March 7, 1927: “pure malicious wickedness”

Monday the seventh
Rained last night but pleasant to day Audrea in school. Clarence + Edith have gone to the opening of the new Ford plant in Somerville. I wish C could get some employment there but I dont know as he would take it if he could. no check today. Clarence + Edith did not get home untill a quarter of seven I was nearly crazy. Amozelle came in shortly after they left + stayed until a quarter of six. I was so tired I was ready for bed I have never seen a family that could irritate + annoy one as they can. part of it is ignorance + part pure malicious wickedness. Read the papers + David Copperfield went to bed.


Whoa. Ok. Let’s all just calm down. These kids are just down right crazy! Clarence and Edith flit off to the historic opening of the Assembly Square Ford plant in Somerville, and leave Annie in the house with Amozelle all day! Oh my. Oh my, indeed.

Interestingly, the new development project (now called Assembly Row) was just recently completed, I believe, making this destination once more the hip and cool place to be.

After looking at the photos below, I’m reminded of a photo from the Captain’s Sea Chest, and I wonder if it’s not a photo that Clarence and Edith purchased on that day. It’s labeled by my grandmother (Audrey) as being tires from Hood Rubber Company in Watertown, where her “Grampie” worked (John W Macdonald?). But they look similar to some of the publicity photos from the time of the Ford plant opening (see below in Historical section). Here’s the photo with the label from the Sea Chest:

On this day in history:March 7, 1927 (Monday)

The Ford plant opening was covered extensively in Boston newspapers (source):

“The Somerville plant produced multiple models, including the Ford Edsel and popular Fairlane”

At 6:28 pm local time, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck on Japan‘s Tango Peninsula in the Kyoto Prefecture. The tremors and subsequent fires killed 3,020 people, and destroyed the cities of Toyooka and Kinosaki in the Hyōgo Prefecture.

In the case of Nixon v. Herndon, the United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a Texas law that barred African-American voters from participating in primary elections, rendering similar laws in other states void. The victory was short-lived, as Texas passed a new law that gave political parties the right to set their own rules for participation in a party primary election. Such laws were not held unconstitutional until the April 1, 1946 ruling in Primus v. King.

(source: Wiki)


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