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

 


Fultz-Close M-A-R-B-L-E-H-E-A-D 12-71 p 59-1117 add Charlotte Aug 1973 {m}

 

#12 Harold Fultz letter from pages 508-510 Sophie memoir #12 Commander Harold Fultz, who was Jack's friend on the cruiser MARBLEHEAD in l926-l927 and also saw Jack frequently at PEARL HARBOR and in Waikiki during World War II wrote from Glen Ridge New J where he lives in retirement at age eighty-one: On April l7, l970 he wrote, "Dear Sophie, Your letter has come. I got out my scrap book, and there was the picture of Jack and me bedecked in leis. Taken 3 pm 25 March l927 as we sailed out of Honolulu for China. I shed a tear or two.Jack was a good officer and a loyal and esteemed friend. How well I remember your hospitality to me (Waikiki. You had a good home that Jack looked forward to returning to. And John what an appealing fine boy he was. He must be a real asset to you now.On the MARBLEHEAD I was assistant engineer and for a time communications officer. The run to China was a record, because of the anti-foreign trouble there.- eight and a half days, I believe - still stands We burned 450,000 gallons fuel oil, and our turbines revolved l9,584,000 times. - Six hundred miles per day - four thousand five hundred miles.The MARBLEHEAD had a superb engineering plant. Assuming you want details- One officer in the Engineering department decided he didn't want to go way off to China- so he resigned. After the ship sailed, he tried to withdraw his resignation and got turned down cold.We all chuckled and decided he got just what he deserved when he turned chicken at a time of international crisis.On 3 April l927 we steamed into the Whangpoo and moored along the Standard Oil Company at Shanghai.You would go ashore until ten PM in civilian clothes but steer clear of the native city.The people were excitable - easily influenced and there had just been a strike in the mill - in the melee a Chinese had been shot by the police, - and the hue and cry went out that foreigners were mowing everyone down.Miss Madge Ashley, Secretary to the Standard Oil boss, entertained us in her home.Born in China and having always lived there, she was well informed.She now lives nearby here in Ridgewood, New Jersey and lectures on China (Mickey Ashley and her sister Maimie were Jack's good friends in l927, and I met them later inl93l in Shanghai, with a resulting good friendship.Sophie Barrett note). I recall doing the following, and it must have been in the MARBLEHEAD (Jack left June 4, l927 to New York duty via Japan and Seattle). We went six hundred miles up the Yangtze to Hankow - the extreme limit for a ship- and sailed out of there in emergency in the night because the river was near low stage, which might have trapped us half way down. The populace were not frightened by our armament.They said our guns were of course wood, or we would sink.I recall going up the coast to Tientsin and entraining for Peking.October l9 we crossed to Nagasaki, Japan, and in the Inland Sea conducted our annual full power test, to the dismay of small craft. On November 2 we went to Manila. On May 26, l928 we achored in Heavenly Honolulu (no longer that way). On 23 June we took fuel at San Pedro - left 6 July for Boston where we arrived 26 July and cut up our "Homeward Bound" Pennant (chiffon silk $250) It did me good to think about you all again. If we journey to Boston, we'll man the 'phone. Sincerely yours, -Harold Fultz. P.S. don't recall the White Russian friends or Ah Sing or Cockeye the Tailor." p. 520 On July 29, l970 Commander Harold Fultz wrote again from Glen ridge New Jersey: "I was Executive Officer of the REPUBLIC at the beginning of the war- the big transport.We evacuated civilians from Honolulu. Had to give many of them a drink to get them aboard. No sane sould would leave Honolulu for the SA. Some of the kids we evacuated had never worn shoes. Oner of my jobs was to p,ay the piano in the large theatre space to quiet passenger nerves. Our warning to mothers that in event any child got overboard we would not stopwas not exactly a happy prospect.And I was skipper of the hospital ship COMFORT for ten months. She was bombed when I was skipper but not hit.The navigational problems of a hospital ship in wartime were amazing.Except in rare places all navigational coastal lights were extinguished, and we had to "grasp at a straw" to get around,because we were on the move day and night.Without forest fires and moonlight and lightning we would often have been in difficultyAnd in the October 20 typhoon the COMFORT came through by the grace of God. Forty nurses that night were scared to death, but not one even let their helpless patients know it. Seventy craft were lost that night." A lost letter of Harold Fultz recounts in his early years, when he was navigating on the east coast of Ireland, he was condifent he knew the exact location of all the Lighthouses, but his skipper called his attention to regualtions that required him to consult the books each time for latitude and longitude as a safety procedure and not rely on his memory.It was a lesson he never forgot.He often came to 2415 Ala Wai for swim and supper.Black Notebook Five pages 210-213:Harold Fultz December 24, 1970 sent radio talk about speed run of the CINCINNATI sister ship of the MARBLEHEAD in the summer of 1926. He boarded MARBLEHEAD later. RADIO TALK on WTAR May 26, 1933 Norfolk Virginia by Lieutenant Commander Harold Fultz USN 'Full Power on a Light Cruiser" = Three things are vital to a vessel of war: engines, guns, and radio: for a vessel must be capable of getting there, hitting, and keeping constantly in touch with the brain that is directing the battle. In this respect, she is not unlike the boxer in the prize ring who must have footwork, ability to hit, and always keep in touch with his seconds. This talk deals with engines. Strategical and tactical plans for battle assume that a ship of a certain type is capable of a certain definite speed. In the case of a very fast type like a light cruiser, this speed is attained at a tremendous expenditure of money, brains, brawn, and courage. It is vital, however, and in this particular all ships must be unfailing at all tmes. = I am not permitted to elaborate on the complexity of the various units of the engineering plant nor on the constant inspection, repair, and adjustment necessary to keep it running at ordinary speeds. I am pointing out that at maximum speed every single unit in such a plant must operate perfectly, and that the skill, courage, spirit, and endurance of the operators must be of the highest order. To be capable in theory of making maximum speed does not satisfy our Navy. Ships must actually perform. Every so often therefore, at given intervals each and every ship is required to make her maximum speed and not just flash it but sustain it long enough to let any unit that has a tendency to fail go ahead and fail. = Rarely do others than engineers witness such tests. To a layman such an experience would make an indelible impression. = In the fall of 1926 I was assigned to engineering duty on the USS CINCINNATI - at that time one of our newest of light cruisers. Nearly one hundred thousand horsepower, she was a fleet-footed sovereign of the seas if there ever was one.Assigned on the very eve of her maximum speed test or full power run, as such tests are called, and having had very little engineering duty, I was as impressionable as a layman.First impressions are lasting.I recall the test vividly to this day. = We stood out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, at three o'clock one afternoon under three boilers, at a lazy speed. Below however, in the engineering plant there was nervous expectancy and life. For weeks the black gang had been preparing for this day. The CINCINNATI was about to be driven at full power. A certain maximum speed was expected. She must reach this speed and hold it unfalteringly for a certain number of hours. There could be no mistakes. Every man was a vital cog in the gear that drives the ship. In the firerooms the long patient instruction in heating the fuel oil and spraying it correctly into the furnaces must bear fruit. To every part of fuel oil fourteen parts of air must be intimately mixed. Every particle of heat possible must be extracted from each gallon of oil. In the engine rooms the same skill and ecxactness must obtain.At high speed the turbines permit NOT the slightest error in lubrication. Steam must be exactly focused at these turbines and then rapidly and positively taken away, converted to water, and quickly returned to the boilers. Their cycle must go on flawlessly.= As six o'clock three more boilers were added. Thirty-six burners now belched oil into the ghastly fires, and speed was worked up to twenty-six knots to get the vessel into an aroused state of mind. Thus she dashed through the blackness of Hatteras all night. At dawn the entire watch took their stations specially trained and prepared, each one on his toes, nerved to a high pitch. The ship was about to prove her mettle. = Eight bells sounded. Men soaked in perspiration breakfasted on oatmeal in water. Fires were lighted under twelve boilers, and seventy-two burners belched oil at a rate of nearly ten thousand gallons per hour. Twelve blowers created a veritable gale to supply air to the ravenous fires.Eight great turbines impelled by the enormous volume of steam thus created were rotated at a speed, which at their outer edge stacked up well with that of that of a rifle bullet. Four propellers felt the mighty urge, and a nine thousand ton ship leaped forward and tore the ocean asunder to advance at ninety-five per cent of her possible speed, straining, twisting, jumping, roaring, and quivering. Well might she thus tremble. This means New York to Europe in three and a half days, or lunch in snow-covered Boston and breakfast in tropical Bermuda. = Yet the supreme, the utmost endeavor was yet to be. For a prescribed number of hours this ninety-five per cent of speed was maintained. Then every piece of machinery contributing in any way toward the driving of the ship was placed in full speed operation. The CINCINNATI became a thing possessed. Paint blistered on her four stacks, her firerooms were as bright as lightning. A deepening roar of whirring turbines and racing blowers pervaded the ship. Steam hissed, orders were shouted. Now did the thoroughness of training and preparation count. Skill, spirit, courage, and endurance were now at the bar.Now materials must hold. Steel barriers between men and death must prove strong and honestly fashioned. = For the prescribed number of hours she logged her maximum speed. One hundred thousand horsepower had transformed her into an enraged sea serpent. The CINCINNATI had not failed' [end 1933 Harold Fultz radio talk] "Dear Sophie and John December 24, 1970 The CINCINNATI and MARBLEHEAD were very similar. Jack no doubt went through several of these full power runs probably as a recorder in some hot, awful spot below. Your Christmas card showing Sophie, Jack, and his sister Mary in Yosemite is nice to have. It is very good of Jack - looks just as I remember him. How sad about Eva Brandt. I remember Van Nagell 'best dressed officer in the U.S.Navy'. I hope you get Millner's first name. I am grateful for your two fine letters. sincerely, Harold Fultz." Harold Fultz transferred from the CINCINNATI to her sister light cruiser MARBLEHEAD in August, 1926, and in March,1927 he and Jack Barrett were photographed together in flower leis just before the MARBLEHEAD made record speed of eight-and-ahalf days Honolulu to Shanghai. The new class of light fast ships developed many engineering problems, and Jack Barrett for more than a year 1924 had many problems as Construction and Repair Officer during the MARBLEHEAD shakedown cruise and thereafter on the long 1925 South Pacific cruise. There was severe conflict between Navy Bureaus in Washington, with overlapping responsibilities. Jack was First Lieutenant and reported to Executive Officer Alex Sharp, who later became very friendly with Jack. Some of the problems of the new light cruisers were caused by one-sided Naval Limitation treaties that burdened the United States disproportionately, as Dudley Knox pointed out in Samuel Eliot Morison's fifteen volume history of the United States Navy in World War Two. In the mid-twenties the lightest cruisers were among the fastest ships afloat, but the design was not continued. "January 11, 1971 8 Ridley Court, Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028 Dear Biographers of West Roxbury You were the soul of kindnesss to furnish us with those splendid pictures, which included me. I say 'us' because my wife was also delighted and promptly inserted them in our Navy Scrap Book. = Later in my career I was Engineer officer of the OMAHA. She ran aground on Castle Island in the Bahamas in July, 1938. It was a major incident. For twelve days we were on the reefs and were finally pulled off and limped on two propellors to Norfolk and got rebuilt. I was held over my usual tour of duty as Engineer officer until she was repaired, and I put her through a gruelling post repair full power run twice as rigorous as the annual ones. Of all my Navy experiences this was perhaps the one I remember as the most important- almost matching my wartime command of the Hospital ship COMFORT in the far Pacific, running Philippines to Australia.= I wish that I might give you fuller data that you ask for. Here is the best I can do. I reported to CINCINNATI 19 July 1925 and left her August 26, 1926. We were in Newport[Rhode Island]. I reported to MARBLEHEAD 30 August 1926 (at Newport, I think) and left her 3 August 1928, going to Naval Ammunition Depot in Hingham on 27 August 1928. I think I left MARBLEHEAD in Boston. MARBLEHEAD was in Guantanamo, Cuba in October 1926 and then went to Boston. She was in Honolulu 6 March 1927. She appears to have been off Tehuantepec in 1926 when she rode out a terrific blow en route to Panama West coast. Also in Santiago, Chile we anchored in such warm water we could not make fresh water with our evaporators. = In 1926 in Brooklyn we accidentally pumped fuel oil into the harbor, and we swept it all night with our boats out into the river to have the tide catch it. = I find from my letters we were in China in 1927- in San Pedro California 23 June 1928 and flew our 'homeward bound' pennant - it was lost - $250 - silk. Then to San Francisco for a week - then on 6 July started for Boston arriving 26 July and again flying the "Homeward Bound" (from China) pennant, but this time cutting it up so each man could get a piece. Good luck. Perhaps you can find from all these scattered pieces some for your puzzle. We thank you again for the fine pictures. Sincerely your, Harold Fultz." Forrest Close#71- #7l MARBLEHEAD with Forrest Close letter for disk #12 Harold Fultz letter from pages 508-510 Sophie memoir #12 Commander Harold Fultz, who was Jack's friend on the cruiser MARBLEHEAD in l926-l927 and also saw Jack frequently at PEARL HARBOR and in Waikiki during World War II wrote from Glen Ridge New J where he lives in retirement at age eighty-one: On April l7, l970 he wrote, "Dear Sophie, Your letter has come. i got out my scrap book, and there was the picture of Jack and me bedecked in leis. Taken 3 pm 25 March l927 as we sailed out of Honolulu for China. I shed a tear or two.Jack was a good officer and a loyal and esteemed friend. How well I remember your hospitality to me (Waikiki. You had a good home that Jack looked forward to returning to. And John what an appealing fine boy he was. He must be a real asset to you now.On the MARBLEHEAD I was assistant engineer and for a time communications officer. The run to China was a record, because of the anti-foreign trouble there.- eight and a half days, I believe - still stands We burned 450,000 gallons fuel oil, and our turbines revolved l9,584,000 times. - Six hundred miles per day - four thousand five hundred miles.The MARBLEHEAD had a superb engineering plant. Assuming you want details- One officer in the Engineering department decided he didn't want to go way off to China- so he resigned. After the ship sailed, he tried to withdraw his resignation and got turned down cold.We all chuckled and decided he got just what he deserved when he turned chicken at a time of international crisis.On 3 April l927 we steamed into the Whangpoo and moored along the Standard Oil Company at Shanghai.You would go ashore until ten PM in civilian clothes but steer clear of the native city.The people were excitable - easily influenced and there had just been a strike in the mill - in the melee a Chinese had been shot by the police, - and the hue and cry went out that foreigners were mowing everyone down.Miss Madge Ashley, Secretary to the Standard Oil boss, entertained us in her home.Born in China and having always lived there, she was well informed.She now lives nearby here in Ridgewood, New Jersey and lectures on China (Mickey Ashley and her sister Maimie were Jack's good friends in l927, and I met them later inl93l in Shanghai, with a resulting good friendship.Sophie Barrett note). I recall doing the following, and it must have been in the MARBLEHEAD (Jack left June 4, l927 to New York duty via Japan and Seattle). We went six hundred miles up the Yangtze to Hankow - the extreme limit for a ship- and sailed out of there in emergency in the night because the river was near low stage, which might have trapped us half way down. The populace were not frightened by our armament.They said our guns were of course wood, or we would sink.I recall going up the coast to Tientsin and entraining for Peking.October l9 we crossed to Nagasaki, Japan, and in the Inland Sea conducted our annual full power test, to the dismay of small craft. On November 2 we went to Manila. On May 26, l928 we achored in Heavenly Honolulu (no longer that way). On 23 June we took fuel at San Pedro - left 6 July for Boston where we arrived 26 July and cut up our "Homeward Bound" Pennant (chiffon silk $250) It did me good to think about you all again. If we journey to Boston, we'll man the 'phone. Sincerely yours, -Harold Fultz. P.S. don't recall the White Russian friends or Ah Sing or Cockeye the Tailor." p. 520 On July 29, l970 Commander Harold Fultz wrote again from Glen ridge New Jersey: "I was Executive Officer of the REPUBLIC at the beginning of the war- the big transport.We evacuated civilains from Honolulu. Had to give many of them a drink to get themaboard. No sane sould would leave Honolulu for the SA. Some of the kids we evacuated had never worn shoes. Oner of my jobs was to play the piano in the large theatre space to quiet passenger nerves. Our warning to mothers that in event any child got overboard we would not stopwas not exactly a happy prospect.And I was skipper of the hospital ship COMFORT for ten months. She was bombed when I was skipper but not hit.The navigational problems of a hospital ship in wartime were amazing.Except in rare places all navigational coastal lights were extinguished, and we had to "grasp at a straw" to get around,because we were on the move day and night.Without forest fires and moonlight and lightning we would often have been in difficultyAnd in the October 20 typhoon the COMFORT came through by the grace of God. Forty nurses that night were scared to death, but not one even let their helpless patients know it. Seventy craft were lost that night." A lost letter of Harold Fultz recounts in his early years, when he was navigating on the east coast of Ireland, he was condifent he knew the exact location of all the Lighthouses, but his skipper called his attention to regualtions that required him to consult the books each time for latitude and longitude as a safety procedure and not rely on his memory.It was a lesson he never forgot.He often came to 2415 Ala Wai for swim and supper. Harold Fultz died heart attack Aug 1973 in hospital Glen Ridge NJ. That morning [before going to hospital] he looked at pictures of the Dahlquists' Alaska cruise sent by Sophie Barrett but could not read Phil's detailed account of the cruise because he thought the chest pains he was suffering were emphysema pains suffered in each attack.But whe he got no relief from all the usual treatments Charlotte Fultz telephoned the doctor who told Harold to go to Emergency in the hospital.There the doctor said he had had a heart attack, and he was put in intensive care. he seemed to be recovering but suffered a second attack in the hospital and passed away in his sleep.He did inquire about Mickey Ashley but never learned she had passed away a few days after he enterred the hospital. He was angry that his illness interfered with his voluntary tutoring of disadvantaged persons. -- 8 Ridley Court Glen Ridge New Jersey 07028 Aug 24, 1973 Dear Mrs. Barrett, Thank you for your long full letter The old China days, the young officers' friendships were all so revived and real! I just knew Harold by letter then. When he got back to Boston Navy Yard and Hingham, Massachusetts,he used to come to the city and took me out a few festive times. I was enchanted, of course-but knew he was "awfully good to" a whole list of old folks and handicapped and young folks too. But although I was still in art school and really didn't aspire so high,HE was paying attention and could tell me seventeen years later,what I wore and where we went.Too bad he felt such a heavy sense of duty that he couldn't combine care for his mother and getting married, too.Well we had twenty-five and a half years anyway. Mickey Ashley died of cancer, which he [Harold] did not know about- he thought it was her heart, like her sister's.Anyhow she died about three days after he got in the hospital. I couldn't tell him of course - too much emotional jolt.When he was a wee better,he asked me if I'd news of Mickie,and I told him that her sister-in-law had phoned- but didn't say "what" and he was just sick enough to assume it was the same old news, and let it go. So he never knew.I took care of the memorial church plantings type of gift that he had done for her sister, and that was the end of the China friends.With best wishes to you both, Charlotte D. Fultz."


 


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April 5 1921 letter relieved. proud of the results of the Investigation and Inspection [of TOUCEY after it grounded off Georgia] Captain, Executive officer, engineer and everybody on the TOUCEY have proved themselves thoroughly capable seamen." [B8:122] CHAPTER- REGULAR NAVY COMMISSION & SERVICE ON DESTROYER TOUCEY:- Jack had been decommissioned in July 1919 after three trips to Brest, France on cruiser SEATTLE bringing troops home from World War I.On one of these trips he was Navigator of this heavy large troopship. After investigating employment opportunities he accepted two positions as a Merchant Marine officer - briefly on WEST CORUM and then a cruise December 1919-May 1920 around the world as First officer of SS WESTERNER under his friend Mal Richardson from the ANNISTON (MONTGOMERY) during the war. He then obtained active duty December, 1920 as a Naval Reserve Officer and took exams in 1921 leading to his permanent commission in Regular Navy. His first year's duty was aboard destroyer TOUCEY based at Charleston, South Carolina,although the ship visited New England in the autumn,and there is a photograph of his sisters Mollie and Kate visiting on board October 1921 at Newport Rhode Island. He saw his mother's brother John J.Buckley of Melrose at the Charlestown Navy Yard, where his uncle John worked many years as a ship's patternmaker. The TOUCEY went as far north as Bar Harbor, Maine, where Jack repeated in letters the joke, "Bar Harbor sure lived up to its name." In January 1921 Jack traveled to Charleston aboard the USS STRINGHAM as a Lieutenant USNRF and received his orders in a message January 27 from the Bureau of Navigation:"You will regard yourself detached from your present station,will proceed and report for duty in accordance with following instructions: when directed by the Commander, Destroyer Force,Alantic Fleet detached from the STRINGHAM, proceed to the port in which the USS TOUCEY may be and report to the Commanding Officer for such duty as may be assigned you aboard that vessel." On 9 June l97l D.C. Alard, the head of the Operational Archives Branch of the Naval History division, Washington D.C. wrote, "Dear Mrs Barrett, This replies to your letter of 13 May concerning the TOUCEY. Enclosed are copies of TOUCEY's log for 19-20 March l921 when the TOUCEY was aground. TOUCEY was scrapped in l930. The attached extracts from the Navy Directory for February and April l921 list the oficers on board at that time. We believe that the only one of these individuals who is still alive is Captain Edwin D. Gibb, USN Retired.His address is General Post Office Box 9l3 New York, New York 10001. Enclosed: Log of TOUCEY for l9-20 March l921 Extracts from Navy Directory for February and April 1921." Ships Roster of Officers February 1, l921 Lieutenant Commander P.L. Carroll, commanding-- Lieutenat E.D. Gibb, engineer Ensign J.T. Acres Lieutenat jg E. F. Carr, supply officer. -- April 1, l921 Lieutenant Commander P.L. Carroll commanding Lieutenant J. E. Kenmore Lieutenant J. B. Barrett, N.R.F. (Executive officer and Navigator Lieutenant jg Straits gunnery Ensign J. T. Acres Lieutenant jg Ellery F. Carr Supply Officer. EDWIN D. GIBB LETTERS-Correspondence with Captain Gibb:#50 T-O-U-C-E-Y l92l (first letter)July l, l97l Dear Mrs Barrett I am pleased to receive your thoughtful letter of June seventh.Your reference to days on the TOUCEY take me back many,many years ago,over fifty,when the spirit of youth pervaded the very atmosphere. I do remember our delightful shipmate of long ago, your husband John.His ever pleasant smile & cheerful outlook on life will always live in my memory.A few days before the TOUCEY's departure from 236 Charleston,South Carolina on that ill-fated trip to Savannah (where she ran aground) I was detached & ordered to command the CONVERSE.In the general changeover of personnel at that time John became executive officer & navigator of the TOUCEY under the command of Carroll.Our squadron commander at the time was Captain Harry Yarnell & the Fleet commander was Rear Admiral Ashley Robertson. Upon retirement Penn Carroll taught in the University at Monterey,where he died.Carroll was a competent engineer & was engineer of the first capital ship having electric drive. Carroll's daughter is married to Rear Admiral Kenneth Wallace now on duty I believe in Washington.Oscar Holtman was a classmate of mine & died many years ago- a brilliant young officer. My memory of Foster & Sciano is vague.I was born in Roxbury on Blue Hill Avenue just below Grove Hall. Congressman Curley appointed me to the Naval Academy.I received a master's degree in engineering from Harvard during my first shore duty.I don't remember what happened to Ellery Carr,the paymaster on the TOUCEY. I'm fearful he no longer answers to muster.He was a great chap.Perhaps a specific question would jolt my memory.Believe me it is a pleasure to help you, with my best wishes-from Edwin D. Gibb." Edwin D. Gibb of San Antonio Texas (second letter) July 27,l97l:"Dear Mrs. Barrett,My impression is that you command a lot more information of the l92l TOUCEY period than I can possibly muster.I do however remember Jim TomAcree(sp?) He served as my engineer oficer when I had the destroyer CONVERSE. He was transferred from a destroyer to the CONVERSE because he was not happy.He was on the TOUCEY with me too. I lost all track of my East Coast destroyer attachments in l922 when I went to post graduate work.The last I saw of MARTIN DERX was when he was attached to the office of ship movements (Port Director) at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Blitz.I was then Division Commander of destroyers then engaged in high speed mine sweeping operations with the Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor. In fact my division of destroyers had patrol duty at the entrance of Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese Blitz.Fortunately none of my craft was hit.I didn't know that Feddie Holmes had died (Captain Gibb & Fred Holmes were classmates in l9l8 as was Martin Derx).(SMB note)-Your letter gave me the news. The last time I had contact with him was when he was living near Jupiter Inlet,Florida.My class is getting thinned out in number.He was not only a skilled golf player but an expert at cards,& often I am told was engaged in stakes involving huge sums of money.This of course is all hearsay because I hadn't ever played with him.Those destroyer days in Charleston were very trying.There were about one hundred ten of them moored in that harbor of fast moving current.We were operating on a very reduced schedule, because our crews were reduced about fifty per cent.Even maintenance with this reduction of personnel presented serious problems. We nested six destroyers together with one craft steaming for all six. The fresh water situation was always a problem because the one steaming destroyer had to furnish all the power & water for the others.Thus the daily cry of the working ship was that the others were draining the working boat dry.However, we survived it & when we again got personnel the sky got blue.(TOUCEY was one of these Charleston destroyers-SMB note) Every year for 25 years I passed thru Charleston Harbor on my yacht en route north & again south.Each year I had vivid memories reminder of the tough old days trying to keep our heads above water with reduced crews at this very same port.With very good wishes,I am Edwin D.Gibb". TOUCEY March 19, 1921- LOG OF GROUNDING USS TOUCEY (282) 19 March l921 Log Remarks: Until 4 am Steaming as before on course 215 psc 216 true leading column standard speed twelve knots followed by DALLAS, BRECK, DALE and REID in order named. At 3:02 moon set At 3:15 vibration, called Captain and at once ordered "Left rudder." Felt slight lurch as if grazing bottom. - Slowed. 1/3 speed then STOP and "Breakdown" Light Stopped engines- ship's head swinging to port and losing way till at 3:19, after touching lightly two or three times - GROUNDED resting easily on heading 209 degrees psc. Had meanwhile signalled other ships in formation that we were aground, instructing them to stand out to deep water on easterly courses.At 3:19 began to list to port.Called all officers and chief petty officers and had them inspect ship to ascertain if any damage had been done.Called "All Hands" and had life belts handy about decks. Chief Carpenter's Mate and Chief Water Tender inspected compartments and reported no apparent damage.At 3:25 finding efforts to move ship astern or ahead by engines unsuccessful, - began discharging fuel oil overboard to lighten ship. Lowered motor sailer and whaleboat to take soundings round ship - meanwhile sounding from deck showed two fathoms.USS DALLAS standing by in deep water to the eastward.Average steam 245. Average revolutions 150. Signed -J.B.Barrett, Lieutenant N.R. F. - 4:00 to 8:00 Am Aground onshoal as before at 4:30. USS REID radioed bearing of Sapello Light as 35l degrees true. At 4:41 at high water resumed attempt to back off shoal. Starboard engine "two thirds astern" -at 4:55 stopped engine.At 5:06 both engines "Two thirds astern." At 5:10 both engines stopped. Gradually assumed a ten degree list on falling tide. Examined all watertight doors to see if they were closed and battened down all hatches.Placed life preservers and Kapok matresses conveniently on deck.Shifted port life raft to starboard - higher - side. Ship's position first approximately located about 4:30 by radio bearing from REID on Sapello Island Light and from Saint Simon after Range Light,which had shown up from the haze. Position positively located at about 5:30 when Sapello Light bore 356 degrees true and Saint Simon after Range Light 231 degrees true, showing ship to be on a shoal at the mouth of Hampton River, Little Simon Island.Latitude 31-12-30 N.Longitude 81-16-00 W - At 5:45 motor sailer from DALLAS in charge of Ensign Bricker USN transferred the following passengers to the DALLAS (The list of passengers is given in the Log remarks They were sailors from the USS HOPEWELL, USS O'BRIEN,USS COLE, USS J.F. TALBOTT, USS TAYLOR, and USS BELL. Forty-four sailors from these ships were passengers on the TOUCEY and were transferred to DALLAS by motor sailer in charge of Ensign Bricker of DALLAS.) Began rigging towing gear aft - At 7:00 tug approached DALLAS and anchored, and whaleboat was sent to direct tug towards ship's position. At 7:10 began pumping out four starboard tanks to compensate for that which had been pumped out upon grounding. At 7:25 secured number four boiler, leaving number three boiler in use for auxiliary purposes. Took soundings regularly and found all compartments dry. Up to 8:00 discharged ten thousand gallons of oil to lighten ship. Signed - C.H. Foster USN Examined by J. B.Barrett USN, Navigator approved by P.L. Carroll, captain. - 8:AM to Meridian Aground as before - ten degrees list to port. At 9:00 took soundings off all compartments, and all found dry. Sent whaleboat out with Ensign Schiano and Thompson R.R. CQM USN to take soundings in the body of water astern, which by reason of no breakers indicated depth- with the idea of delineating possible channel for getting clear of the shoal. At 11:00 took soundings in all compartments and found them dry.Made preparations with life rafts and boats in case of emergency. At 11:30 knocked off all work and served dinner and rebattened down all hatches. At ll:45 made same soundings of all compartments and found all of them dry. Signed C. H. Foster Lieutenant USN - Meridian to 4:00 pm -Aground as before. USS DALLAS standing by in deeper water in an easterly direction. At low water soundings around ship showed greatest depth of eight feet aft.Listed nine degrees to port. Boats engaged in sounding to develop water in vicinity available for working off.Planted three buoys and prepared range and bearing data on soundings referred to ship's position to delineate best chance. At 2:20 prepared to get under way and at 2:35 began working engines astern in attempt to work aft into deeper water. Worked out about fifty feet toward first buoy swinging hard to left and having three degrees list. At 3:25 began discharging fuel oil to lighten ship.Took soundings of all compartments hourly during watch, and all found dry. signed - J. B. Barrett, Lieutenant N.R. F. - 4:00 to 8:00 pm Aground as before. At 4:20 USS B tug BALDROCK anchored at mouth of apparent channel two miles eastward of ship's position. At 4:50 whaleboat returned to ship. - 6:00 whaleboat returned to ship with sixty fathoms six-inch hauser for tug BALDROCK. -7:50 whaleboat returned and secured astern after having left R.R. Thompson CQM USN from the USS TAYLOR on board tug. Soundings of all compartments and magazines made hourly during watch, and all found dry. Signed C. B. Schiano, Ensign, U. S.Navy" 8:00 to midnight Aground as before. Drift lead over the side. Resting easily with a three degree list to Port. on heading 96-30 psc. - At 8:30 tug UMPQUA stood in and anchored near Dallas. Hourly soundings taken in all compartments, and all of them found dry.All hatches except engine room battened down, and men sleeping on deck. At l0:30 low water, took soundings around ship. - At 11:15 JAMISCRAW (YANISCRAW?) stood in and anchored near DALLAS.Sea moderate. Light southeasterly wind. Breakers ahead and on either bow. Sand bar above water on starboard quarter.Sapelo Light bearing 357 degrees true.Shipping board tug BALDROCK got under way and again anchored, bearing 120 degrees psc distance three miles. Simon after Range Light bore 231 degrees true. Signed - Oscar Holtman, Lieutenant USN Examined J. B Barrett N.R.F. Lieutenant, Navigator - approved P.L.Carroll, Lieutenant Commander USN 20 March l921 Commence and until 4:00 AM Aground as before in Latitude 31-12-30 N. Longitude 81-16 W. Sapelo Light bearing 231 degrees true. USS DALLAS, USCG tug YAMACRAW and USS B tug BALDROCK standing by anchored in company three miles to the southeast. BALDROCK bearing 121 degrees psc. Boiler number three in use for auxiliary purposes. Drift lead over the side.All hatches except those of the engine room battened down, and men sleeping on the deck.Resting easily with three degree list to port.Soundings dry. Sea moderate, light southeasterly wind.Breakers ahead and on each bow. Sand bar above water on starboard quarter. Tide running to flood. At 3:10 lit off number four boiler and made preparations for getting under way.Soundings about ship increasing, and at 3:45 slid astern off shoal and backed out, anchoring with port anchor. Standing by for daylight to get under way and try to pass through channel sounded out previous day.- At 4:30 got under way and backed out toward buoy previously laid using searchlight to locate same and sounding rapidly so as to determine depth. Anchored several times when uncertain. Finally anchored at 5:04 in fifteen and a half feet of water with short scope of chain.At daybreak boats from the DALLAS and YAMSACROW reported alongside in obedience to signal and received buoys for continued laying of channel. At 6:15 got under way - backed out following DALLAS's motor sailer. Anchored several times when in doubt until 6:50,when touched ground in passing too close to one of the buoys laid.At 7:00 commenced pumping oil out of after tanks and using engines to get clear of shoal, but without avail. Total amount of oil pumped five thousand gallons. The ship again became fully grounded off the channel in a position about two hundred yards northeasterly of the point of first grounding.Took soundings during watch and found compartments dry. All compartments battened down, and crew required to remain on deck.In attempting to back off, port propeller block damaged.Signed C.H. Foster, Lieutenant, USN - 8:00 AM to Meridian Aground as before,heading 180 psc five feet of water at low tide. All compartments closed except engine room. At 8:02 UMPQUA and BALDROCK stood near DALLAS.Ship assumed a nine degree list to port. At 9:45 DALLAS motor dory and UMPQUA's motor sailer came alongside to confer with Commanding Officer as to plans. At 10:05 DALLAS's dory left the ship,running a line in direction of DALLAS. INCA stood in from sea and anchored near DALLAS at 10:30. At 11:15 low water slack- listed to port nine degrees, resting easily. No damage to Hull sustained.All compartments dry. Least depth of water five feet at number one tube,starboard side.- O.H. Holtman,Lieutenant U.SN Examined by J. B. Barrett, N.R.F. Navigator - Approved P. L. Carroll Meridian to 4:00 pm 113 TOUCEY (p. 243) Aground as before in Lat 3l-13-15 N Long 81-16 W All available boats from rescuing vessels were directed to sound around ship and to continue laying buoys in channel. Sounding compartments regularly. At 1:45 SHIP BEGAN TO BUMP SLIGHTLY on rising tide inclining at varous angles up to twenty-six degrees. All hatches and watertight door inspected. Began making preparations for getting under way at 1:00 and reported ready at 1:30. At 2:03 "General Alarm" sign sounded accidentally due to short circuit.At 2:05 "Right Rudder" and at 2:06 "1/3 astern port." At 2:07 "1/3 astern both engines." At 2:15 "stop both engines." At 2:27 anchored to port anchor and about fifteen fathoms of chain. Buoy dropped marking its position Lat. 31-13-15 N. Long. 81-16 W. At 3:10 "1/3 astern port, l/3 ahead starboard" Working off to leeward of shoal. At 3:18 afloat.Anchored to starboard anchor in seventeen feet of water. approximately three hundred yards west of previous position. All boats called alongside and given direction as to procedure in sounding out channel and in assisting ship to pass out.- J. B. Barrett Lieutenant USNRF 4:00 to 8:00 pm as before Sent out TOUCEY's whaleboat and DALLAS's motor sailer to act as guards to channel; YAMACRAW's two whaleboats used to mark limits of shoals bordering channel. At 4:20 began heaving starboard anchor using left rudder in order to swing head towards channel. At 4:25 under way using engines slowly and headed for channel on course approximately 83 psc following whaleboat which continuously took soundings at slow speed.Passed whaleboat at fifteen hundred yards previous position and then followed motor sailer. At 5:03 clear of shoals. INCA saluted with three blasts, which was answered. USS B tug BROCK, USCG Yamacrow and YUSS UMPQUA saluted and were answered. At 5:05 sighted USS CONVERSE, at 5:06 anchored starboard anchor, thirty fathoms of chain, twenty-nine feet ofwater lat 31-13 N, Long 81-14 W At 5:25 USS COVERSE anchored 350 yards to eastward. At 5:30 all ships except USS CONVERSE anchored 350 yards to eastward.At 5:30 all ships except USS CONVERSE under way. At 7:22 (TOUCEY) under way. At 7:25 CONVERSE under way. Followed CONVERSE on course 42 degrees true. Standard speed ten knots. Soundings of magazines and compartments taken during watch, and all found dry.- C. B. Schiano, Ensign USNavy. 8:00 pm to midnight Steaming as before on course 49 degrees 30' psc conforming to CONVERSE. Speed l07 revolutions, nine knots. Number three and four boilers in operation. At 8:35 standard speed eight knots to prevent excessive vibration of hull due to damaged propellor.At 9:22 Sapello Light base in port quarter distance about nine miles.At 11:45 reduced speed owing to excessive vibration, and found going comfortable. Took regular soundings of all compartments during watch and found all dry. Average steam 250 average revolution 102.- C.H.Foster, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Examined J. B. Barrett, NRF USN Washington - approved P.L. Carroll,Lieutenant Commander. This grounding of the TOUCEY on a shoal at the mouth of the Hampton River,Little Simon Island, Georgia, was a serious matter, necessitating Jack's staying on duty for forty-eight hours. Lieutenant Commander P.L. Carroll, the commanding officer of theTOUCEY, was very pleased with the work Jack did to get the TOUCEY off the shoal. For years after Commander Carroll wrote to Jack on the anniversary of the grounding to express his appreciation for Jack's work in getting the ship off the shoal.While on the TOUCEY on 18 November 1921 at Charleston, South Carolina Jack then in the United States Naval Reserve Force was designated as SeniorMember of a Summary Court Martial, which was convened on the USS ISHERWOOD. On January 13, l922 the TOUCEY received the message from the Bureau of Navigation:" Prior departure COLUMBIA from Charleston Lieutenant John B. Barrett detached TOUCEY, report COLUMBIA. Upon falling in with WYOMING detached COLUMBIA- Report duty WYOMING. You will regard yourself detached from present duty- report to Commanding officer USS COLUMBIA for duty.- JB. Abbott."He was detached from the TOUCEY 13 January l922 at the Navy Yard ChaRLESTON DETACHED USS COLUMBIA 19 JANUARY 1922 GUANCANAYABO Cuba Reported USS WYOMING 19 January l922 Gulf of Guancanoyabo,Cuba to Captain H. B. Price. In l921 while on the TOUCEY Jack took the examinations for Lieutenant n the regular Navy.On the TOUCEY on 25 November l921 Jack signed:" I hereby acknowledge receipt of discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve Force, to be effective 25 November l921, the day preceding acceptance and execution of oath of office for appointment in the Navy. On 26 November 1921 Jack wrote the Bureau of Navigation, "I hereby respectfully acknowledge receipt of a commission as Lieutenant in the Navy. I return herewith acceptance and oath of office executed this date." While on the TOUCEY the Bureau of Navigation sent a message to Jack: "The President of the United States by and with the consent of the Senate having appointed you as Lieutenant in the Navy from the third day of August l920, I have the pleasure to transmit your commission dated 7 November l921. - H.H. Crosby, November 14, l921" In May 1921 Jack sent a message to the Secretary of the Navy, "It is reported that I have this date relieved Lieutenant Commander Carroll as Commanding Officer of the USS TOUCEY. No general drills were held. inasmuch as as Executive officer I am familiar with the organization of this vessel.Signed -J.B. Barrett,Lieutenant USNRF" And on May 31, l921 Jack wrote to the Captain , P.L. Carroll "I hereby take over the general mess of the USS TOUCEY on this date. At this time there is an unusual allowance of $408.34, and stores by inventory to the amount of $1396.37. " Some papers showed that Jack had to replace a lost or stolen pair of binoculars which had been in his custody. The written professional examination for Lieutenant USN was held on16 May 1921,while Jack was on the TOUCEY. The physical exam was on May 10, l921.When Jack was made a full Lieutenant in the United States Navy in August l921 Commander Carroll wrote him a congratulatory letter saying he knew Jack would pass the examination and was delighted at how well he did. Whe Jack boarded the TOUCEY her home port was Charleston, South Carolina, At a ship's open house,he met Marie Nelson and Rolfe Druen - two very attractive girls who lived and worked in Charleston,and after that Rolfe often saw Lieutenant Oscar Holtman of the TOUCEY,and Jack saw Marie Nelson.He had a lot of Shore Patrol duty while on the TOUCEY, and when it was over he ws hungry and would go to the Nelson home where he got"the best food in Charleston" and received hospitality in a delightful home. Marie had sisters- Irene,Stella, Lucile, and a younger brother Harold, about fourteen in 1921. Mrs.Nelson liked Jack, and her husband did too. A lifelong friendship developed between Jack and the Nelson family of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Nelson enjoyed poker games with his friend, and they all enjoyed the sandwiches and coffee served at their games. Although Mr.Nelson let Jack watch the games and take refreshments, he would not allow him to play because the stakes were too high for the pocketbook of a young Naval officer. Jack left the TOUCEY in January l922 about the time Marie Nelson married Charles Harman Rowe of Philadelphia.When the MARBLEHEAD was being put in commission in Philadelphia in l924, Jack saw Marie Nelson Rowe in Philadelphia and also saw her later in New York City in August of l928 when she was visiting her friend Anne Taylor McCormack at whose apartment I was living. Marie had some excellent pictures of Jack in uniform during his MARBLEHEAD days.She kindly sent them to us for our research. Her sister Lucile Nelson studied voice seriously, taking lessons in France with Madame Calve.In l928 she sang in Sigmund Romburg's "Blossom Time" - a fictionalized treatment of the life of composer Franz Schubert. As Jack's guest she sang aboard a Japanese ship in New York Harbor when Jack took her aboard with him as his guest about l928. She sang in Japanese and pleased Jack when she was given a tremendous ovation on the big ship. During this period there were some genuine friendships between American and Japanese naval officers, and for a number of years Jack received remarkable letters from a Japanese Naval Officer named Toshitani Takata. In a fitness report written by Commander Carroll in l921 he wrote: "Lieutenant Barrett is a well trained seagoing oficer especially prepared in navigational subjects and seamanship. He shows close attention to duty with painstaking care in the exercise of his duties.On the occasion of the grounding of this vessel on Shoal, Georgia,March l9, l921 he showed excellent officer qualities.For a period of thirty=six consecutive hours he worked with ability and tireless energy toward getting the vessel off the shoals into safety and it is considered that his work helped directly in the safe outcome of a dangerous situation." On the twentieth of March l922 Commander P. L. Carroll wrote to Jack: "My dear Barrett: Just a line to let you know that today I have been thinking over the experience (of the TOUCEY on the shoal off Georgia) of a year ago. My thoughts are concentrated on the group of loyal officers whose courage and ability enabled us to come with some honor out of an almost hopeless situation.Your own steadfastness and loyalty were no small part in saving the ship. There is much to remember over our association.on the TOUCEY, - always we should look back with pleasure over our association with the ship. I can assure you that I will never forget our days together when we were fighting for the ship. No wreck has come to my career or reputation, - but if we had been pulled off by the aid of others, the story would have been a different one for me.So I owe much to your faith and help. So I greet you - Sincerely, Your friend -P.L. Carroll." Jack used to say, "The first hundred years are the hardest." ."Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast" pp 263-5 and two photos between pages 167-7 tells of seven destroyers beached near Honda Point 75 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California September 9, 1923 with loss of twenty-two lives in fog. They had been "following the leader" as orders required, and at high speed [check 20? 30?? knots]. Four hours earlier commercial steamer had grounded, leading to unusual radio traffic, which disrupted navy operations. Text says this was U.S. Navy's worst peacetime disaster.Hundreds of personnel had to be resued in vicinity of Point Arguello mid California coast not far from San Luis Obispo. They were part of eighteen destroyer squadron, and other eleven ships offshore could not assist. This demonstrates the imperfect hydrography, charting, radio and fog navigation as of early 1920s.Many of Jack Barrett's Revenue Cutter School classmates and friends and contemporaries were involved in developing LORAN and other navigational aids for Fog, Ice, high wind conditions, particularly Commodore E.M. Webster, head of Coast Guard Communications some years and later an FCC Federal Communications Commissioner. The TOUCEY's March 1921 grounding near Savannah illustrates the problems but fortunately occurred at low speed in soft shoal inshore in protected area without extreme weather. When I was living with Anne and Ivan McCormack at 27 Commerce Street, Greenwich Village 1927-1930, I knew Marie and Lucile Nelson and met their father and their younger brother Harold then twenty to twenty-two years of age.One time when the senior Mr. Nelson was up visiting from the south, Harold told him he was engaged to be married -probably a daydream. Mr. Nelson answered, "You made your bed, - now lie in it." Harold visited Anne and Ivan McCormack at their farm in Salem, New York in the nineteen seventies - we did not see Harold, but Ivan said Harold told a story that Jack Barrett sometimes put his watch on a shoestring when he did not have a regular watchchain.We knew Marie and Lucile better. Anne first knew Marie in social work, which gave the three of us a common interest. Marie corresponded from Dungan Road, Philadelphia, where she and Harman lived in the 1970s. A group of Lucile's letters in 1928 to Jack from Harrison, Maine turned up in Mollie Barrett's attic in South Boston in 1967. Lucile was hostess in the 1950s and 1960s at the famous Waldorf Towers hotel in Manhattan, where General Douglas MacArthur and Herbert Hoover resided many years. She retired to Carmel, California, and corresponded extensively with both Ivan and the Barretts in the 1970s after Anne Taylor passed away in November 1971.


 


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H-O-M-E -I-S -T-H-E -S-A-I-L-O-R Hartigan,Pops,RLS-South Boston-West Roxbury-Boston College Law 1947-1969(p. 144) There were many interesting curios at 640- some from Jack's trips.One was an alligator with a pencil inserted into the jaws, with an African native's head sticking out on the head of the pencil.Jack had an old Boston Traveler l907 World Atlas in the cold front room by the stairs, where he used to sleep, and where John slept August to November, l947. There was a fancy lampshade which Jack's deceased sister Katie had made, and some cushions she had embroadered.On the front stairway, a slightly phosphorescent glass knob hung down from the electric light so that Mollie could find it when she came home and up the stairs after dark. I wish we had photographs of the old set tubs and barn before Mollie modernized everything in l948. The things provided quite a link with Grandpa Barrett. The refill water closet of the toilet, which he had made years earlier, was up overhead to utilize gravity.There were coal stove in the parlor and kitchen. A portion of the house dated from before 1860, but additions were made several times.Grandpa had a victory garden in l9l8 and peach trees. An old asparagus plant and many hollyhocks grew in l948 and lilacs.Jack had to report at Boston Navy Yard to show he had completed his authorized travel to Boston. Before long we took a trip to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire to see Jack's brother Bill and his son Billy and "Gram" (Billy's mother's mother) and Billy's aunt Vivian Walsh, Virginia's sister.Jack made inquiry at Phillips Andover Academy thst day but learned their school had a four year course starting in the ninth grade, whereas John was entering the seventh grade. We began house hunting very soon after we arrived in Boston.At this time we expected John would enroll in Boston Latin, and his father had started him learning "Adeste fideles" and other Latin materials.However, Peggy Hurley, entertaining the four of us at dinner at her house, suggested we look into Roxbury Latin School, a private day school in West Roxbury, where her son-in-law Broderick had been a member of the l944 class. This ultimately influenced our choice of a house. Mr. William Cunningham, a school teacher who did part-time realty work for the Fowler agency of Jamaica Plain. showed us a number of houses- Allandale Road and Ardale Road- then on August 28, l947 - Jack's fifty-ninth birthday, he showed Jack and John a house at 52 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury, which we later bought.That day after showing the house, Mr. Cunningham bought a round of ice cream cones to celebrate Jack's birthday.The house was only two and a half blocks from Roxbury Latin School, and Mr. Cunningham with nine children lived only two blocks from us himself, so we were ready to believe him about the neighborhood, and he was friendly for many years afterward.He became principal of Roslindale High School, and one of his sons was President of Wang computer corporation.The house on Emmonsdale was owned by the Van Steenbergen family.Mr. Van Steenbergen taught at Boston Latin School, where John was actually enrolled for three days.He was in Mr. Jamieson's room there, along with our neighbor Eddie Brickley of Tennyson Street. John was somewhat upset when his father changed his plans and went rather unwillingly to an interview at Roxbury Latin The new head master Frederick R. Weed without applying pressure either way permitted John to take the entrance exam with some other late applicants including G. Robert Macdonald of Dedham. John scored very well and was admitted. Rather to John's surprise, Jack made the decision to send John to Roxbury Latin and buy the Emmonsdale Road house where no commuting would be necessary.The tuition at Roxbury Latin was only one hundred dollars per year at that time for residents in the area of the old town of Roxbury. The school had just celebrated its third centennial in l945 and received publicity in Life magazine as 'the oldest continuously operating Independent school in the Country" and the "biggest educational bargain in the country." At one time it was very heavily endowed, but its finances suffered severely in the l930's. A new school building was opened in l926 in West Roxbury, but a planned gymnasium was deferred until l955.Peggy Hurley, widow of Jack's South Boston friend Joe of the Boston Post, who had died in l94l, was very friendly when we arrived back from Hawaii.Besides having us to dinner, she invited us to her daughter's wedding in Duxbury spring l948 and introduced me to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Collins one block away from us on Emmonsdale Road.They visited us at our new home two days after we moved in on Thanksgiving l947. Jack also found his former French teacher at Boston Latin School William Pride Henderson living in West Roxbury -aged eighty-four in l947. Bill Barrett's Latin School l912 classmate John Vaccaro was one of the first people John Barrett met in Boston as he had John and his father to lunch at Lockober's Restaurant in August.He also searched the title to the new house, and another l9l2 Latin School classmate of Bill's Archie Dresser appraised the house at a value of eleven thousand dollars.We ultimately paid Mr. Van Steenbergen twelve thousand dollars plus the commission. Jack's l906 classmates Dan Lyne and Edward Illingworth wrote recommendations for John at Roxbury Latin. Illingworth an organist and vocal and piano teacher lived at 64 Hastings Street West Roxbury and was very well acquainted through the Highland Club of West Roxbury with Roxbury Latin French master Joseph Henry Sasserno.Our house is on the slope of Bellevue Hill, the highest ground within the city limits of Boston.Survey maps say the top of the hill is 328 feet, and the Boston state house is visible, and the South Boston waterfront. Our house is at about 210 feet elevation. Mr. Illingworth, who Jack knew from the fourth grade in South Boston onward through Boston Latin School, was nicknamed "the eternal question mark." He studied in Rome with the composer and virtuoso Ferruchio Busoni. His wife was a South Boston neighbor from L Street.He invited Jack to join the Highland Club, but Jack was not much of a joiner, and also passed up the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well. Mr. Illingworth one time drilled John on the dotted rhythms of Beethoven's "Minuet in G." Mr. Joseph Sasserno had a considerable conversation with Jack at the Roxbury Latin parking lot the first day of school.He was one year older than Jack and had attended Boston English High School and Harvard College- then taught seven years at Norwich Military Academy in Vermont l911-l9l8. He later was a close friend of his former pupil General Harmon,who became President of Norwich and asked Mr. Sasserno to write a history of Norwich, which was incomplete when he died in Genoa, Italy August 12, l962. Mr. Sasserno and his sister Mary and brother Henry lived in apartments near us at 30 Bellevue Street. Their family were from East Boston and Dorchester.Henry was later our investment broker at Kidder Peabody Company.Joe was active in the Italian Historical Society and West Roxbury Historical Society.Jack's conversation with Mr. Sasserno undoubtedly helped sell him on Roxbury Latin School, where John attended for six years. There was a high attrition rate among the students, but a very fine education was available, and all twelve members of the small faculty were of great ability and became our very good friends.John began piano lessons with Giuseppe deLellis, who took a very wonderful special interest in Jack senior in his last two years, l967-l969.He and his family have been wonderful friends throughout more than twenty-two years.For the first two months Jack drove John from South Boston to school. John was unfamiliar with the Boston streetcars, and the trip was slow and roundabout, with several changes of cars and trolleys.Sometimes Gil Hoag would ride to Dorchester with us to his home in Savin Hill, and Ronald Havelock would ride to the Elevated to connect to Cambridge.We later often regretted that Mollie was not closer to us. Mollie at this time worked in a Metropolitan Life Insurance local office on West Broadway near F Street just beyond Dorchester Street, ten or fiteen minutes walk from her home. She received weekly cash collections at the cashier window and so knew a great many people in the neighborhood.At this time she frequently saw the Barretts' former next door neighbors Katherine Kinnaly and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Emily Kinnaly who lived on Clement Street in West Roxbury. Danny worked in the Post Office and was very cordial when he heard we were copming to West Roxbury.Our new house was painted by Meissner Brothers of South Boston, and a new heater and shower and cellar bathroom were installed by Rull Company. Jack's second cousins, Gertrude and Mary Hartigan were still at 80 Brown Avenue, Roslindale, near Cummins Highway and Sacred Heart Church,where their mother moved from South Boston in l9l7.May gave Jack a cordial greeting on his return and frequently brought us poinsettias, azaleas and other plants as presents. Her brother, Father Edward Hartigan, was in North Braintree as pastor until l953- then he became pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Everett, retiring in l970.For a while May Hartigan kept her car in our two-car garage, as she lived only two miles away and parking was scarce.Until her retirement in l956 at age seventy, she taught mathematics at the Washington Irving intermediate school in Roslindale. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buckley dropped in soon after we moved in.Subsequently Jack would see Joe around City Hall where he worked in the Sewer Department- and also in Joe's private law office.Joe wrote a recommendation when Jack applied for the Graduate Law Course at Northeastern University in l95l.While we were still living at 640 East Seventh Street, we went with Mollie to 168 I Street to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of Mrs. Fortunato Pistorino, the mother of a family of nine, among whom several sisters were very good friends of Mollie Barrett.Mr. and Mrs. Pistorino observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary about the end of the war, and now they were having quite a birthday celebration. Josephine Pistorino worked for Bell Telephone Company.Her sister Frances was a legal secretary, and their brother John was a barber. Their paternal grandfather came from a distinguished family of Messina, and the Pistorino family operated a business in Boston. One of the nephews was with United Fruit company.Mrs. Pistorino's family, long in South Boston, traced back to Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland. Their name was Daly, and they may be related to Jack Barrett's father's mother.Mollie would often have Wednesday and Sunday meals at the Pistorino home, while Josephine and Frances would come to Mollie's for fish dinner on Friday. Jack's second cousins Gertrude and Mary Hartigan lived at 80 Brown Avenue, near Cummins highway and Sacred Heart Church in nearby Roslindale, and their brother Father Hartigan was in Braintree but in l953 became pastor at Immaculate Conception church in Everett.May gave Jack a very cordial welcome home and gave us several azalea plants.For a while she kept her car in our two-car garage.Until her retirement in l956 at age seventy, she taught mathematics at the Washington Irving intermediate school in Roslindale. Mr, and Mrs. Joseph Buckley of South Boston - with whom Jack had been friendly since young boyhood, came to call.Jack saw him frequently at City Hall, where Joe worked for the Sewer Department.After dropping John at Roxbury Latin in time for the start of school at 8:42 every morning, Jack would drive to our new home at 52 Emmonsdale road, where the Meissner workers were painting and papering, and Rull, the plumber was putting a new bathroom in the cellar.Jack unpacked furniture, put the Chinese rugs on the floor, washed dishes, pots and pans, and when the telephone was installed, he called me to say that he had just unpacked the piano, so I listened while he played one of his favorite piano pieces.The piano was in perfect condition although many other items of furniture had been damaged in the round trip to and from Pearl Harbor in 1941 to storage in Boston.By the time the painters,plumbers,and electricians had finished their work, Jack had the place ready for occupancy by John and me.The floors were scraped. Jack bought an electric wax polisher, and on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Jack and John missed their Sunday dinner at 640 because they were determined to finishing waxing the floors and polishing them so we could move in. -and we did move in on Thanksgiving Day l947, when Mollie came out with us and was most helpful in getting us settled. Our next door neighbors at 21 Rustic Road, Tony and Mabel Bernazzani and their two daughters were flower lovers. He was a professional gardener with an unusually green thumb.He had planted the peonies, day lilies, and hydrangeas on the Van Steenbergen property we bought. His own property had a wide variety of rambler roses, yuccas, hollyhocks, violets, Spanish iris,tomatoes, strawberries, bulbs, and ususual trees.The Bernazzanis enjoyed the outdoors and had a large fireplace, where they invited us and other neighbors for spaghetti and steak dinner, which we enjoyed at long outdoor tables. One Sunday noon Mollie called up to invite us to dinner at six o'clock..Since it was a very cold day, I at first refused, but Jack and John, who loved 640 East Seventh Street accepted gladly, as it was a very dull cold day here.I simply suffered in that cold weather- couldn't get warm despite the adequate oil heat.After they left, the house was so quiet, I decided to go to South Boston by subway, even though I wasn't sure how to get there. But our Emmonsdale neighbors, Joe and Grace Collins,picked me up in their carand took me to the Jamaica Plain Civil War Monument, where they put me on a trolley car to Park Street under Boston Common, where I changed for a subway train to South Boston.Jack was glad to see me.it was a lovely party, with the smell of ham pleasant after the long cold trip. Everybody was there - Mollie's cousins, Tom and Bessie Palmer of North Cambridge, her old neighbor Katherine Kinnaly, her cousin Bill Lane of Melrose and his wife Jean,Josephine Pistorino of 168 I Street, and Mollie's second cousins Mary Elizabeth and Helen Lynch of Hyde Park. There was a lot of good talk, the food was excellent, and it was far better for me than sitting at home.Our next door neighbor at 44 Emmonsdale Road was Mrs. Allen, a widow with two grown sons. She was enthusiastic when John made the honor roll for the first marking period at Roxbury Latin. Two neighbors on Rustic Road, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Ethel Maier came to call one day while John was studying for mid-year examinations.We told them about our trip across the country. Mrs. Maier's father retired police Captain Anderson, lived with her and her husband Otto.Our first winter in Boston was an unusually snowy one. Usually when the Boston public school closed because of snow, Roxbury Latin remained in session, but one morning at 8:30 when the snow was very deep, and it was still snowing, we heard via radio that there would be no school at Roxbury Latin. Against my advice, John went off to school, two and a half blocks away.About noon, when it was still snowing, with the snow two feet deep, I began to be concerned.About two o'clock Mrs. Heffler, wife of the school custodian, telephoned and told me she was surprised when her husband found john reading in the School Library- and when she learned John had been there since 8:30 AM, she gave him a bowl of soup and some crackers.He finally returned late in the afternoon, and when I asked him how he got into the school, he said that the head master had been there and said to him, "Don't you know there is no school?" John admitted he knew it but asked permission to use the library that snowy day. He was eleven and a half years old. Mr. Richard Whitney was the Sixth Class home room master and taught English and geography.When John told the class about some of his experiences in the western national Parks, en route from Hawaii to Boston, Mr. Whitney suggested he use the subject for the annual Fowler Prize history essay competition, offered for the best paper in each class on a subject related to United States History.John used his spring vacation to write the paper and won the five dollar prize. The winner was ineligible the next year, but in l950 John again won with an essay on "Life on Oahu from July l941 to June, l947."John got his best grade in Latin, with Mr. Earl Taylor, who ran the bookstore before school in the mornings - John would often go in early and discuss difficult points in the assignments. Mr. Taylor led singing of hymns in Hall four mornings a week. On Tuesdays and Fridays Giuseppe deLellis came to the school to teach music, and played the piano accompaniment.John soon continued the piano lessons he had begun with Laura Canafax at Punahou in l946.They worked in the Schirmer collection "59 piano solos you like to play" -the Schubert Moment Musical in f op. 94 #3, and Military March, the Beethoven Minuet in G, the Strauss Blue Danube Waltz, Verdi's Grand March from "Aida", the Brahms Waltz in A Flat, the Mozart Turkish Rondo, and the Tannhauser Act 3 March of Wagner, Handel's "Largo" from "Xerxes".and Bach Prelude in c from Well Tempered Clavier #1. Mr. DeLellis and his wife Connie became family friends,and we visited back and forth from their home in West Newton.I met many of the mothers of the sixth class students at a tea party given by the Parents Auxiliary in October l947 At a second tea party given by Mrs. Clifford Ronan and Mrs. Huston Banton I saw the mothers again., and I met many other parents of the Auxiliary at meetings in Rousmaniere Hall.After the meeting we went to the school dining room, where the hospitality committee served coffee,sandwiches, and small cupcakes. We enjoyed talks by Mr. Weed and other invited speakers., and at the Spring meeting we heard the Roxbury Latin Debating Team. We also met parents at school football and baseball games, after which we gathered in the dining room. Since John was interested in debating, we attended many debates at the school and even drove to Groton the fifth class year, where John was a speaker in a junior debate. Roxbury Latin won taking the affirmative on the topic, "Should Athletic Scholarships be Granted by colleges? Mr. J. Clifford Ronan, father of John's classmate Cliff and two younger children, Frank and Dorothy, was a track coach at Boston English High School, and he cited the case of Center College in Kentucky, which was little known until highly successful sports teams brought publicity - then the school was able to raise money and develop a strong academic program. Mr.Ronan's material worked out well in the debate, and when John had finished speaking, Headmaster Peabody of Groton remarked to me, "That boy has a head" In the spring of l948 our former Waikiki neighbors Mimi and Harry Bronson came to visit us. Harry was working as an entomologist for the state of California,and they had bought a home in Santa Paula but were visiting Mimi's parents and sister Frances Gage in Marlboro. Since they had movies and slides of the Hawaiian Islands to show us that Sunday afternoon, we telephoned Aunt Mollie and invited her to come and see them and bring home John, who was visiting in South Boston that day.They also showed views of brightly colored spring flowers from their hikes high in the Sierra Nevada. We bought only two tickets for Roxbury Latin Night at the Boston Pops in May, l948, because it was the last Friday in May, the night I was scheduled to attend my twenty-fifth reunion at Mount Holyoke college.I went to Pops the next year when John was in the fifth class. We sat next to Randy Hare and his mother,- had a pleasant evening. MR. DELELLIS WAS THE PIANO SOLOIST WITH ARTHUR FIEDLER IN A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE of RACHMANINOFF'S SECOND PIANO CONCERTO. On that last Friday in May l948, Jack drove me to Brookline to the home of my classmate Carol Fisher Mallory.Clara Michael, Ruth Phinney and I rode with Carol to a Howard Johnson's for dinner and then on to Mount Holyoke. where we registered for reunion at Student Alumni Hall. I spent the early part of that evening rehearsing for my part in the play written by my classmate and friend Rebecca Glover Smaltz.The play was to be presented Saturday afternoon. We then went to Pearsons Hall, where I lived freshman year.and where we had Reunion rooms and breakfast Saturday and Sunday.We had a class meeting at which our president Marion Lewis Smart read letters from classmates not in attendance at reunion.When we awoke Saturday morning, it was raining so we could not have the Alumnae parade.So we gathered in student Alumnae Hall, where I sat next to my friend Betty Gilman Roberts, and we had box lunches. In the afternoon l923 presented a good skit by Becky Smaltz, and the Alumnae President announced gifts to the college by various classes. Late in the afternoon we went to Pearsons Hall to dress for dinner- a banquet at a hotel in Holyoke.Ruth Peck Doyle drove Betty Giles Howard, Betty Gilman Roberts and me to the hotel. The drive was one of the highlights of the Reunion for me, because I had lived with them in Brigham Hall junior and senior years, and Betty Gilman and I had taken Master's degrees together in l925 -the only two candidates for the degree that year. at the dinner we were seated alphabetically just as we had been for chapel for four years so I was surrounded by people I knew well. Marion Lewis Smart, our class president asked me as Sergeant-at-Arms of the class to pour the champagne, which I did after saying that this was a strange state of affairs after I had spent so many years in the Navy advising against the use of liquor.The classmates applauded and laughed. As Carol Fisher had two young children left in her husband Dr. Mallory's care, we left South Hadley right after breakfast Sunday morning. Carol came to my house to meet Jack and John.She had met her husband Kenneth Mallory in Vienna when they were doing graduate study in biology and medicine.Dr. Mallory was a pathologist at Boston City Hospital where the Mallory building was named for his relative. we were invited to the Mallorys for Sunday dinner later in June BEFORE CAROL LEFT FOR MOUNT DESERT ISLAND MAINE with the children. Carol was an active member of the League of Women Voters. That summer Jack and I had considerable contact with Roxbury Latin parents. Mrs. Martin of Dedham, mother of Fred Martin came to visit one morning in June before Fred left for summer camp Kabeyun. Mrs. Stikeleather, mother of Robert Stikeleather wanted John to spend a week at their summer home in Stow to help Robert learn some French, before the boys officially started the new language with Joseph Sasserno that fall in the fifth Class. We saw her when we drove John to Stow, and Mr. Stikeleather had come from their East Dedham home to West Roxbury to give us a local map showing their place by the lake.When we went to get John the next week our neighbors Mr.and Mrs.Sweeney of 229 Wren Street rode with us, so we got well acquainted with them too. Mr. Sweeney taught shop in Boston Public Schools,and their son John was class president for three years, until he lost a year with bone tuberculosis, for which he was successfully treated at Lakeville Sanitarium. We also had an invitation for lunch and a swim with Mrs. and Mrs. J. Clifford Ronan at their summer home "Silver Hills" West Newburyport, in the area where Mr. Ronan had grown up.He taught mechanical drawing and was the track coach at Boston English High School. John Sweeney was with us, and Mrs. Ronan urged us to stay for supper. - we had cream of tomato soup- most welcome after a cool swim.Mr. Ronan in later years became a landscape painter. His home on Tennyson Street West Roxbury, and the summer place at West Newbury, which became their home after his retirement, became filled with paintings, and they gave us one - a lovely snow scene which hung many years in our dining room.Mr. Ronan wrote a newspaper sports column "Ronan's Reckonings"- a forecast or "educated guess" on the standings of high school in the track competitions. Mrs. Ronan's father and mother Mrs. Goodwin and her sister Grace Antell lived near us on Howitt Street. Cliff went to Amherst, and his brother Frank did track at Bowdoin. In l948 Jack finally had a chance to grow some good sized tomatoes after fighting insects and mildew in Hawaii. His favorite was the Winsall tomato. We had many three-pound fruits, and once he had a five pound tomato. They were delicious but too fragile for commercial use. He supplied many friends and neighbors with tomatoes and plants and seed to start new ones in February. indoors. He also grew"Crystal White" tomatoes, a variety l45 developed from the yellow tomato. We grew some for many years. Originally we obtained the seed from Peter Henderson Company later from Breck's of Boston. Since l965 we have had to use seed from our own crystal white plants as they now seem to be unavailable commercially.Jack grew tomatoes every year until l965.-#55- p.148 (#55)). With my encouragement Jack entered the accelerated two-and-a half year daytime course at Boston College Law School in January, l949 financed as a War Veteran under the G.I. Bill.He made inquiry at Harvard, where Dean Erwin Griswold was courteous, but explained he was crowded with returning veterans. Griswold encouraged Jack to talk to Father Kenealy of Boston College, who strongly welcomed his effort, even though Fordham Law School had not been nationally accredited, and Jack did not get credit for his two years' hard work there 1927-9.One of the professors told the entering law students,"Look at the man on your right and the man on your left, as one of the three of you won't be here when you graduate." There were fewer women in those days, but Jack was friendly with Phyllis Levine, who was on the committee for the excellent Yearbook "Sui Juris". Louise Day Hicks of South Boston was at the Law School one year and was always friendly with Jack in later years when they both spent much time at the Registries of Deeds and Probate. The teachers included Father Kenealy in Jurisprudence, Wendell Grimes, John D. O'Reilly, Emil Slizewski, Cornelius Moynihan, and Law Librarian Steven Morrison. Under the case method students were expected to read and abstract cases carefully in preparation for class discussion. Some professors occasionally threatened to cancel classes when not enough students did these assignments, but Jack and the more serious students usually talked them out of such extreme action. One of the faculty may have been the source of a student joke, "It is sufficient to say 'NOT PREPARED.' It is uncessary to demonstrate." The property professor taught them about the disadvantages of joint interests in real property and joint bank accounts, especially under modern tax laws, "Stay out of expensive joints". All his new classmates were much younger-serious men with a living to make in the law but a number of them told me at various times that Jack had a wonderful mind & that the professors liked to draw him out in class.We went together to the Red Mass an annual event sponsored by the Boston College Law School every fall to mark the opening of the legal season.Father Kenealy conducted the Mass, where we enjoyed a most learned speaker from the legal profession.During the second year his class sponsored a dance at the Recreation Hall of Boston College in Chestnut Hill to raise money to defray some of the expense of the class yearbook. We sat with some of his young friends including Larry Burkart,Frank Amsler,Gene Lyne & his wife Ruth- Gene's Jack's law school classmate was the son of Jack's l906 Boston Latin classmate Dan Lyne, who lived nearby on Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill. John and I attended one of the moot court sessions in which Larry Burkart of Newton and Joe Neylon of Somerville participated - they were members of the very successful moot court team named in honor of 1840s Massachusetts Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw, father-in-law of Herman Melville and author of a leading opinion on circumstantial evidence, Commonwealth v. Webster.At the end of two and a half years of hard work, he received the LL.B degree in June,l95l twenty-four years after starting his law studies.When he passed the Massachusetts Bar exam in October 1951 and was admitted to law practice,he Boston Globe gave him first page headlines in big print-wrote a long first page account of his accomplishment at 63 years of age & published a picture of him with his Navy hat & law books in our West Roxbury dining room with John & me.Father Kenealy had asked the Boston Globe to feature Jack. Jack passed the Massachusetts Bar examination on the first try, even though a majority failed to pass,& "there was weeping at the Bar".He then applied for Northeastern University's night classes at the law school to earn a l953 Master's degree, writing a tax thesis he typed himself & taking course in Taxation, Admiralty, Massachusetts Practice, International Law (using the Louis Sohn "World Law" textbook). He took a tax course with Massachusetts Tax Commissioner Henry Long, a colorful & outspoken thirty-year veteran originally appointed by governor Calvin Coolidge around l9l9- & arranged for John to interview the Commissioner in l952 for Albert Kelsey's English course,which required students to record conversations in the style of James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson" (l788). Professor Gardner gave the Admiralty course. I [Sophie] read Catherine Drinker Bowen's biography of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes junior and was amused by his wife Fanny's remark that Washington D.C. is full of eminent old men and the women they married when they were young. Jack's books included Clark and Marshall on Crimes, Salmond on Jurisprudence, Erwin Griswold's Taxation text, Oliver Wendell Holmes jr "The Common Law" James Casner and Barton Leach Property text, Warren Seavey Restatement of Agency. Samuel Williston "Restatement of Contracts", Mottla in Massachsetts Practice series. Jack liked to quote Holmes's definition of an 'act' as a 'voluntary muscular contraction' and his remark, "I used to think when I was a young man that TRUTH was the majority vote of that nation which could like all others." At a time when Holmes's ideas were in great vogue, Jack had reservations about the positivistic side of Holmes's thinking, although he read him carefully. In Father Kenealy's Jurisprudence course, they compared the views of several natural law theorists, including Lon Fuller and Jacques Maritain, who wrote "The American Philosophy of Law" and whose words Jack often quoted, "The Lord always gives light enough for one more step. Don't stop walking until the light gives out." In l948 Jack,John & I were crossing Linnet Street on Bellevue Street in West Roxbury,when an elderly lady emerged from a house at l65 Bellevue Stree.Struck by the color of her Alice-blue big felt hat, I smiled at her as we approached -I remarked "Your blue hat brightens up this dark afternoon."She was carrying a cane, & when I noticed that she had letters to mail,I offered to mail them for her to save her from crossing Linnet Street.She accepted, & as John went to the mailbox, she Jack & I chatted as we waited for him.We told Mrs. Gertrude Cutter that we were comparatively new in the neighborhood & that the Reverend Harold Arnold lived right across the street from us on Emmonsdale Road.She told us that he was the retired minister of her Unitarian Church at the corner of Corey & Centre Streets l50 & a distant cousin of James Arnold for whom the Arnold Arboretum was named. When we were out walking Christmas afternoon,we impulsively rang Mrs. Cutter's bell, as John wanted to talk with her,& it was calling-hour.She greeted us graciously,& for the next half-hour we were treated to an account of the very old houses on Centre Street between Richwood & Corey.A few of them were being demolished to make room for a supermarket-to Mrs. Cutter's regret.She invited us to call on her very often.She told us that Mr. Cary Potter of Roxbury Latin was the grandson of Bishop Potter. She & John enjoyed many games of backgammon through the years . Often after playing with her he came home with a can of peanuts.Each Christmas she sent John a calendar from the Museum of Fine Arts.Often about noon she would telephone me to call on her about three in the afternoon.She was hard of hearing but amazingly adept at lip reading if you looked right at her as you talked.She liked to tell about her mother-in-law "Madam Cutter" whom she considered an outstanding woman.One afternoon she told me about her father-in-law's experience in job hunting: one day - as he was on his way from Winchester where he lived to Harvard college to see President Charles Eliot to inquire whether he was to be appointed Librarian of Harvard College, President Eliot was on his way to the Cutter home in Winchester to offer him the job.When Mr.Cutter learned that President Eliot was not in his office, he went to the Boston Athenaeum & accepted the job as librarian there & developed that famous library for many years 151 His Cutter library classification was the forerunner of the Library of Congress system.As a young woman Miss Gertrude Cross took a job as an art teacher in the Winchester school and declared,"l'll never marry a man from Winchester", but she married Madam Cutter's second son Roland, an MIT graduate & an engineer for the city of Boston.Madame Cutter's first son was named Ammi, as the first son in every Cutter family for some generations is named.Mrs. Cutter's nephew Ammi is a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (l97l).One of their family friends was founder of the Windsor school for girls.When the author of a widely used book on geometry was revising his work,he showed the new illustrations to Gertrude,the young art teacher.She examined the drawings & said,"I could do better myself." She was stunned when the author said,"All right. You are hired.You make the illustrations for the book.I'll pay you anything you ask & give you an unlimited expense account." He told her to take all the time she needed to make the illustrations, so important in math work.She regretted her rash statement but took on the job.He accepted all of her illustrations & acknowledged her work in the introduction to the new edition. Jack had the book- a well-worn copy `-& that acknowedgement appeared in the mathematics text he had used at Revenue Cutter School in l909.He immediately telephoned Mrs Cutter, who was pleased the future Coast Guard officers had benefited from her work.Mrs.Cutter had an arthritic back for which she had a brace called "Gracey Bracey"She was rationed as to daily trips up & down stairs. A friend designed an ingenious thirty-inch long wooded scissors that she used to pick up papers or small books from the floor.In l955 Mrs. Cutter moved to a nursing home on Alfreton Road,Needham and gave us a large collection of books Jack picked out -a complete set of Charles Dickens, several Trollope novels -"Barchester Towers" and "The Warden," - and Pagan & Christian Rome.There is even a history of the Cutter family.When she had back troubles, her motto was "Cooperate with calamity." She lived to age 83 - l874 to March l958. She knew the Codman family,who were Brook Farmers 1843 & preserved an l846 engraving of the Brook Farm site, which was given to West roxbury historical Society & has proved useful to archaeologists interested in tracing positions of the buildings - some of which have been moved from their foundations & later destroyed by fire.There are very few extant pictures of Brook Farm from l84l-46, the era of the social experiment. The engraving also clarifies what areas have been flooded or filled.


 


98 Loretto-Cyril;18 Lynch #1120 p 59 Moskeigh Ireland Ilford England, Lane family{I}{B}

 

98-Loretto-Cyril-#98 On September 15, l970 Miss (Ann) Loretto Buckley of Moskeigh Templemartin Bandon, County Cork, Ireland wote a letter that thrilled John junior and me as it promised to open a whole new understanding of the family of Jack's mother- the Buckleys. She wrote, "My dear friends: I have read a letter in the newspaper Saturday the twelfth of September. -that you are seking information regarding relatives of your husband, stating his grandfather was Daniel A. Buckley from near Bandon. The letter also stated that he corresponded with a Michael Buckley of Moskeigh. Now Michael Buckley was my grandfather.His son Patrick Buckley was my father,and the Buckleys are in Moskeigh all the time since.We are still the only family of Buckleys in Moskeigh for hundreds of years. There are several cousins around here.One of my sisters has passed away - Marcella.I have one living sister and one brother. Mary Ellen is my sister's name, and Richard my brother.I think you are on the right track to get to know your Irish friends ('friends'used to mean relatives in traditional Irish speech).When I hear from you perhaps I will have more news for you,as I hope to seek the parish records for more information.Have you ever come to Ireland? If not, perhaps ye will some time in the near future. I will close now,hoping tht this little bit of news will hel you. I remain,your truly, Miss Loretto Buckley.- Moskeigh, Templemartin, Bandon, county Cork, Ireland." On May 15, l97l John's cousin Loretto Buckley wrote again from Moskeigh,county Cork, "My dear John,I have great pleasure in writing this letter and to say how delighted we are that you are to visit us here in Moskeigh.You are very welcome to stay here in my house.Nowif you arrive at Shannon airport,Sean O Farrell and I will meet you there and will have you in Moskeigh in a few hours. We will have a motor car as it would be very troublesome to try to make your way by bus out here,and we don't know anything about transport from the Shannon airport, so don't be in any way troubled. Just let me know the day and date and the time you expect to be at Shannon. Clothing stores are available and a very nice lot in all the stores.I will go with you if you would like a helper.Your trip is very much cheaper if you get what is called here a single ticket.You are welcome to remainas long as you wish.Moskeigh and Kilbarry are quite country places.Still I am sure you will like to be with us.Yes, I do see my brother very often- he is only five miles from me.He has not any telephone,nor I haven't got any phone.Sean O Farrell had the phone. Yes you can get to West Cork as the bus does go from Bandon out there.If you don't drive a car,you will be helped out as best I can. We hope to take you to your cousins. I am sure you will have a nice time.You will get fond of the cows and calves.You will be a farmer in a short time.And it is here in Moskeigh you will sleep.I will do my best for you, although I don't do much traveling as the cows and the farm keeps all farmers near home." And Sean O Farrell's wife Anne wrote in May l97l,"Dear Mr. Barrett,I am writing these few lines to help Sean out. You asked for the names and ages of the children. We have five girls and two boys: Katherine sixteen years Anna and Daniel boy and girl twins fourteen and a half Mary thirteen John eleven years Claire seven years and Bernadette six years.I think Sean filled you in with all other information as I join with him by saying that you will be very welcome to Ireland and we will do all we can to make your stay a pleasant one." - Sean's letter "I am very glad to hear that you are to visit us in the near future and you will be very welcome. If you are coming to Moskiegh and Kilbarry, at first we will meet you at Shannon airport so you will have no worries there. As for accomodation you need have no worries as Loretto will be delighted to have you, and we also would keep you.If after having stayed for a few days you may prefer other accomodation,there are plenty places to stay in the local town and also Guest Houses.I think from what I have heard that a round trip would be best for you and I think you will get all that information at an Irish travel agency.Some tourists come to Ireland by chartered flight,but you may be late for that.Now you need not be very particular about clothes- you may need a sweater as the evenings get rather chilly.You can buy all the clothes you want here.It doesn't matter what month you come as our busy periods vary according to the weather.Your query on land records: I believe they are kept in the Land Commission Office in Dublin.Your inquiry on bus service: Well, there is a great service between towns but very little to parts of the country- our nearest bus is three miles.I drive a Volkswagon and pull a trailer with it as it is very quick to go to the creamery with it and markets. I could drive you on many occasions but I would be afraid I wouldn't be always available. I have only two sisters- both married and with family, one living quite near and the other in Cork city. Assuring you of a hearty welcome- my telephone number is Templemartin 18." (p. 577-8( As a result of his correspondence with Loretto Buckley in Moskeigh and Sean O Farrell in Kilbarry, both Jack's Irish second cousins, John left for Ireland July 13, l97l to get acquainted with his kin, but his primary purpose was to collect information to be used in genealogical material for these memoirs, which appear in this and other chapters.We have many letters to me from John in Ireland, which will probably be used later if John writes a book about his travels abroad.In l97l he met about ninety relatives abroad- is most enthusiastic about everything in County Cork where he spent most of his time on dairy farms operated by the Buckleys and the o Farrells. p574When John was in Moskeigh County Cork, Ireland in July and August l97l he received a letter from his father's second cousin Cyril Buckley of Ilford, Essex, England written on 26 July l97l, "Dear cousin John,Thank you for your very welcome letter received a few days ago.I had heard of your existence through my sisters Marcella and Lena who in turn had heard of you through Loretto.I am so glad that our son Gerard was in Moskeigh to join in welcoming you to Ireland.It was a most pleasant surprise to receive your most informative letter. I am most interested in the family history which you have give and would be only too pleased to add any further information to that which you have already compiled. Unfortunately I am at present unable to add very much but am making inquiries with the other members of the famly -my brothers and sisters and sincerely hope that they will be able to contribute something useful.I am unable to say whether my grandfather Michael Buckley l834-l9l8 had any sisters married or otherwise.From the information you have given, I have endeavored to compile a family tree a copy of which I enclose herewith.It is reasonably accurate as far as my information goes.There is so much that I wish to say to you but will refrain in this letter in the hope that you will agree to my following suggestion: We would all like very much if you would come over here to see us.You will be most welcome and it will only take you about one hour from Cork to London airport where we shall meet you.As you know we will be very pleased to have you stay with us as long as you wish.We can then have a good chat and we hope give you some at least of the information you require.If you do decide to come,please let me know your time of arrival. You may telephon me any evening if you wish in order that I can met you at the airport.Please do come.Thank you for your various addresses and your offer to help Gerard,etc. He was delighted to meet you and will be writing to you soon.I would also thank you for your kind invitation to your home near Boston and perhaps a visit maybe possible in the not to distant future.Give our love to May, Loretto, and Jack (Sheehy) and tell them that Bertha my wife and I ay visit them in September next as we are contemplating a visit to Ireland this summer.If you cn't come to London this time- I hope you can- I will write you more fully in the near future.With love from us all to you all over there in Ireland. sincerely, your cousin, Cyril b. Buckley." 18 Lynch Excerpt #18 Helen Lynch letter on genealogy of my father's Lane steipmother. Her nephew Myles Lane was Dartmouth l928 played football back three seasons and one of first US-born pro hockey players Bruins and Rangers around l930. - John Barrett #18 Dr. Mary Lynch 23 Winborough Street, Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126 December 11, l969.Dear John,-Mollie often spoke of you.She was very fond of you as you no doubt know.Although we did not see her regularly,we always kept in touch and enjoyed her visits very much.I am afraid that I cannot be of any great help to you in searching her family background,but I am happy to give you what little information I have. Mollie's grandmother was my grand-aunt, the sister of my grandfather Lynch.They were two of eleven children born in Kenmare, county Kerry on the ploughlands known as Tulley.Their mother was a Palmer, and her mother a Sullivan-Christian. Of the eleven children of the Lynches -1- Daniel married Mary Gill and inherited the land.-2- Mary married Daniel Gill and remained in Kenmare also (a double wedding).He inherited the adjoining farm.-3-Katherine married James Lane of Kenmare. Some of their children were born there,but others were born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.They moved to Malden and then to Melrose, where they built a house on Grove Street and established a plastering contractor's business.A friend Mrs. Rossiter had preceded them to Malden.Her grandson or great-grandson is Monsignor rossiter of Boston.-4- Denis settled in Portsmouth. He had two daughters.One married John Lambert,whose son John was a journalist in Boston.He represented the Hearst newspapers in Washington for some years and later became publisher of the American.The other daughter married a Duffy.One of his daughters was Agnes.She taught in New York city.-5- Ellen married a a McCarthy in Michigan and later moved to California.-6- Felix went to University of Pennsylvania, married the daughter of a German professor,and moved to Michigan.They had four daughters.-7- James married Sally Foley and remained in Kenmare.Their sons were John and Bartholomew. John came to New York. His only surviving child is Father Dennis Lynch, S.J., of Manila, Philippine Islands. Bart had a big family in Kenmare.-8- Bartholomew came to Portsmouth.One of his grandsons James lives in Pennsylvania. -9- Timothy went to Texas and dropped out of correspondence.-10- John came to Portsmouth, married and had ten children, -11-Thomas settled in Worcester.He had four children.One of his daughters married a Carroll who was police chief in Worcester. One of their daughters is married to Dr. Robert McCarthy, academic dean at Boston State college. Most of the above information came from Mollie's aunt Kate Lane Kernan.She was a voluminous letter writer, possibly because early loss of hearing cut off avenues of communication.She had been a talented pianist- in fact she often accompanied her former school friend, the opera singer Geraldine Farrar. All that went with the hearing. I have no idea of the dates, but I understand there is a large family plot at the cemetery in Portsmouth (N.H.) which should have some dates. Bill Lane of Grove Street, Melrose would know about that, since he has taken an interest in keeping it in repair.I retired a year ago after twenty years as head of Biological Sciences at Boston State.My sister (Helen) who is nine years younger, is a school psychologist in Boston.We travel a great deal in her vacation time. Last summer was spent in East Africa- a fascinating experience.I wonder if you had seen the enclosed clippings about Myles Lane?Shortly before this appointment (as a judge) Governor Rockefeller had made him permanent chairman of the New York crime commission.He and his wife (an artist) spent their vacation last summer in Kenmare.My very best wishes to you and your mother.Of course I met both of you at Mollie's just after you came back to the States (l947). Sincerely, Mary Lynch."Sophie Barrett note-telephone Augusat l970. John thinks that Mary and Helen Lynch are daughters of a man who was born in Ireland and came over to Melrose. Check further.) In the 1970's they moved to Hatters Hill Road, Medfield. Kate Kernan appears next to her sister Mrs. Mary Lane Barrett in photo at 640 East Seventh Street back yard l932 or l933 wiuth Mr. Barrett, Mollie and Kate Barrettt, and John Lambert.


 


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During the Barretts' time in Cynwyd, Jack received Notebook 4 p 61 "To Lieutenant Commander John B. Barrett c/o Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -[from] 378 Columbia Road, Dorchester Massachusetts April 8, 1937 Dear Jack, I am sure you will be very much surprised to hear from me, and I hope not angry at me for writing. My mother has just passed away, and so I have been trying to straighten things out here. = While going through some boxes today, I found all the many pleasant letters you had written as far back as 1910 (my - I'm old). Mother had them all neatly tied and marked, and after reading some of them, I thought I would just drop you a line. = Trust you have been well and happy all these years. Sometime would like so much to say "Hello" if you ever happen to be in this locality. = With kindest regards and pleasant memories of a past friendship, I am - Sincerely, Helen P. Cochrane."


 


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SEE END! About the third day out, the junior medical officer of the ship asked me why I did not attend the dance held every evening in the lounge wher3e a band of three young sailors played for the dancers. I explained thqat I hesitatedto go alone, so he offered to escort me that evening after dinner. The sea was rough, and only a handfuil of passengers were in the lounge - all girls. After dancing with me, my esceort danced with one of the young girls, and feeling conspicuous and self conscious sitting there alone, I left. I was wearing a new light lavender chiffon dress with a black vrelvet sash and, except for my hair, I thought I looked well groomed. I went alone to the ril ouside my cvabin, and as I stood there watching the moonlight on the water, a shp's officer joined me with the words, " I could never fall in love with you." He was immaculate in hishis white uniform with two and a half stripes on his shoulders and had a pleasant smile. Thinking that my slip was slowing or that he objected to my haircut, I asked him why, and he replied simply, "Because you are a bruneette, and I like only blondes. My wife and five children are blondes." I was relieved. But we chatted for only a brief time as he was on duty, and my loneliness depened. The ship seemed deserted as almost everyone - men and women alike- were seas9ock. 986 Sophie joined H-E-N-D-E-R-S-O-N at Portsmouth Virginia August 12. 1930 and reached Chingwantao, North China where Jack Barrett met her November 14, l930.Sophie is at left. Officer in center was Assistant Medical Officer of HENDERSON. Route went through Port-au-Prince Haiti' Cristobal and Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, Corinto, west coast of Nicaragua, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco - Sophie visited Yosemite Valley and stayed at Ahwahnee Hotel while HENDERSON was overhauled at Mare Island north east side of San Francisco Bay -then Honoluolu, Guam, Manila, Hong Kong - Sophie transferred to smaller transport - got to know Florence Hilldring Army wife - proceeded Shanghai to North China.Sophie sent her father David Meranski a post card from Guam. Letter of Sophie 10: A.M. Monday 6 October l930 Dearest Family,To-morrow at noon we are scheduled to arrive in Honolulu where Dr. Roberts and I intend to swim and to drive around taking in all the sights. He is a great old playmate, and I'm glad I found him.--On my birthday last Saturday, it was such fun way out at sea to open the birthday cards which Esther and Babe and Geetter so thoughtfully sent to me.They are nice cards - every now and then I read them over again, stopping to dream a bit about home and each one of you. i had Ben in mind on the first of October, and several times on that day -2- I read his grand letter and hoped that all was going well with him. November belongs to Sis, Babe, Abe and Isie - I'll not forget that no matter where I am or what I am doing.--Life on board is very peaceful- we have settled down again into a well ordered routine since leaving San Francisco last Tuesday, the 30th of September. Now at 10:15 in the morning most people are sitting out on deck in the large wicker chairs- some just gazing out to sea -some talking- some reading and others, like myself, writing letters.Breakfast is long since over.I had orange juice, hot cakes, and coffee.By 8:30 I was out on deck watching two men play shuffle -3- board - a game of good exercise played with sticks and round wooden pieces, which you drive onto a court marked with plus and minus numbers up to ten. The winning score is fifty, and you score whatever number is in the block into which you have shoved the round wooden piece.--As I was watching the game,some of my pals joined me. By 8:45 four of us were playing the game, laughing and carrying on until 9:l5 when we had "man overboard" drill getting out our life jackets and gathering on the lower deck.After that I still felt energetic, so I walked around the decks fourteen times (twelve times makes a mile- I did fourteen for good measure.)Then it was ten o'clock, and I decided -4-to put a bridge table up on deck in a quiet corner and write a letter home to my very dear family.--We lost a lot of older high ranking people at San Francisco where we took on passengers more nearly of my own age and rank.Now even I am pretty important, for we sit at table according to rank, and I am at Table Two.That's pretty good considering there are eight tables-I used to be at Table Four.--Funny thing - for a whole month, from Norfolk to San Francisco I had no sign of seasickness. However, the first day and a half out of San Francisco the sea was very -..." end p. four remainder may be lost. Sophie sent her father David Meranski a card from Guam. However, problems lay ahead: Sophie text "One morning I was standing on deck near the officers' quarters talking with the junior medical officer when my friend came up and asked to speak with me in private. He told me not to touch the sleeve of the junior medical officer. Surprised, I told him I hadn't realized I had touched his sleeve, and also said I saw no harm unconsiously touching the man's sleeve. Whereupon he explained, "I don't want you to touch any man because I am in love with you." Stunned, I tried to pass it off, but he assured me he was serious and wanted to marry me after he had made provision for his wife and chldren. I decided to keep quiet in the hope it was merely a passing fancy. The HENDERSON did not go into Guam but anchored " .Some Sophie Barrett experiences travling as a Navy wife first written down by me in December, 1998 E mails to my classmate Peter Nathan now a dean at University of Iowa based on 1980s letters of Sophie.BEING EDITED Peter - Your question whether Mother lived aboard gunboat TULSA got me looking up one of her earlier notebooks when she started memoirs- and has been stimulating. I find she arrived in China Nov. 13, l930 not Nov. 14, when my father and the TULSA went to sea for eight days according to this account - elsewhere it was implied the sruise was longer. Commander Rice did delay the departure a day so Jack could meet Sophie, show her to hotel and make several introductions, but after nearly seventeen months separation, they had one day together, and then she was by herself in North China.There are some materials that are very interesting but that will probably not go in a published memoir, or at least not at present - they might be held for future to avoid embarassing families or names might be omitted. The most serious of these was aboard the big Navy transport HENDERSON, where the ship's doctor after they started out from Virginia told my mother "I could never fall in love with you. I only love blonds. My wife and my five children are all blonds." At first he was pleasant company, escorting my mother ashore at Port-au-Prince Haiti - very beautiful harbor by night, and I think they attended church - then several stops in Panama - Colon is on the Atlantic, and Balboa at Pacific end of Canal Zone - she visited some depressing bars which are mentioned in the letter to the Mount Holyoke College history librarian Mrs. Trehub-then Corinto, on Pacific Coast of Nicaragua was pleasant though hot. She had lunch or dinner with the doctors wife and some or most of the five children at San Diego, and at Los Angeles she was "piped" ashore in the admiral's "gig" (small boat). Many of the passengers left at these stops, and the HENDERSON stopped for overhaul at Mare Island on northeast edge of San Francisco Bay north of Berkeley-Oakland. While there a group including the doctor and my mother visited Yosemite Valley, staying at the famous Ahwahnee hotel. My mother purchased a handcolored souvenir photo of Bridal Veil Falls, with a footpath and tree in the foreground - this hung in my West Roxbury room many years until l993 thefts. Yosemite Falls was dry at that date September l930, as often happen - I think it was toward the end of September. My mother ordinarily is a good sailor, but one of the few times in her life she was seasick and three up in unusually stormy weather just west of San Francisco. At this point the doctor began to get romantic - the further west the ship got the more romantic he became, talking of divorcing his wife and marrying my mother - do you remember the 1940's song "I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"-? that was the situation.Passengers sat by seniority, and on this part of the cruise my mother sat with relatively high-ranbking officers. At Guam she mailed a cheerful postcard to her father David Meranski, who had disapproved of her marriage to a Gentile - said she was throwing away her education and career. By Manila she was hiding in her cabin. I was going to tell you of my mother's encounter November l930 at Tientsin Country Club with writer Nora Waln and her British husband who ran Tientsin post office, but this computer often erases so I will send this before gremlins erase.- One other item that doctor arranged for HENDERSON's band to play "California Here I Come as mother entered the dining room. -Continued- John PASTE --- John Barrett wrote: Peter - if you want to see the only extant photo I know of from the transport HENDERSON 1930 is web page 44 #386, with my mother at left, the assistant medical officer center and another passenger right. The senior doctor became extremely jealous if Mother spoke to his assistant (shown in this photo), and this marked the beginning of mother's awareness there was going to be a problem as the ship crossed the Pacific September to November 1930. . I am going to put together a list of some of my mother's impressions of dates and other men she knew -here is an outline: In ninth grade Brown School Hartford Andrew Diana sat in front of her - considerably older - had a girl friend Josephine Avitui- attractive - asked to copy Sophie's paper on an exam - teacher saw - and slapped them both with ruler. Sophie never cheated again in school or gave improper assistance- Miss Clark encouraged her to take pre-college course. Sophie's father discouraged Gentile boys from being friendly -made Sophie return a present from an Italian boy who had been traveling as seaman - Shopie says this was one reasons her father moved from Morgan to Wooster St fall 1916, but also the neighborhood was changing, and he wanted to operate kosher grocery in ewish neighborhood. She discouraged any serious relation with two 1919 Hartford Public High School classmates Nathan Solomon and Joe Paonessa- Joe died of TB about 1929- Nathan whose photo is on website became a printer and she heard he was married and had family- the two were chums-Joe and Nathan. To junior prom l921-1922 at Mount Holyoke Sophie invited .....?"Henry"? Cohen (must check first name in memoir whose father operated Cohen Coal Co. across street from butcher's where Sophie's elder sister was bookkeeper many years and where Sophie used to see "Henry?" while she herself had summer job 1921 at Esther company. A moe lasting relationship developed with Nandor Porges of Hyde Park, Mass. who was a fraternity brother of George Quint at "Mass Aggie" (forerunner of U. Mass at Amherst) a journalism student who dated Sade Sloniam of Hartford, friend of Sophie's older sister Bertha born 1898. It appears Bertha and the family wanted to encourage Sophie to develop a relation with a Jewish boy,though there were few or no Jewish girls at Mount Hoyoke college, where she attended required Christian interdenominational chapel, in which college President Mary Woolley became a very familiar figure to her. George Quint and Sade Slonaim were parents of present overseas TV journalist Bert Quint. George Quint used to say hello to Sophie at Mount Holyoke and bring news from Hartford, and gave her name to Nandor Porges class of l923, who dated Sophie later part of junior year, invited her to the traditional football game autumn l922, where he sat on the bench sucking lemons while the coach never put him in the game as the score was close and they were behind - Sophie sat in the cold stands and had very little coonversation The relation continued till just before graduation May 1923, and the Saturday night before graduation, as they strolled on campus about 9:40 Nandor gave Sophie his fraternity pin, than ran to catch the last 9:50 trolley to Amherst (they did have trolleys then about tenmiels) while Sophie had ten pm lights out.He planned tostudy soil chemistry at Rutgers.Sophie had summer job at United Hebrew Chzrities, Lower East side New York. When a month or so passed and she did not hear from nandor, she wrote to ask if she should return the fraternity pin- but she never heard from him agin.- [Will continuing - library closing] While working in Philadelphia l926-7 Sophie dated Carl Knitter, student at homeopathic Hahnemann Medical. Dr. Geetter warned her thyat a homeopaths professional prospects were not good - he had St. Vitus dance -= wanted to marry her - went to Oregon for some time of practice - she declined to go there - heard he died of a brain tumor not long after. Her marriage June 1929 was secret from Macy's fellow workkers and most New York friends. One of Jack's night law school classamtes Joe Brill wanted to date her, and Christmas 1929 she had to accept an invitation from a young dentist who invited him to his mother's for holiday dinner. It got embarassing when the mother tried to be a matchmaker-I will continue some stories about alcohol- "What is the Call of the Orient "Boy, whiskey and soda"


 


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#87 Hawaii p. 112 the many pigeons and watch the many small birds and the peacocks and the gold-crested African crowned crane. No description of our life in Waikiki for six years woul;d be adequate without an account of the young, slender, dark-skinned, dark-haired pearly-toothed Samoan girl who lived in the one room apartment upstairs of us at 24l5 Ala Wai Boulevard belonging to my landlord Walter Glockner, the American citizen of German birth who was taken by the FBI on Decmber 8, l941, and detained on Sand Island in Honolulu harbor,until allowed to go to Wisconsin until war's end. With the advent of war workers, housing was a problem, and the Hawaiian Trust Company, alien custodian for Glockner's properties, rented his furnished apartment first to a beautiful young Japanese girl, - wife of an American Naval officer in Saipan- she left for Detroit with him after he was wounded - and she was accepted graciously there by his family. Then the apartment was rented to about five young Americanmen who stayed onlyt a short time. Then Mike Ryan a Seabee from Missouri or Oklahoma,lived there alone for about six months. The day after he left, late in the afternoon, when a young man came from the back of the house, smiled at me as he passed, and said, "I hope she won't give you any trouble," and off he went.I never saw him again.For some time I saw no one from upstairs, but occasionally I heard water running.Many women in Hawaii are barefooted, so I didn't hear her up there, and I often wondered why I didn't see or hear him.About two months passed- I didn't know their names because although we shared a mailbox, they got no mail- not even bills or advertisements Then I was sitting on a rocking chair in front of my house one hot afternoon about 1943 when the young woman from upstairs appeared for the first time- barefoot, with a blouse and slacks, obviously pregnant, and she stretched out on the grass near me under the coconut tree.She was dark, raven-haired,pretty, with white, even teeth. i asked if she was Hawaiian, and she replied, "Samoan."She was most uncommunicative, and when I asked her about her husband, she said, "I haven't seen him or heard from him since he brought me here."I realized then that she lived up there all alone in complete darkness, because the windows of the house were not blacked out to comply with regulations, so no lights could be used at night.She was neat and clean, stayed with me only a few minutes, and left. I don't kow when or where she had her baby, but some months later I saw her enter the apartment of a neighbor at 2411 Ala Wai Boulevard holding an infant in a blanket in her arms. I didn't talk to her or she to me. There was never any mail for her, but I saw her often dart in and out of the apartment next door to visit the d"Auberts,ans I saw her when she was hanging the baby's clothes on my clothesline.I asked her to put up her own line as she had so much wash,but she never did and complained to the d"Auberts, who thought me heartless for objecting to having Tommy's clothes hanging on my line close to our kitchen day and night.I never heard the young child cry, and as he grew I never heard him in the apartment. They never walked out except to go to the d"Aubert apartment next door.She kept herself and the boy immaculate.I often wondered how she got her groceries as I never saw her go or return from shopping. Tommy was a handsome toddler two or three years old around 1945 or l946 when I saw his mother carrying a new infant next door while Tommy walked behind her.The year ended, and Mr. Glockner returned to Waikiki, expecting to occupy his apartment.But the Samoan woman with two children would not move.I don't know who supported her as the d'Auberts told me that "Van" never got in touch with her after he left her at the apartment.Mr. Glockner asked me to appear in court in proceedings to evict her from the apartment. I told him I would attend but could say nothing against the young lady, who paid her rent regularly,was very quiet, and kept herself and her children spotlessly clean.Tommy used to look to me for a chat, and was a bright, alert, very well-behaved little boy.She appeared in court wearing a nice dress, real shoes, and had a flower in her hair.Tommy was all dressed up in a new wash suit and was wearing shoes and socks.But the star of the show was the baby in her arms in a long white dress trimmed with pink ribbons. She held the baby with one arm and held Tommy's hand with her other hand, as she walked down the aisle of the court to the front row.The judge read the date of the hearing and the date of the notice to her and dismissed the case because she 115 had been given only nine days notice instead of the legal ten. I was greatly relieved and determined not to appear against her.Soon a sign appeared on the lawn, "House for sale," BUT BEFORE LONG IT WAS KNOCKED DOWN ON THE GRASS, AND a few days later it disappeared altogether.Tommy continued to grow as did the little girl. The d'Auberts wanted to adopt Tommy, but the mother refused to part with him.When I left the Islands in June l947, they were still in the upstairs apartment. The d'Auberts had moved near Kailua on the windward side of the Island beyond the Koolau Mountains, where they lived in a tent and used a truck for transportation.Mrs. d'Aubert told me they would have loved to adopt Tommy as they had no children.They had a cocker spaniel Wickie and two cats named Samurai and Snicker-snee.Tommy was certainly an atttractive and well behaved child, and I have often wondered how he fared in later life.Mr. d"Aubert who survived stomach cancer, was a graduate of the Sorbonne in France, and Nancy d"Aubert had been a school teacher in Honollu before her marriage. One day in l945 Jack came home from his office at Pearl Harbor and gave me a role of briught red cloth ribbon and said, " I thought you might like some 'Navy red tape.'"I enjoyed the joke ad found many uses for the tape - stronger than most ribbon and flatter and more convenient than string. Our next door neighbors in Waikiki were Mr. amd Mrs. James Needles. He was a consulting engineer who before the War had owned a restaurant and bar called "TheTrmp." He was active in Democratic politics and a Mormon who came from Utah. In l946 he seupported Wilson, the Democrat, who was elected mayor by ten votes.He criticized big business and the "sugar daddies." He also seemed to have many friends from Texas and to have lived in Texas at some time. Mrs. Needles had been born in Wales and was a Christian Scientist., a widow with one son named Ted. Williams.m She was a realtor and unsettled us by offering to helpMr. Glockner sell his house inl945. She had helped in furnishing it before we arrived.At Chtistmas l94l she gave us a number of Chritsmas ornaments - there were reindder and a sleigh, a toy Christmas tree, a cloth Santa Claus with a walnut in his sack, and a remarkable electric-light bult Santa Claus made in Japan about seven inches high, with Japanese facial features probably made for Japanese Christian use either in Japan or Hawaii. It was very well made and durable. We lighted it sparingly every Christmas for fifty years, and it was still lighting when we gave it to our West Roxbury neighbor Mrs. Florence Hallahan around l993. In late1944 when travel was easier, Mr. Needles took a trip to the mainland for business in Chicago and looked up Mrs. Needles's best friend there, Miss Wolff, also a Christian Scientist, who workedin the Marshall Field Department Store.Without telling Mrs. Needles, Mr. Needles persuaded Miss Wolff to give up her job and fly out with him to the West coast, where he planned to take a plane for both of them and surprise Mrs. Needles in Waikiki.Mr. Needles called via overseas telephone asking Jack to arrange plane transportation for him and a companion, but Jack told him he had no authority in San Francisco. Evidently Mr. Needles was stranded in San Francisco and tried to reverse the charges on a telephone call to Jack the next day.I refused the call, knowing that Jack could do nothing for him.The next morning Mrs. Needles, visibly upset,told me that she had received an overseas call from her former Christian Science reader in Chicago warning her that Miss Wolff was on her way to Waikiki with Jim.She inferred that she would not know what to do with her.But Mr. Needles arrived that afternoon with Miss Wolff, who moved right in with them.She found a job as a salesclerk in the Liberty House, but she told me she was heartsick at the long hours and low pay she had to accept in competition with the young local girls who did not have to be self-supporting but earned extra money part-time.Miss Wolff lived briefly in the Needles' own home as a guest, but after she went to work, she paid rent for the small apartment upstairs of the Needles'home.After a few months she decided to return to Chicago.Jack helped to arrange her transportation, and she gave us an excellent up-to-date one volume encyclopedia. When the war was over, Mr. and Mrs. Needles invited us to a luau, also attended by their new upstairs tenants, Mimi and Harry Bronson, who became our friends for many years, continuing after our return to Massachusetts, Mimi Bronson was a l935 Mount Holyoke alumna. Harry was an entomologist. They visited us in Boston in l948 anbd showed photos of their vacations high in the Sierrra Nevada mountainsI with spring flowers.Later we got to know Mimi's mother in Marlboro, Massachusetts, and her sister Frances Gage..It was a real Hawaiian luau with roasted pig, pineapple, fish, and poi. a large gathering sat at long tables on the lawn and danced to Hawaiian music. Colorful Japanese lanters provided light. A rare Venezuelan tree known as the "gold Tree" is a spectacular sight in the Foster gardens near Nuuanu Street in Honolulu. Another is on the road to Pearl Harbor.There were then only about six of these tree on the island of Oahu. On the walls of Punahou School is a large planting of the clmbing night-blooming cereus cactus from Mecisco, with many very large fragrant flowers. p. 117 #91- #91 Jack took a great interest in USAFI the United States Armed Forces Forces Infortion service, which made many textbooks availale to servicemen, including a four volume English literature survey "From Beowulf to homas Hardy" preepared by a Professor at the University of Cincinnati. There were many handbooks on scienc and electronics and a fine volume, "Exploring Biology. Jack had weekly war maps at his office, with lands occupied by the allies in Green, and Axis-occupied areas in red.John began following these in the autum of l942, when only a little green strip appeared on Guadalcanal, with the rest red. the Japanese were near Port Moresby New Guinea and our friends in Australia, but Jack and John watched each week Allied gains in Buna and Gona New Guinea,then the Aleutians, Stalingrad, Sicily, Tarawa,.. along the north New Guinea coast, then faster and faster as l944 saw rapid Russian gains and the Normandy invasion in which my nephew Arthur Meranski particiapted in tanks under General George Patton" and soon Saipan, Guam and the Philippines began to be colored green.Japane still maintained the offensive in China, however until near the end.John sometimes would get his haircuts at the Ship's Service at Pearl Harbor, though we were frindly with Mack the Barber in Waikiki near the Moana Hotel, who gave us an Australian ironwood (Casuarina) tree for Christmas l941. One afternoon Jack went to the Ships' Service where he was surprised t see only one customer whereas it was usually a busy place. As he was about to order his merchandise,he realized that the other customer was Admiral William Halsey. Jack apologized for barging in on him, but Halsey encouraged Jack to stay and buy what he wanted, Halsey insisted," (Here) I am no more important than you are."Jack and John were at Pearl Harbor the day the Japanese surrender was announced in mid-August l945. All the sirens and bells in the Navy Yard sounded,n there was general rejoicing.Hawai from pages ll9- ll9a Since John could read at a very young age, the base librarian at Pearl Harbor delighted in supplying him with books as he had so much time to read.She gave him Irving Melbo's "Our Country's National Parks which he studied avidly. Then he had maps of the western part of the United States, studied themcarefully, and planned a trip to be taken on our return to the mainland, which turned out to be June l947.Jack belonged to the American Autiomboile Assoication, where Roberta Clark of the Honolulu office was tireless inj supplying us with tourist information andmaking reservations for us in hotels, motels, and cabins at national parks. As soon as John finished the sixth grade school year at Punahoe, we boarded the Army Transport GENERAL RANDALL for our return to the mainlandm=,sailing_ go to 66-67


 


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Moskeigh June 27, 1972 June 26 we called on Jerry Kelleher and his sisters - Julia and Mrs. Hanora O Leary. They are first cousins of Richard O Halloran through their mothers, who were Graingers.There aunt age 86 Miss. Sarah Grainger is at Montenotte [north of Lee River on east side of Cork city]. Their grandfather was William Grainger 1835-1913 whose stone we saw at Kilmurry June 19. His father a protestant married Mary Buckley. They had twelve or thirteen children of whom William was the eldest boy. The oldest girl Kate went to USA. and had a famous son General [Michael] Lenihan.I think Father [Francis] Sweeney of Boston College [English and humanities]has a connection to General Lenihan.There is a very large clan of Graingers who appear to be third cousins of Dad's.Tim O Mahony's mother used to speak of her father's Grainger connections.I believe Mrs. Mary Buckley Grainger was an aunt of Daniel A. Buckley, Dad's grandfater. I think --67-- by her age and the general agreement on a relation that she was a sister of John Buckley Dad's great-grandfather, who owned this farm in 1852.One of the Graingers more recently married Steven Buckley of Grandbeg, a relation of Mrs. Margaret O Sullivan and Mrs. Jim Hallahan.There is still no proof that the Grandbeg Buckleys were directly related to the Moskeigh Buckleys,except through the Graingers.Monday afternoon May Buckley and I walked up Scariff Hill to Hallahans'. Jim Hallahan remembers talk of a "Simon Punch" said to have lived on the upper farm on hat road many years before his own time. Loretto thinks Simon may appear in parish records [his daughter Johanna Punch ,married Cornelius Buckley about 1833.]Jim Hallahan may be distantly connected to Daniel A. Buckley's mother throught the "Quarry" Murphys of RATHCULLEN Rathcullen.Mrs. Hallahan expects a grandnephew Paul Galvin of Dedham to call about July 4. Graingers have BUCKLEY ancestors not vice versa.Mrs. Hallahan walked with us to see next house where Paddy Horgan is 85-87? He says there was no house eighty years ago on the upper farm - now Brady's-where Michael Buckley constructed a cottage.There was some old structure from which bricks were taken for the cottage.--68--Simon and perhaps Jerry had been there once. Loretto's cousin Leslie Buckley was born there in 1914-1915.The cottage is now the home of Mrs. Lynch. Con Brady has the adjoining 28 acres and built a new house there. I go to Wexford June 30.coming back from Hallahans' we stopped at O Farrells'.Mrs. O Farrell showed May their fine milking parlor,which Sean designed.Martin Desmond was cutting silage for them.John Clarke's nephew was spraying weeds next door. Two Kehily children were visiting.We had tea. I played piano for May.Mrs. O Farrell is to go in soon for tests for gallstones and perhaps diaphragmatic hernia [which] occurred years ago in childbirth.We will probably go out to see Richy Buckley Newcestown tonight[June 27].Pat is permanently now at Cloughduv creamery but assigned last week temporarily to the Templemartin branch.That is why we saw him four or five times last week. The creamery may be replaced by bulk [tank] collection in three to five years.It would cost thousands for Loretto to convert.She may retire or switch to dry cattle.Sean does not like the big investment but will make it if necessary. Mr. Hallahan lost two fine dogs who ate poison on neighbor's land.{Some] dogs did hundreds of dollars of damage to sheep - not necessarily Jim's dogs, but they ate the poison.The poison is supposed to be set only at night.Jim usually keeps his dogs in by night.I'm not sure if the neighbor left it out by day, which is illegal - if so, he would be liable to Jim. Mrs. O Halloran Scartnamuck returned Saturday from visiting sister in Dublin. We may call there Wednesday evening June 28.Sunday June 25 there was a big crowd of Sheehy relations here four to seven pm.Paddy and Norah Manning came from Glanmire east of Cork,with their four children John, Maurice,Mary and Katherine.Mr. and Mrs. John Clarke came up also with eldest son Bob who passed --70--driving test Skibbereen last Tuesday June 20 and daughter Ann. Other sons Jerry and Sean elsewhere. they other sister Peg Mrs. John Murphy came with three of her six daughters- Kitty nineteen engaged Theresa 9 Paula 5-- also a young son of Christy Collins [guest of Murphys] was with the Murphys age 3. We expected Maurice Sheehy.Jack and I went over Saturday night [across the lane outside Loretto's farm]to invite him [Jack's brother Maurice, whose three daughters were expected visiting].But Sunday afternoon Jack and Maurice both skedaddled on us and went out to watch bowling matches over the road at Templemartin. I think the Mannings may have been disappointed, as they came a considerable distance.[Norah Manning is youngest of Maurice's threee daughters.]We served mandarin orange segments & pineapple & cottge cheese as well as the usual tea and cake.Sunday at church Loretto spotted Mr. Jerry Kelleher and made the appointment to call on him Monday evening.That is how we uncovered the Grainger-Buckley information.His sister Mrs. Hanora O Leary is the one who knew the history.We saw Slynes and [Eugene] O Riordan at church also.Sunday night I stopped over to O Farrells with a package of cottage cheese,which they liked.It is still not well known here.Tom O Leary next door to them was out on the road. Sean mentioned a third cousin Con[?] O Farrell--71--North Main Street Cork to whom I wrote yesterday. Monday night May and I were at O Farrells 7-9 pm. as she does not get there often and Mrs. O Farrell is going to hospital, and I did not like to rush away.We walked to road- then Kitty Murphy's fiance Gus O Sullivan gave us a helpful rode to Loretto's driveway. Then Loretto [Buckley] and Jack [Sheehy] and I went to Kellehers. best to everyone--John Barrett" [the O Farrell house Kilbarry is about a quarter mile west of the Buckley house Moskeigh in a direct line through the intervening McCarthy farm, but the walk around by the roads is over a mile. Gus O Sullivan came from the west going to John Murphy's farm Moskeigh and was going past Loretto's long driveway and Maurice's house near the road,which became the home of his son Patrick Sheehy and family after Maurice passed away 1973.] Sophie Barrett 1901-23 from draft #5 #02#5 FIVE +01A Sophie Barrettmemoir additionMarch27'98 Wed, 29 Apr 1998 13:24:42 PDT Thalia Goldfeld Meranski 1869-1925# Thalia Goldfeld Meranski- To the best of my knowledge my mother Thalia Goldfeld Meranski came to Hartford Connecticut from Vienna Austria with her younger brother Jacob, when she was a girl.I understood that she and my father were married in Germania Hall at the corner of Main and Morgan Street in Hartford August 8, l890. My first memory of my mother finds her standing in the living room, holding my infant sister Babe in her arms on Pleasant Street when I was five years old, in l906. Babe was her eighth and last child - all healthy.I was her sixth born in a family of four boys and four girls. My mother was of average height, slender, black=haired and black-eyed.She was a good cook, but I never saw her sew or mend, because by trade my father was a tailor,which he learned in Cairo Egypt as a very young man.My earliest memories are of him working at home on Pleasant St. Hartford about l906.He made men's expensive overcoats of dark blue woolen material with velvet collar. My father was an excellent tailor who enjoyed his work until his eyesight was strained by the use of fine needles and dark thread on dark blue overcoats and black velvet collars. One habit of his I remember that reflects the cold climate he came from - he would put a lump of sugar inside his mouth and pour tea from the teapot directly on the sugar. Apparently around l909-l9l0 as he got into his mid-forties, it became difficult to adjust to the close work. In l906 owing to a financial Panic my father found it very difficult to support his large family of ten in Hartford, where very few customers if any could afford a custom made overcoat. Through a friend Samuel Schlimbaum he found work as a tailor in New York for a time in l907. He located a cheap tenement at Twenty-Seventh Street near Third Avenue and wrote my mother to bring the family.Less than a year old my sister Babe was an infant in arms suffering from the measles when my mother gathered her brood in a horse=drawn carriage and took us to the Hartford railroad station. My sister Esther remembers my mother keeping Babe's face covered with a blanket as we rode in the coach train to New York city.My three older brothers slept on the floor at 27th Street, and one night Ben stepped on Al's hand, which was sore for weeks afterward.I was too young to go to school, though my sister Bertha did attend New York schools for some time. I spent most of my time looking out the window, as my mother had two very young children to care for. Although I was less than six years old, my mother would give me ten or twenty cents every noon, and I would go to the store to buy the baloney.We had no bathroom of our own and had to share the toilet out in the front hall with the other tenants on that second floor.To supplement our diet, we had a corn popper and popped corn on the coal stove nearly every night.My brothers would take a coal hod down to the railroad tracks and spend long hours trying to fill their hods with coal that might have fallen from the coal trains. Wood was difficult to get, but my brothers searched endlessly for kindling wood. One evening my father's friends the Schlimbaums had the ten of us for supper. We went to their flat by streetcar, and I can remember my disbelief at the number of courses and quantity of food on the table. As a matter of fact, I believe we ate at their home several times. At Halloween, looking out the window at our home I saw some mean tricks as teenage boys would hit passersby with long socks with a heavy brick inside. One morning I was standing in the front room when my father unexpectedly came home. My mother without a word followed him from the entrance down in the kitchen to the front room and watched the poor man put his scissors and his tape measure on the table. When she questioned him with her expressive eyes, he told her that there was not enough work in the tailor shop, and as the last man hired, he had been fired. Only a few months after our arrival, my father was laid off as he had least seniority.He communicated with his friend Elizah Cohen, who found us an inexpensive tenement on Portland St. in Hartford,where my father used the front room as his tailor shop & managed to make a living sewing custom fitted overcoats for Gimmel Burnham We returned to Hartford and lived on Portland Street.There are Portland Street neighbors named Goldfield listed nearby in directories, but we have not been able to find out if they were relatives of my mother. In Boston in the l970's we spoke with a widow Celia Goldfield of Milton, whose husband had come from Rovno in eastern Poland, on the same railroad line as Brody,where my mother came from.The name probably dates back to an Austrian taxation plan of the later eighteenth century.My mother had a family photo album. We believe her parents named Abel and Bertha were deceased in Austria before 1890.Ellis Island opened in l892, and immigration records from New York from the 1880's are said to have burned. We lived on Portland St.until he bought a restaurant at 25 Morgan St.from Charles Abuza, father of Sophie Abuza, later well known as Sophie Tucker the singer.She sang in local restaurants & married Albert Tuck & changed her stage name to Tucker.In l9l0 or l9ll the Meranski family posed for a formal picture. All of us had new clothes for the fall holidays,so my father and mothers with the eight children posed for


 

 

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