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

 


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"KEY WORD" SEARCH SYMBOLS KEY WORD tools-- Enter these symbols in brackets or (capital) parentheses to find chapter materials and photo subjects quickly. In parentheses: (7)TAX THESIS (8) MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE (9) REVENUE CUTTER SCHOOL 1909-10 (R) Roxbury Latin School (Y) Yosemite, Yellowstone, Over the Mountain chapter, summer 1947 photos in west (**) botany+ Arnold Arboretum topics. LETTERS in REVERSED, CAPITALIZED BRACKETS: }C{ indicates best edited text of each chapter, "RED HEADED STEPCHILD". Other REVERSED,CAPITALIZED BRACKETS: }C3{ MATERIALS for PART 3 - Barrett relations and early history - in preparation ...... }F{ Fordham Law School + New York 1928 with XANTHOS letter }M{ light cruiser MARBLEHEAD 1924-1927 photos + chapter text, }A{ Astronomy. LETTERS or NUMBERS IN CAPITALIZED BRACKETS: {B}BUCKLEYS {C} CLAXTON 1936 {D} DAHLQUIST {F} Hartford-Meranski-family {G} Grandpa Barrett {H}Hawaii {I} Ireland {J} Jack Barrett {M} Mollie Barrett {N} New-York-Brooklyn 1939-1941 {P} Panama + survey ship HANNIBAL 1933-5 {R} West Roxbury years after 1947 {S} Sophie Meranski Barrett {T} TRUXTUN 1929-1930 + TRINITY 1938-9 {W} William Joseph Barrett {X} XANTHOS letter, Dedication, guides, and explanations of purposes of memoir {Z} Barrett family photos before 1900 and family history chapter.{4} Jack 1912-1920 {5} VOYAGE TO THE ORIENT - TRANSPORT HENDERSON 1930 {7} HONEYMOON January March 1932 {9} NORTH CHINA 1930


 


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I believe the background resembles another one marked "Chefoo" from when TULSA participated in Asiaitic Fleet maneuvers late spring or early summer and Sophie stayed at Wineglass Boarding House, which Chaplain Maguire located for her when accomododations were scarce during fleet visit.These negatives and other photos were salvaged by John Barrett junior in packing July 1996 on moving from West Roxbury after huge 1993 thests in which ten thousand photos and many notebooks and letters disappeared.++1931,July Sophie traveled on commercial freighter along with Gertrude and Nathalie Rice and Rachel Doughtie when gunboat TULSA joined Asiatic Fleet annual maneuvers and gunnery competition late spring -early summer .1931 Sophie used to sing the Navy song "The Wear Clothespins on their noses in North China They wear clothespins on their noses in north China- They wear clothespins on their noses For Chefoo doesn't smell like roses - They wear clothespoins on their noses in North China." There were goats immediately outside her window at the Wineglass boarding house in Chefoo, as accomodations were scarce while the Asiatic Fleet was gathered for spring l931 gunnery and maneuvers, in which Jack's gunboat TULSA won the fleet competition - he was gunnery officer aided by Marine Lt. William Paca. Paul rice was commander of the TULSA.Sophie was grateful to Chaplain William Maguire, who later played a heroic role at Pearl Harbor December 7, l941, though he remained a non-combatant, and the legend the .PICTURE CAPTIONS p 17 Tientsin China winter l931 Sophie is wearing Manchurian fur coat. The fur buyers later brought news of the Japanese capture of Mudken, which Sophie telephoned to Captain Rice and the navy with first report.Paul Rice, who cmmanded gunboat TULSA l930-l932 at Tientsin lived to age 95 to l98l, and Gertrude born Dec. 3, l893 Juneau Alaska,. lived to age l02 1/2 to late July l996. Her daughter Nathalie is Mrs. Vernon Hawley, Saint Helena, California Sophie Meranski Barrett at Court Hotel preparing for New Year's party at Tientsin Country Club Dec. l931 Court Hotel was operated by an Australian lady Ms Moore in British Concession Tientsin on Elgin Avenue. Sophie watched rug making at Nichols factory in Russian concession to the north - then bought Chinese rugs at outlet in Peking.Nov. l931.Sophie got in touch with Mount Holyoke Club of North China - Mrs. Faison Jordon helpd make the contact with Mrs. Evans of the club, and Sophie's l925 student Grace Liang was daughter of diplomat and customs- railroad official M.T. Liang, who was Jack Barrett's guest with his wife for dinner aboard gunboat TULSA - a rare honor for a Chinese in l931.Sophie met American writer Nora Waln and her British husband who ran the Tientsin post office. The British chief of Police Mr. Isemonger and his daughter Tina were frequent visitors at the Court Hotel. Sophie had a pretty white rabbit-fur coat she bought in Shanghai, but it shed too much fur on Jack's uniform so she discarded it. During her trip she carefully studied Emily Post's "Etiquette" book to prepare for the formal entertainment and correspondence expected of navy Wives.One TULSA wife Rachel Claude Doughtie told how her mother's Maryland family the Claudes had a visitor who " came for the weekend and stayed for forty years.#136 p 17 CAPTION p 46 w1002 Jack at Court Hotel At lower right is a shiny, round table-like object, which Sophie referred to as a "drum." She believed they were made of some sort of durable heavy paper. The Barretts purchased a pair of these while in Tientsin 1930-1931 and had them in their living rooms with the Chinese rugs first at 422 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Boston 1932-3; then at Stradone Road, Bala Cynwyd near Philadelphia l937-8, 9615 Shore Road Brooklyn 1939-l941 and at 52 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury from Thanksgiving Day l947 when they moved in, until Chinese materials were stolen in l976.Information on the style or history of these and other Chinese furniture will be welcome. p 18 w137 rickshaw Chefoo w 138 sea otter coast Peking w139 Tientsin Country Club After l993 thefts of desks, bureaus, furniture, books and papers in West Roxbury l993, this is the only remaining photo of an outstanding group taken by Mr. Isemonger spring l931 at Tientsin Country Club. He arrived at Tientsin after the Barretts early l931 probably from India and became chief of police in British concession of Tientsin, where Court Hotel was located.He was a frequent luncheon visitor to the Court Hotel, sometimes accompanied by his daughter Tina.He was frequently helpful to both Jack and Sophie, obtaining bottled drinking water for Sophie to take aboard a commercial freighter on which Sophie followed the TULSA south on its l931 Asiatic Fleet annual cruise, but this was one of a number of situations where Sophie found it necessary as a newly married young Navy wife to avoid too much close contact with unmarried men, where European and American women were few in number. Nonetheless the loss of the Tientsin Country Club photos was a great disappointment, and also a group of photos of Sophie taken at Yamamoto studios Tientsin. p 18 #139 p 64 w1160 rickshaw Chefoo from negative 1931--p 37 w924 Dec 31,1930 -December 31, l930 detail of costume party Tientsin country club - Jack at left - Sophie at right - lady between unidentified. Sophie wore a rabbit's-fur jacket she had bought at Shanghai- she liked it until she found it was shedding fur on Jack's blue Navy uniform, so this New Year's party at Tientsin Country Club was the last time she wore it.Friends in Tientsin included Paul, Gertrude and Nathalie Rice, Army Dr. and Mrs. Mendelssohn, Mr. and Mrs. "Bunny" Warren, Mrs. Evans of Mount Holyoke Club of North China, Grace Liang Mount Holyoke 1925 ( later Mrs. Dan Yapp), and Grace;s father and mother of Elgin Avenue- Mr. Eismonger - chief of police in British concession -a Danish gentlman who collected Chinese coins- American fur buyers who brought first word of Japanese aggression at Mukden Manchuria September 19, l931, Narine |William W. Paca of TULSA, Cdr. and Mrs. Leonard & Rachel Doughty and Dr. Supan of TULSA. Elsewhere in China Barretts saw William Rupertus |US Marine corps in Peking, Chaplain William Maguie at Chefoo, sisters Maimie and Mickey Ashley and their adopted Chinese daughter at Shanghai. --p 36 w918-"Center of Universe" Peking #918 -Sophie visited Peking twice, February 1931 as tourist and November 1931 when Jack proceeded there for physical examination for promotion to Lieutenant Commander. That autumn he studied for the p[romotion exam, and was helped by exceptionally favorable fitness report from gunboat TULSA's Commander Paul Rice, based in part on outstanding performance of the ship in Asiatic Fleet annual gunnery competition near Chefoo in summer 1931- Jack Barrett was TULSA gunnery officer and worked with Marines under William W. Paca, later Commander of Camp Caitlin Oahu l944-l946. At PekingSophie met Marine William Rupertus, who had recently lost his wife and daughter with scarlet fever. Rupertus was working on gunnery problems, and Jack had several visits with his former Revenue Cutter School ITASCA shipmate during 1930 and 1931.-p 29 w863 The Gunboat TULSA was "the northernmost ship of the Asiatic Fleet, kept in North China for intelligence purposes, Jack Barrett used to say. Its normal station was on the Hai Ho river at Tientsin. In November l930 and spring l931 it put to sea to participate in Asiatic Fleet maneuvers, and in the spring of l931 when Jack Barrett was Gunnery officer and William Paca in charge of Marines, the TULSA won fleet gunnery competition. Colmmander Rice delayed the November l930 sailing of the TULSA one day so Jack Barrett could meet Sophie on her November 13 arrival after a three month Pacific voyage on big Navy transport HENDERSON. This photo was taken near Chefoo during a picnic about June 1931.Paul Rice l886-l981 was an Annapolis classmate of Hawaii governor Samuel Wilder King, the first native Hawaiian to attend the Naval Academy, and of Floyd Sexton, who became a Coast Guard Admiral, World War II. His wife Gertrude was born Dec. 3, l893 in Juneau Alaska and lived to age 102 and a half to July l996. Their daughter Nathalie is Mrs. Vernon Hawley, St. Helena, Napa Valley California. CAPTIONS CHINA chapter 1931 cave Chefoo w 1288 p 80 Sophie traveled on commercial freighter along with Gertrude and Nathalie Rice and Rachel Doughtie when gunboat T-U-L-S-A joined Asiatic Fleet annual maneuvers and gunnery competition late spring -early summer 1931 Sophie used to sing the Navy song "They Wear Clothespins on their noses in North China They wear clothespins on their noses in north China- They wear clothespins on their noses For Chefoo doesn't smell like roses - They wear clothespins on their noses in North China." There were goats immediately outside her window at the Wineglass boarding house in Chefoo, as accomodations were scarce while the Asiatic Fleet was gathered for spring l931 gunnery and maneuvers, in which Jack's gunboat TULSA won the fleet competition - he was gunnery officer aided by Marine Lt. William Paca. Paul Rice was commander of the TULSA.Sophie was grateful to Chaplain William Maguire for finding her a place to stay - Chefoo was crowded because of the big Fleet visit-, -Father Maguire later played a heroic role at Pearl Harbor December 7, l941, though he remained a non-combatant, and the legend he fired a gun at Japanese airplanes is fictitious. He visited the Barretts in Waikiki and described the work of Jack's Overseas Transportation Office in his l943 book, "The Captain Wears a Cross." As a new Navy wife Sophie studied Emily Post's "Etiquette" text carefully. She gave a party to celebrate the TULSA's victory in gunnery. The wife of theExecutive officer complained about being seated too near the candles -she said "Candlelight does not become me." Rachel Claude Doughtie used to tell a tale of a visitor who came to see her mother's Maryland family for the weekend and stayed for forty years.Sophie Barrett and Gertrude Rice took a small Chinese rowboat to shore in Weihaiwe to buy fine teasets ornamented with pewter.They nearly were stranded, with difficulty returning to their southbound British freighter. -p 8 w62 popular tourist cave Shantung peninsula near Chefoo China summer 1931 Sophie-Along with her friends Gertrude and Nathalie Rice and Rachel Doughtie - of the very few women family members with gunboat TULSA officers, Sophie traveled south spring l931 on a British freighter when the TULSA went to Asiaitic fleet gunnery and annual fleet exercises.Sophie nearly was stranded in Wehai-Wei after a shopping expedition. She had a pleasant picnic with Gertrude and Paul Rice near Chefoo and visited a popular cave near this photo.She stayed at Wineglass Boarding house, arranged by Chaplain Wiilliam Maguire, later famous for heroism at Pearl Harbor December 7, l941.When Jack helped Fleet Chaplain Maguire with transportation needs of Navy families,he said it was "bread on the water", as Chaplain Maguire had helped Sophie at Chefoo l93l. At Shanghai Sophie met Maimie and Mickey Ashley, Cockeye the Naval Tailor, Ah Sing Ships' Chandler and other friends of Jacks.She bought Wei-hai-wei pottery-pewter tea set on trip.


 


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. I am making a lot of progress getting many chapters of memoir "RED HEADED STEPCHILD" (Navy family memoir by Sophie and John Barrett) in near-final form - you caN LOOK THEM UP ON website http://www.ccilink.com/photobook or http://www.ccilink.com/barrett - I can E mail or regular-mail individual chapters. Look at this list and tell me any you don't have and want me to send:-- - John Barrett There will be a newly added DEDICATION to English master Albert Kelsey, who stressed techniques of biography, World War II Pacific Fleet Chaplain William A. Maguire, who thought "there ought to be a book" about Pearl Harbor and the Overseas Transportation Office, and to Sophie Barrett's sister and brother-in-law Rebekah and Dr. Isadore Geetter. Then there will be an INTRODUCION explaining why "RED HEADED STEPCHILD" was written and why it is important and why many people should read it. Then the main text: VOLUME ONE . Chapter One Sophie and the Meranski Family - Hartford - Mount Holyoke Chapter Two Social Work,Personnel,+Statistics1923-1930 Chapter Three Greenwich Village Romance 1928-9 Ch. Four 925 THESIS THE YOUNG OFFENDER + THE CRIMINAL LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS CH. FIVE MERANSKI FAMILY LETTERS. Ch. SIX musical interests of Sophie + Jack Barrett VOLUME TWO [chapters not numbered yet] REVENUE CUTTER SCHOOL 1909-11 + ITASCA cruises --INTERVAL 1911-1921 DC, World War, Naval Reserve, Commercial ship officer -- REGULAR NAVY, DESTROYER TOUCEY 1921 -- BIG GUNS - BATTLESHIP WYOMING 1922-3 -- NAVAL WAR COLLEGE + TACTICS THESIS 1923-4 -- LIGHT CRUISER MARBLEHEAD 1924-7 Australia China Hawaii war games -- NEW YORK 1927-9 sub S-4 and Fordham Law--XANTHOS letter -- TRUXTUN Philippines-Yangtze 1929-30 -- "SLOW BOAT TO CHINA" -= Sophie TRAVELS TO TIENTSIN --GUNBOAT TULSA "LIVING IN THE ORIENT"- Sophie tells Navy of Japanese attack on Mukden September 1931 -- Return via Europe Jan-March 1932 "TILL THE SANDS OF THE DESERT GROW COLD" -- COMMAND of EAGLE 19 Boston 1932-3 -- EXECUTIVE OFFICER Survey Ship HANNIBAL PANAMA-COSTA RICA 1934-5 -- Command of Destroyer CLAXTON Landing Force Puerto Rico, summer training Annapolis Midshipmen -- 1937 PHILADELPHIA -- 1938-9 Tanker TRINITY, Rickover, Dutch Indies -- COMMAND BRANCH HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE NEW YORK 1939-41 and FAMILY LIFE BROOKLYN -- "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR" WAIKIKI, PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, OVERSEAS TRANSPORTATION OFFICE PEARL HARBOR 1941-7 {to be subdivided]-- OVER THE MOUNTAIN western national parks summer 1947 -- VOLUME THREE - BARRETT family, mostly Boston (+Ireland) Now ready BOSTON LATIN SCHOOLS -- WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRETT 1895 -1967 and 1930s girl friend Anita Dourdoure - funny letters-- 1953 Master's tax thesis Northeastern Law School proposing abolition of Sixty-Five Day Rule in Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates-- still in preparation chapters on Jack's father John Robert Barrett of South Boston 1854-1942, Jack's half-sister Mollie Barrett 1898-1967, early BARRETT FAMILY HISTORY,-- Jack's Childhood and Schools South Boston - Melrose -- HOME IS THE SAILOR 1947-1969 BOSTON (partly complete, much on West Roxbury) BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL 1949-1951 - classmates have 2001 reunion -- WEST ROXBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY -- ADDITIONAL LETTERS - - LANE, HARTIGAN, BUCKLEY cousins - SOPHIE 1970s-1980s -- RELATIONS in IRELAND + 1970s visits -- I can E mail or snail mail these on request


 


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"JohnB Barrett" write-tutor@excite.com JohnBarrett Internet TUTORING RESEARCH SCIENCE news History SERVICE INTERNET TUTORING RESEARCH SCIENCE NEWS HISTORY service. John Barrett 113 West Third Street, Port Angeles WA98362-2824 I am offering Internet services, which anyone can utilize, but which I hope will attract financial contributions, especially from persons who desire research, editing, typing, or desire to make possible various public interest activities. I shall treat any payments as personal income to my self for income tax purposes. Research by my mother and myself since 1967 to produce materials on this website http://www.ccilink.com/photobook or http://www.ccilink.com/barrett has cost over a quarter of a million dollars, and I have had recent losses in biotech stocks in cancer, cystic fibrosis and similar scientific research, and I have encountered serious age and hiring discrimination after taking care of my mother who was disabled twenty-six years, though active writing history and carrying on remarkable correspondence. I have done a great deal of science and hope to send out essays on recent progress in genetics, fusion energy, nutrition, preventive medicine, heart diesease, especially prospects for using bone marrow stem cells to repair heart muscle after coronary thrombosis. I have done a great deal of reading on biolgical systematics, phylogeny, cladistics, ecology, paleobiology, earth history, mineralogy, structure of earth's interior, weather, global warming, non-fossil fuels. I majored in economics at Harvard College 1957 magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa and was 1960 Harvard Law School graduate and admitted to Massachusetts Bar 1960 while in Air Force Reserve medics. Currently I am interested in economic studies of timber industry, fisheries, Olympic region including logging and Native Americans. I support subsitence whaling by Makah Indians and various other peoples in Siberia and elsewhere - the whale blubber is rich in Omega three oils that are very often deficient in babies and young children. There are both positive and negative aspects of genetically engineered foods and crops. I am interested whether the Omega three oils docosohexenoic acid and EPA eicosapentamoic acid can be manufactured synthetically outside plants at reasonable cost and whether they can be kept fresh in baby formulas, where they are presently lacking, so that breast-fed babies are generally healthier and less obese. I am interested in issues of psychology including mental health - my classmate Peter Nathan has had a distinguised career in clinical study and treatment of alcoholism, and I am hoping to write down apsects of his career and current thinking. Two Harvard friends have been doing well under long-term schizophrenia research, and for two years I have been reading in detail the Schizophrenia Bulletin published by the National Institute of Mental Health, an outstanding and remarkable publication. I have considerable material on Alzheiner's, mad cow and prion diseases, malaria, vaccines, health insurance, hearing, vision, amino acids, apoptosis. I have been active on human rights with especial interest in Haiti, East Timor, Burma, and many nations of Africa. In 1994-1995 I had 113 substitute teaching days at 45 different Boston Public Schools in most subjects including math, science, English, history, social studies, French, Latin, Greek, - I sometimes filled in in Spanish, in which I am not highly fluent although I am studying Cervantes and the golden age literature, Garcilaso, Lope de Vega, Gongora, Carderon de la Barca. I am available for tutoring in most of these subjects by Internet or locally in Port Angeles- Forks - Grays Harbor area. I refreshed my Latin last year while tutoring Zachary Cole, three-sport athlete at Forks High School with pre-med plans - he called my attention to excellent classic texts website www.perseus.tufts.edu - I have done a great deal of music and art history - my cousin Deborah Meranski Sonnenstrahl taught art history over thirty years and is now emeritus at Gallaudette University Washington DC and is completing book on 63 Deaf American artists - special interests of mine are Sandro Botticelli, El Greco Domenico Thetocopoulos Velazquez, Hans Holbein,Hobbema, Joshua Reynolds, Gericault, Pissarro, Manet, Henri Rousseau, Albert Bierstadt, John Enneking. I am available for piano or music history-theory-harmony lessons in local area. Over the years my interest has been mainly classical, with special focus on Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn,Niccolo Paganini, Giacomo Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Otto Nicolai,Cesar Franck, Johann Strauss, Jan Sibelius, Alexander Borodin, Daris Milhaud, Jerome Kern. I have researched about four hundred songs, nearly all American that my mother and in some cases my father sang. My cousin Jason Pollack's son Jon Pollack the last ten years has had a weekly jazz radio program Thursdays 4-6 pm Eastern time on the MIT radio station WMBR-fm, and it is now on Internet http://wmbr.mit.edu - so I have learned the basics of jazz especially early figures like Bessie Smith, Coleman Hawkins, Myles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Harry James. My father was interested in astronomy, learning navigation at the Revenue Cutter School and getting actual practice as early as 1909 on cruise to the Mediterranean. We learned the stars on black-out nights in Waikiki in early days of World War 2 - the Southern Cross was visible in the summer in our latitude 21 degrees north. I follow Sky and Telescope and ASTRONOMY magazines and have a great deal of material on the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, on cosmology theory, on the evolution and ages of individual stars - from pre-main sequence like T Tauri through the Herzsprung Russell Main Sequence where hydrogen is fused to helium in the core to the late stages approaching supernova, including Cepheid and RR Lyrae variables, and the formations of elements, neutron stars, possible 'strange matter' dark matter, black holes. The apparent acceleration of universe expansion is one of the main recent developments past three years. Age of universe is currently estimated at fourteen billion years. The dark halo may contain huge numbers of burned-out white dwarfs usually about 50% - 60% of the mass of the sun. Red dwarfs are the smallest stars that can sustain hydrogren fusion in their cores - there is a bottom limit of about eigh per cent of the mass of the sun - below that brown dwarfs shine for a time by heat of gravitational contraction and fusion of lithium and deuterium, but the red dwarfs fuse very slowly and are expected to last about five trillion years - five thousand billion years or five time ten-to-the-twelfth power in scientific notation. I am doing considerable research whether it will be possible to remove mass from the sun to keep earth habitable possibly billions of years - otherwise the sun is growing slowly warmer, causing carbon dioxide to react with silicate rocks and leave the atmosphere - there has been a drop in carbon dioxide for the last hundred million years, reducing photosynthesis - if we do nothing in around another hundred million years, this could end life on earth as temperature gets to around 120 degrees F. or 50 Celsius. Although a great deal of energy will be needed, I believe we can remove mass from sun and keep earth habitable a very long time. I am very happy here in Port Angeles with a mild climate and friendly people, and I would like to keep my home where, rent is now $445 a month and utilities about $90 a month. I hope I can find part time work, but it is not easy, as I have been out of the job market and have a strange resume - nearly blank as far as recent employment! I can travel to lecture or consult people, but hope to maintain my home. I had a very enjoyable month trip east in November 1999 visting Harvard botany and libraries, and cousins and Paul Kavanaugh in Fairfax VA and the Malesons and Burnettes in Massachusetts. I also saw Bob Owen in Topeka Kansas and Meranski cousins in Colorado in 1999. If finances permit I would enjoy attending Harvard class reunion 2002 or Camp Kabeyun in summer or Friends of Farlow Herbarium in November. "Those who pay the fiddler call the tune" - if anyone would like to sponsor research and writing on a particular subject, I shall try to carry out projects to best of my ability. To stay off charity or welfare, I need a current budget around eight thousand dollars a year, and my savings should last about a year to fifteen months, barring illness or unexpected expense. I suspect that government grants or foundation money might be available for some of the things I am doing, but I am rather ignorant what to do by way of inquiry and application and will welcome guidance. I have thought of trying to develop teaching materials of various sorts and would welcome ideas and COLLABORATORS. Some of my potential material is on website http://www.ccilink.com/barrett. I have thought of making tapes both singing and music analysis and various teaching materials and travel-tourism-natural history materials. I have a great knowledge of western history and places including Hawaii where we lived 1941-1947. I might write down a great deal of histoy of Harvard College and University, and I have much material on many educational institutions including Mount Holyoke College, Coast Guard Academy, Naval War College, and many more.


 


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46a ITASCA 1909 from #1119 p 59 46a- " Subject: #46 with 43 Revenue Cutter Date PDT [223] To resume the account of 1909 We have three sources of detailed information that Jack preserved from the ITASCA l909 cruise.He kept his thirty page student Seamanship Notebook,with drawings of the masts & sails= accounts of certain operations of especial interest that occured in European ports,& descriptions of man-overboard drill & othr procedures,with facts about Jack's own precise assignments in these operations. Secondly, when Jack's sister Mollie died in October, l967, three or four postcard albums that Mollie & her mother & her sister Kate had accumulated contained hundreds of post cards from the Revenue Cutter cruises,& in l909 especially Jack's messages & the post marks are extremely informative.Third there was Jack's photo album,which shows the ITASCA at Ponta Delgada in the Azores,Genoa, & many Mediterranean ports>Admiral Derby has an album started by his classmate Anstett.with many of the same photos.They were produced in quantity & made available to the cadets.The Revenue Cutter School had a Yearbook "Tide Rips" begun about l905, buit it lapsed from l908 until the mid-l920's.Jack also appears in informal shots, rowing a boat, [224] sitting in a classroom in Arundel Cove & sitting on the ITASCA deck in two photos studying his Seamanship Notebook There were two formal portraits (stolen l993) of Jack in a photographers studio in his cadet uniform- & a very fine snapshop of him scrubbing a floor.There are several shipboard groups & military formations -& in summer l9l0 landing force exercises at Gardiner's Bay, Long Island.Jack discussed many recollections & drew the course of the ITASCA in l909 on maps in Duruy's World History text (l898 revision by Professor Grosvenor of Amherst-from l848 French original)- a popular text used at Boston Latin as well as Revenue cutter School.Profssor Grosvenor was the father of Gilbert Grosvenor,who edited National Geographic magazine 55 years l899-l954. New #46 - On the l909 cruise the cadets swam at Trieste with bathing suits borrowed from the Austrian officers who were stationed there at the leading Austrian port of that day.In [225] Portugal & Greece the cadets were visiting countries whose kings were soon to be toppled in l9l0 revolutions.In Messina,Sicily they viewed the wreckage of the great earthquake of December l908,which had destroyed more than half the city only a few months before.Both Jack's album & the Anstett-Derby album have photos of a bullfight in a large Lisbon amphitheater.Portuguese bullfights are relatively humane.The bull is not killed,& I think the bull's horns are capped or blunted to protect the bull fighter.From Lisbon the ITASCA proceeded to Gibraltar about July 2 & then to Valencia,where both Jack & Admiral Derby were surprised by the numbers of blondes.The next stop was on the Riviera around Marseilles, Villefranche & Monte Carlo.A good postcaRD PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN OF THE ITASCA AT GENOA - A DISTINCTIVE VIEW,WITH HIGH HILLS COMING DOWN TOTHE WATER IN THIS GREAT COMMERCIAL PORT OF NORTHERN ITALY.The next stop was Naples around July 21.Both albums have a view of Vesuvius from the bay with shipping in the foreground.The view is faded but has superb composition & could be retouched or used as the basis for a painting. There are also photos of Italian fishing boats with large quantities of spinnaker-like sails.Admiral Derby explains that two of these boats are dragging a very heavy fish net that trails behind them from one boat to the other in a U-shaped arc.The net meets heavy resistance in going through the water,& they proceed very slowly at two or three miles per hour & require an unusually [p.226] large sail area to compensate for the drag of the net.In Jack's Seamanship notebook there are papers in which cadet Birkett requested leave to travel to Rome during the ITASCA's stay in Naples.The ITASCA was at Naples about July 21 to July 29,l909.About July 30 she sailed to Messina, where there are many postcards & some photos of the ruins from the great l908 earthquake.Two Bostonfamilies that we know have Messina backgrounds. The grandfather of Mollie's Pistorino friends in South Boston returned to Messina in his old age & lost much property iin the disaster.The Pistorinos recall that many persons advocated the adoption of the Messinan dialect when the Italian language was standardized in the nineteenth century.In a committee of five the Florentine dialect defeated the Messinan by a three to two vote.The Pistorino family were among the Messinan nobility & not entirely happy about the reunification of Italy in the l860's because of the predominant political influence of northern Italy & the Piedmontese royal house.In West Roxbury our barber Frank D'Agostino was also from Messina,& Jack was very much interested to learn that he had a brother in the Italian Garda Costa in Messina.Frank visited his family over there several times in the l950's,& Jack enjoyed reminiscing with him.They were both enthusiastic gardeners,growing tender big Winsall & crystal white tomatoes,-& Frank brought back large Sicilian figs of a kind quite different from those usually seen in this country.Admiral Derby is another gardening enthusiast & twice in recent years grew some of Jack's crystal white tomatoes [227] from seedlings which Jack took to Weston.From Messina the ITASCA passed through Scylla & Charybdis to Catania on the south toe=tip of Italy.Jack bought a stereo view card of an old church,in which the iron railing produces a very good three-dimensional effect.August 4 to 6 the ITASCA made an unplanned stop at Bari north of Brindisi when it appeared that she lacked sufficient coal to get to Venice.She was fueled by a British ship. Jack picked up posters of the hotel at Bari & several postcards.In October l962 on the night of the Cuban missle crisis, figuring that Krushchev & Kennedy were about to start atomic war,Jack & John decided to get out of Boston before the bombs dropped & drove to Albany,New York. They called on John's l957 Harvard classmate Bob Leet, who was then at Albany Medical School with a ten-month-old infant named Gregory.It developed that Bob's wife-the former Helena Pellegrini (Radcliffe l958) came from a family originally from Bari, & some interesting conversation then ensued. Bob was later a NASA space agency doctor at Houston at the time of the first manned moon shot.The discussionhelped start the Barrett family on reconstructing history of family travels.From Bari the ITASCA proceeded to Venice,where Jack sent more postcards home.In his Notebook Jack describes the docking of the ITASCA there.This notebook was given l970 to Mr. Paul Johnson, librarian at Coast Guard Acadmy New London.[228] From Venice the ITASCA proceeded to Trieste,now Italian but the a comparatively modern port serving as the only sea outlet of the Austrian empire.It was an impressive place.The ship was there about August l5.Jack sent several postcards home with both German & Italian captions,& Admiral Derby appears in a group of fiteen cadets swimming with two Austrian officers.Most of the cadets borrowed bathing suits.The route from here to Athens was via the Corinth Canal with spectacular scenery that Jack often spoke of.The canal is narrow,& the shores are high &rocky.A photograph shhows Derby & Gus Stewart on board with a fine view of the canal in the background.This appears in both albums.At Athens the ITASCA docked at Phalerum rather that the famous "triplex port of Piraeus" which Jack had read about in ancient texts with Mr. Pennypacker at the Boston Latin School.Most foreign ships docked at Phalerum.Jack saw the Acropolis & Olympic stadium & museums & watched the Greek king review a large British fleet.He mentioned a Russian ship,which stayed at Athens at the time because the Turkish [229] Straits were not open to Russian vessels as of this date.Jack also wrote his family that they re-encountered the British ship from wich they obtained coal at Bari.= Jack's Notebook describes "An Operation of Interest" in which the ITASCA,observing International Rules yielded right-of-way to a foreign vessel.{John Barrett note:They were not far from Salamis, where Athenians and allied Greeks led by Themistocles won a decisive naval victory in narrow waters against Persians under Xerxes.Themistocles had been an advocate of naval preparedness, and won funding for an expanded Navy in 483 B.C., over the oppoosition of the conservative Aristides, who was ostracized because of his opposition. Themistocles enticed the Persians to battle in narrow waters, where they hoped to prevent dispersal of the Greek fleet, just before the autumn equinox, which would have disrupted the Persian offensive. A huge Persian fleet was destroyed, and surviving units of the Persian army in danger of famine had to retreat by an extended northern route through Thessaly, Macedonia, and acrose the Hellespont waterway north of the Aegean sea.. Jack Barrett often spoke of his admiration of Themistocles, one of the greatest naval strategists and tacticians in all history.} [229.6] The ITASCA had planned to return through the Corinth Canal on the return voyage but finally set a course south of the Peloponnesus to Malta, where they arrived August 3l.Jack sent manny cards home.One shows a view of the subsidiary harbor of Gozo.One card indicates a planned stop at Algiers,which did not materialize.Instead they proceeded to Gibraltar.The cadets took the ferry across to the International Zone at Tangier onthe Moroccon (African) coast.The return voyage passed through Madeira,with its steep hills & carts & fishing industry.Jack invested heavily in postcards which I think will be of great interest to persons with local knowledge. On leaving Madeira & the Azores the Itasca unfurled her homeward bound pennant- a long p. 230 long thinstreamer that was unfurled from the top of the nest & unfurled only at the start of the cruise home.This cheerful "goodbye" pennant appears in a photo in the album & is something of a curiosity. In mid=September the ITASCA participated in Hudson-Fulton week,celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Robert Fulton's invention of the steamboat& the three hundredth anniversary of Henry Hudson,usually credited with the discovery of the Hudson river.A large number of ships participated. Some of the photos in Jack's album have a caption "Tompkinsville Staten Islasnd l909,but Admiral Derby believes most of theHudson Fulton activity inl909 took place further up the river near Poughkeepsie. Jack also sent his folks a postcard from Poughkeepsie, confirming Admiral Derby's recollection. 98 Loretto-Cyril;18 Lynch #1120 p 59 Moskeigh Ireland Ilford England, Lane family Edit 98-Loretto-Cyril-#98 On September 15, l9070 Miss (Ann) Loretto buckley of Moskeigh Templemartin Bandon, County Cork, Ireland wote a letter thyat thrilled John junior and me a


 


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p 234 Jack sent home some post cardss of New London with views of the Academy Parade Grounds and military formations. There was also a view of the old ship HARTFORD docked there. The Revenue Cutter Service experienced a shortage of officers in December, 1910,, and so Admiral Derby's class was accelerated and left the Academy to be commissioned in December, 1910. Jack apparently corresponded that year with somebody named Helene, writing the name in Greek letters. He declined to furnish any further information as to her identity [but she was probably Helen Cochrane, whom he dated while they were at the Boston Public Latin School beginning about 1905.] The summer of 1911 the ITASCA cruised to Marseilles. She was exposed to cholera at Gibraltar. No one on board got the disease, but there was consternation about being delayed by quarantine either there or at the Azores. Neither the Coast Guard librarian nor John have all the facts, but apparently the ITASCA left Gibraltar promptly to avoid quarantine, and then she had some difficulty at the Azores, where she stopped.She may have had to keep at some distance from port, and she may have been delayed there. Jack gave a post card to someone aboard a commercial ship bound for Providence, Rhode Island, and the card postmarked "Providence 1911", was mailed from there to his family, indicating the delay at Fayal in the Azores and the expected date of return in August. This was the summer that Robert Merhegan, junior, visited San Francisco [September]and there were several post cards from Aunt Kate, San Francisco, complaining that Bill and Mollie and Katienever answered their letters. She had [235] numerous other relatives whom she could remember in her will if they did not care to write her, and she eventually left money only to Jack after her death in 1923.At one time she and her aunts were quite well-to-do, but they lost most of their property in the 1906 earthquake. In 1923,Aunt Kate left an estate around thirteen thousand dollars, and she gave one-quarter to Jack, one quarter to Ellen Mehegan's grand-daughter {Nellie Craig} and the restr to the San Francisco Fahrbachs.[She and her sisters had lived with the Mehegan aunt and family in South Boston 1862-1871 after their parents died of tuberculosis, and then they lived with the Hessions and Fahrbachs in San Francisco until their Cork immigrant aunt Johanna Hession died 1915.] Jack resigned from the Revenue Cutter School October 22, 1911. He had completed two and a half years,- three summers and two winters and had received a very fine education, which started himn on a career or thirty-seven or thirty-eight yers in nautical fields. It was undoubtedly a disappointment to leave the School at that time,especially with so many good friends at the school.However, the education stood him in very good stead at the Naval Hydrographic Office and in the Navy and merchant service, and the friendships he made always had a very special quality. The Coast Guard is dedicated to marine and maritime safety and preparedness and preservation of life at sea, and this viewpoint influenved Jack in his work with small boats on the survey ship HANNIBAL 1933-1935 and elsewhere, and he always recalled the Coast Guard motto "Semper Paratus" along with the Marine Corps "Semper Fidelis."


 


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Black notebook p. 288 ff. - John Robert Barrett [Jack's father} 's second wife Mary Lane was one of eight children.The family originated in Kenmare in southern Kerry. Her mother was one of eleven children of the Lynch family. Mrs. Lynch had been a Palmer, and her mother Mrs. Palmer had been a Sullivan-Christian.The Lane and Lynch families settled in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area in the 1850s, and Jack's stepmother was born there, though some elder brothers were born in Ireland.The Lane family moved to Melrose, 147 Grove Street in 1886, and Mary Lane married John Robert Barrett in Melrose in November, 1894.A letter by Helen Lynch give a good -p.289-synopsis of the Lane and Lynch families. = One of Ma Lane's brothers, Tate, was a very large and strong person, who went to the Pacific and was killed on an island there in the 1880s atempting some prodigious rescue of a team of horses from a ditch.Several of the other brothers were plasterers in Melrose.A brother Bill had five children - Myles, Frank, John, Bill and Eileen Lane.Myles played baseball for Huntington School, played foot ball and hockey at Dartmouth [1926 quarterback]; played professional hockey with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins for a time [around 1930]; attended Boston College Law School, served in the Navy in World War II, and is now a New York state judge [1969-70].The other four are still in Melrose.A sister of Ma Barrett, Kate,became Mrs. Kernan and had two daughters.My husband was very fond of the Lane family and frequently visited Melrose in his youth.and knew John Lambert, a Lynch relative who was a newspaperman and advisor to Calvin Coolidge, particularly well.The Lamberts were still resident in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the 1920s and l930s.= Jack finished the seond and third grades at the {Emerson?? School in South Boston on ---? and ---? Streets- problem identifying this - the Emerson was later a girls' school -photos stolen l993 showed mix of boys and girls-} -and attended the Frederick T. Lincoln School on Broadway between I and K Streets in grades four through nine, 1897-1902.His teachers there included Josephine Simonton; Vodisa J. Comey in the fifth grade with her distinctive method of teaching the students to pound their chests at key points as they practiced elocution; Principal Maurice White, and Master William E. Perry of Chelsea in the ninth grade.Edward P. Illingworth of Emerson Street South Boston was a classmate of Jack's, both at the Lincoln School and later at Boston Latin class of l906.He was a neighbor for twenty years [1947-1967] in West Roxbury, starting in -p. 290-1947..Jack received a Sunday school certificate about 1905.He tells the story of a teacher reciting "God helps those who help themselves,", and a student overheard remarking, "and God help those who get caught helping themselves." Jack attended choir but was expelled when his friend Joe Buckley was caught with Jack's water pistol. They both were considered guilty and expelled from the choir.Jack took piano lessons and gave a concert when he was ten years old.The teacher advocated practicing with a stiff wrist and a quarter coin balanced on top of the hand during practice. Admiral Dewey was somthing of a hero to the family. After 1898, they had a little book, "With Dewey in Manila", which Jack liked. The family also admired General Benjamin Butler of Vivil War fame - later governor of Massachusetts 1883. {a new Hampshire native Ben Butler attended Phillips Exeter academy, supported immigrant laborers in reform of wages, hours, and working conditions in Lawrence and Lowell, gaining hostility of rich old Boston families-- then he played key role in getting northern Democrats to support Union effort 1861- switched for a time to Republican party- was highly successful in attracting volunteers to Union Army- rushed to Maryland- Baltimore - District of Columbia in early 1861 with Massachusetts volunteers, heading off effort of Confederate sympathizers to draw Maryland into rebellion and safeguarding Washington D.C. pending March 4 inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - then Butler secretly organized huge supply and logistics effort for attack by sea on New Orleans commanded by Admiral David Farragut 1862- which led to Union reconquest of entire Mississippi by July 1863, cutting off Texas and the west from Virginia and the eastern Confederacy- Butler was military governor of New Orleans and proved a master psychologist breaking the will of the Confederacy -he was not a strong field commander, but he became an advocate of the fighting ability of blacks, and under his command General Edward Wild, great uncle of our friend Gershom Bradford commanded black troops in Virginia- North Carolina area, taking strong measures to protect them fromr acial abuse. General Butler's son-in-law was military governor of Mississippi under President Ulysses Grant in 1870s, and Butler became Governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat 1883. He was a significant factor in the 1884 Presidential election, winning enough votes as Populist nominee so that Grover Cleveland was elected over James Blaine by a plurality. John Barrett note} In 1894, when "General Butler's Book" was published, John Robert Barrett bought two copies of the book, - one for himself and one for his brother-in-law John Buckley. {He noted the price in his plumbing shop accounts ninety-eight cents a copy, worth more than ten dollars in 1970.This copy was stolen 1993} = Jack had three or four formal portraits as a small -p. 291- child, and another one when he was about ten years old.One picture is dated April, 1892, and cost ---- according to plumbing ship records. Two tintypes were made in the back yard at 634 East Seventh Street around 1901. In one of these Grandpa Barrett appears with his four children. In the other are Jack and his brother Bill. There are a number of good pictures of Bill, Mollie, and Kate around this date.Then there is a 1902 portrait of the ninth grade class at Lincoln School, with Jack Barrett and Ed Illingworth.At the Boston Latin School Jack appears in three 1906-8 photos- an individual photo {disappeared 1993} a class photo 1906, and a photo at the 1908 class dinner.= The area in South Boston where Jack lived is now a densely built-up area of housing.In his youth, however,there were apple orchards and open spaces and only about five houses in the three blocks between East Seventh Street and the water of the Harbor.Jack felt a very fine residential area could have been developed with proper planning to avoid overcrowding.Number #640 East Seventh Street was one of the oldest houses in the area, going back before 1860. The house next door at #642 was transported to its present site from another location. For many years it was the home of the Kinnaly family [beginning 1912]. Mr. Kinnaly was also a plumber, and his three children were close friends of the Barretts though somewhat younger.All through the years Katherine Kinnaly was one of Mollie Barrett's closest friends.[She worked for telephone company, survived colon cancer in 1940s lived to age eighty-five and was in later years in Roslindale on Wellesmere Road]. Danny Kinnaly worked in post office, frequently visited West roxbury Barretts and also visited Bill Barrett in Darien Connecticut. Eddie Kinnaly was a merchant seaman, away from Boston most of the time. = The property at #640 had facilities for a considerable number of horses during Mr.Michael Thompson's occupancy. When the Barretts finally p.292- moved in in May 1902,they made considerable additions to the house,enlarging it perhaps a third,with bay windows on the front and a new kitchen and rear steps at the back of the house. East Seventh Street runs east-west, and the house is on the north, inland side. The downstairs flat was rented, and the Barretts occupied the second floor.Jack occupied a small front room near the front stairs in an area only partially heated.He studied there and in the atic, which had two rooms unheated. {After Mollie Barrett died of colon cancer October 11, l967, Jack and John went through a great many old photos, books and papers. Jack's father had saved a lock of Jack's mother's red-brown hair and Jack's baby shoes.} = Jack enjoyed handball at the old L Street Bath House. He lived about one-third block east of L Street, three blocks from Columbia Road and the Shore.He and his fr9iend Joe Buckley enjoyed rowing in a dory, which they jointly owned.A newspaper had a contest for a story to be entitled, "The best meal I ever ate", and Jack wrote up an adventure in which he and Joe Buckley had rowed for hours to get to a forest fire where they had planned to volunteer their services for pay, - a long way from home. They had started out on the expedition with one nickel, belonging to Jack, which he spent for a box of Uneeda Biscuits. Joe Buckley got cold feet because of the length of the expedition, and because his father would be furious.They were hungry and caught a fish, - pulled up on shore, -cooked the fish over an open fire, and ate it with the Uneeda biscuits. Then they went home. Apparently the fire was put out without -p.293- their assistance.When Jack read of the newspaper contest, he submitted his "fish and crackers" story and won the prize.= After Boston Latin, Jack worked as a checker for the Boston Traveler, going round the city checking on newspaper deliveries. He started in December, 1906 and kept a notebook that lists his travels and all sorts of personal jottings, such as football scores,swimming, addresses, and phone numbers. At some point he went swimming at L Street every morning for a whole year, winter and summer.Someone bet him that he would never make more than eighteen dollars a week. His father was not interested in having him work for the plumbing business, although Jack might have been interested.At certain times Jack did work on bill collecting for his father.In 1907 or 1908 Jack played a certain amount of informal football with a local group.In one of these games his Boston Latin School friend Dr. Jim Moloney then only about fiteen years old, fractured his collar bone [clavicle] but played the rest of the game. {The Moloneys lived on East Broadway near City Point east of O Street. Jim and Al's father Michael Moloney was a photographer and came from Bruree county Limerick Ireland. Jim was on NORTHAMPTON at Battle of Midway where he frequently saw Admiral Raymond Spruance. }Jack broke his nose on one occasion but was told to "snuff it up." He aslo liked to play catcher in baseball until required to wear a face mask,-which took the fun out of the game in his opinion.He suffered several finger injuries as a catcher.He and Joe Buckley challenged all comers at handball and beat some well-known players.As far as fights were concerned, Jack sometimes said, "the little guy always gets the worst of it," but on other occasions he would say, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." I don't think he ever quite made up his mind which side was correct. He used to -p.294- say , "It never occurred to me that size was an advantage." At some point he worked briefly for Jordan Marsh Company but either was fired when they heard he was making inquiry about employment elsewhere - or else he quit one day planning to go elsewhere and was told the next day it was too late to reconsider.In 1912 after the Revenue Cutter School he worked for George D. Emerson Company wholesalers.This was probably the place of which he told a story of enjoying the smell of the coffee, but quitting for fear of hurting his back carrying the heavy sacks. Jack was the alternate candidate for the Naval Academy in his district one year about 1907. He had fully qualified for admission and expected to attend,- when at the last moment the first choice candidate changed his mind and decided to accept the appointment. We recollect a story that Jack then went to see James Michael Curley at his Fenway residence, where he was treated with great courtesy although Curley, a member of the opposition party [Democrats], could not obtain an appointment for him.{Curley's term as Congreessman was probably 1911-1914, which would place this after Jack's time at Revenue Cutter School, though 1907-9 seems more logical- John Barrett note - I may check when Curley was a member of Congress - though it might have been before his election to Congress}.Some events of this period. Jack's mother's father Daniel Buckley died April 1910 - there was a story he gave up smoking the day before he died - the Mehegan cousins took an interest in Jack's Revenue Cutter service- 1909-11 - Robert Mehegan worked in Federal Land Office Evanston Wyoming 1910-1912- visited San Francisco Barrett relations September-October 1911- kept diary-exaanged postcards with Jack Barrett Sept 1912 on Mehegan's return to Boston - Lost photo shows Clarendon Hills near Mehegan home on Hyde Park Avenue [Roslindale side]--Robert Mehegan jr. later 1920 married Elvira LaRiviere of Evanston Wyoming daughter of railroad worker -they had family of four.- March 1912 Jack Barrett sat for trwo days at bedside of his aunt Minnie Mary Frances Buckley of Melrose as she lasy in apparent coma dying of spinal meningitis. She had tended him by day 1889-1894 while his widower father commuted to plumbing shop in Boston, and around l903-4 she corresponded with her uncle Michael Buckley, who had a large familly on the ancestral farm in Moskeigh, Templemartin parish, Bandon, county Cork,, Ireland. Also in 1912 Jack's second cousin James Hartigan died of spinal tuberculosis. He was a newspaperman in Bath Maine about 1907, and lived at D and West Third Streets, South Boston, and Jack Barrett was a very close friend of his.} bottom p 294 Black notebook # one from late 1969


 


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WARREN MCCLAIN WAS an officer of destroyer CLAXTON commanded by Jack Barrett l936.. One letter was lost by Sophie Barrett 1969 or 1970 and she corresponded with him checking the information. On page 31 of Black notebook #1 one which has much of the earliest text of memoir Red Headed Stepchild I find this: Apparently I wrote this to Captain McClain, and my mother Sophie copied the important part in notebook: "Added to McClain letter: You had a particularly fine paragraph about the gunnery aboard the CLAXTON in which you put a hole right through the target -to my father's delight, though you considered it a lucky shot. I hope you can reconstruct that paragraph, which was very vivid and colorful. Sorry to be so demanding, but that was a great letter you wrote and I feel very foolish, and the wind was most unusual around here this time of year." I remember that Capt. McClain mentioned his recollection of Jack Barrett's father John Robert Barrett, who visited the CLAXTON, and somewhere there is a note of Sophie Barrett that in World War II McClain saw FOUR American carriers sunk. He must have been at Coral Sea and Midway and in Solomons 1942. Orlin Livdahl of CLAXTON became gunnery officer of carrier ENTERPRISE 1942 and received permisssion of Adm. Nimitz Sept 1942 Hawaii to rearrange plaement of new Swedish Bofors guns to increase their firing angle and save space for four airplanes on carrier deck. In landing force excercises Culebra Puerto Rico Capt. Walter Calhoun commanded the TAYLOR, wich worked with CLAXTON- and he later commanded ship thyat took President Roosevelt to Hawaii conference July 1944. Jack Barrett met Harold Ickes and Puerto Rico Governor Winship January 1936. These exercises helped develop important new landing and smokescreen techniques prior to World War II. In April 1936, Jack was preoccupied with shipand barely got Sophie to Norfolk hospital in time for birth of son John.On subsequent check-up absent-minded doctor asked Sophie, "And when are we expecting?" Sum er 1936 Jack was senior officer of five destroyers drilling Annapolis midshipmen mainly at Gardiners Bay Long Island, with stops at Newport RI Naval War Colllege and west Point and New York city. They were photographed in an MGM movie and entertained at Maidstone Country Club Gardiners Bay. ROTC student RICHARD C. Hottelet was aboard CLAXTON, as noted in old radio messages. Capt. Frank Delahanty Supply corps was in frequent touch with Jack early l936 from Battleship WYOMING supporting the landing force group.


 

 

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