Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Hohenwald's Connection to the Gilded Age:

A picker's hunt turns up a treasure revealing more than just silver and gold


April 30, 2020

Photo credit: family photos

Charles and Magda Goodheart, original owners of the family bible and domestic servants of the Vanderbilts, Andrew Mellon, and many other Gilded Age descendants.

"I would probably still be there, but Mr. Mellon was made Ambassador to the court of St. James (England), so we were all let go except for the butler who was also his valet. We had a large staff at Mr. Mellons: a butler, three footmen, a chef, housekeeper, pantry girl, parlor maids, chambermaid, houseman, cook, kitchen maid, and night watchman. The food we had to eat was plentiful and delicious. The pay was good, and the men were supplied with their morning work clothes, the footman's uniforms, soft shirts, black fore and hand ties, stiff- bosomed shirts with wing collars and white bow ties...

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