Final thoughts and planning to return for another interview
Keywords: Garden Day; Madeline Ferraro; seamstress
Transcript: Martin: You tired?
Fitzharris: No. I bet you're tired listening to me.
Tremaine: It's going on twelve o'clock.
Fitzharris: Is it really!
Martin: We don't want to tire you out. Maybe we can come back.
Fitzharris: 0h! Any time! I'm just afraid I bored you.
Tremaine: No. No. Because I think it would be interesting to go through each room and everything that was in a room. What was on the walls, what was on the floor?
Fitzharris: Oh, well I remember in the family...in my dad's mother's room, everybody had their picture of the man and wife and the first born. Great big...frames like this.
[Extraneous remarks about cars parked outside.]
Martin: Well if you'll allow us to come back...
Fitzharris: Sure. And maybe what other people tell you will be something I know. I have all free time. Just call me.
Tremaine: Have you been back to Hagley?
Fitzharris: To Hagley? Yes. I was up for the big St. Patrick's Day. But I'd like to go now when the azaleas are pretty. We went up to Winterthur the other day and had our lunch. Then we went up to Longwood. [Unplugging microphone.] Oh, it's beautiful up there.
Fitzharris: I think that one time there was just two rooms here, and the kitchen followed later. I think that used to be the kitchen.
Tremaine: This back room? Very interesting.
Martin: Those are stairs going up off of what is now the dining room?
Fitzharris: They're winding stairs.
Tremaine: I went down Saturday downtown for Garden Day and went through some of the old homes.
Fitzharris: Well we went on that tour...I have seen Trinity Place, so I didn't get off the bus. I was too tired. But we went out to Alfred I. Institute...
Tremaine: I'm going back to take the whole tour. We just rode on the bus.
Fitzharris: Oh, it's nice to go through that house. I think that the playroom downstairs, the game room. Oh it's beautiful. You have to make reservations...
Tremaine: I was so interested the other day in the homes downtown.
Fitzharris: This is really old fashioned, but I love it.
Martin: Is it similar to the house you lived in as a child?
Fitzharris: Not quite. The house I was born in had, like, the family room here and then the kitchen there, see. And there was a long porch.
Tremaine: So it was across the front rather than back to back.
Fitzharris: Yes. And the back opened onto a small yard. But then it was built right up to the...right into the bank, which is that road that goes up to 141 now. That's where we used to play over there. Where that road goes round the Experimental Station. That was a big field. That's where we played.
Tremaine: I want to ask you to please sign.
Fitzharris: I'll just sign any name [laughter]
Tremaine: And I can put the date.
Martin: There's one thing I was curious about. You said that the...Mrs. Ferraro, the seamstress? You said she sewed for everybody?
Fitzharris: People around here that didn't know how to sew themselves. Course a lot people did know how to sew, but she made beautiful things.
Martin: Well she would be the one to make a wedding dress for somebody who was going to get married?
Fitzharris: Probably. She'd be it. Oh, she was really a lovely person. And when she died...when you went out there, she was the happiest person...She didn't have her television, and she had a radio. She called certain people. Like if somebody come in, she'd get them to dial the numbers for her so she could talk to her friends, you know.
Martin: If you can think of anyone that we might not have names of, who might talk to us, call us.
Tremaine: Every little bit helps.
Fitzharris: Who would I call?
Tremaine: Mr. McKelvey.
Fitzharris: At the Museum.
Martin: Hagley. Yes.
Fitzharris: Well, I certainly enjoyed it. I hope your ears aren't burning.
Martin: If you'll let us, I think we'll be back.
Fitzharris: Certainly. Just give me a call a day ahead of time because I travel...If anybody calls, for instance, if somebody calls me to go for lunch, I just go. There's three ladies, we run around together. We go out at least a couple days a week for lunch, dinner.
Tremaine: Wonderful. Thank you so much. Good bye. [Recording continues as interviewers leave the house.]