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


John Vaccaro 32-884


Boston Latin l9l2 Harvard college l9l6 Harvard law l9l9 - maried Mary Burke of Dochester three daughters, Rose, Mary, and Claire. Searched Barrettt house title l947 West Roxbury. At one time dated Catherine Casey of K St. South Boston, who became teaching nun - her cousin Catherine Miley became first wife of William J. Barrett - l9l2 classmate of John Vaccaro.John paid way through law school as barber - worked for a time withDan Lyne's law firm = later sharedoffice with Anthony Iovino at Eleven Beacon St, emphasis on converancing. Close friend of Jasck and Bill and Mollie Barrett- often took Jack and john to Locke ober's restautrant Boston. Met Sophie shortly after her return from China l932.Showed John the memorial Benjamin Franklin set up for his parents. He and Bill Barrett were also l908 classmates at Linclon School, South Boston, where he recited "The One-Legged Goose" in a Declamation exercise. Bill Barrett and John Vaccaro performed together in "Julius Caesar>"Named for Boston mayor Frederick Lincoln, the school was on present Branch library site between I and K Streets on north side of Broadway.Boston Latin classamtes l912 were Frederick Gillis of boston College Busainess school and hiarvard historian William L Langer., also land appraiser Archie Dresser.


Pa's War garden p 32-885 {G}


49 CLAXTON PaBarrett letterl936 To: On August ll, l936 Jack's brother Wim J. Barrett head of the Policy Holder's Service Bureau the Metropn Life Insurance Company of New York, was in Milwaukee,Wisconsin & wrote Jack on the CLAXTON c/o Postmr New York," Dear Jack: I've wired you from here today but want quite sure where you'd be-so this letter: I'm on one of the US Steel cargo boats -500 feet crrying coal Detrit to Milwaukee this trip,I'm guest of Fred Erb of Detroit.It's been abeautiful trip & wonderful vacation.Now to get to the point.It is important if you can arrange it in any way that Mr. Fred Erb get aboard the boat for the trip on the CLAXTON that you are fixing for me.I'd like to have him along,& I know he'd love to go.He is President of the Eaton Erb company of Detroit= an important subsidiary of the Eaton Manufacturing Company of Cleveland.He is a prominnt citizen of Detroit & a great friend of mine. In fact he is largely responsible for the success of the foundry survey- my first job with the Metropolitan Life which I think had a lot to do witm getting known in the company.What I'd lie to have is that he & I board the CLAXTON at New York Monday August 24,l936 & go back to Norfolk & Annapols with you, If at all possible- do this favor for me.(Jack did take Bill and Erb from NYork city to Annapolis note by Sophie BarrettIf you get an answer before Friday,wire me c/o Metropolitan Life Insurance Company,Group Division,General Motors Building,Detroit.I am returning to New York Monday August l7. See you next week.Regards,Bill."On November 27,l935 Jack's father -referred to as "Pa" Barrett wrote to Jack on the CLAXTON from his home at 640 East Seventh Street in South Boston:"Dear Jack,I received your welcome letter& I was glad to learn that you are in command of the CLAXTON.Ma had been in bed for three months.-at present she seems to be comfortable & a little better than she has been (diabetes).By the way,Christmas is coming,& I hope both of you will visit us.Will try to make it pleasant as possible if it isn't too cold for you Southerners. I will tell the weatherman to keep the weather mild & warm.I had tomatoes growing in the garden until November 23, & next day was the coldest in fifty-four years at this date.Now it is warm & clear.Bill called up the other night.I have only two hens,but I will get five more next week.Jimmie Snow came the other day,& his old friend Jack Frost came tagging after him.I hadn't seen him since March l6,and he left town that day,& I would not care if he never came back.We will expect that you both will see your way clear to come home for Christmas if possible,& I will give Bill the same hint-but I believe he willbe here if possible-Pa Barrett"(John Robert Barrett was born in Boston,November 29,l854)//: 115 CLAXTON beginning p. 206 h. xix Command of the Destroyer CLAXTON: Late in l935 while exec off of the HANNIBAL Jack received orders to command the destroyer USS CLAXTON, based in Norfolk Virginia the CLAXTON had four four-inch fifty caliber guns, one three inch 23 caliber AA four twenty-one inch type torpedo tubes.Authorized Ņov 4 l9l7 Commissioned September 13, l9l9. Went out of commission June 1922. It was 314 feet 4 1/2 inches long.thgirty feet 11 1/4 width draft nine feet. Displacement 1154 tons. Built Navy Yard Mare Island. Speed 35.45 knots two masts. She had eight wardroom officer space ten petty officers and one hundred four enlisted men. It was named for midshipman Claxton, l8l2. She was transferred to the British in l940 as part of the Lend Lease program. L:t. Cdr J. B. Barrett relieved Commander F. E. Fitch of command of USS CLAXTON on 8 November l935. Admiral Hayne Ellis was the Squadron Commander. In December l935 he wrote: "My dear Barrett This is just a note to wish you and yours, your officers and men a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have had a busy year and I want you to know how greatly pleased I am with the fine results you have gotten.It is a great pleasure to me to command such a smart efficient squadron.I hope all hands have a delightful Christmas and that the New Year brings much joy And happiness to each and every one." / 31-885 -1918- temp-: "John Barrett" Subject: RE: Are you King Lowe Harvard l958 Pi Eta president? Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 18:55:01 -0500 John: I am one and the same King Lowe, a former member of the Pi Eta Club. Regrettably, my Pi Eta photographs were among the casualties of my first marriage, so I am unable to help. Tom Hooper is a teacher at the Lincoln Sudbury high school, Damon Mezzacappa a highly successful investment banker at Lazard Freres in NYC, Mike Prichard, a partner in the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis (where he occasionally sees Jim Ullyot)and yours truly a retired commercial banker. Health is fine and in excellent spirits. Hope your multiple e-mail addresses are some indication of your affluence. -----Original Message----- From: John Barrett Sent: Monday, November 30, 1998 8:49 PM To: Subject: Are you King Lowe Harvard l958 Pi Eta president? Hello, King?- I am trying to locate King Lowe, Harvard l958, who was Pi Eta president and later in Dublin and New york in banking. I moved to Port Angeles in l996 - address 113 West Third St., Port Angeles, WA98362-2824 - really beautiful here near Pacific, Olympic park, mountains big conifers mild climate rather like Ireland. I am typing out a long family memoir, of which my mother wrote main text beginning l969 "Red Headed Stepchild" about family travels - my father's Navy experience two world wars - efforts to warn before Pearl Harbor attack when assigned to War Plans- immigrant history - my mother's experience at Mount Holyoke college l923 and MA l925 and in social work and statistics -and Jim Ullyot Harvard l962 has set up for me a photo website at or http://www.ccilink/barrett - Jim is Dan 's brother who was Sports Editor of Harvard Crimson - he is at 4326 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55409 - his company is "Creative Communications." He has put more than 360 photos on the website for me, and set up a separate section forr the UIllyot family. Dan is a cardiac surgeon in Burlingame California. I am wondering if you still have the Pi Eta l956-l957-l958 photos - I will pay costs of copying and mailing if someone still has them and can send me copies I can use on the website - mine were destroyed by thieves at my West Roxbury home l993. im Joslin is very good about keeping l957 classmates in touch - but I had many friends in your class and a few years after while I was at Harvard law School. It would be interesting to locate more of them - I had an E mail recently from Griff Winthrop l958 and have exchanged letters with John Soucek l959.. I would welcome news of you and friends - Tom Hooper Bob Hoffsis Damon Mezzacappa Bob Cathcart John Chappell Mike Pritchard many others. I am thinking of writing some memoirs of Harvard years after I make a little more progress on the family material. I used to audit a great many courses besides the ones I took for credit. My official major was economics- Ken Galbraith advised my thesis on hospital economics.I took courses with Edwin Boring, Edward Kemble and Gerald Holton, L. K.Nash,Jerome Bruner, Finley, Sterling Dow, Alvin Hansen, Dunlop, Cherington, Palamountain, McCloskey (Griff Winthrop reminded me of constituional law) visiting professor Craig on novel, Graubard and Conway, Brinton, organic chem in summer with Vanelli and Yates, and Bible English 35 old testament with James Munn.. I think my Economics I section man Bob Dederick is still active as a banker in Chicago. I audited Tillich, Albion,Bruce Hopper who was Sen. Kennedy's tutor,Howard Mumford Jones, Alfred Harbage on Shakespeare, Arthur Schlesinger jr, Wallace Woodworth, Jim Fowle on Fine Arts, Bundy whom I didn't like, philoposphy with john Wild, B. F. Skinner. Would you like to help me put together some memoirs? From l985-l996 IU used the Harvard botany library and natural history museums a great deal. I audited many programs at Center for International Affiars, school of Government, and was very much interested in friends of Arnold Arboretum, natural History Museums, Cambridge Entomology Cliub and such. My father was admitted to Harvard l906 - could-n't afford it - but I knew many of his friends who went to Harvard - Drs. James B. Moloney USN and Dr. Paul Withington Naval Reserve - and more.If this reaches you, I will go into more detail. My immediate opbjective apart from saying hello - is to find if someone still has those sets of Pi Eta photos that were taken in l956, l957, and l958 - mine were stolen, and they would be great for this photo website. News of you will be appreciated - Regards - John Barrett - John Barrett 113 W. Third St. Port Angeles WA 98362-2824. Wed, 09 Sep 1998 16:45:48 -0400 Re: are you Harvard l958? From: "Griffith J. Winthrop" John Barrett Dear John: How well I remember you giving us the scoop on the Constitutional law course at dear old Harvard for about three days. I don't know how you stood all those lazy jocks trying to pick your brains. As I remember, you had almost total recall of not only what each case was about; but what the Professor said about each case. Needless to say, I got a "B" and Roommate Bobby Cleary got a "C", even though he unlike me read every case. You did some good, however, because now I'm a lawyer, after twenty years retiring from the US Navy after 20 years, on 7 different ships, including command of two DE's and XO of 2 DD's. Very interesting to learn of your Naval background after all these years. I don't have much to add to your endeavors in that area, except to refer you to the US Navy web site where you can access certain portions of the archives and the US Navy Museum stuff. Saw Bobby and John Copeland at the 40th Reunion this summer. McVeight was there , although I missed Dan Ullyot. Cheers, Griff ---------- >From: John Barrett >To: >Subject: are you Harvard l958? >Date: Tue, Sep 8, 1998, 2:59 PM From JohnBarrett, Harvard l957 - Are you Grittith Winthrop, whom I knew at Harvard College in the l950's? Two years ago I moved out west. My >adresss is 113 West Third Street, Port Angeles, Washington, WA >98362-2824. I have several E mails - you can use or Did you know Dan Ullyot's brother Jim, who has set up a website for photos connected with Barrett family memoirs I am editing- you can see the photos at - you may be able to get to it by "clicking the mouse on this website address. There are 211 photos now and will be more. My father attended the Revenue Cutter School >l909-l9ll - it became the Coast Guard Academy - they had very interestng summer cruises to the Mediterranean and europe l909-l9l0-l9ll. Then my father was a Naval Reserve Officer World War I and career Naval Officer l921 to l947 retirement including World War II when we lived in Hawaii. |He was briefly in War Plans and tried to warn Admiral Bloch, who was in charge ofshore facilities Pearl HarborFourteenth Naval District under Admrial Kimmel the CINCUS ("sink-us"). They disregarded my father and transferred him to Personnel. He was in charge of the Overseas Transportation Office at Pearl Harbor four years October l941 to l945 asssigning scarce shipping space after Pearl Harbor attack and all throughthe war, evacuating families and wounded and sending personnel in strict secrecy to the front.if this is the correct person, I will E mail you excerpts, from memoirs my mother andI collaborated on - most of the text is hers. She attended Mount Holyoke College l9l9-l923 got masters l925 in Economics and Sociology - social work, statistics, juvenile delinquency- lived in China l931 and Panama l934 as Navy wife. I would like to get your address and some of your classmates, especially the Winthrop House and Pi Eta people.Does anyone still have the l956-l957 and l957-l958 Pi Eta photos? Mine were destroyed by thieves l993. I might put them on the photo website if i can arrange to pay someone to make and send duplicates.I used to see John Copeland and Bob Cleary and Bob mcVey at football and hockey games and Billy Cleary and others.Addresss of any ofthe Harvard NROTC people would be welcome. How did you like Navy life? I had a couple of letters last year from John Soucek l959- his father was a pioneer of naval aviation and his uncle was flight officer of carrier HORNET when the doolittle raid set off from "\shangri-La" to bomb Topkyo April l942.I am reading a lot of Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and general history. My father graduated from Boston Latin l906 and was admistted to Harvard but could not afford tuition - tried for Naval Academy - scored high on exam for Coast Guard - loved sea, boats, and navigaton. I hope to hear from you. Best


Bill in Army PANAMA Bl ii 249,151


p 32-886 Year: 1940_ p. 259 Notebook Four New York--Plagued by the heat and fatigue, he found a temporary furnished aprtment for himself in Brooklyn. We remained at 640 East Seventh Street {South Boston] as the guests of Grandpa and Aunt Mollie, who did all they could for our comfort that stifling hot summer. Mollie even brought down from the attic some of the kindergarten supplies used by Catherine Miley Barrett in her teaching days. She married Bill Barrett in 1923.= Finally with the help of his [Fordham Law School] friend John Papp, Jack found an unfurnished apartment at 9615 Shore Road in Brooklyn,-arranged the furniture which had arrived from storage in San Diego,-found a garage where he left his car,came to Boston for us, - and Jack, John and I traveled by train to the Grand Central Station, then took a taxi to the apartment in Brooklyn. John loved that apartment and vicinity. His crib was in our bedroom, but John had his own play room, and had his father with him every evening and weekend.The play room faced on New York Harbor- we could see the ships coming and going in and out of New York. Jack raised flowers in pots in the room- flowers that John liked very much, - amaryllis, ranunculus, begonias, anemones. Jack had no luck with freesias. He used three toothpicks in a triangle to suspend the stones from avocadoes over water in glass milk bottles, and the avocadoes would sprout several feet with big leaves. There was a large Chinese ancient kassu rug on the play room floor, - building blocks, Tinkertoys,a small and a large rocking chair, and a blackboard on the wall. There was also a solidly built writing table, on which Jack had cut off the legs to make the writing surface about two feet from the floor, and a small straight chair to fit the table. The room had many child's books including a Koala book from Australia- all the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series books - Uncle Bill's gift of French Becassine books he purchased in Europe- - "he Little Engine That Could" and many paper books about animals. One book about a dog and a cat "Sniffy and Mitzi" provided a name for a favorite toy cat, Mitzi. I used to read to John by the hour, pointing to the words as I -p. 260- read, and by the time John was three and a half years old, I was amazed to find that he could read although I had made no effort to teach him. As a matter of fact I thought he was correcting me from memory, until he actually read something to me = After dinner every evening John enjoyed a very leisurely bath, playing with a transparent plastic ball which contained a few toy fish, - and with a large red, celluloid fish.Then his father put on his own pajamas, and John wore his,and the two of them would study the starts at the bedroom window, which faced Shore Road and the Ocean [the Narrows]. There was a large Wrigley chewing gum sign in the distance west, and John and Jack used to say that Venus might get stuck in the chewing gum.John continued his interest in astronomy.Not long before we left New York, we spent an afternoon visiting Virginia, Bill, and Billy in Darien, where our former nursemaid Miss Blanche Caffey from Norfolk was helping look after young Billy.John, Jack, and Billy went swimming at the Darien Country Club. Members of my family visited us many times in Brooklyn, especially my brother Harry's wife's sister Marion Taylor, who was then a nurse in Brooklyn at Greenpoint hospital. My sister-in-law Ethyle Meranski and her son Ted and daughter Carol Jane were among the visitors, and my sister Esther, and several times we saw my sister Bertha Pollack and her children Jason and Thalia. Sometimes we took guests to Jones Beach on Long Island, where once Jack Barrett had to take a deep breath before being rolled around the beach under a ten-foot high breaking ocean wave.Jones Beach was much cleaner and less crowded than Coney Island where we went once or twice.It did have high waves, however, and rather cold water.Sometimes we would take guests to New York World's Fair at Flushing,where Jack photographed Perisphere and Trilon.We spent Thanksgiving 1939 with the Pollack family at Overbook, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, where my brother Pete Meranski and his wife Jen joined us from Baltimore, and we met the Pollacks at Atlantic City New Jersey in 1940, where Jack said John dog-paddled without instruction and was ready to "head for Europe." My 1927-1930 landlady social worker Ann Taylor McCormack, , Helen Miller of the Commonwealth Fund, Chester Swanner from the Lighthouse Service 1912 p 72-1234 Relocation of New York Branch Hydrographic office + April 1941 Bradford NOTEBOOK 4 p 226-8 Year: 1940_ New York Journal of Commerce,Thursday November 28, 1940 -from Sophie Barrett notebook Four pages 226-8: "DISPUTE REMOVAL OF NAVY BUREAU:-- SENTIMENT FAVORS CUSTOM HOUSE LOCATION OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL H-Y-D-R-O-G-R-A-P-H-I-C OFFICE. Reports that the New York Branch of the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, to which deep sea pilots always resort for navigation aids before sailing, will be moved from its present location in the Custon House to another site has stirred considerable comment in steamship circles. While no formal protest of the impending removal of the Bureau to a less convenient location has been launched as yet,numerous ship line officers and several maritime and trade organizations were understood to be considering such a step. DECENTRALIZATION OPPOSED. Moving of the Hydrographic Office to another building would mark the removal of a third Bureau closely allied with ship operations and navigation from the confines of the Custom House -- a decentralization of the shipping facilities that has found little favor with steamship operators. The Steamboat Inspectors' Office is now located at 45 Broadway,while the Coast and Geodetic Survey Office has been moved to 90 Church Street.Since ship masters, particularly those of vessels operating in foreign trade, always consult the Hydrographic Office on navigation conditions in their routes as soon as they have secured clearance papers,- moving of the Office from the Custom House is seen as especially inconveniencing regular services of the Office such as giving of information on ice conditions in the North Atlantic and sailing obstacles in foreign waters. These have been increased by the considerable special information on mine fields and other war-created hazards since the outbreak of the conflict.SPECIAL WARNINGS VALUABLE: As a consequence its service to pilots has become even [p.227] more valuable than in ordinary times.Masters of vessels plying into the war zone never fail to secure special warnings released by the Hydrographic Office regarduing such war hazards.Steamship companies apprised of the possible moving of the Office out of the Customs Building- in which they now obtain clearance papers and Coast Guard harbor regulations for leaving the harbor indicated their disapproval of the change. Although none of them was willing to comment officially,more than a dozen intimated they would direct a communication to W. E. Reynolds, the Administrator of Public Buildings of the Federal Works agency in Washington.Several maritime organization expressed the same view,with two of the leading ones suggesting they would not permit the removal of the Hydrographic Office to go through without directing their opinion to the proper governmental source.Commander John B. Barrett USN is the officer in charge of the New York Branch of the United States Navy Hydrographic Office.[end of news story]. DEMPWOLF letters: [Captain DEMPWOLF was an officer of Revenue Cutter School and appears along with cadet Jack Barrett in 1910 photo aboard training ship ITASCA, which appears on this website] "Dear Commander Barrett, The enclosed copy of a letter received from Captain G.S. Bryan, U.S. Navy., Washington D.C., dated 12 November 1940, is forwarded for your information. Sincerely, R. W. Dempwolf, Captain, United States Coast Guard,- Commander, New York district." [p.228] "New York, N.Y. 7 November 1940 [To] Captain C.C. Todd, U.S. Navy--Acting Hydrographer, Hydrographic Office, Washington D.C. -- Dear Captain Todd: It has come to my attention that efforts are being made by other government agencies to obtain the space now occupied by the Branch Hydrographic Office in the Custom House, New York. If such agencies succeed in obtaining this space, it would cause considerable inconvenience and hardship upon the masters of merchant vessels in obtaining necessary information prior to clearing the Port of New York.The clearances of vessels from the Port of New York are handled through the Marine Division at the Custom House and through the Commander, New York District of the Coast Guard.All of such clearances are approved by the Ship Control Board, Treasury Department, Washington, D.C. Whenever the clearance of a vessel is approved, the master is given a special number by the Coast Guard through the Marine Division at the Custom House.As you know, the average master desires the very latest information, and it is only fitting and proper that he should get this information just prior to his sailing from the Port of New York. Therefore, in my capacity as Commander New York District, United States Coast Guard and Captain of the Port of New York, I urgently recommend that the Branch Hydrographic Office in the Port of New York remain in its present location in the United States Custom Office. Very truly yours, R.W. Dempwolf, Captain United States Coast Guard, Commander New York District." 1941Black Notebook 2 -p 157 "April 10, 1941 - 4701 Reservoir Road, Washington DC To. Commander John B. Barrett, Branch Hydrographic Office, New York, N.Y. Dear Doc: It was very kind of you to call attention to the discrepancies between the New York and Boston broadcasts. This matter does not come under my section, but I was glad to bring it to the attention of Watt, who is in charge of Pilot Charts. = He explains to me that the first broadcast, either New York or Boston, is used as a basis for the Washington broadcast. It is considered here that the mailgram would be too late for a radio broadcast from here. It seems that errors in transmission occasionally creep in, for recently the latitude of one of these submarine areas was given as twenty-one degrees -- the requested repeat still came twenty-one degrees - which was, of course, an obvious error. = In the case of forty degrees thirty minutes instead of forty degrees fifty minutes the larger area was chosen for the reason you advanced - for being on the safe side. Watt emphasizes the fact that he takes either your broadcast or that of Boston, - whichever comes first into the office, - and the mailgram is too late. The Coast Survey has placed these areas on their charts at our particular request,and what we are looking to do is to be able, after a time,to simplify the broadcasts by using the letters. This, I think, will be done as soon as the new charts beome thoroughly disseminated in the Navy and merchant marine. = The office is very busy here, as you may well imagine, but the work is increasingly interesting. I keep going pretty well and hope to see you if you make a trip this way. Be sure I appreciate your letter. Sincerely, s/Brad --P.S. Watt has just shown me a radiogram from Branch Hydrographic Office New York ... "between Latitudes forty - fifty northward and eight North and twenty-one twenty North. " We sent for a report, and it came back o.k except 'Latitude twenty-one". p 73-1236 New York from Notebook 4 p 262 Year: 1940_ John enjoyed the Bronx Zoo, Owl's Head Park Brooklyn near us where he fed the squirrels, Fort Hamilton on Shore Road, [occasionally Prospect Park further away] and th hill in front of our house across the highway which led down to the water's edge.He played with his toy animals Mitzie the cat and Peter Rabbit and gathered grasses and wild flowers.There were apple blossoms, morning glories, and thistles.. To celbrate his fifth birthday in April 1941 we invited six-year-old Joan Rooney from the first floor downstairs for ice cream and cake after the evening meal.She was one of the few children nearby, as there were small families in the 1930s. She appears in some photos at Christmas 1940, and her mother cooked lunch for the Barretts June 30, 1941, the day they were leaving by train for Los Angeles and Hawaii. The spring of 1941 Jack had received orders to proceed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for duty. World War II was raging in Europe,and Jack was upset at the prospect of leaving John and me alone in Brooklyn while he went off to Hawaii, especially as he was certain that war with Japan was imminent. He opposed sales of scrap iron to Japan and frequently told his brother Bill and Brooklyn neighbors that the United States would soon be at war. Later in Hawaii, it was frequently Captain Paul Rice, his old friend from gunboat TULSA in China 1930-31 with whom he would discuss his concerns about Japanese aggression and the vulnerability of Pearl Harbor ships, oil tanks, and repair yards.At the Overseas Transportation Office he insisted all personnel file leave papers in writing when leaving the Honolulu area on weekends, when some would travel to other islands such as Maui or "the Big Island" of Hawaii. Jack was amazed when he learned that dependents were still allowed to go to Hawaii, and he made arrangements for John and me to sail from Los Angeles on the Matson liner LURLINE in July 1941. [about July 9 or 10, arriving Honolulu July 15, 1941].So again John crossed the country in the heat of the summer, but now he had his father with him. There is no doubt that the constant uprooting from familiar surroundings was hard on the five-year-old.At the end of the long cross country train ride there was only a hotel far from the center of Los Angeles, - a hotel that served no food.We had to find food out for three meals a day.That is very hard on a young child and his parents, too, as restaurant food is rarely suitable in the heat of summer for a small boy. We spent a whole week in Los Angeles waiting for the LURLINE and didn't even have our car, which was shipped from Brooklyn to Hawaii. I suppose the taxi driver who took us on the long ride from the station to the hotel [where no food was served] got a rebate from the hotel for every guest he delivered. Except for the lack of food, the hotel was suitable, because it was far from the croweded center of the city and was reasonably priced in a section of Los Angeles where we had so much free time to wander about with a five-year-old for a whole week.We had to vacate our apartment in Brooklyn June 30 or pay another -p.262- full month's rent. So we gave it up and went off to Los Angeles. When we finally boarded the LURLINE, we found ourselves in a spacious suite, - a living room, a bedroom with an extra cot, and a private bath. We were admiring our quarters when Mr. and Mrs, Pardee, our Saticoy friends from the l932 PRESIDENT PIERCE world tour Japan to Naples,- appeared to see us off,- and when they remarked about the elegance of the quarters, Jack explained that they cost the Navy only the cost of an ordinary first class passage- that the Matson line had no cabin for us -but had an unclaimed suite and gave it to us. The Matson Line supplied musicians on the dock and gave the passengers long colored paper streamers to throw down to their friends - very large numbers, which gave a very festive effect on a bright sunny day.I was well supplied with coats for myself and John, as I had often needed a coat, even in the tropics aboard ships under way in the evenings.John, like his mother and father, proved to be a good sailor- we missed no meals and had an uneventful trip to Honolulu, - where Jack's [predecessor? immediate superior?] Captain Knowles and our Chna-and-Panama friends Captain and Mrs. Paul and Gertrude Rice and their twenty-yea-old daughter Nathalie met us at the dock and put [frangipani] flower leis around my neck-- Gertrude laughed at all the coats on my arm saying I'd have no use for them in Hawaii. (We were never evacuated, but many families evaucated to San Francisco after the December 1941 attack were unprepared for cold weather). Captain Knowles left for his office soon after greeting us,but the rest of us all went to the Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Captain Rice's car.We were scheduled to have quarters at Makalapa adjoining Pearl Harbor, but they were not quite ready, and of course our furniture had not arrived in Hawaii and was not expected for some time. Captain Rice returned to work at Pearl Harbor and took Jack to report for duty, but Getrude and Nathalie stayed with us several hours visiting in the Moana courtyard. We remained at the Moana Hotel July 15 to 28- we found the banyan tree in the courtyard very interesting and soon learned that each evening the guests were entertained there by hula dancers and musicians performing under lights by the banyan.When Jack returned from Pearl Harbor, we took a quick dip on Waikiki Beach right in back of the Hotel.


buick in Panama 1934-1935.Gift of Jack's brother Bill. -887


Sophie learned to drive in Panama (on left side of road 1934)but was nervous, especially when big Army trucks wanted to pass on narrow mud roads.She also learned to swim, and enjoyed that more, continuing at Waikiki Beach. She would fill her rubber bathing cap with water to wash sand off her feet afterward.Leaving Panama for Norfolk Jack as Executive Officer of the HANNIBAL had to navigate carefully keeping just ahead of a major hurricane in the western Carribean Sepember 1935.Crew would have been disappointed if ship stopped or turned back, as they were looking forward to leave.Jack marked the course and dates on Hydrographic charts.The Buick had belonged to Jack Barrett's brother Bill, who worked in New York with Metyropolitan Life and made scores of weekend trips to see his wife Cathrine, under treatment by Dr. William J. Manary for cancer at Boston City Hospital. Her condition was incurable, but careful feeding and support kept her alive many months. Then Bill gave the Buick to Jack when Jack and Sophie were at 422 Columbia Road Dorchester l932 and they took Jack's sister Mollie with them on many drives around New England, including Acadia Park Maine.They kept the Buick until Jack bought a l937 Lincoln Zephyr in Philadelpia .


First Lietenant Bill Barrett and freind H. Kennedy McCook -888 {W}


Jack Barrett took Bill and his friend H. Kennedy McCook aboard EAGLE 19 when he was drilling Naval Reservists at Bar Harbor maine May l932 (same trip Jack sent Naval Hydrographic office a report of a spectacular Aurora --- boralis displa) Jack saw mcCook again at his brother Bill's funeral January l967 Darien CT.This photo is from around 1919.---Dear John, I was very happy to hear from you after all these years. Your account of individuals and events of the late forties and fifties at Kabeyun took me back to memories of my own that I had just begun to revive after 35 years or so. The business about botany and algae is much less interesting to me these days. I was especially happy to find out that your recollections of Kabeyun history were as strong as they are, including memories of the early trips deparment. I had been thrilled when I found the Kabeyun site to discover that the KMC had not only kept up the tradition of climbing Mt. Carrigain but that it was organizing a website intent on establishing the entire membership of the organization. I also discovered, however, that my years were very much neglected, and try as I might I have not done much to remedy the situation. Have you looked at it? I hope that you will be able to come up with more names than I did. I need a photo to remember the names. I would love to discover and to post one of a ceremony inside the old cabin on the firetower. Because I have not forgotten specific scenes of myself with others at my initiation, I must have photos of it somewhere. Do you, by any chance, have e-mail addresses for Bill French, John Hallowell, Joe Kelsey, the Grossmans or Charlie Scott? With their help we could flesh out the KMC roster for the late 50's. and even find a photo that would show the early forms of a tradition that has continued for 45 years. Walter did a good job with 1953, but we would want a photo from him too. His info evidently comes from "The Grub," whatever that was. What takes you to Washington? Take care, Doug


Sophie outdoors Penna p 32-889




troops praying aboard SEATTLE returning from Brest France to New Jersey after Armistice p32-890 {4}


Souvenir from Mollie's photo album. Jack was nagivator on SEATTLE on three trips bring troopps home from Brest, France April-July l9l9 to New Jersey.Some notes indicate he had to investigate thefts of eggs from commissary one night in Brest, when food shortages were severe in France after World War I.Marine General Smedley Butler copmmanded the troop camps at Brest at this time - Jack was interested in Butler's career - it is not known if Jack ever spoke directly to Gen Butler - but they were in same areas at Brest l9l9 and Shanghai l927, when Jack was Construction and repair officer on light cruiser MARBLEHEAD, and hundreds of Marines on board were under Butler's overall command.Jack's acquaintance with Chaplain William Maguire may date from this time (1919)- Maguire found Sophie a room at Wineglass's boarding house Chefoo during l931 Asiatic Fleet maneuvers, and as Pacific Fleet Chaplain l941-l942 Captain Maguie appreciated Jack's cooperation caring for Navy families in need of evacuation after Pearl Harbor atttack, and described the work of Jack's Overseas Transportation ofrfice in the chapter "Bread on the Waters" in his book "The captain Wears a Crosss." (l943).Dictionary of American Fighting Ships J. R. Y. Blakely John Russell Young Blakely was born 17 July 1872 in Philadelphia and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1892. After serving in various Navy ships and at many shore stations, he took his first command, Des Moines, in 1914. As captain of this ship, and later Seattle, Blakely rendered important service in transporting and escorting troops and supplies to Europe during the First World War. For his outstanding contribution he was awarded the Navy Cross. Following the war Blakely served with the Chief of Naval Operations, at the Naval War College, and with the rank of captain he commanded Arizona (BB-39). After a tour as Assistant to the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in 1925, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of a cruiser division. He also commanded the 15th Naval District and served on the important General Board before poor health forced him to retire 1 June 1932. Rear Admiral Blakely died 28 March 1942 in Denver, Colo.


Mount Holyoke College snow scene South Hadley Mass.p32 -891


Mount Holyoke has an extremely beautiful rural campus, and most familiar landmarks were unchanged when Sophie returned for reunions in l978 and l983. Sophie, Jack, and John visited the campus in l968 also, though Sophie did not officially attend reunion.Freshman year Sophie was west of the main road in Pearsons Hall, near President Woolley's residence.Junior and Senior Years she was in centrally located Brigham Hall with Economics and Sociology Professor Amy Hewes and Miss Wheeler.As junior faculty,1923-4 Sophie had at her table sophomore Anna Mary Wells of class of l926 who became author of "Dear Preceptor" 1963 about Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Emily Dickenson and "Miss Marks and Miss Woolley" 1978 about Mount Holyoke College life.In recent years a beautiful outdoor theatre has been added where commencement and alumnae meetings are held each May.Students have polo, horse riding, and skiing and diverse outdoor activities. In Sophie's time field hockey and singing and outdoor festivals were popular.