The Summer and Fall of 1929 – McGoldrick Lumber Company and the Great Northern Railroad

Apparently, graduating from high school did not slow Keith down.  He took a job even before he graduated and he also went to night school.

About May of 1929, he was working as a mill hand with the McGoldrick Lumber Company. His duties were tail sawyer on the gang saw, edger saw and sweeper. He worked there for $3.50 a day from May 1929 to about September of 1929 and then was let go because of a “reduction in the work force.”

There is a book about this company:  The McGoldrick Lumber Company Story, 1900-1952, by Jim McGoldrick.  I have not read it but it does sound interesting.

An article appeared in the Spokesman-Review dated September 15, 2014:  “Then and Now: McGoldrick Lumber mill,” with pictures of the buildings which are gone now. The mill was on land that was part of the Gonzaga University campus.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/sep/15/then-and-now-mcgoldrick-lumber-mill/

After the mill hand position he moved on to another job at a railroad company.

The Tower in Spokane

The Tower in Spokane 2002

He worked as a machinist’s helper for the Great North Railroad at Hillyard, Washington for $3.60 up to $4.60 a day. He was there from September 1929 to May of 1931 and again he left because of a “reduction of the workforce.” His duties were locomotive overhaul which included dismantling and assembly, repair and overhaul of diesel engines, steam shovels, cleaning, painting, roustabout, acetylene torch operation (cutting torch), drill press operation, and crane operation. It looks like he was getting engine maintenance experience.

Spokane Historical has a great article about the Great Northern Railroad in Spokane. http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/95  Apparently the tower in the park in the middle of downtown Spokane was part of the Great Northern Railroad complex of buildings which are all gone now.

While he was working at the railroad he attended school at the Lewis & Clark Night School and his course was Shop Sketching for a total of 44 hours.  He received a certificate on December 12, 1929 for his work.

Lewis and Clark certificate

Lewis and Clark certificate

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Gonzaga Graduation Ceremony to be held June 7, 1929…

Keith graduated on June 7, 1929 in the school gymnasium from Gonzaga Preparatory High School.  He had taken the Latin Scientific Course.

Keith'sHSDiploma

Here is one other version of the graduation photo:

Keith at Graduation in 1929

Keith at Graduation in 1929

Below is a proof sheet for the June 7, 1929 Gonzaga Preparatory High School Graduation class. Something happened and a class book was never published for 1929.

I have attempted to read the names of the young men on this proof sheet and find that the last two were the hardest.  There is one person listed after by the name of Frank Stitz, and I think he was a friend in later years?

The Gonzaga High School Class of 1929!

Gonzaga High School Class of 1929

Gonzaga High School Class of 1929

Starting at the top left first row:  James T. Anderson, Philip J. Rohner, Fegus Cameron, Frederick O. Boutz, Burt C. Hutton, Robert J. Kearns, Richard A. Brown, George J. Corinier, George A. Keenan, Thomas J. Price, Howard J. Rauch, Bernard A. Czesla, John E. West.

Second row from top left to right:  Frank A. Toner, Arnold L. Custer, Lawrence P. Weissenberg, Maruice D. Black, John A. Reinert, Lincoln F. Cadigan, Justin F. Wall, Leo J. Riley, James A. Patterson, Walles E. Woods, Alexander M. Toth, John W. Talmage, Francis J. Schadegg.

Third row from top left to right: William M. Kelly, Frank E. Duffy, Arthur B. Christian, John J. Goudie, Eli I. Adams, Lee W. Grady, James E. Maguire, John L. Maguire, Raymond Berry, Wilfred E. McGourin, John F. Welsh, William A. Kenieson, William E. Lee.

Fourth row from top left to right: Jerome N. McCoy, Richard Williams, Edward G. Kuksht, Charles H. Russell, Joseph K. Partello, Richard D. Weber, Norman J. Campbell, Paul L. Letourneau, Benjamin L. Nixon, Robert A. Loosmore, Arnold Nichols, Robert C. Rooney, Louis J. Tonari.

Fifth row from top left to right:  Bernard Kunz, John S. Olson, Keith B. MacDonald, Wilfred W. Pringle, George F. Currie, Edward Chambers, Donald J. Rowles, Robert Krause, Louise M. Campion, Stephen Connors, Frank E. Stitz, Ralph A. Bushnell, Urban F. Schmitt.

Sixth row left to right:  far left Joseph W. Kearney, James F. Holliet, far right Leslie F. Bennett, Max J. [Krause]

As I typed the names above, I pondered about the lives and fates of these young men entering what should have been the best times of their lives. Life was not going to be easy for them.  In five months the Stock Market Crash of October 1929 would create the worst depression the world has seen. It would be followed by the Nazi threat and then the Second World War.  The next two decades where going to test every ones courage and determination.

http://www.history.com/topics/1929-stock-market-crash

http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression

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Gonzaga Preparatory High School 1928-1929

From what I can determine, my Dad had a good time in high school. He played basketball, football and participated in track. He was in several class clubs.  He did his school work and completed his courses.  The time was coming for him to graduate.

Here is a little about the highlights of the year 1928-1929:

Gonzaga HS Events 1928-1929

Gonzaga HS Events 1928-1929

The year went quickly and formal announcements must be sent out inviting family and friends to the graduation ceremony to be held on June 7th, 1929.

The Announcement for the graduating ceremonies for Gonzaga for 1929

The Announcement for the graduating ceremonies for Gonzaga for 1929

Keith took the Latin Scientific Course

Keith took the Latin Scientific Course

An article about the 1929 graduating class appeared in the local Spokane paper on June 6, 1929: Gonzaga Seniors Finish Tomorrow.

Article about Gonzaga 1929 Graduation class.

Article about Gonzaga 1929 Graduation class.

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School work at Gonzaga High School 1926-1929!

If you will remember, in the post about Gonzaga’s school rules and regulations there were two things mentioned: Testimonials and the Quarterly Reports to the parents.

Keith with his older sister Vivian on the porch of the house in Spokane 1926

Keith with his older sister Vivian on the porch of the house in Spokane 1926

Keith was to receive several Testimonials:

Testimonials 4th and 1st quarter

Testimonials 4th and 1st quarter

More Testimonials for Keith

More Testimonials for Keith

He kept everything, even his quarterly reports.  I am not sure if this is all of them which is a total of 14 quarterly reports.  I will just share the highlights. The photos below show the front of the card and on the back are the grades and comments.

On the very first one on the backside it reads:  “capable of better work.”  

One interesting category was Table Etiquette of which he got 60 on the first card and 78 on the second.

Quarterly Reports for Keith

Quarterly Reports for Keith

His classes, over the years of school, included Christian Doctrine, English, Latin, Algebra, Geometry, History, Civics, Table Etiquette, Chemistry, Commercial Law, Economics, Physics, Stenography, Typewriting.

Here is the very last card he received, it is fun to see a McDonnell congratulating him for completing High School.

Quarterly Report final

Quarterly Report final

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