January 14, 1927: “rained, but Lucy came”

14 Friday Dull in early morning later rained, but Lucy came. The day was very short. Broiled pork chops for dinner with mashed potatoes + string bean salad. Lu seemed to enjoy her dinner was thirsty. Also had steamed chocolate pudding with hard sauce – very nice. Clarence took her into the North Station when she got ready to go. Edith + Audrea went too. rained hard + very foggy. Baldwins came over about half past eight + stayed untill one o’clock a.m. played Bridge. Audrea naughty

Notes + Explanations:

Lucy, if you’ll remember, is Edith’s long time best friend, of the Parker family. I’m curious about the phrase “was thirsty”. Do we mean water or something else? Annie seems to be more on the side of the Temperance Movement, I would think. But perhaps in Clarence’s house these things were allowed for, as with many wealthy homes in America during Prohibition… ? I wonder. According to Wiki:

“Hard sauce is a sweet, rich dessert sauce made by creaming or beating butter and sugar with rum, brandy, whiskey, sherry, vanilla or other flavorings. It is served cold, often with hot desserts.”

So we know that they had some alcohol in the house, at least for cooking. I’d bet if they had it for cooking, they probably had a bit for drinking as well… What do we think?

Clarence drove Lucy to North Station so that she could catch a train back to her family home in Salem. It would have been a 9-10 mile journey, which probably took them a good 40 minutes or more in the rain and fog I would guess.

Then Lucy would have caught the train to Salem, another 45 minutes or so.

The distance would have been substantial enough to only warrant a visit between the friends once a month or so is my guess. It makes me wonder how they met. Perhaps a school located somewhere in the middle? Perhaps both families lived in Somerville at the same time?

The Baldwins, on the other hand, are much closer geographically and seem to stop by multiple times per week.

Historical Context:

On this day – January 14th, 1927…

With four days left in her term, Texas Governor Miriam A. Ferguson (known popularly as “Ma Ferguson”) halted further grants of clemency to Texas convicts. The lame duck governor had pardoned or commuted the sentences of a record 3,595 persons convicted of crimes, including 1,350 full pardons.

(source: Wiki)

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9 thoughts on “January 14, 1927: “rained, but Lucy came”

  1. Al says:

    Prohibition 1920-1933, do you think they were drinking wine? What is a hard sauce? Dinner sounded wonderful I’m guessing that Edith prepared it? They didn’t have servants as in an early post Annie was doing the cleaning. Clearly everyone loves Lucy Parker. She must have been older than Audrey I don’t think an 11 year old would be traveling alone. Did Lucy ever marry?


    • dearmariana says:

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing – maybe “hard sauce” is some kind of after-dinner liqueur. I’ll check on it.

      Lucy is Edith’s long time childhood friend, not Audrey’s, so she would be 41 years old here. She’s married at this point to an English guy named Arthur Hindle, but they don’t have any kids (as far as I can tell, they never do).

      Let me check on “hard sauce”!


  2. Al says:

    Sorry, I was confused about Lucy, of course she’s Edith’s friend. A really good one at that! It looks like Fred was around a good deal and that they all were having a great time. Thanks for the info on hard sauce it’s very likely you are correct about the wine. So Edith is older than Lucy? Quite the saga you have going!

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    • dearmariana says:

      I know!! It IS quite the saga. I sneaked a peak at future entries and it gets even more dramatic I think.

      Yes, Lucy was born in 1886, while Edith was born in 1880… which is kind of a big gap for such young friends. Interesting…


    • dearmariana says:

      wow! these maps are great! Thanks for the link!! This is interesting… So, in Clarence’s WWI Draft Card (1918), they were at 81 Appleton (on map 018). Then in City directories from 1928-30, they’re in 85 Appleton (which doesn’t exist according to the map). But the property where 81 would be is the only one with no name on it! There’s a McDonald up the street a bit, but it’s no longer Appleton Street and the initials and spelling are wrong. Do you think it was a boarding house?! I’ve never been able to find them on the 1930 census (or 1920 for that matter). Hmmm… shall have to investigate more!


    • dearmariana says:

      Yeah, I would guess since the Baldwins came over at 8:30, they would have arrived just after Clarence, Edith and Audrey returned from North Station. So they probably had to leave with Lucy around 7 or 7:30. 🙂 It is interesting, isn’t it?


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