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


letter from Mrs. Herman Ingalls of Starboard, Bucks Harbor Maine with ZIZANIA lighthouse tender photo
p 49 #1025 Herman Ingalls commanded lighthouse tender ZIZANIA on which Jack Barrett served in Maine September-December 1912. Sophie Meranski Barrett's l923 Mount Holyoke class president Mrs. Marion Lewis Smart used to summer in Bucks Harboard and eventually lived there year round when her husband Vin retired from New Jersey law practice. Marion visited Mrs. Ingalls, who wrote Sophie and sent this letter l970. Lighthouse tenders were named for grasses.Although unrelated to true Asian rice, ZIZANIA is called "wild rice" in northeast United States and is important as food for birds and wildlife and formerly for native Americans.Mrs. Haskell Todd of Belfast Maine wife of TRINITY officer also furnsihed recollections of family experiences in Lighthouse Service.
Subject: ZIZANIA photo and Mrts. Herman Ingalls letter
Year: 1912September