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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.


Growing up in Vancouver, BC

From 1911 to 1916 Aileen and Marjorie were the two children in the Robert and Ethel Boardman family. They give an idea of the life of my Aunt and my mother, Marjorie.  

Aileen and Marjorie

Here they are very serious:

Aileen and Marjorie with frowns

Bows, bows and more bows!

With Fancy Bows

With their mother Ethel and Ethel’s friend Della Gibner.

Della Gibner, a friend, Ethel, Aileen and Marge

The Boardman’s: Life in Vancouver, B.C.

My trip to Ontario and Quebec is completed and I returned several weeks ago.  I have been catching up the posting of the trip which resumed with the blog of my father’s family the McDonalds.  I  just finished it yesterday. 

Now that my trip to Kelowna, B.C. and my trip to Ontario and Quebec are completed I can resume discussing the family history.  

The last time I posted on this blog was about the  Boardman family and that was on April 19, 2012.  I was discussing why my grandfather Robert Boardman headed west to Vancouver, B.C. to settle.  I wish I knew what prompted the move to Vancouver, B.C., it was probably in search of work.  Here is the link to that post if you wish to review: 


In any event, they lived in Vancouver from about 1910 to 1917 when they again migrated.  During this period of time several events took place.

What I am about to share is very dear to me.  My mother Marjorie was born on September 21, 1911 in Vancouver, B.C., to Robert and Ethel Boardman.

Certificate of Birth for Marjory Josephine Boardman, DOB September 22, 1911, Female, POB Vancouver BC, Date of Reg# Nov. 1, 1911. “I verify that this is a copy of an original, 19th Day of March 1971, 8/14/00 Marcia Saw 3/18/02 Commission Expires, J.H. Doughty Director of Vital Statistics.

My mother went by “Marjorie Faye” till her death, so something was not recorded as we had thought and when she obtained this birth record she was not happy. 

Marge (1 yr) and Aileen (4 yrs)

This is the earliest picture I have of my mother.  Boy she reminds me of someone, could it be Me? Aileen her older sister was born in 1907.

This is an example of a vital record not properly recorded or recorded by a parent as they thought it was to be.  In order to correct this birth record of my mother’s I would have to submit proof that she went by Majorie Faye to the British Columbia Vital Statistic Office.  I would have to submit documents showing  that she was using that name before the age of 13.  I will let you know how things turn out when I get the chance to purse it.

The Boardman Family: Life after Edmund!

Edmund Boardman’s death changed everything for the Boardman family. 

Of the four children only Edmund James Boardman, the oldest, remained in Winnipeg.  The other three emigrated to the United States at various times.  Robert (my grandfather) was the first to make the move followed by William (Willie), and then John.  Charlotte Anne (McMurray) Boardman, their mother, followed her children leaving Winnipeg and heading to Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Edmund Boardman died on the 18th of October 1908 and is buried in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg. 

Overview of Elmwood Cemetery

His death record  reads as follows obtained from the Manitoba Vital Records office:

Edmund Boardman died Oct. 28, 1908. He lived at 583 Logan Ave. He was 59 years old at death. Occupation was Coppersmith, religion Church of England born at [Lochester/Gochester/Rochester]. Cause of death cerebral hemorrhage. Name of Informant was Black Bros & Hughes, of Winnipeg.  Source:  Vital Statistic Agency, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Reg. No. 1908-06-003669, #652, October 28, 1908.

Edmund’s great grand-daughter, Marjorie wrote in her notes that he was born in Lancashire, England.  The death record of Edmund is almost impossible to interpret:  Does it say Rochester, Gochester, Lochester??? 

Portion of Edmund’s death certificate

If you do a search on the city of Rochester in England you will end up in the county of Kent.  If you go to Lancashire county and search for a city you will find Rochdale but no Rochester at least in today’s time frame.  Yes, more digging is in order. 

Edmund was born 23 May 1848 and according to the 1901 census he immigrated about 1853.  This means he was only 5 years old when he came to Canada.  So trusting his knowledge of the year of immigration may mean that it is best to keep an open mind.  So the origins of Edmund Boardman are still a mystery.  So far the emphasis on research has been the United States and Canada.  My father’s side of the family is very dominating and tends to divert me.  Hopefully that will change in the coming years and my trip to Ontario in 2012 to visit the archives there might open a door.  We will see??

Meanwhile let us focus on the lives of the Boardman family after Edmund’s death.  What became of the Boardman children and Charlotte?
As I stated Edmund James Boardman remained in Winnipeg and lived out his life there. 
Robert, my grandfather, and Ethel, my grandmother, migrated first to Vancouver, British Columbia and then to Seattle, King County, Washington.    
William soon followed and headed for Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California. 
John Henry, the youngest brother, came first to California and then made his way up to West Seattle residing there for the remainder of his life.  
Charlotte, she moved west with Robert to Vancouver and made the move with them in about 1917 to Seattle.  About 1922 she migrated to Pasadena, California and lived the rest of her life with or near her son Willie and his family.  This is a great story. 
How do I know all this? Well it was not an easy challenge, I had very little information about my mother’s side of the family.  I used city directories for Vancouver, B.C., Pasadena, California and the census for both Canada and the U.S. and a series of very interesting family photographs that were among my mother and her sister’s possessions.   
First, let me share what I know about Edmund James Boardman or rather Dr. Edmund James Boardman.  When I visited my Aunt Aileen at her beautiful home overlooking Puget Sound in West Seattle back in 1987, she told me in a very proud voice that James was a famous surgeon in Winnipeg.  I was intrigued!