Abigail and John LP: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles

By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s concerns and heritage is obvious on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with realizing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her remedy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
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“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the e-book is a powerful addition to the nation’s written history.”
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Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No traditional Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the US, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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The winner of the naming contest won a $25 cash prize. Out of 440 name suggestions, Armstrong chose Armsley Square, suggested by Mrs. Helen Hughes, who also wrote a poem called “A Toast to ‘Armsley Square’ ”: “Here’s to Armsley Square, the gem of the city, where our happy homes will be. / The pride of our fond aspirations, Mr. Armstrong we pay homage to thee. ” 59 Armstrong built a home for his family in Armsley Square. The couple had six children, although, tragically, four of them died young.

They employed professional hybridists who developed awardwinning roses and other plants, including the Charlotte Armstrong Rose, created by Walter Lammerts. This was the All-America Rose Selections winner for 1941 and is also Ontario’s official flower. 58 In the early 1920s, Armstrong purchased 20 acres just off the west side of Euclid Avenue, near Sixth Street, and developed what he called an “elite” subdivision. He promoted his new subdivision by devising a naming contest he advertised in the Daily Report in February 1924.

This allows them to retain their original green color, speckled with red and brown. They are carefully picked, and only the mature olives are taken from the tree. Harvests are repeated several times each season in order to allow all the olives to ripen naturally. In the early years, Graber supplied olives to shops throughout town in wooden kegs like this. Customers scooped out what they wanted and took home olives in their own buckets. Before the Graber shop was open on weekends, customers would drive through, scooping their own olives and leaving money in a slot on the door using an honor system.

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