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The Fahnstocks bought the north wing. The two center wings
were bought by families named Hubbard and Warburton.
As the years went by, the Fahnstock family dwindled
down to just Mr. Fahnstock and his son. The rest of the
family had passed away. When the War started, here were
these two men living in this great big mansion with about
twenty servants. Then servants began disappearing because
of war stresses. It's gotten worse ever since of course.
It became ridiculous for these two men to live in that big
barn! In fact, they couldn't. So they sold out to Joe
Kennedy. Joe Kennedy then let the Free French use it as
office headquarters. They were there when this whole
episode took place.
As it turned out that the whole building cost us
somewhere around $450,000, which was very little for that
beautiful building even at that time. I've forgotten the
exact figure. I can still remember walking in with the
Monsignor and the Free French glaring at us. They knew
something was up. They were packed in there like sardines.
We bought the building. The Free French had to get out.
Joe Kennedy did sell it to you.
The Church people made him.
So, in we moved. The first thing that happened was,
the Fire Department, learning that we planned using it for
business headquarters, said that we needed an extra stairway,
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