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Record 2253/2271
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Collection Edwin B. Worthen Collection
Abstract Correspondence regarding the subdivision of the Poor Farm tract into housing lots for Veterans of World War II.

17.21b.03-1, October 26, 1946. Letter from Hazel J. Murray, on behalf of the Selectmen, to Edwin B. Worthen, asking him to serve on a post-war committee that will consider plans to subdivide the former Poor Farm tract into housing lots to be sold to veterans of World War II. The letter includes names of other committee members: William Phillips, W. S. Couette, Sherman K. Hardy, Elmer C. Houdlette, Gordon D. Richards, Theodore A. Custance, and John H. Devine. Handwritten note: Second meeting February 5, 1947 (1946?)

17.21b.03-2, October 29, 1946. Letter from Hazel J. Murray, on behalf of the Selectmen, to Edwin B. Worthen, asking him to meet with them on November 4, 1946 to discuss the subdivision of the Poor Farm tract.

17.21b.03-3, November 5, 1946. Letter from Edwin B. Worthen to G. K. Richardson, Town counsel, Richardson, Wolcott, Tyler & Fassett, requesting that he review attached Article 18 regarding the sale of Poor Farm Tract lots to veterans, and determine whether there is anything in the article or vote that would preclude the Selectmen from giving a good marketable title.

17.21b.03-4. Article 18: "To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sub-divide that portion of the so-called Poor Farm Tract, now owned by the Town of Lexington, fronting Cedar Street and Hill Street, into lots of approximately 12,500 feet each in area and to sell same in their discretion to veterans of World War II who were residents of Lexington at the time of their induction into the armed service, at a price of $300 per lot, or act in any other manner in relation thereto."

17.21b.03-5, November 8, 1946. Letter from G. K. Richardson to Edwin B. Worthen, stating "There is nothing in the article or vote which would preclude the Selectmen from giving a good, marketable title to the land described in the vote…"

17.21b.03-6, February 1947. Handwritten report to the Board of Selectmen from the Veterans Housing Committee (by Edwin B. Worthen). The report states that the proposed layout provides 20 lots fronting Hill and Cedar Streets, and recommends procedures for veterans who want to apply for the lots.

17.21b.03-7, March 13, 1947. Letter from William C. Paxton, Chairman, Selectmen, to Edwin B. Worthen, thanking him for the time and effort devoted to consideration and study relative to the lots fronting Hill and Cedar streets. The report will be discussed at the Board's meeting on March 17, 1947.

17.21b.03-8, April 8, 1947. Letter from Hazel J. Murray, on behalf of the Selectmen, to Edwin B. Worthen, requesting a meeting to discuss the report submitted by the Committee.

17.21b.03-9, April 15, 1947. Letter from Hazel J. Murray, on behalf of the Selectmen, to Edwin B. Worthen, requesting a meeting to discuss the report submitted by the Committee.

(Cataloger's note: on September 11, 1947, a drawing was held to determine the order of choice for 20 veterans lots on the former Poor Farm property.)


Object ID Worthen.17.21b.03
Object Name Letter
People Couette, Winfield S.
Custance, Theodore
Devine, John
Hardy, Sherman K.
Houdlette, Elmer C.
Murray, Hazel J.
Paxton, William C., Jr.
Phillips, William
Richards, Gordon D.
Richardson, G. K.
Search Terms Cedar Street
Hill Street
Lexington Selectmen
Poor Farm
Post-war projects
Veterans
World War II
Subjects Civil defense
War
Title Correspondence regarding the subdivision of the Poor Farm tract into housing lots for Veterans of World War II, 1946-1947
The Edwin B. Worthen Collection, Cary Memorial Library

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