The rest of the McDonald’s in 1940…

Keith was not the only one of the McDonalds who migrated to Seattle.  His sister Eddie was living there and she had also married.  Remember Keith spelled our last name MacDonald.

According to the 1940 census Eddie is living in Seattle, King Co., Washington. She is under her married name and working as a nurse.  I have featured Eddie’s nursing school experience on this blog in past posts under Eddie’s Collection of Junk.

Eddie with Les at a Family picnic

Eddie with Les at a Family picnic

Source:  Family of Lester W. Klinefelter, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, Block No. 11 and 12, SD#1, ED #40-81, Sht No. 5B, Harold Aarvold, Enumerator, April 8, 1940. 

11th NE, Line 48, #4519, 143, R, 30, No., Klinefelter, Lester W., Head, O, M, W, 46, M, No. H-3 M, North Dakota, 67, same place, No, XoXo, no, no, yes, 4 salesman, new and used cars, pw, 298, 69, 1, 52, 960, No. Klinefelter, Edna L., Wife, 1, F , W, 33, M, No. C-2, 50, Minnesota, 64, same place, No, XOXO, No, No, No, yes, 4, trained nurse, hospital, OB, 1/36, 92, 1, 20,m 0, yes.

Keith’s other sisters: Jean, Vivian and Miriam are scattered about Washington and Idaho.

Sister Jean is living in Idaho and had married to Roscoe Davis.

Roscoe and Jean doing sometime they loved, camping...

Roscoe and Jean doing sometime they loved, camping…

Source:  Roseve (Roscoe) R. Davis Family, Soldier’s Home, Ada Co., Idaho, SD#4, ED # 1-46, April 25, 1940, Sht # 16A, [Elinor M. Rossa].

Riverside Lane, line 17, 348, 0, 1800, No, Davis, Roscoe, R., Head, O, M, W, 42, M, No., C-1, 40, Idaho, 89, Greeley, Colorado, 9125, yes —-, 1, delivery man, wholesale beverages, Rw, 432, 60, 1, 52, 1850, No. Davis, Jean, wife, 1, F, W, 31, M, No., C-3, 60, Minnesota, 64, Greeley, Colorado, 9125, No. no, no, no, H, 5, 0 0 , no. Davis, Cathryn, daughter, 2, F, W, 11, S, yes, 4, 4, Minnesota, 64, Greeley, Colorado, 9125. Gillespie, Hugh, Roomer, 6, M, W, 44, S, No, 8, 8, Minnesota, 64, Boise, Idaho, XoV5, No, no, yes — 3, Hoist Engineer, Logging

Keith’s older sister Vivian is living in Greenacres, Spokane Valley, she had married to Hilary McKanna in 1924.  The wedding celebration was featured on this blog.

Hilary and Vivian on a beach about 1942

Hilary and Vivian on a beach about 1942

Source: Family of Hilary McKanna, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Greenacres Twp., Spokane Co., Washington, SD#5, ED # 32-22A, Sht No. 4-A, April 9, 1940, John J. Murray, Enumerator.

Line 2, 68, ), 2500, No., McKanna, Hilary, head, O, M, W, 47, M, No., H-3, 20, Alaska, X1, Same home, no, yes, 1, 48, yard clerk, Railroad, 266, 47, 1, 27, 865, yes. McKanna, Vivian, wife, 1, F, W, 37, M, No, C-3, 60, Minnesota, 64, same home, no, yes, 1, 36, secretary, teacher’s agency, P.W. , 236, 83, 1, 26, 375, No.

Miriam is in Yakima with father Ronald and aunt Nellie who are aging. About 1935 Miriam graduated with a BA degree and had found a teaching job in Yakima.  Ronald and Nellie where still living in Spokane in 1937. After that, they packed up and followed Miriam to Yakima.

In the Rain at a Mc/MacDonald Reunion

Miriam in the rain at a Mc/MacDonald Reunion

This would be Ronald, Nellie and Miriam’s final migration, they would remain in Yakima for the rest of their lives.

Nellie and Ronald listening to the radio...

Nellie and Ronald listening to the radio…

Source:  Ronald S. McDonald Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Yakima, Yakima Co., SD# 4, ED 39-24, Sht N. 3A, April 5, 1940, Neva H. Richardson. 

East Spruce Street, line 30, 714, 54, R, 25, No., McDonald, Ronald, S. Head, O, M, W, 73, Widow, No, 8, 8, Canada, 35, NA, Spokane, Spokane, WA, No., 4797, No, no, no, no, U, 7, ——0, 0, no. McDonald, (Nellie) Ellen, sister, 5, F, W, 69, S, No, 8, 8, Canada, 35, Al, Spokane, Spokane, WA, No, 4797, No, No, No, no, 5 —–0, 0, no. McDonald, Miriam, daughter, 2 F, W, 34, S, No, C4, 70, Minnesota, 64, [Idefimer], Morrow, Oregon, No, 9721, yes, —-, 1, 40, Public School teacher, City school, V34, U1?, 2, 41, 1550, No.

Note:  Morrow County, Oregon is over to the northeastern part of Oregon almost below the Tri-cities which are Richland, Kennewick and Pasco in Washington State. Umatilla is on the east in another county of Oregon.  I think the town might be Irrigon, based on my searches, this is where Miriam had been living and teaching.

Brother Gordon cannot be found in the 1940 Census.  He was single, which makes it hard to track him.  I propose that he was in Minnesota.  This is because he visited with his grandmother Amarilla in Pine River, Minnesota on several occasions.  One visit was after she had a stroke in April of 1939. He was also there in July of 1939 and she was still ill. I will share more about these events in a future post. Gordon eventually headed for Seattle, Washington and settled there permanently. He was definitely there by 1952 when he got married to Lois Kelly.

Gordon and his car

Gordon and his car

So this is where most of the family ended up in Washington.  Vivian would stay in Greenacres near Spokane.  Miriam, Ronald and Nellie would live in Yakima.  Keith (north Seattle) and Eddie (West Seattle) would stay in Seattle being joined by Gordon (east Queen Anne) and they would remain there. Jean would move to Selah, north of Yakima, from Idaho with her family about 1942 and remain there the rest of their lives.

Now remember this is the early 1940’s.  There was no internet, email, texting or cell phones. You used a rotary phone maybe or you wrote letters to each other. How did they get together?  They started to gather at Mount Rainier for a picnic and a visit.  These events would become known as the McDonald Misery picnics because it would usually rain, not always but it would, note the photo of Miriam above.  Now that was not all the places we would gather. Miriam’s home in Yakima had a great porch in back. Jean’s house in Selah was usually a big event location and a lot of family pictures were taken  on the side of the that house. Vivian’s home in Greenacres (Spokane) was a sort of mini farm and I remember kittens in the kitchen.  Where we gathered sort of depended on what the family decided to do and who was traveling and or camping in what area of the state – i.e. Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helen’s before she blew up, with Mt. Rainier being the in between place.

In the photo below starting on the left is my mother Marjorie, Eddie is holding a baby, Gordon is working on something on the table. Ronald (grandpa) with the hat is keeping watch. Miriam standing next to him on the right and Nellie looking down at Gordon’s work.  Keith is probably taking the photo.  I place this photo at about 1942 because of the baby.  By the way the McDonald’s were expert picnic packers.  It was an art.

McD's gathered at Mt. Rainier, probably a very typical scene for our reunions

McD’s gathered at Mt. Rainier, probably a very typical scene for our reunions

So now you know how I ended up being born in Seattle. The baby in the photo above is an older sibling of mine.  I would appear in the late 1940’s.

To refresh your memory, the above individuals are descendants of Archibald and Mary McDonell of Chichester, Pontiac County, Quebec.  They had Angus, Ronald, John, Nellie and Alexander.  The individuals above are the children of Ronald S. McDonald who married Grace A. Barclay in 1898. She died in 1911.  Nellie is Ronald’s sister. All these individuals have been featured on this past posts on this blog in more detail.

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Seattle in 1940 – Enter Marjorie Boardman…

Keith’s military service eventually lead him back to Seattle and settling in the Pacific Northwest.  As we have seen he is living on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington in 1940. Capitol Hill was where a great many of the major hospitals were located on what is called First Hill:  This is where you would find Swedish, Doctors, Virginia Mason, and Harborview and others.  Now it is very different with consolidations, mergers and more.

At this time, in 1940, Virginia Mason Hospital had a nursing school.  On 2 May, 1938 Marjorie F. Boardman along with her some of her friends graduated from the Virginia Mason Nursing School.  I believe I-5 claimed the building in the photo below.

Marjorie in front of the dorm for the Virginia Mason Nursing School

Marjorie in front of the dorm for the Virginia Mason Nursing School

Source:  Marjorie F. Boardman, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, Block 21-22, SD#1, ED#40-227, Sht#7B, enumerated April 14, 1940 by Louise B. Fleming.

1940 Census snippet for Marjorie and her friends

1940 Census snippet for Marjorie and her friends

Terry Avenue – Line 43, 231, R, 44, Smith, Patricia C., Head, F, W, 22, S, No, H4, born Nebraska, lived in Kent. Boardman, Marjory, Partner, F, W, 27, S, No, H4, born Washington, lived same place. Batchelder, Virginia L., Partner, F, W, 22, S, C2, born Washington, lived Hoquiam. Gould, Beverly A., Partner, F, W, 23, S, H4, born Montana, lived Tonasket. 

They are all graduate nurses working at a hospital as listed above.  I think the use of the term “partner” to be rather amusing.

Graduation Ceremonies for the nursing school 1939

Graduation Ceremonies for the nursing school 1939

Exactly when my father Keith met my mother Marjorie is unclear.  The story I heard was they met roller skating.  Now I know my Dad was an expert roller skater because he would take us roller skating on Sunday down by the University of Washington playfield along 25th near the University Village shopping center.  He tried to teach me to go backwards but I never quite master that part.  Unfortunately the rink was closed down, I think for something like a garbage dump till it was made an official playfield.

Now my Mom, didn’t roller skate. She never went with us to the rink on Sunday.

The other story is they met dancing at one of the popular dance locations in Seattle. This might make a little more sense. Maybe a place like the picture below?

The Spanish Castle dance hall, built in the 1930 on HWY 99 at Midway. It was demolished April 7, 1968.

The Spanish Castle dance hall, built-in the 1930 on HWY 99 at Midway. It was demolished April 7, 1968.

For more information about the Boardman’s and Marjorie’s life before she met Keith go to the blog:  The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, A Canadian Story, see link on the right side of this blog.  Oh did you notice the 1940 census said she was born in Washington State…nope, she was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and she applied for her first papers about 1938 and completed her naturalization after her marriage to my dad.

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The Year is 1940….Keith is living in Seattle!

After 1930 the Ronald S. McDonald family, Keith’s father, was starting to scatter.  As I have described Keith entered the National Guard in 1931 and was on the move from that time to 1938 in an out of various military units.

We find Keith living in Seattle in 1940 at the Dekker Residence in Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Source:  Keith McDonald, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington. Block Nos 29-30, SD#1, ED#40-229, Sht #5A, April 6, 1940, Gladys Jackson, enumerator.

1940 Census for Keith MacDonald

1940 Census for Keith MacDonald

University St & Minor Ave., line 14, 1207, 114, R, 50, No., Dekker, Anthony, Head…..Dekker, Marie J., wife

Line 22, McDonald, Keith, Lodger, 6, M, W, 28, S, No, H4, 30, Washington, 96, San Diego, California, No., 4737, yes, ——– 40, mechanic, airoplane, 330, 38, 1, 52, 1330, no. Note:  His friend Jack Stitt is listed below him. 

Keith was very interested in photography.  Here he is experimenting and taking some self portraits.  He either purposely uses a double exposure or else it was a mistake, however, I like it anyway. I wonder if this was his room at the Dekker house?


Another Self Portrait by Keith

Another Self Portrait by Keith

His friend Jack Stitt was living in the Dekker Boarding house and maybe he helped him with these photographs.

KeithOnSteps KeithOnSteps - CopyKeith is a more casual situation in the photo below. He is walking toward the photographer on the left with a large beer bottle. The man to the right who is very tall in the dark hair and wearing a dark leather jacket might be his friend Jack Stitt.

Keith at a party, probably Lake Tapps

Keith at a party, probably Lake Tapps

Chowing Down

Chowing Down

Take a very close look and you will notice that Keith is loosing his hair and becoming bald. I never knew my father when he had hair so watching the progression and change in his physical features in the early years of his life is very interesting to see.

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Returning to the 91st Observation Squadron at Ft. Lewis, Washington and into the Regular Army and Settling in Seattle, Washington

On August 2, 1938 Keith B. MacDonald was Honorably Discharged by Guy H. Gale, Major, Air Corps, Officer in Charge.

He promptly re-enlisted for three more years with the 91st Observation Squadron. His paperwork was signed by E.L. Hooper, Colonel, Infantry, Recruiting Officer.

On the page at the top of this blog about my dad, there is the following picture of my Keith by an airplane and friends with his arm casually resting on the ladder.  He is the one in the center of the picture third from the left.  It is one of my favorite photos of my Dad. He has the world by the tale in this photo.  Unfortunately there are no other names written on the photo.

Keith with friends by an airplane probably Gray Field

Keith with friends by an airplane probably Gray Field

Keith was given several Class “A” Passes with the 91st that gave him privileges signed by the same individual: John L. Nedwed 1st Lt. Air Corps.

Solider named above has permission to be absent from his organization when not required for duty. 

Squadron Orders No. 27 gave certain rights for operating the aircraft at Fort Lewis, dated December 19, 1938, signed by Guy H. Gale, Major, Air Corps, Commanding.

Note:  Guy H. Gale papers, 1915-1974 at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center.

Keith was given:  authorization to operate, start, warm-up aircraft engines at this station (91st) but are not authorized to taxi airplanes.

Some men were given the privilege to taxi an airplane and in some cases only specific airplanes.

Order #27, Dec. 1938

Order #27, Dec. 1938

Keith describes his work with the 91st Observation Squadron as follows:

Junior Mech. Engineering Dept., prop overhaul, battery shop, engine & prop change, fabric repairs, paint and dope, replacement of major components, routine aircraft and engine inspection and maintenance, preflight inspection and engine test, instrument replacement and test, servicing. Participation in tactical flights (gunner etc.). Student mechanic.  

Aircraft worked on: B-10, C-14, C-27, C8-046, BT2B. Engines: R-1535, R-1820, R1340.  

Starting $21.00 per mo., final $30. 

Times were changing for Keith, he was nearing the end of his training in the Air Corps and the call for workers at various industries like Boeing was being heard.  Keith’s commanding officer received a letter dated December 28, 1938 stating that Keith was being retained to work at Boeing for 70.5 cents per hour from the Georgetown Station.

Dec. 1938 Letter from Boeing.

Dec. 1938 Letter from Boeing.

Because of the letter from Boeing, Keith was Honorably Discharged on January 20, 1939 by Charles B. Oldfield, Lt. Col. Air Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington.  I believe this cut short his 3 year term that I have mentioned above.

So for about a month, he probably did some scrambling to figure out his next move. On March 11, 1939 he enlisted for four years as Private 1st Class Air Corps Regular Army Reserve by Lewis Turtle, Colonel, C.A.C. D.R.O.

Honorable Discharge Jan 1939 and reenlistment in Regular Army Air Corps Reserve.

Honorable Discharge Jan 1939 and re-enlistment in Regular Army Air Corps Reserve.

All branches of the military  were going through major changes, at this time, and it gets really complicated.  The events in Europe and the Pacific Theater were getting worse as Germany and Japan were on the move.

The most important event is Keith, my dad, has made the migration and settles permanently in the Pacific Northwest finding an apartment up on Capitol Hill in the city of Seattle.

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