WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 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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300 Pieces of Weston Trivia PART TWO PA M E L A W. F OX writer / P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F W E S T O N H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y as part of the Weston300 celebration, I was asked to 1889 write an article called "300 pieces of Weston trivia." Trivia – that means "insignificant details, inessential trifles." To adhere strictly to the definition, I needed 300 items "of little importance or value." But I am a historian and this is my chance to present Weston history in a way that I hope will have some importance and value. Rather than "trivial," I prefer the words "interesting," "quirky," "amusing," "thought-provoking," "attention-getting," and "fun." Norumbega Tower; 4-H Horse Club in front of the Golden Ball Tavern, 1976 left: background: Weston These are random bits of knowledge; but because they are in roughly chronological order, reading through them will provide a basic understanding of how the town developed over its 300-plus year history. In the spring issue, we presented the first 150 items and here are the second 150 items. ment to his archaeological "discoveries." It com- 156. moved twice, from Highland Street to Boston Post 151. memorates an event that never happened, the Society, founded in 1895, had to either plant a tree Road and, five years later, from there to 22 Church settlement of the Vikings in Watertown and the each year or pay an annual fee of one dollar. Street. The second move, in 1888, was a disaster. Charles River basin. The historic 1755 Elisha Jones House was 157. The house was too wide and had to be cut in two. A March blizzard buried the second half in snow, 154. blocking Boston Post Road for weeks. one of the earliest golf clubs in the country. Weston Golf Club, founded in 1894, was Members of the Village Improvement Brook School Building A (1895) was the town's second high school building. Boys and girls had separate entrances. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 Initiation fee was $5.00, and the annual assess- 152. In the days before automobiles, rather than ment was also $5.00. plowing streets, the highway department used a 158. Estate owner Horace Sears purchased 46 acres on Pigeon Hill in 1896 and hired a surveyor roller to compact and preserve snow for better 155. sleighing. on Church Street, on land leased from private own- The original Weston Golf Club course was to lay out the original 17 lots in Weston's first subdivision. ers. Sunday play was not allowed. Cows were pas- 153. Chemistry professor Eben Norton Horsford got caught up in late 19th century "Viking mania." He built Norumbega Tower in 1889 as a monu- 64 tured on the third fairway and the caddy's job was 159. to drive them out of the way. slowly emerging class of professionals and busi- Lots on Pigeon Hill were sold to the town's nessmen, including four architects.

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