78 Stanton Road



78 Stanton Road


Year Built:
Permit Date:
Architect: Royal Barry Wills
Builder: Maurice Dunlavy
Cost to Build: $10,000
(On Permit Date):
Leo Concannon, 33 Egremont St.
First Residents: Anna M. & G. Walter Schultz

This house on the corner of Lowell and Stanton Roads continued the line of Maurice Dunlavy/Royal Barry Wills homes running down Lowell, up Stanton and around the corner onto Welland Road.

78 Stanton had frequent turnover until the mid-1940s. It was the home at first of Anna and G. Walter Schultz, both born c1894. G. Walter Schultz was a chemist. They were listed at this house from 1927 to 1929.

The next residents were Madeleine C. (1897-1982) and Victor D. Vickery, listed here in 1930 and 1931. Victor Vickery (1889-1970) was listed as a secretary with an engineering contractor in the 1930 U.S. Census. (He had worked for Stone & Webster earlier and may still have been with them.) The full 1930 Census listing showed: Victor Vickery, 43, secretary (engineering contractor); Madeleine C. Vickery, 32; Ethel Rowe, 50, (lodger), nurse, born England; and Marie Tierney, 33, maid, born Irish Free State. The house was valued at $18,000.

After a two-year gap in the Street List, Katherine Fellows (born c1882) was listed at this address in 1934. She was listed again in 1935, along with her husband Frank C. Fellows (born 1874), owner of a ladder company, Phyllis Glenister, a secretary, and Harrison L. Benson (born Canada 1894), listed as an attendant.

After another two-year gap, Allen L. and Grace P. Davis were listed for two years (1938-39). Allen was a physician. They had a son, Allen Jr. After another gap in 1940, James M. Key, a brewer, and his wife Anna were listed for one year. They were followed by Edward S. and Anne R. Albert who, like the Keys, had previously lived on Beaconsfield Road. Edward was a salesman. They were listed here in 1942 and 1943.

The first family to live at this address for more than three years was that of Bella R. Tallen, who moved here from Mattapan with her grown sons Ellis and Morton and Morton's wife Myrtle. Members of the Tallen family continued to own the house until the mid-1990s.

Bella Tallen was born c1880 in Russia and came to the U.S. in 1890. Morton Tallen (1913-1991) was proprietor of the Carroll Cut Rate shop in Mattapan. Ellis Tallen (1920-1986) was in the army when the family moved to Stanton Road. He served as a communications officer in the 350th Airborne Division in the China and Burma theaters during World War II, according to his obituary in the Boston Globe, and also served on the Truce Mission in Beijing. He later became president of Medex Corp., a health and beauty aid chain