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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1894 1895 1896 Original Weston Golf Club course on Church Street Brook School Building A (left) was built as a high school Weston Water Company watering wagon 160. When the Weston Water Company was 168. Hubbard, Dean, Byron, Young, Blake, and incorporated in 1896, the main goal was to water Loring Roads, Winsor Way, and Merriam Street the streets to keep down the dust. were all named for estate owners. 161. The Weston Electric Light Company was 169. Conant, Coburn, Jones, and Kingsbury founded at the same time, with the same private stockholders, and shared a building on Warren 1899 Roads, Viles Street, and Cutter's Bluff were all named for Weston farm families. Avenue with the water company. 162. 170. Warren Avenue, Warren Place, and Warren Brenton Dickson Jr. is credited with getting the name of Elm Street changed to Love Lane. Lane were named for Percy Warren, manager of According to family lore, he expressed his prefer- Weston Water Company, and his brother Harry, ence by removing Elm Street signs and storing who worked for Weston Electric Light Company. them in his basement. 163. To decide where to place streetlights, the 171. Construction begins on Sears Mansion The Drabbington Lodge (1899) was the selectmen looked not only at public safety but also first major building in Weston to be wired for at total taxes paid by abutting landowners. electricity. 164. In 1896, estate owner Charles W. Hubbard 172. George Foote harvested ice on Foote's established Riverside Recreation Grounds along pond, sometimes two or three times per winter. The the Charles River, with extensive facilities "to foster thickness varied between nine and twelve inches. Outdoor Sport." "The Rec" was located where The ice blocks were stored in two large wooden Recreation Road comes off Route 128. icehouses, packed in layers separated by sawdust 1900 and insulated with hay. 165. The New England Amateur Athletic Union used "The Rec" for track meets. In the 1920s, 173. the world's record for the 100-meter dash was trucks with a scale at rear. Chunks were chipped set here. off and carried to a customer's "ice box." 166. In 1896, voters agreed to spend $250 to 174. Foote's employees delivered ice in yellow Canoeing at the Charles River "Lakes District" is increasingly popular (1919 photo) At the turn of the century, an estimated establish the Weston Free Bed at Waltham Hospital. 4,000 to 5,000 canoes were stored along the six- 176. Because of the subsidy and other charitable assis- mile "Lakes District" of the Charles River in Weston, Weston, at "The Rec" and the Boston Athletic tance, the hospital agreed to care for all needy Newton, and Waltham. Association facility, located where Liberty Mutual 175. More canoeing was done on this stretch of river than on all the rivers in the rest of 177. installed in the "Town Square" in 1897, next to the Massachusetts put together. A canoe was one of ter, developed "Haleiwa," the most elaborate estate flagpole. A twin trough was placed at Church the few places where a young man and woman in Weston. The mansion on Boston Post Road was Street and North Avenue. could be together without a chaperone. constructed between 1899 and 1903. A decorative metal watering trough was Horace Sears, son of the First Parish minis- 65 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e is today. Weston residents who went there for treatment. 167. Two large boathouses were located in

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