The Final Chapter 1924 – 1975

Marjorie’s diary entries ended the day Gib died then continued briefly from 1931 to 1932 and during her numerous trips.  Marjorie loved to travel and her life continued to be punctuated with trips.

When Marjorie and Dorothy Jane returned to Powell River in April of 1924 it must have been comforting to be with close family and friends again.  They moved in with Andrew and Edith who also had Edith’s sister Sara Blain living with them.


Andrew Henderson and Dorothy Jane


Stephanie Seagram, Dorothy Jane, Marjorie
& Tom Seagram – 1926

In 1926 Marjorie and Dorothy Jane travelled East to visit with Tom and Dorothy Seagram in Kitchener and then on to Montreal where she stayed with cousin Marjorie (Sutherland) and Ernest Trott.  While there they made a quick visit to Sorel, Quebec to see where Marjorie’s father Andrew was born.


Marjorie and Dorothy Jane at the Henderson’s house, Powell River

The end of the decade was another difficult time for the Henderson’s.  On January 8th, 1929 Edith died of complications from a fall while crossing a street in Vancouver.  She had been recovering from a prior illness.  She was 67 years old.

On March 13th, 1929, Marjorie’s brother Richard “Tobe” died of a heart attack while staying in Vancouver.  He had been treated for a heart condition for the past two years but it wasn’t considered serious.  Richard was 43.  Andrew Henderson was in California recuperating from his wife’s death and returned home immediately.


Fortunately better days were ahead. In the late 1920’s Marjorie became friends with Dalton “Ken” Macken.  Ken asked Marjorie to marry him and she accepted.  They were married September 9th, 1931.  For a honeymoon they took a two week driving tour to Seattle, Portland, Crater Lake, Bend (to visit Tracy Fairchild and family), Yakima, Seattle, Harrison Hot Springs, Chilliwack (where Ken had brother’s living) and home to Powell River.


Ken Macken on the porch of the Henderson’s house


Ken Macken was born in Forest, Ontario in 1893 to Joseph William and Jean Kaye (Miller) Macken and moved with his family, six brothers and three sisters, to Chilliwack, BC in about 1899.  The family then moved to Vancouver where Ken became very interested in sports while attending school.

After graduating from High School in 1910 he headed to Troy, New York to attend Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute because, he claims, McGill University didn’t have a ball team.  He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1914 and returned to Vancouver.

In 1915 he joined the Artillery and was sent overseas with the 60th Battalion, CFA and made the rank of captain.

After the war he tried selling cars in Vancouver but he was, “not so good.  I was starving to death trying to make a living.”  A travelling salesman told him about Powell River and he moved there in 1922.

When he got to Powell River, Ken became a member of the Gopher Club, “a group of happy bachelors boarding together.  We used to live at 300 Maple, although when Bob Scanlon originated the club it was held in an old building.  The name was picked because so many of the boys were from the gopher state, Minnesota.”

In 1922 Ken worked for Emil Gordon for six months, then cut wood and shingle bolts before working for Ernie Liebenschel who owned City Transfer.

In 1928 Ken went into the car business and started City Motors and later partnered with Harry Davies to start a second garage in Westview, just outside of Powell River.


Ken Macken (second from left) and some of the Gopher Club members

For many years Andrew Henderson owned acreage near Grief Point, about 4.6 miles (7.5 km) from Powell River.  He had a small cabin built and would take friends out there for a time of relaxation.  He referred to it as “The Ranch” but it would later be known as “Miramar,” Spanish for “sea view.”  As a wedding present to Ken and Marjorie ,Andrew gave them the property and had a house built for them.



Construction started March 25th, 1931


In 1934, while Ken manned the home front, Marjorie was off travelling again.  This time she took her father Andrew with her and they went to the Chicago World’s Fair.  Andrew had three nephews in Chicago and this was his last opportunity to see them.


Four Hendersons
Alexander Cary, Andrew, Andrew Sutherland & George Dana
Chicago 1934


1934 Chicago World’s Fair
Gertrude (Reed) Henderson, Andrew & Marjorie

On March 12th, 1934 Marjorie’s aunt and Edith’s sister, Sara Isabella Blain died.  She had been living in Powell River for fourteen years and was the last member of the Blain family, four brothers and four sisters, to die.  She was 71 years old.


There was more sadness on September, 19th, 1935 when Andrew Henderson died in Vancouver at the age of 82.



In 1936 life started to settle down for Marjorie and Ken.  They were quite involved in the Powell River community.  Ken with sports, particularly lacrosse and Marjorie with church work.  Dorothy Jane was sent to Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC.  The Macken’s worked on their house and gardens and enjoyed entertaining friends and family who would come to visit from all over North America it seems.  Marjorie continued to spend time in Vancouver visiting friends and Dorothy Jane. Ken preferred to stay home.

After graduation in June of 1941 Dorothy Jane was supposed to go to McGill University, however she met John William Chatwin McMillan while vacationing in Port Alberni, BC during the Summer and married him in November of 1941.


Dorothy Jane, Marjorie, John William Chatwin McMillan – 1941



In 1953, not to be denied taking her daughter on a ‘Grand Tour,’ Marjorie waited until Dorothy Jane’s four children were born and then, along with an old friend of Marjorie’s, Hannah Smith and her daughter Margareta, travelled to London to take part in the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.  Following those festivities the group toured the British Isles for about a month.


Marjorie, Stephanie Seagram, Dorothy Seagram & Dorothy Jane aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam – 1956

Marjorie and Dorothy Jane made one more trip in 1956 to see Continental Europe which they had missed on their 1953 trip. This time they went with Dorothy Seagram and her daughter Stephanie.  On their way home they stopped off in Chicago where they attended the Golden Anniversary of Andrew’s nephew, George Dana Henderson and his wife Lillian (Waddell).


Lillian Henderson, Marjorie, Marion (Henderson) Halpin, Dorothy Jane – Chicago 1956

Returning home to Powell River, Marjorie and Ken continued to enjoy doing things together.  Two keen interests they shared were baseball (especially at World Series time) and fishing.


With their salmon, Painter’s Lodge, Campbell River British Columbia

Marjorie took two more major trips in the 1960’s.  One was with Dorothy Jane and her daughter, Jane, back East to attend the wedding of Stephanie (Seagram) Douglas’s daughter, Diana, in Toronto and then on to Ottawa and New York.  The final trip was with Dorothy Jane and her grandson, Ken and granddaughter, Marjorie to Montreal for Expo 1967.  They also went to Ottawa, Quebec City, New York and San Francisco.  Even at the age of 79 and having dealt with a serious bout of cancer, there was no slowing her down.


By 1968 Marjorie was feeling the distance from family in Vancouver and she and Ken sold their house in Powell River and moved to West Vancouver.  About 1970 Marjorie suffered a serious stroke that left her partially paralyzed and her situation didn’t look very promising.  Ken Macken was determined that she would remain in her home and hired 24 hour a day home nursing.  He encouraged her with her exercises and eventually got her to the place that, with the help of a nurse, she could go for a daily drive.  Every day at 4:00 pm they would go to Dorothy Jane’s house in West Vancouver for two hours.  Marjorie gradually regained some of her speech and definitely never lost her sense of humour.

However on July 23, 1975 Marjorie’s body finally wore out and she died in her own home at the age of 87.  A year and a half later on January 23, 1977 Ken Macken died.


Fortunately, because of Marjorie’s diaries and photo journals, we have a wonderful documentation of a time past and for those of us who knew her, an augmentation of our fond memories of a remarkable woman.


Thanks for reading and participating in these posts.  For those who may be interested you can find a slightly expanded version of this blog on our website:  Marjorie Sutherland Henderson  It includes Marjorie’s diary entries and transcripts of letters – also a few more photos.  I must warn you that the “Line A Day” entries can be a bit of a slog and you may have to do some ‘mining’ for the gems.


Joy and Sorrow 1921 – 1924

In May of 1921 Marjorie travelled back East to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario to visit her mother’s many relatives.  On May 5th Marjorie was introduced to James Gibson Pearson, a brother of a good friend of hers, Dorothy Jean Pearson.  Dorothy was married Thomas Seagram.  On May 6th, James, known as Gib, came visiting again and on May 8th Gib, Marjorie, Tom and Dorothy had dinner together. The following day Marjorie left for Chicago to visit other relatives.

On May 20th Gib arrived in Chicago and asked Marjorie to marry him and she accepted. Gib was a partner with his uncle, Charles Pirie, in San Jose, Costa Rica at Sasso & Pirie, Bankers & Agents and was only in Canada for a visit.  He needed to return to Costa Rica by mid-June.  They decided to get married as soon as possible but Marjorie would first have to return to Powell River to pack her belongings and finalize things at home.

The wedding date was set for June 7th, 1921 and it was decided that they would marry in Winnipeg, Manitoba as it was the halfway point distance-wise for both families.  James and Marjorie would then set sail for Costa Rica on June 17th.


James Gibson Pearson


Marjorie Sutherland Henderson

James “Gib” Gibson Pearson was born October 18, 1888 in Kitchener (Berlin), Ontario.  His father was Dr. Harold Frederick Pearson who was a dentist in Kitchener.  His mother was Agnes Blair Gibson, also known as “Gaggie.”  As already mentioned, Gib had one sister Dorothy Jean who married Thomas William Seagram of the Seagram Distillery family.  Gib’s father had died in 1909 and his mother’s brother-in-law, Charles Napier Pirie took him under tow and trained him in the banking business.  Gib had been living and working in Costa Rica for a number of years.

While Marjorie was sorting things out in Powell River, Gib had business to attend to in the East.  He wrote Marjorie a number of letters and it is apparent that he was feeling somewhat nervous about how Marjorie felt and was concerned whether or not she might reconsider.


Marriage Announcement

Fortunately Marjorie didn’t reconsider and in early June she made her way to Winnipeg with her father, mother and brother Richard.  Her matron of honour was her cousin Marjorie (Sutherland) Trott from Montreal.  Gib only had his best man present, James D. M. Mackay.  For some reason his mother and sister couldn’t be there and it was a very small, quiet affair.  Marjorie was 32 years old and Gib was 33 years old.



Gib and Marjorie had a wedding dinner at The Royal Alexander Hotel in Winnipeg and then left at 11 pm for Fort William to catch a boat to Port McNichol which was about a two day cruise.  From there they travelled to Toronto and then to Kitchener to spend time with Gib’s family.

Joy-17Needless to say Marjorie’s sudden marriage came as quite a surprise to her friends and she received many letters and cards from them offering their congratulations and best wishes.

Joy-20On June 15th Marjorie and Gib left New York on the T.S.S. Calamares, a sixteen day trip that took them to Cuba, Panama and finally docking at Port Limon, Costa Rica.  While on board Marjorie celebrated her 33rd birthday.

Not long after the wedding Gib’s mother Agnes Pearson wrote Marjorie’s mother Edith Henderson, whom she still hadn’t met, a letter expressing her fond feelings for Marjorie and empathizing with Edith about Marjorie being so far away.

July 25th /21

My dear Mrs. Henderson,

I have been promising myself to write to you ever since those dear children left for their home in the south.  But we have one visitor after another and the time has flown.  My sister writes from Vancouver, wonders if we have any idea what a sacrifice this has been to you, I mean parting with your daughter.  I think I have some idea of what it means and I do sympathize with you.  Still I am selfish enough to be so happy over it all and so very thankful to you for bringing up such a lovely girl for my darling boy.  I feel sure he will know how to appreciate her.

My sister Mim (note: Jemimah Douglas Gibson (Pirie)) has forwarded me a letter from “The Royal Muskoka Hotel”, where they are staying now, from Marjorie.  It’s full of interest and she seems so happy.  You will hear the same news no doubt, all about their house and her callers and officers staying with them.  It’s wonderful the way time flies there.  Mim and Charlie (note: Charles Napier Pirie) feel as if they had always known Marjorie and feel sure it was Providence that brought Gib and her together.  They seem so well suited.

I could never explain to you how much easier it was to see him go this time because he had such a companion.  Dorothy at last has a sister.  She always wished for one.  Both she and Tom (Seagram) love Marjorie and I might add they are not easily pleased, far from it.

Dorothy, Tom, Steph (infant daughter Stephanie Seagram) and Mademoiselle left for the Wawa today where they expect to be till the last week in August.  Madge and Alex Gibson, a nephew, from L? are visiting Em Breithaupt on the Georgian Bay.  I am at Dorothy’s resting, I feel as if I need a long rest. It’s restful here especially as they are all away.

Those pictures of Marjorie are so nice.  We were so glad to have some of her.  I love the one with the dogs and the snaps taken in Winnipeg are beautiful.  I’m going to have the one with Marjorie and Gib alone enlarged.

What a happy time you all had in Winnipeg.  We enjoyed hearing about it and should loved to have been with you.

I hope it won’t be long until we have the pleasure of meeting.  Some nice wedding gifts arrived here too late – we will send them the first chance.

Minnie says their house is beautiful and Charlie has perfect confidence in Gibson’s ability to look after the business.  He is getting on well with the language.  Marjorie is starting to study it now.  No doubt they will enjoy it.

Gibson was so full of Dr. Henderson when he returned from Winnipeg.  I’m just sorry they are so far separated.  Poor boy, he has never had much fatherly companionship and he yearns for it I know.  He has been a good son nevertheless, has made his own way in the world and never given me the slightest trouble in any way, only we have been separated for years and a Mother is always anxious I think until her children are settled.

I want to run down to Galt and see Mrs. Warnock before she leaves.  I’m glad she is going to have a nice holiday.  She is such a dear.  Madge will be writing Min Blain.  Remember me kindly to her and to Dr. Henderson and Gordon and with much love to yourself.

Believe me

Sincerely yours

Agnes Pearson


Madge, Gaggie – our first home

The Pearson’s arrived at their house in San Jose on June 30th and Marjorie found it very agreeable. Charles Pirie and his wife Jemimah “Mim” were there to greet them.  The Piries had three children and Charle’s brother Alexander and wife Jean were living nearby so there was no shortage of company.

As usual Marjorie soon adjusted to her new life, learning Spanish, playing golf with Gib, sightseeing and socializing with her new friends and family.  Gib’s mother Agnes and Aunt Margaret “Madge” Pearson arrived for a visit.

Joy-14In the Summer of 1922 it became apparent that Marjorie was pregnant though no mention of it, other than “feeling punk,” is made of it in her diary until the birth of Dorothy Jane Pearson on March 2nd, 1923.  Marjorie’s mother and father, Edith and Andrew, had arrived in Costa Rica on February 2nd to be around for the baby’s birth and to help out if necessary.  Dorothy Jane (my mother) was delivered at home by another doctor.



A week later there is some concern about Gib’s health and Andrew Henderson writes in his diary that on March 9th Gib is feeling sick and was laid up in bed.  This continued for a week and then Andrew writes:

Sunday, March 18, 1923 –  . . . went with Gib to see Dr. Duram – Gib’s heart action very bad – dilated stomach & albuminuria – got him to bed and ordered digitalis and milk diet.  The next day Gib’s… heart action has improved but his stomach in bad shape.  However, by March 29th Gib is up and about again and on the mend.


On April 16, 1923 Dorothy Jane was christened. This was also Edith and Andrew’s 39th Wedding Anniversary Joy-23

The Henderson’s left Costa Rica on May 12, 1923 and the Pearsons settled into life as new parents. Unfortunately there was some sadness when news came that Gib’s mother, Agnes “Gaggie” Pearson, died November 4, 1923 from injuries incurred in a car accident in Dundas, Ontario.


Gib and Dorothy Jane


The Pearsons and Piries celebrate Dorothy Jane’s first birthday, March 2nd, 1924


Marjorie, Dorothy Jane & Ana Clark, February 2nd, 1924

Tuesday, March 4, 1924– Awful earthquake at 4:10.  Everyone up.  Terrible shakes all through the night and all day.  Everyone terrified . . .

Sunday, March 9, 1924 – . . . Went up up see the Davis’s this afternoon, just going out.  No excitement today but occasional shakes . . .

Tuesday, March 11, 1924 – . . . Went over town shopping with Ana. Upheavals all day and everyone much worried . . .

Wednesday, March 12, 1924 – . . . Aunt Mim and I went out to see the Patersons, they were scared stiff and leaving in the morning.

On March 4, 1924 the town of Orotina, located 56 km (35 mi) west of San Jose, suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake causing the highest level of destruction ever recorded in Costa Rica and killing 70 people. Half the buildings in San Jose were destroyed.

And then on March 20th, 1924 the unimaginable happened. While playing golf Gib had a heart attack and died instantly.


Charles Pirie cabled Andrew Henderson the news and Andrew sent back two letters to Marjorie:

Powell River B.C.
March 23rd 1924

 My dearest Marjorie:-

We are so overwhelmed by the meagre news supplied in Uncle Charlie’s cable of last Thursday that we can hardly think or talk intelligently.  We don’t know where you are or what you are doing.  All we can do is wait and wait and wait.

At first we thought you might be leaving at once but at second thought the difficulty of getting away would be insurmountable and not being able to learn anything from Dorothy (Seagram) made up our minds it would be inadvisable to start without further advise.

Naturally we are greatly worried as to your own and poor wee Dorothy’s welfare but are satisfied you are in the good hands of good friends who will see to your comfort and give you good council.  There will be much for you to do and perhaps you will be settling up all your affairs which will be a hard matter for you in your helpless condition and while we are confident your and Dorothy’s interests will be well guarded you may have to do a great deal of thinking and may require advice.

The situation is so terribly appalling in its suddenness one must take time to think it well over.

We are bearing up well here and our only grief is in thinking of yours.  All your friends here are shocked beyond measure and are very kind in every way possible.  We do wish you would use the cable occasionally.  The distance is so great a word by wire is a great comfort, and be assured my dear that mother or myself will come to you at a moment’s notice if such should be your wish.

Your cable has just come and we are so thankful and relieved.  Have sent the same word on to Mary.

We know you too well Marjorie to think you would flinch one bit even in this your great sorrow. Remember that my own mother was left with six little ones when no older than yourself and under conditions equally sudden and tragic.

God bless you my dear and your darling babe.

Love and sympathy to Aunt Mim and Uncle Charlie.


(Added to the bottom of the letter)

Marjorie dear – What can I say – we are all crushed. Wonder if this will reach you but can’t let the mail go out without a line.  We will be waiting for you & dear Dorothy Jane with loving arms.  Everyone here & in Vancouver send their love. Mother


Powell River
March 30th, 1924

Just a line today my dearest Marj to let you know you are still uppermost in our thoughts…we have not heard anything from the folks near Kitchener probably because they are not any more informed as to your movements which I suppose are just as uncertain to yourselves.

Your letter received last Thursday relating your experiences following the first shocks of the earthquakes give us only a very slight idea of what you have been through and can to a certain extent make us understand that the strain must have told on poor Gib and cost him his life.  Poor fellow he sacrificed himself in striving to make good for his firm and himself and the load was too great for him to carry.

At this great distance we cannot even offer advice but only consolation and hope the future will still be bright while at while at the present all is gloom.

Darling little Dorothy will be a comfort to you and the loving care you give to her will be doubly felt in the thought that you are doing it for him as well.

Tobe (Marjorie’s brother) is working away at the boat but we can see that there is much sadness in the work, he was so bent on having it in the best possible shape for Gib’s coming but he goes along all the same and it occupies all his spare time.

Your cable has just arrived saying you would be in New York the 19th.  We could not give any advice regarding the nurses as we don’t know how you are coming.  That is, if anyone is coming up with you. We think it would be a very serious matter bringing a nurse this far with an indefinite idea as her remaining a length of time but think you should have one who might go back from Kitchener. However, whatever you think best we will comply with.

I am sending this on to Havana in hope it may get you on your way north.  We would gladly have gone all the way to bring you home but are helpless and we must just try and get along the best we can and all will turn out for the best.

Cheer up Tootie,



Aboard the S.S. Calamous
April 1924

Marjorie and Dorothy Jane landed in New York on April 19th, 1924 bringing Gib with them.  They travelled to Kitchener where Gib was buried in the family plot.  Marjorie and Dorothy Jane left for Powell River soon after.

Powell River 1910 – 1921


Powell River 1910
The Henderson house to the left and center

It must have been quite a sight for Marjorie when she first viewed Powell River on December 8, 1910 – especially after three months in Europe.  The townsite and mill were still very much under construction when she arrived and as she said:

Helped Mother straighten up the house and it is going to be some work.  Went for a walk with Sam this afternoon.  This is some kind of place.  Crude but busy. – Friday, December 9, 1910

Things weren’t quite as bad as the above photo portrays at first glance.  In the upper right corner you can see the permanent houses being built and they were part of the master plan for the townsite.  The Company wanted Powell River to be a Garden City and a showpiece.  The town was laid out with tree lined streets, Craftsman style houses and attractive community buildings.

Marjorie also didn’t have to worry about being lonely as many of her old Scanlon, Minnesota friends were already living in Powell River – Bobbie Scanlon, Sam Brooks, Harry Brooks, Dr. Rexford, the O’Briens and Tracy Fairchild.



Within a very short time Marjorie was attending concerts at the bunkhouse and also giving concerts at the cookhouse.  Powell River was very isolated and the town’s people had to make their own entertainment.  Marjorie filled her time by helping to put the new house together, sewing, hiking, playing cards and getting out to meet new people in town.  There was a temporary hospital beside the Henderson house and she would often help out there.

Sunday, December 25, 1910 – Christmas

Lighted the Xmas tree.  Miss Hancock, Dr. Rexford, Julia and Allen came over and we opened our things.  Dr. Rexford and I walked to the top of “T’s mountain” after dinner.  Took the gramophone over and played at the hospital and after tea went to Mr. Riley’s and had some music with the boys.

PR-16Marjorie had quite a number of friends in Vancouver and would occasionally make the seven hour boat trip to the city to stay with them.  She made the most of it when in Vancouver and attended the theatre, movies and dances.  Having been recharged, she would return to Powell River and continue her small town routine and it appears she could slip into both worlds quite easily.


“The mill and steam ship”

After her previous very full years, life became a little more subdued but from Marjorie’s diaries there is no hint of discontent or restlessness.  The house always seemed to be full of visitors or Marjorie would be attending social events.  As the town became more established more options to keep busy became available.


“Tom Allen family from Toronto and McLellans from Vancouver – all arrived one Sun. afternoon”

Powell River is situated just south of a wonderful archipelago of islands and inlets.  On occasion Marjorie was able to visit small logging camps that dotted the coastline travelling by small Company boats.  Kingcome Inlet was one site where the Powell River Company had logging operations.  There was enough timber to warrant the effort and expense of building a small railroad system to transport logs.  At the head of the inlet is the Tsawataineuk First Nation village which has been there long before the Europeans arrived. 


“Spent the morning at Turner Island unloading, a grand day. Arrived at Kingcome at 5. Nels and Shorty in the “Tiniq” met us and took us up river. Arthur Hall was here this evening.”


Went up to Camp 2 with Archie on the engine. Had tea with “Boris.” Came home on the speeder. Arthur and Archie were here for duck dinner.


“This afternoon John took us up to Camp 2 on the engine. Had tea and met Archie DeLand. He brought me home on the speeder and staid for dinner.”



Following the First World War Marjorie spent two and a half years in Vancouver volunteering as a V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Nursing Sister at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver.


It was also around this time that Marjorie reveals in her diary a serious romance had been taking place over a number of years.  In Scanlon, Minnesota she had met Tracy Fairchild and he appeared frequently in her diaries.  However, she gives no indication of anything more than a friendship but in October of 1914 she writes, ” . . . Tracy took me to the movies this evening.  Broke off my engagement with Tracy.  Hard pulling now but hope it will turn out all right in the end.”

While Tracy continued to appear in her diary they never did get back together and he eventually moved to Bend, Oregon where he died in 1936 at the age of 50.




PR-14Powell River life developed into a comfortable rhythm for Marjorie, punctuated by a couple of extended trips, one to Minnesota and another to California.  Activities with her friends seem to have sustained her and they apparently had close, enjoyable times together.  The period of calm was fortuitous because Marjorie, as the new decade began, was about to enter a period of life changing experiences.


Europe 1910 – part 2


Coaching from Interlaken to the Jungfrau


Sliding on the Eiger Glacier


Marjorie Henderson & Janet
On way to the Jungfrau


The Gornergrat – Zermatt


Group at Heidelberg Castle

Saturday, August 6, 1910

Left Bonn at 8 and went in to Cologne.  Took the morning train from there to Paris.  It was an all day trip and a tedious one.  Had our first trouble with the customs but everyone pulled thru’ all right.  Arrived in Paris at 7 and Mrs. Miller and I staid an hour at the depot hunting for Janet who had separated from the party.  Didn’t find her and she was here at the hotel when we got back.  Saw an aeroplane.  Rushed thru’ dinner and Mrs. Beckwith, mother, Mabs, Edie and I sneaked away from the rest of the bunch, got into a taxi and drove to the “Jardin de Paris”. It beat anything I have ever seen and I don’t care particularly about seeing the like of it again.  We staid until 12:30 and came home thoroughly disgusted.  It was a lark tho’ and the vaudeville was good.

Tuesday, August 9, 1910

We all got into a tally ho and went for a glorious drive.  Visited the Pantheon which is wonderful, Notre Dame, Palais de Justice and St. Chapelle.  In the afternoon went to the Tomb of Napoleon which is the grandest thing we have seen so far on our trip and went to the Church of the Madeline.  Afterwards drove on the Grand Boulevard and Champs Elysees and Bois de Boulogne.  It was lovely and I never saw so many brides in my life as were on the Bois.  After dinner Mabs, Edie, Mother and I went to the Moulin Rouge.  It was the best vaudeville I had ever seen and the costumes were stunning.  Saw some rare sights similar to those of the Jardin de Paris but not as bad.


The House in the Woods – The Hague
Marjorie Henderson, Edie, Eva & Mabs


Scheveningen – Holland

Wednesday, August 17, 1910

We spent the morning sightseeing.  Went to the gallery, Parliament building and the Inquisition Prison.  The last was horrible.  This afternoon we went to the House in the Woods and then a few of us went to Scheveningen.  Never did see such a sight and it all was so fascinating.  We sat on the beach and had a nice little picnic party . . .


Street scene in London

Wednesday, August 24, 1910

Our last day of the tour and Mrs. Brown took us to Windsor.  We took the 10 o’clock train at Paddington and got off at Slough where we took the motor bus.  Had a beautiful ride and stopped at Stoke Poges where Gray wrote his “Elegy In a Churchyard.”  Saw the monument erected to him, the little church and the churchyard.  A beautiful spot.  We stopped again at Eton and went into the college then went to Windsor.  Had luncheon at the White Hart Hotel and then went thru’ the castle.  It was all grand and the view wonderful.  We took the 4:30 train back to London.  After having tea and shopping a little mother and I took a taxi and went to the tailors to have our suits fitted.  It hardly seems possible that our tour is ended and tomorrow we will all be scattered and the “A’s” will be here.  I do so hate to have Mabs and Edie go for we have had such good times and they are such dears.


Grandfather’s House


The Blain Monument

Saturday, September 3, 1910

Mother and I took the early train for Bowness supposing of course we were going to grandfather’s house.  We passed thru’ Windermere and reached Bowness on Lake Windermere.  As soon as we hit the place mother knew it wasn’t the right one.  We staid there for luncheon and then took the boat for Ambleside.  Met the party there and we coached from there here to Keswick.  A glorious ride around the lakes.  We arrived here in time for dinner and afterwards Azilee and I went down town for a little while.

Sunday, September 4, 1910

Mother, Miss Breyman, Azilee and I took a motor at 9 and went to Bowness-on-Solway.  This time it was the right one and we saw the house where grandfather was born and the monument in the church yard erected to the family with his name on it.  We met some people who remembered the family and Mrs. Abby Topping, cousin Maggie Allen’s friend.  We certainly had a glorious ride thru’ this grand country, a perfect garden and over such splendid roads.  We came home in time for luncheon at 2:30.  Afterwards Miss Breyman and I walked to Lodin Falls, eight miles there and back.  A beautiful walk along Lake Derwentwater.  Sure do feel like I’ve been somewhere tonight.


Coaching to Keswick


Jaunting Cart – Ireland

Wednesday, September 14, 1910

Fine weather still continuing and I feel grand myself.  Bess and I spent the morning in the upper deck with Mr. Vining and Mr. Sawyer even tho’ Miss Minnie does think it scandalous we were associating with a married man.  My usual luck to get crazy about one and he certainly is good company.  We sat in our steamer chairs this afternoon and this evening we went up on deck and watched the moon on the water.  It was a glorious sight and we passed a boat.  If Miss Minnie could have seen us then.


On board the S.S. Arabic
Azilee, Kan Bacon, Mr. Sawyer,
Marjorie Henderson, Bess Bacon

Marjorie and Edith disembarked in New York on September 18, 1910 and then took a rather long and circuitous journey back to their new home in Powell River.  First stop was the Blain home (Edith’s birthplace) in Galt, now Cambridge, Ontario, where they spent more than a month with various relatives.  In November they went through Chicago (more relatives) and ended up in Scanlon, Minnesota on November 7 to pack up last minute things and collect Marjorie’s brother Tobe who was helping to disassemble the mill.  On November 28 they took the train from St. Paul to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan through to Calgary and arrived in Vancouver on December 1.  There they finally met up with Andrew Henderson.  Before they could leave Vancouver though Marjorie had to attend the wedding of Olive McLennan, an old Trafalgar School friend.  Finally on December 8, 1910, Marjorie took the steamship “Cowichan” for the seven hour trip to Powell River, British Columbia.

Europe 1910 – part 1

June 11, 1910 – September 18, 1910

On June 11, 1910, Marjorie and her mother Edith Henderson sailed from New York on the “Friedrich der Grosse.”  They were part of a large tour group that, on landing in Naples, Italy split into three smaller groups (A, B & C).  Each smaller group had a different itinerary and throughout the three months would cross paths in different cities.  Mrs. Beckwith, accompanied by her daughter, was leader of Marjorie and Edith’s group (B).  Photos on this post were taken either by Marjorie or Edith (except for the ship postcard).




 11 – depart New York
21 – Gibraltar
24 – Naples and Sorrento, Italy
25 – Capri, Blue Grotto, Sorrento
26 – Amalfi
27 – Vietri, Pompeii, Naples
28 – Rome


 4 – Florence
7 – Vatican, Florence
12 – Pisa, Florence
13 – Ravenna
14 – Venice
18 – Milan
19 – Lake Como, Lugano, Switzerland
20 – Furka Pass, Gletsch, Rhone Glacier
21 – Brigue, Zermatt
22 – Martigny
23 – Chamonix, France
25 – Geneva, Switzerland
26 – Berne, Interlaken, Lake Thun
27 – Interlaken, Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen
28 – Lucerne
29 – Munich, Germany
30 – Oberammergau


 1 – Munich
2 – Nuremburg
3 – Heidelberg
4 – Wiesbaden
5 – Cologne, Bonn
6 – Cologne, Paris, France
13 – Brussels, Belgium
15 – Amsterdam
16 – Island of Marken, Netherlands
17 – Schevenigen
18 – London, England
24 – Windsor, Stoke Poges, Eton, London


1 – Oxford, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford-on-Avon
2 – Chester, Liverpool
3 – Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick
4 – Bowness-on-Solway, Keswick
5 – Edinburgh, Scotland
7 – Glasgow
8 – Ayr, boat to Ireland
9 – Dublin, Killarney
10 – Cork, Queenstown
11 – depart Ireland on the “Arabic”
18 – arrive New York


Captain Dahl
The “Friedrich der Grosse”

Saturday, June 11, 1910

Woke up to find it raining.  Got our bags packed and then waited for Mr. Jim Fleming to come and take us to the boat.  We left the hotel about 9:30 and took the subway over to Hoboken.  That certainly is a great thing riding underground and the rate you go.  We got over to the Friedrich der Grosse in plenty of time and the ship was crowded with friends saying goodbye.  Got our trunks located and went down to our stateroom.  It was real small but looked mighty fine with our lovely flowers and loads of steamer letters.  Mr. Fleming brought me a box of candy.  He left us after he got us safely landed.  We left at 11 o’clock.  The band played “Home Sweet Home” and we slid off.  I don’t believe I was ever so home sick in my life.  It took us a couple of hours to get settled and then I started to read my steamer letters.  Had to stop tho’ they made me feel so bad.  Sent some postals from Sandy Hook.  We ran into a dense fog in the afternoon and it staid with us all the rest of the day.  I felt miserable and nearly everyone on board was seasick.  I staid in my steamer chair all day.  Felt so sick that I hardly met anyone.  Didn’t care to.  The party of Texas girls were lovely to me, Anne Vickery especially.  I was glad to see her after meeting her in Texas.  Our party was fine and I just love Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  Mrs. Purdy and Mrs. Abernathy are dear.  Mrs. Beckwith the leader of our party is surely a live one and her daughter is so sweet and attractive.  The party sitting across from us is real nice looking and the only possible beau, Mr. Strother, is with them.  Never did see such a scarcity of beaux but it doesn’t make me mad . . .


The Johnson Party


Anne Vickery, Mother, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Gordon & Mr. Smith


Janet Beckwith, Azilee Keith & Marjorie James


Marjorie Henderson, Mrs. Smith, an Arabian courier


Marjorie Henderson & Janet – Capri


Marjorie Henderson
&  Miss Smith


Tugging boats from the Blue Grotto – Capri

Saturday, June 25, 1910

. . . we came back to the hotel and took the boat to Capri.  We were taken out to the big boat in smaller boats and loads of “Frederich” people were on board.  I never had such a trip in my life.  The sea was very rough and the boat pitched fearfully.  Everyone was sick.  When we got to the Blue Grotto it was so rough and I felt so miserable that I almost decided not to go in.  Did however and we piled into boats two in each boat.  I thought we would sink every minute and especially when we went thru’ the small opening of the Grotto.  We had to lie flat down in the boat, but when we got in it was the most wonderful sight.  The most beautiful blue in the world and it was all just indescribable . . .


Campo dei Fiori – Rome


Miss Wilson, Mr. de Friere, Janet & Mr. Warner
Palantine Hill – Rome


Mrs. Beckworth, Janet, Lucy Tyler, Alice McGeer
&  Sally Tyler – Fiesole, Italy

Friday, July 15, 1910

Venice. We went to St. Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace this morning. Saw all the points of interest and crossed the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon did some shopping and went to the Lido. Had a dandy swim . . .


The Lido – Venice
Marjorie Henderson, Azilee, Janet, Miss Jones, Mother, Sally, Eva & Mrs. Beckwith




Lake Como – Italy
Mother, Mrs. Beckwith
&  Janet

Scanlon, Minnesota June 1909 – June 1910


The Brooks-Scanlon Sawmill 1909

 In 1896 The Brooks and Scanlon family start sawmill operations in Minnesota and in 1901 established a large sawmill in Scanlon, close to Cloquet, Minnesota. Dr. Henderson and family arrived around 1908 and the doctor took up his practise at the mill. Scanlon must have been quite a transition for Marjorie after the life she had been accustomed to but as usual, after her return from the South, she managed to fit right in.

Thursday, June 17, 1909

I sure was happy when dad met me in St. Paul.  I didn’t expect him and thought I would go right on up to Harriet’s.  We went to Carlings for breakfast and then I went up to Harriet’s.  Sure was glad to see the sweet old girl.  We went down to Margaret McLaughlin’s for awhile then met dad at Field’s for luncheon.  Paul Magnusson took luncheon with us too.  Papa and I came home on the afternoon train.  Mother met us at Carlton and Tobe here.  I sure was glad to get here and it seemed ages since I had left. I  had had one grand time tho’ from start to finish.  The bunch all came over in the evening.  I was glad to meet the new ones, but it seemed funny without Bob . . .

Monday, June 28, 1909
Marjorie Henderson’s 21st birthday

Hub was here and spent the morning.  Dad, Mother and I went to Duluth.  Came home at 6:18.  Met Sam, Ib, and Peg!  Had birthday party in the evening.  Harry, Sam, Bobbie, Tracy, Mary, Dick, Lee, Tina McMillan and Callie Irwin.


Marjorie Sutherland Henderson and Peg

In mid 1909 the Brooks-Scanlon Company announced that they had run out of trees and the mill would be closing for good the following year. The company had timber rights around the Powell River in British Columbia, Canada and they would be building a town and establishing a pulp mill there.  Many of the present mill workers would relocate to the new mill.  Dr. Henderson was asked to be the doctor at the new town of Powell River and he accepted.

 Wednesday, August 11, 1909

 Sewed all morning.  In the afternoon went down to the mill.  The whole town turned out to see the last log cut.  Mill closed down at 4:30.


Friday, September 24, 1909

Dr. Courtney examined me and found I had appendicitis.  That afternoon Dr. Rexford, Hildegarde and I walked away up the river.  In the evening went over to the nurse’s home and played for them.  Dr. Rexford and I went for a walk later.

Saturday, September 25, 1909

Dear little Miss Marsh took me down to the operating room.  Miss English was there which helped a lot.  They operated at 9 o’clock.  Dr. Rexford gave the anesthetic and Dr. Ide assisted Dr. Courtney.

Sunday, September 26, 1909

Didn’t sleep a wink and would have died if Miss Fraser and Miss Kling hadn’t been with me.  Tobe came and I sure was glad to see him but hated to have him leave.  Dr. Rexford was so nice to me.

Monday, September 27, 1909

Everyone was mighty nice about coming in to see me, all the nurses who I had met at the house and the doctors.  Miss McKugh was so nice and I love Miss Marsh.

Tuesday, September 28, 1909

Mother came up and Mike and Dr. Brown moved me into mother’s room.  Father came home from Rochester and nearly dropped dead when he saw me.


Harry, Margaret and Bobbie Scanlon



Peg Scanlon in front of
The Rocky Knoll Club



Dick, Mary and Tracy
on logging road Dec. 12, 1909


Thursday, March 10, 1910

Father left for British Columbia and we surely did hate to have him go.  Mother went down to St. Paul.  Sam came back and spent the afternoon with us and he and Tracy were here this evening.


In March, Dr. Henderson headed to Powell River to get his bearings in the new town.  As an incentive to get him to accept the position the Brooks-Scanlon Company offered that Dr. Henderson’s house would be the only privately owned house and property in the townsite.  In return, before accepting, Dr. Henderson stipulated that: the company build a proper house with hot and cold water for his wife, Edith, that they build a hospital as soon as possible and that one dollar a month from every wage packet would go towards medical care for the mill workers.  Thus he initiated the first health care plan in British Columbia.

Friday, April 22, 1910

 Finished up at the dentist and went up to Mrs. Nowell’s for luncheon.  Went to the Grand Opera (St. Paul) this afternoon and evening saw “Hansel and Gretel” and Caruso in “Pagliacci” this afternoon and Gadski in “Aida” this evening.  Grand!

Saturday, April 23, 1910

Spent the morning with Mrs. Nowell and Miss A. then went to the Grand Opera.  Saw Geraldine Farrar and Scotti in “Madame Butterfly.” Splendid!  Charles was here this evening.

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Wednesday, June 1, 1910

Twenty-five of the ladies in Cloquet gave a luncheon for us at the Northern.  Had a real nice time.  Mary and Dick were here for dinner and Tracy, mother, Tobe and I took the 10:20 and went to the finish of Mrs. Dixon’s party.  Drove home.

 Thursday, June 2, 1910

We left Scanlon!  I surely did hate it.  The boys and Mary gave us our final sendoff and the Carlton folks were there to see us.  Mr. McNair and Wilhelmine came down on the train with us.  Mrs. Nowell met us.  I went to bed early amighty home sick.


In June of 1910 Marjorie and her mother Edith left Scanlon but not to join Dr. Henderson as one would expect, but to set out on a three month Grand Tour of Europe.

After College 1908 – 1909

While Marjorie’s father, Dr. Andrew Henderson was practising medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota he befriended Dr. Dwight F. Brooks, who, in partnership with his brother Anson Brooks and M. J. Scanlon, were principals of Brooks Scanlon Lumber Co. in Scanlon, Minnesota. They asked Dr. Henderson to become the physician and surgeon for the mill. Marjorie’s family moved to Scanlon while she was in college. In the two years following graduation Marjorie spent her time between visiting old school friends is the South and establishing herself in her new home in Scanlon, Minnesota.

In June of 1908 Marjorie returned to Lawrenceburg to stay with the Lillard’s


Ida Moore, Margaret and Jessie May Lillard and Marjorie Henderson Barn Dancing on front walk

On her return from Kentucky, Marjorie set about settling into her new home.  She quickly made new friends and started to get involved in her day to day life.  Activities included sewing, long hikes, sleigh rides, playing cards (mostly Bridge), skiing, music and tea parties.  Shopping was done in nearby Cloquet and social events, dances and concerts took place in Duluth, about 20 miles away.


Bobbie Scanlon and Margaret in front of the house December 1908


On the River

Marjorie didn’t stay put long however.  In March she started a swing through the Southern States visiting old Campbell-Hagerman friends.  The first stop was Fort Worth, Texas where she stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Wellington (parents of Mildred Wellington) from March 5 to March 31 and with Alice Van Zandt from April 1 to May 10, 1909.  Most of the activities seemed to gravitate towards the Van Zandt’s with lots of friends coming and going.

Alice’s father was Major Khleber Van Zandt who was president of the Fort Worth National bank.  He had been an officer in the Confederate Army and had fourteen children, including Alice.

 Some of the visit included staying at Edmund (Ned) Van Vandt’s, country home called “Zandtland.” Edmund was Alice Van Zant’s brother.

Fort Worth Trip
March 5 – May 10, 1909

Friday, March 5, 1909

We had the best time all morning laughing and talking and we met such a nice lady, a Mrs. Donaldson who was going to Dallas.  Dear old Ida gets sweeter every minute and I sure do love her.  We got off the train at McAllister for breakfast and Denisin for dinner.  It was loads of fun hopping on and off the train.  After dinner it began to get warm and I about died.  Between the heat and my excitement I surely had an awful time.  I know everyone on the train thought I was crazy.  We got into Fort Worth at 4:30 and Alice and Mildred were at the train to meet us. My but wasn’t I glad to see them.  I could hardly wait to get thru’ the gate and such a hugging bee as we did have.  They are just the same dear girls and the minute I saw them I about fell to pieces I was so happy.  We drove up to the Van Zandt’s and I met Mrs. Van Zandt, Virgie (Alice’s sister) and Major Van Zandt.  Also saw Sidney who was sick in bed with pneumonia and met Elias.  I liked them all so much and was surprised to find them all so different from the way Alice had described them.  We then drove over to Mildred’s as our trunks were sent there.  Mrs. Wellington was there and she is just as sweet and lovely as she was in Lexington.  Mr. Wellington came home in time for dinner.  After dinner Robert Huffman, one of Mildred’s friends, brought Mr. Collings, Mr. Dan and Mr. Smith to call.  I liked them all very much but was a little too tired to really enjoy myself.  Altho’ I was tired I could hardly go to sleep that night to think that my hopes had been realized and my dreams had come true with Ida next to me, and Alice and Mildred again . . .


Mr. and Mrs. Wellington

Photo Gallery

(Alice Van Zandt, Mildred Wellington, Ida Wise, Sidney Johnson, Marjorie Sutherland, Edna Pendleton, Allie Mallard, Mabel Chilton, George Moore, Dan Jarvis, Ethel Van Zandt, Edmund (Ned) Van Zandt)



Alice, Sid, Edna, Marjorie, George, Allie, Ida, Mildred, Mabel – Zandtland


Mildred, Alice, Allie, Ida, Edna, Marjorie, Ethel – Zandtland


George Moore, Mabel Chilton & Sidney Johnson


Sidney Johnson & Alice Van Zandt


Marjorie Henderson &    George Moore



Alice, Edmund (Ned) & Dan


Major and Mrs. Van Zandt & Sidney
On the front lawn

HorseAfter Marjorie left Forth Worth she travelled with Ida Wise through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, making their way to Lexington, Kentucky where they had been invited to attend a 1909 Graduation Ceremony at Campbell-Hagerman College.  Marjorie visited the Lillard’s once more in Lawrenceburg and then headed home to Scanlon arriving there on June 17, 1909.  Marjorie stayed home in Scanlon for the next year and prepared for her next adventure.