Fifty Years Ago in the Wellesley Townsman

A Memorial Day play, “Lest We Forget,” was presented May 29 by Warren School sixth-graders. From left: Richard Gard, Joseph O’Leary, Richard Fabrizio, Jeffrey Talmadge, Carol Holmes, and Eugene Daly.

The Wellesley Democratic Town Committee held a testimonial dinner at the Wellesley Inn on Tuesday, June 25 to honor Miss Louise Overacker, Mr. Leland H. Jenks, and Mr. Daniel Warren for being outstanding members.

Two Middlebury College students, Emily Frances Adams and Anne Elizabeth Horton, were honored with the Kellogg Latin-English prize. They were both from the class of 1960.

Eight Swedish young people were given the opportunity to come to Wellesley for a four-week stay. Their leader was Margareta Anckarman, who was teacher in a French school in Stockholm and had done “a lot of traveling.” A number of local families had opened their homes to the students, among them Mr. and Mrs. Ned Erne.

Twenty-two Wellesley students were awarded scholarships by the board of trustees of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation, Inc. This was a new high for the number of scholarships made available by the foundation.

 “Would-be-Gentleman” was a “great comedy classic” that was that was due to open July 2 at the Wellesley Theatre-on-the Green. It was directed by Elliot Silverstein and featured British comedian Max Adrian.

 “This Could Be The Night” opened at the Community Playhouse on June 26. This comedy stared Jean Simmons, Paul Douglas, and Anthony Franciosa.

 Wellesley raised $3392.56 for the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation. This figure was a whooping 146 percent over the $1,3375 raised during the entire 1955-1956 campaign.

Bids for drainage improvements and other work in Fuller Brook were to be opened on July 9. The estimated cost was $135,000. The project involved channel excavation, furnishing of precast concrete blocks, construction of three reinforced concrete bridges, sewer siphons, and other flood-prevention measures.

Halvorson’s Texaco Service on Worcester Street was having a July 4th Firestone tire sale. Tires of all sizes and types were available, at prices as low as $13.95. The station also offered Top Value Stamps.

As of Sept. 1, Venton H. Scott was appointed to the faculty at Babson Institute. He replaced Lewis Palter who worked in the Department of Speech. Scott previously was chairman of the speech department at Carroll College.

On Friday, June 21, five Wellesley students sailed for Europe from Montreal, Canada aboard the “Arusa Kulm.” The students were to live with families abroad for the summer and were due to return home on Sept. 7.

John B. Chaffee, superintendent of schools, announced that the School Committee had appointed 12 heads of departments for the junior and senior high schools to a one-year term of office, and institutede a three-year department head program.. Among them were Wilbury Crockett, English, high school; Robert Bateman, mathematics, high school; Frances Baldwin, English, junior high; and Leroy Sweeney, science, junior high.

Felix Juliani, of 6 Sylvester Terrace, had been elected to the Norfolk County Executive Committee of the American Legion.

Dr. Eugene J. Tillman announced the opening of his new dental offices at 66 Central St. Dr. Tillman and his wife, also a practicing dentist, were living in Waltham but hoped to move to Wellesley when they could find a suitable home.

Forty-five students were represented with over 150 works of art from their studio art classes in the showing at the Farnsworth Art Museum on the Wellesley College campus. The display was to continue until October 1.