The Way We Were

Elnora M. Williams (right) and the West End Day Nursery, 1943.  A total of 126 children ages 5–12 were enrolled for the noon meal, solving the problem of how to feed children of working mothers. Meals consisted of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, cabbage, carrot salad, wheat bread, tapioca cream and chocolate milk served at a charge of 10¢ per child. Parents paid what they could afford, while the Martha Briggs Educational Club paid the rest. Milk was provided daily by the Children’s Aid Society and meats were sent once a month by two local markets. (Photo courtesy of Spinner Publications)

We invite readers to join us in remembering days past by sharing their older photos and stories for publication. To participate, email digital photos and background stories to Beth Perdue at, mail them to Senior Scope, 863 Belleville Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745, or call 774-438-2729 for more information.