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least not one new to the business, for Mr. W. H. Snow has had long and varied experience, and for more than six
years catered to Somerville people as manager of Knight's market. Therefore he knows what they want, and,
what's more, he proposes to see that they get it, provided of course it is anything in reason, and we need hard'~
add that Somerville people are not at all apt to be unreasonable in their demands. Orders are filled intelligeutJ
their delivery is looked after sharply and somebody is held responsible for the prompt and faithful performance
each of the various duties incidentai to the business — hence the service is uniformly accurate and satisfactory. As
the stock includes full lines of meats, provisions, flour, fruit, teas, coffees, etc., orders can be filled at short notice,
and a specialty is made of butter, it being received direct from the creameries every week and being sold by the
pound or in five pound boxes or larger lots at the lowest market rates.

E. A. MAYNARD, Bakery, Agent for F..G. Eay & Son's Troy Laundry, 528 Medford Street,
North Somerville.— The persons who condemn all bakers' products because the goods produced by some bakers are
not what they should be, are as illogical as one would be who should declare that all home made bread was unfit to
eat because his wife always made bread that was heavy and sour. Some bakers' bread is poor stuff; so is some
home made bread, but how foolish it would be to give up bread entirely on that account! There is no trouble in
obtaining first-class bakers" goods if you know where to look forthem; and we have not the slightest hesitation in
guaranteeing satisfaction to all who may buy from Mr. E. A. Maynard of No. 528 Medford street. North Somer-
ville, for the simple reason that his geods cannot fail to suit the most fastidious, as they are equal to the very best
the market afl'ords. This is a purely domestic bakery, catering to family trade only, and making a leading
specialty of bread. Mr. Maynard has taken several first prizes for his bread, among them one awarded at the
Mechanics' Fair ; and if such of our readers as can't get bakers' bread that suits them will try some of his make we
are confident that they will patronize his bakery exclusively afterwards. His cake, pastry, etc., are also unexcelled
and his prices are within the means of all. One department of his busin<!ss is uncommon, not to say unique, and
will be of special interest to those wishing to introduce new brands of flour. He is a professional "flour sample
baker."'— that is, he is employed by millers, miHers' agents, etc., to bake sample loaves from various brands of flour;
seal them up in air-tight tin boxes and ship them to Europe — thus saving the expense and risk of sending cargo
lots of flour to a foreign market without any idea of whether it would prove satisfactory or not. '"The proof of
the pudding is in the eating,"" — and the proof of the flour, too. Mr. Maynard is agent for Ray's Troy Laundry,
and work left with him is assured skillful performance and prompt delivery.

FRANKLIN ELECTRIC WORKS, GeneralJobbing, Press Work, Die, Mould and Model Making ;
Experimental Electrical Work a Specialty; Edward L. Orcutt, Manager, 6 Row Street Place (Union Square),
Somerville, Mass., Connected by Telephone. — The service aflbrded by the Franklin Electric Works may be roughly
divided into two departments, one of which comprises the furnishing and setting up and repairing of electrical
apparatus for the general public, while the otherincludespress work, general jobbing, die, mould and model making
and experimental electrical work — the latter being made a leading specialty by this well equipped concern, of
which Mr. Edward L. Orcutt is manager, and which maintains a large and wellfltted up shop at No. (1 Bow Street
Place, near Union Square. The Franklin Electric Works were established in 1886, and have gained an extended and
high reputation in connection with the prompt and intelligent filling of orders at reasonable rates. A full assort-
ment of bells, batteries, magnet wire, office and annunciator wire, press buttons, door pulls, etc., is constantly
carried in stock, and these and kindred goods are furnished at wholesale or retail at bottom prices, quality con-
sidered. Public and private buildings will be fitted up and the plant kept in order, and electrical work of every
description will be done in a thoroughly scientific and durable manner and at the shortest possible notice.

F. W. PEARSON, Ice Cream and Confectionery, 5 Marshall Street, Winter Hill, Somerville,
Mass —There is no doubt but that the consumption of ice cream and confectionery is steadily increasing, even
faster than the increase in population, but it is equally unquestionable that this increased demand is for goods of
superior quality and merit, and not for the "grocer's candies" which were at one time so popular. Tlie fact is not
only are the people getting richer and hence having more money to spend on luxuries, but the standard of taste is
being raised and choicer and more delicately flavored candies are being demanded annually. Mr. F. W. Pearson,
of No. 5 Marshall street, Winter Hill, has built up a very large and desirable trade during the comparatively short
time that he has conducted his present establishment, and this success is the natural consequence of his recognizing
the facts to which we have referred. He at all times carries a large and varied stock, and spares no pains to oflTer
goods that will surely suit the most fastidious. Ice cream, 40 cents per quart, $1.50 per gallon, and nothing but
the very tjest of material is used, and all orders are delivered promptly, while only the best of confectionery is
made and sold. The premises utilized comprise one store, 15x25 feet in size, which is tastefully and conveniently
fitted up, the stock being displayed to excellent advantage and being renewed so frequently that the goods arc al-
ways fresh and attractive.



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CHRISTOPHER BROS.



IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC



GROCERIES,

Provisions, Teas, Coffees, Flour, Canned

Goods, Fruits, Etc., Butter from

Best Creameries.



289 1-2 & 261 Slimmer St., Cor. Cedar,

SOMERVILLE, MASS.



There is of course more or less resemblance between all family groceries, and yet each of them has certain char-
acteristics of its own which either commend it or condemn it, as the case may be. Take, foriastance, the establish-
ment conducted by Messrs. Christopher Brothers of No. 259 and 261 Summer street, and we believe it is not at all
difficult to .account for its popularity, for although other stores may carry equally large stocks, quote equally low
prices and be equally prompt and accurate in the delivery of orders, still there are few others which combine all
these good points, and fewer still possess another, that of liolding only strietlj' reliable goods. This enterprise
was inaugurated by Messrs. Emerson and Leander Christopher in 1883 under the present style name. They are
natives of Nova Scotia, and are thoroughly acquainted with their business, which they give close personal atten-
tion. They both were formerly with Messrs. Cobb, Bates & Yerxa of Boston. The premises occupy one floor,
40x40 feet in dimensions, and are heavily stocked with choice imported and domestic groceries atd provisions, the
latter branch being recently added. Four competent assistants are employed to ensure prompt and courteous at-
tention to every caller, and orders will be filled at the shortest possible notice, the goods being guaranteed to prove
iust as represented.



LYMAN B. RICH, Real Estate and Insurance, Citizen Building, opposite Winter Hill Depot,
Somerville, Mass. — The Real Estate and Insurance Agency business conducted by Mr. Lyman B. Rich was estab-
lished some three years ago, so that the public has had ample opportunity to become conversant with his methods and
to judge intelligently concerning his facilities and ability. That the verdict is distinctly favorable is evidenced by
the testimonials of liis customers, and indeed but few inquiries are necessary in order to demonstrate the fact that
Mr. Rich is considered a competent authority on Real Estate matters, making his co-operation of great value to
those seeking dependable and " inside ■' information concerning this class of property. His office is located in the
Citizen Building, opposite Winter Hill depot, and as he always has on his books some very desirable Real Estate to
sell, rent or exchange, those wishing to invest in, to dispose of, or to hire a house, store or tenement may save
themselves time, trouble and perhaps money by taking advantage of the facilities here provided. Information will
be cheerfully and courteously given and we are confident our readers will have reason to thank us for calling their
attention to this well-equipped and popular agency. Mr. Rich represents some of the best Fire Insurance Com-
panies and is prepared to write policies at the very lowest market rates on " insurance that insures."



J. A. BREMNER & CO. (Successors to L. W. Bowen & Co.), Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
Paper H.angings, Interior Decorations, Picture Frames, Toi-chon and other Mats, Picture Mouldings. Room Mould-
ings, Drapery Poles, Window Shades. Etc., No. 21 Bow Street; Kactory, Post Office Square, Somerville, Mass.; 215
Main Street, Brockton. — The manufacture of wall papers has developed wonderfully in this country of late years,
and it is now possible to obtain artistic and beautiful paper hangings at such low rates as to put them within the
means of practically all. But much depends upon the discrimination used in the placing of orders, for some deal-
ers quote fancy prices upon all the gr.ades they handle, while others make a specialty of foreign papers, .and cater
particularly to that class of trade to whom "money is no object,"— placing their prices f.o high as to be "out of
sight," so far as the .average buyer is concerned. On the other hand, there are dealers who give special attention
to the handling of domestic papers, and are content with a small margin of profit, and prominent among such is
the firm of J. A.. Bremner & Co., successors to L. VV. Bowen & Co., and doing business at No. 21 Bow St., Somer-
ville, with moulding and picture frame factory at Post Office Square. They also have another prominent store at
215 Main St., Brockton. Mass. This concern was formed in 1SS6, and was constituted of Messrs. L. W. Bowen and
J. A. Bremner, the former a native of Ch.arlestown and the latter of Chatham, N. B., Mr. J. A. Bremner assuming
sole control of the business January, 1892. They carry a large stock nnd a full line of samples of paper hangings,
embr.acing the very latest novelties, and the productions of the leading domestic and foreign manufacturers, for
they are prepared to furnish all grades of foreign papers, although they make a specialty of those of domestic
manufacture. Their prices are as low as the lowest, and orders for paper hanging will be filled at short notice
and in the most workmanlike manner, satisfaction being guaranteed. Whitewashing and coloring will also be done
in first-class style at low rates, and picture mouldings and window shades will be furnished at bottom prices.
Picture frames will be made to order at short notice, and quite a jobbing trade is enjoyed with out-of-town stores,
a specialty being made in that line.



60 REPRESENTATIVE BUSINESS MEN.

F. W. PUTNEY, Prescription Druggist, Broadway, corner Eush Street, Somerville, Mass. —
Every experienced physician will agree that the cure of disease would be much more easy than is now the case
were the Drugs and Medicines sold by every dealer uniform in character. The public is apt to suspect that a
physician who directs them to a certain pharmacy does so because he receives a percentage of the cost of the
medicines sold, but this is so seldom the case as to be unworthy of consideration. The fact is a physician learns
that a certain pharmacist obtains his supplies from reliable sources, renews them often enough to prevent serious
deterioration from age and is skillful and careful in the compounding of prescriptions. As these things enable the
effects of prescriptions put up at his establishment to be more accurately prepared than would otherwise be possi-
ble, and as the professional reputation of the physician is directly dependent upon his prescriptions, having the
desired effect, what more natural than that lie should direct where they should be compounded? Mr. F. W. Putney
is among the-most popular Druggists in this section, not only among physicians but also the general public, for he
has had long experience in the business and his methods are reliable. He makes a specialty of comounding pre-
scriptions. He is a native of Xew Hampshhire and his store, located on Broadway, cor. Rush Street.is 20x3o feet
in size, prescriptions being promptly and very carefully compounded at reasonable rates. While the prescription
trade is the leading feature of the business, mention ought also to be made of his line stock of druggists' sundries
and fancy goods, fine line of choice cigars and tobacco, also of the fine trade enjoyed at the soda fountain, where are
drawn as line delicately flavored drinks as can be found in the city.

C. S. NOYES, Manufacturer and Dealer in Cigars and Tobacco, also Smokers' Articles ; Box
Trade and Private Brands a Specialty; 10 Marshall Street, Odd Fellows' Building, Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass.—
There is but one sure way of distinguishing a good Cigar, and that is to smoke it, for in spite of the claims of
self-styled " experts," we question if there be a man living who can infallibly judge by any other means. Exam-
ination will tell whether a cigar is well made or not, and whether it is well seasoned or not, but beyond this it
avails but little, and therefore the smoker has one surety that he will not be imposed upon, and that is the reputa-
tion of the dealer from whom he buys. Mr. C. S. Xoyes has long had the name of selling thoroughly satisfactory
cigars at moderate prices, and this name is so well deserved that we feel that we can do our readers no greater
service than to call their attention to this gentleman's establishment at No. 10 Marshall Street, Winter Hill, for
here may be found a remarkably complete assortment of Cigars and Tobacco, and also Smokers' Articles of all
kinds, and prices arc as satisfactory as are the goods themselves. The store is 1.") x 25 feet in size and Mr. Noyes
manufactures as well as deals in Cigars and Tobacco, giving work to only capable and competent assistants. He
is a native of Auburn and has carried on his present enterprise since 1888, and makes a specialty of Box Trade and
Private Brands.



PROSPECT HILL MARKET, Dealers in Groceries and Provisions, Fruit and Vegetables of all
kinds, Canned Goods, Butter, Cheese, Eggs, Etc.; .T. S. McDonough, 161 and 163 Washington Street, Somerville,
Mass.— Washington Street is a very busy thoroughfare and there are many well equipped Grocery houses located
upon it, but among these there is not one more deserving of the popularity it has attained than is that conducted
by Mr. .1. S. McDonough, proprietor of the Prospect Hill Market. The business in question was founded in 1880
by Mr. W. S. Ward, who was succeeded by the present proprietor in the early part of the current year. The
premises made use of are located at Nos. 161 and 163 Washington Street, and are very spacious, being the first
floor, .3.5 x40 feet in dimensions, and a cellar. The stock is in harmony with the premises, for it is very extensive
and is so complete in every department that no trouble is met with in suiting all tastes and all purses. Mr.
McDonough, who is a native of Portland, Maine, caters especially to family trade and obtains his supplies from
the most reputable sources, thus being in a position to guarantee satisfaction to his customers, both as regards the
quality and the price of the goods offered. These include not only Groceries and Provisions of all kinds, but also
Fruit and Vegetables of all kinds. Canned Goods, Butter, Cheese and Eggs, etc., while no fancy prices are quoted.

J. HERBERT THOMPSON, Livery, Board and Feed Stable, 287 Broadway Street, Somerville,
Mass.— The character of the Livery service offered by Mr. .1. Herbert Thompson should certainly be thoroughly
familiar to the residents of Somerville, for this gentleman has been identified with the business interests of thfs
«ity for the past ten years. The business was originally started by Messrs. Nelson and Thompson iu 1882, who
were succeeded by the present proprietor in 1890. Mr. Thompson is a native of Vermont and is one of the best
known business men in this section. His stable is spacious and well arranged and is looked upon as the head-
quarters of the Livery service in this vicinity. The stable contains sixty stalU, and we would advise all interested
readers who desire a team for business or pleasure, or who have horses which they want fed or boarded, to give
Mr. Thompson a call, as his terms are very moderate and good horses, stvlish and easv vehicles and first-class
appointments are at hand for the accommodation of liverv patrons, for Mr. "Thompson takes pride in maintaining
the high reputation he has so long held. Horses placed here for sale will be shown to the best advantage. Mr.
Ihompson gives close personal attention to all details of his business and spares no pains to satisfy the most
critical customer. The charges are moderate in every department and all orders attended to promptly.




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tically all the availnble space is made use of, denionstrate's bevond the need of further statement that the as'sort-
ment of goods he oilers is very complete. It is also very varied, for he deals in confectionerv, stationerv, tovs,
pastry and other commodities too numerous to mention. Wood and coal are extensively dealt in, and will "be sup-
plied in any desired (lUiintity. Mr. Horrell is a native of Englaud, and has been identified with his present business
establishment, which is located at 3 Prescott street, since 1S72. His business policy is as simple as it is popular, it
Deing to give full value for money received. Of course careful management is necessary iu order to do so, but Mr.
Uorrell is a close and discriminating buyer, and is therefore enabled to quote the lowest market rates ou goods that
will prove entirely satisfactory at all times.



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the people all of the time," aud therefore such an enterprise as that carried on by the Great American and China
Tea Company is bound to give and to hold the favor of the public in spite of the hitter attacks of interested parties,
who argue that no company can furnish reliable goods at battom prices and then give away valuable presents. That
assertion sounds plausible, and when the Great American and China Tea Company began operations here it deceived
some of the people for a time and prevented their availing themselves of the company's inducements, but common
sense prevailed in the long run, and now all careful buyers in this vicinity get their teas andcolTees of this reliable
house. Theory is one thing and practice another, and when you see your neighbor is using as good it not better
tea and coftee than you, is paying less for it and is getting tea sets, dinner sets and other valuable presents, it
doesn't take you long to make up your miud that plausible arguments by no means prove statements, so you also
trade with the Great American and China Tea Company, and get your share of the presents given to all customers.
The Somerville branch is located at 11 Union Square, where premises comprising one floor and basement are occu-
pied, and a very heavy stock of teas and coft'ees carried, together with a beautiful assortment of china, crockery
ware, etc. The energetic manager keeps the service at a unifoimly high standard of efficiency, and considering
that first-class good«, bottom prices, elegant prefents and prompt and polite attention are assured to customers,
the great popularity of the store is not at all surprising.

N. S. FORSYTH, Eestaurant and Dining Rooms, 337 Somerville Avenue, Somerville,
Mass.— A restaurant at which palatable and nutritious meals mav be obtained at all hours, at short notice and at
moderate rates is certainly deserving of liberal patronage, and hence no one can justly begrudge Mr. N. S. Forsyth
the prompt and decided success his establishment has attained since its opening in 1891, for it is a very ably man-
aged restaurant and dining room and the service is uniformly satisfactory, while the charges are uniformly reason-
able. Mr. Forsyth was born in Vermont, and has many friends throughout Somerville. He gives very close per-
sonal attention to every detail of his business and caters successfully to all classes who appreciate good, well-
cooked and neatly served food, prompt service and low prices. Thepremises occupied are located at 337 Somer-
ville Avenue, and have an area of 1.000 square feet. They are thoroughly fitted up aud are kept neat and clean at
all limes. Four capable assistants are constantly on hand to serve the numerous patrons who daily patronize this
popular restaurant and dining room, every caller being cordially welcomed and assured prompt as well as courteous
attention. Mr. Forsyth is a veteran of the late war, enlisting first in the 1st Regt., Maine Cavalry, and then re-
enlisting in the 1st Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, giving a total service of 3 years aud 7 months. He
carried the colors over two years. He is now a member of Willard C. Kinsley Post 139, G. A. R.

FRANK A. MORRILL, cor. Pearl and Bradley Streets, Somerville, Mass.^The time ha.s gone
by when it was necessary to visit the largest cities in order to secure really artistic photographs, for the number
of competent photographers has increased wonderfully of late years, and it would now be difficult to name a town
of any importance that does not contain at least one of them. Among those doing business in this vicinity, we
know of none whom we can more cordially recommend than Mr. Frank A. Morrill, for this gentleman makes a
specialty of fine work, aud attains results wliich have no superiors in even the most popular studios. He is a
native of Maine, and began operations here in 1885. His rooms are located on the first floor on corner of Pearl and
Bradley Streets, and are fitted up with the most improved apparatus, enabling orders to be promptly filled. Mr.
Morrill carries on photography in all its branches, making a specialty of babies' pictures, for which he makes no
extra charge, and has a very quick working skylight, while his rooms are easy to get to, being on the ground
floor, and he tries to please every customer. His charges are uniformly moderate and his business is steadily
increasing. Mr. Morrill is also proprietor of a store devoted to the sale of dry and fancy goods, toys, etc., and
located next door to his photographic studio. It has been in operation for the past seven j ears, it having been
founded in 1885 by Mr. F. A. Morrill, the present proprietor, and the residents of Somerville have therefore had
ample opportunity to become thoroughly familiar with the methods followed at this enterprising establishment.
Whether these methods are acceptable or not is best shown by the extent and character of the patronage now
bestowed upon the undertaking, and judged by this test it must be conceded that Mr. Morrill knows how to cater to
the most desirable class of trade, for he does a good retail business and attracts the most careful buyers; and yet,
when we speak of his catering to any " class of trade," we are apt to suggest the wrong idea, for as a matter of
fact this wide-awake gentleman caters to the general public and oflers goods and quotes prices that will fully satisfy
the public in general, and he succeeds most admirably in this laudable endeavor. Every article is quoted at low
figures, and there is but one price to all. The stock comprises dry and fancy goods, toys and notions of all kinds.

GOODWIN & CUTLER, House and Decorative Painters, 54 Broadway (rear of Free Baptist
Chapel), East Somerville, Mass. — Nearly every man of middle age has tried at one time or another to do some
painting " on his own hook," and if he had no previous experience the chances are that when he got through with
the attempt he had more respect for a professional painter than he ever had before. Painting looks very easy, and
in one sense of the word it is easy, for anybody can dip a brush into a paint pot aud plaster the paint ou a wall or


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