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

 

1038.
sign "BENDIGO Welcomes You" July 1925 Victoria Province train tour "Reso" train for U.S. Navy (photo p 51 #1038)

 

Forty thousand man United States Fleet made l925 cruise April Hawaii July Samoa-Australia August New Zealand and return via Tahiti-Galapagos.One group went to Sydney, New South Wales, and Auckland, New Zealand. Jack Barrett on the MARBLEHEAD was in the more southerly group that went to Melbourne and toured Victoria province by the "Reso" train visiting Bendigo, pictured here and Ballarat, the famous mining center of fabulous discoveries.The MARBLEHEAD proceded to Hobart, Tasmania, where Jack Barrett and Phil Dahlquist were in a party of about one hundred twenty who saw the interior of Tasmania on a train visit yo Launceston.Hospitality was memorable everywhere.The MARBLEHEAD continued to Wellington and Napier, New Zealand, where Jack's old friend Haskell Anderson was General Motors dealer and telegraphed before Jack arrived,"Motor car at your disposal during stay."Jack had befriended Haskell Anderson around l9l7 when Anderson was en route back to New Zealand via United Statesd after being wounded at Gallipolli, Turkey in World War I.--Melb. Eileen Ham R.N. B. Oddie G nash O H Cuthbert W.H. Burnham G.S. Lloyd W. Roberts W.H. Dando N Menzies R. Bell D. Fitchett B Buckland L. Gleeson P. O'Malley Water Commissioner Nagambie; S. Hartigan 29 July St. Joseph Convent Jephcott, Guppy LAUNCESTON R. J. McIntyre J Cottier J Forrest, Billie, Mr. McCarthy Mrs. Cottrell Gorman E. Maxeme Andrewartha , BALLARAT : Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Vernon 1503 Hurt St. Echuca Mr. & Mrs. Stokes & Mary Stokes Mr. Simmie Shepperton: wild ride Shepperton to Maroopna Mr. Lincoln Maroopna - Boy Scouts, with medal Tatura: Mr. Hasty Bendigo: C.J. Glover. Geelong: Hollis, Newland, Curley drove us in his car. Cooperdown: Walls, snapshot of swan's nest New Zealand: Napier:Anderson, Betty Shillling Shie??. Captain Smith, Snow Clarke, Mrs. Hawke Captain Lochner [from Auckland] O. Morran L. Mellor, Sally Williams, mr. Kenneth Williams, R. P. Hakiwa E.C.S. McFarlane, A.H. Piper J.L. Whitlores, Wellington: Leslie Taverner, Mr. and Mrs. Lancelot Moore Captain J.B. Rainey General Manager Cunard Line, J Barton Rainey Miss M. Flux, Captain A. West Mr. Martin Leckie (Luckie) J.H. Fowler, Robert Arlow, D.E. Grachy, Mr. Kitching, M. Turrell, A. Sheldon, R.I. Jones Algiers: 52 Boulevard Thiers Mr. & Mrs. S.S. Powers, Compagnie Internationale des Machines Agricoles, T. Carlyon's St. Kilda after American Club Drive.! Well, we're still here, leaving the end of this week when Vin will begin the racket of commuting to New York on the first. Your letter of the twelfth was forwarded to us here, taking about a week to arrive here. I have followed with interest despair and shock at the goings-on in Hyde Park but was grateful to read that when the spirit of unrest appeared in a lunch room of four hundred, student leaders calmed the crowd, and no disturbance really erupted. The black problem is so desperately complicated, and poor Boston seems to have ben torn to pieces. I went to school with blacks, white, and European races, and we all got along splendidly - however, each followed his racial mores at home and socially - we all respected the other's background - New York of course is changed in color, for


 

1039.
Photo in New Zealand l925 p 51-1039 }M{

 

hope to get better print of this subsequently. NEW ZEALAND August 1925 MARBLEHEAD CRUISE Wellington Napier Thermal District. Officer at right is probably Jack Barrett possibly with Haskelll Anderson or Rainey family----===[old West Roxbury neighbors might be amused by a typographical error that occurred next - "In the Big Gang..." reminiscent of the teen-agers outside our house at Emmonsdale and Rustic Roads in 1970s].


 

1040.
Greeting for MARBLEHEAD and U.S.Navy 1925 p 51-1040

 

Australia or New Zealand --temporary entry from p 66--This is p 66 w1176-end portion of "TACTICS" follows contents of wp 65 and p 66-p 65 Sophie Barrett M.A. 1925 "The Young Offender and the Criminal Law in Massachusetts"p 66 Bread on the Waters ch. 9 "The CAPTAIN WEARS A CROSS" Account of Jack Barrett and Overseas Transportation Office Pearl Harbor 1941-2 by Fleet Chaplain William A. Maguire Captain USN. p 66 Beginning TACTICS thesis 1924 Naval War College Newport Rhode Island by Lt. Jack Barrett- most of text on p 67 - end portion btween pages 68-72. p 75 Website Guide and Chapter Index "REDHEADED STEPCHILD" by Sophie Ruth Meranski Barrett p, 75 Chapter One Hartford, Mount Holyoke, Meranski family 1901-1923 Chapter Two Social Work and 'Greenwich Village Romance' 1923-1930 Chapter Four Meranski-Hartford letters follows Ch. Five Musical Interests is at website p 62. Revenue Cutter School 1909-11 main text is on web page 78, followed by Gershom Bradford and China chapter materials in preparation.Texts and photos of most other chapters can be found on website -Hawaii 1941-7 MARBLEHEAD 1924-7 Jack Barrett early years-Boston Latin- William J. Barrett- HANNIBAL Panama 1933-5 CLAXTON 1936 first order, p.89jbbtactics1924 web p 71 #2


 

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Jack Barrett on light cruiser MARBLEHEAD 1925 p 51-1041 }M{J}

 

p 51 This photo and negative were near photos of Panama Canal in light cruiser MARBLEHEAD materials 1925, -the fleet passed through Panama twice about March and late September. It would be interesting if anyone can recognize the background.


 


Sophie Meranski Barrett 40th anniversary essay #1052 p 51

 

: The Admiral with corrections l7A dcbr7@yahoo.com SOPHIE BARRETT l981 Pearl Harbor:"THE ADMIRAL sees the GENERAL on the GOLF COURSE."This is the story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forty years ago on December 7, l94l,where Commander Jack Barrett served from July,l5 l94l as Assistant War Plans Officer to October and then from October 194l for four years throughout World War II as Assistant Personnel Officer in charge of the Overseas Transportation Office at the Administration Buiulding.He & John & I lived only twelve miles away at 24l5 Ala Wai Boulevard Waikiki. John was five years & seven months old at the time of the attack that scared everyone in Hawaii & disrupted our lives for four years of Pacific war. We continued to write Jack's 87-year old father at 640 E. Seventh Street,South Boston,until he passed away August 2l,l942.We endured complete blackout, ten o'clock curfew (earlier at the beginning)martial law, gas masks,damp bomb shelters (our neighbors James & Edythe Needles had one in the back of their big yard next door,with carrots in a Victory garden on top)censored mail, poor food,especially for the civilians who did not have commissary privileges & miles & miles of barbed wire along Ala Wai canal & Waikiki Beach, where I caught my only umbrella, irreplaceable in a land of "liquid sunshine," as Hawaiians called the frquent bursts of rain,often accompanied by spectacular rainbows toward the Koolau range volcanic mountains that made a spectacular bright colored view behind the canal & golf course to the north.The canal was lined with palm trees & purple bouganvillea bushes.Our neighborhood had numerous pink, gold & rainbow shower trees & royal poincianas and African tulip and sausage trees, papayas, mangos, panax hedges and one black south of our house the big Kaiulani banyan tree on Tuisitala Street, named for "the teller of tales" Robert Louis Stevenson, who around l890 read to the young Hawaiian princess there on a stone seat under the huge spreading tree of the fig family with its high aereal roots near her home on Cleghorn Street.After the attack the shelves of our two Waikiki grocery stores & of department stores Liberty House & Sears Roebuck were bare for many weeks,& not an umbrella or much of anything else was for sale.Most Navy dependents & some civilians were evacuated as soon as transports & a convoy were available & not filled with the wounded.Dr. (John Barrett note -Jim Moloney knew Dr. Withington well - he played football and rowed on Harvard crew l909 - after Harvard Medical l9l3 he coached football U.Wisconsin then went to England as army doctor ww I -knew General Patton Hawaii l930's & wasNaval reserve doctor WW ii) Paul Withington, Navy Reserve determined the facilities needed for medical cases. Fleet Chaplain William Maguire & native Hawaiian social worker Clorinda Lucas and kamaaina ("long-resident") businessman Frank Midkiff advised on a relatively small number of hardship cases that qualified for priority consideration.Life was dull for John,as Jack worked seven days a week including holidays (Christmas Day Jack went to the docks to watch thousands of dependents board a large convoy to San Francisco, though many did not have proper winter clothes - then he joined us for supper,about six p.m. on Lewers Road Waikiki, where we were having a pleasant supper at the home of Captain & Mrs. Paul Rice, our old friends from Tientsin China l930-3l & Panama l935. Mrs. Rice served brandied peaches but remarked, "The last time I served them, the brandy made my heart beat,beat, beat all night." Paul replied, "You're lucky it didn't STOP beating!")Some mornings Jack drove John to Pearl Harbor for lunch in the Navy Officers Club (often baked beans & brown bread).In February l944 John asssisted Admiral William Furlong in the War Bond drive.Often Jack brought tense lonely naval personnel to our home form a swim & quick supper.Captain Harold Fultz, in command of a big hospital ship a friend from the MARBLEHEAD l926-7 was a frequent visitor.He also knew our neighbor Gerta Busck.The big hospital ship was kept fully lighted but had nevertheless been fired on by Japanese in violation of international agreements.He relaxed with us often. Then Jack would drive him in blacked-out Waikiki & Honolulu to a bus for Pearl Harbor.The public schools were closed for months Early in the war Waikiki Beach was closed off by Army barbed wire In early September l94l while England was at war with Germany but the United States was officially neutral, Admiral Sir Louis Mountbatten inspected Pearl Harbor & told CINCUS Admiral Kimmel & General Short,the Hawaii=Pacific commanders, at the Royal Hawaiian hotel that Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to attack, poorly defended, could be captured,& the ships tied up there destroyed. (He also warned Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark in Washington DC and was scheduled to see President Roosevelt, but Churchill wanted him back in London, so the opportunity was lost).Not enough was done to strengthen Pearl by the Army or Navy Commandant or to scatter ships of the fleet weekends. Disregarding Mountbatten's warning was very costly in the December 7 attack.On July l5, l94l John & I arrived by Matson liner Lurline, with Commander Barrett to be Assistant War Plans Officer under Admiral Claude Bloch in charge of the Fourteenth Naval Districtshore facilities under Kimmel.As the ship approached Honolulu there was a festival atmosphere with no inkling of the Japanese attack Barrett predicted.He had discussed this with his brother Bill & other friends & neighbors during our yhears in Brooklyn l939-l94l.He opposed sales of critical oil & scrap iron to Japann & the Axis. In command of the Branch Hydrographic Office he heard dramatic accounts from visiting ship captains of many nations of mines, subs & wartime hazards to navigation in the Atlantic.The contrasting mood in the "Paradise of the Pacific" was dramatic. Admiral James O.Richardson had been relieved of command in January l94l because he personally told President Roosevelt he opposed the movement of the fleet to Pearl Harbor from San Diego.Jack repeated a story that one time a newsboy asked Admiral Richardson his opinion of the weather. "-Say that again boy?" "What do you think of the weather, Admiral?" ="That's the first time in six months anyone has wanted my opinion about anything." ..As we landed at Honolulu harbor July l5 small boys were diving for the coins carefree passengers were tossing overboard.On the dock a band was playing, men were singing in high voices,& hula girls were dancing.Gertrude Rice and her daughter Nathalie put frangipani flower leis around our necks & drove us to the Moana Hotel., where Jack registered & then went with Captain Rice & the Head of the War Plans Office to Pearl Harbor.Gertrude, Nathalie,. John & I sat in the courtyard of the Moana under a big banyan tree.The first Saturday afternoon we went to see the unfinished new house assigned to us at Makalapa near oil tanks adjoining Pearl Harbor. Partly because the house was too big for our furniture but also because the location near the big oil tanks looked dangerous, we decided NOT to accept the house.We stayed in the expensive Moana Hotel until we found a furnished house at 24l5 Ala Wai Bouldevard three doors east of Kaiulani Street, where we stayed nearly six years. We moved in July 28, just as soon as the preious tenant Mrs. Bailey vacated. The commandant at Pearl, Admiral Claude Bloch, & the Commander-in Chief Admiral Kimmel, seemed to be unaware of impending attack. Jack warned Admiral Bloch & his chief of staff Captain Earle "Whistlebritches" that "one bomb could hit two ships."Jack advised Admiral Bloch & his staff that the War Plans Office should cooperate & work closely with General Short & Army War Plans of the defense of the fleet when in port,, but Bloch said,"No -I see the General on the golf course." ((A partial explanation for this bizarre attitude was desire for secrecy against spies.Kimmel had a false sense of security & kept his ship tied up in pairs at Pearl Harbor most weekends while personnel went on authorized or unauthorized holidays to Maui or elsewhere. On the Pearl Harbor weekend, Jack had greated leave to one sailor who was going to Maui., but with the strict condition he file a formal request. It was several days before he could return to the base, & he was convinced Jack knew the attack was coming: Jack said,"He looked at me as if I was the seventh son of a seventh son.When the Fleet Admiral in early December l94l asked the operations officer what the chances were of a surprise attack on Pearl, the answer was "None whatever."Yet only a week later on Sunday December 7,l94l at 6:55 AM the Japanese did attack by surprise,sank two battleships (the ARIZONA had over one thousand men lost on board,& the ship was never raised.)At 3:30 AM that Sunday morning an American mine sweeper based at Pearl signted the periscope of an unidentified submarine & radioed the destroyer WARD patroling the area. At 5:30 AM the WARD fired the first shot of the Pacific war at a submarine & radioed the Pearl Harbor radio office where an experienced noncommissioned officer tried to reach Admiral Bloch by phone but couldn't.-so he phoned his important message to Bloch's chief of staff & to a Fleet duty officer under Kimmel. In disbelief the chief of staff asked that the message be verified,&Kimmel decided to wait for verification.When the chief of staff reached Bloch by phone,he too decided to wait for verification.They were still waiting when the Japanese planes attacked- with disastrous results. But theyJapanese made three costly mistakes. They failed to destroy the repair facilities, failed to destroy the oil storage tanks, failed to realize that an aroused,angry American people would forge a great war machine,& beat that Japanese soundly at the battle of of Midway June 4-5, l942,put them on the defensive, hit them in their homeland with the atomic bomb, resulting in surrender in August l945. Jack & John were at Pearl Harbor at the time the surrender was announced.Postwar reports indicate a peace party in Japan was intimidated by assassination threats from extremists in the Army, & Stalin concealed information that Japan was trying diplomatically to arrange an earlier surrender that might have eliminated the use of nuclear weapons.The sudden death of President Roosevelt complicated any diplomatic effort to end the war, and the bitter-end defense of Okinawa by thousands of kamikazes led military men to believe an invasion of Japan's home islands might involve a million American casualties.In hindsight, the use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima & Nagasaki was an unnecessary tragedy,, but appeasement after Mudken l93l and the destruction of democratic Czechoslovakia l938 & U.S. isolationism & lack of preparedness led to Pearl Harbor & many tragedies.Jack Barrett spent a life warning & preparing from education at Boson Latin & Revenue Cutter School through Navy Reserve service World War I, Naval War College l923-4,the war games l925 that demostrated vulnerability of Pearl Harbor; the Reserve training New York l928-9, Boston l932-33 (Terminated in foolish effort to balance budget) Philadelphia l936-8 he saw the Atlantic Was close up at Naval Hydrographic Office New York l939-4l_-then Cassandra-like he tried to warn the War Plans staff at Pearl Harbor, but twenty-four hundred Americans died December 7.Americans at the time considered the atomic bomb retribution for Pearl Harbor,but it was a terrible tragedy,and Japanese has been one of America's most critical & loyal allies through fifty years of struggle against Communism. General MacArthur & the emperor Showa (known in his lifetime as Hirohito deserve enormous credit for this happy transformation. (This is revised from draft Sophie prepared for foriteth anniversary l983 at suggestion of Jason Korell, West Roxbury Transcript weekly newspaper.Sopihe covered much of the material in a talk to Roslindale historical Society (Helen Goetz president) November 1978 aty Knight of Columbua HaLL, ROSLINDALE, MASSACHUSETTS.


 


D-E-L-A-H-A-N-T-Y #1053 p 51 1970

 

D-E-L-A-H-A-N-T-Y p. 474 Ch. 26 Letters & Papers & Interviews - In researching material for these memoirs we read many letters and other papers which Jack had saved and we also received hundreds of letters from his friends and shipmates in reply to our detailed inquiries.Most of the letters or the material contained in them appear in this account, but some of them are not included.Since they reflect so much about Jack, about the years of his activities, and about the lives of many of his contemporaries, we are including them as a final chapter, including only material not previously covered. Delahanty letters February l9, and March 3l,l970 Captain Frank Delahanty now lives in Brockton, Massachusetts.For many years he was Jack's good friend in the Supply Corps and he and his wife Sue are mentioned in these memoirs as occasion warranted. On February l9, l970 he wrote,: Dear John: I hope you will not judge me to be careless in answering letters. I had a severe heart attack on November l5 last year and was immediately taken to the Cardinal Cushing hospital, where I spent a month. I was returned home by ambulance on December l5 and have had several setbacks since then. My age - seventy-nine -does not help me, and I was probably getting too much medication. Right now after discontinuing all the medication except the digitalis, I feel that I am improving.I knew several of those you mentioned in your letter- some very well and some not so well- but most of them have passed away.One whom I know well and who is still living is Lloyd A. Straits- retired Commander- of Fort Lauderdale Florida. He served on the USS TOUCEY with your dad, and I am sure he can provide you with much detail about that service.In a week or ten days I should be much better, and I hope then to break out my typewriter and give you a detailed breakdown of everything I can recall regarding your Dad and those you mentioned in your letter.We were saddened to learn of your Dad's demise, and we offer our sincere sympathy.On March 3l, l970 Captain Delahanty wrote again: "Dear John, I am sorry it took me so long to get around to replying to your letter,but it has taken me a long time to recover from that heart attack. First I was surprised to learn that the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Department charges a fee for furnishing an address. I had Lloyd Straits's address as we have exchanged Christmas cards down through the years.I knew him first at Newport during the early part of World War I. While I was stationed in New York (Brooklyn) in early l930, he was in New York and accumulated a small fortune playing the stock market.He had no occupation and daily stood over a stock ticker and did very well until the tide turned on him.He came over to Brooklyn and had dinner with us every Sunday.Finally he told me that he had only seventeen thousand dollars left and that very good law office furniture could be bought at ridiculously low prices.He bought an outfit of law office furniture and shipped it to Ashland, Ohio and went out there and opened a law office.After World War I he got out of the Navy and went out on Shipping Board vessels as an engineering officer, but prior to going into merchant shipping he took and completed a course in law and for a while practiced law in Columbia, Georgia. He stayed in Ashland and practiced law for some time. He had a Congressman friend and occasionally came to Washington to see him.We reported to Washington in July l939, and he visited with us occasionally.In l941 he told me he wanted to get back in the Navy,and I had him come in and got him assigned to the Office of Naval Operations, where he stayed for some time, and then became Judge Advocate of the General Court Martial Board at the Washington Navy Yard.(at the Naval Gun Factory).During late l942 or early l943 he married a girl from Ashland, Ohio.Since his retirement he has spent most of the year in Florida, but I think he goes to Ohio now for the summer.I knew many of the officers you mentioned in your first letter and some of them of course, better than others.Most of these officers have passed away.: William D. Puleston, William Calhoun,Woodward, Admiral Ghormley,Holloway Frost, George Crapo, Adolphus Andrews, David Sellers,and Dr. Julius Neuberger.I knew the following but not so well as those mentioned in the previous sentence: H.B. Price,(with Jack in command of WYOMING) C B Carey with Jack on TRUXTUN l929 in Philippines), Edward P. Beach (on WYOMING with Jack l922-3) Martin Derx (Port Director at Pearl Harbor World War II) and Commander Keliher (commanded TRUXTUN l929-30 after Carey).I also knew Dr. James B. Moloney as he was on duty in the Dispensary at the Boston Shipyard while I was Supply Officer of the Yard.Your father told me that he grew up with him in South Boston.I first met your father in Charleston, South Carolina when he was on the TOUCEY. I was on the staff of Admiral Ashley H. Robertson, who was in command of the Destroyer Force, which had about one hundred five ships- three of them tenders. I do not recall just where I met him. I knew Lloyd Straits well, and it is likely he brought your Dad over to the flagship USS ROCHESTER to visit me- or I might possibly have met him while ashore.Then I think it was l935 while I was on the USS WYOMING we got an apartment on North Street in Portsmouth, Virginia. Your Dad was on the HANNIBAL at that time and had an apartment in the same building. It was there that we first met you mother. She saw the name Delahanty on the doorbell and called to see my wife to see if she was related to Edna Delahanty, who was a classmate of hers at Mount Holyoke (Edna and Frank are first cousins with backgrounds in Fall River, Massachusetts).In l936 I was still on the WYOMING when you mentioned that I got a pair of shoes for your Dad while he was on the CLAXTON (Frank was supposed to pick up a pair of shoes repaired for Jack in Culebra, Puerto Rico, but they had been mailed to Jack at Norfolk.)I next saw you Dad while he was on the tanker TRINITY in l939. I was officer in charge at NAVDATO in San Pedro California and the TRINITY came into Terminal Island to load oil.Your Dad sent a message over to me, and I went over to see him.As I recall it,he was Executive Officer of the TRINITY. I wanted him to come up and have lunch with us, but he said he would never leave the ship while oil was being pumped aboard.I next recall seeing your Dad at Pearl Harbor in l946.He was in the Naval District, and I was on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Pacific (Admiral. Nimitz). My duties were concerned with Logistics, and I had practically no contact with the Naval District.As I recall it, on two occasions Admiral Towers sent me to represent him at a conference with Admiral Hall, the District Commandant, and his staff.I remember it because Admiral Hall was a Squadron Commander in the Destroyer Force back in l921,and I sent him a rather petulant dispatch, and he came over to complain about it and was curtly told by then Admiral Yarnell who was our chief of staff to do exactly what the dispatch ordered and not to forget that the tone of the dispatch was justified by the delinquency of his command.Admiral Hall had not forgotten either, since he remarked to me, that "You and I seem to conflict both here and in the past." However, he backed off this time, and my view prevailed.It concerned the appointment and fixing of salary for the Manager of the Officers Club.He was a parsimonious soul and wanted to pay a pitiful small salary. I told him for a cheap price we will be buying inefficiency- and an adequate salary will attract an efficient operator.I told Admiral Towers about it, and he said I was right, and if Hall would not agree, he would make him agree. While at Pearl Harbor, you were a small boy, may recall coming out to Pearl Harbor at Makalapa to spend a Sunday with us.I saw your Dad a few times while I was at Boston Navy Yard. He came in to see me.As I recall it, he came over to see Dr. Moloney and then came in to see me.As I recall your Dad, he was a loyal and devoted person of sterling character with an analytic mind, and he never hesitated to offer assistance whenever he felt it was needed. With regard to the TOUCEY I think your best bet for information is Lloyd Straits. I think your first step is to obtain a copy of your Dad's offical record.His fitness reports would be signed by his Commanding Officer in each case and would reflect their official appraisal of you Dad.Also any commendations would appear in the record.You inquired about when I went into the Service.I was employed as an archivist at the Naval War College and on the advice of officers there I enrolled in the Naval Reserve.At that time the War College staff and the students there were the top calibre of the Navy.Admiral Sims was president of the College, and the staff comprised Vogelsang, Schofield, Yarnell, and Pye - all later distinguished Admirals.I appeared destined to spend the whole World War I in Newport, but through appeal to one of the ranking officers in Naval Operations whom I knew at the War College, I got assigned to sea duty.I went to Montreal to get an overseas vessel, and the officer in charge of that place decided to keep me there.I wrote again to the Officer in Naval Operations, and he pried me loose, and I spent about a year on a cargo carrier. On my return to the United States in 1919,I requested discharge to inactive duty and went back to the War College.A captain with whom I had served pestered me to come back in the Service and to stop him from annoying me, I told him I would take the examination - which was scheduled shortly- for appointment in the United States Navy.I felt that I would not pass the examination, but I did; and orders were issued to me to report to the USS DIXIE. It was too quick, and I didn't know just what to do , so I put in for two weeks active duty for training and went off for two weeks in destroyers.Upon my return I went to the dock at Newport and there met the Commanding Officer of the DIXIE. He wanted to know what happened to me, and I told him. He then told me that his ship carried two supply officers - it was a destroyer tender- and one was detached - this one I was supposed to relieve and the other one shortly thereafter was sent to the hospital, so he went over to see the chief of Staff, Admiral Yarnell, whom I knew very well at the War College- and he told him he would arrange the prompt replacement of the two supply officers, and when I reported to send me over to him.So he took me out to the ROCHESTER in his boat, and Captain Yarnell welcomed me on board and told me they had a nice assignment for me on the staff.Since I also knew Admiral Robertson at the War College, I was in familiar company.I had various duty I went from the ROCHESTER to take over tankers from the shipping Board at Mobile, Alabama.-then spent about nine months on a tanker.Then to a cargo carrier for a number of years. I went to the Philadelphia textile school for two years. then to a division of destroyers going to Europe for two years (the prize duty in the Navy at that time) but the European cruise was cut short due to the fact that the destroyers in the Division were the only ones with sufficient speed to act as plane guards for the (carriers) SARATOGA and LEXINGTON. Captain Richardson - later Admiral Richardson who got fired l94l as Commander in Chief Pacific by Roosevelt for refusing to keep the Fleet in Pearl Harbor over weekends was the boss on the European cruise and then went to Washington for Bureau of Personnel duties.He picked out a good job for me as Officer in Charge of the Navy Motion Picture Exchange in New York. He did that over the protest of my Bureau, and when I learned about that four months later, I asked him to let me go where my Bureau decided to send me, and he did- but he said I would not like it, and he would keep a similar job open for me on the West Coast.I got ordered to the Naval Supply Depot in Brooklyn and spent about four years there.I was due for sea or foreign duty, but Admiral Peoples with whom I was associated in New York got President Roosevelt to order my transfer to Washington. My orders to Guantanamo were cancelled, and a few months later Admiral Peoples came down as Chief of Bureau.He later organized and acted as head of Division of Supplies(now the General Services Administration). He wanted me to go there as his assistant.I told him I wanted to stay in the Navy and I would like to go to sea. Admiral Hayne Ellis had stopped by to see me and told me there would be a vacancy on the WYOMING shortly, and he would like to have me there So I told Admiral Peoples I would like the WYOMING, and that is what I got- and enjoyed it.From the WYOMING I went as officer in charge at NAVDATO San Pedro(the Naval Base of Los Angeles)- from there to the Bureau in Washington- from there to the South Pacific in l942, to Portsmouth Shipyard New Hampshire in l944 and to CINCPAC Commander-in-Chief staff, Pearl Harbor in l946 and to Boston in l948 and to retirement in l952.I really enjoyed all my duty, but duty in Europe in destroyers just carrying the Flag around was better that any "Cook's tour" that could be planned.I enjoyed every minute of my Naval career and do not regret one bit of it.We have done practically no travelling since I retired. I saw "we". I travelled plenty while with Kelley. On one trip I was gone four and a half months and I visited every nuclear set-up in the country. For quite a while I had an office in Washington and went down there every Tuesday morning and returned Friday afternoon.If I have missed any information you requested, please inform me as I would like to be of help.P.S. I knew Harry Badt very well, but he died some time ago.I did not know Rear Admiral John Wegforth. If there is anything more you think I might be able to pass along to you, please give me a list of questions, and I'' try to answer them. - Frank Delahanty -Captain United States Navy, Retired." On April ll, l970 (p. 485)Captain Delahanty wrote again (from 380 Elm Street Brockton Massachusetts) Dear John,your letter of April 2 was received & I shall endeavor to give you whatever information I have retained about the various persons & ships you mentioned.Regarding the ship: I have only a hazy recollection that there was an old time cruiser named the USS MONTGOMERY. but I do not recall anything about her.I have no recollection of the USS ANNISTON(MonTGOMERY was renamed ANNISTON- We learned a little about her from Captain Richardson who was aboard her with Jack during World War I,-Sophie Barrett note). The USS WYOMING had guns removed from two turrets.(Jack served on the battleship WYOMING from January l922 to June l923, when he left for the Junior War College course.) These turrets made excellent classrooms. After the removal of the guns, the USS WYOMING was assigned to the Training Squadron and was used on midshipmen summer cruises,and Naval Reserve training cruises in the fall of each year and during the winter and early spring was utilized on Marine Corps expeditionary training exercises.These exercises (in which Jack took part in early l936 at Culebra east of Puerto Rico on the destroyer CLAXTON) resulted in the development of the present Amphibious Forces and also in the development of landing craft, which were used extensively in World War II and since then.As the Naval Academy expanded there was insufficient capacity in the Training Squadron to handle the entire student body, and destroyers were utilized for summer cruises for the freshman class. In l935 when I went to the WYOMING, that ship and the ARKANSAS were in the training squadron, and they were later joined by the USS TEXAS &USS NEW YORK. The Naval War College (attended by Jack from July l923 to June 24 at Newport Rhode Island- the Junior Course of one year) During the early days of the Naval War College studies were confined to Policy, Naval Tactics, Naval Strategy,Logistics, and International Law. The staff consisted of senior officers with long training in the subject each one handled at that time.International law was handled by a professor from Harvard.In those days it was considered necessary for a Captain to be graduated from the naval War College if he expected to have any chance of being selected to the rank of Rear Admiral Later on after my time a Junior course was established (taken by Jack in l923).and it consisted principally of students in the rank of Commander and Lieutenant Commander. In the Junior course I believe the course was expanded to include Ordinance and perhaps a little engineering.The courses of the War College were intensive and required long hours of study.During my time it was conducted much along the line of the Harvard Graduate School of Business (case method with student recitation). Problems in the various subjects were issued, and each student had to submit a written solution.After the solutions were handed in,a critique was held under the direction of the Head of the Department.There was no hard and fast solution like the is in a problem in mathematics- but weak points in the various solutions were pointed out, and each member of the class could comment on them verbally. Also each student had to submit a thesis on Policy, Strategy,and Tactics. (We still have a copy of Jack's thesis on Strategy and Tactics.It centered on the Battle of Jutland in World War I, one of the largest Naval Battles in history, where the Germans damaged more British shipping than they incurred themselves, but they did not decisively break the British blockade. The central Admiralty tried to over-manage details of tactics - communications were chaotic, and British Admirals were overcautious & let German ships escape when they were highly vulnerable. Jack also analyzed the naval tactics of Horatio Nelson,) The end result of the training was a sort of regimented thinking, -so that a subordinate would think and act in a given situation in the same way that his superior commander would. That system permitted the Commander in chief to issue campaign orders without detailed instructions.The familiar order in the War College was, "Seek out and destroy." This of course was prefaced by a statement of enemy forces present location and probable disposition.The solution entailed first a determination of scouting and screening operations which the student had to develop.The problem was of a strategic nature and stopped upon contact with the enemy, when it became a tactical problem. The tactical problem was finally worked out on a game board. The game was manned principally by the staff of the college.The participants on each side were excluded from the game board room.They were not aware of what the enemy was doing until their side suffered loss or damage.For example one side would advise that they had opened gunfire with sixteen inch guns on the enemy or had launched a torpedo attack by certain ships against the enemy.The umpires showed a table which showed how much damage or loss would be inflicted by the method of attack.The umpires shook dice to determine what effect the attack had.This method was developed scientifically and was based on records that showed that torpedoes, for instance, proved to be "duds" and did not reach their targets in a certain number of instances out of one hundred firings.Then by shaking the dice, they determined whether or not it sank the ship.Today the war games are conducted with electronic equipment.The War College operated on the theory that writing makes an exact man, and as a consequence all students had to do considerable writing.Therefore the War College probably has considerable writing by your father (we have a copy of his thesis).I do not recall anyone who was at the War College in l923-l924 other than a few of the civilian staff who have long since passed away. (Note by John Barrett-The emphasis mentioned by Captain Delahanty on the offense "Seek and destroy the enemy" had serious disadvantages in World War II in situations such as Pearl Harbor l94l, where Admiral Kimmel failed to take defensive measures in port, though he planned a spirited counterattack at Wake Island, which was cancelled when he was relieved of command - also Guadalcanal where Captain Fletcher removed his carriers quickly, leaving Marine amphibious force in great danger, and at the Battle of Leyte Gulf October l944, where the Japanese correctly anticipated that Admiral Halsey would go north to try to destroy their carriers, though they had few remaining planes -MacArthur's large amphibious operation landing on Leyte was in grave danger, but heroic escort carriers saved the day, and luck, & the attrition & exhaustion the Japanese had encountered coming up from Brunei through shallow straits near Palawan, where submarines sank large Japanese warships. Jack Barrett learned the maxim, "The best defense is a vigorous offense, but in these situations defense of amphibious operations & shore facilities sometimes proved wiser than traditional "Search and destroy tactics).Delahanty letter continued: Puleston: As I recall it, his initials were W.D. I knew him at the Naval War College & last saw him in l942 He was then retired & living in Washington.(He was Jack's Executive Officer on the battleship WYOMING l922-3 & a severe critic of Winston Churchill & the Gallipoli campaign World War I - one of his Naval Institute magazine articles l920's concluded, "Even the British empire could not survive another Winston Churchill.")He & I went to Ware Massachusetts to officiate awarding a Navy "E" to the Hampden & Ware Woolen Mills.He wanted to start ahead of time to visit with some friends in Connecticut & he wanted me to go along with him.He wrote considerable matter for the Naval Institute (magazine) & for military publications. He had a sharp mind & a sharp tongue & was very definite in his determinations.He was most decisive. When we were going to Ware,the Board of Naval Awards had a Public Relations section & they gave us the speeches we were to make. I did not like mine too well, and when Puleston came around I asked him how he liked the speech that they had prepared for him. He said, "I read it and threw it in the wastebasket." I would have liked to do the same thing but did not dare.However, I noticed the Board of Awards did not again invite him to represent them.I know he died a few years ago as I read of his death in the Armed Forces Journal. He was not exactly popular although I always got along with him- but I imagine it would be a little bit tough serving under his command. Holloway Frost (author of leading text on "The Battle of Jutland")I knew him at the Naval War College.He was an introspective type & had little to say, but he was considered to have a great potential as an expert on scouting & screening. I thought he would eventually be outstanding & would succeed Admiral Pye as an authority on scouting & screening. but he sort of passed out of the picture, & I recollected reading his death notice but I do not recall when it was (l937 at age 47). Admiral Yarnell (Just before World War II he was Commander in chief in the Asiatic Fleet & went to consult my friend MT Liang in Tientsin -Sophie Barrett note). I knew Adm. Yarnell very well.He was everything that a gentleman should be.He was most courteous,kind, considerate,a hard worker & a student. I knew him first at the Naval War College,then as Chief of Staff in the Destroyer force,Scouting Fleet, & last saw him in l939 when he was returning from C-in-C Asiatic to report as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.Then he stopped in for a few minutes to --p. 472 say hello to me in Washington in late l94l or early l942. He lived in Newport after his retirement & died in the l950's as I recall it.Harry Badt.(Jack's lifelong friend in the Navy).I knew Harry Badt very well as he & I served on the Naval uniform Board in Washington in l94l & l942. He later went to Geneva, New York as commanding officer of the Naval Training Station there. Harry was a native of Washington (DC) & was Jewish...He had command of a cruiser before we got into World War II & he picked up survivors of an English liner, which had been sunk by a German sub.He brought the survivors into New York & the Jewish people of New York put on a big dinner for him,& it was given wide publicity.Up to that time the Navy was known as "The Silent Service" & getting in the public eye, particularly through speech-making was considered a cardinal sin.Harry was made a Commodore while at Geneva. He was a fine person, & although I never served with him except in Washington, I am sure he was a very capable naval officer. Charleston South Carolina has a good harbor.As I recall it destroyers were tied up in groups of three, not only in the harbor,which got pretty rough at times but also in the Cooper River and in another river - I think it was the North River. The one hundred five ships in the Destroyer Force included destroyers, tenders, and tankers.Admiral Ghormley (whom Jack knew well at Pearl Harbor) I do not recall when or where I first met him. He had the command in the South Pacific and was relieved in (October) l942 by Admiral Halsey.As I recall it, things were not going so well out there- not because of anything Admiral Ghormley did or didn't do but because the people, particularly in new Zealand wee getting jittery and fearful that the Japs would invade New Zealand. I saw Admiral Ghormley in Washington upon his return, when he sought my help in getting things straightened out about his uniforms. Admiral Sellers: I knew Admiral Sellers at the Naval War College when he was a Captain.He was personally pleasant and appeared to have a keen perception of things.Smedley Butler: I met Smedley Butler first in l923 at Quantico just before he got a leave of absence from the Marines so that he could take up the duties of Director of Public Safety in Philadelphia. Our ship was in Quantico preparatory to taking the Marines on a landing force exercise.Our Dr. Dreifuss had been at Quantico previously, and I went with him to call on General Butler. He was a flamboyant character who ruled with an iron hand. All the Marines were afraid of him. In my opinion he had common sense and had little use for anyone who did not have common sense.He ended up in Philadelphia fighting with the politicians. (John Barrett note - Butler returned to active duty & played major role at Shanghai l927 when Jack was there and in l928 at Tientsin and in North China. He was scheduled to command the Marine Corps but Herbert Hoover disliked him and used his l930 criticisms of Benito Mussolini as an excuse to retire Butler.In retirement l930's Butler criticized overuse of marines to advance commercial interests in the Carribean. He also exposed a Nazi conspiracy for violence aimed at President Roosevelt and Congress, which had duped some prominent Americans into statements of support.He selected sites for Marine bases at San Diego and Quantico, Virginia and consulted surviving Civil War and Confederate veterans in re-enactments of Civil War battles near.Quantico. His father a Republican Congressman from Philadelphia had a key assignment on the committee controlling Navy and Marine Appropriations.Our friend Anita Douredoure commented recollect ing him in one of her letters.)The manager of the Officers Club at Pearl Harbor had been Assistant Manager of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington and Manager of the Hershey Hotel in Hershey Pennsylvania.He was later borrowed by Getty the oil man for use in planning a millionaires' club in Hawaii and later became manager of that club.He was a very capable hotel man who was a Reservist on active duty with the Navy and went on inactive duty to take over as Manager of the Officers Club.Admiral Richardson (In command of the Pacific FLeet before Admiral Kimmel and relieved by President Roosevelt January l941 for objecting to the concentration of the Fleet at Pearl Harbor, especially on weekends.) I knew Admiral Richardson very well. As I told you,I served in Europe with him and subsequently saw him many times.The last time I saw him was at a luncheon in Washington in l951.He came FROM TEXAS AND WAS SORT OF LACONIC. HE ALWAYS REMINDED ME OF A BIG HORSE TRADER.He had a nice sense of humor and more practical sense than you would find in a carload of people.Julius Neuberger- He was an eye doctor in the Navy and widely known. He was Jewish, a great humanitarian and a man well diversified in his profession.He was one of the first- if not the first in this country to qualify for aviation medicine.He was also one of the first to qualify in plastic surgery.He made a trip on the WYOMING when I was on it. He went over to Europe to attend an aviation medicine conference, spent the summer in Europe and came back with us.It was either l935 or l936. He would provide medical service to his friends regardless of where they were.Unfortunately, he always let the news get in the newspapers, and I always felt that was the reason he was passed over for promotion. (He was Captain - Jack visited Dr.Neuberger at Newport about l963, and Dr. Neuberger recommended "Stuartinic", a B vitamin preparation).Tipton Woodward (paymaster when Jack was on TULSA l930-l93l I knew him first in l92l when he was stationed on destroyers at Charleston (South Carolina). I probably saw him on various occasions until I went to Washington in l933 -and he was on duty at the Gun Factory there.He was a member of a study group I organized.Then he was on duty in Washington when I went back there in l939.Jayne's "Fighting Ships" will provide authentic information regarding U.S. Navy ships.Cruisers are a thing of the past- like the battleships. Destroyers have grown in size and speed until they seem to have made the cruiser obsolete.-Frank Delahanty."(Frank Delahanty;'s first cousin Edna Delahanty was a l9l9 to l923 classmate of Sophie Meranski Barrett at Mount Holyoke College. She and her sister Sarah grew up in Fall River Massachusetts and lived near the Barretts in Jamaica Plain in the l960's and l970's. Sophie saw Edna at Mount Holyoke college reunions l978 & l983. Edna was a baseball fan. This friendship lead to a close relation with Frank Delahanty and his wife Sue. Sophie and john visited them at their Brockton home in l970 when Frank was recovering from heart trouble.


 


Jack Barrett's father November 29,l854-August 21, 1942 John Robert Barrett p 51 #1054

 

John Robert Barrett letter folllowed by granson's essay 1-p 60 640 E 7 St. Dec. 21st l935 Well Folks i am at it again and as usual i Have Nothing to say Other than Wish You both a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year We Wluld Like to have You With us, but as the Weather will be cold and stormy at this time, it would take the pleasure out of the trip. But I will keep a pack of cards ready so you can beat me. Bill said he would be here for Christmas. I was at the beach yesterday with the Pup. i bought 4 chickens and I would be Better without Them as They Don'tLay and I don't think they will very soon. But if they have any in their Jeenes (genes) I will get them. I have ordered a nice fresh turkey so I will be ready. The two calendars from the Tow Boat Company came yesterday.If you come up, I will give you one.Joe Buckley called up asking for you both.i hope you have a good trip in your new boat and that you will like it.Ma is comfortable as can possibly be expected. My- OldJack Frost is here now and i Expect his chum Jimmie Snow will Call to see Him - Pa" To lt C Jo b. Barrett c/o Phila Navy Yard - 37John Robert Barrett's paternal grandparents were named Robert Barrett and Catherine Sullivan. They remained in Cork, Ireland, as did one daughter Mary, who married Cornelius Kerrigan in the Ballymartyle area near Kinsale.Tax censuses of Cork in 1827 and 1852 show a Robert Barrett on the east bank of the Bandon River, south of Bandon not far from Ballytmartle and Kinsale. The main source of early history is a September 1911 letter by Robert Joseph Mehegan, Boston Herald printer 1857-1925 to his son Robert junior working in land office Evanston Wymong, who was about to visit relative in San Francisco. It tells that a group of five children of the above couple came to Boston in 1841 - Robert, Kate, Ellen, Johanna, and Margaret. Of these Robert the eldest was probably born about 1815, worked as a milkman, married and moved late 1840s to near St. Peter and Paul Church on West Broadway, and had four children that grew up- records suggest a baby named Robert died, Michael may have been born 1850, Mary is definietely l852 while family was near A and West Third or Athens corner Second. The family was on Goddard Street Dochester when John Robert was born November 29, 1854, but the location near old wetlands and Lark Street and Saint Augustine Church was part of the 1855 Washington Village annexation to Boston and a few years later was renamed West Eighth Street. While living in downtown Boston in 1840s Robert Barrett appears to have placed an advertisment in the Irish newspaper "The Pilot" seeking to locate his maternal cousin surnamed Sulllivan, who had emigrated 1846 from Cork to St. John New Brunswick. Of the four sisters who accompanied him to Boston 1841, the older two Kate and Ellen married brothers Charles and John Mehegan from Ballyheedy, Ballinhassig, county Cork. These two families have numerous descendants whose surnames have included Hoarde, Maloney,Carty, Brennan,Soger, Craig, Sullivan. The two younger girls Johanna and Margaret crossed Panama by muleback to Panama 1854 and lived many years at 2023 and 2043 Polk St, -Johanna became Mrs. Hession marrying an engineer- one daughter married Emil Fahrbach, an executive of Dinkelspiel stores. The milkman Robert Barrett had a second daughter Kate in 1855 or 1856 and died December 18, 1859 of lung disease. Little is known of his wife Catherine Daly. Records conflict whether she was born in Masschusetts or Ireland. Daly is a strongly localized West Cork name, especially from around Skibbereen. The Dalys were bards and associated with the powerful O Mahony landowners of the area. Spelling of the name varies in records and often followed the preference of clerks and centsus takers. The Irish form properly should be O Daly or O Dailey. When her grandson John Berchmans Barrett was born August 28, 1888 his godfather was Andrew Dailey at the christening by Rev. Johnson at Gate of Heaven Church at I and East Fourth Streets - possibly some kin. It is not possible to identify him positively in Boston directories - a few years earlier an Andrew Dailey was listed as a cigar maker on West Seventh Street - he does not appear thereafter in boston directories, but John Robert Barrett kept plumbing shop account records 1890 to 1894, and in these D. Dailey of West Seventh Street appears several times as a customer, and another Dailey on Second street was also a customer. Mrs. Robert Barrett nee Catherine Daly died of tuberculosis in 1863. Jack Barrett stated that her sister-in-law Ellen Barrett Mehegan adopted the two daughters Mary and Kate while their mother was still living, but that his father John Robert Barrett preferred to live with a baker Michael Thompson "at City Point" in one of the oldest houses east of L Street, at 640 East Seventh Street. Jack Barrett apparently learned that his father had some resentment on his sisters being taken away while their mother was still alive, but quarantine for tuberculosis was probably the reason. Jack Barrett in later years did much probate and land court legal work and historical research also, and he may have found probate procedings concerning his aunts, with whom he corresponded regularly until their deaths in May and November1923. The trancontinental railroad was completed in 1869, and they went in 1871 to San Francisco, where Kate lived with the Barrett immigrants on Polk Street, while Mary entered the teaching order of Presentation Nuns 1871 under the name Sister Mary Joseph. She was many years in San Francisco, at Sonoma 1890, where she sent newspaper articles and postcards and a photo in which she was standing in front of the convent with mountains in the background - then for many years she was Mother Superior of the Presentation Girls High School in Berkeley California, where Robert J. Mehegan juinior visited her in 1911. She selected Jack Barett's middle name Berchmans, honoring a Belgian child canonized as a saint 1887. When her sister Kate died May 1923, she wrote Jack Barrett explaining a complex will under which Kate Barrett in 1915 received half of the estate of her immmigrant aunt Johanna Hession, for whom she made a home many years - thye remained stayed in the Hession -Fahrbach family. Then Jack Barrett received a legacy from his aunt Kate Barrett in 1926, after a life estate to her cousin Kate Kerrigan, who came from Ballymartle Cork to San Francsico in 1897. This led to tracing several Kerrigan relations because Kate Kerrigan's sister Johanna Kerrigan had married John Ring from the Ballymartle-Ballinhassig area, and his nieces Mrs. Joan Finn and Peg Ring and their cousin Ella Collins of Moskeigh took an interest and were extremely helpful in 1971. They kept in touch with a Ring descendant Eva Kimbrough of Berkeley, whose daughter had attended the Presentation School there. Nano Nagle was the founder of the Presentation Order in Cork. Interest in this history was whetted because Robert Barrett's landlord 1855-1859 on Goddard Street-West Eighth Street was named Michael A. Ring, and he played an active role in charity and church affairs in the South Boston Irish community. He started out in junk and gunny cloth according to directories, and he had a number of children, including Thomas Ring, who became a trustee of Saint vincent de Paul, which look out for the needs of the poor, especially children. A will of Michael A.Ring some years later lists twenty-four grandchildren. He lived near Vinton Street, across south of Old Colony Boulevard, also in the 1855 Washington Village annexation.In the 1970s John Barrett junior had an extended telephone conversation regarding this history with retired United States House of Representatives Speaker John W. McCormack, who lived on Vinton Street as a child and was most interested in the local history.Directories indicated that one of the Goddard Street neighbors was a Mrs. Welch,who was a sister of the baker Michael A. Thompson who adopted John Robert Barrett 1862. Her photo and that of another sister Mrs. McGlinchy appeared in the oldest Barrett family photo album. John Robert Barrett was listed as a resident at 640 East Seventh Street the Thompson home in the 1870 United States census. For a year or so at some point John Robert went somewhere in the Middle West to live and work with his older brother Michael, but he returned to Boston and was apprenticed to the master plumber William S. Locke in the 1870s, and he later worked for Locke prior to establishing his own plumbing shop first on Atlantic Avenue and Federal Street near South Station and after 1908 to 1922 aT 112 HARRISON AVENUE near present day Tufts Dental and Medical School and Chinatown. JohnRobert Barrett's Boston poll tax payment records from 1875, l876, and 1877 were found in the South Boston home after the death of his daughter Mollie october 11, 1967. John Robert Barrett married Catherine Agnes Buckley April 19, l884 at Gate of Heaven Church - ceremony performed by Reverend Lee. They lived for a time a Thomas Park on dorchester Heights and also at P St City Point. Their son John Berchmans Barrett was born August 28, 1888 at 654 East Sixth Street, but his mother died of unknown causes June 8, 1889, when he was less than ten months old. John Robert Barrett went to live with the Buckley in-laws, who had moved to Park Street. Melrose in 1884. Aunts Minnie and Maggie Buckley and grandparents looked after young Jack while his father commuited by train to the plumbing shoip on Boston. Many of John Robert Barrett friends can be identified from old family photo albums. There were at least fine photos of his wife Catherine Buckley, and onew of her mother and one dated 1872 or her brother John - a separate locket of her youngest sister Minnie - a tintype of John robert Barrett's older brother Michael, and shots of his sisters Mary and Kate in San Frnacisco- photos of plumber William S. Locke and his brother Ned - photos of Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. McGlinchy - two Buckley cousins in Milford an older man an younger woman- of Civil War Veteran George Varnum in uniform -Jack Barrett recollected that he was in parades in 1890s- or Con Crowley, whom Jack believed a plumbing inspector and a friend Wally Sweeney.Also cousin [Robert Joseph] "Mehegan" and next to him "Kate" his sister Mrs. Craig who later lived near Blossom Street and Massachusetts General Hospital.bert Joseph] "Mehegan" and next to him "Kate" his sister Mrs. Craig who later lived near Blossom Street and Massachusetts General Hospital. After working many yeazrs for master plumber William S. Locke, John Robert Barrett started his own shop near South station October 1890 and continued until 1926. He was an authority on underground pipes in Boston, and even after his retirement he was often consulted when an emergency leak occurred affecting subways.He lived to age eighty-seven years and nearly nine months, and sometimes regretted retiring, saying "I didn't know I would live so long." We have his first account book covering the years 1890-1894, and a number of sections in his handwriting are bring posted on website http://ccilink.com/barrett.One shows Christmas presents Dec 1892 to his landlady and mothger in law Mrs. Buckley opf Melrose and his son John and nieces and nephews including Frances, Gertude and Catherine (Agnes) Buckley. Another tells of purchase of large photo of his son John Berchmans Barrett and frame March 1892 =Jack was three and a half years - photo was taken to West Roxbury 1968 and stolen 1993. Another page describes purchase of oranges, grapes, frequent railroad commuter tickets and the milk and board patyments to Mrs. Buckley, who gave free baord to your John the final week, before his father ramarried November 1894 and removed to South Boston. Mary Lane, who became Mrs. Barrett 1894 to l938 lived onGrove Street Melrose, one of eight children. Several of her brothers were plasterers who were working at 640 East Seventh Streeet South Boston when Sophie Barrett first visited there April 1932 returning with Jack from China.Thehistory of the Lane family is recounted elsewhere in memoir, but their moother was a Lunch fromHenmare-Glengarriff area Kerry with Palmer and Sullivan-Christian ancestors.In the 1890s John Robert Barrett became trustee of baker Michael Thompson's house at 640 East Seventh Street, and on his marriage he moved next door at 634 East Seventh Street, where he rented until May 1902. A lost photo showed him holding his three youngest children Bill, Mollie and Kate, with Jack standing next to him aged twelve wearing a cap formally dressed in back yard at #634 East. Seventh.John Robert BaRRETT then bought the house at 640 East Seventh St. where he had grown up from the Thompson estate and lived there until August 21, l942, and his daughter Mollie lived there until she passed away October 11, l967 from bowel cancer. Her nephew William Joel Barrett in 1970 sold the property to Alphonsus and Catherine Roche downstairs tenants since 1942 natives of Ferryville, Newfoundland. John Robert Barrett employed a number of helpers at various times in his plumbing shop,but in later yearssd labor laws made this more difficult, and he reduced his operations. He was at 112 Harrison Avenue 1908-1922 and on Hudson and Tyler Streets in 1920s near present Tufts Medical-Dental Schools.One story tells when he ran into some tourists who were admiring and handling brightly colored autumn foliage, which he wanred them was poison ivy.He advised Jack to ride in the middle cars of subway trains, as the firsxt and last car were more vulnerable to accidents.In the 1920s Jack and Bill were concerned when their father develop a sizable grow near one eyebrow, and after some urging they persuaded him to see Dr. Boland of City Point, So8th Boston, who successfully removed it.John Robert Barrett and his son Jack both wore eyeglasses prescribed by Dr. Peter Hunter Thompson ophthalmologist on Commonwealth Avenue Back Bay.In the 1930s he toook caRE OF HIS WIFE WHO WAS DISABLED for several years with diabetes, for which insulin treatment was not yet avilable - much worse prospect ythant today.Up to 1938 when he was 83 years of age John Robert Barrett frequently traveled to visit his sons Jack and Bill and their families. He was photographed with Sophie and John May 1936 Norfolkl Virgina when John was six weeks old, and with Jack and John and Sophie in Bala Cynwyd near Philadelphia 1937 and l938. He visited Bill Barrett l935 and other times at Ten Mitchell Place New York, and was photographed 1939 at Darien Connecticut with Bill and Virginia and newborn William Joel his grandson.He kept in good physical condition, as then-Lieutenant Warren McClain commented when he visited Jack's destroyer CLAXTON at Norfolk Virginia 1936.In August 1939 Sophie and John spent three weeks at the Barrett home 640 East Seventh Street, South Boston in extremely hot weather.John banged his head on the corder of old set-tubs in the kitchen, so grandfather Barrett cut off the corner, and it remained that way until Mollie replaced them 1938 with modern kitchen sink.The Barretts saw the old set tubs when they stayed with Mollie August 12 to Thanksgiving 1947.The Barretts visited grandpa June 1941 before leaving for Pearl Harbor and continued to send photos and leinnaly had an unconnect4d ptters to grandpa until he died fairly suddenly of circulatory causes August 21, l942. Bill, Virginiia, and Billy arrived for one of their frequent weekend visits and learned from Mollie that Bill's father had passed away.Bill stayed to make funeral arrangements while Virginia and Billy aged not-quite-three went home to Darien.In the 1930s granpa and Mollie had a wired-haired fox terrier Skippy that appears in several photos.There were old barns and garages in the small lot behind the house, where once horses were kept.There was a peach tree, and asparagus, tomatoes, and hollyhocks and lilacs were grown. Next door at 642 East Seventh Street a house was moved in 1912 from L and East Fifth Streets, moved to make room for the Lincoln School construction. The Kinnaly family lived there - Mr. Kinnaly had a plumbing business but not connected to the Barrett shop. His children Edward (merchant marine) Dan (post office) and Katherine were good friends of the Barretts though a few years younger.One of their Kinnaly cousins was an asssistant in Washington first to Congressman Galivan 1920s and them many years to John W. McCormack. At 632 East Seventh Street Father Harkins grew up, who had a long missionary career in Buenos Aires,and his sister was in the conventy of the Good Shepherd, Springfield Massachusetts.


 

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Roxbury Latin School faculty 1949 #1055 (R)

 

Masters Cary Potter, Albert Kesley, Van Counrtlabndt Elliott, Richard Whitney,Philbrick Bridgess, Earl Taylor, head master Fred Weed, Joseph Sasserno, Leo Foley, Ralph Hluset, Gerhard Rehder, Giuseppe deLellis

 

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