William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 9, November, 2008

Little Pie Girl

Filed under: History — williamthecoroner @ 14:55

I went to a funeral yesterday.  Mrs. Cargill had a long and interesting life.  Born in South Carolina, she moved with her family to New York.  She attended Spellman College, majoring in Biology and Music, and married a former Tuskegee Airman.  The family then moved to Cleveland.  She had in long career, where she worked for Eisenhower, and also was active in the Civil Rights movement.  She integrated her neighborhood in Shaker Heights, and her apartment building where she moved after she sold her house.

Madeline had really good stores, as you can well imagine.  Members of her family had lived in France to escape racism in the United States, which was a really good plan until 1940.  She also sold her mother’s pies on the streets of New York to get pocket money.  She was always an outgoing person.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting woman, So many of her generation had courage we only dream about. My grandmother came over at 18 from Norway. By herself. Was supposed to marry a young man her parents had arranged for her to wed (not uncommon back then). She came over, didn’t speak a word of English, couldn’t STAND him, dumped him, got a job in New York as a cook. Learned English. Traveled to Montana on her own, fell hard for my grandfather, a burly redheaded logger, and married him. When he died in a logging accident when the kids were teens she went back to work, again as a cook for a wealthy family. With three kids, the oldest a girl, and two younger boys, she only had money to put one through college. It never occurred to her to NOT send my Mom. So Mom got her bachelors in criminology and then went to work and put both younger brothers through,

    I wish I’d known her better, I was four when she passed.

    Mrs. Cargill, I’m sure had a large family, and a circle of friends that will hopefully pass on HER stories.

    Comment by brigid — Sunday, 9, November, 2008 @ 15:41 | Reply


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