32 Clark Road

Architectural Description: 

Cape home in Royal Barry Wills style. with windows set close to eaves, cedar shingled home with attached breezeway and two car garage.

Historical Narrative: 

This property was once owned by Nathan Clark, a farmer. and connected to his homestead lot at the southwest corner of Dascomb and Clark Roads. Nathan Clark's estate was purchased by Herbert Alnon Moody on Aug. 16, 1882 for $2200. The farm consisted of three parcels, the house lot with buildings, an adjoining 23 acre 114 3/4 sq. rods parcel on the east side of Clark Rd and a 23 acre lot across the street on the north side of Dascomb Rd. Herbert A. Moody transferred the deed to Almon S. Moody, a minor, through his guardian Samuel G. Sargent of Methuen, for $1500. on Aug. 23, 1883. Almon appears to have been his youngest brother age nine at this time.

Herbert Moody did however retain some of the property of the Clark farm and parceled off house lots along Clark Rd. This property appears to have been retained by Moody and inherited by his heirs wife Emma, and children Clara Moody Rollins, Emily Moody Fone, Wilfred Moody and Samuel Barrett Moody. Emma died April 1925 inherited in 1925. The parcel of land contained 14.6 acres at that time. The parcel was then sold to brother Samuel B. Moody and wife Helena W. on Apr. 8, 1927. Sam Moody held the property for 24 years then selling the 14.6 acres to his son, Durwood W. & Esther J. Moody on Sept. 26, 1951. Durwood & Esther lived at 34 Clark Road. Durwood b. 1927 was a steamfitter and began to sell off house lots from the 14 acre parcels.

On Aug. 13, 1959 Durwood Moody built the home and then sold to Angelo J. & Catherine M. Leno. Angelo Leon was born 1910 in NY to emigrant parents from Flumeri, Italy. Angelo was a District Manager for an insurance company. His wife Catherine Muir was born born in 1911 in Greenock, Scotland. They moved from New Rochelle NY, with two sons, Patrick b. May 12, 1940 and James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno b. April 28,1950 in New Rochelle, NY. This home would be owned by the Leno family for 37 years.

Son Patrick graduated from Yale Law School, and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was an attorney and lived in Andover, MA. Younger brother Jay was nine when he arrived in Andover. He attended South Elementary School in Ballardvale, Andover Jr. High and graduated from Andover High School in 1968. He was voted Class Clown by his classmates. His ambition was to become a Millionaire. Jay went to Emerson College in Boston received a BA in Speech Therapy. Jay started a comedy club at Emerson in 1973. He later attended Bentley College.

Jay "is an American comedian, actor, philanthropist and television host. After doing standup comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a prime time talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ET, also on NBC."
"After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

"Leno has been married to his wife Mavis since 1980; they have no children, by mutual agreement. In 1993, during his first season as host of The Tonight Show, Leno's mother died at the age of 82 and in the following year, his father died at the age of 84." Both are interred at West Parish Garden Cemetery, Andover, MA.

Patrick Leno was Executor to his father's estate. In 1996 Patrick and Jay sold the family home to the Ruth Realty Trust, Douglas J. Wacome, Trustee on June 20, 1996. The property boarded on a new development Fieldstone Meadow to the west. The Leno property would be sub-divided in 2001. The house was razed to make way for a three car garage for the new home at 12 Acorn Drive. The Andover Preservation Commission delayed demolition for three months, allowing time to photographically document the home and to seek out anyone interested in moving the home. Time prevented moving the house and it was razed on September 6, 2001.

Sadly Jay lost his childhood home and the following year his brother Patrick died of cancer on October 6, 2002. Jay continues to live in California, with his wife Mavis and now is touring the country entertaining with his stand up comedy. He has remained close to his childhood friends and often is spotted in Andover when time permits.

in 2001 Jay said if he had thought his home would be razed he never would have sold it. He has fond memories of growing up here. "I remember most of my elementary school teachers lived in the neighborhood and walked to school with me." "I remember the long line of evergreens lining the driveway that were our Christmas trees from (ages) 9-18. I hope they won't knock them down. But I'm sure they will" Jay and his father "dug them up, decorated, and then returned them to the ground."

"I was a kid living in a little town, there was a river and there were frogs to catch and there were bicycles to ride" He said (Interstate) 495 wasn't even built yet. We used to take my go-cart out (on I-495) before it was finished." Neighbors remember Jay's parents; "Angelo would sing while he was on his lawn mower, remembering his driving in circles around on his mower. If his mood was right, he would take a few extra swipes and do mine as well" said John Fuchs, his neighbor. Ann Fuchs said "Cathy Leno was even funnier than Jay." "And don;t forget their collie, Bruce Leno". Jay often poked fun at his mother's Scottish ways when he was growing up on Clark Road.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Eagle Tribune - Sept. 6, 2001 - p. 1
Andover Townsman - July 12, 2001, p. 1 and Sept. 6, 2001 - p. 11
Wikipedia - Jay Leno
Map plan #3807 - Dec. 4, 1958, - sub-division
Map plan #3927 - July 16, 1959 - Durwood W. Moody
Map plan #12936 - Sept. 11, 1996 - Lot B - Ruth Realty Trust
Map plan #12000 - Jan. 15, 1991 - Subdivision - Fieldstone Meadows
Map plan #13291 - June 3, 1998 - Easement
Map plan #14157 - Oct. 24, 2001 - Easement

Owners;
Nathan Clark estate
Clark heirs; Martha A. (Clark) Hall & Frank Clark -
Herbert A. Moody wife Emma - Sept. 9, 1882 - b. 69 p. 95 -
Herbert Moody estate, heirs - July 1925
Heirs; Wilfred E. Moody, Clara P. Rollins, Emily M. Fone, Sam. J. Moody
Samuel J. Moody, wife Helena W. - Apr. 8, 1927 - b. 539 p.228
Durwood W. & Esther J. Moody - Sept. 26, 1951 - b. 755 p. 432 - 14.6 acres
Angelo J. & Catherine M. Leno - Aug. 13, 1959 - b. 899 p. 433 -
Catherine M. Leno estate, Angelo J. Leno heir -1993
Angelo J. Leno estate, Patrick Leno Extr - 1994
Ruth Realty Trust, Douglas J. Wacome, Trustee - June 20, 1996 - b. 4527 p. 267
Fieldstone Meadows Development Co., Todd Wacome Pres. - Dec. 16, 1998 - b. 5280 p. 8
Mark J. & Catherine S. Boullie - Nov. 27, 2001 - b. 6498 p. 176
Jada Realty Trust, Mark J. Boullie, Trustee - Jan. 10, 2002 - b. 6617 p. 191
Mark J. & Catherine S. Boullie - Feb. 4, 2011 - b. 12400 p. 167
Zhoa Yang - Oct. 1, 2014 - b. 13997 p. 81
Zhoa Yang & Weiwei Lu - Jan. 25, 2016 - b. 14515 p. 130

Inventory Data:

StreetClark Rd
PlaceBallardvale
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameAngelo J. & Catherine M. Leno House
Present UseThree car garage
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1951 - 1952
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/BuilderRoyal Barry Wills/Durwood Moody
Foundationconcrete
Wall/Trimcedar shingles/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Major Alterationsreplacement windows
Conditionrazed Sept. 5, 2001
Demolition DetailsDenolished on Sept. 5, 2001 for an addtional three car garage
Acreage68,116 square ft.
Settingresidential
Map and parcel156-3
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredAugust 2001, 3/3/2017

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