Hetty Schriftguisser

b. ?
d. ?

Background

Hetty Schriftguisser was a kindergarten schoolteacher from Roxbury, MA. She was a rusticator and had a cottage, which is currently the Haydock house. The house was shared with her mother and sister.

In the summertime, Sarah Cabot Wheelwright, who lived in Seal Harbor, engaged a dentist to set up a portable office in the Ladies Aid to examine and treat the teeth of the island children. She also engaged Hetty to hold a sort of preschool and art class for kindergarten-age children on the island. They met in the parsonage, and had little chairs and round tables -- and a big toy chest.

Barbara Brooks lent me this photo showing Hettie with some of the island kids. The parsonage is in the background. Barbara Brooks herself is in the photo. Barbara Brooks was born in 1912, and appears to be about five in the photo, so it was taken about 1917.

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photo courtesy of Barbara Brooks
Left to right, back row
Hetty
Schriftguisser
(teacher)
unknown
Bracy
girl
unknown
Bracy
girl
Forest
Spurling
(b. 1907)
unknown
girl
unknown
boy
Fanny
Spurling
Clyde
Spurling
Louise
Spurling
Left to right, front row
Dorothy
Spurling
Barbara
Spurling
(b. 1912)
unknown
girl
Mary
Teel
unknown
girl
unknown
girl
Tud
Bunker
(b. 1909)
unknown
boy
Nelson
Spurling


photo courtesy of Barbara (Spurling) Brooks (holding black doll in front row)

Some additional information:
Barbara tells me she was the only girl who liked to play with the black doll.
Louise (Spurling) Sorenson is Barbara's sister.
Nelson Spurling is Barbara's brother.
Clyde Spurling was from Islesford, his father was Bert Spurling.
Fanny Spurling was the sister of Clyde.
Mary Teel's parents Sawtelle and Velma Teel ran the Teel House.

 

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