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& Mrs. Michael T. Mahan
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& Mrs. Michael T. Mahan, Beverly Farms
& Marie Rooney
87 Greenough Street was
built and designed by Michael Mahan, a local builder who lived next
door at 81 Greenough Street. An earlier permit had been issued for
a two-car garage built and designed by the team of Maurice Dunlavy
and Royal Barry Wills, who were responsible for all of the new homes
around the corner on Lowell Road.
The first residents,
listed in the Street List for just one year, were Alfred and Marie
Rooney, together with their young daughter Phyllis and Alfred's
sister Helen. They had previously lived in Boston. Alfred Rooney
was head of a large national advertising agency. His wife and sister
both worked for the firm, the Alfred Rooney Company. The Rooneys
were listed at this address only in 1929.
A two-family house, 87
Greenough was home during most of the period from 1930 to the end
of World War II to the families of Robert and Marjorie Monroe and
Alfred and Ora Metzler. Robert Monroe (1896-1978) was a physician
who worked at the Peter Bent Brigham until his retirement and was
involved in the study and development of geriatric medicine, according
to his obituary in the Boston Globe.
He and his wife Marjorie
(1901?-1980) were both born in Michigan and were married in 1924.
The Monroes first appeared in the Street List in 1930 when, according
to the U.S. Census, they were paying $105 a month in rent to the
owners of the house, Albert and Mary O'Malley, who lived in the
other half of 87 Greenough.
The 1930 Census lists
the residents as: Robert T. Monroe, 33, physician; Marjorie. E Monroe,
Kenneth E. Monroe, 4; Albert F. O'Malley, 48, salesman (securities);
Mary E. O'Malley, 26; Albert O'Malley, 5; John J. O'Malley, 4; and
William E. O'Malley, 2. The house was valued at $12,000 (or possibly
$22,000; the first number is difficult to read.)
One year after the O'Malley's
left, the Monroes were joined in the house by Alfred and Ora Metzler.
(They may have taken over as owners, though that is not clear.)
The Metzlers, both of whom were born in Ohio (Alfred c1894, Ora
c1895), had lived in Pennsylvania in 1930. Alfred was a manager,
though I have not been able to find of what kind of business. They
had three children. The Metzlers were listed at this address in
the Street List from 1933 to 1945.
Joining the Metzlers
after the departure of the Monroe family were Francis and Virginia
Snow, who had lived around the corner at 17 Lowell Road since that
house was built. See 17 Lowell Road
for more on the Snows.
In 1946, the Metzlers
were replaced at 87 Greenough Street by Michael Mahan, the builder
of the house (by then retired) and his wife Catherine.
The odd-numbered houses on Greenough Street between #55 and #87
are not included here. These buildings (or their predecessors) were
not part of the Blake Park development or of the Blake estate in