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Grady, 1662 Commonwealth Ave
Road was one of two houses on this street built by Daniel Heffernan
and based on a design attributed to the Dix Lumber Company. The
first residents listed in the Street List were Mary Gaffney, previously
in Milton, and her daughter Katherine, a teacher, previously in
New York. They were listed here in 1931 and 1932.
may have been renting from Bartholomew Grady who was listed as the
owner of the house on the building permit but was not listed as
living at the house until 1933. Grady had been listed at the other
Heffernan/Dix Lumber house, 35 Weybridge Road, in 1928, but was
shown as living on Commonwealth Avenue on the 1930 permit.
the son of Irish immigrants, was born c1873. He was a musician,
listed in a 1903 Somerville directory as a pianist at Keith's Theater,
and later became a theater manager. He and his wife Honora, or Nora
(born c1882 in Vermont to Irish immigrants) had several children.
Nora may have died before the family moved here. She was listed
at 35 Weybridge Road in 1928, but only Bart and the two youngest
children, Lawrence and Ann, were listed at this address.
Grady (1908-1985) was an executive in private industry for many
years before joing the Small Business Administration in the 1960s.
He was one of the founders, at the SBA, of the Service Core of Retired
Executives. Ann L. Grady (1910-2005), later Ann Fleming, graduated
from Emmanuel College in 1931. She worked at the Salada Tea Company
and taught at Cardinal Cushing Central High School. She was also
active in the Emmanuel College Alumni Association. (Her older sister
Mary (1906?-2001), who entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1928
and became Sister Ann Bartholomew Grady , was president of Emmanuel
from 1960 to 1969.)
family was listed at this address from 1933 to 1937.
residents were Anna J. Connor and her three grown children, Howard,
Sadie Eleanor, and Harold, who moved here from Boston. The Connors
were all born in England and came to the U.S. in 1905. Anna Connor
(born c1868) and her late husband also had three older children.
Connor (1895-1963) was listed as an accountant in the 1920 and the
1930 U.S. Census. He was shown as an attorney in the Brookline Street
List. Sadie Eleanor Connor (1900-1966) was listed as a stenographer.
Harold E. Connor (1916-1992) was listed as a salesman until 1943
when he entered the U.S. Navy.
of the Connor family were listed at this address from 1939 until
the late 1960s.