LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR AN IRISH SERVANT

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LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR AN IRISH SERVANT

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MATT REIDY

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Interview with Matt Reidy:
My paternal grandmother, Mary Kett, was 18 years old when she came to Worcester from Ireland in 1907. It was a time when many Irish immigrants were servants and laborers, and she worked at 10 Oxford Street for Mrs. Gilman, the wife of a prominent physician in Worcester. In 1914, Mrs. Gilman wrote Mary this letter of reference because “she is leaving me to go to I reland.” In fact, Mary Kett remained in Worcester until her death in 1960, marrying John Reidy in 1915 and raising three children. To me, this piece of family history represents the American story of immigrants who come here, stay, raise families and succeed.

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LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR AN IRISH SERVANT

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“LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR AN IRISH SERVANT,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/33.

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