I woke up as the car drove up a majestic driveway. We drove around the large house and stopped near the back door.The huge house was for the family consisting of Mr. and Mrs.D, two preteen children and their German Governess. It was a magnificent house. A large twostoried ell belonged to the servants. Livingroom downstairs and many small bedrooms upstairs. Urban volunteered to carry my suitcase upstairs to my room. It was a forgetable room with one small window, a tiny closet. The colors were drab. The bathroom was down the hall. I was told by Urban to get a washup and then come down to the Kitchen to meet Ulla.
She was not what one expected a cook to look like. She was young and thin and modern looking. She was welcoming and I was hppy that she was going to be my boss. She said I had to wait 'til supper to meet most of the other servants for most of them were not yet back from their naps or their trips into town. She said it was about time to get the supper on the table. 'Would I please set the dining room table.' 'Please show me where the diningroom is.' And what kind of meal supper is. Is it meat and potatoes or soup and a sandich? She showed me that the diningroom was in the lower level of the sevant wing. 'Urban is of course setting the table for the family in the big dining room.
The work in the kitchen consisted of preparing many meals. Breakfast for the servants. Breakfast for Mr D before his train ride to New York. Breakfast for the the two children and their Governess served to them in the play room. Breakfast for Mrs D served to her in bed. After this was over I had the responsibility of fixing the food for all the parrots. This was picked up by the head gardener, Angelo.
I will try to introduce you to all the servants. Urban was the big boss of us lesser humans. Didn't get to know him at all. He was too high on our scale and very private. Ulla was the next on the ladder and liked by all. Elsa ws the Parlormaid working directly under Urban, doing the cleaning and dusting in the livingquarters downstairs. She also filled in for Urban on his days off and she had to help serve during parties. She wore a black dress with white collar and cuffs and a little white apron. Inga was the chaimber maid and ruled upstairs, making beds and cleaning bedrooms. The Ladies Maid Took care of Mrs D, washed her undies, carried the tray with her breakfast. We had an Irish chauffeur who took care of the many cars. Mr. D had a car which he left at the station, sometimes he was driven there by Tom. Mrs D was always driven in a Buick by Tom. And then there was the La Salle which drove us to the movies downtown every Thursday or into the city once a month to a Broadway play or Rodeo at Madison Square Garden. We never had to pay for any tickets to these happenings.
There was very little chance of spending any money. So I seriously saved all my pennies. I had plans and I knew I would need it then.