On September 19, 1935 Mary Potter finally had a permanent job at $1620 per annum.
She worked for the SEC in Washington DC, Philadelphia for almost nine years.
On May 2, 1944 when she enlisted in the WAVES, with orders on June 15, 1944.
|Elaine Potter (21) and Dorothy Potter (19)|
in St. Louis, Sept 1935
|"Too young"...George is 60 at this point.|
|Verna Madison: identified|
Katie Brown: Arch Brook's son Roy's wife Mildred's sister. Really.
|"Dora" is George's sister in E. St. Louis with whom Elaine is staying|
Dorothy is, I believe, in Springfield doing domestic odd jobs.
|Labor Day Excursion Fare DC-NY-DC! $3.50!|
|The Grand Organ (still grand in its way), plus|
Symphonic Orchestra and Glee Club
(Friml composed "Rose-Marie" and "The Vagabond King" among others)
|Radio City show for $0.99!|
|The Corps de Ballet (still a thing) and Glee Club (reprise)|
|AND, after all that, the movie...Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Top Hat"|
(I am intrigued by "The WIVEL", a "Glamorous Scandinavian Cabaret,"
unfortunately, it does not seem to have been on the itenerary)
|Note: "Draughans" is the business college which Mary had attended in Tulsa.|
"Miss Elam" is evidently in charge of bill collection, as Mary's student debt is much in arrears.
"Art" is Mary's boyfriend, whose hometown was Huntington, NY
"Vera" otherwise unidentified.
|Sargent School Location..driving Marjorie one way while Dave and Florence take the schoolbus to Cabool|
Potter farm was approx. at the end of the yellow line in the NW corner of map, N of the road. and W or the train tracks.
Credit: www.topoquest.com; fair use claimed of detail of much larger topo map.
Note: Mary's birthday was May 24, so Florence was upset much too late.
Note: "Gregory" is not ID'd.
Note: Will Rogers , humorist and actor, died 15 Aug 1935.
Note: "Art (Stewartson)" was Mary's new boyfriend who she would later marry and divorce.
There are no pictures of him.
Note: "B.Bs" are, from context, bedbugs.
|Note: "Pete" not ID'd|
|Note: "Gregory" and "Ruby Tayor" and "Overacre" and "Ness Snow" not ID'd.|
|Note: Oren Kennedy is George's cousin on the Hasbrouck side in PA|
|Note: Room mate, size of: see below.|
|Note: Explanation of room mate size joke on page 6...a scrap of a letter from Mary, with George Potter's response.|
|Note: Arch is neighbor Arch Brooks|
I cannot identify "Greg"
|Card to Dora Potter Bremercamp, Mary's aunt. Mary had stayed with Dora for a while in E. St. Louis. Dorothy Potter ("Dot") is evidently visiting Dora but will be back in Cabool soon.|
|Another card not sent to Mildred Lee, evidently Mary's landlady in St. Louis while Mary was working at a bank.|
|A whaling brig christened Sally|
(probably not the same one mentioned below)
|Note: I believe the return date in the following Federal tables (13 June)|
rather than the 16 June in this transcription, for what difference that makes.
Credit: New Bedford (MA) Library whaling archives
|Detail of right-hand facing page of federal fisheries report, continuation of Sally's entry is underlined.|
Source: Starbuck, A.: "History of the American Whale Fishery from its Earliest Days to the year 1876"
pages 218 and 219 (details) on https:archive.org/details/historyofamerica00star
|Detail of left-hand page of federal fisheries report; Sally's entry is underlined|
|Mary Jane Valentine Potter, wife of Truman Potter|
Photo from jacki Neitzke's collection
|credit: HistoricMapWorks.com, fair use claimed on this tiny excerpt of the map for genealogical purposes.|
The cemetery at the right edge of the photo is where this generation ended up, for the most part.
|Google Maps view of the site of Truman Potter's farm, looking in from the intersection of the two fronting roads.|
Hemlock Road is the one running into the center distance. There is an old house beyond the trees, but no nearly old enough to have housed these ancestors.
|Confused yet?...George Henry Potter's immediate ancestors. Ancestry.com tree.|
|Telegraph form for response to above offer:|
"P.L. Gladmon Chief Appointment Divn. Wash . DC. Will accept appointment. Report June 17. Not married"
|Mary Potter in St. Louis, 1935|
|"Em" is George's sister Emma Potter Parker back in Corry, PA|
|Comment on back of the above letter....|
|Mary Potter in St. Louis, 1935 (street photographer)|
"ain't it a mess?"
"ain't it a mess?"