GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker (whose Mom was a Wonson) sends a lovely note, sharing her connection to Gloucester. Thank you so much Mary. We contributors are so appreciative of your participation in the blog and of your always kind and thoughtful comments.
Mary writes, “Yes, I know where Plum and Highland streets are located in relation to Mt. Pleasant Ave. My mother was a Wonson. She was the grand daughter of George Marble Wonson. Growing up at the end of Lantern Lane with all of her relatives houses up Marble Road. A couple of summers ago, with the help of the owner of Rocky Neck Accommodations (who lived in a Wonson house), I was able to locate the path on what was the Wonson farm property that walks you out to the back shore. Wondering if your walks have ever taken you down that path. I thought better of doing that walk by myself!
My father grew up in the Victorian house at 130 Mt Pleasant Avenue. The house has been renovated a couple of times and sold last summer. While in Gloucester, I stopped by and spoke with the selling owners. Happily they inquired about the history of the house and I was more than happy to answer their questions as we toured the much changed and renovated house. The house I remember had two front doors. In order to enlarge the living room the front door and entrance were removed ~ however the door was still intact and in the garage! At the end of our visit, and many laughs, Rosa Ladd gave me the front door to my grandparents home at 130 Mt Pleasant Ave. It was a thrill to have the door with me. As my nephew took the door out of the truck and into my yard I anxiously looked through the same glass my grandmother looked through to greet her three sons as they came home from war.
I do return to Gloucester, with some variation of family, every summer. Trying to follow the path of “The Gift” by Marty Luster.
So, to move along, last summer for our summer vacation I rented Dales Cove House that faces Brace Cove. Attached is a video of the view from the porch. if you have not been to the house you may enjoy the view from the other side of Niles Pond.
Happy New Year Kim. Your photos, posts, and philosophy have brought me so much pleasure ~”
Last summer Mary and her extended family had all come together for her brother’s memorial. Mary writes, “The night before we sailed, on the Lannon, to enter my brother Dave’s ashes to the Gloucester sea, we had a family dinner. The gifts on the table were for each family attending. Wrapped in McLoud plaid, the plaques say “HOLD FAST TO YOUR DREAMS.” “Hold Fast” is the McLoud family motto. It was a wonderful family evening.”
All Photos Mary McLoud Tucker