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two other butlers other than myself. There are five, sometime six maids - if
company comes, the extra maid is called in.
We have three
regular cooks and a couple more on call for large parties. Finally there is one
chauffeur and two scullery maids. The outside help consists of three gardeners
and one maintenance man. We have a pool service that cares for the large pool.
Butler #1 - Me
me, you know a lot about me already. I
have a couple regular girlfriends or at least I did have until I got committed
to Linda so now she is it.
I must admit
I wish she would hurry and grow up mentally and emotionally, for I need a full
grown up woman.
She said it
would be alright if I went out with one of my old girlfriends but I know she
didn’t mean a word of that. She would go
ballistic if she thought I did.
me to the point where I could wring her neck saying things like; “I’m here
anytime you want me.”
She knows I
have promised Charlie to keep “hands off “until she was grown and then only if
and when I decided to marry her.
It’s a good
thing that I’m so busy with school and working. When I’m with her I’m so tired
all I think about is getting some rest. Time is moving on and she will graduate
from high school, and I will get my degree about the same time. I know there is
no use in me talking to her about her continuing on to college. I’ll have to
deal with that when the time comes.
us to butler #2 - James
designated as butler #2 which is a step lower than me.
already employed when I was hired and he expected to be the #1 guy when the
number when the #1 retired but it didn’t work out that way. As it turned out he
had an attitude issue. He has a tendency to talk down to everyone he speaks to.
sit well with Charlie. James was working here when Charlie bought the estate
and he expected to move up to #1 during the transition to the new owner for the
old #1 retired. When he was passed over he pitched a fit and threatened to
him aside and laid down the law to him. When he came out of the meeting he was
meek as a lamb. Charlie told him among other things that he was hanging by a thread
and if that snooty talk didn’t stop he was gone. He was told to take a day off
and think about what he had just heard.
When he came
back the next day he was a different person. He was an efficient butler who knew his stuff
and was a great help to me. Charlie said he was going to keep him on since he
got his head on straight and knew his place. He lived in the servant’s quarters
but coveted my apartment over the garage.
had privacy and plenty of room for a single fellow and could easily accommodate
a married couple.
rumored that James had a girlfriend he visited on both his day off and his half
day. I wasn’t interested so I didn’t pursue it.
was butler #3 - Lester
really a butler but filled in when he wasn’t acting as the extra chauffeur.
Most of the family drive themselves to where they are going but on formal
occasions Lester does the driving and waiting for whomever it was he was
I had to
warn him a couple of times about questioning the intelligence of a family
member. I said his thoughts were his own so keep them to himself or else. I
think he got the message and I haven’t had to deal with that problem again. I
believe the threat of being dismissed had something to do with it.
To me it was
like biting the hand that fed him. There was one other issue and that was he
and his wife were separated and their one child lived with her mother. It took
most all of Lester’s salary to make ends meet so he couldn’t afford to lose his
On his time
off he drove for a limo service if they needed an extra driver which was where
he got his fun money. Rumor was he had a girl on the side he seldom could see
because he was so busy working.
Maid # 1
Mimi was the
number one maid and she served Papa and Mama Wynn. She claimed to be French but
her inability to speak the French language fluently gave her away. I thought
she did rather well being from Brooklyn. She
did have the body of a young French maid which Papa Wynn enjoyed looking at.
gave him strict orders to only look and not touch. Since he was afraid of Mama he obeyed her
orders to a tee.
of the Wynn’s always gave Papa a jealous look after seeing her flit about the
room serving the guests especially when she bent over a little. Several tried
to hire her away from the Wynn’s but she wouldn’t leave.
liked Mimi very well and they laughed a lot as they shared stories. Papa was
always left out of their fun time and it made him feel as if they were plotting
some kind of joke to pull on him.
All in all
they both loved having Mimi on staff especially after a big night when they
both felt awful. She would brighten up the morning with her cheerfulness and
happy giggles. Charlie enjoyed having her around and she would be the last one
to go if there was to be a shakeup in the staff (except for me, maybe and oh
Maid # 2 - Jeanie
the maid for Lady Barbra (and of Charlie). She was the oldest and most
organized of them all. She was a single lady who had a limited social life
although she dated occasionally.
went out on a date, Barbra wanted to know every detail about the evening. She
especially wanted to know if her date got fresh with her and he if did how she
responded to his advances.
For Barbra it
was almost like being on the date herself. She liked to tell Jeanie that she
should have done this or not done that. It was one of the most fun times for
her. Lady Barbra had in a short time
came to be heavily dependent on Jeanie to keep her life in order, for she knew
all about fashion and matching the right accessories with the right gown for
the right occasion.
It had come
to the point where Barbra would give Jeanie her schedule and leave it to her to
pick out the right clothes for the event. Every so often Jeanie would say; its
time to go shopping for you don’t have the right attire for a certain event. Of
course Jeanie would go with her and help her pick out the right outfits.
Lady Barbra felt there was a difference in social stature she felt like they
were like sisters in private. She insisted Jeanie go with them on all their
trips and take in everything that wasn’t a formal affair. Barbra has said her
most enjoyable times were when she and Jeanie went out just the two of them.
I believe it
was because Barbra didn’t really have a friend, only acquaintances.
Maid # 3 - Renee
maid number three. She was actually French. She had been in several temporary
arraignments sometimes called a relationship but had enough of that scene.
looking for employment as a ladies maid when Lenore found her on a trip to France and brought her back to America. While they had the usual English-French
differences in opinions they got along famously.
Barbra had no real friends so that fact made it easier for her and Renee to be
pals. When they went shopping they both got new dresses and new whatever else.
This was the only thing in Lenore’s life that wasn’t totally restrained.
almost rude in all her dealing in business and was curt when interacting with
the family. Her relationship with Renee was her only departure from her
demeanor. She would like to have double dated with Renee but that was a step
she wasn’t quite ready to take just yet but had considered it.
Maid # 4 - Tina
number four serviced George and Doris. Tina was best described as being from
the wrong side of the tracks that made good if you call being a maid making it.
She got a
job working for a hotel and they taught her how to restore order to an
accommodation. Since they were sloppy and strew clothes and things all around
her job was usually to do a complete cleaning of the rooms (somewhat like hotel
rooms after a party) each day she worked.
totally brutal for the weekend went without pickups and food scraps were ready
to begin to mold. Tina brought in a garbage can on wheels and started throwing
their garbage in it. After removing the debris she then picked their clothes
and hung them up or took them to the laundry. They didn’t care if their sheets
were changed or not so Tina just changed them a couple times a week.
Then it was
trying to clean the spots out of the carpets… Mondays were the worst. In the
mornings she had to busy herself doing something else because Doris
usually slept in till noon. George got up around eight and went to his car shop
and started tinkering with his cars.
realized the difficulty Tina had keeping their rooms in order so he told Doris if she wanted anything she should go get it herself
for Tina had her hands full.
started to object she found out you don’t mess with Charlie for he told her in
plain terms if she ever asked Tina to do anything other than to clean up their
mess he would throw both of them out in the street.
found Tina and told her if Doris or George ever asked her to serve them
anything to tell him and he would take it to them. That was good news to her
for they constantly interrupted her cleaning wanting something from the kitchen
or the bar.
scullery maids - Ellen and Mary
Being from England the
Wynn’s called two young ladies who did the dirty work in the kitchen and around
the house “Scullery Maids.” It would
been just as well to refer to them as cleaning ladies but the Wynn’s were old
Both of the
girls were taking night classes trying to improve themselves but had to finish
their chores before they left for school. On party nights the cooks wanted them to stay
late to clean up but Charlie wouldn’t stand for it. He wanted them to get their
education and the cleanup could be done in the morning.
decided not to object for they had heard his “Like it or lump it” speech
girls shared a room walking distance from the estate and were getting by with a
little left over. They ate at the estate but rent and school costs left little
grounds keepers consisted of two older men and the nephew of one of them. One
of the sisters (Lonnie) became too friendly with the younger grounds keeper and
Charlie sent him packing when he found out about it.
He then sat
down with Lonnie and said she had to grow up and realize what the difference in
social stature is all about. He said one of the first things she needed to
learn was what it meant to be poor and how the lack of an education played into
people who were raised into those underprivileged surroundings can cope very
well with it but someone who had been catered to all their life can’t make it
there. He explained she was almost broke from foolish spending and she could
never handle living from paycheck to paycheck.
He said we
are going down to where her friend lived and see how they existed. After seeing
the places where the hard working poor had to live Lonnie became ill.
arrived home Charley said playing house with guys who live in poverty can lead
to a difficult existence so think well before you go further into this game you
are playing. If you persist in this folly pack your things, leave and don’t
plan on coming back.
She had a
small temper flare up and stomped out of the room but shortly she came back and
apologized. She said, “I don’t know what I was thinking. As far as I can tell
it was just a little excitement that I was craving.”
“Let that be the last of it but if you pursue that line of conduct again then
you are out of here for I won’t put up with any more foolishness out of you.”
replaced the young man with an older grounds keeper and that solved that issue.
Though Charlie never mention that he got the young man another position
somewhere else for he knew he wasn’t entirely to blame.
maintenance man - Joe
maintenance man is a married man who keeps the place up and running. What he
can’t handle alone he hires some help to do it. At times Joe is almost invisible. He just goes
about his work unobtrusively and has set up a punch list where anyone who has a
problem writes it down and he takes care of it.