Geraghty Family album / Boston MA

Ann’s grandmother Anne Carr (right) with her sisters Nora and Bridget, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, early 1910s. These women would have been ‘working out’ (in service) in Beacon Hill and other areas. Anne was the cook. She lived in the basement, while the maids lived in the attic. After getting married, Anne left service and set up a men’s Lodging House where dinner was provided. She was called back into service on occasion to assist with cooking for parties. Asked by one employer: “Do you make a good lemon meringue pie?” she gamely replied, “Yes indeed, a tremendous one” though she had never made one in her life!