Back in 1959, as a single young man, I purchased a house, which is now 80 Fletcher Road. The house had on the left of it what used to be an old barn, which also contained an outhouse (No bathroom in the house). Now the house did have village water that hooked into the main line coming down from the Fairfax Resevoir in the Boissoneault Meadow, behind what is now Steve & Pauline Ratte's house. It also had electricity, the main fuse box containing two fuses was located at the left of the door of the old summer kitchen. Lights were all in the ceiling and there were very, very few wall outlets. The house had three chimneys, all sitting on a platform in the two upstairs bedrooms and the third was in a woodshed near the roof in an old woodshed at the East end of the old summer kitchen. Each chimney was dripping with creosote.
There was a pantry which had an old black iron sink with a single source of cold water and a few cupboards. Hot water had to be heated on the stove. The roof, well that had cedar shingles, although a few were missing.
Now although I knew it needed a few repairs, I thought the price of the house was pretty good. $1800.
Well, I took my prospective bride up to see my new house. I found out years later that after I showed her the house (I thought she was quite pleased with it), she went home and just cried her eyes out. I believe she thought that when we got married the following year, we would move right in.
Well, when we first got married we did not move right in and in the spring of 1962, we contracted Shirley Minor of Westford to go through the house and make it liveable and he did an excellent job of it. We contracted another gentleman to put in a Central Hot Water Heating System (Now this is a whole other story, but the materials were delivered and he started the job, however after asking for the check for the rest of the job, he absconded with the money, never to be seen again). The system had cast iron radiators and only heated the main part of the house. We felt we couldn't afford to do that at that time. After all, we had now put over $5,000 in the house and our house payments were creeping up to over $50 a month which was quite a jump from the $15 a month we were paying when we bought the house.
Well, it was a happy day indeed when we moved in to our renovated house a couple weeks before our oldest daughter's birthday in July, 1962.
I was working for IBM at the time and Maryann was working at the Mary Fletcher, so things went pretty well for a couple of years and then our second daughter was born. The house wasn't too big, so we decided to expand and put a cellar under the summer kitchen and shed as well as the lean to in back of the house in 1966. The pictures in this album reflect the renovation done in 1966.
By the way, keep in mind when you look at the pictures that Maryann, the two girls and I continued to live in the house during these renovations. When the house was on stilts, weather predictions were 50 to 60 mile an hour winds one night. Kind of scary, but we were young and maybe a bit foolish back then.
Just as a matter of reference, when the house was purchased in 1959, Joe & Janet Peloquin's house was located at 50 Fletcher Road, then there was a big slab pile in the ravine, then our house, then Joe Rainville's Farm. Steve & Pauline Ratte were the first new house after that built sometime in the early to mid 1960s.
Big changes since then. I will add more to the story later and also put some captions up under the photos in the album as time permits.
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