Keith and the 2nd Grade…

2nd Grade Front Cover

2nd Grade Front Cover

Keith’s 2nd grade school book has survived.  If he was in 2nd grade he would be 7 or 8 years old?  So that means it was about 1917 and maybe he was in school in Albany, Oregon?  There is no date nor anything on the booklet to give clues.

It is rather interesting that he spells his own surname name in the old manner of McDonell on the cover and then MacDonald on some of the pages.

Here is the book and you will note that some of the pages looked like he drew them himself and other pages look like he pasted and/or cut out items.

2nd grad page 2

2nd grade page 2

 

2nd Grade - page 3

2nd Grade – page 3

2nd grade page 4

2nd grade page 4

2nd Grade - page 5

2nd Grade – page 5

2nd Grade - page 6

2nd Grade – page 6

2nd grade page 7

2nd grade page 7

2nd grade - page 8

2nd grade – page 8

2nd grade - page 9

2nd grade – page 9

2nd grade - page 10

2nd grade – page 10

2nd grade - page 11

2nd grade – page 11

2nd grade - page 13

2nd grade – page 12

2nd grad page 13

2nd grad page 13

2nd grade - page 14

2nd grade – page 14

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Keith was growing up!

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.

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

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.

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Land Transactions involving Alexander J. McDonell of Chichester, 1874 to 1884

Three land transactions took place involving an Alexander J. McDonell.  They took place in 1874, 1880 and then again in 1884.

#3512 page 3

#3512 page 3

Written on the left side panel: No. 3512 Deposited and entered the seventeeth day of September Eighteen hundred and seventy-six at nine/one of the clock in the forenoon. _________

Written on the left side panel 2nd page: By certificate of discharge under Mr. ____ of ___ Lanigan dated the second day of February one thousand eight hundred eighty and ______on the fifteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred & eight in Sit G Lot 7 (Folio 88) No. 4878 This Mortgage has been satisfied and paid in full.

This Indenture made in duplicate the sixteenth day of the September one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six. In pr_____ of the Act respecting short forms of mortgages between Alexander J. Macdonnell of the Township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac and Province of Quebec, yeoman, hereinafter called the Mortgagor of the first part, and Peter Langan of the same place Esquire hereinafter called the Mortgagee of the second part. Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars of lawful money of Canada now paid by the said Mortgagee to the said Mortgagor the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged. 

The said Mortgagor do the part and mortgage into the said Mortgagee (page 2) his heirs and assigns forever. All our singular those certain parcels or tracts allowed and premises situate lying and being in the township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac and Province of Quebec, containing by admeasurement together Eighty six acres more or less; being composed of the front or south end parts of Lots numbers sixteen and seventeen in the Third range of the Township of Chichester aforesaid.  The said south end part of lot number sixteen containing thirty three acres and the said south end part of Lot number seventeen containing fifty three acres.  Provided the Mortgage to be void on payment of three hundred dollars of lawful money of Canada with interest on the same at eight per cent per annum as follows.  That’s to day, the said principal sum of Three hundred dollars to become due and payable and be paid at the expiration of three years from the date of these presents. Together with interest thereon at the rate aforesaid payable yearly in each and every year and taxes and performance of Statute labor.  The said Mortgagor convenants with the said Mortgagee money and interest and observe the above proviso.  That the Mortgagor hath a good title in fee simple to the said lands.  And that he hath the right to convey the said lands to the said Mortgagee and that on default the Mortgagee shall have quiet possession of the said lands free from all incumbrances.  And that the said Mortgagor will execute such further assurances of the said lands as may be requisite.  And that the said Mortgagor hath done no act to incumber the said lands. And that the said Mortgagor will insure the buildings on the said lands to be amount of not less than three hundred dollars currency.  And the said Mortgagor doth release to the said Mortgagee all his claims upon the said lands subject to the said proviso.  Provided that the said Mortgagee on default of payment for one month may after giving ten days notice enter on and lease or sell the said lands.  Provided that the Mortgagee may distrain for arrears of interest.  Provided that in default of payment of the interest hereby secured the principal hereby secure shall become payable.  Provided that in default of payment of the interest hereby secured the principal hereby secured shall became payable.  Provided that until default of payment the Mortgagor shall have quiet possession of the said lands.  In witness whereof the said sureties hereto have hereunto set their hands and seals. (Sgn) Alexander J. McDonell, Peter Lanagan

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of F. McDonell, J.H. Metcalf

Received on the day of the day of the Indenture from the Mortgagee to the sum of Three hundred dollars being the full consideration there in mentioned….

Three hundred and fiftieth leaf is written on the right at the top. 

County of Renfrew: To wit:  I Franklin McDonell of the Town of Pembroke in the County of Renfrew student at law make oath and say 1st. That I was personally present and did see the within Instrument duly signed, sealed and executed by Alexander J. McDonell and Peter Langan the parties thereto. 2. That the said instrument was executed at the town of Pembroke aforesaid. 3. That I know the said parties that I am a subscribing witness to the said Instrument, and that the name J.H. Metcalf set and subscribed thereto is the name of another subscribing witness to said instrument (sg) F. McDonell.

Sworn before me at the Town of Pembroke in the County of Renfrew, this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1876 (sng) Jas H. Burritt.

A Commissioner for taking affadavits in B. R. to in Ontario to be used in the Province of Ontario to be used in the Province of Quebec appointed under Cap 79 of the Con. State Canada.

A second instrument appeared in 1880:

No. 4878 

Left side of page: Deposited and entered the fifteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighty at nine o’clock in the forenoon.

To the Registrar of the County of Pontiac and Bryson Village, I Peter Lanigan of the Township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac of the Province of Quebec do hereby certify that Alexander J. McDonell of the said Township of Chichester hath paid the sum of money due upon deed or Mortgage becoming due the sixteeth day of September one thousand eight hundred seventy six made between the said Alexander J. McDonell of one part and the said Peter Lanigan of the other part which is registered on the day seventieth of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six. An I hereby ___of such may ___to be entered in the register whoever the same register pursuant to law.

As Witness my hand this second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty.  Signed by Peter Lanigan

 Signed in presence of: W. Biscett, E. Dralle

 District of Allumette

To Wit: W. Bissett of the Chapeau Village being dully oath and say that he was personally present ____Instrument duly signed executed by the party ____

Sworn before be at Chapeau Village this twenty-eight day of February 1880. _____J.P. 

 This instrument was done in 1884/85 and was very difficult to read:

#7332 page 2

#7332 page 2

No. 7332 – Deposited and entered the eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five at nine o’clock in the forenoon.

This Indenture made and executed this nineteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four between Alexander J McDonnell of the Township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac & Province of Quebec, yeoman ___office first part and James Hennessy of Chapeau Village said County & Province Blacksmith – party of the second part Witnesseth that ___party of the first part hath ___assigned ___part our Canada ____these presents doth sell assign transfer and make ___ premises for a ____grass ___against all alienations, ____eviction, ___________and other hindrances whatsoever so for the ____party of the seventh part hereto present and accepting hereof as ___for himself his heirs and assigns all that certain nice parcel of __of situate lying ___Township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac, ____afore____know and _____Number Eleven in the first range of the Township of Chichester containing by a ____eighty one acres ____more or less with all and ____the members and appurtenances _____assigned ____made ____intended so _______________

 Price or sum of one hundred dollars of lawful money of Canada _____party of the second part _____delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged. In testimony _____

 Chapeau Village the day month one year ___before written in presence of the subscribing witnesses:  M. Gaffney and J.M. In….

Signed:  Alexander J. McDonell, James Hennessy

District of Ottawa a Marchard Gaffney of the Chapeau Village

To Wit: I Marchand being duly sworn deposseth and saith that he was personally present ___the fore boing Instrument duly signed by all the parties thereto on the day of the date thereof ____said parties and the witnesses ___signed the same on the _____M. Gaffney.

Sworn before me at Chapeau Village this Nineteeth day of Uly 1884, M. Bissett a Commissioner for ____affidavits file ___in the superior court district.

In past posts I have shared the land patents of Alexander John McDonell and the information in the land description of that patent which I featured on that post is the same as the information above for #7332.

Letters Patent Alexander John McDonald 1883, February 2, 2015

Here is a photo of the page from the Land Patent books and you see that an Alexander McDonell has ownership of Lots 16 and 17 in June 1869.

Patents for Chichester

Patents for Chichester

According to others Alexander John McDonell died in 1875.  I don’t see anywhere in these instruments regarding him as deceased or anyone representing him?

However if you look at the 1871 Canadian census and the 1881 you will find a Alexander or A. McDonell living with D. or Daniel Kennedy and Jane daughter of Jenet Catherine. This means Jane is his granddaughter.  In 1871 he is 74 and in 1881 he is 70.

1871 Canadian Census Allumette Island, Pontiac South, Quebec, Dist#91, Div#2, SD#k, page 25, there are two versions of this page.

Line 14, 73, 75 McDonel, A.H. M, age 74, born Ontario, Scotch, Farmer, Widowed. Kennedy, D.J. M, age 22, Farmer, Married, Kenedy, Catherine, F, age 18, born Quebec, Married, Kenedy, Mary Marcella, F, age 3/12 Jany., born Quebec, McDonnell, Elizabeth, F, age 68, born Ontario, Kenedy, Mary Chisholm, age 60, born Quebec, Married, all Roman Catholic.

1881 Canadian Census, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac, Quebec, Dist#98, SD#O, page 13, John Lynch.

Line 7, 55, 55, Kennedy, Daniel, M, 32, born all born Quebec, all Scotch, all Catholic, farmer, Married, Kennedy, Jane, F, 28, Married, Kennedy, Mary, F, 10, Kennedy, Clara, F, 7, Kennedy, Alexander, M, 5, Kennedy, Margaret, F, 3, Kennedy, Helena, F, 1, Leahy, Joseph, M, 11, Born Quebec, Irish, McDonald Alexander, M, 70, born Ontario, Scotch, labourer.

I have reached the end of my posts about the research on the McDonell’s that I have done over the past years.  This means I have finished up on all the research I did in Canada in 2012 and 2014.  It does not mean I am done with trying to find the origins of Alexander John McDonell and Archie McDonell, it means I will be moving on to other topics, like the reason I named this blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  

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