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  • Wallace McDonald was born on 30 August 1887 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Both of his parents, James McDonald and Margaret Connell, were from Canada but likely married in 1882 in the States. Their first child, daughter Mabel, was born in 1884 in Jamestown, North Dakota. From there the family moved briefly to Rat Portage and then back to the States by the time of the birth of daughter Juanita in 1889 in Washington. When the 1900 census was taken, the family was living in Seattle where James was working as a railroad conductor. Other children born in Washington were John (1892) and James Boyd (1899). Sadly, Boyd died in 1904.

    Wallace was living in Seattle when he signed his WW1 Draft Registration card on 5 June 1917. At the time he was working as a labourer for the Doyle Construction Company. Wallace was described as medium in height and stout in build. He was inducted into service at LB #10 at Seattle on 25 July 1918. On the same day he applied for a Petition for Naturalization that was granted on 6 September at Camp Lewis in Tacoma. His WW1 service card indicated that he served as a Private with the 166th Depot Brigade and was honourably discharged on 7 December 1918.

    At the time of his marriage record of 30 August 1926 in Tacoma, Washington, Wallace was living in Solano, California. According to her various marriage records, his wife Bessie was born in 1884 in Oregon, the daughter of Dan and Mary (Hedgepeth) Mackey (Mackie). She had married John Faux in 1901 in Hamilton, Montana, and when she married Otis Scott in 1908 in Spokane, Washington her name was given as widow Bessie Heublein.

    The 1930 census listed Wallace and Bessie living with Wallace’s parents in Burien, just south of Seattle where Wallace was working as a labourer on road construction. Bessie died in Seattle on 5 March 1936 of influenza/pneumonia, address at the time given as Rt 7 Box 192A Seattle. For the 1940 census Wallace was staying at the Ford Hotel, Rt 7 Seattle, and was no longer working. When he signed his WW2 Draft Registration card on 25 April 1942, he was living with his mother, address given as Rt 7 Box 1920 in Seattle.

    According to the US Social Security Death Index, Wallace died on 15 August 1966, last residence given as Auburn, Washington. Interred in an unmarked grave in the Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, the cemetery’s records has the date of death as 1 August.
    By Judy Stockham

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 3649687
  • Service Record:
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • US Expeditionary Forces
  • Branch:
  • 166th Depot Brigade
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 2708 15th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington
  • Date of Birth:
  • August 30, 1887
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Construction Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • LB #10 Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • July 25, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 31
  • Religion:
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Saw Service In:
  • United States of America
  • Date of Death:
  • August 15, 1966
  • Age at Death:
  • 79
  • Buried at:
  • Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn, Washinton, USA
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Wallace McDonald was born on 30 August 1887 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Both of his parents, James McDonald and Margaret Connell, were from Canada but likely married in 1882 in the States. Their first child, daughter Mabel, was born in 1884 in Jamestown, North Dakota. From there the family moved briefly to Rat Portage and then back to the States by the time of the birth of daughter Juanita in 1889 in Washington. When the 1900 census was taken, the family was living in Seattle where James was working as a railroad conductor. Other children born in Washington were John (1892) and James Boyd (1899). Sadly, Boyd died in 1904.

    Wallace was living in Seattle when he signed his WW1 Draft Registration card on 5 June 1917. At the time he was working as a labourer for the Doyle Construction Company. Wallace was described as medium in height and stout in build. He was inducted into service at LB #10 at Seattle on 25 July 1918. On the same day he applied for a Petition for Naturalization that was granted on 6 September at Camp Lewis in Tacoma. His WW1 service card indicated that he served as a Private with the 166th Depot Brigade and was honourably discharged on 7 December 1918.

    At the time of his marriage record of 30 August 1926 in Tacoma, Washington, Wallace was living in Solano, California. According to her various marriage records, his wife Bessie was born in 1884 in Oregon, the daughter of Dan and Mary (Hedgepeth) Mackey (Mackie). She had married John Faux in 1901 in Hamilton, Montana, and when she married Otis Scott in 1908 in Spokane, Washington her name was given as widow Bessie Heublein.

    The 1930 census listed Wallace and Bessie living with Wallace’s parents in Burien, just south of Seattle where Wallace was working as a labourer on road construction. Bessie died in Seattle on 5 March 1936 of influenza/pneumonia, address at the time given as Rt 7 Box 192A Seattle. For the 1940 census Wallace was staying at the Ford Hotel, Rt 7 Seattle, and was no longer working. When he signed his WW2 Draft Registration card on 25 April 1942, he was living with his mother, address given as Rt 7 Box 1920 in Seattle.

    According to the US Social Security Death Index, Wallace died on 15 August 1966, last residence given as Auburn, Washington. Interred in an unmarked grave in the Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, the cemetery’s records has the date of death as 1 August.
    By Judy Stockham

    McDonald-Wallace-2 McDonald-Wallace-3 McDonald-Wallace-4

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  • McDonald, Wallace Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 3649687
  • Force:
  • US Expeditionary Forces
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Date of Birth:
  • August 30, 1887
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • 166th Depot Brigade
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 2708 15th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Construction Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • LB #10 Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • July 25, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 31
  • Religion:
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Saw Service In:
  • United States of America
  • Date of Death:
  • August 15, 1966
  • Age at Death:
  • 79
  • Buried at:
  • Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn, Washinton, USA
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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