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Marjorie is growing up!

Marjorie, Aileen’s younger sister, was busy growing up and following close behind her older sister.  Aileen was about 4 years older than Marjorie.  I have shared pictures of my mother Marjorie in past posts.  If you want to view them use the search box on the right of this blog and just put in her name “Marjorie.”

My husband had a conference up in Vancouver, British Columbia and he arranged for us to have dinner on top of Grouse Mountain (2006).  As I sat there enjoying my meal and was looking out over Vancouver, I pondered what the adventure had been like for my mother to travel from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.  According to her immigration papers she arrived on the SS Princess Victoria.  She would have been about 6 or maybe 7 years old at the time.  I don’t recall if I ever asked her about her experience.  Go and ask your parents about their lives, now!

Here is a series of photographs of my mother as she was growing up.

Sisters dressed very fancy in this photograph.

Aileen and Marje sometime in the 1900 teen years 1910-1920.

Aileen and Marje sometime in the 1900 teen years 1910-1920.

This photograph is so fragile that I had to piece it together to scan it.

Marjorie as a young girl

Marjorie as a young girl

Here Marjorie is with her mother Ethel.  They were sitting on a park bench and on some outing.

Marjorie with her mother Ethel Brown Boardman

Marjorie with her mother Ethel Brown Boardman

Here they are on the porch of the house in Vancouver, B.C.

Marjorie and Ethel on the porch

Marjorie and Ethel on the porch

Grandmother Ethel seems to like to dress them with these large bows in their hair.

Marge, Ethel and a doggie

Marge, Ethel and a doggie

Marje with bow and newspaper

Marje with bow and newspaper

Here is a more formal photograph of Marjorie and she is so serious.  I love this photograph because of her intensity.

Marjorie poses

Marjorie poses

This next photograph was taken in the 1924 family reunion in Pasadena.  I have cropped it to show Marjorie a little closer up.  We see that she is still very serious.   She is next to her brother Robert (Uncle Boardie) and her mother Ethel who is on the right.

Cropped photo of Marjorie in 1924

Cropped photo of Marjorie in 1924

I have featured this next photograph before but I thought it would be nice to show you one with  have her smiling.  I believe this is on the beach in Southern California about 1924.

Marjorie with her family about 1924 on the beach

Marjorie with her family about 1924 on the beach

Ethel is standing in the back.  On the left is Charlotte McMurray Boardman, Aileen is in the fore front, Marjorie is right in the middle and Robert Boardman.  We have three generations in this picture.


On the move again: Migrating to the USA!

Several years ago, my hubby and I traveled to Vancouver, B.C.  He had a conference to attend and I tagged along.  It was in a very fancy hotel with many floors in the downtown area of Vancouver, B.C.   I used that time to do research on my Boardman family.  I walked several blocks east to the Vancouver Public Library:  http://www.vpl.ca/  They had city directories, newspapers and atlas’ for various Canadian counties.

Here is a little more on their genealogical collection:  http://guides.vpl.ca/content.php?pid=285375&sid=2348507

As we ate our dinner on top of Grouse Mountain, I looked over Vancouver,  B.C. and pondered what it was like for my mother leaving her home at the age of 7 years old to travel with her family to Seattle, Washington.  The year was 1917.  She never talked about it and I regret asking. In any event, they arrived by 1917 and settled in what was called West Seattle on Wright Street.

Then they disappeared.  I learned why when I read a letter written by my mother, Marjorie.  In this letter she explains that they went to Tacoma, Washington for two years and then came back to West Seattle and settled in permanently.

The Boardman Family and others?

The photo above:  Backrow:  Ethel and Robert (grandparents), Hazel Aileen, Robert (Uncle Boardie). Front Row:  Unknown lady, unknown children, my mother Marjorie with the big bow.   (I suspect that the lady and the children might be Alice Boardman and her two sons Robert and William.  Alice was the wife of William (Willie) Boardman, younger brother to my grandfather Robert.  The age of the children is about right.  They left Canada and migrated to California.  The location and date of the photograph are unknown.

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington SD#3, ED#346, Precinct 111, January 13-14, 1920, Image 589, T625-1937 Sheet 8A.

Boardman Household: Lines 8-13, House #3313, 169, 169. Boardman, Robert, Head, Renting, male, white, 36 years old, married, immigrated in 1917. Alien, able to read and write. Born in Canada, father born in England, mother born in Canada. Working as a riviter at the shipyard and has work. Ethel, wife, female, 36 years old, married, immigrated in 1917, alien, can read and write. Born in Canada, both parents born in Canada. No profession. Hazel A., daughter, female, white, 12 years old, single, 1917, alien, in school, born in Canada. Marjorie F., daughter, female, white, 8 years old, single, 1917, alien, in school, born in Canada. Robert B., son, male, white, 3 3/12 years old, single, 1917, alien. Charlotte A., mother, female, 62 years old, white, immigrated 1917, alien, can read and write. Born in Canada, father born in Scotland, mother born in England. No profession.

Take another look at the above census and you will find my great-grandmother Charlotte Boardman.  She migrated with her son Robert and was living with the family in Tacoma, Washington.

The move was completed for the Robert and Ethel Boardman family.  They were now residents of Seattle (see below city directory entries).  They made the  neighborhood known as West Seattle their home.

West Seattle is where Alki Beach is located and it credited with the birth of Seattle.  It is southwest of the downtown area of Seattle and across the West Seattle Bridge on the south edge of Elliott Bay. It is where the Denny party  first landed back in November of 1851.  Later they would move across the bay and establish the city of Seattle.

Below are some Seattle and Tacoma City Directory entries that show the family.  Remember that city directories are delayed by about a year before the listing appears.

Switching to the Seattle Polk City Directory I find the following:

1917 – No Robert Boardman – See the 1917 for Vancouver, BC.

1918 – Boardman, Robt (Ethel) Shipftr h 7205 Wright Ave.

1919 – No mention of Robert or Ethel Boardman??

Here is the move to Tacoma:

1918 Tacoma Seattle Directory – Robt Shipftr r. 7205 S. Wright Ave.

1919 Tacoma Directory – Robt (Ethel) shipwkr h 3310 S. Madison, pg. 140

1920 Tacoma Directory – Robert (Ethel) Shipwkr h. 3310 S. Madison, Other Boardman’s listed but unknown to me.

1920 – No mention of Robert or Ethel Boardman in Seattle Directory.

Back to the Seattle Directory

1921 – Boardman, Robt (Ethel) ironwk h 7205 Wright

1922 – Boardman, Robt (Ethel) mechanic h 7205 Wright

1923 – Boardman, Robt (Ethel) West Metal Works h 7205 Wright Ave. In this 1923 City Directory there is an advertisement for the West Metal Works. Plumbing & Heating…Sheet Metal Work with the name R. Boardman, Mgr. listed. It was on page 221 of this directory.

West Metal Works Ad

1924 – Boardman, Robt (Ethel) mgr West Metal Works h 7205 Wright Ave.

So the move to the U.S.A. was not an easy one.  They came to Seattle and then moved to Tacoma and then back all within an approximate 4 year period.   My mother was moved from one elementary school to another and back.   The end result was that Seattle was now the permanent home for the Robert Boardman family except for one member, Charlotte whose journey was not yet over.

British Columbia – A Special Place!

British Columbia has held a special place in my world for a long time.  My mother and her brother were born there.  I will talk about their births in future posts.  It is time to do a little reminiscing.

My last post placed the Robert and Ethel Boardman family in Vancouver, British Columbia about 1909-1910.  Therefore, it seems fitting to share my experiences with British Columbia.  Seems to me we went up to British Columbia on camping excursions or day trips when I was a child, but where is a mystery?

At the age of 15-16, I drove the entire eastern side of Vancouver Island on my temporary driver’s license.  Of course I was with my parents. My Dad was co-pilot:  http://www.vancouverisland.travel/  We took the ferry across from Port Angeles to Victoria for that trip.

I do not know how many times I have been to Victoria on the ferry-boat.  It was something like $2-4 for a ticket when I was a kid, so it was a frequent sojourn for groups and easy to do such as Blue Birds.  It was a real ferry-boat that chugged along, not this fancy Victoria Clipper that you take today. http://www.clippervacations.com/ferry

You would take the ferry-boat from the Seattle harbor.  It took a good 4 hours, if memory serves, walk around Victoria and then come back, nothing fancy.  http://www.tourismvictoria.com/  I know I have been inside the Empress Hotel but did I have tea there?  A flash of memory of a dining room with a table.

I have fond memories exploring Victoria with my Aunts (my dad’s sisters) and my mom and visiting all the shops.  You cannot go to Victoria without visiting Butchart Gardens.  I think I walked that garden at least 3-4 different times.  I have been to Victoria other times with friends but I have never done any genealogical research in the archives there.  I have tried to figure out what I could do there.  Victoria is a lovely place to spend some time and dither!

The Victoria Genealogical Society:  http://www.victoriags.org/ This has some wonderful genealogical links for Victoria and the area.

I have visited Vancouver, B.C. on several occasions. I was with my Aunts and Mom and we went to Stanley Park  (I think?) and saw some exhibits.  It was about women’s unmentionables and it was a riot to listen to  them talk about all the finery and their own memories of owning these types of garments.  Boy do I wish I had written that down or recorded it. This was pre-genealogy so I didn’t even think of it.

Vancouver BC: http://vancouver.ca/visitors.htm

My hubby frequently goes to conferences and I tag along, especially if I think I can do genealogical research at the location. While my husband attended his conference, I walked down to the Vancouver Public Library and studied their books, newspapers, city directories and maps for clues to my family history.  I am referring to the Central Library and their history collection.  You might have to do a little digging to find what you are looking for.  It has been awhile and the website has changed.

This looks promising:   http://www.vpl.ca/find/cat/C448

I also visited the house my mother’s family lived in on Salsburg Drive.  It is still standing and being taken good care of.   I featured an old photo in a past post.

My hubby arranged for us to go up the gondola at Grouse Mountain to the top and have dinner.   As we sat there eating I looked out over Vancouver itself and pondered my mother and her life there.  It is a wonderful view from that mountain.  It was actually a little cold.  There was a little snow on the ground when we visited.

The British Columbia GenWeb has a ton of links for the area: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/

Cloverdale Library, Surrey BC

The best place for me is the Cloverdale Library in Surrey, B.C.  I have been there twice and will be going for a third time in a few weeks. It is known for its Canadian genealogical collection. The first trip was with my best girlfriend.  We discovered, after knowing each other for 31* years or more, that we had genealogy in common.  We spent two days researching in their wonderful genealogical collection.  This is when I found my family the Browns and the Boardmans in the census, in Winnipeg.  Yes, this was before it was all put online.  I was scrolling through the census and there they were, both families living very close to each other.  I actually found the Browns first.  It was a very good day!

My hubby and I visited the Cloverdale Library again when we went to a wedding reception in White Rock for a co-worker of his.  This co-worker was Polish born who had emigrated with his family to Canada.  He was marrying a Polish woman and working in Seattle.  His parents lived in the area in a big beautiful house in White Rock.  I found White Rock to be a very interesting town by the water.  There historical society is right there on the bay. The houses and condominiums are up on the hill. After the wedding reception we went over to Surrey where I went to the Cloverdale Library and did more research:

The Cloverdale Library Home page: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/location-hours/4684.aspx

The Family History page: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/4815.aspx

In the past, my family would drive up to Harrison Hot Springs and visit for the day.  There was a lodge there and it seems to me that something is amiss about it now?  I have a bad feeling it has been replaced?

I do remember going skiing one time.  It had an “S” name and might have been Silver Star but that was a long time ago. It was a foggy day on the ski slopes and I was making sure I didn’t get lost or disoriented and end up off a cliff. Alas my skiing adventures came to a close a great while back, my knees didn’t like it!  Ah yes, other things like freezing temperatures and hot spiced wine come to mind! I was never very good at it.

I do remember that the landscape along the freeway was amazing.  I believe it was the Fraser River Valley.  Seems to me some man named Fraser from Glengarry County, Ontario explored that region:  http://www.fraservalleyguide.com/History.html

So much for my reminiscing about British Columbia.  As you see it has been part of my life and 2.5 hours from Seattle, it was not that hard to get too and cross over the border, but that has changed so you need to take your passport and be prepared.

British Columbia’s official tourism website.   http://www.hellobc.com/

About a year ago, I learned that I had even more ties in British Columbia when I found my cousin Bob Hayes.  He is a Brown cousin descending from a sister to my great-grandfather Richard Brown who has been featured in this blog. I am off to visit with him and ask him a 1,000+ questions about the family.

Boy it seems I don’t have any photos of any of my trips up there, what a bummer!