Servants of the Gilded Age

Monterey's own Steve Pullen talks of his grandparents

The slide show about Steve Pullen’s grandparents who were servants in the gilded age was well received at the November community supper. Some have asked if it would be shown again.  So at 7:30 pm on February 18, 2017 it will be presented again in the library. William and Mary Pullen were British servants who came to America in 1913 and ended up working for several of the wealthiest families in the gilded age. From 1913 to 1925, Mary was a housemaid and cook; and William was a groomsman whose skill with horses was much sought after. The three employers all inherited great wealth, added to that wealth, loved horses for racing and coaching, owned multiple homes, and most certainly knew each other.

 

Mary Pullen, a housemaid in 1913, atop Uhlan, a great world champion trotter owned by one of the five wealthiest men in America at the turn of the century.

Mary Pullen, a housemaid in 1913, atop Uhlan, a great world champion trotter owned by one of the five wealthiest men in America at the turn of the century.