Helen Parrish Papers, Diaries, 1888, vol. 3

Date created 1888
Creator Parrish, Helen L.
Size 37
Type Manuscripts; Diaries
Subjects African Americans--Housing--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Housing rehabilitation--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Immigrants--Housing--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Public housing--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Social settlements | Slums | Tenement houses--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia | Working class--Dwellings | Labor movement--Dwellings | Labor--Dwellings | Parrish, Helen L., 1859-1942
Language English
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Transcription [p.1] [3-1] Oct. 1st 1888 [underlined]Book 3[/underlined] I went yesterday to find the reference of an applicant from a man named Hubert at 603. Mrs. Millis had spoken of him and I thought it might be well to know him as a better class neighbor. I found him a sententious disagreeable political personage. He said he owned property there (his own house & the saloon at Corner) & would like to be agent for out houses. Also offered to get information about Pat O’Brien houses, who the owner is and says Pat is assessed for [their?] renting by that agreement, but cannot be the owner. Had another blow out with Henderson- he this Time rather than Mrs. H who tried to keep the peace. He is exceedingly sullen and disagreeable- the barrel was still in the yard- I spoke of this and he made a fuss also about the ten cents due on last week. I heartily wish they were out of there. Have suggested to Green & wife to move to 635. Their room is too small, and I fancy she has grown [rougher?] and [less?] [p.2] pleasant from contact with [the?] [others?]. THey now all pay on Monday excepting Riley & Fisher. The yards was dirty. Gibson’s dogs multiply. I am afraid they must go. I have overlooked them this far, but the little things are horrid, and Irene does not clean much. This afternoon Sue and I were arranging the books. There was a trunk of a tree in from of O’Brien’s, a crowd & a most unrighteous discussion. It was very bad indeed and I ought to have gone for the police, but we just bore it, and after a long time when the police did appear I told them how bad it had been. I know I ought to have had it stopped, but I just simply was too weak. Thursday 4th Found Dr. Edwards pronouncing that the only chance for the Thomas baby was to take it at once to the Children’s Hospital, hoping they would operate on its throat. I went up with Mr. & Mrs. T. in the [cart?], and they took hold of it at once, with a prompt [illegible] [illegible] that was beautiful. Dr. Wharton came in & they sent for Dr. Ashhurst so I left them there. On my way back I met Mamie & heard the tale, that I have since cut out of paper. Geo. Sparks is the James Shepheard who has been [living?] with Mamie, and with whom I have been conversing. The shooting [newspaper article pasted in at this point, reading: A BULLET IN HIS NECK. George Grant Claims He Accidentally Shot George Spanks, His Friend. George Grant, colored, of No. 620 Barclay street, who shot George Spanks, also colored, of No. 635 St. Mary street, in the neck early last evening at a house on Lisbon street, below Hurst, was arraigned at the Central Police Station this morning. Detective Crawford stated that the physicians at the Pennsylvania Hospital this morning said Spanks was in a critical condition. The prisoner admitted the shooting, but said it was accidental, as he and Spanks were friends. Magistrate Smith committed Grant to prison to await the result of Spanks’ injuries.] [H.P. commentary on article: wrong name a mistake in the hospital entries [underlined]only[/underlined]. took place in a gambling house, and Mamie says she knows of no quarrel, although he is a man whose wife Mamie harbored when she had left him on account of some fuss. Mamie still keeps the room, and is of course running to the hospital & posing as his wife. He must be very badly hurt; Mamie says he sent a message to her mother to pray for him. I must make her pay the back rent & [turn?] her [out?] [illegible] [p.4] and needed medicine for Fanny. They had called in Dr. Ashton, but had not been able to fill the prescriptions. I thought I might fill one for them, medicine is so necessary, and I did so. Wm. Henry Sutton has come back, and Emma is much pleased. He has been in the country, and they are buying furniture and I hope will fet on well. Aunt Susan’s niece from Lebanon (Mrs. Curry) was there. She is the one, Aunt Susan wanted in case she should open the eating house. She has been cook for Mrs. Coleman & various hotels, and is going to get her husband to give up his position in the iron works & come to Phila. so that she can look after Aunt S. Jas Green will not move, his wife tells me. She says he will sell the furniture they have stored rather than take the larger room where they can have [p.5] [3-3] Mon. Oct. 8. Day broken by going to Germantown, but went morning & afternoon, rents not very satisfactory but will get them in time. Irene again refused to scrub when I told her of it but perhaps she will get it done somehow as she did before. The Hendersons most amiable Waples has begun to go out to work. Richard still seems to refuse to give any money excepting every other week, and also only will grasp the idea of the round dollars. Sarah understands that it is $1.10 but he won’t. I have credited him with the $1.00 for each week instead of dividing it. Say if he pays 2.00 I put down in the receipts 1.00 for 2 weeks. So that he owes various 10 cts & I thought I could get them all in a lump. It would be less confusing. Jas. Shepheard is still very ill, Mamie says. Hilton brought his rent up in the evening here was afraid I was angry, likes the place & wants to stay. Fanny was taken with a queer [p.6] it. He is a very stubborn person, and a miser I think. Mary Riley says Chas. still ill, beats her at times, though she thinks he does not gamble now, but is home, and takes care more of her & the children. Friday. Went to the hospital to find out about the baby. There it was, doing well, in a room all to itself with the nurse & its mother. They performed the operation (which is rarely done on such young babies-6 mos.) Very successfully and it may get thro’ all rightly. It looked so well and bright. Mrs. T. has been there all day but went home last night. Isn’t it fine, and I never dreamed that they were so gentle and kind and interested as they are. They are doing everything. [p.7] [3-4] Way the market people supply them with food. This explains how they get on, which seemed inexplicable. Then by the odd jobs & her work they pay the rent. The rents at 635 not satisfactory. [Madlock?], Mary Ann the old woman who has no. 9 and is always out at work, pretends to bring the rent up here to me on Thursdays. She did not do this last week, and also shirked the scrubbing which I told her she must do. If there is any more difficulty about the rent & if she will not leave it with a neighbour, she had better be turned out at once. It is very unsatisfactory to have tenants who work all the time. I recommended Emma Sutton to get flannels & hope this will be followed up as she is delicate I think. Powers says Jimmy Whalen (Clayton’s nephew) spends all the nights, and eats his meals in her room. I have written to Gallen & this must be stopped. If [p.8] Fits or spasms on Saturday & they were very worried. I gave 50 cts again for medicine. Tues. Went down for Clayton’s money as she did not have it yesterday. Thurs, 11th. The Thomas Baby died at the Hospital on Tuesday & is to be buried today. The funeral is to cost $12.00. $6.00 has to be paid in advance, the other 6 in weekly payments to the undertaker afterward. I have {underline]lent[/underlined] her $4.00, this is to be paid back after the undertaker and must be collected rigidly. Not having the baby she can now go out to work more, and must get the money. Last week I told them I would forgive the rent for one week but that due today must be paid. I forgave it because the child was growing worse without my knowing it and I felt I might have done for it in ways to save them money perhaps had I known. Thomas works in the 5th street market, carrying home baskets. In this [p.9] [3-5] It goes on she must be turned out. He says Rebecca Clark also was carrying on. She has been drinking & drinks too much. Friday. Mary Ann Madlock left her keys here done up in newspaper. Evidently she has folded her tents & stolen away. Bon voyage. On Thursday afternoon I took Miss Henderson down to see the buildings and something of the work. I hoped she might be willing to take my place. She was interested but declines to do it recommending a Miss Huntley. I find the people object to visitors. They do not want to see them. Monday Oct. 15. James Shepheard is still so ill that I have not yet turned Mamie out. She says if I do she will only have to take another room so as to have a place to bury him from from in case he should die. Her mother thinks as they have lived together so long, it is [p.10] Right for her to do this. She lets the stairs get very dirty & does not keep things clean in general. As soon as he begins to mend, will try & make her [underlined]store[/underlined] her furniture & take a place. We have many talks & this is the general drift I hope to bring about. Found 617 very amiable took Fisher some beef tea. Had a note with the rent money from Green saying he will not pay again. Lizzie knew nothing of it. Powers filthier than ever. Gallen says he can find out no evidence as yet of Jimmy Whalen living at the Clayton’s. Katy still working at the laundry. Has an altercation with Gibson about the dogs & mess in the yard. Irene does not clean up, and they have barrels & boxes & truck. He says one puppy is Sarah’s [p.11] [3-6] Thurs. Oct 18. Took Miss Fox down. Puppies gone at 617. Also Barrel. Emma Sutton complained of Mamie Sharp. Mrs. Smith has taken her brother’s two children to live with her, he has broken up, and pays her $1.50 a week for keeping them. We told her she mifht do this on condition that she herself would be responsible for keeping the yard clean. If she does not do this, she must go. As it is instead of charging her more rent, as some compensation for the privelige[sic] of keeping the children. We must find out if Emory the brother-in-law lives [there?] too & this must be stopped. Now no one else will have any care of keeping the yard clea. Irene complained of the way Mrs. Henderson treated her. Mrs. H. [eavesdropped?] & just after we left the house she struck Irene & the street ran in to see the fight. Gave Henderson notice [p.12] Saturday 20th Gave Mamie Sharp notice to leave by Monday. Rented Annie Watson Room no. 20. She has 3 children & this little baby has two mos. old whose father she is suing for false pretences & hopes to get the money to support the child. Her own husband died two years ago. Saw Green & arranged about wood work, to have it taken off the hour 3rd story rooms at 617 & reset in the Library & no. 5. Also about [W.Co] at 637. Had a visit in the Library from Lizzie Green. She came to intercede for Mrs. Henderson, said Irene was in the family way & very irritable. That I must look at both sides. She was very amusing & nice. I told her of course it was impossible this time to excuse Henderson. She seemed to regret so much that Miss Fox should have been there to see. Said that Miss F. did not know how the tenants behaved & how [p.13] [3-7] much trouble I had with them, & she was sorry she should have been there at such a row. Monday Oct. 22nd. Took Mrs, Thomas down and introduced her. THings pretty bad, but she took right hold. Wed. Went down about Carpenter. Could not get Fisher out of her room and was afraid to insist. She had said on Monday she would move while they did it. Gibson was keeping in knocking off boards. Mamie Sharp still there. Thurs. 25th. Mrs. Henderson still there, & she went to the magistrate. Constable said we had no power over her at all. That our rules were worthless & so we could do nothing, but for $1 he would try to scare her & make her go. He says we must have a regular lease drawn up and signed by each tenant by which they waive their right to the law of 1863 which provides a 3 mos. Notice for every lessee. Mrs. Thomas insisted on out getting these at once. Learning how to fill them and having all the tenants old & new sign them so that we should never have any trouble. I sent to the printers for them. 100 Moyer & Lesher 242 Richmond St Mrs. T. will take us new tenants & do nothing about putting them out until we are on a firm legal foundation. After a while the constable went to Mrs. Henderson, and received free payment for his trouble from her. Then when he left she turned on us. We were in the 3rd story. Mrs. Thomas went out and listened then shower herself. “That is right” she said. “She has threatened” (she had indeed) “and blasphemed.” “The two [p.14] [3-8] Together are all that are necessary for issuing a warrant for her arrest.” We went after the constable, met him on 7th St. & had a very nice talk. He rents 517 S. 7 & many houses. He said we had best wait until Wed. as he had told her she could wait until them and if she does not go, we can them take action against her for threats & blasphemy. Mrs, Thomas is treasuring up all the fearful things she said to us. When we went back to the house two police appeared. Said they had been sent for. We said we had not done so, but were glad they had come, that the woman had been saying actionable things but we had decided to let her wait until Wed. As the constable had told her she might do, then we would proceed. Mrs. H. them said [underlined]she[/underlined] had sent for the police, (to arrest us?! perhaps) and added she had said nothing to Mrs. T. only to me, which showed she must [p.15] have been a little awed by her. The police men then remarked that they thought we had a great deal of nerve to go among such people, that once a person had been thrown out of the window, in that house, which I thought an injudicious suggestion to Mrs. Henderson. James Shepherd[sic] came out of the hospital I saw him and Mamie [and?\ made a fuss. Then I At any rate Friday at 2 I had the keys. I made them bring all the keys Thurs. night but probably they slept there, all the same! Rented the Suttons room 9 as well as 7. On Monday put John Bradshaw and wife in 6. He is the one who drinks but I hope will not be troublesome. Mamie Sharp says Isaac Emory does live with the Smiths. [p.16] [3-9] Monday Oct. 29. Employed Hilton to whitewash 617. Mrs. Thomas & I did everything together. I talk she listens but is ready with very judicious & prompt help whenever I ask her. Waples no money, and we gave him a notice to leave though Mrs. Thomas objected until he had signed a lease. Still the rent cannot go any longer, of course I don’t suppose he would go if we told him a notice is necessary & it might make trouble with the Hendersons. So we really did not see what else to do but to run the risk this once. I had a satisfactory talk with constable’s collector & paid $1.00 for [underlined]Tuesday[/underlined] filling out a lease as a [illegible]. Went down alone about whitewashing, Henderson very meek, begged to stay longer till next week. We had told her husband on Monday that if she did not go quietly we would have to issue the warrant on account of her threats. I find it is the elections that keep them & on that plea [p.17] They are to stay until Wed. morning. Her niece is there is a condition that made me feel she might detain them by her [confinement?], but I think we are safe from that I. I gave Hilton 1.50 on [illegible] for whitewashing. It is to cost 50 a room & 1.00 for entry. Thursday Nov. 1st. Rented room no. 15 to Edward Ellis & wife, who have been living at 517 S. 7. We saw & had a satisfactory talk with Jesse Butcher whom I had never seen. We got all the tenants of 635 & 637 to sign the leases. Except Hilton & Sutton. The latter was not satisfied with one room so last week we had rented Emma no. 9 as well. $150 in adv. For the two. Today she gave back the keys. Said Wm. Henry would not leave the rent for it, and was not doing well. Mrs. Thomas hopes