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


Edithe and Jame Needles 2421 Ala Wai Boulevard,Waikiki #63 p 8
Mr. and Mrs. Needles were our neighbors nearly six years July 28, l941 to June 4, l947. She helped our landlord Walter Glockner furnish our house at 2415 Ala Wai.In l941 she gave us several small toy Christmas ornaments, including a cloth Santa Claus with a big walnut in his sack, and anothert with a plastic sleigh and reindeer and toy Christmas trees.She also gave use a very remarkable Santa Claus electric light with Japanese features made in Japan with Japanese feautres, probably for Japanese or Hawaii-Japanese Christians. It was about nine inches high, mainly decorated red, with much detail of face and clothing, and it continued to light until it was given in l993 to neighbor Mrs. Florence Hallahan of Celia Road,West Roxbury for safety because of thefts of Barrett materials at Emmonsdale Road.Mrs. Needles worked in real estate, and her husband was an engineer with a daughter by a previous marriage.On the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack, Mr. Needles rapped on our side window and told my father that th3e Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and that all naval personnel were to report to duty stations. That was the first news we had of the opening of the war.
Subject: James and Edythe Needles
Year: 1944