Who lived at 32 Huttleston Avenue back in the day?
This Dutch Colonial style with Gambrel roof was built circa 1908 in Fairhaven. It was originally owned by Fairhaven’s greatest benefactor Henry Huttleston Rogers.
The day before Halloween in 1917, he sold it to Edith B. Young.
You may be familiar with the Young family. Philip E. Young (aka Skipper) was one of the founders of the Acushnet Process Company
(Acushnet Company, known for their Titleist brand golf balls). Mrs. Young donated money to buy a Bookmobile for the Millicent library in 1955, in memory of her husband who passed away that year. (By that time, they had already moved to a new home on Fort St in Fairhaven).
In 1920, Edith sold the home to Thomas Hersom, Jr. of Acushnet.
Thomas only owned the home for about a year, according to public records. His family owned Hersom’s Soap Factory. This factory made “Hersom’s Best” the widely known “sapone” soap.
Thomas Hersom, Jr was born 1870 in Acushnet, MA. His father’s family lived in New Bedford, so that’s where he went to school. Once he was done with school, he went into the family business and became their “traveling salesman”. He served the Acushnet School Committee for 3 years. He was married to Millie D. Allen of Acushnet. (Her parents were Capt. James R. Allen & Pamelia).
He owned the home from 1921 – 1928 and it appears that a foreclosure occurred where it changed hands a few times within the next few months.
(One of the largest auto supply & accessory houses in Southern MA according to historic ads). Spurden Bates Coy was born in Quincy in 1901. He lived at 214 Maple St New Bedford when he was a student. (circa 1921). He married Bernice Taylor (a telephone operator from Fairhaven) around 1925. They moved to Huttleston Ave in 1928.
Source: UMASS Dartmouth Portuguese newspapers archives
In 1945 it was sold to the Simmons family. They owned a grocery store in New Bedford (Simmons Brothers).
This is usually where our story ends, as we want to respect the privacy of current or recent inhabitants/owners.
LISTING FOR SALE
This home was listed FOR SALE at $299,000 – Exclusively listed by Silva Realty Group
It went under contract pretty quickly, as can be expected. But if you are curious, feel free to Click the photo below to be directed to the listing info for this property.
Questions? Call/Text Sharon Power at 508-264-1530
*All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be verified. Information was curated through public records, deeds, newspapers. If you find any information that you believe to be incorrect, please feel free to let us know. Info provided for entertainment purposes only. Enjoy!