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


.Sophie and Jack Barrett in favorite rocking chairs 2415 Ala Wai Boulevard l944i p3 #19
Taken by John Barrett, junior,at their home at 2415 Ala Wai Boulevard Waikiki with pets of Nancy d'Aubert of 2411B Ala Wai - cocker spaniel Wickie and kitten Samurai. The d'Auberts later moved to a rural site between Kailua and the Koolau mountains on the rainy northeast coast but kept in touch with our Samoan neighbor upstairs (Her name may have been Clark?) and took an interest in her young son Tommy, mentioned in Sophie Barrett's memoirs.Sophie managed to purchase these ocking chairs during a time of extreme shortages early in the war spring l942, when she went shopping with another Navy wife Lillian Arroro of Louisana. Eddie Arroyo had hiked over the NUUANU PALI WITH JACK BARRETT IN MARBLEHEAD DAYS 1925.SOPHIE SAID THESE WERE THE LAST furniture in the store. The Barrett furniture had been shipped out toPearl Harbor from Brooklyn l941 but was returned to Dunn Staorage Company Boston for six years when they rented a furnished house in WaikikiJuly 28, l941. Sophie did not want to take Navy housing at Makalapa near the big oil tanks at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately the Japanese neglected this important target December 7, l941, or the turnaround in allied fortunes at Midway June 4, l942 would likely have been delayed.
Subject: Sophie and Jack with d'Aubert pets
Year: 1944