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Michael Ivankovich Antiques - Marietta Griswold Caswell Nutting Biography
Mariet was only five years, ten months old when her mother died.She 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 met.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.Mariet was living in Colrain, and Wallace Nutting was acting pastor of the Belleville Avenue Congregational Church in Newark, New Jersey.Wallace was twenty-seven years old and Mariet was thirty-four years old.Mariet was a beautiful woman.Mariet was a tomboy growing up on the farm.Wallace Nutting relates a story of Mariet when she 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floor Mariet was sitting demurely on a pile of hay.Her father looked at her in some wonder that the active child was no longer active.But at length his glance rose to the end of the haypole where ingloriously dangling hung the hoop skirt."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.Mariet, 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.Mariet Nutting was a remarkable woman, who suited Wallace Nutting perfectly.With the help of John Kelly, Mariet created beautiful gardens and reflecting pools, that Wallace Nutting enjoyed photographing.Wallace and Mariet Nutting - A Love Story.