was only five years, ten months old when her
grew up without a mother.
Her nephew, Wayne Caswell, was five years old when Mariet
married his father, and became his stepmother.
Growing up, Mariet
attended the local grammar school and completed grades 1-8.She then went on to attend high school at the Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
...I had the pleasure of visiting the Griswold home in Buckland, Massachusetts where Mariet was born and grew up.
They said Mariet
would affectionately call Wallace Nutting
, "Uncle Dud", "Uncle Wallace" or just "Mr.
They described Mariet
as short in stature, about 5'2", with good posture.Mariet
did not drive and rode in the back seat of the car.I asked how Mariet
and Wallace Nutting
The story of Wallace
and Mariet Nutting
is a love story.
Behind every successful man, there is a woman, and Mariet
was the woman behind Wallace Nutting
was living in Colrain, and Wallace Nutting
was acting pastor of the Belleville Avenue Congregational Church
in Newark, New Jersey.
was twenty-seven years old and Mariet
was thirty-four years old.
was a beautiful woman.
was a tomboy growing up on the farm.Wallace Nutting
relates a story of Mariet
was seven years old."Squire Griswold, much of a local politician, always entertained, as head selectman, on election day, and, as ever on the farm, the farmer guests would want to inspect the barn, the farm factory.On one occasion Mariet
was following the dares of her
playmate brother, and jumping off the great haymow to the hay that lay on the barn floor.There was a long hay pole protruding from the hayrack.While parachutes were unusual in those days, the little girl did wear, like the grownups, the flaring hoop skirt.As the flyer went down, the bottom wire of the crinoline creation caught over the end of the pole and Mariet comfortless but unhurt hung between two worlds.She
heard the 'assembled farmers' approaching at this dramatic moment.Something 'had to give.' It did give!And just as the company rounded into the barn floor Mariet
was sitting demurely on a pile of hay.Her
father looked at her
in some wonder that the active child was no longer active.But at length his
glance rose to the end of the haypole where ingloriously dangling hung the hoop skirt." Mariet
, an incomparable pacemaker.
...Mariet, the gardener.
...Mariet, a wise and dependable leader.
" ... my wife has been a wise and dependable leader, unswerved by any influence however subtle or powerful, away from the highest ideals of love and service.In my parishes when I was called and received awkward or tactful inquiries about my wife, I always replied that she
suited me perfectly."
"When I left a church, it always looked hopefully about for a better man, but always said, 'We shall never get another pastor's wife equal to Mrs. Nutting.' "Mariet
, an accomplished speaker.
, with perfect taste."With perfect taste she
has arranged all the posings in my numerous pictures, _'everything antique but the girl.' With little care whether Queen Anne or King Charles, Colonial or Federal, predominated in the setting, she
has thrown the sweet, warm human touch over all."Wallace Nutting
dedicated Vermont Beautiful to Mariet
After Wallace Nuttings
death, Mariet Nutting
was interviewed in an article written by Virginia Rose Wilde that appeared in "The Springfield Sunday Union And Republican" on October 19, 1941.
Quoting from the newspaper article, "Mariet Griswold Nutting
says that she
expects to live a long time because she
has a great deal to do.
was a remarkable woman, who suited Wallace Nutting
With the help of John Kelly, Mariet
created beautiful gardens and reflecting pools, that Wallace Nutting
...Wallace and Mariet Nutting - A Love Story.