The family once again moved about 1925 and settled in Spokane, the city. Their house was very close to Felts Air Field, which I visited in 2002. They didn’t have a museum at the airfield but in one of the buildings there were pictures on the wall. You can put “Felts Field” in a search engine and get some really great photos or images of this airfield, click images.
There was a lot of airplane history being created at Felts Field in the early 1900’s. Apparently Lindbergh landed in 1927 at the airfield. In later years Keith was always interested in this man and his life story.
I bet this is where it all began, my Dad’s love of airplanes. This was not the only air show Keith would attend. This next link is very cool.
The other children: Vivian, Gordon, Miriam, Eddie and Jean had finished high school. Jean had been move ahead a year and graduated with Eddie in 1925. They all went to the Normal School which is now Eastern Washington University.
Eddie’s Collection of Junk was heavily weighted toward her sisters but she did have two places that Keith made his mark in her collection.
He writes on the side of this page and doodles as well. The spelling of Barkely is interesting.
Keith Barkely John McDonald
8 d Training School 25″
Backset Ball Star CTS – (Bloney)
Can you find the arrow that indicates where he is in the top photo? Unfortunately, I do not know where Dad found this page and what yearbook he took it from. It was among Eddie’s things in her scrapbook with no identifying information.
The other item that was included in Eddie’s Collection of Junk was a drawing of an airplane by Keith — not badly done for a young boy. He even provides the measurements for us to see and mentions the Spokane Aviation School which must have been at Felts Field when it was called Parker Airstrip and renamed in 1925? I have not been able to learn more about this Training School at this time.
Eddie and Keith had a different path to follow from that of their siblings.
Sister Eddie, as you know, became a nurse and went to Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane from about 1925 to 1928. I have featured her time at nursing school in posts on this blog.
Keith entered Gonzaga High School in Spokane about 1925 and began his studies at that school. Gonzaga was both a high school and university at the same time back in the early 1900’s.