The middle child, Mary Meux was 8 years old when the family moved into the house. After graduating from high school in Fresno she attended Anna Head School in Berkeley. As a young woman she was active in the Fresno social scene and at the anne001age of 25 married a young attorney, Henry Barbour, who had come to Fresno from Ogdensburg, New York. Mary and Henry were married in the parlor in a lovely ceremony extensively covered in the local newspaper. Dr. Meux arranged to build them a house on T Street as a wedding gift. It had not been completed when their first child was due so Mary gave birth to her son Jack in her pink and green bedroom at the family home. A second son Richard was born to the couple six years later. Henry Barbour was elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives and served seven terms from 1919 to 1933. Mary's social life travels abroad and fourteen years as a Congressional wife in Washington, D.C, made her life a contrast to that of her sister Anne, who stayed at home caring for her parents and never moved away from the family home.


The three-sided bay provides a lovely quality of light in the room - a much nicer light quality that a flat wall with three windows would give. Also the huge avocado tree just outside gives the visitor the feeling of being in a leafy bower. The coal grate set into the simple painted mantel provided the only heat in the room before the furnace was installed. There are no base plugs in the room, so until 1970 any electric accessory; was operated by an extension cord to the ceiling fixture. The light fixture is all electric with no gas connection. All the woodwork is painted. Note the transom above the door, the white ceramic doorknobs and the fancy cast metal hinges. The closet is very shallow for clothing was hung on hooks instead of on a rod. The lovely Swiss lace panels are reproductions of Victorian patterns. The carpeting deserves special mention for the V'Soske Company had to reproduce not only the body of the carpet but a special boarder. Note the complexity of the carpet layers' job as the border had to be cut and mitered around the projecting hearth and bay.