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Boston

MUNICIPAL EEGISTER

For 1941.




SEAL OF THE CITY

OF

BOSTON.




THE CITY SEAL
As it appeared prior to 1827.



The City Seal was adopted by ''An Ordinance to
Establish the City Seal," passed January 2, 1823, which
provides ''That the design hereto annexed, as sketched
by John R. Penniman, giving a view of the City, be the
device of the City Seal; that the motto be as follows,
to wit: 'Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis'; and that the
inscription be as follows: — 'Bostonia condita, A.D.
1630. Civitatis regimine donata, A.D. 1822.' " The
motto is taken from 1 Kings, viii, 57: "God be with
us as He was with our fathers."

The seal as it first appeared is shown above.

The seal as it was afterwards changed, and has ever
since continued to be used, was first shown on page 221
of the volume of laws and ordinances, commonly known
as the "First Revision," published in 1827, and is
established as the City Seal at the present time by
Revised Ordinances of 1914, Chapter 1, Section 5,
which provides that "The seal of the City shall be
circular in form; shall bear a view of the City; the
motto 'Sicut Patribus Sit Deus Nobis,' and the
inscription, 'Bostonia Condita, A.D. 1630. Civitatis
Regimine Donata A.D. 1822,' as herewith shown."

The seal as changed in 1827 is shown on the opposite
page.



MUNICIPAL REGISTER.



ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF BOSTON.



The Royal Patent incorporating the Governor and
Company of Massachusetts Bay in New England passed
the seals March * 4, 1628-29. At a General Court, or
Meeting of the Company, on August * 29 of that year it
was voted ''that the Government and patent should be
settled in New England." To that end Governor Win-
throp led the Puritan Exodus in 1630. Soon after his
arrival at Salem on June * 12, 1630, he proceeded with a
large following to Charlestown, where a plantation had
been estabhshed the summer before. The Assistants
held three Courts at Charlestown in the interval, August
* 23 to September * 28, inclusive. At their meeting
on September * 7, they "ordered that Trimountaine
shall be called Boston; Mattapan, Dorchester; and the
towne upon Charles River, Waterton." Thus Shawmut
of the Indians was named Boston, probably out of grati-
tude to the Merchants of Boston in Lincolnshire, who
had subscribed generously to the stock of the Company.

In the latter part of August, Governor Winthrop
with the patent chose Boston as his abiding place.
The first "Court" held in Boston was a ''General Court"
on October * 19, "for establishing of the government."
On October * 3, 1632, Boston was formally declared
to be "the fittest place for publique meetings of any
place in the Bay."

Boston was the first town in Massachusetts to become
a city. It was incorporated February 23, 1822, by
St. 1821, c. 110, adopted by the voters March 4, 1822.
This act was revised by St. 1854, c. 448; amended by
St. 1885, c. 266 and again by St. 1909, c. 486.

The neck of land called Boston, still called Boston
Proper, contained perhaps 700 acres of land, judging
from the 783 acres shown by the official survey of 1794.
(In the interval 1630-37, Boston acquired jurisdiction
over most of the territory now included in Chelsea,
Winthrop, Revere, East Boston, Brookline, Quincy,
Braintree, Randolph and Holbrook, besides certain
islands in the harbo r.) From 1637 till May 13, 1640,

* Old Style.



ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF BOSTON. 5

when ''Mount Woollaston" was set off as Braintree,
Boston exercised jurisdiction over a territory of at least
40,000 acres. Within its present limits there are 30,598
acres, including flats and water.

Since 1640, grants of land have been made to Boston
by the General Court as follows: (1) October * 16, 1660,
1,000 acres ''for the use of a free schoole, layd out in
the wildernesse or North of the Merimake River" (in
Haverhill), in 1664. (2) June * 27, 1735, in abatement
of Province Tax, three townships, each six miles square,
or 69,120 acres in all. These townships later became
the Towns of Charlemont, Colrain, and Pittsfield.
Boston sold its interest in them on June * 30, 1737, for
£3,660. (3) June 26, 1794, a township of land in
Maine (23,040 acres) "to build a public hospital." This
tract was sold by the City April 6, 1833, for $4,200.

Muddy River was set off as the Town of Brookline
on November * 13, 1705, and Rumney Marsh was set
off as the Town of Chelsea January * 8, 1739.

The principal annexations of territory included within
the present limits of the City of Boston have been made
as follows:

(1) Noddle's Island, by order of Court of Assistants, March
* 9, 1636-37. (2) South Boston set off from Dorchester March
6, 1804, by St. 1803, c. 111. (3) Washington Village set off
from Dorchester May 21, 1855, by St. 1855, c. 468. (4) Rox-
biiry January 6, 1868, by St. 1867, c. 359, accepted September
9, 1867. Roxbury received its name by order of the Court of
Assistants October * 8, 1630. It was incorporated as a city
March 12, 1846, by St. 1846, c. 95, accepted March 25, 1846.
(5) Dorchester January 3, 1870, by St. 1869, c. 349, accepted
June 22, 1869. It received its name September * 7, 1630, by
order of the Court of Assistants. (6) Brighton January 5, 1874,
by St. 1873, c. 303, accepted October 7, 1873. Set off from
Cambridge as the Town of Brighton February 24, 1807, by St.
1806, c. 65. (7) Charlestown January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c.
286, accepted October 7, 1873. Settled July * 4, 1629. It was
incorporated a City February 22, 1847, by St. 1847, c. 29,
accepted March 10, 1847. (8) West Roxbury January 5, 1874,
by St. 1873, c. 314, accepted October 7, 1873. It was set off
from Roxbury and incorporated a Town May 24, 1851, by St.
1851, c. 250. (9) Hyde Park January 1, 1912, by St. 1911, c.
469, and 583, accepted November 7, 1911. Incorporated a
Town April 22, 1868.

* Old Style.



CITY OF BOSTON.

IN CITY COUNCIL.

Ordered, — That the Statistics Department be author-
ized, under the direction of the Committee on Rules, to
prepare and have printed the Municipal Register for
the current year; and that the Clerk of Committees be
authorized to prepare and have printed a pocket edition
of the organization of the city government; the expense
of said register and organization to be charged to the
appropriation for City Documents.

In City Council July 14, 1941. Passed.
Approved by the Mayor July 18, 1941.
Attest:

W. J. Doyle,
City Clerk.






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JMAVOR OF BOSTON



[Document 38—1941.]

CITY OF BOSTON

MUNICIPAL REGISTER
FOR 1941

CONTAINING

A REGISTER OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT,
AMENDED CITY CHARTER OF 1909,
INCLUDING SUBSEQUENT CHANGES,

WITH

LISTS OF EXECUTIVE AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS,

AND

MEMBERSHIP OF FORMER CITY GOVERNMENTS.



COMPILED AND EDITED BY THE STATISTICS
DEPARTMENT.



CITY OF BOSTON

PRINTING DEPARTMENT

1941



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MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

Bostoa City /Messenger

Contents.



PAan

Introduction . . . 9, 10

The City Government, 1941 . . 11, 12

Officers of the City Council 13

Committees of the City Council 14

Amended City Charter of 1909 (with changes to 1941) . . 15-31

Officials in charge of executive departments, term, etc. . . 32-34

Notes on executive departments, Usts of officials, term, etc. . 35-82

Various City, County and State officials, term, etc. . . . 85-87
Various departments, commissions, courts, etc., lists of officials,

term, etc 88-113

Members of City Government, 1909-1941 115-123

Mayors of Boston, 1822-1941 124, 125

Chairmen of the Board of Aldermen, 1855-1909 . . . . 125, 126

Presidents of the Common Council, 1822-1909 .... 126, 127

Presidents of the City Council, 1910-1941 128

Orators of Boston, 1771-1941 129, 130

Index 131-137



INTRODUCTION.



INTRODUCTION.



As a public document The Municipal Register is
as old as the City of Boston itself, the first volume
having been published in 1821, a year before the govern-
ment of Boston changed from Town to City. Up to

1840 the title of the volume was: The Rules and Orders
of the Common Council. From 1821 to 1829 the docu-
ment contained merely a register of the City Council
and a list of the officers.

In 1829 the City Charter was published as a part of
the volume, and in 1830 the Acts relating to Boston,
also the ordinances, were added. In 1832 the size of
the volume was increased by the addition of an index
to the contents. The volume published in 1822 con-
tained fifteen pages and for the year 1840 there were
eighty-eight pages, including three pages of index.

The title The Municipal Register was adopted in

1841 when the publication became more ambitious,
incorporating in its pages the Rules and Orders of the
Common Council, joint rules, ordinances of the City,
statutes of the Commonwealth relating to the City, a
list of the public schools, the City Government of 1841,
the committees and departments (consisting at that
time of the treasury, law, police, health, public land
and buildings, lamps and bridges, fire, and public
charitable institutions), and a list of the ward officers.

From 1842 to 1864 it also contained a list of the
members of preceding City Governments, a necrological
record of those members, the latest ordinances and the
special statutes relating to the City. In 1851 a hst of
the annual orators was added, and in 1853 a map of



10 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

the City and the Rules of the Board of Aldermen. In
1876, statistics of registration and voting were included,
carried from 1879 to 1924 in tabulated form.

From 1889 to 1896, inclusive. The Municipal
Register also contained a compilation of the Charter
with the revision of 1854 and the amendments of 1885
and thereafter. The Amended Charter of 1909 (15
pages) was added in 1910, and the various changes
since that year have been indicated by footnotes.

In 1924 the important amendments to the Charter
enacted in that year (10 pages) were included.

The 1925 volume contained, as the latest addition,
descriptions of the ward boundaries as fixed for the 22
new wards (formerly 26) in December, 1924.

Since 1925, the Register has been gradually reduced
to its present size; primarily, because of the issuance
of the Boston Year Book, a more ambitious publication,
in 1925 and 1926, and secondly for the purpose of
economy.




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PRESIDENT BOSTOPsT CITY COUNCIL



CITY GOVERNMENT.



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GOVERNMENT

OF THE

CITY OF BOSTON,

1941.



MAURICE J. TOBIN, Mayor.

Residence,
30 Hopkins Road, Jamaica Plain.



BOSTON CITY COUNCIL, 1941.

[Stat. 1909, Chap. 486; Stat. 1912, Chap. 574; Stat. 1914, Chaps.
630, 730; Spec. Stat. 1916, Chap. 269; Spec. Stat. 1917, Chap. 196;
Stat. 1924, Chaps. 328, 479.]

WILLIAM J. GALVIN, President.
Ward 1. James S. Coffey, 451 Meridian street.
Ward 2. William J. Galvin, 49 Monument avenue.
Ward 3. Joseph Russo, 42A Green street.
Ward 4. Perlie Dyar Chase, 136 Huntington

avenue.
Ward 5. Henry L. Shattuck, 15 River street.
Ward 6. Joseph M. Scannell, 530 East Fourth

street.
Ward 7. Thomas E. Linehan, 770 Columbia road.
Ward 8. William F. Hurley, 56 Mt. Pleasant

avenue.
Ward 9. Daniel F. Sullivan, 9 Highland street.
Ward 10. William A. Carey, 139 St. Alphonsus street.
Ward 11. Edward L. Englert, 18 Iffley road.
Ward 12. Charles I. Taylor, 181 Ruthven street.



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MUNICIPAL REGISTER.



Ward 13. Edward A. Hutchinson, Jr., 238 Savin

Hill avenue.

Ward 14. Joseph J. Gottlieb, 17 Wales street.

Ward 15. John B. Kelly, 16 Inwood street.

Ward 16. Philip Austin Fish, 2 Fairfax street.

Ward 17. John C. Wickes, 14 Rosedale street.

Ward 18. James J. Goode, Jr., 131 Milton avenue.

Ward 19. James M. Langan, 10 Rockview street.

Ward 20. Theodore F Lyons, 100 Ardale street.

Ward 21. Michael J. Ward, 51 Wallingford road.

Ward 22. Maurice H. Sullivan, 74 Antwerp street.

[Stat. 1854, Chap. 448, §30; Stat. 1885, Chap. 266, §2; Stat. 1901,
Chap. 332; Rev. Ord. 1898, Chap. 11; C. C, Title IV., Chap. 8;
Stat. 1909, Chap. 486; Rev. Ord. 1914, Chap. 11; Rev. Ord. 1925,
Chap. 11.]

Regular meetings in Council Chamber, City Hall,
fourth floor, Mondays, at 2 P. M.



CITY COUNCIL. 13



OFFICERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

CLERK.

Wilfred J. Doyle.

ASSISTANT CLERK.

John B. Hynes.

CLERK OF COMMITTEES.

Office, City Hall, Room 56, fourth floor.

Robert E. Green.

The Clerk of Committees acts as the clerk of all committees of the City
Council, keeps the records of their meetings, and has charge of the City
Hall Reference Library.

SECRETARY OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

William J. J. O'Neil.

The Secretary of the City Council is also Assistant Clerk of Committees
and performs the duties of the Clerk in the latter's absence or in case of
vacancy of his position.

STENOGRAPHER-CLERKS TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

Francis W. Leavey.
John L. Maloney.

CITY MESSENGER.

Office, City Hall, Room 55, fourth floor.

Edward J. Leary.

The City Messenger attends all meetings of the City Council and
committees thereof, keeps the accounts of the expenditures from the city
council appropriations, and has the care and distribution of all documents
printed for the use of the City Council, also the regular department reports.
He has charge of the City flagstaffs, the display of flags in the public
grounds, and the roping off of streets and squares on pubhc occasions.

ASSISTANT CITY MESSENGERS.



Dennis H. Shillue.

The Assistant City Messengers perform the duties of the City Messenger
in the latter's absence or in case of vacancy of his position.

DOCUMENT MAN.

Thomas W. McMahon.

OFFICIAL REPORTER OF PROCEEDINGS.

Edward W. Harnden.



14 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

STANDING COMMITTEES OF CITY
COUNCIL.

194 1.



EXECUTIVE.
All the members, Councillor Langan, Chairman.



On the following committees, the first-named member is Chairman.

Appropriations: Councillors Gottlieb, M. H. SuUivan, Ward, Lyons,
Goode, Russo, Wickes.

Claims: Councillors M. H. Sullivan, Scannell, Hutchinson, Taylor,
Carey.

County Accounts: Councillors Wickes, Goode, Gottlieb, Coffey,
Scannell.

Finance: Councillors Shattuck, Hutchinson, Gottlieb, Goode, Kelly,
Coffey, Englert.

Inspection of Prisons: Councillors Lyons, Fish, Taylor, Langan, M. H.
Sullivan.

Legislative Matters: Councillors Ward, Langan, Wickes, Shattuck,
Coffey.

Licenses: Councillors Fish, Lyons, Englert, Russo, Ward.

Ordinances: Councillors Lyons, Fish, Englert, Taylor, Langan, Scannell,
D. F. Sullivan.

Parkman Fund: Councillors Kelly, Linehan, Coffey, Gottlieb, Taylor.

Printing: Councillors Scannell, Chase, Kelly, D. F. Sullivan, Linehan.

Public Lands: Councillors Russo, Ward, Wickes, D. F. Sullivan,
Hurley.

Rules: Councillors Langan, Fish, Lyons, Taylor, M. H. Sullivan.

Soldiers' Relief: Councillors Englert, Taylor, Chase, Hutchinson,
D. F. Sullivan.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

On the following committees, the first-named member is Chairman.

Building Code: Councillors Fish, Ward, Shattuck, Lyons, Langan,
Kelly, Goode.

Constables: Councillors M. H. Sullivan, Taylor, Lyons.

Hospitals: Councillors Hurley, Goode, Ward, Wickes, Scannell,
D. F. Sullivan, Coffey.

License Fees: Councillors Scannell, Hurley, Hutchinson, Wickes,
Russo.

Parks and Playgrounds: Councillors Goode, Russo, Scannell, Gottheb,
Hurley.

Public Safety: Councillors Taylor, Langan, Goode, Fish, Hutchinson.

Public Welfare: Councillors Coffey, Wickes, D. F. Sullivan, Russo,
Hurley.

Tax Title Property: Councillors Hutchinson, Kelly, Englert, Coffey,
D. F. Sullivan.
Unclaimed Baggage: Councillors Linehan, Chase, Carey.



CITY CHARTER WITH AMENDMENTS. 15



CITY CHARTER OF 1909 (ACTS OF 1909,

CHAPTER 486) WITH AMENDMENTS TO

SEPTEMBER 1, 1941, INCORPORATED.



The Mayor and City Council.

Section 1.* {The terms of office of the mayor and the members of both
branches of the present city council of the city of Boston and of the street
commissioner whose term would expire on the first Monday of January,
nineteen hundred and ten, are hereby extended to ten o'clock a. m. on the first
Monday of February, nineteen hundred and ten, and at that time the said
city council and both branches thereof and the positions of city messenger,
clerk of the common council, clerk of committees, assistant clerk of committees,
and their subordinates shall be abolished. The officials whose terms cf office
are hereby extended shall, for the extended term, receive a compensation equal
to one-twelfth of the annual salaries now paid to them respectively.) The
mayor and city council elected in accordance with the provisions of this
act, and their successors, shall thereafter have all the powers and privileges
conferred, and be subject to all the duties and obligations imposed by law
upon the city council or the board of aldermen, acting as such or as county
commissioners or in any capacity, except as herein otherwise provided.
Wherever in this act the phrase "mayor and city council" appears, it
shall be understood as meaning the mayor and city council acting on and
after the first Monday of February, nineteen hundred and ten, under the
provisions of this and the three following sections. The city council may,
subject to the approval of the mayor, from time to time establish such
offices, other than that of city clerk, as it may deem necessary for the con-
duct of its affairs and at such salaries as it may determine, and abolish
such officers or alter such salaries; and without such approval may fill the
offices thus established and remove the incumbents at pleasure.

Section 1. {Chap. 479, Acts of 1924.) The terms of office of the
mayor of the city of Boston, of members of the city council and school
committee of said city which would expire under existing law on the first
Monday of February, nineteen hundred and twenty-six, and of members
of the city council and school committee of said city which would expire
under existing law on the first Monday of February, nineteen hundred and
twenty-seven, shall terminate at ten o'clock in the forenoon on the first
Monday of January, nineteen hundred and twenty-six. There shall be
no municipal election in said city in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-
four, and the terms of office of members of the city council and school

* The portion of this section in itahcs was superseded by Section 1 of
Chap. 479, Acts of 1924, which is printed as the next section.



16 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

committee of said city which would expire under existing law on the first
Monday of February, nineteen hundred and twenty-five, are hereby
extended to ten o'clock in the forenoon on the first Monday of January,
nineteen hundred and twenty-six. The salary of any official whose term
of office is terminated as aforesaid shall cease at the time of such termi-
nation and the salary of any official whose term of office is extended as
aforesaid shall continue at the same rate as theretofore so long as he con-
tinues to serve during the period of such extension.

Sect. 2.* The mayor from time to time may make to the city council
in the form of an ordinance or loan order filed with the city clerk such
recommendations other than for school purposes as he may deem to be
for the welfare of the city. The city council shall consider each ordinance
or loan order presented by the mayor and shall either adopt or reject
the same within sixty days after the date when it is filed as aforesaid;
If the said ordinance or loan order is not rejected within said sixty days
it shall be in force as if adopted by the city council unless previously
withdrawn by the mayor. Nothing herein shall prevent the mayor from
again presenting an ordinance or loan order which has been rejected or
withdrawn. The city council may originate an ordinance or loan order
and may reduce or reject any item in any loan and, subject to the approval
of the mayor, may amend an ordinance. All sales of land other than
school lands, all appropriations for the purchase of land other than for
school purposes, and aU loans voted by the city council shall require a
vote of two thirds of all the members of the city council; and shall be passed
only after two separate readings and by two separate votes, the second
of said readings and votes to be had not less than fourteen days after the
first, except that in the case of loan orders for temporary loans in antici-
pation of taxes the second of said readings and votes may be had not less
than twenty-four hours after the first. No amendment increasing the
amount of land to be sold or the amount to be paid for the purchase of
land, or the amount of loans, or altering the disposition of purchase money
or of the proceeds of loans shall be made at the time of the second reading
and vote. If a petition signed by six members of the council requesting
that action be taken forthwith upon a loan order presented by the mayor
is filed in the office of the city clerk not earlier than fourteen days after its
presentation, action shall be taken by the yeas and nays on the question
of the adoption of such loan order at the next meeting of the council, or,
if one vote has already been taken thereon, at the next meeting after
the expiration of the required interval after such vote; provided, that such
action thereon has not sooner been taken or such loan order has not been
withdrawn by the mayor.

Sect. 3.t All appropriations, other than for school purposes, to be
met from taxes, revenue or any source other than loans, shall originate
with the mayor, who, not later than the first Monday in February of each
year, shall submit to the city council the annual budget of the current
expenses of the city and county for the current fiscal year, and may
submit thereafter such supplementary appropriation orders as he may

* Sect. 2 as amended by Chap. 113, Acts of 1933, and Chap. 220, Acts of
1934.

t Sect. 3 as amended by Chap. 479, Acts of 1924, and Chap. 604, Acts
of 1941.



CITY CHARTER WITH AMENDMENTS. 17

deem necessary. The city council may reduce or reject any item, but,
except upon the recommendation of the mayor, shall not increase any
item in, nor the total of, a budget, nor add any item thereto, nor shall
it originate a budget. Not later than the first Monday in April the city
council shall take definite action on the annual budget by adopting,
reducing or rejecting it, and in the event of their failure so to do the
items and the appropriation orders in the budget as recommended by the
mayor shall be in effect as if formally adopted by the city council and
approved by the mayor. It shall be the duty of the city and county
officials, when requested by the mayor, to submit forthwith in such
detail as he may require estimates for the next fiscal year of the expendi-
tures of the department or office under their charge, which estimates
shall be transmitted to the city council.

Sect. 3A.* In the period after the expiration of any fiscal year, and
before the regular appropriations have been made by the city council and
the school committee, city and county officers who are authorized to
make expenditures, and the school committee, may incur liabilities in
carrying on the work of the several departments and offices entrusted to
them, and payments therefor shall be made from the treasury from any
available funds therein and charged against the next annual appropria-
tion, or special appropriation, if any is made; provided, that the liabilities
incurred during such interval for regular employees do not exceed in any
one month the average monthly expenditure of the last three months of
the preceding fiscal year, and that the total liabilities incurred during
said interval do not exceed in any one month the sums spent for similar
purposes during any one month of the preceding fiscal year; and provided,
further, that said officers who are authorized to make expenditures may
expend in any one month for any new officer or board lawfully created
an amount not exceeding one twelfth of the estimated cost for the current
fiscal year; and provided, further, that until a regular or special appropri-
ation has been made for snow removal, expenditures may be made for that
purpose to an amount not exceeding the average of the annual expendi-
tures for snow removal in the five preceding fiscal years.

Sect. 3B.* After an appropriation of money has been duly made by
the city of Boston for any specific purpose, or for the needs and expendi-


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