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.


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

May 29, 2014

Eddie completed her classes and graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School on the 15th of May, 1928.

Eddie's Diploma from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

Eddie’s Diploma from Sacred Heart Nursing School 1928

She had among her things in her Collection of Junk, a faded letter dated November 1, 1928 from the State of Washington Department of Licensing informing her that they had received her application and fee of $10.00 for the nurses’ examination to be held December 3rd at 9 a.m. in the Stimson Building, Seattle and the Women’s Athletic Club, Spokane. She probably opted to take the test in Spokane since she was living there.

Another faded letter came on December 10, 1928 telling her that she had passed her recent nurses’ examination and gave her grades on the examinations for: Physiology and Anatomy, Gynacology, Hygiene, Bacteriology, Obstetrics, Materia Medica, Surgical Nursing, Dietetics and Pediatrics.  Apparently she was not happy with her grades for she wrote “OUCH.” on the letter.  Her average was 88.3.

She received another certificate which was dated the 4th of December 1928 giving her Nurse’s status per the law.

Becoming a nurse 1928

Becoming a nurse 1928

When I visited Sacred Heart Hospital in 2002, they were displaying in the hallway pictures of the nursing students progressing from the beginning to the end of the school.  I do not know if this display exists anymore.  The nursing school has changed greatly at Sacred Heart along with the buildings and more.

Here is my hubby walking that hallway at Sacred Heart 2002

Here is my hubby walking that hallway at Sacred Heart  Hospital in 2002

Can you find Eddie in the photo below?  She is second from the right top row. Unfortunately, I will not be able to list the graduates names.  The low lights make it difficult to enlarge the picture and you will find it gets fuzzy.

They had a department that covered the history of the hospital so if you want to know more I am sure they would be helpful at Sacred Heart.  I was treated very well when I visited. You will need to make an appointment.  When we visited it was 2002 they an archive but I cannot find it on their website.  You might have to call the hospital and ask about their archive for the nursing school.

The Nurses graduation class of 1928 Edna McDonald is featured

The Nurses graduation class of 1928 Edna McDonald is featured top row on right second in.

Years later Eddie would work in an office down the hall from my mother’s work. My Dad and I would come and pick up my mother up and take her to do the weekly grocery shopping at the Safeway in the University Village which was on the way home.  While she was getting ready, I would head down the hall to visit Eddie.  It was called Seneca Summit Surgery and it was just north of Swedish Hospital on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It closed in the late 1960’s.

My mother, Marjorie, graduated from the Virginia Mason Nursing School in Seattle in 1938 a full 10 years after Eddie.

Eddie was called “Mac” for a nickname.  My dad, Keith, was called “Mac.”  My mother, Marjorie was called “Boardie” before she married my father Keith, and then she was called “Mac” as well.

To learn more about my mother’s nursing experience see my post, Marjorie becomes a Nurse, January 21, 2014, the Boardman and Brown blog:

http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/marjorie-becomes-a-nurse/

Eddie’s Collection of Junk – A Conclusion:

The time as come where I have reached the end of the bulk of Eddie’s Collection of Junk.  I feel like I am the history of Cheney High School’s early years through my father’s sisters and brother.  I do have 3 photographs probably of their graduation pictures for a Velma Ryker, Lucille Chapman and a Mary Snagg that I have not posted who were friends of Eddie.  I am willing to share so contact me and we will figure it out.

Eddie stopped putting things in this book when she graduated from her nursing school in 1928.  She left Spokane sometime after 1930 and headed to Seattle, Washington.  She would take up residence near the waters of Puget Sound in the Alki Beach area of Seattle.  This area is part of the West Seattle neighborhood.  Eddie liked the mountains and the water and I remember many walks with her on the beach near her homes.  She lived in at least three, maybe four apartments in the Alki beach area over the years. Vivian, older sister, migrated from Spokane to Seattle sometime in the early 1960’s and they lived next to each other in a house like duplex on Alki Beach till Vivian was moved to a nursing home.  That house is now replaced with a modern looking apartment.  After Vivian’s death, Eddie continued to live in the downtown area of West Seattle.

There is one more piece of memorabilia to share with you from Eddie’s book.  As you have noticed Eddie’s brother Keith is not mentioned in this series of posts from the Collection. There is one picture that she kept created by Keith and I will share that when I start to write about him in future posts.  Eddie’s brother Keith was three years younger than her so he is just about to enter Gonzaga High School when she was graduating from nursing school.  Can you guess what the picture is…..?

Yes, it is a drawing of an airplane.


Becoming a Nurse 1926 from Eddie’s Collection of Junk…

April 24, 2014

Eddie decided to become a nurse.  She applied to the Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane, Washington.

On January 4, 1925 she received a letter requesting she fill in the application form:

Letter for application to Sacred Heart Nursing School 1925

Letter for application to Sacred Heart Nursing School 1925

A brochure describing the Sacred Heart School in Spokane, WA 1925

Sacred Heart 1925

Sacred Heart 1925

Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital

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Eddie and Jean Celebrate High School Graduation 1925!

April 17, 2014

Graduating from high school is a big deal.  I remember mine.  There was something like 600 students. Roosevelt High School in Seattle was a big school. Eddie and Jean’s was quite a bit smaller which made it probably a very wonderful experience.  They certainly had fun.

Both sisters entered into the Normal School at Cheney after high school.  Jean was on the track of becoming a teacher. She would head for Hammond, Carter Co., Montana and teach there from 1 July 1926 to 30 June 1927.

Eddie was only at the Normal School a short time and she changed course. The whole McDonald family made the move from Cheney to Spokane about 1926.  I believe it was because my father Keith could be near Gonzaga High School and take their mechanical course.  At that time Gonzaga was a high school and college all in one.

Eddie was on a course to attend Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane.  I will share her memorabilia from that time in her life in the next posts.

Here are some photos of Jean and Eddie taken in 1925 and I think they are their family graduation pictures.  They are a little later by a few days from the graduation ceremonies.

Eddie by the house with the Ivy 1925

Eddie by the house with the Ivy 1925

Eddie and Jean near the same ivy.  I was unable to locate this house in Cheney and was told a lot of houses had been torn down and new ones built. There are no city directories for Cheney from 1920 to 1925 so I was not able to figure out where they lived while they were in Cheney.

This does say May 31, 1925 Eddie and Jean

This does say May 31, 1925, Eddie and Jean

Jean is so serious.

Jean May 31, 1925

Jean May 31, 1925


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Senior Prophecy 1925

April 10, 2014

There was a lot going on in 1925 when Eddie and Jean graduated from Cheney High School in Spokane County, Washington.

Here is a drawing done by one of the students of Cheney High School for the Senior Prophecy for 1925 and some verse.  If you can read the artist’s signature then you are doing better than me!

CHS - Artist 1925

CHS – Artist 1925

In the verses of this poem are references to the senior students, the McDonald comments are on page 27.  Just click the photo and it will open in a larger window, just remember to click you back button or choose your tabs carefully to return to this blog.

Senior Prophecy page 1

Senior Prophecy page 1 CHS 1925

Page 2

Senior Prophecy page 2 CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy page 2 CHS 1925

Page 3

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Page 4

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

Senior Prophecy CHS 1925

So at the very end we see that Edna MacDonald and her friend Lucille Chapman maybe be the culprits and wrote this piece?


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: The Good Old High School Days 1925

April 3, 2014

Eddie had even more memorabilia in her junk collection from her Cheney High School. Here we have a Senior Will where she and her sister Jean are featured along with many others. It is sort of a passing of the torch kinda thing!  It is a riot…what clever kids they were.

CHS Senior Will 1925

CHS Senior Will 1925

This is apparently the questions asked when you get your picture taken:

CHS table of attributes 1925

CHS table of attributes 1925 click to open hit back button to return

The school song:

Cheney High School Song 1925

Cheney High School Song 1925

In those dear old high school days, in those dear old high school days, free from sorrow, care and strife, the happiest moments of our life.  You can hear those banjos ring a ting a ling.  You can hear those Seniors Sing.

Chorus

Cheney High School, Cheney High School, We are signing praises, ringing. You will never find the quality of the class of twenty-five. RAH! RAH!

Pages from CHS yearbook 1925

Pages from CHS yearbook 1925

Look closer in the bottom left corner and you will see Eddie and Jean

Eddie and Jean 1925

Eddie and Jean 1925

Another page CHS 1925

Another page CHS 1925


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Graduation Time 1925

March 27, 2014

The time had come for Eddie and Jean to graduate from high school.  The Cheney Yearbook of 1925, which I think was the first published, shows Eddie and Jean together on the same page. Jean was younger by a year and they skipped her ahead. In Jean’s later years, she mentioned that this being “moved ahead” was not a good idea?

Eddie and Jean in the Yearbook for Cheney High 1925

Eddie and Jean in the Yearbook for Cheney High 1925

Eddie's invitation to graduation 1925 CHS

Eddie’s invitation to graduation 1925 CHS

Eddie and Jeans Calling cards 1925

Eddie and Jean’s Calling cards 1925

The program and her comments:

Commencement Exercises Cheney Hi 1925

Commencement Exercises Cheney High 1925

Cheney High School Graduation program 1925

Cheney High School Graduation program 1925

Congratulations are in order:

Congratulations to the graduate 1925

Congratulations to the graduate 1925


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