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Bridget I McDonald Jackson
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Birth: Dec. 16, 1883
Westernport
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1968
Frostburg
Allegany County
Maryland, USA

Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 3 Jun 1968, Page 16: "MRS. JAMES F. JACKSON FROSTBURG-Mrs. Bridget (Blanche) Jackson, 84, of 120 South Grant Street, died yesterday at Miners Hospital. She had been a patient three weeks. Born near Westernport, she was the daughter of the late John and Alice (Halfpenny) McDonald. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Sodality. Her husband, James F. Jackson, preceded her in death. Surviving are three sons, Owen Jackson, Beaver Falls, Pa.; James Jackson, Milton, Pa., and Paul Jackson, Frostburg; a daughter, Mrs.William Thompson, Harrisburg, Pa.; a sister, Mrs. Alice Jackson, Frostburg, and 15 grandchildren. The body is at the Hafer-Sowers Funeral Home where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., in St. Michael's Church, Frostburg. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The rosary will be recited tomorrow at 8 p.m."

>From Midland Roots: For some reason, Bridget never liked her given name. She changed it to Blanche. Blanche was a jovial lady who enjoyed keeping house and was an excellent cook. In the early years of her marriage, she traveled and lived in Detroit and Norfolk where her husband played baseball. Sometime in the twenties they moved to Barnum, WV, where they lived until the 1940's when they moved to Frostburg. She had the sweetest disposition known to anyone acquainted with her. Her only true vice, may have been an intense dislike for Teddy Roosevelt. She claimed he waited for the Rough Riders to take San Juan Hill in Cuba (during the Spanish-American War) before he came forward to claim the glory. While living in Barnum, during the 1920's, she donned a pair of her husband's pants to play and sled in the snow. This was considered uncommon during that time, even for people living in the hills of West Virginia. Just the same, it's an indication of how she enjoyed life. She was also a curious creature. Her neighbors in Barnum owned a turkey. She wanted to know if it's beard had any use. One day, while snapping beans on the porch, the turkey, who was reportedly a rather unfriendly fowl, approached while pecking for food. She placed some of the beans in a line that led directly by her and pretended not to notice it's approach, in hopes of getting a close-up look at the bird's beard. It kicked her, knocking her off the porch and broke some ribs. She never tried that again. In later years, she suffered poor health. Blanche had a heart attack prior to her daughter, Rita's, wedding and was convalescing in bed,at home. Rita purchased a dress for her. On the day of the wedding she wore it to the church and for photos after. She then went home and back to bed. Blanche also required a hearing aid. In those days, hearing aids were about the size of a pack of American cigarettes and worn on a person's clothing with a wire running to the ear piece. Her grandchildren, always thought it odd that she would talk on the phone,with the handset upside down. She usually attached the hearing aid to her bra or slip, underneath her outer garments. So, she would speak into the mouthpiece, with the earpiece centered on her chest, to be closer to "her ears". Blanche was an outstanding cook. Her fried chicken was truly remarkable. Despite being a small and somewhat frail woman; she appeared to handle a large, solid cast iron skillet with ease."

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 Parents:
  John McDonald (1847 - 1933)
  Alice Halfpenny McDonald (1851 - 1932)
 
 Spouse:
  James Francis Jackson (1880 - 1960)*
 
 Children:
  Alice Jackson (1915 - 1922)*
  Paul F Jackson (1917 - 1989)*
  James J Jackson (1919 - 1979)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary McDonald (1875 - 1967)*
  Michael Joseph McDonald (1877 - 1951)*
  Alice Marie McDonald Jackson (1881 - 1975)*
  Bridget I McDonald Jackson (1883 - 1968)
  Catherine McDonald (1886 - ____)*
  Richard Lawrence McDonald (1887 - 1966)*
  John Thomas McDonald (1889 - 1924)*
  James Benedict McDonald (1891 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Frostburg
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Section F Row 2
 
Created by: Byron
Record added: Jun 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92221078
Bridget I <i>McDonald</i> Jackson
Added by: Byron
 
 
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