m2. Kate DELAFIELD,
m3. 1932 Newport, Rhode Island, Blanche STREBEIGH, 29 July 1902 Rye, New York, 1 child,
Tom had a zoo in back of the Cottage, whose inhabitants were chickens,ducks, white rabbits, guinea pigs, and two monkeys. One day we got intothe monkey pen, which we were not supposed to do, and came ot coveredwith fleas and horribly bitten. Aunt Virginia turned the hose on us.Later, these monkeys escaped aand were not seen for a long time, untilthe day Nervous, the little golf caddy, came tearing in to Staffordyelling, "Come quick - there are two tigers on the fence". Actually, itwas the monkeys, who had gotten that far away from the Cottage. From thatday on, they were never to be seen again. We had a hen sitting on a nestin the zoo, and one day went to see how things were progressing. Insteadof Mrs. Hen, a chicken snake was curled up on the nest. We could seebumps on his stomach and decided he had eaten the eggs. We killed thesnake, opened it up, and sure enough, there were the eggs unhurt. We putthem back in the nest, since they were not cracked and were still warm.We fooled the old hen, and were overjoyed when the eggs hatched. Theseare the things one does not learn in school. ["The Carnegies & Cumberland Island", by Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller]
When he was married to Blanche, Tom Carnegie ran an alligator farm + restaurant in Northern Florida called Chief Tomichichi where among the many animals was a python given to him by his sister-in-law, Barbara Strebeigh, when she was in Australia.