He was formally named Ronald Gordon McDonald which gets him confused with his father Ronald Sandfield McDonald. He was known as Gordon and affectionately as “Uncle Gordy.” Grace gave birth on 3 May 1904. The place of Gordon’s birth has been stated as Grand Rapids, Minnesota but I am not totally convinced.
You will find more information and pictures about the life of Gordon McDonald at my other blog “The Man Who Lived Airplanes,” here is one particular post about him:
In the search box of the other blog mentioned above try, searching on “Gordon,” or “Ronald Gordon.” We will meet up again with Gordon when he comes to visit his grandmother Amarilla in 1939.
Gordon as a little baby
This photo below is one of my favorites of my uncle. It was taken in International Falls probably about 1909 or 1910?
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/