Daily News from New York, New York on May 10, 1931 · 6
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Daily News from New York, New York · 6

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Sunday, May 10, 1931
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SUNDAY; NEWS, MAY' 10, 1931 The Life Story of 6 Do How Roosevelt Family Split Up Politico Boyhood; lly; the Fate's Governor Cruel Blow Mr. Sommeru sketched the early political life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his Interesting narrative last Sunday. Now he details Roosevelt's boyhood, young manhood end family life. Go on with the story.- ...... By MARTIN SOMMERS. . MiE early Roosevelts were poor, and so were' the Huguenot and Scotch an-- cestors that have produced Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the governor's wife and sixth cousin, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Poor, but ambitious every bit as ambitious as the Roosevelts of today, reinforced as today's Roosevelts are by the deeds of the worshiped T. R. There were extraordinary influences m Koosevelt s boyhood around his father s Dutch ess county farm, where he built shacks Tom Sawyer fashion and played Indian with Edmund I'. Rogers, now president, of the I-ulton I rust company. These influences shaped his in-f During the North-South war all tollect as well as his character, and enabled him to become the many sided man that he is. They must be understood if Roosevelt is to be weighed properly today. It was during the days of Gov. Roosevelt's grandfather that these Roosevelts in Dutchess county came to be called "the Roosevelts up the river." , Right here we'll explain why Gov. Roosevelt is a Democrat while the "Oyster Bay Roosevelts" -the branch that produced the governor's wife, born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and her famous uncle, old Theodore Roosevelt-were Republicans. There were tr e branches the Oyster Bay Roosevelts," "the Roosevelts up the river," and "the New York City Roosevelts." All the' Roosevelts were Democrats until the Civil war New York Democrat! who never had left the state since their immigrant ancestor came here in 1614. the Roosevelts became "Lincoln Democrats" and voted for Lincoln, just as in 1928 many Democrats who didn't like Alfred E. Smith became "Hoover Democrats" and voted for Hoover. "But after the war," Gov." Roosevelt himself explains it, "all the Roosevelts returned to the regular Democratic fold except T. R.'s father, Theodore of Oyster Bay." This civil war breach kept the careers of old T. R. and Gov. Roosevelt from being: even more closely similar than they are. As the governor and Mrs. Roosevelt, doubtless, often like to reflect in these days when they are .fighting for a presidency, the careers of T. R. and F. D. are almost uncannily parallel. . . Both were state senators, both battled Tammany, both became assistant secretary, of the navy, both were governor of this state, both ran for vice-president it's a startling parallel I'll discuss again A J. 4 i ' i f -4 . - I ) t 1 - - T.JiMtoiilluliM Wl to... v-l f -t - to is-. f, Gov. Roosevelt and hit mother in the Rootevelt home at Hyde Park. N. Y. T'liHinitfiiittfMii" Roofvtlt at the age of JO in January, 1892. young RooMevelt with hit parentt. Sara Delano and Jamee Rootevelt, when the present gopernor wat in hie teen. when talking of F. D.'s ambition to follow T. R. to the White House. During the days of his childhood on the Dutchess county farm, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a mamma's boy. Don't get the idea that by mama's boy is meant the kind of a sissy for whom old T. R. coined the label "mollycoddle.' Not atall. But, " his mother's only child, Franklin, was a mamma's boy. The remarkable woman who brought him into the world devoted years of her life to him she was more to him than most mothers can be to their sons. As his wife is ambitious for Franklin Roosevelt today, his mother was ambitious in his childhood as what mother isn't for her son? . Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt, then young, taught him, got the best tutors obtainable for him, saw that he learned French, German and Italian, took him on frequent educational trips to Europe, provided playmates for him. super-tied to her anron strine-s or th viseu nis aauy uie ana worsnipea mm. We'll follow his mother's educa tion of him, his gentle early years, his fighting years as he grew into his 'teens and had to fight harder than most because he had been a mamma's boy. You'll generally find that when a mamma's boy does get away from home he has to fight more than most boys and these contests, in his teens, mold him into a fighting man more of a fighting man than most. Gov. Roosevelt was, indeed, a very curious boy. He Was An Only Child, Born 1882. His avidity for finding out all about everything, no matter what energy it required, was one of the most remarkable things about him. His curiosity was unbounded. His father, James Roosevelt, was much older than his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, second wife of James, a lawyer of means who gave up legal practice to be a man of affairs up in Dutchess county. James Roosevelt and his first wife, Rebecca Howiand Roosevelt, had one son, James Roosevelt, very popular and known as Rosy around Hyde Park farms. The late James Roosevelt, .or Rosy, already was grown to manhood and moved in the same younger social circle as Sara Delano, an heiress and very pretty as a girl. When Rosy's father, James, won the younger Sara Delano as his second bride, the couple surprised the Dutchess countryside. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only child of the union, born on Jan. 20, 1882. From the first his young mother worshiped him. He was not large for his age, as a toddler. The first thing the now deferen tial Dutchess county oldsters remember about their First Citizen is seeing him, seated beside his mother in a two-wheeled cart drawn by a gray pony. Almost every afternoon when the weather was good, the best dressed boy Would be seen driving around the winding country roads with his attractive mother. He wanted to know about every thing. She was only too glad to tell. He learned all about Europe, in detailed study on many travels. If he ever gets to be President we may experience the novelty of having a President able to shape a foreign poliey that works. But, devoted as ; she was, Mrs. Roosevelt knew she couldn't keep her only son, her pride and joy, fluffy furbelows of her silk dresses. She took pains to take along one of Franklin's playmates on these European trips when she could. Often, as a boy, Roosevelt made bicycle trips over European roads with a playmate. The growing boy finally attended a sort of private school, rigged up in a wing of the Rogers home, where Col. Rogers had installed a classroom. There ' the governor went to school with the Rogers boys Edmund P. Rogers, now president of the Fulton Trust company, at 149 Broadway, and Coleman, Raymond, and Ray Rogers. Baseball, too, was played at the Rogers place, because the four Rogers boys were very keen, red-blooded kids and fixed their own diamond. Right field, catching flies, was young Frank's place on the baseball team. . . Whether he was good at baseball or not, young Frank wanted his place in the sun. The villagers relate that, arriving late for the ball game, he once burst into tears because his place in right field had been taken and he couldn't play. Today the ' governor's suave, charming" and - cultured exterioy masks' a- very - firm and stubborn wilL The firm and stubborn will was in evidence in those early baseball days, before the youngf patrician had learned to sugar-coat his demands. Through those outbursts of exhibitions of temper in childhood, remembered - by the villagers, young Roosevelt learned to keep a smile on his face while getting ready to let go with his Sunday, punch. Battles on the baseball diamond of Col. Rogers' estate developed Franklin Delano Roosevelt into the cool cucumber his opponents say he is today. Mother Was Wise As Well as Devoted. It was inevitable that, being an only child and a manchild, young frank had a sort of I m-the-kid- that-built-the-pyramid attitude in early boyhood. But his mother was wise as well as devoted. Her will ingness to4et her only son rub elbows and scrape fists with the less fortunate youngsters pf Hyde Park soon taught the budding Roosevelt a keen sense of values and gave him personal charm. ' Then came a momentous deci sion, a clash between the will of the boy Roosevelt and the will -of his mother and family. The vouth with the laughing blue eyes, wind swept etirly hair, and beautiful

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