"Hoping that possibly out of the process there may be matured a wholesome loaf of bread or, more likely, a small pan of biscuits."
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Abbie's Account of Frederick
Frederick Isham Halsey | Delta Upsilon | Cornell University | 1932
"Frederick played sax, Billy violin. There were two grand pianos in the living room of the manse [in Cincinnati] and their mother would invite various ladies over to play. All the children took art classes on Saturday mornings at the Cincinnati Art Museum with a Mrs. Alexander. Helen got the most out of the classes. Frederick was handsome and popular and went, along with Charles, to the Cincinnati cotillions and socialized a great deal. Sometime during his year at Cornell he suffered a minor injury playing football, which spiraled into a deep depression. He intended to continue on at Cornell, but the Great Depression and the 'closing of the banks' prevented his return, as well as Helen's planned enrollment at Wellesley. After some time at Wooster College, Frederick's depression was so extreme that he was institutionalized in sanitariums at Johns Hopkins, White Plains, and in Cincinnati. It was at the Cincinnati Sanitarium that he contracted tuberculosis."
Anne Halsey lives in Central Texas with her husband and three small children, where she is writing a work of creative nonfiction about her great-grandfather. Grounded in extensive archival research and personal interviews, this book-length project reconceives our understanding of the modern decline of Puritan New England culture. That seemingly familiar narrative is complicated by the previously unsung narratives of the women who found increasing independence and autonomy as their culture struggled to adapt to a more secular age.
For six years, Anne served as Media Director at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, where she created numerous radio, television, web, podcast, print, and film partnerships with major media outlets. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her MFA in poetry at New York University.