This home was built as part of the Shawsheen Village development 1918 – 1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company Wood hired about eight different architects to design the homes and structures for the village. Homes were sold or rented through the Homestead Association who had offices in the Post Office building on the corner of North Main & Poor Streets.
After the death of William M. Wood in Feb. 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings were then sold. Some were held by the Wood family in the "Arden Trust" and others with the American Woolen Company, which had been deeded the property in December 1920. The AWCo Board of Directors authorized its President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty for sale on Dec. 29, 1931.
The Textile Realty then transferred ownership to the Andover Shawsheen Realty Company on June 30, 1932, holding the mortgage on the properties. T. Edwin Andrew, treasurer, was authorized to sell or rent the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.
This house was sold to Frank T. & Selma M. Veit on Dec. 7, 1934. Frank's wife Selma died on Dec. 31, 1936. Frank T. Veit then placed the deed in both his name and his daughter-in-law Ethel H. Veit's name on June 8, 1937. Ethel was married to Frank's son Herbert H. Veit. Herbert H. Viet was vice president of the Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Co. that was originally housed in the Andover National Bank building on Main Street later moved into the Post office building in Shawsheen Village. Herbert & Ethel moved to 8 Cooledge Road after selling the property to Julius & Herta Stern on July 24, 1942.
Julius Stern was the treasurer of the Marum Spinning Mills. Herta M. Stern was deeded the property on Sept. 6, 1977. Herta sold to
Joseph R. Vidal on Aug. 19, 1998. Stren had owned the property for 56 years.
Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#879 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company - lot 8
Ephraim Everson parcel 1 & Solomon Flagg parcel 2
William C. Donald - March 3, 1855 - b. 567 leaf 246 - parcel 1 Salem deed
William C. Donald - Jan. 15, 1861 - b. 623 leaf 128 - parcel 2 Salem deed
William C Donald estate, Gordon Donald, TR - 9.86 acres
Henry P. Binney - Apr. 24, 1919 - b. 398 p. 52 - 9.86 acres
American Woolen Company - Dec. 30, 1920 - b. 435 p. 215
Textile Realty Company - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 351
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 - parcel 20th
Frank T. & Selma M. Veit - Dec. 7, 1934 - b. 584 p. 109
Selma M. Veit estate, Frank T. Veit heir - Dec. 31, 1936 probate
Frank T. Veit and Ethel H. Veit - June 8, 1937 - b. 607 p. 165
Julius & Herta Stern - July 24, 1942 - b. 652 p. 174
Herta M. Stern - Sept. 6, 1977 - b. 1360 p. 469
Joseph R. Vidal - Aug. 19, 1998 - b. 5155 p. 67
Najmeh Rashidfarokhi - Feb. 10, 2004 - b. 9381 p. 276
Jeffrey M. & Michelle B. Benny - Mar. 22, 2007 - b. 10679 p. 132
|Place||Shawsheen Village - Frye Village|
|Historic District||Shawsheen Village NRH District|
|Historic Name||Veit -Stern House|
|Construction Date||1920 - 1922|
|Architectural Style||Colonial Revival|
|Roof||gable - slate|
|Map and parcel||52-54|
|Recorded by||Stack/Mofford, James Batchelder|
|Organization||Andover Preservation Commission|
|Date entered||1975 - 1977, 6/18/2015|