My grandfather, Raymond J. Tierney, was a dynamo. He grew up on Weld Street and by age twenty he owned this store, “Tierney’s Market,” on nearby North Street at Hudson. One of ten children, he became the breadwinner early on.
My father was filling a notebook with research into my grandfather’s stores. He had three, the last of which was on South Clinton where the India House is now. I have slowly been putting my father’s research on a “Tierney Market” page and I just added a a profile that was written about my grandfather in 1962. I particularly like this following section.
“Ray has tremendous confidence in the future of his country. The triple orbit in space a few weeks ago by John H. Glenn thrilled Ray just as did all Americans who followed the history-making flight on TV or read about it in their daily papers.
Like millions of other Americans, Ray is inclined to believe that Glenn’s flight was the first in history. The Russians claim they sent a man in orbit months ago but there has been no proof. Glenn’s flight was mađe with the world looking on; the Russian flight, if there was one, was made in deep secrecy followed by a massive propaganda drive.”