Emerson Hovey

Emerson Bradbury Hovey

Monday, January 19th, 1925 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Emerson Hovey, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Emerson Hovey

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Emerson's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Emerson's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Emerson Bradbury Hovey, 95, passed away peacefully after an illness(unrelated to Covid-19). He is survived by his children, Carson Hovey and wife Shari, Valerie Hovey McCutcheon and her husband Charlie, and 4 grandchildren, Abby, Liam, James and Greg..

Emerson was born in Cambridge, attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols school. Served in World War II in the Army Corp of Engineers building bridges in France.

Emerson Attended Harvard, getting a BS in Chemistry, then worked as a chemist at BB Chemical (later Bostik) his entire career.

Emerson and Nancy Carson (deceased) were married over 60 years. They lived in Wayland, where they had Carson and Valerie. They moved to Nashua, to be near their grandchildren.

Emerson shared a family cottage on Martha’s Vineyard which his grandmother bought, with his sister Evelyn Hovey Baker (deceased). They had many happy memories of large family gatherings.

Services: Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116; The Davis Funeral Home has been placed in charge of arrangements. (603) 883-3401 “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”

Emerson's Military Service: WWII Sept. 43 - Jan 46. Army Rank Sargent. Company C 188th Engineer Combat Battalion 27 months of service. 18 months European Theater of Operations; battles: Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe..Foreman Construction: Supervised building and repairing of bridges, roads, etc.

The following is a transcript of an interview of Emerson, done by a family member:

Interview Recording Transcription
Minor editing to remove ers and ums…

James: When were you born?
Emerson: I was born on January 19th, 1925
J: What was your first car?
E: My first car was a Mercury.
J: What was your first job?
E: My first job; as a young lad, as a young lad; I worked on a farm where they raised sheep in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard.
J: Oh, that’s cool.
E: It was a summer job.
J: They have sheep on Martha’s Vineyard?
E: Yes they do. There are several sheep farms there.
J: Really?
E: They’re mostly Merinos.
J: That’s kinda weird because I wouldn’t think that they’d raise sheep because it’s such a small island.
E: There’s several sheep farms there.
J: Where did you go to elementary school? Or was it called that at the time?
E: It was called Grammar School at the time. And it was the Peabody School in Cambridge. Where I was born. And it was the same school that where both my mother and father went, who were also born in Cambridge.
J: What’s school like; compared to today?
E: I think it was very excellent. It concentrated on English and Geography and Math. And then there were other things like Art and Music and they also had a little manual training one morning a week. For the boys it was wood working, and for girls it was sewing.
J: Did you use the woodworking skills later in life?
E: I like the woodworking very much and I used it many times later. And I built a number of pieces of furniture; like a foot stool, a bread board, a broom hanger, and necktie rack, and a taberay. Which is a small living room table that goes side of your chair. Put your drinks on it!
J: Where did you go to school after?
E: I did indeed. And I went to a private school there and it was called The Brown and Nickel School in Cambridge; and I went there until my Senior year when in the middle of it, I turned age 18, and there was a war going on, World War II, and I was drafted, and had to leave before graduation by about the last term.
J: Almost done school and then you got drafted. That’s fun. So there’s two - there’s two schools in your school system? You went to grammar school and then you went to whatever it was called next?
E: Yeah, I went into the military service in the Army Corps of Engineers. Then I finished school after that; after I came back; I was discharged.
J: Did you go anywhere else after you were discharged? Did you go to a different school after you where discharged?
E: When I was discharged, I came back to Cambridge, and I finished that second half of the senior year and I also took other things such as French and Geometry, Trigonometry, and Algebra. And so the objective was to be prepared to take the CB exams application for college.
J: that sounds familiar. it’s high school basically. Did you go to any colleges?
E: I did indeed. And again, right in Cambridge. And I went to Harvard College.
J: Harvard? Nice.
E: I was told at the school where I prepared, when I was ready to take college boards. Which I did, and I did very well in them; because of my background.
J: Makes sense. What was the college board? Was it like a test or something?
E: The college board was given in various subjects and I took the one in English and I took the one in French which I’d become quite familiar with after my military service in France. And then I took another one, in Mathematics.
J: Sounds a little bit familiar to the SAT these days. I forget what it stands for, but it’s basically a pretty big test, and it’s so long. What was Harvard like for you; I mean going to this incredible school; as it is today. Is it different than it was?
E: Harvard was very familiar to me, because living in Cambridge as young lad growing up, Harvard offered some things like their swimming pool; on Saturday morning we went there; and we had an hour of swimming, which included a half an hour of instruction and a half an hour of a free swim. And before that, we used to come early, we were allowed to go up to the Gymnasium; and there was a huge court; three basketball courts.
There was a supervisor who welcomed us and he organized us into a little game of touch football. And so we did that until the pool opened; and then he dismissed us to the pool; for a swim.
J: Cool. In the classrooms, was it was really crowded? I heard from people it was.
E: Certain classrooms were crowded. And our individual classrooms had twenty people in ‘em. For instance, I took a course in English, which was required; everyone had to take it; we took a strenuous bit in Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension, and writing a small paragraph of the subject of your choice.
J: Hmmm
E: And in the French class I was able to get into Advanced French and I first took a course in French Writing.
J: French Writing.
E: And my next course was of course French study of the country. Which included things like the social structures, and political set ups and the various museums and the points of interest for a tourist, many of which I had seen while I was there. And I found it was a very easy course for me because I had had all that background and I spoke the language; by then, just about fluent.
J: That’s cool. So it seems like you’ve done a lot with French so far. Were you focusing a career towards French or anything?
E: No I wasn’t. I was taking courses that I knew I could do well in; in college and then something that I could use later. Which I indeed did.
J: How’d you use it later?
E: I used it first, after graduation I took a course when I was working, which was about – the town where I lived. And it was French. So I got a review on everything that I had already known and it gave me a chance to do a little bit of talking about my experiences in that country. And another place I used it, of course is on visits to France.
J: You actually went and visited France?
E: We went to visit France on a trip; a family trip
J: Cool
E: We took went and we toured around France; which we enjoyed a great deal. And saw the things that I wanted to revisit, and I had quite an interesting bit of experience there, but unfortunately, most of the friends I had made, during my military service, had gone to other places to live or had gone on to live with their families and some of them, had just plain disappeared and none of the neighbors really knew exactly where they had gone. Which was a little disappointing to me.
J: Yeah. So you made a bunch of friends in the military?
E: Yes I did. My military service, as I mentioned previously, drafted me from my secondary school. And I was sent to Fort Devons where I became a Buck Private, which was the lowest rank. The lowest rank you could be other than prisoner. And I received a little introduction to the military. Like learning to march. Everywhere we marched; because when we left from one place of instruction to another. We arrived together. If we just were told to regroup over there, there’d be a lot of stragglers. But when you marched, everybody arrived at the same time.
J: That makes sense
E: And that was the purpose of the marching. It got you from one place to another; in a group.
And then, after this little bit of training, which lasted about 10 days, the Reception Center broke up and the recruits there were sent on to their more formal military training so that the Reception Center could receive new recruits. I was selected to go to The Corps of Engineers. Where I became an engineer. Some people went to the Infantry, some went into other things; but The Core of Engineers is where I went; and there I received training in what the engineers did in warfare. And one of the things that was important was building bridges over waterways. Because in the theater of war, the first thing a retreating enemy did was to blow up the bridges behind ‘em.
So that you couldn’t catch up to them. They blew up the bridges over the rivers. We learned, first of all to build Pontoon Bridges. And these were a bunch of rubber inflatables.
And we put a ramp over them and fastened them down. We built a launch from the riverside to the other side and trucks; and actually passed over these things and then we got into building bridges across ravines.
E: And we were sent to West Virginia. And there were mountains in West Virginia; it was very hilly country. And we built cable bridges for people. And this was to get the Infantry across a ravine to join their colleges in battle. We strung cables from trees, if they were available, or else we put uprights of huge 6 by 6 beams.
We strung the cables, and from the cables we dropped smaller cables with a loop in the end. And then there were cables they were strung across though the loops.
There was wooden platforms laid down across these members, and then we had a platform in which the troops could walk on to get to the other side. And after that, we moved in to a place up in New York. And it was a; a camp where we learned to do some of the things there that were going to be needed for a solider to know and we had a course a tools as engineers that we built things like roads and we had road graders which dug and smoothed off a place where vehicles could run.
E: We made a ditch on either side which we made with our hand tools; we cut a ditch across and we put in a drain pipe, which we called a cauldron so that when we had a heavy rain, the rain ran off the crap of the road to the sides. And from the high side it ran through the cauldron and drained off.
J: OK, so when did you get your first house?
E: You forgot the war.
J: What about the war?
E: Well, from New York, we were suddenly sent over to Europe. And we got on a boat. It was formally a cruise liner; The Maratania. And we were shipped over to England. And we went to a camp in England where we grouped until there were ships ready to take us over to Europe.
E: At this time the Germans had been driven back pretty much from the beachhead, so we left for Southern England on these LSTs which were ships that took men and motor vehicles. We went over to France and we were discharged at Utah Beach in France.
E: And from there our group was formed and we joined our regiment and we became members of the 3rd army
J: The 3rd army?
E: General Patton was in command of that army.
E: We went across France, we liberated town after town, we came to a blown up bridge, we stopped there until we repaired it. If we came to a river; we put a bridge across that. When we got to the Sauer, which was the end of the French quarter, we were then surprised by an attack from the Germans. It was the last attack that the Germans were able to make. It was called the Battle of the Ardends. The “Battle of the Bulge” it was called among the troops
J: The Battle Of The Bulge
E: Yes, because it was a line of troops that came into Belgium. We were sent north. Suddenly, we were told to pack up everything you owned and get in the truck. And you got an hour to do it. Where are we going? Shut up and get on the truck!
J: Heh heh
E: So, we got on the truck. And we went north. Our first stop was in Longe which was in Northern France and we camped overnight. And then we went to Arlon and we were in a strange environment. They were still speaking French. But now we were in Belgium and then where we began to fight the Battle of the Bulge. And we attacked this line of invasion right in the middle. And meanwhile, the first army and the British Army attacked from the north so that between the two of us we cut off a huge, , amount of the last of the significant fighting Germans. And the rest fled back into Germany.
We pursued them into Prüme, Germany. Next we came into the Rhine River. Suddenly we got another call. We had to go put up another bridge. And we went down, down the Rhine to sound to the city of Koblenz. The first thing we did is we put together bunches of these pontoons. These were wooden boats where were hollow, they later supported bridgework. But the troops could get into the wooden boats which had outboard motors. And we ferried troops across the Rhine. As soon as we landed, they jumped out. We came back as fast as we could, picked up another bunch. And got them over to push the Germans back, so we could then begin building our bridge. And then, we took these ferry boats, and we put the bridge supports across them. And we put anchors upstream because the Rhine was a very fast moving river. So we had to put in great heavy anchor like things, we bought locally from the cement departments and the junk yards. We used anything that would anchor and hold our bridge supplies. We got the bridge put across. We got the bridge across. We got the troops and tanks going over the bridge. And then, we went over the bridge ourselves and into Germany. Where we began to travel across Germany. And, our jobs there were bridges. And the Germans had a fine system of turnpikes. They were called autobahns.
These were very wide turnpikes. And the bridges were all blown up but. So we replaced those bridges with our bailey bridges. And we kept going, One to the next. And, repairing, patching up roads so troops could move. We stopped in a place in Germany that was very near the Czechoslovakian border. And it was called. Stattroada. And we were then converted to an army of occupation. What we did there was we got the town moving and operating again. Got the lumber yards going, and the various industries, so that that town could function again. And then the next thing that happened, the Japanese surrendered, and the war ended.
So, we were sent down into Austria, where we did a few engineering jobs, until we could have a ship to take us back to the United States.
One day we got the message. Pick up everything we own. Get on the trucks! Where are we going? Get on the truck and shut up! And so we went up to Antwerp, and we were loaded onto these ships, and again they were small. ships, not big ocean liners, but they were capable of crossing the Atlantic.
It was a very rough crossing. As we left Belgium, through the English Channel, we went down Southern England and off of Spain. Went across the southern waters where it was less rough and we returned to the United States. From there we were shipped up to a camp that was in the area where your home was.
And so again, pack up everything you got! Guys went to their various camps. I went back to Fort Devons again. There, we got our honorable discharges. And, other handshaking. And we got all of the things that we had earned. I had earned a rifleman’s badge. Which was a sharp shooter. A little medal I could wear on my left hand chest. And then I had beside it a ribbon which was the ETO, the European Theater of Operations. And on that ribbon I had 4 stars, that we could put on that ribbon, and those represented our battles.
The first was the Battle of Northern France. And then there was the Battle of Central France. And the Battle of the Bulge. And the Battle of Central Germany. I put those on.
I had a third ribbon, a good conduct ribbon. And with a good conduct ribbon meant that you were never late in returning when you were given a leave of absence and that you didn’t punch the sergeant in the face, and that you got along with your fellow colleagues and soldiers and you were classified as a good, desirable soldier.
From there, we were got in a taxi, those of us that were going to Boston. We were civilians, not soldiers, still wearing uniforms. And we could wear those until we could get appropriate civilian clothes. And we went down to Boston when we went through Cambridge, I asked them to stop and let me out. I walked home, which about 2 blocks. There was the family all surprised to see the soldier boy home as a civilian.
J: that must’ve been nice…
E: My next job was to go to college, finish education, and to buy some civilian clothes, because I had outgrown everything I had left behind. I had grown a little after 18 years old in the service. And nothing fit very well any longer. With secondary school finished, and my college education, I then went out to search for a job.
In college we had certain requirements, and one was to concentrate in a certain field. I chose the field of chemistry. I went to see what there was around and within a about a mile, there was a place called BB Chemical Company. The letters stood for Boston Blanking Company. And they were bought by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation. And so they returned.
United Shoes was in the business of making shoes, and the BB Chemical made adhesives. One of my assignments was to make adhesives. And the adhesives were used sticking soles on shoes. All women’s shoes practically were held on by adhesives. The carpets in places where peopled walked through , stores and buildings are held down by adhesives. So they won’t shift.
We sold another thing, leather finishes. We supplied the leather industry. And the shoe industry again. When the shoe was finished, they put on these dressings, and , they made the shoe suitable so it could take a polishing. And was ready for lacquering. And then the leather industry sides of leather. A side of leather is cut in two after the skinning of the animal. A big piece of leather slit from the neck to the tail. And there are two sides. That’s why the leather is called sides. It makes them easier to handle. And they fit into the machinery, to stamp out the shoe parts, and other parts being made out of leather. And so we did this leather finishing. And we put on these finishes. The last thing that was put on, is a lacquer to color the leather and then it’s finished. And that was my job at that time. Until the company moved again to Middleton
We had our manufacturing plant in Middleton, Massachusetts. And I was sent up there. And I became in charge of quality control (QC)
J: What does that mean?
E: QC is to make sure that the products you make test up to standard. And that the raw materials that you buy are what we agreed to buy from the supplier. And I worked in that and then I was set down to take charge of a laboratory where I became, the National Quality Control Manager, which was one step down from a Vice President.
J: That’s pretty big.
E: There are two terms of manager, as a Quality Manager and Manager of Quality. When the Manager comes first, is what your title is. And I remained there until I reached retirement age. I turned 65 and I was programmed through my working career that at 65 I’d have a pension, I’d have social security but then we had a savings plan. And I had kept that, so I took that out. And then I had the investments of a few other bonds that I had accumulated and I went into retirement with them.
J: What did you do during retirement? Because I mean you have your job and then suddenly you don’t have your job anymore. Like what did you do afterwards?
E: At retirement, I went home where I had almost 2 acres to take care of, and I could do that at my leisure. The first big job in the fall was raking the leaves in the forest as they came down. Taking them off; and dumping them down in the woods and that took almost a week to do. And of course, cleaned out the gutters, and I washed the outside windows. We had patios in the back and the front made out of big square green blocks, and I kept those level. Along our driveway, there was a steep slope up, so I built a wall out of railroad ties.
J: Railroad ties?
E: We got the railroad ties from a lumber place. I bought a trailer, and I lugged them home in the trailer. We built this wall, and it held up all the slope behind and I filled in more behind the slope. In the winter time, I had this long driveway, which I had had to plow, and it was 250 feet so I got a big snow blower and I snowblew that every time it snowed; and that was sometimes more than one day. We would plow a path down to the mail box and a place to drive the car in and walk up. And then I would plow the rest of it. And we could bring our cars up. All that snow I plowed had to be shoveled up over the bank.
J: Over the bank?
E: Over the railroad ties. so that there would be room to put the next snow blowings. And so that can be pretty busy. Another thing we did, we had a bunch of neighbors. They were all very friendly. And we exchanged what you would call cocktail parties. And then one of the neighbors got up a dance group. And those that were interested joined the dance group. And we rented a hall in one of the local golf clubs wherever one was available. And they hired a little band and we did dances; and then the instructor taught us some of the dances that were new dances coming along. And the Big Apple had gone out of date by then but there were some other things coming along. And so we had a lot of fun doing that. And then this went on for quite a number of years.
Meanwhile, we sent our children to college. One to Bates and one to University of Hartford.
J: Who went to which one?
E: Well, Brad went to University of Hartford. And Val went to Bates. And then when they got through then they had to find a job.
J: Heheh
E: Val found a job with a computer company. She learned about computers. And Brad got through. He did something similar. And then there was an opportunity in Nashua. Up here.
E: Where they got into the company you know.
J: Compaq?
E: Where, Val used to walk to work sometimes.
J: Yeah. 15 minutes away.
E: And your dad worked there. And I guess she met Charlie there.
J: Yep
E: And and well, Val and Charlie got married. Charlie had a house. You know where that is. And they lived there. And I think their first child was born there.
J: Mmmm I think so too.
E: And then Brad had a place. And he got married. There was a girl who came in. And Brad said she was on a trip there or something and Brad came in to the room to deliver something or say something when he left, the girl says ‘who was that?’. See that you meet him. So she did. And you know what happened.
J: Yep
E: They started going out together. And, do you know what happened then?
J: What happened?
E: They got married. You know what happened then?
J: what happened then?
E: They had a baby. You know who she was?
J: Abby.
E: She was the first girl grandchild. Meanwhile, what we do here I guess is well known to you. We usually go out to dinner Saturdays. During the week we go to your house, and Nancy has some old friends back in Wayland. She goes back, Mary Jane, two or three others that were a group, that used to have lunch together once a month. But I call ‘em the Eating Ladies.
And she still keeps up with them. My acquaintances in Cambridge, Wayland and are all no longer there. Everybody I know is right here in Nashua now. Now, I recently went over to ; it’s not a home but it’s a place where the elderly are welcome. And they offer games and social events there. They have pool and billiards. And card games. And so forth. One of the table games that interested me was Mahjong.
So I have arranged to take some instruction in Mahjong. It’s a Chinese game. Originally I guess. But we had a game like that when I was a child. But it was just a play thing to me. And nobody knew how to play it. It was a thing that was inherited in the family. But grandparents played it and so I will learn how to play Mahjong and perhaps I will take up Bridge again; which I haven’t played in nearly 50 years. I enjoyed and I wasn’t very good at it. And your mother and I always got skonked when we played Bridge. And we, we changed partners and we still got wacked.
J: Heheh
E: And so we found took some Bridge instruction. And the people we played with seemed to have played all their lives. Their parents played. But anyway I hope to maybe take up some of that. The only other thing I do is make trips to our summer cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. There’s a variety of things to do there. We enjoy our front porch.
J: Yep
E: Have a view of the water. We’re we are within a 5 minute walk of the beach. And we have a surf beach if we want to drive to it. And we have various other places to go. Such as Gayhead which is known for its cliffs.
J: Yep its-
E: Of clay! In various colors! It’s alleged to be the only place in the world.f
J: Really?
E: There are lots of clay cliffs. But not in multiple colors. And so we enjoy always seeing that. And there’s a nice little tea room there where we have lunch. And then my sister has a house there nearby in Menempsa. When she’s there, we usually stop by and visit, and the children are with us, there’s a nice big tree there where the turkeys roost at night; we had lots of wild turkeys on the island. The kids climb up on those little branches and they can walk out on them. And they can go out on to the dock and watch all the fishing boats. Talk to the people on the dock. So, then we come home, again. Lay down time. Time to prepare another meal and go to bed. And that ends that day. Until we come home again. We stay until the first of August and by then, members of my sister’s family from Virginia and out west and one from Hartford come down with their families and guests and they occupy from August to September. And from the end of September the Hoveys get a few days. And the weather’s usually quite favorable. Into early October. And so we enjoy that. Columbus Day holiday and a couple of other weekends before we close up. Because we have to shut off the water so it doesn’t freeze during the winter.
J: Yeah, closing up.
E: Yeah. And that’s takes time on the Vineyard. Until the next year.
J: Until the next year. Ok, how long were you at the Vineyard for –how long were you actually going there for?
E: When I was a young lad.
J: Yeah like when did you first start going to Martha’s Vineyard?
E: Oh! We had the house 2 years before I was born. Granma bought the house because; of an old myth. My mother was might have vapors if she had a period in the hot Cambridge. So we got a cool place for her to go. So she wouldn’t get the vapors. And so we generally went down as soon as school closed. And that was usually the last week of June. We stayed there through July. Grandmother was down there. She did the cooking and bought the food and then the first of August my mother’s brother Preston came down with his family. And then they closed up by Labor day. Closed for the winter. Before the hurricanes came. All the spooks came out of the ocean then.
When we had a storm, the chairs on the porch, which were all Kennedy Rockers, and the wind blew them, they rocked back and forth. My father used to tell me ‘see those chairs rocking? Know what that is? That’s dead people. People that used to live here. They enjoyed it so much, they come back and rock on the porch for good weather.’ The chairs would rock, we didn’t turn ‘em over. At night, they would move back, until the back of the chair tapped on the window. And we would wake up, with our hair standing on end. My father would say ‘those are spooks that are doing that. They want to get in here. ‘ We keep the door locked. So, that was a spooky night at the Vineyard.
J: Hahah, so did you believe the ghost story?
E: Well, I believed them until I began to tell them in school. And my colleagues made fun of me, saying that there were no such things. My mother had beautiful colors on the house. She said she wanted the house to look gay like the fairies there. The painters were lookin’ at each other ‘(pretends to make shocked noises) she wants the house to look like fairies?’ And then that was when I learned there were no such things as fairies.
J: Heh-haha
E: Fairies! When you had a tooth come out, the fairies came in the night and they took your tooth. And they left a dollar on the table. From the fairies said the note. And then, the spooks were another thing. And there was things that you tried to avoid. So you got home before it got dark. Because the spooks came out into the dark. Well that was most of the spirits and things. And I soon learned at school that were no such things.
One of the things I guess all kids ask their parents is ‘where do babies come from?’ We were told that the stork brought them.
J: Stork?
E: My sister was told that story. My father told her, when I was born, my sister was sent over to Grandma’s. So that there would be no kid around the house – cuz I was born at home. And so when she wanted to know how the stork came he said well, dad heard a fluttering of wings at the front door. So he went down and there was the stork with me in a napkin. And he handed me to my father. And the stork as he flew away, he said ‘good luck to you’.
J: What about like the radio? What did you think of the radio?
E: The radio was the only thing for outside entertainment we had in the home. Because there was no television, we didn’t have any movie projectors so we got a radio. I was in the first grade, the radio was delivered. And it was, I guess about four feet tall
J: That’s big.
E: Cool Hanks and the end was a guided crested ? It required an antenna. Which went up across the wall, up the window, over the top, down the other side. The radio didn’t receive well. We couldn’t get New York stations if we didn’t have the antenna. And so on the radio, there were kids programs. The first one that I liked was Little Orphan Annie. And then there was another one. Came right afterwards called Jack Armstrong: The All American Boy.
E: And then after super, there was a cowboy one. And there was the H Bar O Ranch in Texas. And they dealt with Wrestlers and things so that was we learned quite a few new words like Wrestlers and so forth. And heifers. All those things they did on the ranch. And then later at night, of course I - I was put to bed because I had to go to bed at 8 o’ clock in the first grade. And then
Eventually I saved enough money to buy a radio. And I had a little radio that I got in the Sears Rolluck. In a while case. It was about 10 inches long, 6 inches high, 4 inches deep. It went on my desk. And I played the radio there, ‘til my family caught me. Made me shut it off while I was doing my homework. Because I couldn’t listen to the radio while doing my homework.
J: Because you’d be distracted.
E: Yeah.
J: That sounds a bit familiar. It was great interviewing you. Thanks for being interviewed.
E: Oh my pleasure. Not too many people are all together interested in what I’ve been doing. And particularly in the mischief I got into.
J: Haha
E: So I’m flattered to be asked.
J: Ok. I was hoping you would be.
E: When I asked my father where I came from, he said he went to the Baby Store. He told the salesman “I want that funny one on the top shelf.”
J: Haha
E: I then asked my father: “do you think I’m funny?”
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Emerson Bradbury Hovey, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Emerson

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Emerson Bradbury Hovey.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Emerson here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of Emerson Bradbury Hovey by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: