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J. & Jessie C. Culham
of this house, R.F. Jenkins, also built 54 and 64 Welland Road,
as well as 9 Greenough Street.
who, with his wife Jessie, was the first resident of this house,
was a landscape architect who had worked with Frederick Law Olmsted
and his firm in Brookline. A Canadian who had come to Massachusetts
to attend Harvard, Culham returned to Canada and was one of the
founders of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects & Town
Planners in 1934. The Culhams were listed at this address in 1928
Bowker and her four children were next, listed here from 1930 to
1945. Lucy Bowker (born c1872) was the widow of Everett M. Bowker
who, like several members on both sides of the family, was active
in public service.
and Everett's oldest son, Philip G. Bowker (1899-1966), was first
elected to office as a Brookline Town Meeting Member in 1927. An
insurance broker, he continued to serve on Town Meeting until 1958.
He was later elected as a Republican to four terms as a state representative
(the first in 1932) and represented his district in the State Senate
from 1946 to 1958. As Senator, Bowker was a leading opponent of
Democratic Governor James Michael Curley and led a special Senate
commission investigating communists in Massachusetts in the late
1940s and early 1950s.
defeat by a Democratic newcomer in the 1958 election was an upset
and part of the rising tide of the Democrats in Massachusetts legislative
Bowker Jr. (1901-1981) was also in politics, serving for 10 years
in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He worked in an investment
house. Lucy Bowker's oldest daughter, Eleanor (born c1905), was
a public school teacher. The youngest child, Helen (1912-1995),
was listed as a clerk in 1944 and 1945. She had no occupation listed
U.S. Census listed the residents as: Lucy A. Bowker, 59; Phillip
G. Bowker, 31, insurance salesman (life insurance); Everett M. Bowker,
27, salesman (investment house); Eleanor L. Bowker, 25, teacher
(public school); Helen L. Bowker, 17; and Margaret Bowen, 45, maid,
born Rhode Island. The house was valued at $30,000.
were followed at this address by Abraham Cooper, his daughters Etta
Cooper and Celena Slotnick and Celena's husband Isadore Slotnick.
They had lived previously at 49 Summit Avenue. Abraham Cooper was
retired. He had run a copper manufacturing business. Born in Russia,
he came to the U.S. in 1903. Etta Cooper (1908-1987) was listed
as a secretary in 1946. Isadore Slotkin (1908-1992) was a manager
at a monument works in Brookline. He and Celena Slotnick (1909-2005)
had two daughters.
continued to be listed at 48 Welland until the early 1960s.