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School Days for Marjorie!

While Aileen was attending West Seattle High School, Marjorie was attending Gatewood Elementary School.  Aileen graduated from high school in June 1925 but Marjorie was still in grammar school for at least another six months.

The interesting thing about Marjorie’s Gatewood Elementary School experience is that she entered that school when they first immigrated from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle about 1917.  Here is what Marjorie wrote about her experience:

“I attended Gatewood from about September 1917 to  June 1918 and then we were gone for 2 years to Tacoma.  I returned to Gatewood Elementary School and attended from September 1920 to January 29th 1926.”

For more information about the immigration from Canada to the United States see the blog post dated August 28, 2012 “On the move again:  Migrating to the USA!”  In this post I describe the 1920 U.S. Federal Census information and share some city directory research.

Where they attended grammar school in Tacoma it is not known at this time. The census has the names of the streets Madison and Gunnison written on it.  The information from the 1920 U.S. Federal Census would have to be studied more thoroughly to pin down their location.

Unfortunately the records for Gatewood are unavailable from the Seattle School Archives. So we cannot learn more about Marjorie’s experience in grammar school.

Her grammar school certificate did survive and she graduated January 29, 1926.  A Margarite Claussen was her teacher.

Marjorie's grammar school certificate

Marjorie’s grammar school certificate

This photograph that follows is amazing.  It has written on the back Typing Class II Teacher Miss Sundling.  At the bottom is written the name Walt [Dackworth].  No other names are written on the back, so I cannot tell you the names of the other children.

Marjorie Fay Boardman is the 4th one in the front row from the left.  She has a print dress on and a barrette in her hair.  Take a close look at this photograph for it has some very funny stuff going on in it.  If I was to place this photograph, it could be late in Marjorie’s grammar school years but I am leaning more toward her early high school years at West Seattle High School, 1926 to 1927.

Typing Class II teacher Miss Sundling.

Typing Class II teacher Miss Sundling.


Aileen Boardman’s Grammar School Days

Aileen attended Gatewood Elementary school in West Seattle, Washington.  It is located between California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW on SW Frontenac and Myrtle St.

Seattle Neighborhoods from www.househunt.com

Seattle Neighborhoods from http://www.househunt.com

West Seattle is the area that is the light blue on the left piece jutting out into Puget Sound on the southern shore of Elliott Bay.  It is the birthplace of Seattle.  Arthur Denny decided to moved to the Downtown area at a later date.  I show you this map of the neighborhoods of Seattle because it is good to get and idea of a place.  You see I am a northern Seattle girl, so to me West Seattle is way over there!  West Seattle played a big part in my family history for my mother and my father’s family.  I remember Christmas Eve at Aunt Eddies (Dad’s sister) and Christmas Day at Aunt Aileen’s in West Seattle.

Aileen probably didn’t go to Gatewood for very long probably going there from 1917 to 1918 and then again when the returned from Tacoma in 1920 to 1921 with the family?   I do not know much about my family’s Tacoma days.

In this photograph below Aileen is the sitting on the bench, second one from the left.  She is very intent on her task an instead of the white bow, she has a black one?  It looks to me like they are knitting?  There are no names on the backside so I do not know the other girls or where this was taken.

Is this a knitting class?

Is this a knitting class?

In the photo below, we see Aileen surrounded by other children.  This was when she was at Gatewood Elementary.  Aileen is the one that is third from the left in the front row with the big smile.  If you can read the very badly scribbled names, good for you.  Flipping the photograph over I do not find any other names. It looks like it says 8th Grade at the top?

Gatewood School circa 1919?

Gatewood School circa 1919?

Here is a close up, it is too wonderful not to see it more clearly. Aileen is in the middle. She is smiling and has come a long way from the serious frown she had in her pictures as a child.  This makes me laugh, she is so happy.

A close up of Aileen.  She seems happy.

A close up of Aileen. She seems happy.

Aileen’s Grammar School certificate dated June 17, 1921, that means this certificate has been around about 91 years.

Grammar School Certificate

Grammar School Certificate

The date on the following photo reads Seattle, West 1921.  It must be spring or summer so it is probably something to do with graduation from grammar school?

Aileen in 1921

Aileen in 1921

Aileen was confirmed in 1921 per the certificate below.

A Confirmation 1921

A Confirmation 1921