Brookline Historical Society
Brookline High School Seniors

Helen Reed Jones, Brookline High School Class of 1897(?)
1878 - 1956; father: Jerome Jones; married, Philip Richardson Whitney, 17-Apr-1906, at her parent's house at 101 Summit Ave.

She is the only classmate to appear in more than one of the photos saved by Grace Mason Young. Thatís most likely because they were the closest of friends, growing up across the street from one another on Summit Avenue. (Helenís home at 101 Summit still stands, although much altered.) Helen studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1906 she married MIT graduate Philip R. Whitney, an artist and an instructor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work was exhibited in and around Philadelphia, as well as in New York, Chicago, and other cities. She and her husband summered on Nantucket for many years, and were active in the artist's colony there.
Helen Reed Jones, Brookline High School Class of 1897(?)
Photo #2
Helen Reed Jones, Brookline High School Class of 1897(?)
Photo #3; identity not confirmed
Marion Louise Sharp, Brookline High School Class of 1897; Historical Society Essay Winner, 1897
1878 - 1967; parents: Edward Sharp and Sophia Louise Robinson; lived at 12 Fairbanks St.

Her grandfather was Samuel A. Robinson who owned a tannery on Washington Street and lived in a house nearby where Marion was most likely born. He built a house in 1892 at 12 Fairbanks Street where three generations of the family lived. Marion was a winner of the J. Murray Kay Prize that year for her essay "Three Glimpses of Brookline: In 1700, 1800, and 1900. " She graduated from Smith College in 1901 and later taught school in Gloucester, Woburn, Brookline, and other towns.
John Reginald Marvin, Brookline High School Class of 1898; Historical Society Essay Winner, 1898
1879 - 1967; Essay: "Brookline's Relation to Norfolk County"; lived at 88 Perry St.

First cousin of Martha Frothingham Ritchie. Their grandfather Edward S. Ritchie was an inventor and the founder of E.S. Ritchie & Son, a manufacturer of nautical compasses and scientific instruments in Brookline Village. He was a co-winner with Grace Mason of the 1898 J. Murray Kay Prize for his essay "The Relation of Brookline to Norfolk County. " He earned a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and had a career as an engineer in the Boston area, the Midwest and, finally, Pennsylvania where settled with his wife Grace Field Marvin.
Thomas Irving Taylor, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1880 - 1977; Parents: Washington Irving Taylor and Ann Maria Bellamy; lived at 294 Walnut St.

His father was in the hat and fur business, worked for a railroad supply company and for Sprague Electric before managing Taylor Machinery, a metalworking firm in Boston. He was awarded a patent in 1921 for an automobile water gauge "so that---the driver may be informed at all times by visible means from his position when driving, whether or not the radiator water supply is in need of replenishment. " Tom, who was married twice and lived in Newton, later worked as a vault attendant for the Newton-Waltham Bank & Trust Co.
Marian Dudley Richards, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1879 - 1949; 1917: married, 1917, Bispham Homer Emerson; lived at 44 Linden St., later at 247 Fisher Ave.;

Graduated from the Tuckerman School on Beacon Hill. She became prominent in the Unitarian Universalist movement as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, public speaker, and social worker. She was also active in support of peace movements and the welfare of Native Americans. She married fellow Unitarian activist B. Homer Emerson in in 1917 and continued to live in Brookline until her death.
Martha Frothingham Ritchie, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1881 - 1945; married Austin D Jenkins; lived at 268 Walnut Terrace

First cousin of John Reginold Marvin. Their grandfather Edward S. Ritchie was an inventor and the founder of E.S. Ritchie & Son, a manufacturer of nautical compasses and scientific instruments in Brookline Village. She worked for a time as a teacher. She married the architect Austin Jenkins in 1911 and moved to the Chicago area.
Ethel Ward Towle, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1880 - 1949; married George Haslet; born in Stafford Springs, CT; Father: Edward David Towle; lived at 31 Kent Sq.;

Her father was pastor of Brooklineís Second Unitarian Church, which was formed in 1896 and moved into its new building (now Temple Sinai) on Sewall Avenue in 1901. He was later pastor in Hillsborough, NH where, in 1921, he presided at Ethelís marriage to widower George Haslet, president of the Hillsborough Woolen Mills. George died in 1928. Ethel moved to Boston where she died 21 years later.
Isabel McCleary, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1878 - 1915; born in Somerville; father: William C. McCleery;

Daughter of William C. McCleery, a button manufacturer, and his wife Ada. She lived at various times in Boston and Newton and appears only to have been Brookline for a short time. She married Stephen G. Doig, a lawyer, and died in 1915 at the age of 38, the shortest life by far of this generally long-lived group.
Beulah Duncklee, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1879 - 1969; daughter of Charles Tilton Duncklee and Sadie J. Brown; married Edward Bugbee; lived at 24 Williams St.

Daughter of Charles T. Duncklee, an attorney, and Sarah J. Duncklee. In 1901 she married Edward Bugbee , a Brookline native and a teacher of mining engineering and metallurgy at MIT . They lived in Brighton, though Beulah moved back to Brookline after her husbandís death.
Grace Bartlett Farquhar, Brookline High School Class of 1898
1880 - 1982; married Frederick Levitt; buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery; lived at 26 Gorham Ave.

Daughter of Joseph Farquhar, owner of a roofing company, she married at a younger age (21) than the other BHS grads in the photos. Her husband, Frederick Leavitt, was in the real estate and insurance business in Brookline and also served in town and country government. They lived in Brookline and later in Arlington. Grace died in Barnstable in 1982, having outlived all of the others in this group of BHS students.
Ella C. Fenno, Brookline High School Class of 1897(?)
1878 - 1936; married, 1904, married Charles Clough; lived at 3 Kilsyth Rd.

She is the only student not to appear in her own, formal, photo. Instead, she appears here with her arm around Helen Jones, one of four pictures of Helen in the Grace Mason set. Ella married Charles Clough, an insurance executive, in 1904. (They are mentioned together in Boston Globe social columns in 1900 (at a dance) and 1901 (at a Clough family home in Maine). Charles survived Ella by more than 30 years.
Maude Barrows Dutton, Brookline High School Class of 1898 (photo inscribed "1894".)
1880 - 1959; father: Samuel Train Dutton; attended Smith College; married: Frederick Lynch in N.Y in 1909; lived at 33 Colburne crescent;

Daughter of Samuel Train Dutton, the superintendent of schools in Brookline from 1890 to 1900. She moved to New York with her father when he became superintendent of the Horace Mann Schools run by Teachers College, Columbia University. Maud also followed her father in the education field, authoring a series of childrenís books on "The World of Work" and on different countries and cultures. She married the Congregational minister, editor, and peace activist Frederick Lynch in 1909.
Sabina Marshall [speculative], Brookline High School Class of 1898
This is probably Sabina Marshall who lived at 69 Summit Ave.