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


Jack Barrett 1920s p 20 #158
photo a gift of Marine Nelson Rowe to Mrs. |Barrett. 1970s. The Rowes were a Charleston,South Carolina family who often entertained Jack when he was stationed there 1921 on destroyer TOUCEY.Marie's father was very friendly to Jack, but would not let the limited-income Naval Lieutenant participate in his high-stakes poker games.Marie's sister Lucile went to Paris about 1924 to study singing with Madame Calve, and later sang professionally in touring productions of Sigmund Romberg's musical \\\\\'Blossom Time," based on the life of composer Franz Schubert.The Nelson sisters were friendly with social worker Ann Taylor (Mrs. Ivan McCormack) who sublet a room 1927-1930 to Sophie Meranski at 27 Commerce St., Greenwich Village, and it was there that Jack Barrett met Sophie Meranski August 1928, which she was studying for an exam at Columbia graduate school. Marie and her husband settled in Philadelphia. One of her friends Rolfe Druen dated one of the Toucey officers 1921. In the1950s Lucile was housekeeper of the Waldorf Astoria, one of the leading New York residential hotels, where General Douglas Mac|Arthur lived in retirement.Lucile continued 1970s in retirement in Carmel, California to write frequently to Sophie and share round robin letters with thweir friend Ivan McCormack on his farm between Salem and East Greenwich, New York.
Subject: Jack Barrett
Year: 1927Jack