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recluse of Herald Square

Joseph Aloysius Cox

recluse of Herald Square

the mystery of Ida E.Wood.

by Joseph Aloysius Cox

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Published by Dent .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Originally published, Macmillan (N.Y.), 1964.

The Physical Object
Pagination246p.,ill.,23cm
Number of Pages246
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18881472M

The demand came from year-old Ida Wood, a millionaire socialite from New Orleans who had disappeared from high society 24 years earlier. Her story, dubbed “The . Then Ida, her sister Mary E. Mayfield, and her daughter Emma took a two-room suite at the Herald Square Hotel, room , and became recluses. They had little contact with anyone, even hotel employees, for decades. Maids were not permitted inside to clean the rooms. Emma died in the hospital in at the age of

Herald Square circa , when Ida Wood first moved into the Herald Square Hotel. From Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain. Ida Wood never had any intention of renewing contact with the outside world, but on March 5, , death made it necessary. With her cash in hand, Ida checked into the Herald Square Hotel and was later joined by her daughter and sister. The three women lived together in seclusion until when Emma Wood entered a hospital and died at the age of Ida and her sister Mary remained in the hotel suite. Daily, a bellhop asked if he could bring anything to the room.

New York Herald building in Herald Square. Wikipedia. Unraveling. When Ida Wood ran into the hallway screaming for help she was five feet tall, weighed 70 pounds, and practically deaf. Her body resembled a question mark when she stood. Observers stated that her complexion was “as creamy and pink and unwrinkled” despite not bathing for.   Sources: Books: Joseph A. Cox, The Recluse of Herald Square. New York: the MacMillan Company, ; Benjamin Wood and Menahem Blondheim, Copperhead Gore: Benjamin Wood’s Fort Lafayette and Civil War America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, Source: Articles: St. Clair McKelway, “The Rich Recluse of Herald Square.”.


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and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Recluse Herald Square - AbeBooks Passion for books. (YA) Another plum tree to be shaken is this fascinating (certainly for the first half of the book) account of Ida Wood who retired to her room in a small hotel with her sister Mary after the Panic of to stay there until her death inat 95, a cantankerous, rather forlorn, once beautiful woman, smoking black cigars in a rocking chair.

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Mrs. Wood's Rubbish Pile; THE RECLUSE OF HERALD SQUARE. By Joseph A. Cox. New York: The Macmillan Company. $ An article about Mrs. Benjamin Wood, a wealthy recluse who lived at the Herald Sq. Hotel from until her death in Ina lawyer named Edw.

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Cox. Macmillan, - Executors and administrators - pages. 0 Reviews. Story of the search for the identity of Ida Wood whose fortune, at her death in New York, was discovered to be in the millions. More». The recluse of Herald Square ( edition) | Open Library. The recluse of Herald Square.

Joseph A. Cox. The recluse of Herald : Recluse of Herald Square. New York: Macmillan, © (OCoLC) Named Person: Ida Ellen Walsh Wood; Wood. Material Type: Internet resource: Document Type: Book, Internet Resource: All Authors / Contributors: Joseph A Cox.

Posts about Recluse of Herald Square written by ephemeralnewyork. If Ida Mayfield Wood were around today, she would be a candidate for Hoarders. A Southern belle who hit the city in the s, Ida ran in elite circles, marrying congressman and Daily News publisher Benjamin Wood, brother of Mayor Fernando Wood.

After her husband (below) died inIda grew increasingly paranoid about money. For the first time in 24 years, Ida Wood entered into the hallway of the Herald Square Hotel. Terrified by the state of her sister’s health, Ida opened the door around 4 pm and cried for help.

A physician from a nearby hotel entered suite to tend the very sick woman laying on the couch in the 2-bedroom suite. Get this from a library. The recluse of Herald Square: the mystery of Ida E. Wood. [Joseph A Cox]. "The Recluse of Herald Square" Excerpts from a fascinating story in Smithsonian: An officer at the Guaranty Trust Company remembered Ida coming to the bank inat the height of the financial panic, demanding the balance of her account in cash and stuffing all.

The Recluse of Herald Square: The Mystery of Ida E. Wood, by Joseph A. Cox (read 5 Feb ) This is a book by a New York judge which tells the story of a case he was involved in in the 's. Ida E. Wood in March of died.4/5(1). Among all the incredible stories of hoarders and recluses, the story of Ida Wood might trump them all.

She was a wealthy socialite in New York in the late 19th century–before she locked herself in a two-bed apartment in the Herald Square Hotel, never going out and never spending more than a few pennies a day.

Photo credit: The Recluse of Howard Square Ida Wood had been a New York socialite at the very end of the 19th century, but inshe suddenly withdrew from the world and moved into a room at the Herald Square Hotel with her sister and daughter and hid herself away.

At Herald Square, she would scream that she was a prisoner in her own home, complained about the expensiveness of the food her nurses brought her, lived off of milk, crackers, bacon, eggs, raw fish, and Cuban cigars, and would smear petroleum jelly all over her face everyday for hours.

She didn’t bathe for years. People thought she was senile.“Life was precarious,” Cox wrote in his book about her, The Recluse of Herald Square. “It made people tough, or it killed them, or in the case of children like Ellen [Walsh] it implanted.The discovery of the Aladdin’s cave of treasure at the Herald Square made headlines around the world: “Recluse, 93, hoarding millions defies treasure searchers.”.