Blake Park: Brookline, Massachusetts
History of a Neighborhood, 1916-2005

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61 Welland Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Ralph I. Williams
Simon S. Black
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Anne Black, 211 Wolcott Road
First Residents:
Isadore & Judith Cohen

61 Welland was the work of the builder/architect team of Simon Black and Ralph I. Williams who were also responsible for three other houses on the north side of Welland Road and four more on Blake Road.

The first residents of this house were Isadore & Judith Cohen, first listed in 1942. They moved here from 65 Babcock Street. They were joined a year later by Isadore's mother and brother, Sarah and Bernard (or Barnet) Cohen. I believe -- though I'm not certain it's the right family -- that the Cohens owned a furniture business that Sarah and her two sons all worked in. Bernard was in the Army AIr Corps during World War II.

Sarah (born in Russia c1885) came to the U.S. with her husband in 1898. He died between 1929 and 1930. The family was listed at 61 Welland Road until the late 1950s.