Cape style - ranch
Shawsheen Village was named after the Native American name for the river Shawshin, which means Great Spring. Prior to Shawsheen Village this area was known as Frye Village. All the streets in the Village were named for Castles & Cathedrals in Great Britain.
This home was not built as part of the Shawsheen Village development 1918 - 1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company, but falls within the buffer zone of the Shawsheen Village National Register Historic District. The home is of Post WWII construction and is sited on property once owned by the William Donald family and referred to in deeds as the Ink Shop site. Donald made Ink Black and printing inks and the factory was located on North Main St.
After the death of William M. Wood on Feb. 2, 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings in Shawsheen Village 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 properties in December 1920. The A.W.Co. Board of Directors authorized its President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty Co. 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 lease the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.
This house lot was sold to Frank & Cecelia Cairns on June 12, 1951. Frank Cairns was the contractor that built of the home. He also built #2 & #4 Kenilworth St. Cairn sold the new home to Alfred E. & Gertrude E. Smith on Sept. 27, 1951. Alfred was an assistant treasurer at the Lawrence Savings Bank, later became the Bank Treasurer. Gertrude died on February 25, 1961. Alfred later remarried to Blanche G. The property was then sold to James R. & Hope A. Fearing on Sept. 17, 1963.
James was an engineer. Hope A. Fearing died on June 16, 1969. James later remarried to Nancy J. and the property was placed in both names.
The Fearing family continue as owners of record in 2015 now 52 years.
Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
Mills, Mergers and Mansions, by Edward Roddy 1982
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#880 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company
Map #2391 - lot I
Map #2150 - Nov. 1949 - lot J
Owners; Along Riverina Rd.
John Smith & Peter Smith – Dec. 29, 1841 –b. 335 leaf 99
Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. – July 1, 1864 - b. 677 leaf 259 Salem deed
Robert Braisford, General Degreasing Co. – July 21, 1902 – b. 197 p. 32
Beacon Trust Company. – Dec. 23, 1904 – b. 217 p. 80
Daniel C. Smith –Mar. 28, 1909 – b. 258 p. 446
Arlington National Bank – June 11, 1909 – b. 274 p. 565
James E. McGovern – July 17, 1909 – b. 275 p. 400 – mgt sale
Henry P. Binney, Trustee of A. W. Co. – Aug. 14, 1909 - b. 277 p. 310
American Woolen Company, Wm. M. Wood Pres. - Dec. 30, 1920 -435 p. 215 parcel 1
Textile Realty Co., Lionel J. Noah, Pres. A.W.Co. - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 351
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 - 30th parcel
Textile Realty Co. - Ink Shop lot - 3.88 acres
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co - Oct. 30, 1937 - b. 611 p. 177 - parcel 2
Frank Cairns - June 12, 1951 - b. 751 p. 144
Alfred E. & Gertrude E. Smith - Sept. 27, 1951 - b. 755 p. 456
Alfred E. Smith, Gertrude E. Smith estate - Feb. 25, 1961
Alfred E. Smith, wife Blanche G. Smith - 1963
James R. & Hope A. Fearing - Sept. 17, 1963 - b. 994 p. 86
James R. Fearing, Hope A. Fearing estate - June 16, 1969
James R. & Nancy J. Fearing - Apr. 30, 1971 - b. 1170 p. 44
|Place||Shawsheen Village - Frye Village|
|Historic District||Shawsheen Village NRH District|
|Historic Name||Smith - Fearing Home|
|Roof||gable - asphalt|
|Map and parcel||52-22|
|Recorded by||James S. Batchelder|
|Organization||Andover Preservation Commission|
|Date entered||July 25, 2015|