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Aileen’s Husband Verne Cahan Served in WWI

Verne Cahan, my Aunt Aileen’s husband, was a mystery to me.  I was very young and shy so I kept my distance. When he married Aileen he already had two children and so it may have been why Aileen and Verne did not have any children of their own.

I was told he was in the thick of the fighting in WWI and that sort of changes a man. He had a son and daughter from a previous marriage.  I knew his son Mel but don’t have much memory of his daughter.  I write this post to honor Verne for he was a Mason and he was my sponsor for when I wanted to enter into the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in the early 1960’s.  Thank you Verne.

Carroll Verne Cahan was born 17 February 1897 in Tekoa, Whitman Co., Washington.  His father was Frank M. Cahan born December 1858 in Illinois and died before 1920 in Washington.  His mother was Lola Fenn born February 1873 in Utah.  Mrs. Lola Cahan is mentioned in the newspaper wedding announcement for Verne and Aileen so this means she was living in 1938.

The following picture was among Aileen’s photographs.  I recognize Verne, who is standing on the far left, but the others I do not know.  I am guessing they are his brothers?

Verne standing with two unknown men.

Verne standing with two unknown men.

Frank and Lola had the following children:  New information see link below.

1. Ella F. Cahan b. Nov. 1890 in Idaho

2. Henry R. Cahan b Jan 1893 in Washington and m. Jessica R. b. 1896 in Illinois.  They had Francesco L Cahan b. 1904 in Illinois and Richard Cahan b. 1912 in Montana.

3. Fannie M. Cahan b. August 1893 in Washington.

4. Iona M. Cahan b. July 1895 in Washington

5.  Carroll Verne Cahan the subject of this post

6.  Linnie V. Cahan b. November 1898 in Washington.

7. Neil Cahan b. 1904 in Washington

8. Madge Cahan b. 1906 in Washington.

9.  Ray Cahan b. 1908 in Washington

10. Faye Cahan b. 1908 in Washington?

11.  Baby Cahan

UPDATE January 7, 2017 – A visitor to this blog has given me a link to Rootsweb family tree that she has been working on regarding the Cahan family.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kleestark&id=I0858

The creator of the Stark Famil website has figured out the children of Frank and Lola Cahan much better than I did so I suggest you go to the link and review her findings.

The following photograph was also among Aileen’s possessions.  I do not recognize the man and he doesn’t seem to be one of either of the two men in the photograph above.

Verne and friend deer hunting.

Verne and friend deer hunting.

Most of this information on the family of Verne’s came from a U.S. Federal Census study for 1900 where the family was found in Murray Precinct, Shoshone Co., Idaho.   The 1910 U.S. Census had them living in Valley Ford Twp., Spokane Co., Washington.  The 1920 placed the family in Glasgow City, Valley Co., Montana.  The first marriage for Verne must have broken up around 1930 By 1930 most of Verne’s siblings were on their own.  Lola the mother appears in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Seattle, WA at age 57 but there are no children listed with her.

Verne is sitting on the left but the woman is not known to me. A sister?

Verne is sitting on the left but the woman is not known to me. A sister?

Verne’s WWI Draft card reads:

Cahan, Verne C., 138,384 Whit, Residence Mica, WA. Enlisted NG at Walla Walla, WA Aug 2, 1920 6/1.  Born in Tekoa, WA, Org: Btry A FA Wash NG (Batry D 146 FA) to disch. Grade PVT. Served Overseas Dec 24, 1917 to June 15, 1919.  Hon. disch June 29, 1919. 

Verne was married first to Rosabel Blanchard b. 1900 in Minnesota on 3 December 1920 in Spokane Co., WA. #29024.

County of Spokane:  Verne C. Cahan residing at Valleyford, WA age 23 yrs, white, single, born in Washington, occupation Laborer, father: Frank Cahan born in Illinois, mother Lola Feun born in Illin.  to Rosabel Blanchard of Glasgow, Montana, age 20 years, white, single, born in Minn. Housekeepr, father Mel Blanchard born in [Maine] mother Mabel Ferguson, born in Ill.?.  Married at Spokane, WA on the 3 of Dec 1920.  Witnesses Hal J. Cole and [Junnie] C. Cahan signed by S. C. Hyde Justice of the Peace Spokane, WA.

They had Melvin Verne Cahan born 13 Aug 1921 and Carol Marie Cahan who may have married a Mr. Brauer.

Here is Verne’s obituary notice from the Seattle Times, Tuesday September 3, 1963, pg. 41.

Verne's Obituary Notice 1963

Verne’s Obituary Notice 1963

 Funeral services for Verne C. Cahan, 66, of 8261 Northrup Place S.W., a retired longshoreman, will be at 1 o’clock Thursday in the Howden-Kennedy Chapel.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn.  Mr. Cahan died Saturday in a nursing home.  He was born in Tekoa, Whitman County.  He came here in 1936.  Mr. Cahan was an Army veteran of the First World War.  He was a member of West Seattle Post No. 160, American Legion; West Seattle Lodge No. 287, F&A. M., the Nile Temple of the Shrine, and Local 19, International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union.  Surviving are his wife, Aileen; a son, Melvin Cahan, Seattle; a daughter, Mrs. Carol Braner, Vallejo, Calif; three brothers, four sisters and five grandchildren.

There is a great deal more research to be done on Verne and his family so please understand that this is just a summary and that all the data here needs to be checked carefully.  I am not an expert on the Cahan family.

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Aileen the Socialite – Druzea Club!

Aileen, the oldest of the Boardman children, was busy in the 1930’s.  She was a member of the Druzea Club. I tried to learn more about this club and its purpose but didn’t find anything with a quick Google search.  As you review the articles below you will get and idea of its purpose.

Aileen’s name is mentioned in the newspaper for Tuesday, December 5, 1933 in the Seattle Daily Times:

“Druzea Club to Give ‘Snow Dance’ Friday Evening”

Its first program dance of the season, a “snow dance,” will be given by Druzea Club Friday evening at Trinity Parish House, Eighth Avenue and James Street.  Jackie Evans, recently returned from a dancing tour which included A Century of Progress Exposition, will entertain during the intermission.  Miss Lucille Stone is chairman, assisted by Misses Aileen Boardman, Blanche Ashton, Esther Shelberg, Helen Croan, Alma Pearson and Mrs. Raymond Canedy.  Patrons and patronnesses will be the Rev. and Mrs. C. Stanley Mook, Dr. and Mrs. Ira L. Neill, Mr and Mrs. Frank Richardson Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Graves and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Dillingham.  

Appearing in one of the Seattle Newspapers we find on January 12, 1934 pg. 11:

Ailleen is Dance Chairman 1934

Aileen is Dance Chairman 1934

The article below the picture 1934

The article below the picture 1934

Miss Aileen Boardman is in charge of the “Shanghai New Year Dance” to be given by the Druzea Club today at Trinity Parish House (Lynch Photo, PI Staff).  Druzea Society Giving Function:  The Druzea Club will entertain with a Shanghai New Year dance this evening at Trinity Parish House, 8th Ave. and James St.  Miss Aileen Boardman is in charge of the dance and is being assisted by Miss Lucille Stone, vice chairman; Miss Blanche Ashton, Miss Marguerite McPherson, Miss Nellie Fox, Miss Alma Pearson, Miss Jean Lachore, Miss Alice Carter, Miss Norma Goddard, Miss Josephine Goddard, Miss Martha Person and Mrs. Jack Oflock.  A Chinese New Year program will be given during the intermission. Patrons and patronesses include the Rev. and Mrs. C. Stanley Mook, Dr. and Mrs. Ira. L. Neill, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Graves, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Dillingham and Mr.and Mrs. Ben Graham.

The Seattle Times had another article dated Friday, February 9, 1934 titled

Costume Dance Will be Given by Druzea Club.”

A costume dance called “Cupid’s Parade,” in which the best dressed man and woman will be given awards, will be given by the Druzea Club of Trinity Parish Church this evening at 9 o’clock in the parish house, Eighth Avenue and James Street.  Patrons and patronesses for the evening will be the Rev. C. Stanley Mook and Mrs. Mook, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Graham, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Butler, Mr. Robert Gentry and Mr. and Mrs. George Wheeler, Miss Lucille Stone, chairman of the social committee, is assisted in the arrangements by the Misses Nellie Fox, Alma Pearson, Martha Pearson, Aileen Boardman, Gladys Canedy, Helen Croan, Jessie Oflock and Norman Goddard.  The Misses Patty Merrifield, Thelma Ridley, Muriel Rouse and Mary Lou Hoyt will present a “Flirtation Dance” and Miss Beverly Wilson will appear in “Cupid’s Dance.”  Supper will be served at the close of the evening. 

The Druzea Club appears again in the Sunday Morning, March 18, 1934 edition “The Druzea Club Will Entertain with Musicale.”

From 3 to 5 o’clock this afternoon, the members of the Druzea Club will entertain with a musicale tea in the Trinity Parish House. Proceeds from the afternoon will go toward the club’s welfare project, care of an orphan girl, Martha Carlos of Fort Yukon, Alaska.  Presiding at the tea table will be Mrs. Beatrice Wheeler, Mrs. Charles Stanley Mook, Mrs. S. Arthur Huston and Mrs. F.E. Robinson.  During the receiving hours there will be a program featured by voice and harp selections, by Ruth Osborne; vocal numbers by Gordon Neal, Floyd Murphy, Annie Olson, Lucille Stone and Jean Lochore; piano selections by Phyllis Clark and Martha Grant; violin numbers by Jeannette Mackie and by a violin trio by including Jeannette Mackie, Phyllis Olson and Elizabeth Waldo. Serving on the Committee of arrangements are Marguerite Robertson, chairman; Helen Croan, Audrey Stocks, Greta Bushnell, Alma Pearson, Theresa Campbell, Lillian Ellingsen, Florence Engstrom, Vera Freelund, Helen Corner, Dorothy Justan and Frances Lively.  The Druzea Club the name is Russian meaning “Friendly,” is composed of business girls between the ages of 18 and 35, the membership being limited to 150.  The club meets at the Trinity Parish House each Tuesday evening during the school year for dinner, which is followed by classes in contract bridge, charm, dramatics, needlework, tap dancing, basketball, badminton and lessons in horseback riding are also included in the curricula. The club which is open to all denominations, ahs a lodge (built in 1932) at Lake Kilarny.  Miss May Brosslos is president of the club, retiring from office next month; Miss Gladys Underwood is vice president; Mis Beth Kay, secretary; Miss Alma Pearson, treasurer; Miss Signe Wignaness, assistant treasurer, and Miss Evelyn Carlquist, corresponding secretary, Committee Chairman are Esther Shelberg, athletics; Martha Pearson, bulletins; Charlotte Harris, church and social service; Nellie Fox decorations; Jean Lochore, dinners; Lolabel Fritz, fellowship; Charlotte Bunde, lodge; Fayle Coulson, membership; Aileen Boardman, program; Margaret Benedict, publicity; Lucille Stone, social; Gladys Underwood, classes; Roberta Wheeler, music; Virginia Chapman, custodian; Martha Blanche Ryan, Martha….(it stops). 

The Seattle Daily Times featured on Tuesday, March 12, 1935 another Druzea Club article. Aileen becomes the President.

Druzea Officers 1935

Druzea Officers 1935

The Seattle Sunday Times had the following article on December 18, 1936:

 “Druzea Club To Entertain At Parish Hall.”

Druzea Club will present a program of music and drama Friday evening at 8:15 o’clock in Trinity Parish Hall under the leadership of Marie K. Brower, Helen D. Davis and Jean Chapman accompanist. The program will include carols in which the audience will join selections by a string trio composed of Virginia Chapman, piano; May Brossols, violin; Betty Sands, cello; numbers by a quartet composed of Dorothy Bernier, Mary Pease, Mazine Eyler, and Jean Leslie, and several numbers by the club chorus. The cast of the play includes Nancy Williamson, Charlotte Harris, Aileen Boardman and Lydia Schultz. A silver offering will be taken at the close of the program.

This following news article was among the pictures and memorabilia I received from my cousin but it does not give a date.  I have assumed it was probably close to about 1936. It would seem that her term as President would be about a year?

Aileen is held in high esteem and fetted about 1938?

Aileen is held in high esteem and fetted about 1936?

Photo and Caption: Miss Aileen Boardman, new president of the Druzea Club, who will be honored at the inaugural ball on Saturday.  Group Leader to Be Feted – In a setting of spring blossoms, new officers of the Druzea Club will be honored at the annual inaugural ball to be held in the D.A. R. House Saturday.  The new officers are Miss Aileen Boardman, President; Mrs. Jack Avey, vice president; Miss Ethel Grayson, secretary, and Miss Alma Pearson, treasurer.  Miss Bernice Pearson, chairman of the dance committee, is assisted by Miss Evelyn Peterson, Miss Maxine Morrow, Miss Gladys Brown and Mrs. Charles Anderson.  Patron and patronesses are Bishop and Mrs. F. Arthur Houston, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Colcock, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Cresap, Mr. and Mrs. O. Engstrom.

In this next article Aileen is featured in a photograph giving over the gavel to the new Druzea President Mabel Alvick.  The article is dated Wednesday, October 7, 1936.  The picture and captions were all that was found among the pictures and memorabilia given to me.  It is a great photo of my Aunt.

My Aunt Aileen was little and probably came up to about 5 ft and didn’t weigh much.

Aileen steps down as President 1938.

Aileen steps down as President 1938.

This looks like it was a lot of fun and a lot of work planning all these events.  I wish I knew that she was involved with this club it would have been fun to hear her stories about it all.

Uncle Boardie and DeMolay 1936 & 1938.

A Robert Boardman was involved with DeMolay in the 1930’s.  DeMolay was a young boys club from the ages of 12 to 21 which is sponsored by a Masonic group.  This must be the more serious side of my Uncle Boardie.

Here is a really interesting article about this organization from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeMolay_International

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You can also go and study the website of the DeMolay International: https://www.demolay.org/

An article appears in the Saturday, October 10, 1936 Seattle Daily Times, page 3, far right column at the top.

DeMolay Boys Run City Hall

“City officials sat back and took life easy today as eighty members of the Order of DeMolay held the reins of the municipal government in their annual one-day rule of the city.  Regular office holders, relinquishing their desks and their titles, were required only to sign certificates of office of the young men who took their places.  “Getting to work” at 9 o’clock, the youths started the day with a uniformed patrol drill and flag raising in front of the County-City Building.  Trooping into the mayor’s office , they were greeted by Major John F. Dore and then went to their respective positions.  DeMolay chapters represented in the ceremonies were West Seattle, Lincoln, Seattle, Temple and University.  Stanley Davis of the West Seattle Chapter was major for the day.  Other “city officials” were Robert Dudley, Seattle Chapter, corporation counsel; William Greene, Seattle Chapter, fire chief; Frank Jann, Temple Chapter, chief of police; Robert Boardman, West Seattle Chapter, chief of detectives and Donald Olson, Temple Chapter, police captain.  Filling councilmen’s chairs were Earl Nielsen and Don Colvin, Seattle Chapter; Roger Dudley, West Seattle; John Warner and Wesley Wilber, Temple; Norman Dahl and Bob Carstensen, Lincoln, and Don Kurster, University.  The young officials didn’t find their duties arduous.  Most city office holders having Saturday afternoons off.”

About 2 years later another article appears on Friday, September 16, 1938 in the Seattle Daily Times, page 11, column 2, apparently this was the end of Uncle Boardie’s time in this organization, he was getting too old at the age of about 21 to continue to be a member.

West Seattle De Molay Will Greet Officers

“West Seattle Chapter, Order of DeMolay, will install officers at 8 o’clock tonight in West Seattle Masonic Temple, 2642 California Ave. The new officers are as follows:  Tom Lanman, master councilor; Ralph Gunderson, senior councilor; William McMahan, junior councilor; Laird Peterson, senior deacon; Richard Winquist, junior deacon; Carl Randecker, senior steward; Clifford Carlson, junior steward; Robert Allison, orator; Jack Uren, sentinel; Keith Anderson, chaplain; Abbot Generaux, marshal; Donald Johnson standard bearer; Earl Cruzen, almoner; Dave Wissing, Alden Person, Art Wheless, Martin Dotterer, Bill Combs, Chester Lindberg and Melvin Johnson, preceptors.  Art Carsentsen, retiring master councilor will be master of ceremonies.  The installing team will be composed of Lial H. Hendershot, installing officer; Robert Boardman, Billo W. Wiseman, William J. Millard, Fred A. Smith and John Hight.”

Robert Brown Boardman – A little bit of mischief!

Robert Brown Boardman is his formal name but I knew him as Uncle Boardie.  He was unpredictable and you never knew what he would do next.  He was the only son of Robert and Ethel Boardman.

Uncle Boardie was born 26 October 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia and he immigrated with the family in 1917-1918 at the age of about 2 years old so I doubt he had any memory of the trip to the U.S.  He probably grew up knowing only West Seattle as his home.  When the family was in Tacoma for the 2 years around the 1920’s he was pretty young at that time about 3-4 years old.

While his sisters, Aileen and Marjorie were done with high school, he was about to enter in 1932. The 1930 U.S. Census has Uncle Boardie as 13 years old.

Here he is playing with his sister Marjory.  (Sorry for the fuzzy photos but I still think they are fun.)

Marje and Boardie in a nice car

Marge and Boardie in a nice car

More silliness.

More Silliness

More Silliness

Not sure who was the one to encourage the action in this photo?

Marje and Boardie cutting up

Marge and Boardie cutting up

Here he is with his cousins in 1924 when they went to Pasadena to visit Boardie’s dad’s brother William (Willie).  The boys in this photo are probably Uncle Willie’s kids.  Yes, Uncle Boardie is the one in the middle making a comment with his hand.

Boardie with cousins, maybe?

Boardie with cousins, maybe?

Uncle Boardie looked very different as a child.  I would never recognize him unless I knew from other photos who he was.  Here he is with his sister Aileen enjoying a boat ride and he looks so different to me.

Aileen and Uncle Boardie enjoying a boat ride

Aileen and Uncle Boardie enjoying a boat ride