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    Franklin Roosevelt: Large Wrought Iron Pen Tray. Presented by FDR to Frank Scheider, the husband of Melvina Thompson Scheider, Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary. The pen tray features a three-dimensional and large rose, the symbol of the Roosevelt family. It measures 11.5" x 6," and 3" high to the tip of one of the rose petals. The bottom of the tray is marked "Rancraft" or "Crancraft". On the bottom of the tray is taped the following note: "Presented to Uncle Frank Scheider by President FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt."

    Malvina Thompson, known to her friends as "Tommy," was a fixture in the Roosevelt household, as critical to Eleanor's life as Missy was to Franklin's. Short and stocky, with brown hair and a continual wrinkle in the bridge of her nose, the forty-eight-year old Tommy had started working for Eleanor when Franklin was Governor of New York. She had married Frank Scheider, a teacher in the New York public schools, in 1921 and divorced him in 1939. She had no children. She had her own room in every Roosevelt house: a sitting room and bedroom in The White House, a bedroom in Eleanor's Greenwich Village apartment, and a suite of rooms at Val Kill, Eleanor's cottage at Hyde Park.

    "Tommy" Thompson died April 12, 1953, eight years to the day after FDR, from a brain hemorrhage (like FDR), after a 12 day hospitalization. Eleanor Roosevelt was devastated. She later wrote, "When she [Thompson] died, I learned for the first time what being alone was like."


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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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