Notes for Jeanie MacDonald:|
When Jeanne came to America in 1902, she and her family lived for a while in New York where John, her father worked as a groundskeeper on Long Island.
By 1910 the family was in Grand Forks, ND and her father was working as a groundskeeper at University of ND. She met and married John Jacob Hastings and they went to live in Minneapolis, MN. They were very wealthy and lived in a glamorous estate. They had servants, a butler and a chauffeur. Jeanne was part of Minneapolis society and never learned to work. Jeanne's husband, John J., was working as a Banker, Stock Broker and was a political 'hopeful'. He, with 12 other men, started the 'Non-Partisan League'. He also helped to form Co-ops to help the farmers. Political powerfuls pulled strings to tangle him in "trumped up charges" (quote from cousin, Marcene Pfiffner) and he was sent to jail. He was a big political threat to the powers that be at that time. Jeanne found herself alone and unable to support herself, her children or their luxurious lifestyle. It must have been a horrible experience for all involved. In all actuality, John J. was a kind, loving, gentle man and was brutally victimized for his altruistic, idealistic visions.
After leaving prison, he moved his family to Portland Oregon. It was in Portland that Jeanne began working at the University of OR Medical school as a Receptionist/file clerk until she retired.
Obituary for Mrs. Jeanne (MacDonald) Hastings;
"Funeral for Mrs. Jeanne M. Hastings, 1013 SE 15th ave., Portland, OR will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Caldwell's Colonial Mortuary, with private entombment in Riverview Abbey Mausoleum. She died Saturday in Good Samaritan Hospital
Born April 7, 1896, in Broughty Ferry, Scotland, Mrs. Hastings came to the United States 60 years ago and to Portland 37 years ago. She was a retired receptionist at the University of Oregon Medical School
Survivors include a daughter, Helene, and a son, John, both of Portland; a brother, Douglas MacDonald, St. Paul, Minn.; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Gilby, Cedar Lake, IND., Mrs. Ella Pedersen, Grand Forks, N.D., Mrs. Beatrice West, La Crescenta, CA., and Mrs. Florence Wilson, Stillwater, Minn; and four grandchildren."
On Jeanne's Social Security card, she listed her d.o.b. as 7 April 1896, when in actuality according to her birth certificate, she was born in 1894.
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