The note from Professor Wallace reads:
WELL DONE AND INTERESTING REPORT
IT IS UNUSUAL TO HAVE ATTEMPTED TO GET SUCH FIRST HAND ACQUAINTANCE WITH YOUR TOPIC AS YOU HAVE
I'll post a few pages today, and more tomorrow. Then I have some interesting new research of my own to share in my last post, on some genealogy facts and other information I learned about the people my father interviewed for his Underground Railroad paper (Mrs. Berle, Mr. Gerritson and Mrs. Mortimer), as well as what I learned about his professor, Wallace Bishop!
7 Dearborn Avenue
March 18, 1954
Professor Wallace Bishop
Dear Professor Bishop:
I hereby submit a report on the Underground Railroad in Massachusetts. This report is due March 18 as a requirement of the course History 1820-90, 23 -18.
My information emphasizes two related topics; the routes of the Underground system and a typical station.
I wish to acknowledge the Essex Historical Society, the Andover Historical Society, and Mrs. Mortimer, the present occupant of the Jenkin's farmhouse, for their helpful services. I would like to thank also Mrs. Berle of Reading and Mr. Walter Garritson of Waltham for their information on the station that once existed at Ash and Cross Streets in Reading.
Special mention is given to Ralph Longobardi of Beverly who accompanied me on my search for a station. The photographs, on page 13, were taken by him.
John W. Wilkinson
|The route followed to see the "stations" in Massachusetts|
The Jenkins House in Andover, Essex County
and a barn site in Reading, Middlesex County
|This photo of the Jenkins Farmhouse was taken by|
Dad's friend Ralph Longobardi in 1954.
That's Dad in front. It was on page 13 of his report.
Link to Post #1
Sunday I'll post a transcript of the paper, and on Monday I'll post some new research I did yesterday on the cast of characters in the paper, with some surprising genealogy connections I just found.
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo