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1910 Newton MA

1910 Yearbook Photos

This is the first of the yearbooks for Newton High School.  There were 141 students graduating that year according to the yearbook.  Some interesting facts:

  1.  Many of the students have surnames that Newton schools and streets are named after such as Butts, Fessenden, Greenwood, Judkins, Wheeler, Washburn, Mason, Merrill, Randlett, Shute, Wheeler and Weeks.  Would be interesting to know if these are members of the founding families.
  2. There was only one African American student in the class – Lloyd Francis Marshall.  Although I could not find his home address, he was born in Newton in 1890.  He went on to become a Dentist in Worcester.
  3. Interesting to see the change in Fashion from 1910 – 1920.  In these photos, all the women had very long hair, piled up in an updo.  Fast forward to 1920 and most have short hair.
  4. Since I had to look them up in the Census to find their home addresses, I figured I also put their father’s occupation on the record so you can see what kind of jobs Newton parents had then.
  5. Many of the students were older when they graduated.  23 of them were 20 years old.  2 were 21.  1 was 23!  I wonder if it was because they started later or had to take time off to help their families?
  6. Two students lived at 1136 Center St and one lived at 144 Hancock.  These were both boarding houses for students who parents were away.  144 Hancock in particular was for the children of Missionaries.  At least 3 students in this class had parents who were missionaries.
  7. A lot of the students did not have a picture with their entry because they did not get the picture submitted in time.  I imagine it was a lot harder to get your picture taken back then.

1922 Newton MA

1922 Yearbook Photos

1914 1916 1919 1920 1922 Auburndale Newton MA

144 Hancock St, Auburndale

This is another interesting house in the history of Newton.  This is the Walker Center –

At the time that these students lived there, this was the Walker Home for Missionary Children, founded in 1864.  Children of missionaries stayed here while their parents went off on missions.  I am sure there were a lot more students that stayed here, but Newton High School only started printing yearbooks in 1909.  And they only started putting addresses under the names in 1911, then skipped addresses in 1912.


1944 Newton MA Nonantum

Nonantum WWII Veterans

by Larry Leone

I have been doing family research and came across some newspaper articles from the 1940’s during WW2 that I want to share.. The articles show how deeply the war affected families from The Lake. Many parents had multiple sons in combat zones. The three Antonellis brothers were my uncles, Larry and Henry were at Normandy and Louie in Italy, Lou was in an armored division and was involved in the liberation of Rome. They grew up on Ashmont Ave. and Adams St.and then Lyons Court. While Louie was in Rome he made his way to San Donato to visit and meet his grandparents for the first time. I grew up on Hawthorn St. directly across from Emerald St. where the Gentile family lived and remember them well. The Leone’s in the posted article were not related but two of my Leone uncles from Hawthorn Street Danny and Dominic also served in WW2. That generation is mostly gone now but hopefully will not be forgotten. I was young during the war but have many memories of those days and remember the bells ringing and horns blowing when the Japanese surrendered.