That Remarkable Little Lady of Tenafly: Alice Clarke Redfield

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Unlike the professional dwarves of her time, Alice Clarke determined to live a normal life like everyone else. Growing up in what is today’s Bergen County, Alice faced trial and tribulation with courage and perseverance. When she learned that in order to have children she had to undergo Caesarean sections, considered very risky at the time, she accepted the challenge. Widowed at the start of the Great Depression, she not only took care of her own family but also helped out numerous neighbors and friends. An early feminist, Alice sought to help women of different backgrounds establish careers of their own and developed various local charities. Author Judy Redfield tells the story of a truly remarkable lady.
ISBN: 9781467145466
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Images: 97
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Judy Redfield earned a master’s degree in physical anthropology from Harvard and completed everything but the thesis for her PhD before deciding she would rather raise a family than be an academic. For entertainment on weekends, she started attending country auctions and found so many interesting bargains that she decided to open an antique shop. She operated that business on the side for the next thirty years. Along the way, she became fascinated with American Victorian Silverplate. Along with Dorothy Rainwater, she coauthored the fourth edition of the latter’s Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers. When forced by circumstances to take over the family financial management business, the antiques business was phased out. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.