I was too young to recall visiting Mom’s parents, our grandparents, in Bangor but Richard wasn’t. He sent me this a few weeks ago.
Grandfather and grandmother Wright lived on French Street in Bangor. Stephen King, the scary book author, rented and wrote there for several years. Cousin Alan discovered this quite by accident when he found the French Street house listed in the credits in one of King’s books.
I always thought this house was kind of spooky. We were never permitted to enter the front parlor and the third floor and attic above that was just plain scary. Plus grandfather used to shave with a straight razor and had that long leather strap which we were certain he would put to our bottoms if we misbehaved.
Then, too, was the basement where grandfather crafted the several sailing ship models. I had fun there as I was able to make small boats, etc. I have the Helen B. Scott ship that he carved there. It needs substantial repair which I intend to attend to given the time to do it.
This was Mom’s home when she married Dad. Also, while not many of their adventures were ever shared, Uncle Clair and Dad were best friends. I think this relationship came before Mom and Dad became an item.
We stayed there the summer the Chrysler joined the family. Cousin David lived at the end of the block toward the north on the opposite side of the street on the corner. I remember visiting him there when he was recovering from appendicitis.