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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1908 1909 Marian Case establishes "Hillcrest Farm" and employs local boys on their summer vacation 197. In the early 20th century, fox hunts through Weston were conducted by the Lincoln-based Middlesex Hunt Club. 200. Neighboring towns had street railways in the early 1900s but Weston never did. The town voted in 1902 to allow a street railway on North Avenue, but the "boulevard plan" required widening the road to 81 feet. It was never built. 198. Estate owner Charles H. Jones started Commonwealth Shoe and Leather Company, makers of Bostonian shoes. 201. The murder of 41-year-old Mabel Page in Weston in 1904 shattered the bucolic atmosphere of Cutter's Corner. The trial of 24-year-old Charles Tucker 199. Charles Jones was a serious gentleman farmer. He served as presi- attracted widespread media attention. dent of the Guernsey cattle breeders association and was known for his champion bulls. 202. Charles Tucker was sentenced to death for Mabel Page's murder. The case was appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court. The governor received a petition with 116,555 signatures, urging clemency. He and President Theodore Roosevelt both declined to intervene, and Tucker was electrocuted in 1906. 203. The all-concrete 1908 Kendal Green Fire Station was used for less than 10 years. It was closed to save money during World War I. Motorized trucks made the station unnecessary. 204. Brook School Building B started as a one-story primary school. It was enlarged two years later by lifting up the building and inserting a brick first floor. 205. In 1908, the town spent 14 percent of its budget to fight gypsy moth infestation. 206. P McAuliffe became the town's first chief of police about 1908. Before .J. that, the town relied on local citizens appointed each year as constables or special police. 207. In 1909, the publisher of the Boston Post distributed some 700 gold- headed ebony canes to towns in New England, to be given to the oldest living 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 male resident. Weston's cane has been lost. 208. Marian Case established Hillcrest Farm in 1909 on land next to her fam- ily estate. Her goal was to encourage interest in agriculture and provide opportunities for local boys during their summer vacation. 209. The Hillcrest Boys were generally 12 to 18 years old. They were given uniforms, had a daily study hour, and were required to keep journals and write an annual paper read at a Labor Day picnic. 70

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