to Greenough Street:
Resident at this Address:
L. Paige and Thomas & Mary O'Connor
One of a
handful of pre-1900 buildings in Blake Park, this house apparently
was once part of the Blake stables on what is now Lowell Road. It
was moved to its present location, reportedly by oxen, in late 1921
or early 1922. A 1922 permit was issued for its conversion from
a stable to a garage with an apartment overhead.
residents of this house on Greenough Street lived in other Blake-owned
properties on what became Lowell Road -- possibly even in this house
itself -- before the house was moved to Greenough Street. Abbie
L. Paige and Thomas and Mary O'Connor were listed at 1 Greenough
Street Within in the 1921 Street List. ("Greenough Street Within"
and "Off Greenough Street" were used to refer to the area
of the Blake stables before Lowell Road was developed and named.)
In 1922, the O'Connors were listed at 10 Lowell Road and Paige was
listed next door at 14 Lowell Road..
1923, Paige was listed at 55 Greenough Street, and the O'Connors
joined her -- in the same building but with a different address
-- at 57 Greenough in 1925. The 1930 U.S. Census showed Paige paid
$40 in monthly rent and the O'Connors paid $35.
Paige (1872-1960) was a Taunton native and a Wellesley College graduate
who had a long affilliation with that school. She was president
from 1918 to 1940 of the Wellesley Students' Aid Society, an organization
that disbursed loans and gifts to students having trouble covering
their expenses. The spirit of the students, she told the Christian
Science Monitor in a 1926 profile, "pays me for the work
involved. I am working with young people, full of promise, and working
in the midst of the beauty of Wellesley. I feel that there could
not be a more satisfying kind of avocation."
worked with young people in Brookline. She taught Latin at Brookline
High School for several years (and briefly in St. Louis, Missouri)
and later ran the A.L. Paige Tutorial School -- most likely out
of her house on Greenough Street. There she tutored students in
Latin and other subjects in preparation for college entrance exams.
and girls of Brookline, Mass.," reported the Monitor,
"know Miss Paige as a tutor who, sitting in her little brown
house in a tangle of syringa bushes, is able quietly to draw the
sting of college entrance examinations." The tutoring school,
according to Paige's 1960 obituary in the Wellesley Townsman,
"gave Miss Paige what she felt was her richest and most rewarding
lived at 55 Greenough Street until moving to the Hotel Brunswick
in Boston in 1948.
Mary O'Connor were both born in Ireland. Thomas (born c1876) came
to the U.S. in 1904 and Mary (born c1882) in 1905, and they were
married around 1917. They had two sons, John and Thomas Jr.
was a chauffer, most likely the chauffer for the Blake family. He
was listed at "off 62 Greenough Street" in the Street
List in 1919 and 1920, then at 1 Greenough Street Within and 10
Lowell Road in 1921 and 1922. The family was not listed the next
two years before reappearing at 57 Greenough Street.
U.S. Census lists the residents of 57 Greenough as: Thomas O'Connor,
54, chauffer (private family), born Irish Free state; Mary O'Connor,
48, born Irish Free state; Thomas L. O'Connor, 8; and John J. O'Connor,
11. As noted above, they were paying $35 a month in rent.
continued to be listed at this address in the Street List through
1937. They were followed by the family of Allen and Ethel Austin,
who were listed from 1938 until after World War II. Allen
Austin was also a chauffer. It's possible he succeeded Thomas O'Connor
in that role for the Blake family, although he continued to be listed
as a chauffer after the death of Frances Blake and the sale of rest
of the estate in 1939.
had two grown daughters and a young son living with them at the
time they moved to Greenough Street. One daughter, Anna, worked
as a secretary and stenographer. Her sister Alice was listed at
various times as a waitress and a dietician. She left the home in
the early 1940s, but returned with her husband Harold Phillips,
who was then in the army, in 1945. The Austins also had a young
son, Allan Jr.
The odd-numbered houses on Greenough Street between #55 and #87
are not included here. These buildings (or their predecessors) were
not part of the Blake Park development or of the Blake estate in