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50 years ago this month, April edition

Farewell to the gas station at Cambridge Street and Terry Avenue. It’s going to be a Convenient MD location.


Fifty years ago, it was an Esso station under the ownership of Jack Kilmartin. The station went through many owners, but he held it the longest. These ad shots are from exactly 50 years ago, April of 1969.

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Other material from that same location:



Diagonally across the street, 50 years ago this month, Mister Donut was born.

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Mister Donut, across from Terry Ave., c 1975. Opened April 1969.

Mister Donut 1978

Former Mr. Donut location 2019


Burlington's first minuteman company
Burlington’s first minuteman company, April 1969
Cheryl Little dean's list Endicott
Cheryle Little of 2 South Bedford St.
Kim Frederikson, 60 Lexington St.
Kim Frederikson, 60 Lexington St., performed in the ballet “Giselle,” presented by the Boston Ballet Company.
William Costello and Rose Ann Markow
William Costello and Rose Ann Markow played with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony in Jordan Hall. Proceeds from the event helped pay for the orchestra’s trip to Switzerland.

Also this month, Town Meeting approved ordering a row of temporary, portable classrooms at the high school (now Marshall Simonds Middle School) similar to the ones already installed at Memorial Elementary School across the street.

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Portables at Marshall Simonds (then the high school), early 1970s.
Portable classrooms behind original Memorial School, early 1970s, Burlington MA.
Portable classrooms behind original Memorial School, late 1960s. Burlington was the first Massachusetts town to use portable classrooms. Removed in 1978.

9 thoughts on “50 years ago this month, April edition Leave a comment

  1. Another great look back. Seems like yesterday! Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories.

  2. One small correction : Bob Lee’s Esso was located at Bedford and Cambridge St, where the Shell gas station is now. The picture also shows Carpenters Store in the background.

  3. Didn’t Mister Donut open before 1969? Or was the same building a different name? Spent many a Friday night there in 1965 to 1966.

  4. I worked for both Al Cronin and Jackie Kilmartin part time pumping gas. 1960/61 timeframe. Both great people.

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