A foot in the door: the reminiscences of Lucile McDonald by Lucile McDonald, Richard McDonald

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Alk. paper) 1. Mc Donald, Lucile Saunders, 1898- . 2. Women authors, American20th centuryBiography. 3. Women journalists United StatesBiography. 4. Children's storiesAuthorship. I. Mc Donald, Richard, 1927 . II. Title. 5403-dc20 [B] 95-18081 CIP Washington State University Press Pullman, Washington 99164-5910 Phone:800-354-7360 FAX: 509-335-8568 Page v "Look, Lucile," he said, "you want to get your foot in the door of a newspaper and what does it matter how you do it? You can show them after you're there the stuff you're made of.

The Journal-American by-line kept her on solid ground for nearly ten years, throughout her eighties, and Mc Donald wrote more than four hundred columns. These little stories paid attention to local history in rural, industrial, and suburban King County, not just Seattle. Mc Donald emphasized the primary material of history, educating her readers that their family snapshots, diaries, and letters provided evidence for understanding the past. Many of her articles were based on oral history interviews with eyewitnesses to events or with descendants of longtime Washington families.

Title. 5403-dc20 [B] 95-18081 CIP Washington State University Press Pullman, Washington 99164-5910 Phone:800-354-7360 FAX: 509-335-8568 Page v "Look, Lucile," he said, "you want to get your foot in the door of a newspaper and what does it matter how you do it? You can show them after you're there the stuff you're made of. " Judge John H. Stevenson, 1917 Advice to 18-year-old Lucile Mc Donald as she contemplated becoming a cashier with The Bend Bulletin. Page vii CONTENTS Foreword ix Preface xix Part I: 1898-1932 1 Part II: 1942-1966 149 Part III: A Sampler of Lucile Mc Donald's Writing 259 Appendices 289 Page ix FOREWORD Lucile Saunders Mc Donald was one of the foremost American newspaperwomen of the twentieth century, as well as a successful writer of juvenile fiction and popular history.

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