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
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…
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
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.
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…
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
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
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.