The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 22, 1925 · Page 49
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 49

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 22, 1925
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Sunday THE PALM BEACH MAGAZINE ne Fm Moneg Ffewmment CH it ft' ri ofie 1 iflt -fit 1 ' WAt Tet Mus Never Stop Scrimping, Saving and Dodging of. ' . - , v Publicity to V1 5ma Allowance Ma ,M & -XL ; f 4 V Doled Out by Their Very 1 " , Frugal Father. 41 1' .'1 T was one Summer afternoon at Bar Harbor I fl and they wanted to rent a motorboat a group of boys just approaching their teens, f A - t hit hul 'k , Some of them were rich men's sons and some were not, but they all put in their dollar. And they needed a dollar more. "Hi, fellers!" one of them called. "Hera comes the Rockefeller kid! Now we'll get it!" The proposition was explained to the grandson of the richest man in the world, who listened in gloomy silence. "Aw," he burst out finally, "who do you' think I am a Vanderbilt? I've only got a dollar and I've got to save it or carfare!" Then a year or so later the Rockefeller kid's sister Abby was "handed a ticket" for speeding on Riverside Drive, New York City, with a lot of newspaper publicity resulting. "Oh," said her friends, "too bad! Now she won't have the new gown she's been talking about, for her allowance will probably be docked and she won't be able to afford it! "It's awful," they sighed, "not to have money to spend because you're poor. But to be rich SJf1 Phlegmatic Rockefn,. v.i'iwv.,imi;iji, Icuxl: l f iitric At t-i ... n. Five Little Rockefellers, Sons of John D., Jr., Taking a Walk on Fifth Avenue with Their " Governess. sophically. It is Abbv, who fe d h friends as a "bundle of 'ncwes Mm l itd by hor through everything she does, that Speeds finds if: linrrl tr. a... 1- Abby Rockefeller, Oldest Child cf John D., Junior, Who Has Been Reared on a small Allowance and Is Now About To Marry a 1'oor Young Man. strictly disciplined life. Probably she was wonderin how she might stretcn her al- lowance to buy Freed of Blame in Abby's Arrest and still not have pin money how exasperating!" And curious as it may seem, that's exactly the predicament of the rich little Rockefellers, Abby, who is twenty-one, and her five brothers, the eldest of whom is John, twenty, and the youngest, David, eight. For their father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who declares that he "never had any boyhood but was born grown-up," holds fast to the ideals of frugality, hard work and the conservative respectability that concerns itself with keeping out of the limelight of publicity. These were the ideals that governed the career of his father from the time the Oil King was a penniless boy, going barefooted to school and doing such chores as milking and chopping wood to earn a few pennies for books. And probably he is the only rich man's son in America who has been willing to accept the standards of his father's lean days instead of 1 i:(v cjrjiar'MV Ainf vnniK ' it H Bfl Complete vindication yesterday was accorded Patrolman Edward Vi T PrisS 1 Her R. Fleming,- who summonsed Miss Abby Rockefeller for speeding, when Commissioner Enrlghl an The other boys, however, who attend the Lincoln School of Teachers' College in uptown New York City, are obliged to figure carefully. Every morning for years they rode from their home on East Fifty-fourth street to 123rd street on the top of a bus. But since the ten-cent fare each way was paid out of their own pockets, they " decided to save eighty cents a day by using one of the twelve otherwise idle family cars. "Think of it," said their friends, 'twenty cents a day meaning so much to children who live in a nine-story house with a big nasium, private hospital, huge ballroom and a vault for valuables in one - of the three jsafnm. basements !" TS The boys, '' ever, who have the iLt V nounced the patrolman would be transferred back to the motorcycle squad to-day.- Oil Z in. Njr Vur Fleming served a summons on i L' 'I OF0"7 Two Press Clippings That Resulted from Abby Rockefeller's Speeding Pro- Miss Rockefeller, .daughter of John P, Rockefeller. Jr., on May 14, fol- wnicn Magistrate Marsh nee, although she pensiUcs. an array of new togs for her debutante outfit when she put her foot on the accelerator that day on Riverside Drive and flew along without looking at the speedometer. Anyway she was charged with driving much faster than the law allows, and in Traffic Court the next day records showed that it was the second time she had exceeded the speed limit! The Nine-Story New lork Home of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. the luxury which he grew into. When Abby's engagement to David M. Milton, a young New York lawyer, was announced recently, the first thought of hundreds of bachelors may have been, "The lucky chap to marry a girl with millions." But Abby is said to have a very small income and an allowance of only $100 a month. The man of her choice is poor, too, and they have agreed to live in a modest apartment. A simple wedding, without pomp and splendor, is planned. So evidently Abby will find it necessary to carry on after marriage the same frugal ideas of living that were part of her training beforehand. However, there will bo romance in her wedding, for young Dave Milton was her childhood playmate and it was he who averted trouble for her and handled her case when she was twice summoned to court for speeding. The other day Abby's grandfather, John D., senior, expressed himself forcibly on the evils of giving young people too much money, in a trust deed by which he gave his daughter, Mrs. Edith Rockefeller McCormick, a fortune of eight million dollars, with power to leave the fund to charity instead of to her children if she so desired. "I am more concerned lest they receive too much rather than too little," was his warning. And Rockefeller, junior, echoed lus father's sentiment: "Too much wealth is not good for children," he declared. "They should Tliere was a great deal printed about Abby in the newspapers, and it was just the sort of publicity disliked by her father. Because of that her allowance is said to have been docked. "It's just like holding a job 1" New York society said. "If she keeps out of the spotlight she draws her pay. Otherwise she's docked! And it's so hard for Abby to be a shrinking violet." But Abby has a last resort. It's Grandfather. And it was after a hurried visit to him that she turned up in Paris one day with a car all her-own, it is said. It wasn't a conservative, priced motor, such as those standing in the garage at home either, but a long, low, rakish racer with a speed limit of a hundred and twenty miles an hour. i k And when cable dispatches ' s stated that she drove it ft 1 fp'V- " John D. Rockefeller, Jr, Playing .Squash on the RtKif of the Whitehall Club, New-York City. ft?1. at ninety miles down the Champs Elysees the very first time she took it out, people wondered whether Daddy Rockefeller docked her allowance again. Distaste for the limelight does not belong exclusively to John D., Junior, however. Other members of the Rockefeller clan share it, influenced, no doubt, by the lifelong refusal of John D., Senior, to figure in the public eye. There is Isabel Rnplrof oi ler, daughter of Percy, who was discovered recently teachine bioloe-v in TphpIi be taught to do needful things lor themselves, not to depend upon others hired to do their work for them. Nothing else will' so train the will and form the habit of accepting responsi- k'lnorder to carry out his ideals in his own home Mr. Rockefeller puts his children on allow ances as carefully graded and as inexorable su any wage scale ever devised. When the little Rockefellers were seven yean old they were given $1.20 per month. A third . of this was to be saved, a third for benevolence-church, charity and so on and a third to spend. Fancy the sons of a millionaire with only forty-cents a month to buy lollipops, toys and the other things youngsters like! Furthermore, they were required to keep a strict accounting of expenditures. If accounts were not straight, frT-;?;.-the allowance was cut. Also it was cut tor -various other causes, among them inl'n etions of established rules of good conduct. The allowance scale was raised as the ohu- , . dren grew older. At .fifteen they were givtn ! about eight per month. Now, smi e the oldest boy, John, is attending boat ding , school, ko doesn't worry much about liid means. fc,.A. lege, and who dodges back and forth between her home and the school to avoid publicity. "Isabel is afraid of having her allowance docked," say the friends of the family, "if her name appears in the newspapers. "While she i n't intimate with her cousin Abby, her education has been marked with the ame simplicity, which accounts for her having adopted a profession which requires the greatest earnestness and hard work." And this is the predicament of preaicament ol John I). Rockefeller, 1 Fr, (Jives Six. Cents a Nickel to Save and a Penny to Spend to a Little Friend in Tarry town, N. Y. tne rich little Kocketell kefellers. livv.A 111 They I VIpJ es and have pin Kliirj I 5ZrH.r1 may obey the rule money or do as they please anu they please anu go uroKei Newapnpor Featurg Ser?(oe, 1025. ' ,1. "

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