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


99-1454 at Forks High School - left rear probably Jordan Petersen, front the Larson twins - they know which is which. Many other people don't. One plays football offense. One plays football defense. One wrestles, while the other announces.
CHINA captions- July l931 Sophie Barrett at Chefoo in rickshaw Year: 1931rickshaw #137 p 18 CHINAchapter During spring 1931 Asiatic Fleet maneuvers Sophie stayed at Wineglass Boarding House, found by Chaplain William A. Maguire, World War I veteran later hero at Pearl Harbor advisor to Jack Barrett on hardship cases of evaucation of families at Overseas Transportation Office. See 1943 book "The Captain Wears a Cross" Chapter Nine "Bread on the Waters". p 64 #1160 Sophie Barrett in rickshaw 1931 from negative Year: 1931rickshaw This is one of four extant photos of Sophie Barrett in human-drawn rickshaws from CHINAchapter 1931. 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 lsate 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 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 Weihaiwei to buy fine teasets ornamented with pewter.They nearly were stranded, with difficulty returning to their southbound British freighter. HARVARD LAW - HARVARD LAW SCHOOL 1957-2001 To: Sent to Jennie - A few corrections- HARVARD LAW SCHOOL 1957-2001 The first two years most courses were required, and the first year class was divided in four sections and the second year class in three, and so one saw a lot of those classmates who had the same professors. The classes were about ninety-five per cent male, and material has been published that indicates some professors especially Barton Leach opposed law education for women. My First year Professors Crimimal Law Richard Baxter using Hall and Glueck text. He had been involved with Btitish adnministration at Suez and in later years went to World Court. PROPERTY James Angell MacLachlan - author of Bankruptcy text. He was involved in developing Law School Admission Test that was quite good at predicting law school sucess and achievement, reducing numbers of failures and dropouts. He enjoyed phrases such as "incorporeal hereditament" - covered Pierson v. Post - on wild animals - gifts, -interested in water rights, recording statutes. We used Casner and Leach text. CONTRACTS Lon Fuller author of textbook interested in natural law principles in jurisprudence. TORTS Visiting professor Fleming James jr of Yale law, whose specialty was research on "liability without fault" Text Harper and James. He and Keeton and Dukakis were interested in no fault auto insurance, which developed a few years later. Products liability and libel-slander were covered.We had a couple of guest lectures by Emeritus Warren Abner Seavey, then teaching at Boston College Law. CIVIL PROCEDURE - we had Albert Sacks a Felix Frankfurter clerk - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Erie v. Toimpkins - Field and Kaplan textbook. AGENCY was then a separate half course - we had Louis Loss a specialist on Securities law. Many of the issues have been codified thanks to the Restatement of Agency by Warren Seavey - highly regarded as clarifying issues that had been confused, so less curriculum time is devoted to Agency, which is covered mostly under Torts. In moot court I had something based on dissents of Learned Hand in Silverhorne and Sorrels cases about 'fruit of the forbidden tree' goverment misconduct - the dissents are now accepted constitutional doctrine I believe. Of friends from this year, Thomas Walsh and Jeremiah Bresnahan are now with Bingham Dana and Gould, where Tom's father was a partner with expertise in Admiralty. Jerry Bresnahan transferred from another firm and is active in law alumni dinners and affairs. Earl Silbert prosecuted the first Watergate Seven and is in D.C. law practice. Second year Richard Arnold was in our section now a Federal Appeals Judge in Arkansas - outstanding scholar whose oral presentations in class were always worth listening to. He radiated sincerity and a sense of the importance of the work as well as thoroughness. COMMERCIAL LAW I had Sutherland, who later wrote a history of the law school. The commercial code was coming into use. ELECTIVE - I took "Comparison of Soviet and American Law with Harold Berman a native of West Hartford.Leonard Nelson was in this course and is in practice in Portland Maine, where his wife has been a legislator, and they are involved in symphony and everything else. Berman had a visitor named Golunsky a member of the soviet "procuracy" - rare Soviet visitor in those days. TAXATION - Visiting professor Young from Yale - he was competent, but I regret lack of personal contact with Dean Erwin Griswold, who was on sabbatical in Australia, who was a strong influence on many law times he spoke strongly on free speech issues and academic freedon. When we entered the first year, he addressed the class either in Ames courtroom, which then could seat 550, or possibly in Sanders theatre. I thought he was slightly opinionated in calling Harvard Law the finest graduate school in the world, but clearly he tried very hard, and personally re-built the law school after severe World War Two disruptions, and he was interested in geriatrics, talking about Samuel williston then 95, Roscoe Pound 87 and Austin w.Scott. I used to see Pound walk across Harvard Yard to Hazen's lunch, which was on Mass. Ave, east of Dunster St. near base of the big Holyoke Center of today. LEGAL ACCOUNTING with David Herwitz, who I think is still at Law School half course - he repeated over and over a warning against WRITING UP 'UNREALIZED APPRECIATION' -class was restive in discussion of the point, and a few years later I believe accountants changed the rule. If law school has done anything to me, it has made me highly skeptical of anything an accountant says. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - Textbook Freund Sutherland Howe Brown - we had Ernest Brown - considered conservative by many students. We did mostly volume one of the text didnt get to most of the hot Bill of rights- Thirteenth-fourteenth-fifteenth Amendment issues. CORPORATIONS with Abram Chayes, who died of pancreatic cancer April 2000. I later had some contacts iwth him in Lawyers Alliance for 'nuclear Armms Control mainly 1983. His wife was legal counsel to air force at one time, and he was to Kennedy state deparment - I regret they "gave" West Papua New Guinea to Indonesia, despite a separate cultural history. Nobody asked the Papuans. It is a trouble spot today, especially exploited by Louisiana-based Freeport McMoran copper-gold mining corporation which had close ties to Indonesian military and Suharto. Chayes was a colorful speaker - talking about corporate officials with a "hand in the till" quoting Cardozo on definition of a FIDUCIARY with something above the morals of the marketplace. We used a Baker and and Corey Corporations text with reprints of part of an older Dodd and Baker book.One of our Hawaii neighbors was related to Professor Dodd - Margaret Gage Bronson a native of Marlboro MA and 1935 Mount Holyoke College alumna. TRUSTS - John Mansfield taught our section using Austin Scott's text book. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - We had ALbert Sacks - I think Jaffe wrote the textbook. THIRD YEAR - Property Two ESTATE PLANNING- I had Casner and we used Casner and Leach textbook. I began to have doubts whether these tax avoidance activities were in the social interest. STANLEY SURREY was a reformer interested in closing the loopholes, but Casner and Leach were client-oriented. They both strongly supported Britain against Hitler in 1940 before US got into the war. ANTI-TRUST with Derek Bok. I remember he discussed problems of anti-trust in the news media - not sure just where he came down on it personally. He was related to the Saturday Evening Post family.He had pleasant personality - about 1971 he became Harvard president and reformed some of the tensions of student protests of Vietnam-Cambodia era. He wrote some interesting Hawrvard Law Review essays - one of social security. His wife Sissela Bok has been affiliated with Brandeis in philsophy and has discussed medical ethics - he father was economist Sunnar Myrdal. INTERNATIONAL TRADE - I took another Harold Berman seminar and did paper on general average based on book Knut Selmer, norwegian, Tom Walsh was in this course, and a Dutch Van Raalte. I remember Berman disucssing the U-2 spy plane one day when the news broke. We also discussed the treaty for European Common Market. EVIDENCE with Professor Ratner TRIAL TACTICS with Richard Field ADMIRALTY with Mark deWolfe Howe jr - nearly all procedural - he was son of famous editor and a clerk to Oliver Wendell Holmes - we met early morning, didn't really get to know him. BUSINESS PLANNING - they began having two or three professors collaborate on a course, and we had Chayes, Herwitz, and Loss in this using the Baker and Cary text again, and a model corporation dode, and lots of xerox. alumni- I didn't run into Antonin Scalia among my 530 classmates - married classmates who lived off campus and were in a different class section one did not encounter very much. But we had a future Supreme Court Jutice in our ranks. There was a saying "C students become governors, B students become judges. A students become law professors.' RALPH NADER was class of 1958. One time about 1989 i had a good discussion with him at Pound Hall. LOUIS SOHN - my father used his WORLD LAW text book. Sohn came to hear black Clyde Ferguson at International Legal Studies not long before Ferguson died.They are both worth reading about. Sohn went to Georgia in later years - good opportunity there. John CULVER playeed football Harvard college 1954 I think went into military service and waslaw school 1962 - I saw him a few times then = he was teammate of TedKennedy whom I knew well Winthrop House 1955-6 tho I have not kept up contact. In 1983 I transcribed tapes of San francisico and Boston conferences of the Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms control LANAC. John Culver gave a very interesting talk at San Francisco. He compared superpower arms control efforts to the effort at Wahington zoo to mate Chinese giant pandas - lots of grunting but litle real action. My class had its forthieth reunion in 1960. I had a nice answer to a letter from classmate Mike Brown, who runs the Cincinnati Bengal football team owned by his family - he was 1957 Dartmouth college quarterback. Also I hear by E mail from Hugo Pfaltz in new Jersey - interested in an organization "Ozone action" - formed about 1993 to work on Ozone hole in ionosphere, but now devoting ninety per cent of effort to GLOBAL WARMING. They are doing good work, but I believe Fusion energy is the most important non-fossil fuel and can work with leadership.
Year: 1931_