Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos

 

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Dr. Geetter visit January l945 with Barrett family en route to medical duty Samar Philippines. Jack Barrett photo #121 WEB page SIXTEEN # 123 Grandpa #124 Nelie Kelly #125 Anita Douredoure and Bill Barrett

 

Ala Wai Canal and St. Louis Heights visible in background. Photo on front lawn of James and Edythe Needles next door to Barretts 2421 Ala Wai Boulevard.Admiral William Furlong sent his gig and orders to the ship making it possible for Dr. Geetter to land and visit during very brief ship call at Oahu -- one of Jack Barrett's friends told him Dr. Geetter was aboard the ship, and Admiral Furlong made arrangements. John met Admiral Furlong Feb. l944 at Pearl Harbor when helping War bond sales drive.At age 88 Admiral Furlong sent condolences when Jack passed away l969. Furlong was Senior Officer Present Afloat SOPA when Japanese planes attacked U.S.fleet in Pearl Harbor morning of December 7, 1941. Furlong from his flagship OGLALA immediately raised pennant ordering all ships to leave the harbor if possible.--- Sophie Black Notebook Two p 200 When Geetter was a student a Jefferson Medical School [1925-1929] he was in class one day when an obnoxious professor talked at length about his accomplishments in his field - when Geetter suddenly was horrified to hear his own voice saying "You cockeyed wonder!" - followed by an ominous silence in which the professor glared at him and during which Geetter quaked in his boots with apprehension. For the rest of that semester Geetter was in the professor's dog house and altho he passed the course, he had an awful time because the professor gave him such difficult slides to diagnose under his microscope. He had to spend many hours puzzling over those slides - hours which might more profitably have been spent on his other medical subjects. But he was relieved to pass the course and be able to complete his medical subjects for his degree. -= When Geetter was in his second year at Jefferson, he invited me to see his small room on the top floor of his fraternity house.I was then working at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. I told him I was being courted by a senior medical student at Hahneman Medical School, and he immediately disappointed me- saying the school was not accredited as were Jefferson Medical School and the medical school at University of Maryland. He must have alarmed my sister Babe, his fiancee, because she wrote successfully urging me to drop him. A few years later when my Hahneman friend was some sort of doctor in Oregon, he wrote asking me to marry him. I asked Jack Barrett's advice. [1928 or early 1929]. After reading the letter he said "no" - "that man is too selfish just looking for someone to answer his phone and cook his meals." Hahneman was homeopathic - Carl Knitter died of a brain tumor not long after.


 

122.
Jack Barrett at left {J}

 

Toucey or MARBLEHEAD? p 16-122 Sophie Black Notebook Two p 200 When Geetter was a student a Jefferson Medical School [1925-1929] he was in class one day when an obnoxious professor talked at length about his accomplishments in his field - when Geetter suddenly was horrified to hear his own voice saying "You cockeyed wonder!" - followed by an ominous silence in which the professor glared at him and during which Geetter quaked in his boots with apprehension. For the rest of that semester Geetter was in the professor's dog house and altho he passed the course, he had an awful time because the professor gave him such difficult slides to diagnose under his microscope. He had to spend many hours puzzling over those slides - hours which might more profitably have been spent on his other medical subjects. But he was relieved to pass the course and be able to complete his medical subjects for his degree. -= When Geetter was in his second year at Jefferson, he invited me to see his small room on the top floor of his fraternity house.I was then working at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. I told him I was being courted by a senior medical student at Hahneman Medical School, and he immediately disappointed me- saying the school was not accredited as were Jefferson Medical School and the medical school at University of Maryland. He must have alarmed my sister Babe, his fiancee, because she wrote successfully urging me to drop him. A few years later when my Hahneman friend was some sort of doctor in Oregon, he wrote asking me to marry him. I asked Jack Barrett's advioe. [1928 or early 1929]. After reading the letter he said "no" - "that man is too selfish just looking for someone to answer his phone and cook his meals." Hahneman was homeopathic - Carl Knitter died of a brain tumor not long after.


 

123.
Grandfather John RobertBarrett #123 p 16

 

May l936 at 7100 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk Virginia with grandson John Sophie text excerpt#59 CLAXTON l936 On the ninth of April,l936 when John junior was born,the CLAXTON was at the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk.Early that morning I told Jack I had telephoned the obstetrician who advised me to enter Norfolk Protestant Hospital at once.But Jack said he absolutely had to go to the ship that Thursday,& off he went with the promise to return as soon as possible to take me to the hospital.I must have misunderstood the amount & importance of what he had to do, as I was all packed, dressed, & ready to leave the third floor apartment at ten in the morning. When he p. 217 failed to return by lunch time I was concerned, but I fixed lunch for myself & then sat at the window to await his arrival.Tense & nervous lest the baby arrive while I was alone,I was not too cordial when he arrived at four o'clock or later, explaining that he couldn't get away as he was in command of the five destroyers which were to cruise midshipmen that summer - he had a great deal of work to do & papers to sign relating to those cruises.He got me to the hospital at 5:30 in the afternoon, & John was born at eight in the evening. Some months later I went back for a checkup, and a doctor absentmindedly asked me, "And when are we expecting?"


 

124.
Nelly Kelly the maid from Ireland with john l938 Cynwyd Peena

 

Nelly's name reminded Sophie of a George M. Cohan song:"The boys are just made about Nellie" p 16-124


 

125.
Anita Douredoure and Bill Barrett visit Bala Cynwyd summer l937 Pa

 

#125 p 16


 

126.
Sopohe on camel, with Jack helping, Egypt #126 p 16

 

Jack and Sophie went touring while President Pierce slowly crossed Suez canal. It was very cold January l932 - Jack recalled the song "Till the sands of the desert grow cold." {S} {J}


 

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Sophie and Jack center with friends from President PIERCEl932 #127 p 16 {S} {J}

 

Mrs. Harry Pardee of Saticoy,Ventura county California is probably at photo left. Sophie recounts how the Pardees invited the Barretts to the opera in Rome and bought expensive tickets but were sent up to a top balcony. Then Mr. Pardee, who was traveling for his health, was very chillly in Venice February l932 when the heat failed at famous Royal Danielli Hotel, so Jack Barrett helped him purchase long woolen underwear and invited him to come to the Barretts unpretentious "pension" where Mr. Pardee warmed up by sitting on the radiator. The Pardees invited the Barretts to spend a week at their lemon ranch in Saticoy July 1939 before heading to Boston after Jack completed Pacific duty on tanker TRINITY (he met future Admiral Hyman Rickover) then a young engineer at Civite, Philippines] Pardees came down to see Barretts July 1941 at Los Angeles harbor when Barretts were embarking for Honolulu on Matson liner LURLINE.


 

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Sophie and boyd's maid Netha where sSophie stayed part of time subletting p 16-128 {S}

 

Boyd family were friends from HANNIBAL days Panama l934-5 and assisted Barretts setting up household at Coronado California l938. Clarence and Mary Boyd visited Barrett Boston l948, and Mary corresponded with Sophie to l970s - her family had Kildare Ireland ropots. Their daughter Peggy Mrs. Stafford Green lived in Charleston South Carolina l970-s l980's.


 

 

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