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.
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.
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