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

Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20

Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase

Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase

Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19

Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final   …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18

Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens

MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley.  The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited   …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens