WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

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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We had the Ice Carnival and it was loads of fun…The floodlights all around, the simply grand music sent out with amplifiers, the hot dogs we roasted at a big bonfire up on the bank [of Lake Waban], and the way the bright skating costumes looked flying around the ice made it perfectly glorious. < 1 / 17 / 34 > Mary Jane and her roommates – like all Wellesley College freshmen of the era – lived in Wellesley's town center, or "the Vill," as they called it. Their dormitory was Webb House on Washington Street, built by Dr. Edwin Webb in 1894 and destroyed by fire in 1972. Living off campus, the young women took full advantage of establishments now erased from memory but thriving in 1930s Wellesley. They enjoyed waffles at The Blue Dragon, pancakes at The Oriole, and sirloin steak at Seiler's. They bought shoes for $12.50 at I. Miller (Mary Jane finding size 7½ AAA), shopped for an unconventional light bulb at Davis' (E.A. Davis, 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 as we know it), and reserved rooms for visiting family at the Wellesley Inn ($9 per night; $7.50 without a private bath). On Sunday mornings, they attended services at the Congregational Church, listening to ser- mons such as "Judas, the misunderstood." While Mary Jane entered her sophomore year, the Great Depression was deepening in America, with 30 percent unemployment and 800 banks shut down. Wellesley College students donated what they were able to "the Unemployment Fund," and knitted sweaters by the dozen for "the unemployed." But in an era remembered primarily for its breadlines, Mary Jane's circle clearly belonged to the less-publicized universe of those who – though not wealthy – could always count on a chicken in their pot: We had an enormous meal [at the Hole in the Wall, Wellesley] – Vegetable soup, Klee Sandwiches (steak between toast), Tomato Letters from Wellesley B L U E D R A G O N P O S T C A R D C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y top: Antique postcard of Webb House, formerly at 617 Washington Street bottom: Blue Dragon Tea House, formerly at 60 Central Street, where Mary Jane enjoyed waffles 068-076_WWMa14_Letters from Wellesley_v4_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/1/14 4:04 PM Page 72

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