WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

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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Tercentennial Exhibition ishable products such as milk, strawberries, and flowers, where proximity to urban markets gave them an advantage. The society's exhibit will include an early 20th century strawberry basket and milk bottles from half a dozen Weston dairies. Twenty-first century visitors would probably not guess the function of another item on display, an apple sorter used in the Ripley orchards off Sudbury Road. The simple wooden board has four round holes, the smallest less than two inches in diameter. The exhibit will showcase stores and businesses important in Weston history, including G. W. Cutting & Sons general store, located in the town center for more than a century. Cuttings sold dry goods, food sta- ples, kerosene, woodenware, agricultural tools, and virtually everything else that the average farm and household needed, except perishable items. It stood across from the Josiah Smith Tavern until the Town Green was created in the 1910s. Another business to be featured, Ogilvies, was established in 1919 and still supplies hardware, heating oil, and lumber to Weston residents after more than 90 years. Like other New England towns, Weston had a variety of small mills and factories in the pre-Civil War period. The exhibit committee found examples of many products made in Weston, including calipers, a "butter and cheese drill," and two skeins of thin yarn with the manu- Desk and chair made at the school furniture factory on Crescent Street 100 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 COURTESY OF WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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