The J. Martin Winslow house circa 1900 (Norwood Historical Society collection)

J. Martin Winslow bought this house lot in 1885 from Joseph Day’s estate. Day acquired the land in 1866. Winslow built his Queen Anne-style home around 1886. The house sits prominently on the corner of Day and Bullard Streets. Across the street from the Day House, home of the Norwood Historical Society (The Lewis Day House) – Winslow’s wife was the first cousin of Lewis Day (on her mother’s side) and James A. Hartshorn (on her father’s side), whose house was also across the street on the opposite corner.

            Elements of the Winslow Queen Anne Style house: (seriously altered, detail is gone)

  • Complex rambling form places it in Queen Anne style
  • Originally had a wrap-around porch on the Day Street SideStained glass window in gable in the top of the octagonal bay facing Day Street
  • Gable ends were shingled, body of house was clapboarded
  • Granite block foundation

John Martin Winslow was born 1837 in South Dedham, the son of George Winslow and Olive Smith. He joined his father and brothers in the family tannery business. After the 1853 split with his brother-in-law, Lyman Smith, George Winslow took control of the original tannery and changed the name to George Winlsow & Sons. The company offices in Boston and a large manufacturing plant off Walpole Street near the Walpole town line. J. Martin Winslow became a very successful leather merchant. He retired from the business in 1890.

Richard E. Winslow, Jr. (1904-2002)

J. Martin Winslow married Martha Dennison Hartshorn in 1858. Martha was born in 1839 in Walpole, and was the daughter of Richard D. Hartshorn and Martha H. Rhoades. J. Martin and Martha had three sons Lewis M (1865- 1919), Herbert (1870-1871), Richard (1873-1953). J Martin Winslow died in 1900 and his wife continued to live in the home until her death in 1916. Upon her death the house passed in to the hands of Martin & Martha’s youngest son Richard.

The J. Martin Winslow house today (photo by LLKearney)

Richard Elliot Winslow was born 1873 in Norwood. He was a physician. He attended Norwood’s public schools through High School. He went to Dean Academy (now Dean College), a college preparatory school, before heading off to Boston University. He graduated in 1898 with his MD and then returned to Norwood to practice medicine. He married Clara Ethelyn Fales in 1901 in Norwood. Clara was born 1879 in Milford and was the daughter of Henry Fales and Clara A Haywood. Richard and Clara lived in the house through the 1950s, with their son Richard, Jr. (1904-2002). Richard (Sr.) died in 1953, and Clara died in 1979 in Portsmouth, NH. Her obituary indicates she had been living there for a few years, and her previous home was in it Norwood. It is possible the home was sold sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

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