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Sleighing on Beacon St., February 1901
The sleighs are part of an organized procession traveling east on Beacon St. roughly across from Powell St. In the distance on the far left is the tower of the S. S. Pierce building in Coolidge Corner. The house of the Amory family is just barely visible on “Amory Hill” on the right. Another photograph showing a procession further east by Carlton St. was featured as part of an article entitled “Noted Men and Women Behind Speedy Horses on the Beacon Boulevard” that appeared in the Feb. 17, 1901 edition of the Boston Sunday Post. The article listed a number of the prominent people involved and added details of some of the high-quality horses and sleighs involved. The photograph was taken by Thomas E. Marr, then well-known as a photographer of wealthy area residents.
[Source: Boston Public Library]
Richmond Court Apartments, 1211-1217 Beacon St.
The car has been tentatively identified as a Locomobile. Early town directories from 1904 – 1911 listed all automobile owners. Augustus Barring Henley, president of the Henley-Kimball Co., automobile distributors, was one and lived in this building. In the December 18, 1912 issue of the Boston Evening Transcript Henley placed ad for his personal 1912 Locomobile. It was listed as “seven-passenger” so it was probably not the automobile shown in the photo but it establishes him as the likely owner of this car. Its listed cost of $4800 was a substantial amount of money at the time.

A horse and carriage can be viewed in the driveway.
Clinton Rd., 1920
Looking west on Clinton Rd. Dean Rd. crosses from left to right. Foreground left is 204 Clinton Rd. followed by 78 Dean Rd., then a small corner of 73 Dean Rd., and 233 Clinton Rd. obscured in the distance. The lead car has an MDC license plate.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Lincoln School Garden Project, June 29, 1903
This is one of three experimental school garden projects initiated in 1903 by the Brookline Education Society. Annie Crocker made the land adjacent to her house on the southeast corner of Boylston St. and Cypress St. available to the Lincoln School. In May 1903, students aged 12 – 15 from the seventh and eighth grade were each given a 7 ft. by 9 ft. plot for growing vegetables. This photo appeared on page five of the November 7, 1903 issue of the Brookline Chronicle.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Lincoln School Garden Project, September 1903
Looking southwest from Boylston St. On the right is the house of Annie B. Crocker at 136 Cypress St. In the center is a partial view of 161 Cypress St., still standing. The houses on East Milton St. have not yet been constructed.

This is one of three experimental school garden projects initiated by the Brookline Education Society. Annie Crocker made the land adjacent to her house available to the Lincoln School. In May 1903, students aged 12 – 15 from the seventh and eighth grade were each given a 7 ft. by 9 ft. plot for growing vegetables. Several of the photos from this series appeared in the newspapers of the time.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Benjamin Goddard House, 43 Sumner Rd.
When Sumner Rd. was laid out in 1886, the house was moved slightly eastward to its present position at 43 Sumner Rd.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Thomas and Bridget (Tonra) Cannon
Thomas Cannon (1867-1940) and Bridget (Tonra) Cannon (1869-1942) both emigrated from Ireland. They married in 1892 and were listed at 1 Walter Ave. in “The Farm” neighborhood by 1900. By 1918 they had moved to “The Point” neighborhood finally settling in at 90 Highland Rd. where they lived with Cannon and Tonra extended-family members. They raised seven surviving children in Brookline.

Thomas Cannon worked for a number of years as a gardener for a private estate. This has been reported as the “Webster’s estate” but it is not yet identified. There was a “Webster’s estate” with an on-site gardener’s cottage in Chestnut Hill but that does not appear to be a likely match
[Source: University of Massachusetts Boston]
Esso Station, Lower Washington St. at Brookline Ave.
Standing in the Esso station at the northwest corner of Brookline Ave. and Lower Washington St. looking north. In the distance are the small house at 9 Emerald St. and the side of the apartment building at 657 Brookline Ave. The brick building, 100 Pearl St., was used by the Brookline Water Dept. and still stands.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
41 Winslow Rd.
In the rear is 22 Osborne Rd. and on the left is 51 Winslow Rd.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
41 Winslow Rd.
41 Winslow Rd. with the rears of 26 and 22 Osborne Rd. in the background.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Rivers School, 1939
Looking southeast (from left to right): at 12/16 Ackers Ave., 22 Ackers Ave. and 10 Loveland Rd.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Rivers School
Looking northwest at the rear of 274 Dean Rd. on the left and, left to right: #275 and #271.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Rivers School, Football Team, 1934
Looking northwest at the rear of houses on Dean Rd. From left to right: #274, #266, #260.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Buckminster Rd., 1910s
Looking east from Chestnut Hill Ave. Partial view of #355 on the left followed by #345. The stone wall on the right is still standing.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Washington Sq., circa 1937
On the corner is the Liggett Drug Store, 1634 Beacon St. At 1638 Beacon St. there is a bowling alley. Parked out front is a Red Cab with its telephone number on the back, “ASP 5000”.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Pierce Hall, circa 1890
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
First Parish Church Women's Meal, circa 1884
This image shows an unidentified gathering of women most likely in Pierce Hall which was a common site for similar gatherings. A list of nineteen names, therefore incomplete, attends the photo which shows about nineteen women seated and four younger girls serving. All the participants who have been tentatively identified lived in the immediate area of the First Parish Church and Pierce Hall. There are several clusters of extended family members. The list of participants loosely follows the naming convention of the time based on the person’s age. An overview of the list shows:
  • Seven young unmarried girls as evidenced by the naming convention that lists their full names. There are four visible in the photo and they are serving food to the seated women.
  • Two young unmarried women as evidenced by the naming convention that lists names as “Miss” plus their last name.
  • One older unmarried woman as evidenced by the naming convention that lists her as “Miss” plus their full name.
  • Nine married women as evidenced by the naming convention that lists names as “Mrs.” plus their last name.
A speculative analysis of the names shows:

Noyes Family (Walnut St.)
  • Mrs. Noyes (1840 – 1915), wife of George Dana Noyes
  • Elizabeth (“Bessie”) C. Noyes (1873 – 1955), daughter. An existing tintype of Elizabeth bears a resemblance to the older girl standing at the rear left of the table
  • Emma Noyes (1876-1950), daughter. The roster actually names a “Eunice Noyes” but no records are evident for a “Eunice Noyes” in Brookline at this time, we are speculating that the name “Emma” was intended. An existing tintype of Emma bears a significant resemblance to the young girl approaching the table on the left side
Extended family of Rev. Howard Nicolson Brown, Pastor of the First Parish Church
  • Sarah (“Sadie”) Brown (1878 - 1955), daughter
  • Mary Louise Brown (1873 – 1947), daughter
  • Mary F. Wicks (1828-1904), mother of Inez Wicks, wife of Howard Brown
Extended Stearns Family
  • Mrs. Stearns (1824- 1904), nee Anna Maria Mellen
  • Mrs. Mellen (1803-1899), the mother of Mrs. Stearns
  • Annie Stearns (1864-1901). She married Alexander Stoddard Jenney in 1886. He, in turn, married her sister after Annie’s death.
  • Mrs. Jenney (1836-1912). Nee Mary Hannah Howes; wife of Noah Stoddard Jenney; future Mother-in-Law of Annie Stearns; lived on Walnut
Others
  • Mrs. Cobb (1830-1911), wife of Albert A. Cobb, nee Mary Russell Candler. Lived on Walnut Terrace
  • Miss Adriana Brown (1805-1893), never married. Lived on Cypress St. near Walnut St. No apparent relation to the other Browns.
  • Mrs. Poor (1820 – 1912), Wife of Henry Varnum Poor, nee Mary Wild Pierce. Daughter of Lucy Tappan and Rev. John Pierce, former pastor of the church. Lived across Walnut St. from the church.
  • Frances (“Fanny”) G. Train, widow of Samuel F. Train. Lived on nearby Chestnut Pl.
  • Mrs. Stodder (1830 – 1921) , wife of Henry Franklin Stodder, nee Isabella Binney. Lived on Walnut St.
Unidentified
  • Miss Howard
  • Suey A. Brown
  • Susie Hayes
  • Mrs. Clark

[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
240 Kent St., 1905
Coachman, 35 Heath St.
House of Francs Cabot, no longer standing. The coachman is identified only as "Michael". It is noted that a Michael J. Lynch was a coachman for the Cabot family in the 1891 town directory though any match would be highly speculative.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Hose Company #3, Chapel St. Station, Early 1880s
Located across the tracks of the Boston and Albany Railroad at the Chapel St. station. At the time, Carlton St. dipped down to the station. Along the tracks on the other side were several privately-owned buildings where this brick and wood stable owned by Dr. William K. Lawrence was used by Hose Company #3 to store their engine.

In late 1882, a Babcock Chemical Engine acquired by the town and housed nearby on Carlton St. A new company, Chemical Engine #1, was created and appears to have merged with Hose Company #3 in the next year. Chemical Engine #1 moved to their own building at 86 Monmouth St. when it opened in early 1887.

There appear to be two large extinguisher tanks, characteristic of chemical engines, at the front of the wagon in the photo.
[Source: Boston Publishing Co.]
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