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


Black Notebook Number One p 32 letter from Admiral Joesph Farley USCG He was Commandant of the Coast Guard 1947 [1912 Revenue Cutter School classmate of Jack] PO Box 311 Blowing Rock, N.C. June 3, 1962 Dear Jack, Thanks for your letter of May 24. I am sorry the post office wa so slow in forwarding it, but it doesn't change anything. I am just too old and seeing too poorly to be able to attend the functions. [fiftieth reunion of the Class of 1912 at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut] = Ruth , though having some leg trouble, is walking her head off. She owns a cottage and ten-plus acres on the side of a mountain here. Between her flowers and a small vegetable garden there is no rest for the weary. I get in about two hours a day in the vegatable garden, grass cutting and clearing overgrowth. = the last I saw of Peacock he was still working for the Maritime Commission.He was a member of the Merchant Marine association, which made me an honorary member when I retired. I have seen no mention of his death soassume he is still alive.Kain was doing quite welll in New York, -Merchant Marine insurance. Webster is still in Washington. He sent me his change of address last month- the Kennedy Warren, 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW Washngton 8, DC. Phone 232-1523. I saw Abel at a couple of parties two or three years ago. We did not see him last year when we were down there. He and his son were in real estate business. = We expect to be up here until the end of October if it does not freeze too soon. Our water pipes are exposed, so we have to move out and have the water drained from the pipes before a hard freeze comes = Sorry we can't get together for the fiftieth but wishing you the best of luck. Sincerely, Joe."
Subject: JoeFarley letter
Year: 1962