50 years ago this month, March edition
Old buildings come down — The burned-out barn on the Phelan property on South Bedford St., the old piggery on Hart St., the old dog kennels on Sunnyvale Rd. and the old summer camp on Outlook Rd. Also, the burned-out Lincoln Knoll barn on Cambridge Street needs to go.
Local election results. Turnout was 58 percent.
Jon Graham of Highland Way, a prolific Middlesex Turnpike developer, unveils plans for Middlesex Court, an apartment complex between between the turnpike and Terrace Hall Ave.
A fashion show held by St. Malachy’s Morgairs at the Knights of Columbus hall:
The town mulls plans for a new high school. The cost is $2,900 per pupil. Architect is Earl Flansburgh of Cambridge, who also designed the “underground” store at Cornell University. Contrary to a suburban legend in Burlington, he did not design UMass Amherst. That was Paul Rudolph.
Sarry’s fruitland, in the Cambridge Street strip just before the Billerica border.
Electrolux, 288 Cambridge St.
Bob’s Auto Repair, 38A Winn Street. Owner is Bob Nicosia.
The last picture in the “election results” group is not the switchboard at thr newspaper.
It is actually a picture of the switchboard room at the Burlington Telephone Answering Service. My mother, Evelyn Duke is pictured standing on the far right. Seated next to her in the plaid dress is Ruth Reddig.
My mother and dad, John Duke, started the answering service in June, 1960, and operated it until the early 1990’s when they sold the business and retired. It was a business that was permitted by the town to be operated from home, so initially a bedroom was converted to the telephone room. it operated 24/7/365 never, ever closed.
In 1964 we moved from Thomas St to Lexington St. The new house had an addition that was used by the previous owner Atty Don Sleeper for his law office, so it was the perfect size for what would eventually grow to 3 switchboards of 100 lines each.
Chances are, if you called many of the local doctors, oil companies, plumbers, etc, etc after hours, you would be speaking with someone at the answering service. These were the days before cell phones, beepers, etc so the operators needed to know where to locate someone quickly if needed. Quite the challenge at times !
That photo of the 54 inch scattering coincidence chamber constructed by the HVEC is really special! The story of Robert Van de Graaff and John Trump coming to Burlington for their research is fascinating. Burlington was home to the world leader in accelerator technology research! The remnant of the HVEC was sold and lives on today as a French company: https://www.vivirad.com/historical.html