Index- Through the Lens- Longmeadow 100 Years Ago

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#TBT-1 Longmeadow Tennis Club Opening day for the Longmeadow Tennis Club was Saturday, June 28, 1913. The tennis courts were built on the grounds of the original Storrs Library by Vaughan & Kibbe. Individuals that were interested in playing the game had donated to build these three courts.
Center School
Older children in front of the District 1 schoolhouse which stood on the site of the present Center School in 1878. In 1899 a new Center School was built to replace the two room Center School for grades 1 to 9. In 1929 both buildings were demolished to allow construction of the today’s Center Elementary School.
Country Store
The Country Store was built in 1805 by Calvin Burt and Stephen Cooley. It is located at 776 Longmeadow Street.  For many years it was home to the Longmeadow Post Office.  In 1848 Dimond Chandler established his first button factory here. The building eventually became a grocery store was owned and operated by Charles L. Wood.  It is currently the home of the Spa-on-the-Green.
Doane Orphanage
In 1902, George Sanford Doane and his wife Lucy Maria Cook established the Doane Orphanage at the corner of Longmeadow Street and Forest Glen Road. It is no longer in existence.
First Church Parsonage
In 1857 the First Congregational Church parish voted to build a parsonage on the site of the Rev. Stephen Williams' original home which was destroyed by fire in 1845. It housed ministers until 1917, when Rev. Henry Lincoln Bailey retired. It later served as quarters for church school classes and as the residence for the church caretakers. The parsonage was moved south of the church in 1921 when the Community House was built by First Church. The building currently is home to the Longmeadow Montessori School.
A Changing Landscape
In 1907 the Chapel was located on the south side of the First Congregational Church.  In 1921 the Chapel was moved when the Community House was built.  The First Church Parsonage was also moved to its current location at 777 Longmeadow Street.
Young Mansion
734 Longmeadow Street was built in 1884 by Henry R. Wolcott and Colorado Senator Edward O. Wolcott for their father, Rev. Samuel Wolcott. In 1901 it was purchased by Edward Spaulding Brewer, who was a prominent Springfield area businessman, three-term chairman of the Longmeadow Board of Selectmen and two-term Massachusetts state legislator. In 1921 the home was sold to Mrs. Mary Ida Young, a friend of the Brewers and wife of the inventor of the horse (and later human) liniment Absorbine, Jr.  For years thereafter, the mansion was a focal point of many Longmeadow society events.  Mary Ida Young died on Halloween, October 31, 1960, at age 95.
Thomas Watters House
The Thomas Watters House at 70 Longmeadow Street is a Queen Anne style house in the north end of town. It was built by Thomas Watters in 1880. Thomas Watters and his brother, Joseph Watters, who built the house next door (76), were successful contractors in Springfield in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One of their notable projects was the Barney Estate in Forest Park. Thomas Watters served as Park Commissioner in Longmeadow in 1901 and was elected Selectman in 1907.
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall was originally built as a school house in 1855.  This building is the old North School which was used as a school until 1906. It was then used as a Town Hall/ Police Station from 1906 until 1930 when the current Town Hall was built. It then became the headquarters of the Albert T. Wood Post 175/ American Legion.
The CVS/ Rinaldi’s/ Kate Gray Boutique building in an earlier time period... This original structure was completed in late 1916 and has served as a home for the Longmeadow Garage and Longmeadow Public Market, Inc.+ many other local businesses throughout the years.
A Changing Landscape-2
The Captain Simon Parker house that was located at 777 Longmeadow Street and the First Church Chapel were moved to Williams Street.  The First Church Parsonage (now the Montessori School) was moved to make room for the construction of the Community House.
Longmeadow Water Works
The Longmeadow Water Works which was started in 1894 consisted of a pond, a screen filter. a Deane steam pump, a storage tank (connected to stand pipe) and an engineer's house. The tank was open at the top so the engineer usually pumped it until it overflowed. The unused water from the pond ran down to the Connecticut River and was known as Cooley Brook. Water was delivered to town residents through pipes on Longmeadow Street and side streets. As the town’s water needs increased, the town started purchasing additional water from Springfield in 1912.
Longmeadow DPW
In 1931 Longmeadow Town voters approved moving the old train station [“depot”] to the current site of the Department of Public Works Main Offices for use as a Caretaker’s Cottage. The train “depot” building was built ~ 1884 and remains as part of the current DPW facility 130+ years later!
Old Red House
The "Old Red House" at 787 Longmeadow Street was built by Captain Simon Colton in 1734 and is a fine example of a New England "saltbox".
St. Mary's Church
n 1868 a group of five men purchased a building that was believed to have been a spectacle shop located across the Town Green from First Church. They moved this building to Williams Street opposite Longmeadow Cemetery. On October 2, 1870 it was dedicated as St. Mary's Church. In 1924 St. Mary's Church was moved to a portable church that had been set up behind the site of the current church at the corner of Bliss Road and Longmeadow Street. On Christmas Eve in 1931 a new St. Mary's Church was opened.
"Meat Peddlar"
Mr. Arthur A. Brooks lived at 107 Hopkins Place. He worked in Charles S. Allen's store at 766 Longmeadow Street and was best known as the "meat peddlar".
Post Office
Mr. Albion K. Matthews was appointed the Longmeadow Postmaster from 1885 - 1889 and from 1893 - 1897. During this period of time postal business was conducted at 891 Longmeadow Street. He died in 1900. His wife, Elizabeth operated a small store- The Peoples Cheap Cash Store at the same location selling various items including thread, needles, pins and other articles.
Bernard E. Graves
201 Longmeadow Street- Bernard E. Graves and his wife, Mary lived in this home at the corner of Longmeadow Street and Converse Street. Mr. Graves spent his 52 year career with the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.  Throughout his life Mr. Graves was an active citizen of Longmeadow.
Longmeadow Garage
The GRAVES GARAGE (also known as the Longmeadow Garage) was located at the corner of Longmeadow Street and Belleclaire Avenue. Automotive repairs and gasoline sales were its primary business. The Colonnade built in 1917 also included a number of stores including Ford Drug and The Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.
Storrs House
Storrs House located at 697 Longmeadow Street built in 1786 and is the home of the Longmeadow Historical Society.  The house was the pastoral home of Rev. Richard Salter Storrs and his family. Its appearance has changed numerous times.
Post Office/
Cornelius Shine
The Longmeadow Post Office was opened on March 4, 1814 and closed on June 30, 1902. The Post Office was located in a number of different buildings around the Longmeadow Town Green. After the Post Office was closed, Mr. Cornelius “Cornie” Shine delivered mailed to town residents for the next 15 years.
Willard House
The house at 340 Longmeadow St was designed by Guy Kirkham and built for William Willard in 1901. William Willard lived there alone until the mid-1920’s when he died without leaving a will. Mr. Willard had always said that he would leave his property (18 acres) to the Town of Longmeadow for use as a park. However, the property was inherited by his sisters who sold it to a developer. In the spirit of Longmeadow tradition the house was moved in 1925 to the corner of Warren Terrace (316 Longmeadow St) where Mr. Willard had also owned a small piece of property.
South Park Terrace
South Park Terrace/ (South Park Estates) was a forty-five-acre estate purchased from the Colton family by J. William Cheney, Theodore W. Leete, and Edward J. Murphy.  This section of Longmeadow was quickly developed at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1907 Joseph H. Wesson purchased 6½ acres of land on Forest Glen Road. He was a resident of Springfield, MA and the son of Daniel B. Wesson, a co-founder of Smith & Wesson Co. located in Springfield, MA. Three beautiful homes were built- one for each of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Wesson’s children: Douglas (109) who married Elba Cotton, Victor (135) who married Eleanor M. Williams, and Eleanor (161) who married Flynt Lincoln. They each raised their families on Forest Glen Road.
Morgan Wesson
Morgan Wesson was a resident of the town of Longmeadow, MA. He was killed in action aboard the USS Atlanta and his body was lost at sea during the battle of the Solomon Islands off Guadalcanal. He was the first man from Longmeadow killed in action during WWII. On July 28, 1943 Lieut. (J.G.) Morgan Wesson was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart.

Thomas Watters House
The Thomas Watters House at 70 Longmeadow Street is a Queen Anne style house in the north end of town. It was built by Thomas Watters in 1880. Thomas Watters and his brother, Joseph Watters, who built the house next door (76), were successful contractors in Springfield in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One of their notable projects was the Barney Estate in Forest Park. Thomas Watters served as Park Commissioner in Longmeadow in 1901 and was elected Selectman in 1907.
Morgan Wesson

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