in Overalls

Keith in Overalls

The family story is that Keith would wander the area and neighbors would find him and have to bring him back home.  My Dad, was a very curious person and I seem to have inherited that trait.

Keith in his coat on the stairs

Keith in his coat on the stairs

Keith sitting on the porch

Keith sitting on the porch

My father was looking very handsome in his coat. I do not have a date for the above photos of Keith in his coat and overalls.  If I compare it to his 1922 photo with the family and still can’t place them.

This photo was taken in 1922 as written on the back. It looks like the same suit?

RSMcDonaldFamily1922scr - Copy

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find the house or an address of the house they lived in when they were in Cheney. I tried with the local historical society and was told that a lot of houses have been torn down and replaced.  I tried city directories which did not start happening for Cheney till later, the school census and other documents but no luck finding an address.

Keith received his grammar school diploma in 1925, unfortunately it does not say the name of the school he attended, I am assuming it was in Cheney.

In his papers I found that he indicates he attended grammar school from 1915 to 1925.  He said it was 8 years for grammar school.  This is a ten year period of time so I am now really believing he had to redo a grade or was not in school for some time period.  The family was on the move between 1915 and 1920 so that might have caused some difficulties with the schools.

Grammar School Diploma for Keith

Grammar School Diploma for Keith May 28, 1925

 


Keith was growing up!

April 16, 2015

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.

Keith in a Buggy as a baby

Keith in a Buggy as a baby

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 with his sisters

Keith with his sisters Jean and Eddie

Keith is in the living room of the house in International Falls in the photo below.

Keith at the Window probably at the house on Riverside drive in International Falls

Keith at the Window probably at the house on Riverside drive in International Falls

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.

McDonald children in 1915

McDonald children in 1915

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.

Keith in the Oval. I think he was about eight?

Keith in the Oval. I think he was about five or six?

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?

This is what was on the back of the Oval photograph of Keith

This is what was on the back of the Oval photograph of Keith

Here Keith is with his Uncle Alexander McDonald a fireman in International Falls.  See the post Alexander Thomas McDonald, Fireman, dated August 7, 2010.

Keith and Alex before 1915

Keith and Alex before 1915 – Keith is on the left on Alex’s lap, the others are unknown

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!

McDonald Children in Scottish dress.

McDonald Children in Scottish dress.

  Keith, Miriam and Jean in Scottish dress

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.


Keith Barclay John MacDonald, father, grandfather and his love of Airplanes….

April 9, 2015

This blog was named for Keith, my dad, and his love of airplanes.  The gray background surrounding the posts is a reminder of him.  He would wear steel-gray cotton trousers with cuffs and dance around the living room to the records he played on our stereo. Sometimes he would grab me and twirl me around.

The time has come to share about Keith’s life.  Keith, my dad, was born in International Falls, Minnesota in 1910. Being younger than his siblings he went to high school at Gonzaga in Spokane.  He spent his school years from 1925 to 1929 at Gonzaga participating in several different sports and taking the mechanics course.  After graduation Keith would enlist at various times in the National Guard, the Army, and Air Corp. All this happening during the 1930’s and during the Great Depression.  While in the military he would learn about airplane mechanics. Keith would eventually become employed as a U.S. Air Force Inspector at Boeing.  He was also an inventor and a little bit of a political activist in his later years.  He would eventually make Seattle his home met his further bride, marry and raise a family.

Here is a review of the posts I have written on this blog about Keith’s early years.

Keith’s Parents: Ronald and Grace’s Marriage!,” dated February 20, 2010

Ronald and Grace McDonald

Ronald and Grace McDonald, Keith’s parents

Ronald and Grace’s Children,” dated February 27, 2010

McDonald Children circa late 1910

McDonald Children circa late 1910

A Baptism in International Falls,” dated March 13, 2010.

Keith's baptism

Keith’s baptism

Riverside Drive, International Falls,” dated March 30, 2010

Keith and brother Gordy about 1911

Keith and brother Gordy about 1911

Ronald and Grace: Family Life!” dated April 11, 2010

Ronald and Grace's children: Vivian, Gordy, Miriam holding Keith, Eddie scowling and Jean

Ronald and Grace’s children: Vivian, Gordy, Miriam holding Keith, Eddie scowling and Jean – Keith is the little boy in the middle.

Keith was born on the 13th of March, 1910 to Ronald S. McDonald and Grace Amarilla Barclay.  He was the sixth child of this couple and second son.  His siblings were: Leola Vivian (1902), Ronald Gordon (Gordy – 1904), Miriam Audrey (1906), Edna Lorraine (Eddie – 1907), Laurie Jean (1908) and Keith (1910).  There were two babies that did not survive. One was born before Vivian and is buried in the family plot in Brainerd.  The other baby girl was born after Keith and named Grace Elizabeth. She is buried with her mother in International Falls.

The 1910 U.S. Federal census is the only census where all of the family of Ronald and Grace McDonald is listed. Keith is 1/12 of age.  He barely made it into this census.

Line 21, 59/70, McDonald, Ronald S., head, male, white, 46, married, 12 yrs., born Canada, parents both born in Canada, working, can read and write, owns house. McDonald, Grace, wife, female, white, 28, married 12 yrs, 7 children born, 6 living, born in Minnesota, father born in Connecticut, mother born in Iowa, speaks English, no occupation, reads, writes and speaks English. McDonald, Vivian, daughter, female, white, 8 yrs., born in Minnesota, no occupation, speaks, writes and reads. McDonald, Gordon, son, male, white, 6 yrs., born in Minnesota, no occupation, speaks, writes and reads. McDonald, Marian, daughter, female, white, age 4, born in Minnesota, no occupation. McDonald, Edna, daughter, female, white, age 3, born in Minnesota. McDonald, Laura, daughter, female, white, age 2, born in Minnesota, no occupation. McDonald, Keith, son, male, white, 1/12 age.

Source: 1910 U.S. Census, International Falls, Koochiching Co., Minnesota, April 15/16, 1910, FHL#1374720 ED 92, SD 8, Sht#4A, pg. 7499.

I have written about Ronald and Grace McDonald in past posts on this blog. Ronald was born in 1866 in Chichester, Quebec to Archibald and Mary McDonell.  I have shared a great deal about Archie and Mary McDonell, Keith’s grandparents, on this blog in search of their story and their ancestors.

Unfortunately Keith’s mother Grace died of pneumonia after giving birth to Grace Elizabeth, about 18 months after he was born.  I doubt he knew his mother.  This tragedy even affected me for it changed the family.  I shared about the loss of Grace in the following post.

An Unexpected Tragedy!,” dated July 18, 2010

About five years later, Ronald left International Falls and took the children to Grand Prairie, Alberta where he had a store. Keith, was only about 5 years old when they left Minnesota. How much my Dad remembered of his birth town, I do not know.

R.S. McDonald Leaves International Falls!” dated October 5, 2010

The Store in Grand Prairie

The Store in Grand Prairie

Ronald’s story Continues! Revisiting Grand Prairie, Alberta and mention of Albany, Oregon,” dated January 3, 2013.

Keith and his sisters in Grand Prairie July 4, 1916

Keith and his sisters in Grand Prairie July 4, 1916

I don’t think that going to Grand Prairie was a happy memory in my Dad’s life. As you can see from the photo they all look unhappy. After Ronald lost the store to his partner’s gambling he must have headed to Albany, Oregon. Various comments Eddie writes in her Collection of Junk indicate that they were in Oregon for at least a year.

By 1920 Keith and his family were living in Cheney, Washington and it is this part of the history of the family that is closer to me through their stories and comments.  Aunt Nellie was with the family and was now helping Ronald in taking care of the children.  It is not clear exactly when Ronald’s sister joined him, but she is there as of 1920.

R.S. McDonald Family Settles in Cheney, WA -1920,” dated February 14, 2013.

R.S. McDonald Family circa 1922

R.S. McDonald Family circa 1922:  R.S., Jean, Gordon, Eddie, Miriam, Vivian, Nellie and Keith

Keith is the boy in the very front – right in the middle of the picture.


Jean’s Birthday Celebration 1924

December 5, 2013

The gossip column in the local newspaper is so much fun to read.  Here we find a little excerpt about Jean’s birthday celebration in 1924.  Her actual birthday was June 30th.

July 4, 1924 Jean's birthday party

July 4, 1924 Jean’s birthday party

It reads:  “In honor of Jean McDonald’s birthday a picnic was held at Fish Lake Saturday.  Those present were the Misses Nellie McDonald, Jean McDonald, Edna McDonald, Harriette Murphy, Doris Ryker and Velma Ryker.”  Cheney Free Press 7/4/1924.

The next photo was taken in 1927 and although it is not from the actual date above,  I thought it was fun.  On the left you find Vivian, then Miriam, Aunt Nellie and then Jean.

Vivian, Miriam, Aunt Nellie, & Jean 1927

Vivian, Miriam, Aunt Nellie, & Jean 1927


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The 3 Sister Reporters & Editors!

November 12, 2013
Eddie is featured in the Cheney High School Year Book

Eddie is featured in the Cheney High School Year Book – click to open – back button to return

According to the Cheney High School yearbook (circa 1925) the Cheney News was founded in 1923 and Eddie is the Editor?  In the picture above Eddie is smack in the middle.  Now I know why she kept the 15 issues of this paper.  This newspaper meant a great deal to my Aunt’s Miriam, Jean and Eddie.

“The High School News”  In the long forgotten year of 1923, before the edition of an annual was every dreamed of, the High School News was originated, under the auspices of the Senior Class.  Finances were provided for by general subscription and by advertisements. A faculty adviser and staff were selected by the student body, and the first edition was published in January.  The News was reorganized the following September.  In the fall of 1924 a temporary editor and a business manager were appointed to edit the paper until a permanent staff could be elected. Under this arrangement the first two editions were issued.  The regular staff was elected in November and edited the December issue.  It was as follows:  Editor, Edna McDonald; assistant editor Helen Hochtritt; business manager, John Burke; assistant business manager, Virgil McGee; faculty adviser, Miss Anne Norwood; reports, Majorie Arrasmith, Verne Bacharach, Clarence Dykes, Juanita Eads, Noel Guertin, Lottie Mason, Gertrude Michel, and Elanor Williams.  —Edna McDonald. 

Well, I then went back through all the issues I had of this newspaper and sure enough she was Editor for the January 13, 1925 issue Vol. III, No. 8.  Now Jean was also editor for the November 18, 1924 issue and Miriam was an Associate Editor at one time before Jean.  They were all reporters or on special assignment.  HA!

It is always wonderful to be surprised.  I have scanned the issues of the Cheney High School Newspaper from 1923 to 1925 and created a page.  Go to the top of this blog and you will find it.  Enjoy.

Jean as Editor of CHS News

Jean as Editor of CHS News

Here Eddie is featured:

Eddie is an Editor of the CHS News.

Eddie is an Editor of the CHS News.

Apparently Eddie held Miss Norwood, the advisor to the newspaper, in esteem for she had a picture of her in her Collection of Junk.

Miss Anne Norwood, Adviser for the CHS News

Miss Anne Norwood, Adviser for the CHS News


Eddie’s “Collection of Junk” – Sister Jean, the Editor!

November 7, 2013

My research on Eddie and Jean revealed that Jean had jumped ahead a year in her schooling.  I believe this happened before High School because Jean seems to appear in tandem with Eddie in the memorabilia and documents that I have found and studied for Cheney High School.

Jean and Miriam were part of the staff for the Cheney High School newspaper.

Jean and Miriam editors of the Cheney High School Newspaper.

Jean and Miriam editors of the Cheney High School Newspaper.

Here is a copy of two of the pages of the Cheney High School newspaper, mentioned above, for February 13, 1923, Vol. I, No. I Cheney, WA.  Looks like it was their first issue.

Feb 13, 1923 Cheney High School Newspaper

Feb 13, 1923 Cheney High School Newspaper

Cheney High School News, Feb. 13, 1923.

Cheney High School News, Feb. 13, 1923.

On the second page up in the top left corner you will see the names of the staff.  It Reads:

Published by the Associated Students of the Cheney HIgh School, Cheney, Washington.  Editor:  Bob Schick; Associate Editors:  Miriam McDonald and Alberta Victor;  Senior Reporters, Mary Bruihl and John Rutherford; Junior Reporters, Clarence Rayburn and Harry Rothrock; Sophomore Reporters, Eleanor Shaw and Jean McDonald; Junior High Reporters, Robert Macartney and Ruth Kulp, Margaret McCroskey, Business Manager, Eunice Montgomery, Faculty Adviser Miss Nellie C. Catton.

Look who is also listed, Miriam.

Seems to me I have seen some of these names on Miriam’s graduation from high school memorabilia in the last post.  I have approximately 16 issues of this high school newspaper that I found among their possessions.  I am thinking at some point I need to scan them and give them to the Cheney Historical Society.

Eddie kept in her “Collection of Junk” an article in the newspaper in which Jean was mentioned as Editor.  I do not know what newspaper or the date of this article.  I tried to find it in the newspaper collection of the Eastern Washington University but ran out of time.  It would guess it was about 1926.  This article means that Jean continued to pursue her interest in journalism when she started attending the Normal School.

Jean as Editor in Normal School.

Jean as Editor in Normal School.

“Jean M’Donald Journal Editor, Chosen by Cheney Normal Students — Chewelah Man Heads Association.”

State Normal School, Cheney, Sept. 25 — the election of officers for the students’ association for this quarter resulted as follows; President, Robert Reed, Chewelah; vice president, George Walker, Rockford; secretary, Lila Conner, Whitefish, Mont.; chairman of the finance committee, Lloyd Howton, Kahlotus; chairman of social committee, Clara Moats, Orting; editor of state normal journal, Jean McDonald, Spokane; business manager of journal, Leroy Fulton, Dixie; chairman of program committee, Emma Morris, Pomeroy…”


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