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A. Hicks, 31 Linden Street
Genevieve, & Esther Sawyer
Roy A. Hicks, who lived on Linden Street, built three houses on
the west side of Somerset Road in 1927 (#s 14, 18, and 24).
Road was the home at first of two sisters and a brother, Genevieve,
Esther, and William Sawyer, listed at this address in the Street
List from 1928 to 1931. Genevieve, the oldest, was a secretary (shown
as a private secretary at an insurance company in the 1930 Census).
. William was a salesman (of oil and grease, according to the Census).
Esther was listed as an adviser in the Street List, but had no occupation
in the Census.
1930 U.S. Census listing showed:William B. Sawyer, 30, (commercial
salesman, (oil and grease); Esther L. Sawyer, 32, (sister); Genevieve
M. Sawyer, 34, (sister), private secretary (insurance). The house
was valued at $18,000.
the Sawyers at this address were Minnie L. and Francis W. Hamilton,
in the Street List from 1932 to 1936. The Hamilton's moved here
from 34 Gorham Avenue. Francis Hamilton was a general contractor.
His son Francis Jr. apparently worked with him. The Hamiltons also
had a daughter, Frances.
one year (1937 Street List), 14 Somerset was the home of Louis and
Henriette Lambert. Louis Charles Victor Lambert (born in France,
1874) was a professor of French at Boston University where he began
teaching in 1924. He first came to the U.S. in 1920 to be head of
the French department at the Berlitz School of Languages in Boston.
the Lamberts, the house was home for many years to members of the
Clifford family. John J. and Margaret M. Clifford and their children
had lived in Boston before coming to Brookline. John and Margaret
both were born in Ireland (John c1878 and Margaret c1879) and came
to the U.S. as children in 1887.
a chauffer. He and Margaret had five children, the youngest of whom
was 17 when they were first listed at 14 Somerset in the Street
List. The oldest child, Julia, was a teacher. The second oldest,
Katherine, was shown as a typist in the 1930 U.S. Census when the
family lived in Boston but had no occupation listed in the Brookline
son, John Jr., was listed as a student, a clerk, and a mechanic
before entering the U.S. Army during World War II. The
Clifford's youngest child, Dorothy, shown as a clerk in the early
1940s, was no longer listed with the family in 1946. She returned
later, as Dorothy O'Leary, with her own family and her family continued
to own the house until very recently.