One of my goals has been to connect with family, find new cousins and friends who are genealogical minded. This last year I have had the good fortune to connect with the wife of the a descendant of my Aunt Jean McDonald Davis. She has been most gracious in sharing family mementos, photos and more and I am thankful.
She shared with me Eddie’s High School Yearbook from the early 1920’s for her time at Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington near Spokane. This yearbook has more photos and more information to add to my McDonald collection and goes beyond the high school years. I am very pleased.
This is another scrapbook totally separate from the Collection of Junk, which is featured on this blog.
Eddie or more formally, Edna Lorraine McDonald, was my aunt and sister to Keith.
This High School Annual is a bit rough being about 90 years of age. The cover was lost. It is was about an inch and a half thick with smaller pages because it is a printed book. Here is the title page. The art was done by a Gaye Woodring and published by Laird and Lee in Chicago.
It had it’s own table of contents. It also had about 157 pages packed with comments made by classmates, photos, newspaper articles, but not much memorabilia like the other collection.
Here is a selection of themes, photos and memories from this annual that I think are special and new to me of my family.
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Summer Camp – apparently Eddie was the camp nurse and a volunteer in the summer? This Camp Sweyolakan still exists:
Grand Prairie with more photos of their time in Grand Prairie, Alberta. I have published about that subject on this blog. Here are a couple more photos of their time there in about 1917 to 1918.
Here are some posts that might add more information about Grand Prairie:
- R.S. McDonald Leaves International Falls, October 5, 2010
- Ronald’s story continues: Revisiting Grand Prairie, Alberta and mention of Albany, Oregon, January 3, 2013.
High School: There are a lot of the funny statements that her classmates wrote to her in her book and if you read carefully you find that family made comments too:
Katy, sister Jean’s daughter – new photos of her as a baby and more. The man holding her is her uncle Gordy, a brother.
Eddie had several of herself and others and photos of her recovering from her sledding accident. She had a large chunk of missing inner thigh but I don’t remember which side.
In this picture which is a new find the McDonald family is featured. Left to Right: Annie Palmer, ELM is Eddie the little baby, Miriam is next with R.S. (Ronald their father) holding her, next is Gordon, then Vivian and behind her is Grace, their mother. Jean and Keith are not yet born.
A few years ahead we find Left to Right in back: R.S. (Ronald, father), Eddie, Miriam and Jean, with Nellie in front of Eddie. Nellie was their aunt.
Left to right in the photo below: Vivian, Miriam, Tony, Keith and their father Ronald.
Brother Gordon a few about him that I have never seen:
Brother Keith – some new information and photos I have not seen plus he is with Tony his dog.
This probably the youngest photo of Keith as a baby. Apparently he was always dirty according to the info on the back of the photo. This is a new find.
Sister Miriam and more photos of her I have not seen:
Sister Vivian her wedding in 1924 which has been featured in posts on this blog, but this photo I have not seen of her so it is a find:
Here is one of Nellie with Eddie.
This is only a small portion of what was in the annual but I think it is a good representation. Enjoy.