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historic hampden happenings • December 2016
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Zoning & Land Use Committee Updates
By Martin Burian
President: Shannon Dawkins Wrenn
Vice President: Matt Stegman
Secretary: Mary Rose Cook
Treasurer: David Stysley
HCC CONTACT INFO
Shannon Dawkins Wrenn, President
HCC, PO Box 19957
Hampden, Maryland 21211
DECEMBER HCC MEETING
There is no December meeting.
The next HCC meeting is next
year on January 30, 2017.
Plan to join us at 7:00 pm at the Roosevelt
Park Recreation Center on West 36th Street.
The agenda will include committee updates
and discussions of the most important
issues of the day for business owners and
residents of Hampden.
7:00-7:05 pm: Welcome
7:05-7:30 pm: Committee updates
7:30-8:00 pm: New business
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Announcements and Upcoming Events
By Shannon Dawkins Wrenn / Photo by Matthew Mahlsedt
While I am still working on my leftovers
from Thanksgiving, I want to thank
everyone that came out for the HCC Holiday
Happy Hour on 11/29. We really appreciated
being hosted at the Five and Dime as
there is so much neighborhood history to
that building. It is always great when we
can come together as a community and
remember we have more in common then
what may divide us. It has been an intense
fall at the local level and beyond, but I am
thankful for the committed community we
have here in Hampden.
We have a few exciting announcements
regarding art projects in the neighborhood.
Be sure to read the articles on Neighborhood
Lights and the Hampden Library.
TransForm has moved on to its final steps
of passage and with that the new zoning
as changed by Councilman Mosby to
I-MU for the Pepsi plant. Again, while we
had hoped to have further input before
any zoning changes we had been warned
that this process may move quickly as
the overarching bill was on a deadline.
Councilman Mosby was given a deadline
by the Baltimore City Law Department and
reacted in response to the request from
Woodberry and others to move forward
with a zoning change to I-MU. I understand
this will be disappointing to many, but
given the situation we think there is still
room for community input if we proceed
with an MOU and look to negotiate a
Planned Unit Development (PUD). The
hope is that with an MOU and PUD process
there will be more transparency and room
for community input as public hearing are
required as part of the PUD process. There
will be more updates on this matter in the
Please be aware the 7th District (the
west side of Hampden) will have new
representation, starting December 8th
Councilman-elect Leon Pinkett III will be
joining the City Council. I hope to have him
join us soon and introduce himself to the
community if you have not had the chance to
meet him already. Mr. Pinkett has worked
as an assistant deputy mayor, and will
succeed Councilman Mosby. We appreciate
the service of Councilman Mosby and wish
him the best in his future plans.
As you walk over to 34th Street to enjoy the
lights, you may notice a few new additions.
Thanks to the great work of organizational
efforts of Ray Iturralde and Blue Water
Baltimore there are a few new oaks and a
couple of cherry trees planted along 3300
Chestnut. It would not have been possible
without all the lovely volunteers that showed
up to help with the planting last month.
And lest we forget about the annual Mayor’s
Parade. Tom Kerr has been working
tirelessly to organize a charming parade for
December 4th. The action starts at 1 p.m.
along the Avenue and we hope to see you out
enjoying the festivities!
3641 Falls Rd
(Enoch Pratt Free Library – Hampden
Last April, the HCC general membership
heard preliminary plans for the renovation
of the Hampden Library. As promised,
representatives from the City, the Library
and the architects returned to last month’s
general membership meeting to provide
updated plans based on the feedback
received from the community. The
concept is to activate the basement with
a community meeting room and improve
the rear green space, both for added use by
members of the community.
The revised plans include a wheelchairaccessible
ramp on the 37th Street side of
the building to the basement level; a ramp
on the other side of the building to the main
first floor; and a small elevator to move
people in wheelchairs or library materials
between the basement and the first floor. In
addition to the community meeting room,
the renovation will include staff workspace
and new public bathrooms.
The renovation will incorporate a public art
element. The City published a “request for
qualifications” from interested artists, and
the outcome of the selection process will
be available soon. Managers of the project
expect to put the construction out to bid in
spring of 2017 and begin construction in
1115 W 36th St
A representative of The Arthouse pizza
and bar presented plans to the HCC ZLUC
for the establishment to acquire a Class
“B” liquor license to expand its offerings
from beer and wine only to beer, wine and
liquor. The new license would also allow
serving alcohol until 2 am, rather than the
current 1 am. The proposal is to transfer the
license from the former Dave’s 1st and Ten
sports bar, which was a new license for that
establishment. A date for a hearing before
the Baltimore Board of Liquor License
Commissioners (BLLC) has not been set.
The Arthouse proprietors do not yet have a
buyer for the current beer and wine license.
The ZLUC plans to support the request for
the license transfer.
727 W 40th St
(CinéBistro – at the Rotunda)
Managers of CinéBistro, the dinner and
a movie concept coming to the Rotunda,
presented to the ZLUC. The establishment
will feature fine dining-esque food and
first-run movies with digital projection.
There will be seven theaters, ranging from
68 to 100 seats. The setting will be upscale,
with chef-driven food, fine wine and
cocktails. The establishment is pursuing a
liquor license, but a hearing date has not
been set with the BLLC. The terms of liquor
licenses at the Rotunda were previously
negotiated with the developers. CinéBistro
representatives are scheduled to present to
the November HCC general membership
3801 Falls Rd
Joseph Rabinowitz of Guerilla Architects
approached the ZLUC in regard to building
on the property on the northwest corner of
Falls Road and W 38th Street. The site is a
disused garage on the site of a former gas
station. The building concept would be a
mixed-use development incorporating a
café restaurant on the ground floor with
market rate apartments above, and interior
parking. Mr. Rabinowitz is scheduled to
share his concept at the November HCC
general membership meeting.
3000 Falls Rd
(Mill No. 1)
Pedestrian access to Mill No. 1 has been
hindered by the lack of a crosswalk at the
intersection of Falls Road and Chestnut
Avenue. In order for the City to install
crosswalk markings, the adjacent sidewalk
needed to be made wheelchair accessible.
David Tufaro of Terra Nova Ventures,
the developer of Mill No. 1, arranged to
install the needed curb cut, or a ramp in
the sidewalk to the curb. We are pleased to
report that Falls Road now has a crosswalk
at Chestnut Avenue to facilitate pedestrian
traffic between Mill No. 1, the Mill Centre
(3000 Chestnut Ave) and the rest of
3734 Falls Rd
The owner of this property, David Markland,
requested permission from the BMZA to
build an extension to the rear of this owneroccupied
row house. The addition consists
of basement level, first floor level and a
deck from the existing second level to on
top of the extension. It requires variances
of the maximum percentage of lot coverage
and of the substandard width of the new
construction (due to the narrow lot).
The ZLUC supported the requested
variances because the proposed extension
is below the height of the existing house
and does not extend farther to the rear than
the neighboring house and because the
immediate neighbors expressed support
for the plans. The BMZA held a hearing on
November 1 and granted the variances.
801 W 36th St
The owners of this ice cream parlor are
requesting approval to add permission for
off-premises catering for various special
events. The ZLUC was in support of the
request since it will have minimal impact
on neighbors and the community. The
BMZA held a hearing on October 18 and
granted the request.
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News from the Hampden Family Center
By Lisa Ghinger
Hampden Library Art Selection
By Daniel Ewald
Taste of Hampden a Huge Success!
Hampden Family Center would like to extend
a huge thank you for a wonderfully successful
Taste of Hampden 2016. Special thanks to all
of the many restaurants that participated
this year. Taste was a tremendous success
due in no small measure to the big hearts
of the local establishments that joined us
at The Ideal Arts Space for an evening of
exceptional food and lots of fun. It was a
success because of all of you!
Thank you to our participants: The Art
House, Asian Taste, Birroteca, Blue Pit
BBQ & Whiskey Bar, Café Cito, Café Hon,
The Charmery, Common Ground, Corner
Charcuterie Bar, Cosima, Dangerously
Delicious Pies, Daniela’s Pasta Bar, Five
& Dime Ale House, The Food Market,
Frazier’s on the Avenue, Harmony Bakery,
Holy Frijoles, La Cuchara, Ma Petite Shoe
Café, Play Café, Rocket to Venus, Union
Craft Brewery, The Sweet Side Café, Wicked
Sisters, The Wine Source and Woodberry
Special thanks to Paula Bogert for the design
of a great invitation and Deb Falkenhan who
served as the quarterback for this event.
Just a reminder – all Family Center
programs and services will continue to
operate from St. Luke’s Church at 800 West
36th Street until construction is completed.
Special Programs This Month
Annual Hampden Family Christmas Party on
December 10th from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Enjoy holiday carols, craft activities and
yummy treats while visiting with Santa!
Families must pre-register their children 12
and under to receive a small wrapped gift. If
you are planning to attend please call 410-
467-8710 to register and receive your ticket.
Space is limited so please don’t wait!
Senior Luncheon on Friday, December 16th
from 11:00 am - 1:00pm. Get into the holiday
spirit and join us for lunch. In addition to
sharing a hot meal with friends you can play
a few rounds of Bingo. Senior Lunches are
free, but advance registration is required as
seating is limited.
Programs and Services
Study Buddy This program offers one-onone
tutoring for students in grades K-12.
Students are matched with volunteers for
one-on-one tutoring. This program is free.
Call Doug, Program Manager 410-467-8710
to discuss your child’s needs .
Schedule: Tuesday 6:00pm -7:00pm
After School Enrichment Program This program
provides homework help and positive youth
development activities for children in
grades 1-5. Your child can do better in school
through individual tutoring and homework
help working with a staff and volunteers on
their reading, writing and math skills. In
addition, your child will enjoy Taekwondo,
music, skateboarding, art and gardening
just to name a few. Children are picked up
from Hampden Elementary/Middle School
and St. Thomas Aquinas School.
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 2:30pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $25 per child, per month
Registration: $50 (includes $25 registration
fee and first month’s payment)
WIC If you have children 5 years and younger
and/or pregnant or 6 months postpartum,
please visit our new location and speak with
Rhonda from WIC. By appointment only –
please call 410-614-4848. WIC is on site the
second Thursday of the each month.
Date: December 8th
Schedule: Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Benefit Assistance If you need a little help
with your gas or electric bill, stop by and
speak with Walter Jackson who can help you
apply for energy assistance. Walter is on
site Wednesday 9-1. Please call to make an
Schedule: Wednesday 9:00am -1:00pm
Fuel Fund of Maryland A representative is
on site to assist those in need of additional
resources for utility bills. Please call to
make an appointment as there are required
documents to be furnished. 410-467-8710
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30am -5:00pm
Seedco Earn Benefits Need assistance in
attaining benefits such as food stamps,
healthcare, housing and utilities support
and tax credits? To make an appointment
with Ashley call 410-467-8710.
Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00am -5:00pm
Exercise 50+ Get into shape for the holidays
with an exercise class for those 50 and older!
Led by a trained professional from MedStar
Union Memorial Hospital, classes are held
once a week.
Schedule: Tuesday 11:00am - 12:00pm
Annual Christmas Party Needs Toy Donations
If you would like to donate toys for children
12 and under to be distributed at our annual
Christmas party please feel free to do so.
We would wholeheartedly welcome your
donation and you will put a smile on the face
of a child!
Calling All Christmas Angels
Be an angel this holiday season and adopt a
Hampden child for Christmas. The Family
Center sponsors the Christmas Angel
Program for children in need ages 0-12.
Call 410-467-8710 or stop by the church for
The Family Center would like to wish
everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy
Holiday. We thank you for your support over
this past year and wish you a very Happy New
Year! May 2017 bring you only the very best.
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Baltimore, MD 2121
Board members Mary Rose Cook and Daniel
Ewald, along with ten other people from the
Baltimore community, selected six finalists
for the art installation for the renovated
Hampden Library from an initial pool of 82
candidates. While a wide variety of art styles
and mediums were evaluated, most people
on the selection committee wanted to select
an artist who could convey the personality
and history of the Hampden community.
The artist who is ultimately selected will be
awarded $20,000 to create artwork for, and
ideally inspired by, the community. In no
particular order the finalists include:
Zoe Friedman An upcoming local artist,
Ms. Friedman has a MFA from the Mount
Royal School of Art at MICA in 2012. Her
work drew praise for fine detail work on
paper craft and mobile design. However,
concern was raised about the mediums
durability and potential upkeep of some of
The Hampden Collective This team is
composed of “residents interested in
telling and preserving the stories of the
neighborhood.” They know the area well,
having created the “Explore Greater
Hampden” brochure, and they may take
a similar approach in their artwork of
informing and illustrations of the past.
Dominique Hellgeth This local artist
came to Baltimore in 2006 to attend MICA,
where studied painting and graduated with
her BFA in Ceramics in 2010. Ms. Hellgeth
also likes to enlist the local community,
especially kids, in developing her mosaic
works of art from the exterior façade of the
Harris-Marcus Center in West Baltimore to
fountains. Her tiles of row home mosaics
have become her calling card.
Virginia Kistler Ms. Kistler is an
interdisciplinary artist working primarily
in sculpture and photography while using
at Keswick’s New Creative Arts Studio
a variety of media from laser cut rubber
to 3D printed plastic. She’s was recently
commissioned to produce a piece for the
Dayton Metro Library in Dayton, Ohio. Her
mobile and interactive mushroom lights
were well received by the committee.
Paul Santoleri With over 20 years of
experience, Mr. Santoleri’s paintings and
glassworks are on display around the world.
He also has pieces in two Philadelphia
libraries, where he is based. The selection
committee liked the range of paintings he
could do from near abstract to storytelling.
Brent Crothers A lifelong Marylander,
Mr. Crothers specializes in sculptures,
often from wood and natural materials.
His smaller pieces were of interest to the
librarians of the Hampden branch, as they
suggested items can be placed on the new
lower shelves and possibly something for
patrons to interact with.
Designed for Baltimore’s Older Adults
All skill levels welcome! Just bring your imagination and
be ready to engage your creative brain. Projects will utilize
various media, textiles and fabrics.
10 Week Creative Art Workshop
Fridays, October 7 — December 9, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop facilitated by (MICA) Maryland Institute
College of Art Graduate Fellow and Artist
For more information and to register, contact: 410-662-4363 or
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News from the Hampden Library
By Devon Ellis / Photo by Whitney Cecil
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Medicare D Open Enrollment
By Sandra Simmons
Mother Goose Baby Steps
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, birth to 36
months, with their caregivers
Bring Baby to the Library to enjoy our
interactive nursery rhyme lap program,
with music, rhythm, songs, fingerplays,
rhymes, a story, and movement.
Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, for ages 3-5,
with their caregivers
Preschoolers enjoy stories, songs,
fingerplays, a craft, games, poetry, and fun.
Friday, December 9 at 1:30pm
Charles Dugger presents the principles of
Kwanzaa. For all ages
Underdogs’ Day To Have Their Way
Friday, December 16 at 3:30pm to 4:00pm
In celebration of Underdog Day, root for
the underdogs to be the top dogs through
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underdog “tails,” then sing the Underdog
cartoon theme song. Kids, ages 5-12
Virtual Roadtrip USA
Saturday, 3 December, 2 – 3 p.m.
This DVD series is presented in order of
states’ admission to the Union. Featured
essays discuss the people, geography,
cultures, ecology, scenery, and literary
highlights of each state. Screenings will
be held Sat, Dec. 3, Colorado (38th). Last
stop on the Roadtrip in 2016!
Adult Book Conversation
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00pm to
Read and discuss Major Pettigrew’s Last
Stand by Helen Simonson. This novel was
published in 2010, and has 358 pages.
Synopsis: In the small English village
of Edgecombe St Mary, Major Ernest
Pettigrew is a retired war hero enjoying the
quiet life. However, he sparks a friendship
with Mrs Jasmina Ali, the village’s only
Pakistani shopkeeper, and finds himself
falling in love. Small town bigotry puts
a strain on the relationship, and Major
Pettigrew is left to decide if happiness is
worth a ruined reputation.
The Staff of the Hampden Library wishes
everyone a Cool Yule, Hon!
The Library’s hours:
Sun & Mon: closed
Tues: 12 – 8
Wed: 10 – 5:30
Thurs: 12 – 8
Fri: 12 – 5
Sat: 10 – 5
3641 Falls Road
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It is wise to review your 2017 Medicare
Plan now. Medicare D Open Enrollment
ends December 7th, 2016. Let us help you
review your plan. Call for an appointment.
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Baltimore, MD 21211
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Ladies of Hampden Calendar Signing at
Last year the Boys of Hampden started a phenomenon with
their Pin Up Calendar. We love what the Boys did last year,
and when the Ladies of Hampden got together this year we
decided to take it to the next level. As strong independent
women who represent our businesses, we worked to
showcase our talents rather than solely our physical
attributes to empower ourselves and the women around us.
Our Circus and Sideshow themed calendars are for sale
in the neighborhood at Trohv, Atomic Books, K&S Auto
and Falkenhan’s. You can buy your calendar now, or
come see us at Atomic Books on Thursday, December 8
from 7-9. Justin Tsucalas, the photographer, and Nikki
Verdecchia, the organizer will be showing a slide show with
commentary and we’ll have many of the Ladies on hand to
sign your calendars. All proceeds from the calendar benefit
the Hampden Family Center, and you’d better believe that
the Ladies are working to raise more money than the Boys
did last year! With help from the Boys, of course.
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BGE Systems Ready to Provide Safe and Reliable Service this Winter
By Justin Mulcahy, BGE
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As temperatures begin to drop, BGE has been
hard at work to complete projects necessary
to ensuring the company’s natural gas and
electric systems are ready to meet the energy
needs of customers this winter. BGE asks
customers also to prepare their homes and
businesses for cold weather that can cause
heating systems to work harder and use
more energy to maintain comfort. While last
winter brought a record setting snowstorm,
it also saw unusually mild temperatures. The
forecast for this winter calls for a return to
more normal and colder temperatures.
“Reliably meeting the energy needs of our
customers is always important, particularly
during the cold, winter months,” said
Stephen Woerner, president and chief
operating officer of BGE. Our dedicated
employees work safely year round to ensure
that our systems are ready when customers
need them, no matter the weather. We
appreciate the steps our customers take to
be ready as well, including exploring ways to
use energy more efficiently to reduce energy
costs that can rise when temperatures drop.”
In 2016, BGE has invested approximately
$260 million in the natural gas system
to provide safe and reliable service for
customers. This work includes equipment
inspections, repairs and replacements,
and preventive maintenance. The company
regularly installs new gas pipelines to meet
customer demand, such as the recently
completed, four-mile Route 32 gas main
installation in Anne Arundel County and
the one-mile stretch of new gas main along
Old Montgomery Road in Howard County.
Major gas system reinforcements were also
installed in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore
City, Harford and Baltimore counties in the
past few years.
In addition to adding new pipelines, BGE is
replacing existing gas mains with durable
new pipes that will deliver gas safely and
reliably to communities well into the future.
So far this year, approximately 36 miles of
aging gas mains have been removed from
service as part of BGE’s ongoing upgrades
to its gas system. This includes replacement
of cast iron and unprotected steel mains at
an accelerated rate under BGE’s STRIDE gas
system modernization plan. In addition to
modernizing equipment, the company has
also secured natural gas contracts and filled
its storage facilities to help ensure it has the
gas supply necessary this heating season for
those customers who purchase natural gas
Electric system upgrades and maintenance
have also been underway in preparation
for winter weather. This seasonal readiness
work is a part of the approximately $590
million BGE is investing in the company’s
electric system in 2016. BGE is inspecting
nearly 6,000 circuit miles of overhead
power lines and more than 38,000 utility
poles this year. The company also takes steps
to minimize the threat to power lines by
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trees weakened by heavy snows and winter
storms by spending $27 million trimming
vegetation near overhead lines this year.
As BGE prepares for winter, customers are
reminded to prepare as well by following
• Test your heating system and have it
inspected by a qualified technician.
Regular service will ensure the heating
system operates safely and efficiently for
the season ahead.
• Schedule a free BGE Quick Home Energy
Check-up, where an energy efficiency
professional will walk with you through
your home to provide valuable tips for
• Save an average of two percent on your
energy bill for every degree you lower your
• Lower the temperature on your water heater
and conserve hot water when you can.
• Seal holes and seams in your ductwork and
gaps around doors, windows, and outlets.
• Ensure you have 12 to 15 inches of attic
insulation, or an R-38 level.
• Open curtains and drapes during the day,
to let the sun warm your home. Close them
at night for insulation.
• Know where your natural gas appliances
vent to the exterior and ensure the
vents are clear. Some high efficiency gas
appliances, such as water heaters and
furnaces, vent along the foundation of
buildings. If these vents become blocked
by snow or ice, exhaust may back up
resulting in carbon monoxide build-up or
a release of natural gas.
Customers should also explore the BGE
Smart Energy Savers Program® to identify
new ways to save energy, money and the
environment. During colder weather,
heating systems work longer to keep
homes warm. Help in paying winter bills is
available to income-qualified customers.
Call (800) 352-1446 or visit dhr.state.
md.us and click on “Services.”
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Robert Poole Construction Update
By Eli Lopatin / Image courtesy of JRS Architects
Stone Hill in Baltimore: Stories From a Cotton Mill Village
by Guy Hollyday
Demolition continues on the Robert Poole
school building, and is in its final phases
on the majority of the site. Asbestos has
been removed, windows are being replaced,
and concrete is being broken and crushed
in order to reuse the material onsite. The
crushing process is noisy, and is expected
to be completed in December. Site grading
has begun for new buildings, and the
construction crew is hoping to have all
footings in before Christmas. Work will
move indoors over the winter.
A representative from Baltimore City Public
Schools was in attendance to share responses
to some Berry Street residents who expressed
concerns about the school at the previous
meeting. She expressed that BCPS would be
working to bring together a forum to discuss
the culture and climate between ACCE,
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Independence, and the community with
community members, school administration,
students and parents, well in advance of the
school’s scheduled opening in 2018. We will
keep everyone updated when a meeting date
The next Construction Update will be on
December 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt
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3 maps, a page from
the 1910 U.S. census,
and an index
At Cafe Hon; Ivy and
Red Emma’s; Maryland
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When the houses of Stone Hill were constructed
between what is now Keswick Road and Chestnut
Avenue by the Mt. Vernon Mill for its workers in
the 1800s, they were almost the only buildings in
the area. The stories in the book were recorded in
the 1980s and refer to life around the time of
World War I, prohibition, the depression and
World War II. Here are some to the stories from
Chapter I, as told by Betty McKinney Neighoff,
who once lived at 721 Field Street.
A lot of them on the Hill got help from
the Welfare, including my aunt Pearl.
And a lot of them lived well from the
Welfare. They got great big bags of flour,
because I saw it. They gave them
clothes—nice coats and nice dresses.
They did well. My Aunt Carrie McCauley
and my Aunt Amy and my mother,
they didn’t ask ever for any help. They
took and sold a lot of their insurance
policies when they needed a ton of coal.
Mrs. Way had a regular grocery store.
Every day you went to the store and got
fresh bread and all, and then at the end
of the week, on Saturday, she would
total it up and you’d pay what you owed.
The Church of the Guardian Angel—I
don’t know how much [The Reverend]
Mr. Kromer gave to the Hill, but Mr.
Kromer was a wonderful man. He
would go to Mrs. Way’s, because Mrs.
Way—they belonged to that church—and
every week he would have Mrs. Way make
up so many baskets, and he would give
them out to people in his church.
Grandmother took care of all us
kids—twenty-one grandchildren. She
had ten children—well, two died young.
The aunts and uncles all lived not too
far around, and most all the women
worked. So, Grandmother took care of
all of the children in 721 yard. She
washed on a washboard there. And she
saw that when we got old enough, we
went to school, and the mothers could
never have worked if it hadn’t been for
her. Hard work does not kill you.
And I’ll tell you another thing. We had
no heat. We had kitchen stoves.
Grandmother at 721 had one of them
great big, huge black stoves. They
always had a pot of coffee on that stove.
And in the morning they’d make a big
pot of soup—about ten gallons of
Grandmother told me, when she lived
down on Puritan Street, they had a
pump somewhere, and all the women
met at that pump every day getting
their buckets of water.
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