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Object ID 2004.13.01
Title Robertson, Louis -- CCHS OHP Transcript
Object Name Oral History
Date September 25, 1994 and June 20-21, 2002
Creator CCHS Oral History Project
Description Louis Robertson -- CCHS Oral History Transcript, interviewed on September 25, 1994 and June 20-21, 2002.

Interviewed by Helen P. Secrest (1994) and Donald B. Robertson (2002).

Summary and Index of Terms
Written by Alexander R. Parker

Louis Robertson was born in Chevy Chase, Maryland in June of 1905. He lived at 6 West Melrose Street until 1930, when he moved with his family to Chicago. He attended the E.V. Brown School in Washington, DC, before continuing his elementary education in Chevy Chase, on Rosemary Street. Once in high school, Robertson went to Central High School and Western High School. He went to college for four years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before returning to Chevy Chase.
Robertson's parents were both busy a great deal. His mother was involved with a Chevy Chase reading class with a dozen or so other women. She also was deeply involved with the Florence Crittenton Mission, which took care of pregnant women who were not married. His father was a Patent Lawyer, and in 1921 became the Commissioner of Patents for the US Government, a post which he held until 1933. His parents, married in 1897, played card games with other adults a great deal. Mr. Robertson was very politically inclined, and he was involved in the establishment of the first public elementary school in Maryland. Robertson also tells of an incident at the Election Polls, in which his father was almost convicted of Disturbing the Peace.
Mr. Robertson describes growing up in Chevy Chase and recounts several aspects of recreation, school life, transportation, and the make-up of the neighborhood. This includes memories of kids playing in the streams and fields of Chevy Chase, along with sports and other games in lots throughout the town, and swimming holes in Rock Creek Park. Chevy Chase Lake was also a favorite stop for the children for its dance hall and outdoor pool. Chevy Chase Circle was also used to play baseball on the grass field at its center.
Robertson talks about great relationships with neighbors, including the Devereaux Family, who owned a pony and allowed the children to ride it. He describes how dates usually included trips to the movies or listening to Victrolas. Groceries in the neighborhood were delivered by horse drawn vehicles. He describes taking the streetcar everywhere, until his father bought a car in 1910. Robertson's home was large, and during WWI they took in boarders. Throughout his childhood, his mother also had live-in help for household chores. The two workers lived in the house for some years.
Robertson's words give a great glimpse at early life in Chevy Chase, as the town began expanding from its rural roots into a suburban community. He shows what children did in Chevy Chase, and how they related to the parents during the early 20th century. Robertson also reveals the unique relationship between Washington, DC, Chevy Chase, and both of their inhabitants.

Index of Terms:
13th Street
18th Street
7th Street
Alice Owens
Ann Arbor
Bates College
Belt Road
Bradley Lane
Brainard Warner
Brandywine Street
Brookes Lane
C.M Pryor
Calvert Street
Calvert Street Bridge
Capital Traction Company
Cedar Parkway
Central High School
Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase Circle
Chevy Chase Fire Department
Chevy Chase Ladies Reading Class
Chevy Chase Lake
Columbia Road
Columbian Rope Company
Connecticut Ave
Connecticut Avenue Bridge
Corby Houses
County Fair
Devereaux Family
Dosia Simmons
Dot Smith Rogers
Dr. Carden F. Warner
East Melrose Street
EV Brown School
F Street
Florence Crittenton Home
Florida Street
Frank Myers
George Rogers
Grace Bowen
Grafton Street
Hamlin Hodges
Harpers Ferry
Helen Imerie
Henrietta Owens
Imerie House on Bradley Lane
Kirke Street
Laurel Parkway
Lenox Street
Lewiston, Maine
Magnolia Parkway
Major Jimmy Devereaux
Mary Brackett Robertson
Massachusetts Ave
Mrs. Gene Stevens
Nathan Robertson
O Street NW
Rae Willson Myers
Richard Simmons
Rock Creek
Rosemary Street
Section 3
Sonnemann's Market
Taylor Street
The Frontenac
The Independent
The Saturday Evening Post
The Washington Post
Thomas E. Robertson
U Street
Van Ness Street
Village Hall/ Library
Walter Clephane
Washington, DC
Water tower on Chevy Chase circle
West Lenox Street
West Melrose Street
Western High School
Wisconsin Ave