Overview of Keith B. MacDonald’s Life and Military Service…

This page will cover the posts written about Keith B. MacDonald who is The Man Who Lived Airplanes and the father of the author of this blog.  It will cover his life and his military service.

His parents and siblings have their own page at the top of this blog that covers the lives of Ronald and Grace Barclay McDonald’s and their other children.

I am creating pages for each family grouping to help make it easier to find the posts written and published about that family on this and my other blogs. Please read the posts carefully it is important.  There might be some duplication in the posts. Always feel free to ask me questions and request copies of original documents or suggest updates. Genealogy of a family is never done and changes or additions are needed 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. Here are some ideas about how to search this blog.

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 or topic groups.  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.


This page is a table of contents that covers the posts written on this blog

and other blogs about 

Keith B. MacDonald, his life and military service:

The Kid Mechanic - Keith MacDonald

The Kid Mechanic – Keith MacDonald mid 1920’s, on the right.

Keith’s life:

  1. Overview, January 20, 2010 – Discussing this blog and introducing the subject.
  2. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010
  3. A Life Begins in International Falls, March 6, 2010 – Note: Keith’s birth
  4. Keith’s Parents, Ronald and Grace’s Marriage, February 20, 2010
  5. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010 – Note a summary of their children.
  6. A Life Begins in International Falls, March 6, 2010 – Note: Keith’s birth.
  7. International Falls and the Rainy River, March 1, 2010
  8. A Baptism in International Falls, March 13, 2010
  9. Alexander Thomas McDonald, Fireman, August 7, 2010
  10. Keith and Gordon, Two Brothers, April 24, 2010
  11. Keith’s Roots Go Back to Ohio and Beyond! August 13, 2011
  12. Keith Barclay John MacDonald, father, grandfather and his love of airplanes, April 9, 2015
  13. Keith was growing up, April 16, 2015
  14. Keith and the 2nd Grade, April 23, 2015
  15. Keith and Living in Cheney, Washington 1920-1925, April 30, 2015
  16. Keith and the move to Spokane City about 1925, May 7, 2015
  17. High School Days at Gonzaga: 1925 to 1927, May 14, 2015
  18. A Little Class Activity at Gonzaga, May 21, 2015
  19. Track Team: Gonzaga High School circa 1926-27, May 25, 2015
  20. Gonzaga High School Basketball 1926-1929, June 4, 2015
  21. Football Anyone – Gonzaga Preparatory School 1926-1929, June 11, 2015
  22. School Work at Gonzaga High School 1926-1929, June 18, 2015
  23. Gonzaga Preparatory High School 1928 to 1929, June 25, 2015
  24. Gonzaga Graduation Ceremony to be held June 7, 1929, July 2, 2015
  25. The Summer and Fall of 1929 – McGoldrick Lumber Co., and the Great Northern Railroad, July 9, 2015
  26. The year is 1930 in Spokane, July 16, 2015

Keith’s mother, Grace Barclay McDonald: For more about Grace and her origins see the Barclay’s of Pine River blog. 

  1. Getting to Know Great Grandfather George Angus Barclay, March 23, 2010 – Grace’s father – From the Barclay Blog
  2. Getting to Know Amarilla Spracklin Barclay, March 27, 2010 – Grace’s mother – From the Barclay Blog.
  3. George and Amarilla’s Wedding Photos, January 17, 2011 – From the Barclay Blog.
  4. A daughter is born: Grace Amarilla 1882, May 23, 2011 – From the Barclay Blog.
  5. Keith’s Parents, Ronald and Grace’s Marriage, February 20, 2010
  6. Ronald and Grace’s Children, February 27, 2010 – Note a summary of their children.
  7. Amarilla is Blessed with a 2nd grandson in 1911, June 22, 2015. – From the Barclay’s of Pine River Blog.
  8. An Unexpected Tragedy, July 18, 2010
  9. A Family’s Sad Times, July 20, 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. R.S. McDonald Family Settles in Cheney, WA, 1920, February 14, 2013
  4. Nellie becomes the caretaker of Grace’s Children, March 1, 2013
  5. School Census from Cheney, Washington, March 28, 2013
  6. The McDonald’s find work in Tuscor, MT 1924-1925, August 2

Military service: 

Page at top of this blog:  His Love of Airplanes – an introduction of Keith’s Military Service and why this blog was named as it was.

  1. Keith Barclay John MacDonald, father, grandfather and his love of airplanes, April 9, 2015
  2. The Beginning of Military Service: The National Guard, 116th Observation Squadron 1930-1931, July 23, 2015
  3. 64th Service Squadron, Air Corps at March Field, Riverside, California, August 1, 2015
  4. Minnesota 1934-1935: A little work and a little school…August 6, 2015
  5. Army Air Corps Technical School, Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois, August 1935, August 13, 2015
  6. Air Corps Technical School Course 1935 to 1936, August 20, 2015
  7. Air Corps Technical School – out on the field, August 27, 2015
  8. Crew Chief, Chanute Field Air Corps: 1935 to 1936, September 3, 2015
  9. Air Corps Training School Graduation 1936, September 10, 2015
  10. 8th Attack Squadron Barksdale Field, Shreveport, LA, October 1, 2015
  11. Heading to Rockwell Air Depot in Coronado, San Diego, California, October 15, 2015
  12. Seeing the Sights of Mexico: Tijuana 1938, October 22, 2015
  13. Returning to the 91st Observation Squadron at Ft. Lewis, Washington and into the Regular Army and Settling in Seattle, Washington. October 29, 2015
  14. The Year is 1940 – Keith is living in Seattle, November 5, 2015
  15. Seattle in 1940 – Enter Marjorie Boardman, November 12, 2015 – for more information about Marjorie Boardman MacDonald go to the Boardman and Brown Blog about her life and ancestors.
  16. The Rest of the McDonald’s in 1940, November 19, 2015
  17. Working for Boeing 1938 to April of 1941, November 26, 2015
  18. Seeking Work at the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard, Bremerton, December 3, 2015
  19. January 1941: End of Military Life, using his skills on the home front. December 10, 2015

Back to Civilian Life!

  1. April 1941: Pacific Alaska Airways offers Keith a job, December 17, 2015
  2. Naval Air Station at Sandpoint – 1941 to 1942, December 24, 2015
  3. A Marriage in Idaho, February 4, 2014 – From the Boardman and Brown Blog about Marjorie’s life and ancestry.
  4. July 4, 1941 – Keith and Marjorie get married…December 31, 2015
  5. 1942 to 1947: Sandpoint (U.S. Navy) to Boeing (Air Force) and back to working for the Navy...January 8, 2016.
  6. May 1947: Nellie McDonald passes…January 14, 2016
  7. July 1947: Ronald S. McDonald passes. A Tribute! January 21, 2016
  8. 1948 to 1952: The Naval Air Station Storage Project to Overhaul, January 28, 2016
  9. Keith the auto and boat mechanic, or anything with an engine mechanic, February 5, 2016
  10. 1951 to 1954: Aircraft Mechanic General to becoming a U.S. Air Force Inspector! February 12, 2016
  11. 1952 – Keith the Inventory gets a patent in 1956, February 18, 2016
  12. Venturing into Remodeling in the 1940’s to the 1950’s in North King County, WA and Government Improvements, February 25, 2010
  13. Jet Engines, Airframes, Electronic and Missile Familiarization…March 1, 2016
  14. Keith’s camping trailer creations…more inventions! March 3, 2016
  15. Boats, hydrofoils and more trailers…March 7, 2016
  16. Missiles, the 747, the SST, and NASA and Space 1958 to 1970, March 10, 2016
  17. The Threat of a Secondary Freeway…1960 to 1972 in Seattle! March 15, 2016
  18. An Unfortunate End Comes to Soon, March 24, 2016
  19. Taking a Tour of Seattle, the city he loved! April 7, 2016
  20. RUMBLE RUMBLE…Hydroplanes and Blue Angels! April 28, 2016

Marriage to Marjorie Boardman:  The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg Blog – her origins and ancestors.  This blog also has pages at the top identifying posts for each of the families of my mother’s heritage.

  1. Two Families Merge – A Marriage, April 5, 2010 – From the Boardman and Brown Blog. The marriage of Marjorie’s parents Robert Boardman and Ethel Brown.
  2. Robert and Ethel’s Family, April 12, 2010 – From the Boardman and Brown Blog.
  3. The Boardmans:  Life in Vancouver, B.C., July 1, 2012 – From the Boardman and Brown Blog.
  4. Seattle in 1940 – Enter Marjorie Boardman, November 12, 2015
  5. A Marriage in Idaho, February 4, 2014


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