Category Archives: MacDonald/McDonald surname

The Robert Boardmans’ final resting places!

Boardman Family 1941

Boardman Family 1941

The above photograph is one of my favorites and it presents the Robert and Ethel Boardman Family in about 1941 in West Seattle. Left to Right:  Ruth, Uncle Boardie, Ethel, Robert, Aileen. In front: Marjorie, unknown doggy and Verne.  Ruth and Boardie are maybe just married.  Aileen and Verne married in 1938.

Grandfather Robert Boardman passed in 1945 and it wasn’t until 1965 that Ethel Adella Brown Boardman also succumbed.  They are buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Seattle next to eat other.  These photos are not very good.

Robert Boardman 1881 to 1945

Robert Boardman 1881 to 1945

Ethel Boardman 1881 to 1965

Ethel Boardman 1881 to 1965

Verne C. Cahan and Hazel Aileen Cahan are buried in Forest Lawn as well and not to far from Robert and Ethel, Aileen’s mother.  For some reason my photos of their tombstones are missing but I do have a couple of things.  I just might have to go and redo.

Verne’s tombstone reads:  Verne C. Cahan, Washington, PVT BTRY D 146 Field Arty, WWI, Feb. 17, 1897 (Masonic sign) Aug 31, 1963.

This is a very bad photo of Aileen and Verne’s tombstone and only shows the location. Aileen was born May 23, 1907 and died Dec 30, 1988.

Aileen and Verne's tombstones and me.

Aileen and Verne’s tombstones and me.

John Henry Boardman and his wife Laura Cuthbert Boardman, a brother of my grandfather, are right next to Robert & Ethel.

John's headstone in Forest Lawn West Seattle

John’s headstone in Forest Lawn West Seattle

Laura E. Boardman's headstone

Laura E. Boardman’s headstone

Marjorie F. Boardman and Keith B. MacDonald are buried in the Acacia Memorial Park in Lake City a part of north Seattle, Washington.

Marjorie & Keith MacDonald - Acacia

Marjorie & Keith MacDonald – Acacia

All the above are in King County and are featured on Find A Grave except for the one below.

Robert Brown Boardman (Uncle Boardie) and his 2nd wife Blanche (Jerry) are buried in Abbey View Cemetery in Brier, Washington.  It is just up north of Seattle in Snohomish County a couple of miles from my location.  I do not know where Ruth is buried Boardie’s first wife.

Boardie & Jerry's tombstones in Abbey View

Boardie & Jerry’s tombstones in Abbey View

As a descendant of this family, I do have more pictures, stories, experiences and documents about the family from about 1945 onwards but this is where I draw the line for publishing personal stuff.  There are living descendants of Marjorie and Uncle Boardie so if you are a cousin and would like to know more, I would be happy to share offline, just leave a comment and I will contact you.

My focus now is to go back in time to learn more about the origins of both of the Boardmans and Browns.  The Boardman and Mc/MacMurrays will take us back to Lancashire, England.  The Browns came from Ireland about 1830, they settled in Hastings and Lambton County, Ontario and some stayed but others headed to LaPeer County, Michigan and more. Still others migrated to Winnipeg and further west to British Columbia.  Emma Ward Brown, my great-grandmother came from Strathroy, Ontario and is of English descent I think?  I am hoping to see if I cannot connect her to her parents and take that line back to the British Isles.


July 4, 1941- A Marriage in Idaho

In genealogy we affectionately refer to some locations as “Gretna Green.”  It is a reference to the English town of “Gretna Green,” were the Brits would go to marry quickly.

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho was such a place.  The laws in Idaho were less strict than in Washington State in 1941.  This appeared in the Seattle P.I. but I have never been able to find it in the paper and so I don’t know the exact date.

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho, by K.B. MacDonald

The article above reads:  Seattle couples are taking advantage of a Northwest Gretna Green these days. And it appears that Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where there is no three-day marriage law, is on its way to new records. According to an Associated Press dispatch 112 licenses were issued in the first week of July and the monthly total may easily exceed the existing record of 295 licenses, set last August. Six Seattle couples traveled across the border to the lake-side city for licenses over the holiday according to Coeur d’Alene reports. Among them were Polly Ann Burgert, former University of Washington coed, and Robert R. Weston, former Repertory Playhouse actor. Others were: Keith Barclay MacDonald and Marjorie Fay Boardman; Harold Elmgren and Lola Noon; Ernest Harry Bull and Virginia Frieda Kalberg; John W. Andrus and Virginia Kidwell, and Grand Michale Hill and Vinka Randish.

This is one version of their marriage license but not the official one.

A Marriage in 1941

A Marriage in 1941

My father, Keith was into American Gothic. I have actually seen the original painting.  Here they are posing in Selah, WA on their way home from Idaho. There would be several more pictures through the years with this painting in mind.  They stopped to visit Keith’s family who had taken up permanent residence there.

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Here they are cutting a cake and I think this is the wedding shower.

Cutting of the Cake

Cutting of the Cake

Marjorie's Shower

Marjorie’s Shower

This was probably their wedding shower in Seattle at their apartment on Capitol Hill before they bought a house out in north King County it wasn’t till the mid 1960’s that the house was within the Seattle city limits. Marjorie and Keith are in the middle of course with his arm around her.  The two ladies to their left are Eddie and Miriam, sister to the groom. Behind Miriam is Aileen sister to Marjorie of course, looking very serious.  The others are friends from nursing school.  Two of Marjorie’s best friends are Pat Smith is in the back on the right.  Unfortunately Gouldy (Beverly Gould)  is hiding behind the groom.

Getting to Know Kelowna, BC

Since arriving in Kelowna we have been busy visiting with my cousin and touring around.

Kelowna has a genealogical society and they have their collection in the relatively new library on the second floor.

The Kelowna Genealogical Society Library stacks

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society

Kelowna Public Library is located at 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna BC and is worth visiting.  There is a parking lot across from the library so that makes it easy to find parking.

Entrance to the Kelowna Public Library

I spent my time at the library pulling books off their stacks mostly on the McDonald side.  They had two volumes of the St. Andrews West church records so I took a look at them.  They had several volumes of the books on the Abstracts of the Renfrew Mercury.  I did look at some Hastings County titles and a couple of church records.  My cousin has studied most of these titles so I did not dig in too deep.  They also had some Lambton county histories. So I was doing a mix of Brown and McDonald research.

Another view of the Kelowna Public Library

I had not looked at the library catalog so I was just pulling as I cruised down the stacks.  I usually dig deeper into the holdings of a genealogical society as much as I can before visiting.  We had arrived at 11 am and left about 2:30 pm so that means I did put some time into the reviewing of the books I pulled.  I have documented in more detail what I did do using my camera to photograph the title pages and more.  I will not go into the details here.

Next door was the Bicycle Shop Cafe and we stopped there for some delicious sandwiches.  They had old bicycles mounted on the walls.

We dutifully followed my cousin down the street to the lovely Kasugai Japanese garden and spent a little time there.  The Koi fish started to gather at the bridge over the pond probably thinking we were going to feed them. We did not. A lovely oasis in the city.

A Japanese Garden in the Heart of Kelowna

City Hall:

Kelowna City Hall

The Marina

Looking out toward the lake from City Park

Memorial to those who served in City Park!

Jesse Potter Duncan Boardman: Nurse

Jesse, the wife of Edmund James Boardman, the doctor, was a nurse.

Jesse is the one at the back of the portrait

Photo:  Jesse is probably the one standing in the very back indicate by the X.  The other nurses are unidentified.  I also do not know what nursing school they attended.

I am not familiar with the experiences of nurses in Canadian as I am with the U.S.  My mother Marjorie (Boardman) MacDonald and Aunt Eddie McDonald (dad’s sister) became nurses.  My mother she went to nursing school in Seattle at Virginia Mason, a hospital that still exists, and had to live in a dorm about 1937-1938.  That dorm was taken by the I-5 Freeway.  My Aunt Eddie had a similar experience around 1925 to 1928 in Spokane.  She attended Sacred Heart which also exists as a hospital. In those days to become a nurse you went to nursing school.  These nursing schools are gone now replaced by college and university programs. They have in some cases photographs like the one above and school documentation like attendance reports and grades. I contacted the Sacred Heart hospital and was able to see photographs and get the records of my Aunt Eddie.

I have not done any investigation into Jesse’s experience, but it would be very interesting.  Apparently there was a nursing school at St. Boniface Hospital opened by the nuns in 1897, maybe that is where she attended?

Apparently the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum has “The Canadian Nursing History Collection.”  Here is a link to a PDF about this collection:

Another PDF online listed other resources for researching the history of nursing in Canada.  Apparently there is the Manitoba Association for the History of Nursing.  This PDF was done in 2002 so things might have changed but it is a start.

Jesse appears in one article that I found in the Winnipeg Free Press for 11 February 1915.  “The nurses gave a reception to aid in the war effort and Mrs. E. J. Boardman served tea for the second hour.”  It references the Alumnae Association of the Winnipeg General Hospital.

When I saw the military uniform that James was wearing in the last post, I thought maybe he had also served in World War I.  I have searched the Library and Archives of Canada’s website regarding military service for him.  I did not find Edmund James, but I find his brother John!

I think it very interesting that Jesse is living with her parents in the 1916 Canadian Census and Edmund James is not with her.  This is a wonderful find regarding Jesse’s family the Duncans.

Line 14, 178, 179, Duncan, Jean, 48, 7, 3, Royal, Head, F, W, 69, Scotland, all Presby., 1871, Canadian, Scotch, yes, no, English, farmer. Line 15, 180, 180 Duncan Thomas, 48, 7, 3, Son, M. S, 35, Man, Canadian, Scotch, yes, no, English, Farmer. Line 16, 181, 181, Gray Georgina 48, 7, 3, Head, F, W, 33, Man. Line 17 Gray, Walter, Son, M, 3, 12, Eng. Line 18, 180, 180, Duncan, Harry, 48, 7, 3, all in Royal, Head, M, M, 33, Man, Farmer. Duncan, Haddie, wife, F, M, 23, Ont. Duncan, Elizabeth, Daughter, F, S, 4, Sask, Duncan, Thomas Hector, Son, M, S, 4/12 Sask. Duncan, Euphemia, Sister, F, S, 38, Man. Boardman, Jessie, Sister, F, M, 34, Man. Boardman, Jean, niec, F, S, 7, Man. Boardman, Edwin, Nephew, M, S, 5, Man.

Line 26, 181, 182, uncan, Duncan, Alexander, Head, M, M, 31, Man, Presby, Druggist. Line 27, 182, 182, Duncan, Gertrude, wife, F, M, 30, Man, Presby.

Source:  1916 Canadian Census, Family of Jean Duncan, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, pg. 15, S District #24, ED #17, 48-7-3, F.J. [Workboyo] enumerator,

Someday maybe I will get to Winnipeg and you can bet I will check out the alumnae offices of these hospitals which are usually a great place to find yearbooks and more.