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on Washington Street at the foot of Gardner Path was one of 25 Blake
Park houses designed by Royal Barry Wills and built by Maurice Dunlavy,
whose own Wills-designed house was behind it on Weybridge Lane.
Street was home initially to Mary McCue (1882-1970), a widow, and
her three children. Mary McCue was born in Ireland and came to the
United States in 1893. Her husband Robert, a truck driver in the
1920 Census, died some time between 1920 and 1930. In 1930, Mary
McCue was doing housework for a private family, while she and her
children rented an apartment at 5 High Street Place.
first appeared in the Street List at this address in 1934. John
McCue, the son, then 20, was listed as a laborer. The family was
listed again the next two years, but then left temporarily, possibly
renting the house to another family.
and Mary A. Achey were listed here from 1937 to 1940. George Achey's
occupation was listed as "milk" the first two years, and
clerk the next two. Mary was listed as a waitress in 1939 and a
housewife the other three years.
were back in 1941 and continued to own the house until the early
1970s. Barbara McCue, the middle of Mary's three children, was listed
as a clerk when the family first returned and was in the U.S. Navy
after 1944. Her sister Edith was listed variously as a student and
a clerk. John McCue (1913-1968) was in the U.S. Army from 1942 through
the end of the war. He later became a foreman for the Brookline