WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

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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pictures of Wellesley businesses in the society's collection. Fahey estimates that in all the society has 23,000 photos dating back to when the town split off from Needham in 1881. The society licenses the photos for display at local businesses. Some 30 images of Wellesley's past hang on the walls of The Local, for example. "Nobody's ever asked me, 'Do you have any pictures of plumbers?' But this is a picture that I'm dying for someone to come along and say he or she wants to license," Fahey said. WAR STORIES WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 358 BOSTON POST ROAD, WESTON 781.893.3093 or WWW.WESTONHISTORY.ORG Battlefields and butterflies. Those disparate subjects come to life at the Weston Historical Society. Its president, Pamela Fox, has literally written the book on Weston: Farm Town to Suburb: The History and Architecture of Weston, Massachusetts 1830-1980, which runs more than 600 generously illustrated pages. At the society's home in the 258-year-old Josiah Smith Tavern, Fox pulled out a fat folder from a cabinet containing question- naires World War I veterans completed at the request of the American Legion. Below is a sampling of their comments: n INFANTRY CAPTAIN JOHN DONALDSON NICHOLS was particularly acerbic. On com- manding a company of blacks and conscien- tious objectors at Camp Devens (later Fort Devens), he wrote, "Had lots of trouble as the 'Cos' refused absolutely to do anything, and the Negroes who were willing hard workers refused to eat or sleep with those damn, poor white trash Conscientious Objectors." In France, Nichols served Major General Harry I. Hodges in the role of "that highly useless and ornamental being — an aide-de-camp." That did come with the privilege of living in Château de Meillant ("the most beautiful chateau in Central France"), but meant that on the "night of the Armistice instead of cele- brating in town I had to play bridge with the old Marquis + Marquise of the chateau and my general all evening!" n FIRST LIEUTENANT DUDLEY PORTER RANNEY recalled leading his company "through the mud, the rains, and the losses of the Argonne. I marched at its head into Germany." n ENSIGN RUSSELL POPE PLACE spent much of the war in the air: "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning to fly over water, and later flying alone and instructing in fly- ing. … Mine is a simple story. Readers should Buried Treasures 100 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 6

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