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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS An original history Copyrighted 1985 By B. Vincent McMahon Part Two Congress appointed John Adams first U.S. Minister to England and he opened the embassy on Grosvenor Square where the American embassy is still located. Joshua Johnson moved back to his London home on Tower Hill and was appointed American Counsel to Great Britain. The Adams were frequent house guests of the Johnsons. His father realized that John Quincy was lacking a college degree so he sent him back home to Harvard where he was admitted in March 1786. "Hurrah!" the American Minister shouted, "Our boy has been enrolled in our dear alma mater." Abiqail ,,,rrto to her two nieces asking them to visit her son John Quincy and report back to her. They found him dirty, unshaven, unkempt with ha,r down to his shoulders. John Quincy must have been Harvard's first hippie. But he was also second in his class, graduating on July 16, 1787, and a member of the first Harvard Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. Aunt Mary Cranch (Abigail's sister) tossed a bash for the graduate inviting all the Massachusetts Adams. They devoured two shoulders of beef, four boiled hams, six tongues and a plum cake made with 24 pounds of sugar, washed down with porter, hard cider, punch, and wine. Anyone who attended college in the old days knows what jealousy is created among the friends and neighbors. A local editor sniped at the Adams family: "He made one of the two English orations the rest spoke in Greek, Latin, French, German, Aramaic, and Mandarin Chinese. Thepublik,(stc) expectations from this gentle- man (John Quincy) ... were greatly inflated. Abigail wrote exhorting him to greater things as befitted a Harvard Adams and "not to, spend hours to which others devote to cards and folly." He wrote in his diary: Harvard University saved me from ruin." A young gentleman graduating from college in the eighteenth century had several choices; (1) if rich, join the society packin their made pursuit of pleasure; (2) marry a rich girl; (3) if of moderate means, study law or medicine; (4) if poor, take holy orders, or become a school master, or wrangle a commission in the army or navy. Most sons do not wish to follow in their father's occupation and John Quincy, ordered to study the law, hated it. He read the law in Newburyport, Mass. at the law office of Theophllus Parsons Esquire. This pedagogue sat listening to his students in a rocking chair, chawing tobacco and spitting into the fireplace. This threw John Quin into such a deep depression that he had felonious nightmares. He was recompensed by the town's lively taverns: Wolfe s, The Eagle, and The Anchor Bar (later moved to Detroit). The law students' anthem was: The parson and a barrel of beer," sung while consuming mugs of "Stonewall," a mixture of hard cider and rum. Where the boys are the girls congregate, dancing until four in the morning. When tired of the local taverns they piled into horse sleighs, riding out to Sawyer's Roadhouse three miles from town. On one of these rides John Quincy found himself next to the girl that became the only true love of his life. A pretty sprightly nymph of fourteen named Mary Frazler. At the age of 70 he wrote an ode dedicated to her: "The blue eyes languish and the golden hair, But Jar superior charrns exalt her mind, Adorned by nature and by art refined, Her's are the lasting beauties of the heart, The charms which nature can only impart... By day they beauties are my darling theme, By night thy image sweetens many a dream. In 1789 John Adams was inaugurated America's first vice-president at the. II Illllll I I SPECIAL SALE -- Gir s sizes i 0 - 6X Boy's sizes: 0 - 1 4 EVERYTHING Price "John Quincy must have been Harvard's first hippie" capital, then in New York City. His son was admitted to the bar in Essex County and on August 9, 1790 opened an office in Boston on Court Street. Lacking funds to marry Mary Frazier he asked his father for financial help but was refused because: (1) the vice president's salary was too small; (2) daughter Nabby had three children and her husband was unemployed; (3) a panic had depressed his investments. Abigail wrote from her sick bed ordering John Quincy to break the engagement and he complied. He was one of the founders of the Crackbrain Club composed of young Boston Professional men who froliced in taverns. Citing entries In his diary, biographer Jack Shepherd claims John Quincy picked up hookers on the Boston Commons. This Bohemian life ended when President George Washington appointed him minister to Holland, on Sept. 1S, 1795. The Crackbrain Club gave him a rousing sendoff when he embarked with his brother Thomas (his personal secretary) and accompanied them as far as the harbor lighthouse. Here his other brother Charles handed him a gift from their father, five thousand Dutch guilders, a huge sum of money that would have easily enabled him to marry Mary Frazter (her brother was in the sendoff party) but like a trusting fool he turned It back to Charles to invest and the brother squandered it. English girls, read this entry in his diary penned upon his arrival in Avalon: "There is something fascinating in the women I meet In this country (England) that it is not well for me. I am obliged Immediately to leave it." When he visited the Johnson family on Tower Hill the southerner father Joshua took an immediate dislike to the New England Yankee. His daughters ridiculed the cut of his suits and he in turn couldn't stomach their singing and when one of their many concerts started he would grab his hat and walk out. It was summer and the sap started flowing, he was 29 and Louisa was at 21 blooming in full flower. There were roses in the parks and birds chirping in the trees. The sparks that ignited their engagement were: a wedding invitation from brother Charles, political position, and income (except Qutncy's Dutch cmilders). DEATHS in our community Howard E. "Buck" Ross Howard Edward "Buck" Ross, 73, a native of Clio and resident of Ponchatoula, died Friday, June 7, 1985, at his residence. Visitation was Sunday, June 9, 1985, at Harry McKnee[y and Son Funeral home, Hammond. Burial was at the Ponchatoula Cemetery. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Mrs. Al (June) Lavigne; Ponchatoula; three brothers, J.W. Ross, Paris, Texas; Calvin M. and Carlton A. Ross, both of Killian. "Rocky's" fight for life ends Stephen Joseph "Rocky" Callaway The one pound, 11 ounce infant which readers of The Ponchatoula Times knew only as "Rocky" died Wednesday at 10:12 a.m. A story on page three of last week's edition chronicled his struggle for life against high odds, especially since medical workers at first detected no signs of life at his birth. The called him Rocky after the fighter portrayed by Syivester Stalone in the movies, he fought so hard for life. He was born June 4 at 1:15 a.m. at Lallie Kemp Hospital and was transferred to the Natal Intensive Care Unit at Survivors include the infant's parents Mrs. Cindy Johnson Callaway and Bruce Anthony Callaway; Grandparents Wilson and Chery Callaway of Hammond, David and Elaine Johnson of Ponchatoula and Junes Robichaux of New Orleans; great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Callaway, Mr. and Mrs. John Newman of Gretna, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gill of Albany, Mr. Herman Harris of Pascagoula, Ms.; and a great great grandmother, Mrs. Myra Prtne. Graveside services were held Friday at 9 a.m. at Sandhili Cemetary. Arrangements were handled by Harry Tulane Medical Center where he died McKneely and Sons Funeral Home. Wednesday at 1U: lz a.m. All c h i l dr e n s Priest killed in crash FROM PAGE ONE clothing 1/= OFF Brand Names Such as: Health - Tex Her Majesty. ! Buster Brown, Billy the Kid, [ an dmanYother,s .... i Everything 50% OFF STATEWIDE SALE Price Wall - to - Wall Sale Drive A Little. Save A Lot Get The Best For Less News of his death in a tragic crash that drew national attention shocked those locally who knew the priest, who had devoted so much of his time to working with the Boy Scouts and the CYO organization locally. According to police and federal aviation inspectors, the light plane hit the hospital for the mentally ill across the street from the Ptneville airport after being seen making unsuccessful attempts to touch down, apparently trying to gain altitude for another approach to the runway. Only two of the nearly 500 patients normally housed in the dormitory hit by the plane were injured. Officials say the hour of the crash, 10:30 a.m., was instrumental in avoiding further tragedy, since most of the patients at that hour were out of the . building, which caught on fire after the- plane caught the top part of the one story structure and flipped over the building showering it with burning fuel before landing upside down on the other side. Following services at Holy Ghost Wednesday, Ft. UpDeGraff's body was scheduled to be flown to his native California for burial at Mountainview Cemetery in Pasadena. A memorial service was held Tuesday for Pirosko at St. Albert's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary; I three children, Joseph J. P1rosko 111 and Stephy Michael P1rosko, of Hammond, and Ma Pako- of Franldurt, Germany; brothers Thomas and Ronnle Pirosko; a slster, Carol Ann Huud, all of Pennsylvania, and two grandchildren. Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri; l - 5 ram. Sat: 1 - 4 Pizza's ready! Ponchatoula Police Chief Ernest Peltler grinned from ear to ear Friday, June 7 when he was given the honor of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening ceremonies of Mr. B's Pizza on West Pine in Ponchatoula. "Mr. B ' Jim guests with which Barker, welcomed his unbeatable specials | commemorated me grand opening. Employees and guam pictured left to right are Loutt Schilling, Kim Hall, Tracy Barker, Police Chief Erm peltler, Helen Barker and the runner of the establishment, Jim Barker. (Times Photo by Duane E. Harris) TWFAV Construction Zone Main Street in the 100 block of West Pine is said to be next on the road construction crew's list of things to do. Merchants can look for new )artial sidewalks, and a new street out front; also, some of the disruptions of business-as.usual The Ponchatoula Mall. ( Ponchatoula Speaks Up: On Festivals By DUANE E. HARRIS Its a proven fact that tourism is one of Ponchatoula's leading industries and festivals play a major role in supporting the city's economy. Keeping this in nd, what im- pact do you feel our festivals bestow on the city's economic slab,,;7 Loft Maeme- "Well l believe that they are really important! Fes- tivals bring into the city additional tourists and that means addi- tional income to many people." Henry McGeary. "It's important to the city but more importantly it helps the people." Lynn Winborn. "Yes it does. Remember all the people who come to Ponchatoula just to see a festival." Teny Jackson- "I don't think that a couple festivals are the reason Ponchatoula is a tourist attraction in the first place. We have plenty of historic beauty which is by far the leading tourist attraction in Ponchatoula and tourism is im- portant." Snookie Soilean- "The economy I don't know about, but they attract a lot of people." J.R. Edwards- "1 really don't see how but they should. The busi- nesses starving in Ponchatoula were restricted to sell in larger quantities during the Strawberry Festival and a lot of people don't know that. But why aren't there restrictions on the clubs? How about it?" Lee Threeton- "If we didn't have those annual festivals like the Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula wouldn't even be considered as a tourist stop." Melanie Wat "It's what putS Ponchatoula on the map! Every- body knows it. I worked the booths at the Strawberry Festival and people came from all over the country for our town activities. No doubt that they're the reason for Ponchatoula's growth impulse." Mike Redmond. "When [ stop to think of Ponchatoula s successful festivals and the joy they bring, it brings to mind other communities who depend on festivals for much needed revenue: Amite, Ham- mond, Independence, Springfield and a lot of other towns who really depend on festivals. Yes ! think they affect everybody's economy in the immediate area." 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