The Normandy Hotel 1946 - 1950
After the war, and things began to return to normal, my uncle, John B. Garton, married Betty Carmel, the daughter of Mary B. Carmel who ran the dining room at the Atlantic Hotel. In 1945, they bought the Normandy Hotel at 6th and Boardwalk, and by 1946 it was a highly successful American Plan hotel. In those days, an American Plan designation meant that your reservation included meals served in the hotel’s dining room; a European Plan was for a room only. Few of the rooms had baths. Sinks only, and no air conditioning. Everyone opened their windows to the night sea air.
In 1946, at age 17, I began working as a waiter at the Normandy from mid June until Labor Day. The other waiters came from Loyola and Maryland University. Things didn’t work out too well with male waiters, so the following year an all female staff was hired from Marymount, Mt. Saint Agnes and Maryland U. I hired on as a reservation clerk, spelling my uncle every night from 4pm to 8pm the following morning, with one night off each week. I received room and board and $100 per month, but the best part was living in the middle of what seemed to be a sorority house. I returned to work at the Normandy for two more years: 1949 and 1950. In the summer of 1950, all of the waitresses were sophomores and juniors from Maryland U., and it was one of these sophomores, Jinx Hewett, who later became my wife. In 1952 I was commissioned in the U. S. Army. We had two children, Leslie Ann and Brian. I retired in 1979, but my family now includes Leslie’s husband Bill Fisher of Salisbury and two grandchildren, Hank and Alex Fisher, all of whom consider Ocean City a second home.
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