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Russell Goudey, 50 Stanton Road
P. and W.H. Russell Goudey
plumber William Henry Russell Goudey (1885-1972) built this house
for his family in 1927-28 and lived in it until the late 1940s.
Goudey did the initial plumbing and gasfitting work on many of the
houses built in Blake Park.
Goudey's shop was at
31 Harvard Street in Brookline Village.
He was born in Nova Scotia, as was his wife, Melvaretha Porter Goudey
(1885-1974). They were married in Boston in 1906.
The Goudeys had three
children. The oldest, Maurice Russell Goudey (1907-2002), known
as Russ, was a jazz musician who went to Europe after graduating
from Dartmouth College with a music degree in 1929. (He appeared
on at least one recording with Django Reinhardt.) Russ Goudey then
led his own jazz orchestra in Argentina for a number of years. He
lived at the Welland Street house for a short time after returning
to the U.S. in 1940, and later moved to New York where he continued
his music career.
The Goudey's second child,
Marion (1908-1980), was listed with her parents at this address
throughout the period covered by this survey. She became deaf at
an early age, and worked as a librarian at one time. (Librarian
is given as her occupation in the 1939-42 street lists; no occupation
is listed for the other years.
Irma Goudey, the youngest
child in the family, was first listed in the street list as a student
in 1939, when she turned 20, and was listed through 1943, when she
was shown as a secretary
Melva Goudey's mother,
Ada Porter, also lived with the family in this house until her death
The 1930 U.S. Census
listed the residents as: W.H. Russell Goudey, 45, master plumber;
Melva P. Goudey, 44; Marion E. Goudey, 21; Erma N. Goudey, 11; and
Ada V. Porter, 66. The house was valued at $22,000.
For additional information
about the Goudeys, see the W.H.
Russell Goudey page, with links to other family members, on
the Goudey Home Page, a family genealogy site.