The trivia question in this morning’s edition of the Daily Chronicle (an in-house publication here at Ida Culver House Broadview) – the question was “Who invented the electric car?” Answer – A. William Morrison B. Robert Anderson. C. Thomas Edison
The correct answer is B. The Scottish inventor Robert Anderson in the 1830’s
This little bit of trivia sparked (excuse the choice of words) a memory. Years ago in the 1940’s if I remember correctly I used to see an electric vehicle parked in the driveway of a house across the street from the Longfellow House on Brattle Street in Cambridge Massachusetts. Not far from Harvard Square.
Now the sad thing is that my sisters Ruth and Nan are no longer alive to help verify or contradict this memory. I miss them! And reaching further into the past my mother and her father are of course long gone as well. My grandfather in particular could tell me in detail about this black car. He lived in the Commander Hotel nearby.Longfellow House
My sisters Ruth and Nan on the Ile de France in New York. They were about to sail. It was April 1950. I was 13 years old. They would be gone for 2 months. Oh how I missed them. But they had such adventures!
Alfred William Friend born July 4, 1874 died August 4, 1957
The baby pictured above is my mother, born April 7, 1912. holding her is her father Alfred William Friend. He was age 38 and already the father of twin daughters born 1907, a year after he married May Belle Willis They married twice in October 1906, a marriage in Boston and a marriage in Minneapolis. Red tape when you move and get married at the same time.
Grover – our Fiji hound. A very loving dog. He used to sit on the sea wall and wait for the boys to come home from school (Suva Primary) on the school bus. He jumped for joy when they appeared – I think it was the highlight of his day.
We got this dog from the pound. He was very frightened and shy to begin with but he soon proved to be a treasure.
I;ve been thinking about today;s date with a mixture of joy, sadness, and remembrance. Today June 26 = the last day of school here in Seattle, our oldest grandchild’s 19th birthday, and the date my brother died back in 1992.
I was living in Kenya back in 1992 and when the sad news reached me, I made arrangements to fly from Nairobi to Boston, and then proceed to New Hampshire and then Rutland Vermont for the funeral.
Here’s a picture of my brother in the 1950’s – he’s with our dog Duchess on Hill’s Pond in New Hampshire. Lots of nice memories there!