Roger seems to have been a go-getter. At the age of 20 he was a superintendent of a factory, according to the 1910 census. He and Flavia got married that year. When Roger had to register for the draft in 1917, the form revealed that he and Flavia were living in Erie, Pennsylvania, and he had become sales manager and engineer for the Northern Equipment Company. The 1920 Census shows him still there, but renting a house in Pittsburgh on Emerson Street.
Sometime later he joined the Riley Stoker Corporation, manufacturer of boilers, and now notorious for having incorporated asbestos in its products, leading to thousands of lawsuits today. But back then people were still innocent of the dangers, and Roger’s skills led him to the top of the corporation. The 1930 Census lists his occupation as the assistant president of the corporation, and he and Flavia now owned a house on Waldheim Road in the suburb of O’Hara, now a part of Pittsburgh.
The house is still there, but this is how it looked in the 1930s when Roger and Flavia decorated it with the things they had acquired in their European travels. The rooms seem to be large and beautifully proportioned. There is grace and elegance evident throughout.
|Flavia reading near the library|
|Daughter Joan in late 1930s|