Wonderful Women of Norwood: Anna Smith Day

By Historical Society Board Laurie Kearney, Linda Rau and Karen DeNapoli

Anna (Smith) Day was born in 1836 in South to and Melinda () Smith. She was educated in local along with her brothers Charles and John. Her father Lyman and learned and worked in the leather trade in Norwood. Joseph’s son, Lewis, and Anna attended the same and knew each other their entire lives. In 1856 they married and in 1864. their son Fred was born.

In 1859. they moved into their new home — a mansion that had built at 93 Day Street called “. ” This is the present-day site of the . By this time. Lewis was the Day family business and was one of the wealthiest men in . Anna was known as a generous and kind person. She was liberal-minded and unprejudiced and had a philanthropic philosophy. She worked at the North End Union and was a trustee of the Westborough Insane Hospital. She also supported many other charitable organizations.
Because of their standing in the community and their civic-mindedness, the Day Family were at the forefront of significant town events. The reception commemorating Norwood’s was held at the .

In 1903. the Day Family donated the of in as a tomb for their family and as a chapel for the town. The last wishes of Anna were that all of her remaining assets would be used to fund a home for the aged. Although this never came to be. the remaining money was donated to local institutions for the care of the elderly.
Anna died in 1922 and is entombed in St. Gabriels, alongside Lewis, in the chapel they dedicated to their parents.

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