My mother used to tell the story about her mother-in-law's Aunt Mary:
Mary lived to be 92. In her old age, her family became concerned about her living alone on the family farm. They insisted that she move in with her daughter-in-law. Each day, Mary would get up, hitch up the horse and wagon, ride up to her home, spend the day and then return at night to sleep at her daughter-in-law's home. When she died, Marion Dakin, her niece, helped to clean out the house. Marion found all of the "new fangled" gifts--a toaster, an iron, etc.-- she had given her over the years still in their original boxes.
Mary Louise Helsten was the oldest child of Eric Adolf Helsten and his wife Mary Hearty. Mary L was born in Patterson New York on 7 June 1850, and the next year her family moved to Gaylordsville Connecticut where she grew up. In 1878, shortly before turning twenty-eight, she married a widower, Charles Pomeroy, who had a teenage son Henry. Henry was the child of Charles Pomeroy and Josephine Hallock Pomeroy
--Mary wid Charles hardware and lumber Merwins-
ville n Gaylordsville h do"
Written out without abbreviations:
Pomerory Mary, widow of Charles, hardware and lumber [business] in Merwinsville near Gaylordsville, home ditto [she lived where she worked, a "home-based business" in today's lingo].
Looks like Mary was busy. According to the small ads in that 1914 directory, she had listings under:
Hardware and Cutlery, Lumber, and Mason Materials. Even if, in the address book section, she is "Mary, widow of Charles;" when listing 'Mary the businesswoman,' she was "Mrs. Charles Pomeroy" in the directory:
The next online directory I found for New Milford, was 1927. Here she is listed as "Mary E wid Charles h Gaylordsville" and her grandson Charles, son of Henry is running the business.
In the 1930 census she and her daughter-in-law, Caroline Pomeroy (63), are living together in New Milford, they are each widows, she is the head of household at age 79. In 1940, she is still the head of household, now at age 89 she has her step-daughter-in-law Edna C Pomeroy (74) living with her in her own home, as she was in 1935. She completed two years of high school according to the census.
In the 1930 census, the property listed right before Mary Pomeroy has Charles C Pomeroy, and it is listed as farm and lumber! So, sometime before 1930, her grandson has taken over the family business.
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©Erica Dakin Voolich 2013