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52 Ancestors, Week #18, Eva (Myers) Stone – Another Mystery!

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

I have been crafting a post to document my g-g-grandmother, Kittie (Perry) Hughes Clough Shipman’s life.  I had some holes, and found I needed to research a bit more, as I progressed through her life.  I have started on her third husband, Franklin Morven Shipman, b.13 Jun 1862/3, in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, son of Silas H. Shipman and Mary A. Nolan.  Franklin died five years after Kittie, on 27 Jan 1927, and left an interesting last will and testament with a handwritten codicil.

family tree Shipman

This week, I am writing of Eva Myers, the young girl who was mentioned in Franklin’s will.  She’s not related, but I am curious about her relationship with Mr. Shipman.  I am writing with hopes that one of her many descendants is reading.

Excerpt of the will written 24 February 1923:

First. I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman of said Lynn the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars in trust nevertheless for the following purpose: to hold said money and invest and reinvest the same and use or expend the income or principle thereof or such amount of both the income and principle as he deems necessary thereof for the education or assisting in the education of Eva Myers, daughter of Fred Myers of said Lynn and the first payment not to be made until said Eva shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years of age.  Any money not used for said purpose said money and any or annual ations [?] thereof shall be paid to her when she reaches the age of twenty-five years. In the event of the death of said beneficiary before said money is actually paid to or expended for her benefit said bequest and any remaining portion thereof shall become part of the residue of my estate… 

In the codicil, dated 28 July 1926, he writes:

I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman the sum of eighteen hundred (1,800) dollars in lieu of one thousand (1,000) dollars given in the first paragraph of this will for the uses and purposes set forth in said paragraph for Eva Myers and especially for her musical education. I revoke so much of said paragraph as provides that the first payment shall not be made until said Eva Myers shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years and authorized said payments to be made and said money used commencing anytime after my deceased. [Note: $1,800 is equivalent to about $25,000 in 2014 buying power]

Eva Myers was born on 10 November 1915 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts to Frederic A. Myers (b. Vermont) and Lucy Agnes Windsor (b. New York or England). She was therefore about eight years old when the will was written and eleven when the codicil was crafted.

She had four siblings, none listed in Shipman’s will:

(1) Leona “Mona” Myers b. 19 Nov. 1913, d. 29 July 1986 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Peter Demetropoulos, known children Alexander, George and Paulette.

(2) Cecilia “Sally” Myers b. 01 Jul 1917, d. 3 April 2004 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Robert Gentile, no known children. 

(3) Forrest Myers b.  7 Jul 1919, d. 18 Mar 2008 in Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland; married Betty Boyer, at least one child named Daniel. He married second Verna Allen.

(4) Thelma Myers b. 31 Dec 1921 , d. 9 Feb 2007 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) Kenneth Melanson, (2) Anthony Gentile; known children children, Lucille and Virginia,  father unknown. 

In 1920, 58 year old Franklin Shipman, my 60 year old g-g-grandmother Kittie and 4 year old Eva Myers were essentially neighbors in Lynn.

1920 census

1920 map

Kittie passed in 1922, Franklin in 1927.

In 1930, 14 year old Eva appeared to reside with her parents and siblings.  They had relocated to Spruce Street, Lynn about 1.6 miles away from the 1920 residence on Burns Street:

1930 census

One year later, on 4 May 1931, the court received the following letter from the General Secretary of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children regarding Eva Myers’ share of Franklin’s estate:

….Meanwhile, the sixteen year old girl, under the jurisdiction of the Lynn District Court as a neglected child, and by the order of the court is in custody of the Bethesda Society, is without any present benefit from this trust, and upon arriving at twenty five years of age, will come into full control of the principal and accumulated income with the possibility of not being able to handle it properly, that is, if the Bethesda Society should decide that it could not continue this burden without some help, say at the rate of $25 a month….With the possibility that the Bethesda Society may have to give up this girl, with the result that the child may have to be committed to the State Department of Public Welfare and be placed out in a good home as they can find, I feel that I ought to take some action…. 



In 1935, Eva graduated from Sudbury High School, in Sudbury, Massachusetts.


In 1937, Eva married Walter Clarence Stone, Jr., b. 11 November 1914, in Sudbury to Walter Clarence Stone and Harriet Louise Sawin.

Walter Stone

In 1940 the couple was living in a rented home at 733 Hyde Park Avenue, Boston with their infant son Norman.  Eva spoke with the census enumerator and claimed that she lived in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1935, while her husband resided in Sudbury, Massachusetts that year. Rent was $35 a month. Walter was a manager at a milk company.  Both had completed 4 years of high school.

1940 census

On 2 November 1935, Eva’s mother died.

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By 1940 Eva’s siblings Leona and Forrest had also married and were still living in Lynn.  Thelma was living with Leona’s family (she married shortly after the census was taken). The three reported a Lynn residence in 1935. Cecilia wasn’t found in the 1940 census, but her obituary reports that she also resided in Lynn during that time period.

On 19 December 1940, soon after Eva’s 25th birthday, the estate was settled.  It appears that Eva used $500 for education, Tolman took $150 for “services” [hate to speculate, but seems sleazy!], the state of Massachusetts took $152.25 in taxes and Eva got another $77.48.

Eva Myers



So where is the remaining $920 of the $1,800 bequest to Eva? Was it given to her or did Tolman invest poorly and lose the remainder (1929-1939 was the period of the Great Depression)? Why did she have to pay and additional inheritance tax?, wasn’t it already taken out of the estate in schedule B below? Schedule B shows that Tolman received $1,800 on Eva’s behalf as per the codicil (note that Tolman took another $650 aside from the $1,800 for “services”?) – I thought I photographed every page, but perhaps I missed something:


[Side note: In the original will, my grandfather Charles G. Hall was named as one of three residuary legatee’s with the share going to his mother, Georgianna, should he pass before Shipman. The share would have been about $2,000, however the codicil, “revoked the bequest” to both. Another mystery…]

Eva passed away on 9 December 2005.  Her obituary reads:

Eva Stone, 90 Domestic coordinator, restaurant co-owner [interesting – Shipman also owned/ran a restaurant at the same address as his residence – coincidence or was Eva influenced by her childhood experience living next door?]

SOUTH DENNIS, MASSACHUSETTS – Eva (Myers) Stone, 90, died yesterday. She was the wife of Walter C. Stone Jr.  They were married in 1937. Mrs. Stone was born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary. She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying. She and her husband owned and operated Stone’s Restaurant in Cambridge. They lived in Arlington before retiring to South Dennis in 1973. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed knitting. She loved spending time with her family was a caretaker for her grandchildren. Besides her husband, survivors include three sons, Norman L. Stone of Chester, Walter C. Stone III of Hull and David W. Stone of Winchester a daughter, Debra S. (Stone) Nodelman of West Yarmouth a brother, Forrest A. Myers of Maryland a sister, Thelma Gentile of Lynn 15 grandchildren 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial is private.Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 369, Hyannis, MA 02601.

So many questions!

It seems that Eva was the only child removed from her household… Or were they all removed and the others placed in Lynn homes?  What was the reason? Who abused her/them?

What happened to Eva’s father “Frederic A. Myers”? [spelling as listed in the city directories].  He was listed in the 1935 Lynn city directory but not in 1937?  He was not found in Massachusetts death indexes or in the 1940 census in Massachusetts or elsewhere. Eva’s mother’s 1935 death was reported in the 1938 city directory – why the delay?

Why was only Eva a beneficiary to Franklin’s will and not her siblings or parents?  Was Shipman perhaps Eva’s godfather?  Or were they purely neighbors? Shipman was born in Canada, Eva’s parents were born in Vermont/New York. Eva’s father was a painter and later employed by GE; Shipman owned/operated a restaurant – I found no evidence that they were related or had a business relationship.

The obituary mentions Eva was “born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary”….She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying [in 1937].

The census places her in Lynn in 1920 & 1930, she self reported to the census enumerator that she was living in Belmont in 1935, yet she is at the 50th reunion of the Sudbury High School, class of 1935 , she is in Malden [at least for work] in 1936 and Boston in 1940….

and the 1931 letter places her with the Bethesda Society (which in 1930 seems to be some type of children’s charity affiliated with the Orchard Home School in Belmont – ).


Likely the inheritance funded her education at Northfield Seminary. What was Eva’s musical talent mentioned in the codicil? Did she pursue her musical interests at  Northfield? The 1932 school bulletin indicates that the boarding school caters to those qualified girls who can not afford the “ordinary boarding school”.  The educational expense of $500 mentioned in the court documents would have covered Eva’s expenses for about two years. 





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The full bulletin can be seen HERE. It is worth a look! Great photos and other historical information – The school, founded by Dwight L. Moody, seemed to be quite progressive in an era when woman were expected to be housewives. In 1932 enrollment was close to 600 students.  Another interesting article discussing Moody’s reasoning behind his school can be found HERE “…As someone with only a rudimentary education, Moody quickly learned the value of practical learning. He was not interested in educational theory or systems. He was interested in equipping people who did not ordinarily have access to education—women, the poor, ethnic minorities. And with his passion for evangelism, he saw that with a little education, they could reach others with the gospel that the seminary-trained preachers never could…”

In 1936 the following was published in the Boston Globe:


If you are reading and related to Eva, or can piece together more of the story, I would love to hear from you, she sounds like an amazing woman!


Eva’s family found my blog!  Turns out that Eva suspected that Shipman was perhaps her biological father.  Her mother, Lucy, was an alcoholic who worked for Shipman cleaning his shop/restaurant.  Her father, Fred,  was an abusive, absentee father who had another family across town.  Shipman never admitted to fathering Eva, he only said that “she had a special place in his heart”.

Hopefully we can track down some of Shipman’s brothers’ descendants and DNA test against Eva’s descendants to prove/disprove the theory!

Hi Linda – I am Eva’s eldest child . I’ve read all the info you present and it is quite accurate. Let me add some things !! Frederick Myers Eva’s father (?) used two names–Mears and Myers. He had two families at the same time. One in Vermont, one in Lynn. I’ve been told that we have several Mears cousins. My mother played the violin during her youth. In the 1970’s I had her violin case at my house, but no violin was ever found.  She was very quiet about that for some unknown reason. The picture posted about my father’s baseball team in Sudbury is incorrect. My father is front row far right. I was always the one that took my mother to her mother’s grave in Lynn cemetery. My mother always claimed that her mother’s mother came to this country (USA) as an indentured servant. She came here from England.

On Walter’s 101st birthday, his granddaughter writes:

Not only is this amazing man a veteran but he is also celebrating his 101st birthday today!! On 11/11- a very peaceful time where many of us take a moment to “make a wish”, he was born. It is very fitting as his nature is calm & healing and positive. I think he passed that on to me. As a child we first visited my grandparents in Boston where they ran a restaurant called Stone’s restaurant. I loved going there because I could always order anything I wanted- it was always a cheeseburger or two! I would go downstairs and hang out with Gus the dish washer- a very nice man. They worked so hard that they retired early and moved to the Cape. So many great memories…. grandma’s cookies, chocolate cake and homemade pizza. I did tell her I did not like her lumpy potatoes so I do feel bad about that. Trips/days to the beach where grandpa could float on his back forever! They had/have a cute house- he made a beautiful garden and had bird feeders everywhere and the yard was beautiful. Another thing I think he passed on to me. Imagine for a moment all the things/changes/good & bad you could see in 101 years! He is history. To sit and listen to his stories is a gift…. I will be doing that on Sunday. I remember on his 99th Birthday I asked him the secret to a long life…. he said “be happy”. I am so lucky to be his granddaughter and to be part of the Stone family. We are as gentle as a summer breeze but when need be as tough as a stone!


Cecilia “Sally”‘s obituary: 

Sally (Myers)  Gentile, age 86, of Lynn, died Saturday in her home after a brief illness. She was the Wife of the late Robert  Gentile, and the daughter of the late Fred A. & Lucy A. (Windsor) Myers. Born and raised in Lynn, she lived for thirty years in New Haven, CT, before moving back to Lynn in 1989. Educated in Lynn schools, she was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking.

She is survived by a brother, Forrest Myers of Hialeah, FL, two sisters, Eva Stone of Cape Cod and Thelma  Gentile of Lynn. She also leaves several nieces & nephews. She was the sister of the late Leona Demitropoulos.

Her funeral will be held in the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rt129) Lynn on Tuesday at 10AM. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday from 4-7PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army PO Box 847 Lynn, MA 01903 or the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

Thelma’s obituary:

Thelma L. (Myers) Gentile, 85 years, of Lynn died Friday in Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Anthony Gentile.

She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Fred A. and Lucy Agnes (Windsor) Myers. She was raised in Lynn and attended Lynn schools. She lived in Lynn most of her life and lived in New Haven, CT for 15 years, returning to Lynn in 1984. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by two daughters, Lucille McCarthy of Lynn and Virginia Martin of Whippany, NJ; one brother, Forrest Myers of Silver Springs, MD. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Eva Stone, Sally Gentile, and Leona Demitropoulos.

Service information: Her funeral will be on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN and RICHARDSON Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte 129) Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting Hours on Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made to All Care VNA, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. Directions and guestbook at

Shipman’s nieces obituaries: 

WESTBOROUGH Barbara A. (Shipman) Rebakas, 78, of Brentwood, NH passed away Saturday, April 9, in the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness.

Her husband, George A Rebakas died in 2001. She leaves a son, George A. Rebakas Jr. of FL, two daughters, Paula A. Rhodes and her husband, George H. of Brentwood, NH and Constance A. Fisher and her husband, Thomas M. of Leicester, A sister, Patricia Recio of TX, four grandchildren, George Paul Rhodes and his wife Julie , Ashley M. Rhodes, all of NH, and Kasey S. Marks and Holly L. Marks of MA, one great-granddaughter, Kathleen Barbara Rhodes of NH, nieces and nephews. A life long friend Beverly F. Sciarro of Westborough. She was born in Lynn, MA, daughter of the late Roy S. and Lillian R. (Cresswell) Shipman and lived in Westborough and Grafton for 50 years before moving to NH in 1990.

Mrs. Rebakas was a medical records administrator at Westborough State Hospital and U/Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester both for many years, a volunteer at Epping Elementary School in NH for many years, she enjoyed sewing and crafts and loved animals. A former member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grafton. Her funeral will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, April 14, in the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church Street, WESTBOROUGH. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 P.M.

Patricia Frances Recio

Patricia Frances Shipman Recio, 84, of Brownsville passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at Solara Hospital with family by her side.  Patricia was born in Lynn, Massachussetts on March 16, 1925.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class stationed at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  She lived for many years in San Diego, California and retired after 21 years from the U.S. Postal System.  She moved to Brownsville in 1994 to be near and enjoy her many children and grandchildren.

Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, Lillian (Cresswell) Shipman, and father Roy S. Shipman, her sister Barbara (Shipman) Rebakas, daughter Hildreth Ann Whitt, and son Martin G. Recio, II.

She was exceedingly fond of small animals, and seemed to be a magnet for strays of every type from cats and kittens, to dogs, and even wild bunnies.  She was a gifted crocheter and her beautiful afghans are a warm reminder of her wonderful hands working swiftly and lovingly for all of her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters; Faith B. Recio, Ana C. Recio, and Olivia C. Recio, her son Stephen J. Recio, and her grandchildren; Christopher R. Whitt, Martin G. Recio III, Valerie A. Recio, Alexandra C. Recio, Estevan J. Recio, Patricia M. Recio, and David M. Recio-Mata, along with several great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Trevino Funeral Home, in Brownsville on Nov. 24, 2009 at 4 p.m.  The family will have a private ceremony for her.

Walter Stone


Sadly Eva’s husband Walter passed away 14 July 2016 at 101.8 years old:

WEST YARMOUTH – Walter C. Stone Jr., 101, of West Yarmouth, formerly of South Dennis, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.

He was the husband of the late Eva (Myers) Stone.

Born in Sudbury on Veteran’s Day 1914, Walter was the fifth of Harriet (Sawin) and Walter Stone Sr.’s seven children. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva, in 1937 and together they raised three sons and a daughter, enjoying 68 years of marriage.

Walter was manager of H.P. Hood Co. for over 20 years, interrupted only when he served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from the Philippines, he became lead manager overseeing five “Colstone” restaurants in the Boston area, and in 1957 he purchased the Cambridge location, renaming it “Stone’s Restaurant.”

He and Eva retired to South Dennis in 1973, where they enjoyed the next 32 years traveling, gardening and enjoying family until his Eva passed in 2005. Walter brought love to all he met and at 101.8 years old, he leaves us with a lifetime of stories and wonderful memories.

Walter is survived by sons Norman, Walter III and David, and daughter Debra. His entire family, including 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews, are sure to smile as they recall the stories of his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 19, at the Northside United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster, with a visitation at 11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Route 134, South Dennis.


Memories of Nana (1 Oct 1907 – 25 July 1999)

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”  Note: You can “click” on any image to view a larger version.

I remember my Nana, Edith Anna (Haines) Hall, known by friends as “Ede”, as a pleasantly plump, happy-go-lucky woman with an infectious laugh, who found the good in everyone and everything.


Edith’s early life wasn’t easy. Her parents had lots of mouths to feed. There were times when they had to go without; during the depression, they used coats to keep warm in the winter, as blankets and heat weren’t affordable.  Nonetheless, they learned to enjoy life.  The following poem, depicting their childhood, was written by Nana’s younger sister, Natalie:

You’re Only Young Once

… A rhyming version of Depression days

Depression Days were then at hand
(Financial woes throughout the land.)
A seventh child was added to
A family which grew and grew.

Their worries big, their money small,
Their laughter rang from hall to hall.
Each day brought on a new event
From buying shoes to paying rent.

They picked blueberries in the sun
And sang on rides ’til day was done.
The castles were all made of sand;
The water cool, the sunshine grand.

The root beer was, of course, homemade;
Each holiday, a new parade!
The bonfires bright, who can deny,
Were better than the last July.

The icy tunnels dug in snow;
The car would need a push to go.
The swan-boat rides meant trips “in town”.
The clothes were mostly hand-me-down.

The marks in school were of the best…
Such praise for every “A” in tests!
A photograph in groups, you know,
Would find them always in front row.

The house was clean, there was no clutter,
But, oh, “Go easy on the butter!!”
The Market on those weekend nights,
With pushcarts for their city sights.

Their visiting was done in groups,
But picnics called out all the troops!
A wink from Dad, a smile from Mum,
Would mean a happy time to come

With dishes washed and windows closed,
The bathroom busy, off they’d go!

Besides the Great Depression, Nana lived through her young husband’s nervous breakdown which caused them to live temporarily with a mother-in-law who disliked her [she considered her son’s marriage to my grandmother a social step in the wrong direction]. Nana worked tirelessly helping to manage the veterinary business and a household. She battled cancer and lost a breast at a fairly young age. One of her arms swelled and stayed that way (I don’t know if doctors ever discovered the cause – likely something to do with medications related to her surgery). She nearly lost her youngest son, to illness, while he was stationed in Germany. Despite the challenges, she loved life and was never without a smile. She had loads of friends, belonged to many social clubs, volunteered at the local hospital and joined every imaginable church committee.

Nanas knitting club












Among her many talents, Nana was an incredible painter [click to see a larger version].



An abstract by Nana (above); my favorite as a child. Below, other pieces in my collection.


After Grampa died in 1976, Nana spent years exploring the world with friends – London, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Vienna, Niagara Falls, Alaska, the list goes on….

Nana (far right) with friends Muriel, Barbara & unknown

She was one of my best friends – loving, kind and sweet.

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Me & Nana circa 1963                                             Me, Nana & Grampa 1967

Throughout the sixties and seventies, my parents dropped us three kids, at my grandparents, across town, every Saturday [four of us, in the early seventies, when my youngest brother was born]. The day would commence, with Nana and I assisting with the spay/neuter operations – she would administer ether while I held the dog/cat’s legs – we laughed and talked.

We spent Saturday afternoons making toll house or oatmeal sundae cookies (licking spoons and bowls), mock-cherry pies and/or cream cheese and maraschino cherry sandwiches (shaped like jelly rolls). We learned to knit and crochet. I still have the pink and white afghan personalized with my name that Nana made to match my bedroom.

We played games, like “The Oregon Trail”, Chinese checkers or chess.  Many weeks we took the bus/train [she didn’t have a driver’s license] to Boston where we sailed on the Swan Boats at the Public Garden, meandered along the Freedom Trail or gaped at the Jordan Marsh Christmas display. Many times we attended her church events (my favorite being “decorate your own cup cake” at the annual Christmas Fair).  Dinner was meat and potatoes on folding “TV trays” while watching Grampa’s favorite show “Let’s Make a Deal”.  My grandparents would drive us home Saturday after dinner.  We would pile into Grampa’s big green truck (or in later years, his green Dodge Dart) and sing old songs like “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, I’m half crazy over the love of you….” or “I love you, a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…”

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Nana would call often when I moved to my first apartment in the mid-eighties.  I of course was at work, but had an answering machine.  My roommates and I adored her messages. She would start off with “Dear Linda”….then relay her message….and end with an emphatic “Love, Nana”  in a cheery voice.  It was so cute, I wish I had thought to save them.

Nana often spoke of her days working at John Hancock where one of her tasks was to alphabetize hundreds of index cards.  One day she tripped, dropping the entire pile down a flight of stairs.  Cards flew everywhere. It was a disastrous mess! She recollected this story frequently, each time belly laughing hysterically until tears formed in her eyes.

While in her late 70’s Nana was hit by a car while out for her daily walk.  As she lay in her hospital bed with a bruised body, she recounted how fun it was to go flying up in the air when the car struck her. “I was higher than the car roof!! It was sooooooo exciting,” she giggled.

In the nineties, we bought Nana a new phone for Christmas, after realizing she had been “renting” her rotary phone for years and years – likely paying several thousand dollars over time.  To discontinue the fees, she had to return the phone – so we decided to make a day of it!  As we drove, Nana confessed that it had taken her almost six hours to clean the “gunk” off the cord (so they wouldn’t try to charge her extra for cleaning). We arrived at the “phone store” and indicated to the man behind the counter that we would be returning their rented phone.  He looked at it and immediately hurled it 25 feet behind him to the “junk pile”.  I was mortified!  But in an instant, Nana began laughing uncontrollably, I joined her in hysterics. It took a good ten minutes for either of us to be able to speak and explain to the clerk that she just spent six hours cleaning the “junk pile phone”.  He felt so bad, he looked as though he wanted to crawl under a table, which caused us to laugh harder.

On another occasion, while in her late 80’s she decided to take the bus a few stops away to visit my dad who was hospitalized with cancer.  Several hours later she was nowhere to be found. My entire family was panic stricken.  Finally to our relief she arrived. She was happy as a clam.  Nana had taken the wrong bus and had traveled for hours having to change buses a few times to find her way back home with the help of some friendly bus drivers.  “The best part”, she exclaimed, “was that I got to see the ocean, and the whole trip only cost me a dime!!”

Years before her death, she labelled her collection of precious Hummels, ensuring that each of her loved ones would receive a keepsake (they were acquired in the fifties, while Nana was in Germany, visiting her youngest son, my dad, who was quite ill).


She was truly an amazing woman, who lived to be 91. While on her deathbed, she told me not to look so sad, she had had a terrific and exciting life.  In her last moments, she worried about her family, as was her character, not thinking of herself.


Edith Anna Haines was born at 101 Maxwell Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts on 1 October 1907; eldest child of John Glatis/Galatis Haines and Edith Bernice Lansil.  Soon after her birth, the Lansil home was sold and the Haines family relocated.  They moved frequently, residing in Melrose, Malden and for a short time Saugus (until sister Doris showed interest in a “colored boy”).

Siblings included  John “Jack” Galatis/Glatis Jr., Walter Lansil (who died at 11 months from acute enteritis and colitis), Doris, Marion Jeanette, William Alexander “Billy”, Bernice Frances and Natalie.

Nanas young

Edith’s elementary education was completed at the Ripey School in Melrose and she was a 1927 graduate of Melrose High School. Based on her yearbook description it seems that she was good natured, well liked and perhaps a bit sneeky, pretending to be sick when a “fun” activity interfered with her school schedule.

Nanas graduation

Edith met her husband, Charles George Hall, son of Charles Milton Hall and Georgianna Hughes/Clough at a dance at the Congregational “branch church” on Forest St., Malden; she asked the minister to make an introduction.  It later became an independent church, but by that time Edith had married, and enrolled her two sons in the Sunday School of the Congregational Church on Pleasant St., Malden.

Nanas 1927

They were engaged by March 1929, as reported by her employer, John Hancock.


They married 18 July 1930.



Ceremony Performed at Bride’s Home in Melrose by Rev. W.H. White..
Couple will reside in Boston.
Bride prominent in Forest Dale Chapel Activities..
July 18, 1930
A pretty home wedding was celebrated yesterday afternoon when Miss Edith Anna Haines, 8 Oxford St., Melrose, daughter of Mrs. John G. Haines became the bride of Dr. Charles G. Hall of Lawrence St. Linden.


The ceremony was performed by Rev. W.H.White, ass’t pastor of the First Congregational church.


The bride was attended by her cousin Miss Doris Marshall and Miss Doris Haines her sister.  Dr. Cornelius Thibeault of Reading attended the groom.


A reception followed the ceremony and over 50 attended.  A catered supper was served.  the couple left on a honeymoon by auto to parts unknown. They will make their home in Boston.


The bride was attired in white chiffon trimmed with lace.  She wore a tulle veil caught up with orange blossoms and carried a shower bouquet of birde’s roses and lilles of the valley.


Miss Marshall was gowned in embroidered organdy trimmed with blue and Miss Haines wore embroidered organdy trimmed with pink.  Both carried pink roses.


Miss Doris Jenkins of Milton rendered “O Promise Me” and was accompanied by Mrs. E.H.Thompson also of Milton.  John Haines Jr. a brother of the bride, played the wedding march. 


The bride is a graduate of Melrose schools and was employed at the office of John Hancock Ins. Co. of Boston.  she was a member of the Queens of Avalon of the Congregational church.


The groom is a graduate of Ohio State University and is a member of the veterinary staff of the Angell Memorial Hospital.  He is a member of the Omega Tau Sigma fraternity. He is also a graduate of Malden High and Linden school.
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The business and their residence was located at 228 Main Street, Malden.  Grampa bought her the house next door as a birthday gift – it was occupied by tenants.  After Grampa’s death, her sons sold both homes and moved her to a studio apartment, #411 at The Heritage on Pleasant Street, Malden – keeping the phone number we all had memorized – 324-0278.


The “Haines girls” were talented poets.  The following (likely by sister Natalie) gives a glimpse of  Edith’s life:



… By a Younger Sister

Nineteen-Aught-Seven, in the fall
In birthing room off upstairs hall
Of Family Manse at “One-Oh-One”,
Her fruitful life was first begun.
First child of Edith and of John
The same room where her Mum was born,
Descended from the Grouts and Paines
Came Edith Anna (Lansil) Haines.


She stayed so sweet as years went by
(The apple of her family’s eye)
She was so loving, kind and good
(The one who always understood!!)
The next score years that family grew
And six more siblings Edith knew.
She learned there at her mother’s knee
That she was special – we agree!
She set the pace (her standards high);
Ours just to do, not reason why.


In Forestdale she really shone.
No wonder Charlie Hall came home
To claim his bride (his life long mate);
They started on their own sweet fate.
She pushed the prams and answered phones;
She cooked the meals, went out alone.
She smiled and mingled socially;
Held dogs and cats professionally.
She fretted for her growing sons
And all the while those four had fun.


Artistic talent came to fore
Creating “favors” by the score.
She mastered canvas stretched on a board
(Her “SEAGULLS” won a Grand Award.)
Her sons grew up to be fine men
With lovely wives…she breathed “Amen”!


And in the meantime (in between)
She never left our family scene.
So long, so well, she’d helped our Mother.
She tried to guide each Sis and Brother.
She shared in all our joys and tears.
And mellowed with us o’er the years.


Each niece and nephew she’s include
Within her ever-growing brood.
Of Grandkids, whom she loved galore
(They filled her heart…she asked no more).
For twenty years each “took a turn”
With “Nana Visits”… How they learned!


Today, within four generations,
Mid changing, sticky situations,
An anchor ‘twixt the ages, SHE
Can sympathize and easily
Remember how it is when young,
When every day “Life’s song is sung”.
A Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife,
A Nana, Friend, a rich full life!
Upon this Earth she’s left her mark,
And earned the title MATRIARCH!



Nana’s 80th Birthday


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