The Spencers of Amberson Ave: A Turn-of-the-Century Memoir-Ethel Spencer

This appealing memoir introduces the family of Charles Hart Spencer and his wife Mary Acheson: seven children born between 1884 and 1895. It also introduces a large Victorian house in Shadyside (a Pittsburgh neighborhood) and a middle-class way of life at the turn of the century.

Mr. Spencer, who worked–not very happily–for Henry Clay Frick, was one of the growing number of middle-management employees in American industrial cities in the 1880s and 1890s