75 Park Street

Architectural Description: 

Large entry porch; single light windows; pediment; facade shows symmetrically balanced windows and center door.

Historical Narrative: 

Whittier St was once named Punchard Ave. and extended from Main Street around the southern and eastern edge of the "Park" and on northward to Elm Street. Early deeds state Punchard St. Park Street was laid out in 1873.

This property was once part of the Nathaniel Whittier estate and inherited by Whittier heirs; Ann E. Higgins, Hannah E. Whittier, William and Larry L. Dickinson. The heirs sold the property to Millard A. Clement on July 28, 1879 which included the parcel of land next door now #73 Park St.

Millard Clement then divided the lot and sold the corner lot on Park St. & Punchard Ave. (Whittier St.) to George W. & Belle J. Foster on July 28, 1897 George & Bessie Foster then had the house built. George Whitfield Foster was b. May 21, 1847 in Andover, son of George & Rebecca H. (Abbott) Foster. His father was an Express man. George W. attended Punchard Free School in the class of 1865. He became a Lawyer, married Isabelle "Belle" J. Weeks on June 5, 1877 in Lawrence, MA. Belle was b. in Lawrence in June 1854 dau. of Joseph G. & Mary J. Weeks. They had three children; Mary Helen b. Dec. 1878, Phillip Weeks b. July 1884 and George b. 1886 - d. 1889.

The Foster's lived in the home for 16 years then moved to 121 South Main St. and sold this property to Gertrude C. Mason and Mary F. Mason on Jan. 1, 1894. Half the property was deeded to Sarah A. Mason on Dec. 28, 1898 from Gertrude and then Mary turned over her portion to Sarah on Jan. 26, 1899. The Masons owned for 18 years.

Joseph & Marion Myerscough purchased the house on May 17, 1912. Joseph Myerscough formed a partnership with Raymond L. Buchan, "Buchan & Myerscough" and opened an automobile garage and repair shop at 59 Park Street in 1909. Business was so good they built a new state of the art garage in 1913 at 90 Main Street.

Other owners;
June 16, 1975 - Catherine and Howard Yezerski 20 years, back ell different windows, thought to be outhouses.

Mar. 7, 1997 - Bensley painted a period color, some new clapboards, restored shutters, new roof, new front porch and back stairs, new back door, windows 2nd floor, wider than orig 3'.

Street directories:
1947 - William B. Collins, town laborer and Annie S., son William C., US Navy
1930-31 - Mrs. Elizabeth Myerscough, widow James
1926 - Mrs. Elizabeth Myerscough, widow of David
1923 - Elizabeth, widow David (L), Joseph (dies 1930?) & Marion board
1920 same
1918-19 - Elizabeth, widow David, Joseph B. of Myerscough and Buchan garage at 90 Main St.
1916 same
1913 same, add photo from calendar of 90 Main St.
1908 same, Myerscough at 37 Essex St.

Valuation Tax Lists:
1910 - no Joseph Myerscough
1920 - Joseph Myerscough, house 75 Park, 2,800, 10,200 sq. land at 75 Park St., 1,500 for total of 4,300
1930 - one story porch, 2x2 wood dwelling, 1 story ell, all with composition roof.
1910 - Mrs. Sarah Mason & Miss Mary F., 75 Park St., house 2,000, 10,200 land, 1,100 for total 3,100 (also own 46 Whittier)
1906 - Mrs. S. Mason owned 75 Park St. & 46 Whittier adj. to it.
1900 - same as 1910, also owns new house at 77 Whittier
1888 - G.W. Foster
1890 ( hard bound volume) - George W. Foster house, 2,000, land 3/8a, 1,200 for total 3,200
1884 same
1880 same, half house 1,400, 1/4 land 450
1872 - Park is not laid out. W. P Foster has market and store on Main St. next to T. H. Bessie, p. 84, laid out in 1875

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Street Directories and tax lists

Owners;
Nathaniel Whittier estate
Whittier heirs; Ann E. Higgins, Hannah E. Whittier, Wm. & Larry L. Dickinson
Millard A. Clement - July 28, 1879 - b. 56 p. 525 - lot of land
George W. & Belle J. Foster - July 28, 1879 - b. 56 p. 526 - portion of lot
Gertrude C. Mason & Mary F. Mason - Jan. 1, 1894 - b. 130 p. 306
Sarah A. Mason - Dec. 28, 1898 - b. 166 p. 191 - from Gertrude 1/2
Sarah A. Mason - Jan. 26, 1899 - b. 167 p. 46 - from Mary F.
Joseph & Marion Myerscough - May 17, 1912 - b. 317 p. 60
Andover Savings Bank - May 1, 1933 - b. 570 p. 322 - possession
William B. & Annie S. Collins - July 6, 1933 - b. 571 p. 461
William B. Collins estate, Annie S. Collins - Dec. 1960
Annie S. Collins estate, Paul S. Collins, Extr. - May 15, 1975 Probate
Howard J. & Katherine M. Yezerski - June 16, 1975 - b. 1261 p. 560
Katherine M. Yezerski - Feb. 17, 1988 - b. 2681 p. 84
Christopher B. & Christine B. Bensley - Mar. 7, 1997 - b. 4706 p. 35
Christopher B. & Christine B. Bensley - b. 13751 p. 115 - Homestead

Inventory Data:

StreetPark St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameGeorge W. Foster house
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1879 - 1880
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Foundationstone & granite
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage
Conditionexcellent
Acreage0.225 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel39-96
Recorded byBarbara Thibault, J. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered4/13/99, Jan 21, 2015

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