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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:05 am    Post subject: Mom in Exhibition Reply with quote

Our Cayuga County Historical Museum had an exhibition on one of the local factories - since lost and they came and interviewed my mother for their video.

She had started working at Dunn & McCarthy Shoe Company when she was 15. She wanted to stay in school, which she loved, but the family needed support. This was even before the Great Depression - 1928.

The company made Enna Jettick brand shoes and I was surprised at the reach that the brand had. Photos of big signs in NYC, even a dirigible that made the first attempt to dock at the top of the Empire State Building. That month, there was a clue and answer in the Reminisce Magazine crossword puzzle.

We had previously donated shoes and boxes from her closets and those of her sisters.

Locally, there was an amusement park at Owasco Lake, with a trolley line from Auburn.

Many former workers were interviewed, telling what they did and how long they worked there. Most of our family made a good living because of the steady employment. The exhibit had many advertisements from over 100 years of manufacture. Tools were shown we have some of these types in our basement.

My mother was among those asked to take classes on how to make shoes, just a few hours a week. Upon graduation, she was given a check for $100 which she gave to her mother to put in a savings account.

When she was getting married, her mother gave her the bankbook - enough to buy her wedding dress. Ironically, a different shoe company she was then working at gave her a pair of beautiful shoes.

Her wedding portrait was displayed on a cabinet in the main room - everyone was going up to her to talk about her dress and how she was able to buy it. You should have seen her glow.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, What a great story! The company made Enna Jettick brand shoes and my Mom bought and wore them. Thanks for posting. I hope all is well with you and your family.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great story!!!!! Dancing

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a marvellous story. I bet your mum is a wealth of information God Bless her.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you liked the story- my mother does have a wealth of information as far as the family and the history of our area. I have made tapes of her and her sisters talking (making cookies in our kitchen one day0 one does not dare venture in there during those times; lots of loudness and bustle: "Ma used to make them this way." "No she didn't!" and so on).

Also make sure that she tells every relative or visitor about various immigration story or growing up adventure. At the exhibition opening, I kept pointing her out and people would go over to talk to her.

From the exhibit and brochure (made sure to take a few for friends and relatives), I learned several things: there was another factory down in Binghamton, and later one in Baltimore. And the Enna Jetticks blimp make the first successful docking at the Empire State Building. Now imagine anyone trying to climb down from the blimp to the 102 floor...winds too strong.

The Reminisce magazine crossword came to mind because someone from Minnesota wrote in to say that spelled the name wrong: Etta Jennicks instead of Enna Jetticks.

They just opened another exhibit of paintings and quilts - I missed the opening but have to get back there for the wedding portrait.

My mother also told me that there was a playground where the parking lot is now - the factory burned down about 10 years ago, sold to some company in Virginia, closed after 123 years. We used to play baseball in the parking lot and noticed a concrete rectangle in the surface. I asked my mother about it and she said it used to be a swimming pool for the workers and family, plus the neighborhood. Did we ever wish it was still there. She said that Carrie and her went there a few times - in the long swimming suits.

The amusement park was called Enna Jetticks Park and there was another on a nearby island. All gone now and a county park, which the company said must not have a entrance fee, but they charge $2 for parking so I don't go anymore. I met my wife there one summer, before the parking charge - we used to park across the road in the woods. Wonderful place then.

Looking it over, however, I see many typos and grammatical errors. Just too late and tired.

Must get more stories from Mom...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, your story was fantastic!!

It really caught my eye because I was born and raised in Cuyahoga County, Ohio!! I had to look twice at Cayuga County cause it looked so similar.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie,

They are similar and both Native American. The Cayuga were one of the Iroquois Confederacy and Owasco Lake and River are named after the tribe that used to live in our area. Several books now have confirmed that the Owasco were the ancestors of the Iroquois.

A few years ago, I was reading about the Iroquois and also about the mound builders in Ohio. There are some in our area, including Fort Hill Cemetery which looks very much like one, but is not on the list that the 19th century authors E. G. Squier and E. H. Davis in their book (1847) or even in the New York State archaeologist William Richie's work. He does cite some on an island in the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal. Strange that they would skip most of NY.

Owasco means "Floating Bridge" or "Crossing Point" - perhaps at the river or the lake; most of the trails led to canoe sites where it was easier to paddle across than go around the long lakes. Cayuga possibly means "Where they take the boats out." If you look at a map, you can see that the Finger Lakes make a series of barriers across central NY.

My book says that Cuyahoga "Probably Iroquoian 'important river'" - there are a lot of "possibly" and "probably" in these definitions - they are not sure of much.

Today I did go back and got the portrait and other photos; the DVD is not ready yet. Also looked at the current exhibit of quilts and paintings. One quilt label said that no panel pattern was used more than once. Some were very clever and the titles made me realize what she was trying to convey, after thinking something else at first.

As I think of Emmy when I see the birds, rabbits and other pets, I think of you when I get my daily Mutts cartoon. Two last month had a young girl (Doozy) going to the shelter to volunteer; her expertise? Kissing and hugging the dogs and cats. I wondered...does the author know Rosie?

So, my mother is already in her room asleep, the cats are accounted for, but not in the beds they are supposed to be in. At least they got some treats.

Gil, I told my mother that you said your mother had Enna Jettick shoes. Their building had "Shoes For Walking" and "Shoes for Women" painted on the sides. When we were kids, we wondered what else besides walking that shoes could be used for. Did not think of riding boots etc. I'll look for a photo of it. I wish the Cayuga Museum would include photos of their exhibits at their website. Gonna suggest that real soon - forgot today when I saw the curator.

Also today learned something else: my mother (Nanette) pointed at the veil in her wedding portrait and said that my birth mother (Josie) borrowed it to wear at her wedding, with the hat part off.

Dave

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the shoes I wear in cold weather require the use of a shoehorn to get them on my old feet. The shoehorn that has been in my desk for at least 30 years is one my Mom gave me. I used it earlier this evening and decided to see where it is from, here is what it said:

"America's Smartest Walking Shoes"

"ENNA JETTICKS"

This is truly a very small world!

birra birra birra

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,

That's a real artifact and great that you have kept it so long. We have various tools and items from factories where family members used to work. We showed them to the museum, but they already had the metal lasts for the exhibit.

I took some brochures from the exhibit to give to relatives and friends. You can try the museum's website:
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though they do not have photos of the exhibitions. I'm going to ask them to try to put some on the site, so people can see what it was like. My artist friends do this, also at gallery openings.

If that fails, I could send you some brochures. There is a lot of history and it is well made.

I'll also look for any photos of the buildings. I think the Firesign Theater used the phrase Shoes For Walking on one of their albums. Maybe I'll e-mail them to ask.

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