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Flanders, 49 Longwood Avenue
Road was the home at first of Josephine Flanders, her sons Lewis
and Talbot, and Lewis's wife Lela. The family moved here from 49
Flanders (born 1856) was the widow of Albert Flanders, president
of Lewis Flanders & Co., a trucking company established by his
father in the 1850s (at a time when truckers, of course, moved goods
by horse and wagon). Albert Flanders died in 1929, shortly before
the family moved to Weybridge Road.
and Albert's son Lewis (born c1888) took over from his father as
president of the trucking business. Lela Flanders (born 1897 in
Canada), to whom he was married in 1929, was Lewis' second wife.
He was married previously in 1912 to a wealthy widow, 12 years his
senior, who lived near the Flanders family on Longwood Avenue.
younger brother Talbot (1890-1973) was listed as a telephone engineer
in the Street List and the 1930 U.S. Census. Earlier, he had been
a mechanical engineer with the Edison Electric Company in Boston.
U.S. Census listed the residents as: Josephine M. Flanders, 73;
Lewis Flanders, 42, president (transportation company); Lela J.
Flanders, 31 (daughter-in-law), born Canada; Talbot Flanders, 40,
engineer (telephone); and Dora Mattocks, 44, servant, born Canada.
family was listed at 25 Weybridge Road from 1930 to 1935.
residents were Frank C. and Katherine G. Fellows, along with Phyllis
Glenister and Harrison L. Benson, all of whom moved here from another
Blake Park house at 78 Stanton Road.
Frank Fellows (born 1874) was the owner of a ladder company. His
wife Katherine was born in England c1882 and came to the U.S. in
1890. Harrison Benson was born in Canada c1897 and came to the U.S.
in 1902. He was listed as an attendant at 78 Stanton and as a salesman
at this address. Phyllis Glenister (born c1913) was listed as a
It is unclear
what the relationship was between the Fellows and Benson and Glenister.
Katherine Fellows was listed at this address from 1936 to 1941.
Frank Fellows and Benson were listed in 1936 and 1937 only. Phyllis
Glenister was listed from 1936 to 1938 and again, as Phyllis G.
Stewart, in 1941 and (without Katherine Fellows) in 1942. The only
constant for the years this family was here (1936-1942) was the
same Irish maid, Margaret Flynn. My best guess is that Katherine
G. Fellows and Phyllis G. Stewart were sisters.
No one was
listed at this address in 1943. The next residents were Vincent,
Gwendolyn and Eric Rice. Vincent Donald Rice (incorrectly listed
as Donald V. Rice in the Street List) was born in the Britsh West
Indies in 1874 and came to the U.S. in 1905. He was a retired electric
company clerk at the time he moved here from Roslindale. His son
Eric (1909-1981), who moved with him from Roslindale, worked in
a bank. He was listed here in 1944 and 1945. Gwendolyn Rice (born
c1877), who lived in Attleboro before moving here, may have been
Vincent Rice's sister. She was a nurse.
of the Rice family were listed at this address from 1944 until the