Both Aileen and Marjorie decided to become naturalized citizens of the United States about the same time. Remember Aileen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Marjorie was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have not found any naturalization papers for their brother Uncle Boardie (Robert Brown Boardman).
Marjorie applied for her Declaration of Intention on 6 March, 1939. She did this under her maiden name.
Address 5_____50th Ave., Seattle, King, Washington
Occupation: Student Nurse
Color of eyes: Blue
Color of hair: Brown
height 5 feet 2 and 1/2 inches
weight 100 pounds
no visible marks
Born in Vancouver, B.C.
September 22, 1911
Is not married, has no children
Has not made a previous declaration
Last foreign residence – Vancouver, B.C.
Came from Vancouver, B.C.
To Seattle, WA
under the name of Marjorie F. Boardman
on February 13, 1917
SS Prince Victoria
#20——- Certification No.
Signed by Elmer Dover, Deputy Clerk
No. 154—- on the side to the left.
Between her Declaration of Intention and the Petition for Naturalization a letter came in 1941 about her naturalization process. I have pages of her typed answers but only the carbon imprints show.
In December 22, 1941 she filed her Petition for Naturalization. This time Marjorie completes her naturalization process but did it under her married name:
No. 32…Petition for Naturalization, U.S. District, W. Dist. of Wash., Seattle, WA. Marjorie Fay MacDonald, 942 –Seattle, WA, occupation Nurse, age 30, born 9/22/1911 in Vancouver BC, Canada, female, white, fair, blue, brown, 5 ft 2.5 inches weight 100 lbs., British. Married to K. B. MacDonald on July 4, 1941 in Idaho…..She came from Vancouver B.C., Canada to Seattle, WA under the name of Marjorie F. Boardman on February 13, 1917 on the SS Princess Victoria. Signed by her. Here witnesses were Patricia Smith and Beverly Gould (friends from nursing school), etc.
Here is her Certificate of Arrival. It has the same date on it that Aileen’s does.
We were out camping years later and wanted to cross the border to Canada. I was told to be quiet and not tell the custom’s officer that she had been born in Canada. I was puzzled so I asked why and she replied that it would be too complicated. Apparently she didn’t have her papers with her. I was about 7 years old at the time. Today, we would not be able to cross the border in this manner. My parents were honest and law-abiding people so this was a very rare situation and surprised me.
Sister Aileen applied for her Petition of Naturalization on February 19, 1942. There is no Declaration of Intention only her Petition for Naturalization which is interesting. Usually it is a two-step process 1st the Declaration of Intention and then the Petition for Naturalization.
Petition for Naturalization, U.S. Dist., W. Dist. of Wash, Seattle, WA #32…., Hazel Aileen Cahan, 4728…..Seattle, King County, Stenographer, age 34, born May 23, 1907 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Female, white complexion, complexion medium, eyes blue, hair drk. brown, height 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 100 lbs. Race white, British. Married to C. Verne C. Cahan Mar. 18, 1938 in Seattle, WA. He was born in Tekoa, WA on Feb. 17, 1897, now reside in Seattle WA. Last place of foreign residence was Vancouver, BC, Canada, left there and entered into Seattle, WA under the name of Aileen H. Boardman on Feb. 13, 1917 on the CPRR SS Princess Victoria. I have resided continuously in the US of America for 3 year at least since Feb. 13, 1917. I have not heretofore made petition for naturalization….Signed Hazel Aileen Cahan.
Affidavit of Witnesses
Margaret Zuhlke, Stenographer, reside at _______Seattle, WA. and Juanita Fredericks, Stenographer reside in ____________Seattle, WA. I know Hazel Aileen Cahan since 9/9/1938. Signed by both persons on 10 Sept. 1941 etc.
Here is Aileen’s Certificate of Arrival: