By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Last month, the story of my grandfather (Pop-pop) found its way into the posts on this blog and I held a book giveaway, deciding to offer a free book to each one of the six ladies who left a comment. If you were one of those winner and haven't heard from me about your free book, let me know in the comments.
If you missed last month's post, you can view it here: https://www.hhhistory.com/2021/06/living-legacy-book-giveaway.html.
This month, I'll be sharing about how my great-grandfather provided clams and oysters to the White House and received personal thanks from the President himself.
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER, DANIEL WESLEY GAULT, SR.
|Daniel W. Gault, Sr. &|
Carrie (Jester) Gault
When you travel just a little north of Chincoteague, you run into highway 50, which takes you across the Chesapeake Bay and straight into Washington, D.C. Another part of my family had been immersed in the Washington society for over 100 years prior to World War I through their involvement with the Washington elite as well as the politicians who frequented the Galt Jewelers retail location. This is the same line of Galt's who owned and operated the Galt Jewelers I referenced last month, the oldest business in the District, founded and opened in 1802.
|President Woodrow Wilson &|
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
|President Woodrow Wilson|
This continued for the next seven years and through World War I, while Wilson remained president. Although my great-grandfather focused his work as a barber and provided those services to many friends and family on Chincoteague Island, as well as customers coming from the mainland, he reserved a special batch of the personal clams and oysters he harvested for the president and his cousin.
|handwritten letter from|
|typed letter from|
To this day, those two letters are enclosed in protective sheets, and the copies of the other four are in a folder with them. Did I make a mistake in selling four of those letters? I don't believe so, but I am curious what happened to them, and if I'll ever see them again.
|front face of $10 gold coin|
|rear face of $10 gold coin|
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Select one unique fact from the post above that stood out to you and share why it appealed to you.
* Have you ever been to The White House, whether on a tour or for some other reason? When did you go and why?
* Do you have any connection to any American president, no matter how small? What is it? Could be as simple as being somewhere to hear a president give a speech live or attending an inauguration ceremony.
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Next month, I'll be sharing about my great-grandfather's cousin (Edith Galt) who married President Woodrow Wilson while he was president. Come back on the 9th of August to find out more.
award-winning, best-selling author and speaker who is also an advocate for literacy as an educational consultant with Usborne Books. She loves to share life-changing products and ideas with others to help better their lives.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children, two dogs, and two cats in Colorado. She has sold twenty (24) books so far and is represented by Tamela Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook and GoodReads.