Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Elijah Ross, paternal grandfather to Edith Vail Ross, had in his home library a large volume of poems by the Scottish author Robert Burns published in 1850. Elijah was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont in 1819 but after being orphaned very … Continue reading

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Striking A Deal- Piano Lessons for a Portrait

Family history often reduces people into short summaries and that was certainly the case for me with Edith and Paul’s legacies growing up. The short version of their lives was the flat “Edith sang. Paul played piano.” To my surprise … Continue reading

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Helen Gould’s Art Collection on View at Hotel Martha Washington, 1903

In mid August 1903 Edith Vail Ross wrote home to Rutland, Vermont about another adventure she and Miss Schirmer had in New York City. “Yesterday P.M. Miss Schirmer and I went down to Hotel Martha Washington which has been built … Continue reading

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Duss At Madison Square Garden, 1903

The photo above is of Madison Square Garden, June 1903, taken from Madison Square Park. Before Madison Square Garden and Penn Station were all jammed together, the Garden had the castle-like appearance you see above. In August 1903 Edith Vail … Continue reading

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23rd & Madison, NYC, Met Life Insurance

On a cloudy and rainy August day in 1903 Edith’s voice teacher returned to the city early and she had an impromptu lesson. Later, when she wrote home to her parents in Rutland, Vermont she describes “had a fine one … Continue reading

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Climb into the Crown, Statue of Liberty, 1903

On Tuesday August 4, 1903 Edith Vail Ross had her usual voice lessons in the studio of Mr. Desci and practice time until three o’clock in the afternoon when her friends Miss Clarke and Miss McKay stopped by and grabbed … Continue reading

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