Grace, daughter of Amarilla and George Barclay was growing up and in the spring she turned sixteen on April 10th, 1898.
If you would like to learn more about my grandmother Grace Amarilla Barclay McDonald you can go to the blog “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” where I talk about Grace. This other blog is about her son Keith, my father and his life and the heritage of the McDonald/McDonell side of the family.
Here are some posts about Grace and her children. On the right of the above blog is an Archive and you can find the months involved.
- Grace Barclay McDonald dated May 29, 2010
- Ronald and Grace: Family Life! dated April 10, 2010
- Ronald and Grace’s Children dated February 27, 2010
- Keith’s Parents: Ronald and Grace’s Marriage! dated January 20, 2010
As a young girl she went to Minneapolis/St. Paul to attended school there. I have not been able to determine what the name of the school was and I have tried. All I have found are vague references to Grace being at school or home from school and more.
While going to school Grace wrote in her composition book and titled her work: Words of a Wasted Moment. It was filled with poems, stories, home work and tall tales.
I had hoped that it would be more autobiographical but it was not. It was more a musing of a young girl and school lessons. There is one comment she makes in which she references Ronald (R.S.), her future husband. Here is what she writes.
Words of a Wasted Moment -
All Day Long
I have fussed and fumed and fretted
All the long day through
I have worried puzzled and stormed
And thought of you (Ronald dearest)
I am tired now the evening is here
I am glad though all is well
With you my dear whom I’ve
Learned to love so well (better than life)
6 pm Jan 20, 1897
How my grandparents met is one of great speculation. Pine River was a stopping place and George an Amarilla’s hotel probably brought a lot of traffic. The train depot was right there so people were coming and going. The travelers were salesmen, hunters, fishermen, farmers, gamblers, railroad men, settlers, agents, government officials and lumbermen. My grandfather Ronald’s profession was lumberman and actually Superintendent so he may have been looking for lumber sales and places to cut timber or on his way to another location.
Did they met on the train to Minneapolis and St. Paul? It is possible because Grace was used to traveling the railroads with her parents and maybe on her own. Or did Ronald come to Pine River to do business with George or other lumbermen?
My grandfather Ronald (R.S. McDonald) was not the only one that noticed Grace.
Hank Taylor came to Pine River about June 28th and was there till around the 5th an 6th of August 1898. He paid attentions to Grace and she went for a boat ride with him accompanied by her mother, Amarilla.
Mr. Taylor was generally credited with a bad character by many persons and had words with George Barclay. He had been a prize-fighter and bouncer and possibly a thief. It was believed he stole a watch. The situation was not good and Grace and her father George had words. George didn’t like Taylor and ordered him away. I gave it a try in the 1895 Minnesota state census and then the 1900 U.S. Federal to see if I could find Mr. Taylor but no luck.
Oh my, events are getting very interesting in Pine River!