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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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85 Stanton Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1926
10/28/1926
Architect:
William Greenwood
Builder:
William Greenwood
Cost to Build:
$15,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
William Greenwood
First Residents:
Minnie V. & William P. Crockett

One of several Blake Park houses built by William Greenwood -- he was also the designer of this one -- 85 Stanton was home for one year to Minnie and William Crockett who later lived at 16 Hancock Road. After the Crocketts, this was the home for many years of Hyman B. and Ruth L. Swig and their family.

Hyman Swig (1886-1964) seemed to have a varied career. He was listed as a dentist in the 1910 U.S. Census and also on his World War I draft registration card. The 1920 Census listed him as treasurer of a shoe manufacturer. The 1930 Census listed him as a manufacturing chemist for a drug company. In the Brookline Street List, he was listed as being in real estate from 1928 to 1938, as a dentist in 1939, and as a treasurer, executive, and merchant for various years through the end of World War II.

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Simon (sic?) B. Swig, 43, manufacturing chemist (drugs); Libby R. (sic?) Swig, 36 ; Barbara C. Swig, 12; Grace D. Swig, 6; and Mary A. Logan, 17, maid, born Irish Free State. The house was valued at $20,000.

The Swig's daughter Barbara Johnson and her husband Burton M. Johnson, a salesman, were listed at this address instead of the Swigs in 1941, but the parents were back and the Johnsons were gone the following year. The Swig's younger daughter Grace was listed with them under her married name, Grace Grossman, in 1945, the last year the family was at this address.

The new owners in 1946 were Louis and Lillian Fields, previously at 54 Vernon Street. Louis Fields was a proprietor. The house is still owned by members of their family.