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Haker, 50 Marshall Street
& Maude Haker
like all of the houses on Lowell Road with the exception of the
pre-development 8-10 and 12-14 Lowell, was built by Maurice Dunlavy
and designed by Royal Barry Wills.
Road, one of the last two houses built on Lowell Road, was the home
initially of Walter and Maud Haker. Walter Haker, born in Ohio in
1884, came to Massachusetts some time before World War I and got
into the real estate business. (His draft registration card from
1917 or 1918 shows him working as a building superintendent for
Harry Squires, who moved to 61 Blake Road couple of years after
the Hakers moved here.)
the Hakers as a lodger at this address for much of the time they
were here was Henry Klous, head of a wool manufacturing firm in
Lawrence, MA from about 1885 until about 1941. (He was probably
Maud Haker's father.) Klous, like Harry Squires, was involved, perhaps
as a middle man, in some of the complicated real estate transactions
that led to the transfer of ownership of the Blake Park properties
to the Interurban Estates after the collapse of the Inter-City Trust.
were in the Street List at this address from 1930 to 1938. Klous
was listed with them in 1931 to 1933 and again in 1937 and 1938.
The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Walter H. Haker, 42,
real estate broker, born Ohio; Maud Haker, 42; Henry Klous, 66,
(lodger), wool manufacturer; and Harriett McLain, 19, servant, born
Canada. The house was valued at $16,000.
the Hakers and Klaus at 29 Lowell were Louis K. and Flora K. Diamond,
previously at 93 Toxteth Street. Louis Diamond (1902-1999) who the
New York Times called "a pediatric legend" when he died,
was a pioneer in the treatment of blood diseases in children, earning
him the sobriquet "father of pediatric hematology."
was born in the Ukraine and came to the U.S. at the age of 2. Growing
up in Manhattan, he came to Massachusetts to attend Harvard (Class
of 1923) and the Harvard Medical School (M.D. 1927). He was for
many years professor of pediatrics at Harvard and assistant chief
of staff at Children's Hospital. From 1948 to 1950, he was on leave
as medical director of the American Red Cross' National Blood Program.
and his wife Flora (1906-1998), a teacher and linguist, had two
children. Their son Jared (1937- ) is a physiologist and a biologist
and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and
Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997) and other
family lived on Lowell Road until 1968 when Louis Diamond retired
from Harvard and took a position as adjunct professor of pediatrics
at the University of California in San Francisco.