Among my father, Keith’s possessions, was a postcard picture of a house with some writing on the backside.
Amarillia’s House in 1911
The writing on the backside of the postcard reads:
“Dear Papa: I hope you are well. We are all well. Will you please send me or bring me my Rubber Raincoat, Lovingly Vivian. Addressed to M. R.S. McDonald International Falls, Minn.”
It was about this time in Pine River, in 1904, that J.G. Dawes had the house built. Now I cannot verify that he was responsible for actively building the house but he seemed to think so years later when he commented about it in an affidavit for another attempt of Amarilla to secure George’s Civil War pension.
This house still stands in Pine River and is lovingly cared for by a local family.
Amarilla’s daughter Grace gave birth to Leola Vivian on the 12th of May 1902 in the county of Itasca. It was later decided that she was born in Grand Rapids but I am not totally convinced that it was Grand Rapids. The delayed birth certificate of my Aunt Leola Vivian was done in 1956 and even though her Uncle Alex, brother to Ronald her father, gave testimony, I am still not sure they lived in Grand Rapids back then.
Vivian born 1902 First daughter of Ronald & Grace
Leola Vivian was her formal name but she usually went by Vivian or Vivi. I wrote about her on my other blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes. That blog is about her baby brother Keith and the paternal side of the family on their father’s side. Starting with the post dated June 5, 2010, Darling Vivian you will find more details and more pictures of Vivian as she was growing up. Later I post about her school activities, teaching and marriage and maybe a little bit more about her life in future posts.
Vivian was a beautiful little girl. Here is one of the photos featured on the blog mentioned above.
An Oval with Vivian
Grace, her mother filled out a Baby Book. I featured that in the post dated “Vivian’s Baby Book!” June 16, 2010. As far as I know it is the only baby book she did for her children. Amarilla is mentioned as being a witness to Vivian’s baby firsts. She is noted as giving her gifts.
Here is the link to The Man Who Lived Airplanes: http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/