WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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(and was willing to spend money on) the latest innovations that neighboring towns only dreamed of, the Wellesley Club decided how to get them. If the members approved, then soon these improvements appeared throughout what was becoming a town obviously touched with care. These early meeting topics included whether they should have (and since they all passed, then how to implement): their own electric lighting plant, trolley cars, new railroad stations (designed by Trinity Church architect H.H. Richardson), more schools, sidewalks, town fire equipment (to replace horse-drawn wagons of vol- unteers), street lights (this took two meetings), a cemetery, a park commission, and a widened Washington Street (this debate was repeated periodically for more than a decade). Throughout the years, it came to be said that whatever was decided at the Wellesley Club on Monday night, Town Meeting would most likely pass on Tuesday. Soon the members, filled with button-busting pride at their suc- cesses, decided to take even more proactive leadership. Since they wanted their town to be not only the most modern but also the 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 How the Wellesley Club Shaped Wellesley most beautiful and harmonious, in 1902 the Club elected a Town Improvement Board to "arouse a spirit of civic betterment in Wellesley." Under the Board's supervision, the town enjoyed such communal activities as the Village Christmas Tree, care for vacant lots, and area clean-ups. Also, conscious of the past as well as the future, the Club voted to establish a committee to look into starting a Wellesley Historical Society. Disgruntled by the lack of objective information available about the crucial decisions to be made in town, in 1903 the Club decided that a central, weekly town newspaper was needed, "a serious, impar- P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F T H E 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 , W E L L E S L E Y , M A S S A C H U S E T T S ; F . R . W I L L E Y / P H O T O G R A P H E R

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