February 20, 1927: “so that’s over”

Sunday the twenteh
storm continued with a high wind. They could not go to Salem + poor Lu was much disappointed. Hope they can go next Sunday. Mrs. Baldwin managed to get in to tell us that Ramona’s baby was born at twenty minutes to three this a.m. A little girl named Marilyn Virginia Waite so that’s over.


NOTES + EXPLANATIONS

For those just joining us, “Lu” is Lucy Parker, who has just recently lost her mother and cherishes the visits from Annie’s daughter, Edith, and son–in-law, Clarence.

The news of Romana Baldwin‘s baby answers the previous question we had about why Ramona should be a “poor silly child“. The baby, Marilyn Virginia Waite, took her father’s name, (John Gilman) Waite. It must have caused quite a stir that the two were not yet married. According to the records, Ramona and John waited until July of 1927 to tie the knot.

It seems that the 1920s were full of these scandalous pre-marital births, and it seems that (at least in the examples we’ve seen so far) there is no rush for a “shotgun wedding”. They just wait until after the child is born. Is this the woman’s choice? Or do the men have a change of heart once they see the fruits of their labor?

I love how Annie ends the subject with “so that’s over”. Done. End of story. Thank goodness, PLEASE, let’s move on to more appropriate subjects.


HISTORICAL CONTEXT:

The storm was apparently quite a doozy. Big enough to shipwreck the Nancy, which ran aground that windy Sunday on the beach of Nantasket!

Perhaps the best known and best loved shipwreck in Hull history, the five masted schooner Nancy ran aground on Nantasket Beach on February 20, 1927. Osceola James led the Massachusetts Humane Society volunteers in rowing the surfboat Nantasket to rescue one last time, although the Nancy’s crew were in no real danger. After efforts to remove the vessel proved unsuccessful, the Nancy became a tourist attraction. For several years visitors to the beach were able to purchase tickets to climb aboard. The schooner’s hull was even used as an advertising billboard before eventually being dismantled by a crew from the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Residents gathered to collect the lumber from the ship as she was dismantled. Consequently, pieces of the Nancy are said to remain in Hull as part of cottages and other structures in the town.

(source: BostonShipwrecks.org)


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