Sinking Of The Netapan
James P. Treacy and Estelle M. Rasche were married in 1914, and they traveled by rail on their honeymoon to New Orleans where they boarded the steamer Netapan, bound for the newly opened Panama Canal. They arrived and spent a number of days in Panama. I, William O. Treacy, remember my mom telling me that it rained every afternoon and was always very humid. She said that the post office from whence she sent postcards back to relatives and friends had a container of glue to adhere the stamps onto the cards the stamps having none due that the humidity would stick them together had they had glue on them. The Netapan was a “banana boat” and so it picked up a load of bananas for return to the U.S. Notwithstanding it had elegant accommodations for the travelers and the Treacys dined with the captain,
on one occasion they served shrimp and mom got deathly sick that night, likely from seasickness but mom decided that it was the shrimp and, and a result we kids grew up never eating one shrimp at 115 Second Street. Mom would not buy it or serve it.
Growing up on Second Street
In the 1920s and until brother Jim went off to Notre Dame in the fall of 1932, our house was occupied by my mom and dad, we seven siblings and my maternal grandmother and at times a live-in female high school student who helped out with household chores in exchange for her room and board.