||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
|Date of photo
||The Village Store at Curve Street, East Lexington, 1899.
"I do not know the history of the building but it was owned by Alonzon Goddard who came to Lexington in 1850 - and I presume it was his tin-shop. Later it passed into the hands of Augustus Childs who came to Lexington at about the same time and he used it as a grocery store until his death in 1895. Then his son Carlton Childs carried on the store and at a later date Lucius A. Austin was the owner. At the left is Carlton Childs, in center Lucius A. Austin and at the right is Dolly, the horse that knew every house and family in the village. I can only think of the store as the gathering place af a little group, common enough years ago in every village, but never to be seen again.
The New England Village Character, Billie Chase, colored, small, hair in tight braids, wide brimmed soft black hat learning to read in middle life. Carl Mandleberg, carriage and cabinet maker, with forceful religious opinions. Earley Blanchard, years younger than the others, not quite bright. John Crowe the village shoe-maker, somewhat balmy on the subject of religion. Old man Morey, who wore his hair uncut in a net as did the women in the 1860s and preached Sunday on Boston Common. And there were more but that will give you the idea. A political argument or a religious one, conducted by that group was never equalled on any stage. Picture taken about 1899. Carlton Childs left. Lucius Austin center."
||Austin, Lucius A.
Stores & shops
||Village store, East Lexington, 1899