|Title||"Eda Schrader Offutt Remembers Woodside Place During WWII"|
"Eda Schrader Offutt Remembers Woodside Place During WWII"
Produced by Chevy Chase Historical Society
6324 (now 6924)
The Ofensteins and in 1945 the Woodruffs.
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Mr T. Stanley and Anna B. Holland lived here. She collected donations from neighbors for the Red Cross. Their sons, T. STanley, Jr. and Griffin B. Holland were U.S. Army Air Force officers. Griffin was a fighter pilot who "buzzed" the street once when he flew over the neighborhood. Stanley, Jr. served as an instructor, I believe. Their sister, Betsy, was younger. Both returned to the D.C. metropolitan area after the war.
Griffin Holland added: Stanley T. Holland, Sr. was a trust officer at American Security and Trust COmpany. He was a sergeant in the army infantry in WWI. His mother was in the Marine Corp. with her sister, Eleanor, in WWI in 1918 and was one of the first female marines.SHe lived in a barracks on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. During WWII she formed the Silver Spring Chapter of the Red Cross that served coffee and breakfast in the morning to the anti-aircraft battalion off Seven Locks and River Road. Griffin also "set the record straight" that it was his brother, Stanley, who "on several occasions while in the D.C. area buzzed the family home...my Mom always knew he was the one!" "My last flight was to the Washington D.C. area to visit my father who was playing his usual Sundaygolf game at Columbia Country Club. I flew to Baltimore at 15,000 feet, did a 180 degree turn, and returned to Washington heading south and made a pass up the 18th fairway at Columbia, probably 100 feet over the ground and had to pull up to clear the club doing about 450 m.p.h. My Dad knew who it was but kept quiet about the "nut who scared the day lights out of the golfers (including himself)! Fortunately, nobody got my number!"
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Arthur J. (Dutch) Bergman, coach of the Washington Redskins, lived here with his wife, son and daughter, Susie, until they moved to Rosemary Street in 1942. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schiff bought the house. At that time, Jeanne was 12, Walter 9, and the twins, Carol and Helene were 2. In 4th grade Walter Schiff was second in a "Quiz Kids" contest at Chevy Chase Elementary which was part of a bond drive raising $20, 350 (p. 600, BETHESDA, by W. Offutt). After Mr. Schiff's death, Mrs. Schiff worked at Clare Dratch for many years.
Jeanne Schiff Talpers now lives in Goergetown, D.C.
I met with Jeanne to discuss the years she lived in Chevy Chase at 6320 Woodside Place. Jeanne moved here in November 1942. However, she lived in New Orleans from 1939-1942. December 7, 1941, Jeanne remembers returning from the movies with her brother and finding her parents listening to the announcement of the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was only 12 when she moved to Chevy Chase, but can remember seeing the news reels at the Avalon Theater and keeping track of the War. Everyone took a great interest. The Schiff family included: father, Philip; mother, Ruth Meyerson; brother, Walter L.; sisters, Carol S. and Helene. They bought their home on Woodside Place from Coach Bergman of the Washington Redskins. Mr. Schiff worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board in Washington as their representative dealing with government issuesand anti-Semitism for the Jewish in the military and in the Defense Dpeartment. It was a scary and difficult time. Jeanne remembers having an observance of the end of the War in May 1945. Mrs. Schiff was a homemaker and very active in the community.
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1941-- Gomer Krise
1942-- Admiral John K. Hoskins, was an Assistance Surgeon General and took the Connecticut Avenue bus downtown each summer day wearing his white uniform. One of his two black cats met him at the corner of Woodside Place and Meadow Lane each evening when he returned home. Admiral and Mrs. Hoskins (Mattie) were very kind to the girls who lost their mothers.
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Mr. Allen Potts who lived alone (?) kept a pet monkey in a cage built on the side of the house. The monkey came and went from the basement to to his cage much to the amusement of the neighborhood children (or perhaps just me). Griffin Holland added that Lancing Valk built the house in the mid 1920s and sold it to Mr. Potts in 1931.
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Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crawford lived with their cats and owned the wooded lots to the south (6312-23) and next to the Schraders.
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Vacant, wooded lots. The children were not allowed in the woods.
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Dr. A. Lee and Mrs. Gotthielde C. Barthel Schrader built their home in 1931 where they lived with daughters Eda (now Mrs. William Offut) and Joan (now Mrs. George W. Helms) and other members of an extended family. Dr. Schrader headed the Horticultural Department at the University of Maryland from 1936 until the untimely death of his wife in 1941. Faced with the sole responsibility of caring for his two young daughters, he returned has Professor of Pomology and researcher at the University. During the war, he worked closely with the Maryland Extension Service and the USDA researching strains of apples that could be dried successfully. He developed a new variety of peach that he called "Redskin" in honor of "Dutch" Bergman, the coach of the Redskins, who lived on Woodside Place until he moved to nearby Rosemary Street in 1942. Dr. Schrader's commute to College Park via East-West Highway and University Lane, now Boulevard, took him 20 minutes. Dr. Schrader was an air raid warden serving under Joseph Devereux of Bradley Lane, the head (?) air raid warden for Chevy Chase. In July 1945, while Soldiers were waiting to return home, he went to England to teach at the newly formed Army University for six months.
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Mr. Charles Bell was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury involved in the promotion and sale of war bonds. His family included his wife, Lucy, and daughters Lucille, Dorothy and Annette who were in their late teens or...[rest of paragraph missing]
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Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Philips and their son Howard, Jr., a teenager who went to Landon School. Mr. Philips was in insurance.