Post Content

MassDOT invited readers to share stories of romance with a Boston South Station connection, and we are sharing four this week. Today’s story began more than a century ago.

The Floured Suitor

Destined for a new life in America, Mary Anne Ward emigrated from Ireland on an ocean liner in 1906. Not long after the ship arrived in Boston, Mary began work in a South Station restaurant.

Frank Henry Spaulding worked as baggage master for the New Haven Railroad back then, frequently passing through South Station while on duty. Frank soon developed eyes for Mary – but he wasn’t the only one.

Mary’s other suitor (who was also Frank’s colleague) made overtures to Mary in the restaurant’s kitchen and attempted to kiss her. As Mary would later recount to granddaughter Margo Stang, the upshot of the encounter was that Mary grabbed a sack of flour and emptied it over the suitor’s head.  As the man stormed out, dusting himself off, he passed Frank, who was also on his way to see Mary.  “What happened to you?” Frank laughingly said. Humiliated, the fellow continued walking.

Unlike his competitor, Frank left the restaurant that day with clean clothes. A courtship that began at South Station led to the marriage of Mary Anne and Frank in 1915 and lasted until Frank’s death 54 years later. 

 South Station Romance 3

South Station Romance 3a

Photos: Mary Anne with her and Frank’s four children; Frank poses with a fellow baggage master.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Fairhaven Bike Train Program Recognized posted on Dec 18

Fairhaven Bike Train Program Recognized

The Town of Fairhaven was recognized alongside the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program by Cape Cod’s NPR station, WCAI, for their bike train program. A bike train is a fun way for elementary and middle school students to get to school while being   …Continue Reading Fairhaven Bike Train Program Recognized

South Station Expansion: DEIR Comment Period Through December 24 posted on Dec 17

South Station Expansion: DEIR Comment Period Through December 24

Posted by:  Matthew Ciborowski, South Station Project Manager, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning I was pleased to meet with more than 60 people who participated in an Open House and Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the South Station Expansion project on   …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: DEIR Comment Period Through December 24

“License to Learn” at RMV Supports Early Education posted on Dec 16

“License to Learn” at RMV Supports Early Education

The Patrick Administration today turned MassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles Boston location into a “Brain Building Zone” to promote the power of engaging parent-child interactions in building children’s literacy through everyday moments. The RMV, Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and United Way of   …Continue Reading “License to Learn” at RMV Supports Early Education