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Boylston St., 1917
Looking west on Boylston St. toward Cypress St. after the break of a 70 in. water main on February 14, 1917. On the south side of Boylston from left to right:
  • 316 Boylston St., the Boylston Garage
  • Southeast corner of Boylston and Cypress St., the large house of Annie C. Crocker
  • Southwest corner of Boylston and Cypress St., store fronts, still standing
On the north side of Boylston from left to right:
  • Northwest corner of Boylston and Cypress St., the large curved building of storefronts and apartments, still standing
  • Northeast corner of Boylston and Cypress St., apartment buildings 351 to 315 Boylston St.
  • Three identical apartment buildings, 311, 305, 299 Boylston St. A woman is viewed in the second-floor window of #305.
  • 293 Boylston St., workshop of B. W. Neal
The woman in the window of #305 is Elizabeth Grennan (nee Ryan), wife of fireman Thomas Grennan (viewed in another photo). She and her husband raised five children three boys and two girls. In 1917, the children ranged in age from 1 to 13. Two of the boys became doctors one a podiatrist and the other a veterinarian and one of the daughters became a nurse. The other daughter became a teacher and the other son a corrections officer, eventually rising to superintendent of the state prison in Concord. Elizabeth died in 1967 at the age of 88.

[Courtesy of the Digital Commonwealth (CC BY-NC-ND). From the Metropolitan District Commission, Water Division, Metropolitan Water Works Photograph Collection, 1876-1930]