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[Tidbits] The Jewels of Mary G. Roebling


I’ll tell you about the lady. I’ll tell you about her jewels. You
tell me what her surname name is famous for. She is a woman of many
"firsts". Ready?

She was the first woman to serve as President and Board Chairman of a
major American Bank. 1937: Elected President of Trenton Trust
company. 1972: Trenton Trust merges with National State Bank … Ms.
Roebling is elected Board Chairman.

1958/59: First woman Governor of the American Stock Exchange.

First woman for whom a major government building was named: The
Commerce Building in Trenton was renamed the Mary G. Roebling

First female Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Friend to Richard Nixon … Bob Hope … Phyllis Diller … and many
more. So what is her surname famous for … more famous even than the
above scoop that’s been occupying every breathtaking moment of your
collective existences since you began reading this?

Did I mention her jewelry? I have a piece. It’s an Indian Gem-Set,
Cultured Pearl, Enamel and Gold Necklace. It consists of a gold
foliate plaque set with various foil-backed diamonds and rubies …a
carved emerald … sapphire, garnet, coral, cultured pearl, gold
bead, red enamel … an endless array of precious and semi-precious
gems. An interesting piece … a bit weighty for me … but then I
wear no jewelry at all.

This is truly a short piece … all I had available to say about
Mary G. Roebling I’ve said. Except of course the one last Tidbit.
The one thing her surname is known for–if not the world over–then
certainly by every New Yorker. For the Roebling family you see …
is the family responsible for having built the Brooklyn Bridge. So
if you ever want to go buy a bridge … now you know where to go.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says: Roebling
… where you’ll see an image of the Indian Necklace.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark