Summer cottages are
the unchanging backgrounds against which many area families chart their
growth - and many stories of adventure are hidden among the furniture of
these time-worn places.
The quaint old white house at 256 Spear Street is one of the oldest in the
village and holds a century and a half of stories - those of ships, ship
captains, lighthouse keepers, of a local doctor and his wife who saved a
little girl by giving her a home, of boys returning from the tragic
American Civil War, of women and men going off to Europe and Asia to serve
their country. The world in peace and war.
Still standing among theses ghosts is a tall highchair bought in 1808 for
little Helen Job, the first of four daughters of an American diplomat,
Frederick W. Job and his wife. Helen's ownership of the chair was followed
by that of her sisters Virginia, Mary Bell, and Cordelia.
AS a young woman, Helen worked for the Red Cross during World War I, while
Cordelia, was a teacher in the Philippines when World War II broke out,
and subsequently found herself a prisoner in a Japanese concentration camp
for much of the war - to be liberated by the American general, McArthur,
The next generation of the family was three girls and five boys. All of
the boys served in World War Two - William, Robert, Richard, Frederick,
and Jack - some in the pacific some in Europe. William was an Army air
bombardier who crash landed a number of his 26 missions, but came home
without a scratch.
And soon there was a third, then fourth, and now fifth generation - each
and every one occupying "Helen's Chair" - surrounded by that many
generations of stories.
The little house and its chair speak the history of the world.
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