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mother recalls sending him a telegram: "Miss Cheney sends love to her dear Father and hopes to see him soon." Alice attended the prestigious Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, when it was still under the direction of founder Sarah Porter. There, the young women were encouraged to pursue a broad range of interests, from Latin and European languages to botany and geology to tennis and baseball. In 1895, the Boston Sunday Post wrote of Alice and her two sisters: "The three daughters … have all made their appearance in Back Bay society, but are unmarried. They are always together, and were always popular in their set. All three are entertaining, and their taste, remark- ably, runs nearly alike for music, out-door amusement and traveling … nearly all over the other continents." That description appeared in an article just after Benjamin Cheney's death, when it appeared that a dispute over his will would land in court. The Boston papers reported that Benjamin Pierce Cheney Jr. was, in the view of the rest of his family, exercising too much control over the estate and that his father was not of sound mind when he made known his final wishes. Fortunately for the family, but not for the gossip- hungry public, the matter was settled before it reached the bench. B.P. Cheney Sr. left an estate estimated as high as $9 million (in today's dollars, he would have been a billionaire) and, based on The Boston Globe account, a sterling reputation. "Great tenacity was one of his leading characteristics," the Globe eulogized. "In nothing is this more apparent than in his sincerity in standing by the great transcon- tinental lines in their prosperity and in their declines." The Globe added: "His fortune was squarely and honestly made without con- nivance or double dealing." The story praised Elm Bank as being "among the most beautiful places in the state." Daughter Alice acquired Elm Bank from the family in 1904. Three years later, she married. The Globe headline: "Brilliant Wedding at Elm 88 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 7 A House of Many Stories

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