In the year 1910, Amarilla Dawes was doing well, on her own, and gifted with another grandson by the name of Keith.
Keith Barclay John McDonald was born 13 March, 1910 in International Falls, Minnesota to Ronald S. McDonald and Grace A. Barclay McDonald. His grandparents were George Barclay and Amarilla Spracklin, so that was his middle name. The “John” was his baptismal name.
You will find more information about Keith at the blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes, where I share about his ancestors and their origins. See the link on the right side of this blog under BJ’s Family History blogs.
He would graduate from Gonzaga High School in 1929 in Spokane and enter the military during the 1930’s. He would attend airplane mechanics school at Chanute Field in Illinois and later became an inspector of airplanes for the U.S. Air Force at Boeing in Seattle. He knew how to repair airplane engines, automobiles engines, and boat engines. He was an expert engine mechanic. He was also an inventor. He built several campers of his own design which were like forerunners of the tent trailers only he used aluminum. He built his own boat and put hydroplanes on it. He obtained a patent for his fishing oar design. He was very curious and loved anything that had an airplane engine in it including hydroplane racing boats. He married in 1941 to Marjorie Boardman and they have descendants living today, including the writer of this blog.