Blake Park: Brookline, Massachusetts
History of a Neighborhood, 1916-2005

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104 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Joseph Selwyn
Jacob Hurwitz
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Jacob Hurwitz, Dorchester
First Residents:
Herman & Jennie Vershbow

This house was one of six designed by Joseph Selwyn and build by Jacob Hurwitz on Somerset Road in 1941. They were among the last houses built in the development of Blake Park (not counting three homes added in the 1950s).

The first residents of 104 Somerset Road were Herman and Jennie Vershbow and their family who moved here from Boston. Herman Vershbow (1891-1975) was born in Poland and came to the U.S. in 1902. He was (probably) the owner of Modern Die & Machine Co. in Dorchester. Herman and Jennie (born c1895) had two sons, Arthur and Daniel. Both sons graduated from MIT. Arthur Vershbow (born c1923) was later vice president and labor relations director of Modern Die and Machine. He was also president of the Boston Athaneum from 1982 to 1996. Daniel Vershbow (1924-2003) served as an executive officer at the Serve-O-Lift Corp. of Boston.

The Verbshow family was listed at this address from 1943 until the late 1960s.