WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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1885 1888 The First Parish Friendly Society is formed 108. Middlesex County was the center of apple growing in Massachusetts after 112. General Charles Jackson Paine bought a 120-acre farm on Highland Street the Civil War. In 1865, Weston had 16,312 apple trees cultivated for their fruit. in 1868. His estate would grow to more than 750 acres, the largest in Weston. 109. Milk was Weston's most valuable farm product throughout the post-Civil 113. Construction began on the Massachusetts Central Railroad about War period. 1870; but because of financial difficulties, it wasn't truly operational until 15 years later. 110. Productivity per cow more than doubled over two decades. 111. In 1865, Charles Merriam donated $1,000 to the town to establish a fund for the "silent poor of Weston," to be paid to "honest, temperate men and 114. The state census of 1875 lists Weston's total valuation at $227,883 for agricultural products and $51,900 for goods and services, the most important being butchering, school furniture, and wool carding. women who work hard and are prudent and economical and yet find it difficult to make both ends meet." 115. Willard Jennings, like many Weston farmers, began taking in summer boarders after the Civil War. He developed the Glen House and Cottages on Glen Road. 116. The first dog licenses were issued in 1876. 117. The 1876 Merriam barn, once one of the largest in Middlesex County, was destroyed by fire in 1926. The foundation can still be seen near the brush dump on Merriam Street. 118. The first high school building, constructed in 1877, was located where Brook School Building C is today. It had space for 75 students. 119. Francis Blake was one of the most famous men ever to live in Weston. In 1878, he invented the Blake Transmitter, which amplified the voice and made the Bell Telephone a success. 120. Francis Blake lived up the hill from the Boston and Albany Railroad. When passing by his estate, the train engineer would throw the daily paper out the cab window. Blake's butler would bring it up to the house. 121. Francis Blake probably had the first telephone in Weston. He paid We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 to put up poles from his house to Newton Lower Falls in 1880. 122. Charles Jackson Paine became a well-known figure in the 1880s as a yachtsman and winner of three America's Cups. 64

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