“Such Friends”:  100 Years Ago, April 15, 1920, Braintree, Massachusetts

At the Slater & Morrill Shoe Co., on Pearl Street, the company paymaster and a security guard are walking with the payroll to the main building.

Two armed men—witnesses say they looked Italian—grab the metal boxes holding more than $15,000, shoot the guard four times as he reaches for his gun, and shoot the other, unarmed, man in the back as he tries to run away.

Three other men pull up in a dark blue Buick. The robbers jump in and keep shooting out the window as the car speeds them away.

Slater & Morrill shoe factory

Slater & Morrill Shoe Co., Braintree, Massachusetts

“Such Friends”:  100 Years Ago… is the basis for the book, “Such Friends”:  The Literary 1920s, to be published by K. Donnelly Communications. For more information, email me at kaydee@gpysyteacher.com.

In 2020 I will be talking about writers’ salons in Ireland, England, France and America before and after the Great War in the University of Pittsburgh Osher Lifelong Learning program.

Manager as Muse, about Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins and his relationships with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.

If you want to walk with me through Bloomsbury, you can download my audio walking tour, “Such Friends”: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.




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