A little Class Activity at Gonzaga…

May 21, 2015

Apparently he was involved with the Sophomore B class group in 1927. He is on the left second row, first person in the photo below.

1927 Keith as Sophomore

1927 Keith as Sophomore

In 1928 he was in the Junior “B” group.  Keith is in the second row on the right first person.  The personal comments are not writings in his book.

Keith in Junr B.

Keith in Junr B.

I am assuming these were class social and political groups for the students and they would plan activities for the class.


High School Days at Gonzaga: School Activities 1925 to 1927

May 14, 2015

Keith B. MacDonald, attended Gonzaga High School from 1925 to 1929.  Gonzaga is located in Spokane, Washington. Apparently the high school is still around but now it is at different location than the university campus.

Wikipedia called it a preparatory school in this following article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzaga_Preparatory_School

The Gonzaga University has a history section on its website that is pretty informative.

https://www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Libraries/Foley+Library/Departments/Special-Collections/Exhibitions/Past_Exhibits/Gonzaga_History/GonzagaHistory1913.asp

In 2002, I traveled to Spokane with my husband and we visited the Foley Special Collections department of the John Kennedy Library at Gonzaga University.  There I did research on my father’s school days and will present my findings in future posts.

The John Kennedy Library at Gonzaga

The John Kennedy Library at Gonzaga

Among his personal possessions was the Gonzaga High School Department, Spokane, Washington catalogue which covers the years 1925 to 1926 and announcements for the 1925 to 1926 year.

Gonzaga High School Catalogue 1925 to 1926

Gonzaga High School Catalogue 1925 to 1926

This catalogue is about 46+ pages and in very good condition. It is also quite detailed in all aspects of the school.  This is the only catalogue that he had preserved.

Here is the calendar for the 1926 to 1927 year (click on the photo to open it).

1926-1927 Gonzaga High School Year.

1926-1927 Gonzaga High School Year.

This catalogue has the following contents and I thought is might be interesting to see what kinds of things my father had to prepare himself for in order to attend this school.  I don’t see much difference from my experience at high school and college 38+ years later.  The only additional areas of note are, of course, the religious instruction and instead of “rules of conduct” he was given rules for gentlemanly behavior.  

Here is a summary:

1.  Calendar 1926-1927 – see above photograph.

2.  Gonzaga High School Department

3. Faculty a list of the persons who instructed the students.

4.  General Information

Gonzaga High School is a preparatory department to the Gonzaga University. It is located on the same grounds as the University, in the city of Spokane, conducted by members of the Society of Jesus as a boarding and day school for boys and young men.  It offers a four-year course made up of the standard high school subjects and is fully accredited by the State Board of Education, the University of Washington and the Catholic Education Association.

5. History and Organization which describes the buildings and campus, the St. Aloysius Church which is apparently still operating and offering mass at Gonzaga. The new, at that time, DeSmet Hall and its description.

6.  System of Education

7.  Admission:  Requires a testimonial of good character. certificate of completion for the eighth grade and if unable to present a certificate they must complete satisfactory examinations in English, Arithmetic, History, Geography.

8. Advanced standing for those in High School and graduation which requires sixteen units.

9.  High School Administration:

  • The Scholastic year begins in September and closes in mid June, two semesters first ending in February
  • Reports go the parents for their review
  • Testimonials for Good Conduct and Application to study are given out
  • Examinations must be at least 70%
  • Promotions, Prizes and Distinctions which include metals, class prizes etc.,
  • High School Graduation awarded for satisfactorily completing 16 credits.
  • Special help from instructors at request of the student
  • Discipline: to develop strength of character and to promote gentlemanly deportment, no profanity, indecent publications or pictures, no use of tobacco or alcohol.
  • Moral and Religious Training which requires Catholic students to follow the course of Christian Doctrine, to make the annual retreat, and to receive Sacraments at least once a month.
  • Physical Training which requires satisfactory standing in studies as a condition to playing on teams
  • Politeness means gentlemenly behavior, neat and clean, polite to companions and respectful of superiors
  • Co-operation means that the parents or wards of the students make sure they study and get to class on time.

10. Rules and Regulations, Divisions of the student Body; boarding students, Day students – see below.

11.  Daily Order for Boarding Students and Day Students.  See below.

Daily Order for Students

Daily Order for Students

Based on the economic situation of my Dad’s family which according to family lore was poor, I assume he was a day student.

12. Expenses: Rates for Gonzaga High School, Extra Charges, Rebates, Student Activities Fund, Private Rooms; Students Outfit for Boarding students, Further remarks, Scholarships.

Expenses for the School

Expenses for the School

13.  Present needs of Gonzaga – a request for monetary assistance to the school.

14.  Course of Studies – Remarks on the Curriculum

A little bit of the course of Study

A little bit of the course of Study

15.  First Year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year, Business Course

16.  High School Organizations: Associate Student Body, Senior HS Soldality, Junior HS Soldality, Senior Academic Debating Society, St. John Berchman’s Sanctuary Society, Dramatic Club, “G” Club, The Annual Staff.

17.  High School Graduation for June 10, 1926 at 2 pm.

18. Awarding of High School Prizes a list, see photo below for awards given.

19.  Register of Students a list of names.  Keith is listed under “McDonald” page 40, second column.

Register of Students 1925 page 1

Register of Students 1925 page 1

Register of Students pge 2

Register of Students page 2 – Keith on left page second column

Register of Students 1925

Register of Students 1925 – page 3

20. Some events for the year of 1925 to 1926

Events for 1925-1926

Events for 1925-1926

Events 1925-1926 pg 2

Events 1925-1926 pg 2

It seems that Gonzaga High School was well run and planned out for the students.  How did he get to school, well, he either walked from E. Nora Street to the school or rode a bike. Gonzaga is northeast of the downtown area of Spokane. Felts Field was quite a ways away from their house.


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 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.


Eddie’s Collection of Junk: A Speech Given at Graduation – Sacred Heart

May 22, 2014

There is a speech that appears to have been given at the graduation ceremony for the Sacred Heart Nurses Class of 1928.  Again I conclude that Eddie wrote it and then gave the speech, implying she was an officer.

There are actually two versions:

Sacred Heart class of 1928 Graduation Speech.

Sacred Heart class of 1928 Graduation Speech.

 

A Speech for Graduation, 1928 Sacred Heart

A Speech for Graduation, 1928 Sacred Heart

 


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