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E. O'Neill, Boston
E. & Mary D. O'Neill
One of 10
houses in Blake Park constructed by the builders Burdo & Boyd
(and one of three of those houses designed by Joseph McGann), 43
Somerset Road was the home at first of James E. and Mary D. O'Neill
and their family. They were listed at this address from 1929 to
(born c1893) was listed as an engineer in the Street List and as
a road contractor in the 1930 U.S. Census. He and his wife Mary
(born c1895) had two daughters and a son in 1930. Also living with
the family for a few years in the early '30s was a sister-in-law,
Helen Cleary, and her two children. Cleary was a nurse.
Census listed the residents as: James E. O'Neill, 37, contractor
(road); Mary D. O'Neill, 35; Mary O'Neill, 7; James E. O'Neill Jr.,
5; Elinor O'Neill, 2; Helen F. Cleary, 46 (sister-in-law), nurse
(hospital); Paul G. Cleary, 11 (nephew); and Helen Cleary, 10 (niece).
The house was valued at $16,000.
was listed in 1938. William F. Smith, a manager, and his wife Priscilla,
previously at 38 St. Paul Street, were listed here in 1939, but
no one was listed again in 1940.
Stein (1908-1990), a lawyer, and his wife Fay (1908-1999), purchased
the house around that time and owned it for more than 50 years.
Henry Stein was a lawyer. He practiced with his father Simon from
1932 to 1942, when he became chief counsel with the Office of Price
Administration in Washington. He served American President Lines
in Boston after World War II as a sales and public relations executive
before resuming his law practice, specializing in commercial real
rented the house to tenants at 43 Somerset Road for three years
before returning from Washington after the war. Residents during
those three years were: Stanley Macht, a physician, and his wife
Naomi, previously in Virginia (listed here in the Street List in
1943); Joseph and Vivien Green, previously in New York. Joseph was
in the Coast Guard (listed in 1944); and Alan and Marian Emery,
previously in Boston. Alan was in the Navy (listed in 1945).