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By Ruth Ellen Patton Totten

"There was once by no means a second in our lives that we weren't reminded that our father was once the best, bravest, such a lot gallant, and best-looking guy who ever lived and that he used to be destined for unbelievable glory. This we took with no consideration. Being our father’s teenagers was once a unique impression in all our lives, however the maximum, such a lot pervasive, and finest impression in my lifestyles used to be Ma."

The Button field isthe loving memoir of Beatrice Ayer Patton (1886–1953), the spouse of 1 of the best army figures in historical past, normal George S. Patton, Jr. Written through the Pattons’ daughter, Ruth Ellen, the ebook covers Beatrice’s existence from her early life in a filthy rich New England relations till her dying, with an emphasis on her years of marriage to George Patton. A supportive and loving spouse, Beatrice was once complete in her personal correct as an equestrian, musician, lecturer, sailor, and the world over released writer. brave and adventurous, Beatrice performed an important position in her husband’s existence. with out her, common Patton could by no means have reached his personal point of success.

Although there were a variety of books written on George S. Patton, The Button Box offers a distinct standpoint at the general’s advanced character in addition to a unprecedented and intimate glance inside of his well-known American relatives, a glimpse of the “Old military” that shaped the cadre of the military of worldwide conflict II, and a close description of existence “between the wars” in a society to not be visible back. most vital, notwithstanding, it's the tale of a very attention-grabbing girl, instructed with love and a rowdy humorousness by means of her daughter.

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Jamie was given a few years’ leeway for his painting (to his father a boyish foible—a “wild oat”) and then told to settle down to his profession. So, Dr. James C. Ayer did just that, although he didn’t really practice. He fell in love with a divorcée—unheard of. Jamie broke off their relationship and she killed herself. Years later, he married the widow of his doctor. Jamie adopted his wife’s son, Dick, and they had a son of their own, Frederick II. Jamie’s wife, May, was very attractive and very social.

C. Ayer’s widow) drive by in her stylish landau. The lady had long been estranged from the Frederick Ayers, by her own wish, and was cutting quite a figure in Paris at that time. Scarlet fever, or some other childhood disease, had left her completely bald, but she rose above that and had a wig to match every costume. She also had her poodles rinsed to match her color-of-the-day. Aunt Josephine was the first lady Ma ever saw who wore false eyelashes and eyebrows, although these were ordinary in color.

C. Ayer’s daughter had married a fine man named Pearson, but as far as Mrs. Pearson was concerned, the feud with the Frederick Ayers was still on, and her son, Freddy, was told that he must never speak to any one of the Frederick Ayer children: if they spoke to him, he was to come straight home. Kay and Freddie Ayer used to draw lots to see which one would go up to poor Freddy Pearson. As soon as one of them did, Freddy had to leave the party. The winter in Egypt had been a tremendous influence in the lives of Ma and Kay, and they loved all things Egyptian.

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