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other smooth surface, but it is not everybody that can put on just enough paint and can distribute it as evenly as
it should be distributed, if the final result is to be at all satisfactory. Therefore we say it always pays to einplo3- a
good painter, and as some of our readers may not know Just where to find such, we take pleasure in calling their
attention to the establishment of Messrs. Goodwin & Cutler, at No. 54 Broadway, for this firm has conducted the
business in question since 1875, it having then been founded by the senior member, Mr. M. J. Goodwin, and so
carried on till 1886, when the present firm was established by Mr. F. E. Cutler joining it. Both members are
natives of this state; the premises and shop occupied comprise two floors 20 x 30 feet in size at above named ad-
dress. The owners are house and decorative painters, employing competent assistants only and giving all orders
prompt attention.


J. MILLER, Contractor and Builder, and Dealer in Real Estate, 7 Medina Building, West
Soinerville, Mass. — Without disputing the fact that it is not alwaj's good policy to award a building contract to
the lowest bidder, it may still be maintained that the possession of facilities which enable one to figure very low
ou building work, will go very far to ensure success in that line of business, and when to the possession of such
facilities are joined long experience and entire responsibility, a high degree of success is assured. Therefore it Is
perfectly natural that Mr. J. Miller should occupy a leading position among the contractors and builders and
dealers in real estate iu this city. For he has had years of experience, and bears an enviable reputation for enter-
prise and integrity, and to him is due much of the credit for the rapid development and growth of this portion of
the city adjacent to Davis Square, for he has built many of its buildings, and is now putting upon the market quite
a number of very desirable buildings for homes or investments, 1 jcated on the most desirable sites, opposite the
beautiful Highland R. K. station, which is illustrated as one of the "Points of Interest" in the historical sketch of
this book. He offers these homes on terms to accommodate the wishes of both capitalist or wage earner, and those
who desire a home of their own would do well to consult him and see what he has to offer in both Somerville
Highlands, West Somerville and Cambiidge. His office hours are from 11 to 12 a. m. and 3 to 5 p. m., and his
residence is at 6 Spruce street, North Cambridge. Plans will be drawn up and estimates made on application, and
any information will be given regarding building or real estate interests.

JOHN E. STEVENS, House, Sign and Decoration Painter, 23 Elm Street, Somerville, Mass.—
"In the elder days of art," all decorations and beautiful artistic work were confined to the religious and public
buildings and the palaces of the favored rich; now, through the advancing influences of civilization, the achieve-
ments and effects of artistic coloring are brought within the reach of almost every one who can appreciate their
value, and the higher tone and happiness which have thus been brought into our life is of the greatest influence
and value. The refined taste exhibited everywhere in this branch of business causes one to wonder at the height of
its perfection. Among the well-known business firms of Somerville is the name of John E. Stevens, located at 23
Elm St., where he carries a desirable stock of paper hangings and painters' stock. As painter and decorator he
has no superior in this vicinity. During the busy season he keeps a force of experienced hands employed, and as
sign and ornamental painting is attended to as well as house painting a good business is enjoyed, and Mr. Stevens'
genial and liberal methods have made him many friends. His prices are always reasonable.

HOWE & FLINT, Dealers in Furnaces and Stoves, Tin Plate and Sheet Iron Workers, No. 51
Union Square, Somerville, Mass.— The undertaking carried on by Messrs. Howe & Flint is doubtless familiar to
many of our readers, for it has been iu operation about seventeen years, hiving h»en founded bv its present pro-
prietors ill lS7.i. Messrs. W. S. Howe and W. F. Flint are both natives of Massachusetts, and are thoroughly
familiar with every detail of the business with which they are identified, as miy easily be seen by the character o"t
the service they offer the public, for there is not a firm dealing in furnaces, stoves, tin and wooden ware, etc., in
this vicinity that is prepared to hold out more genuine inducements to customers. The premises occupied comprise
one floor and a basement, each 1200 square feet in dimensions, in addition to a workshop in the rear, which is well
arranged and fitted up with the most improved facilities for the doing of tin plate and sheet iron work, tin and
roofing work being done at short notice and in first-class style, and those who appreciate the importance of having
work of this kind done in an honest and painstaking manner can do no better than to place their orders with
Messrs. Howe & Flint. The store is located at 51 Union Square, and the leading makes of stoves, furnaces and
ranges are carried in stock, as well as a full line of tin and wooden ware, and oftered in variety at the lowest
market rates. "Honest goods at honest prices" is a verv attractive motto, and its spirit is certainly thoroughly
earned mto effect at this establishment.

F. Q. HARRINGTON, Groceries and Provisions, all Goods Delivered Promptly and Free of
Expense, 315 & 317 IJroadway, Cor. Temple Street, Somerville.— Many a housekeeper is looking for just such an
establishment as that carried on by Mr. F. Q. Harrington at Nos. 315 & 317 Bro id way, corner Temple street,
Somerville, and we take pleasure in commanding this enterprise to such inquirers, for we know that Mr. Harring-
ton s methods are bound to please, and we know that those who have business dealings with him are outspoken in
their approval of the accommodations offered. Operations were begun in 1875, and the trade has since steadily
increased. Mr. Harrington is a native of this city, and has a large circle of friends in this vicinity. The
premises utilized are of the dimensions ot 40x50 feet, and the stock on hand is not only large but unusually
varied, as it includes groceries and provisions and canned goods ot all kinds, etc., all goods being delivered
promptly and free of expense. It will bn seen that the greater part of the household food supply may be
obtained at this store, and as th» prices are all that can be reasonably desired as regards fairness,
etc.. It IS well worth while giving Mr. Hirrington a call. The groceries and provisions comprise the best
the markets afford. After 18 years' experience if would be surprising if Mr. Harrington did not give his customers
the best goods and best services. t- o o a

MRS. S. A. RIKER, 518 Somsrville A.veaue, near Park Street, Somsrville. — The business
conducted jjy Mrs. S. A. Riker not only holds a leading position aming other Som3rville mercantile enterprises,
biit IS a.bsolutely unique in its way, for there is no other undertaking in this vicinity precisely similar iu character.
Mrs. Kiker IS a dsaler in dry and fanoy go3cl3, ladies' fancy articles, aprons, hosiery, gents' furnishings, house-
Keeping ^oods, etc., and also handles st itionery, Christmi? cards, hand-painted porcelains, neckties, handkerchiefs,
silk scii-fs, pertumiry aad children's t)vs. Ot course spacious premises are required to accomnodate such a
business as this, and those utiliz id by Mrs. Hiker at 513 Somerville Avenue, near Park street, have an aggregate
Hjor space of about 100) squire feet. An excaptioaally attractive stock is carried, aud the proprietress is in a
position to till orders at very shirt notice and at the lowest prevailing rates, the goods bsing satisfactory to the
mist critical trada, and comprise the latest fashionable novelties in eaoh ot its departments, while thie prices are
literarly a? low as the loivest" in every instanje. Mrs. Riker is a native of Somirville, ani his been ideatiftad
w'lth her present business since 1SS7. She is an educated and enterprising business wo Jian, and we would advise
all interested readers tociU at her store anl bicome couvineel thit she keeps the best goois aud sells them at the
lowest prices. Stie hu the agency for Bjstinsou's Liundry, where superior work is doue.


BENJ. F. FREEMAN, Artistic Photographer, 42 Broadway, Somerville, Mass. Specialties in
Portraits, Pastel and Crayon Opals, Transferotypes, Porcelains, Transparencies, and all the Latest Photogra))hic
Novelties, also Frames and Easels.— Probably in no branch of the art=i have more improvements been made during
recent years than in that of photography, and the avidity with which the inventions of late days have been
availed of by the profession is a convincing proof of the spirit of enterprise which has been a distinguishing
feature of those concerned in the business. Mr. Benj. F. Freeman has been established here since 1878 as an
artistic photographer and has a long and practical experience. His studio is located at No. 42 Broadway on the
second floor, covering some 3.500 square feet, and is considered one of the finest in Somerville. Mr. Freeman is an
example of a painstaking, thorough artist. A visit to his studio will amply repay the lover of the beautiful and
artistic. Mr. Freeman is a native of Wisconsin, and makes specialties of portraits iu pastel and crayon opals,
transparencies, and employs five competent artists.

M. S. JONES, Hack, Boarding, Livery and Sale Stable, 12 Marshall St., Winter Hill, Somer-
ville, Mass. Carriages for Weddings, Parties, Funerals, Etc., Furnished at Short Notice. Horses Boarded in the
Best Possible Manner.— Among those engaged in the stable business in this town and vicinity, none bears a higher
reputation than Mr. M. S. Jones, and we take pleasure in cordially recommending his establishment to all who wish
to hire a first-class team, buy a horse of any description, or board a horse where he will be assured the very best of
care and comfortable and healthful quarters. This may seem a somewhat enthusiastic recommendation, but it is
fully justified bv the facts, and we are confident that those who do business with Mr. Jones will have reason to
thank us for calling attention to the unsurpassed facilities he offers. The stable carried on by him has been suc-
cessfully conducted for a good many years and has been in the possession of the present owner since 1890, he
succeeding Messrs. Nelson and Thompson. A number of excellent horses and some easy and stylish vehicles are
available tor livery purposes, teams being furnished at short notice and at uniformly reasonable rates. Particu-
lar attention is given to furnishing carriages for weddings, parties and funerals, etc. Employment is given to
competent assistants, and as there are twenty-flve stalls, horses will be boarded in the best possible manner. Mr.
Jones' stable is located at No. 12 Marshall St., Winter Hill, and he always has some desirable animals for sale at
fair prices.

F. L. CARD, Dealer in Provisions, Fruits and Vegetables, Winter Hill Market, Stickney
Building, opp. Winter Hill Station, Somerville, Mass. — In analyzing the popularity that the enterprise carried on
by Mr. F. L. Card unquestionably enjoys, we find that it does not seem to be due to any one thing, but rather to
the impression made by his methods of doing business, when considered altogether. For instance, Mr. Card does
not claim to sell cheaper than everybody else, although he does ofier his goods at the lowest market rates. Neither
does he claim to carry the largest stock in this section of the town, but nevertheless the variety on hand is such
that all tastes can be suited. He strives to fully satisfy every customer, and gives a dollar's worth of value for
every dollar he receives, and it may be said that this is probably one of the chief causes of the popularity referred
to. Mr. Card is a native of Windsor, N. S., and has had considerable experience in his present business. He has
been proprietor of this establishment since 1889. The premises utilized are located iu the Stickney building, opp.
Winter Hill station, and are 2.5 x 50 feet in dimensions, and contain an extensive and varied stock of provisions,
fruits and vegetables. All classes of trade are catered to, and the prices are placed at the lowest market figures.

KILLAM & FITZMAURICE, Dealers in Dry and Fancy Goods, Gents' and Ladies' Furnishings,
Dressmakers' Supplies, etc., etc. No. 312 Broadway, Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass. — A Somerville establishment
in which the public evidently places the greatest confidence is that conducted by Messrs. Killam & Fitzmaurice.
This enterprise was inaugurated some years ago by Messrs. Cushman & Brigham, they being succeeded by Mr. P.
M. Brigham in 1890, and he by the present proprietors in April, 1892. Both these gentlemen have had experience
in the large dry goods houses in Boston, and are thoroughly competent to maintain the high reputation this house
has gained for fair dealing and selling goods at prices that cannot but hold trade and increase its volume. These
gentlemen give the business their close personal supervision and guarantee satisfaction to every customer. The
premises occupied are located at No. 312 Broadway, are 20 x 50 ft. in dimensions. The stock handled includes a
great variety of dry and fancy goods, ladies' and gents' furnishings, dressmakers' supplies, etc. The stock is
selected with especial reference to demand of local retail trade, so that they are able to offer particular advantages
to their large class of patrons, and the ladies need hardly be reminded that their stock is always sure to contain
many pleasing and popular novelties, or that they are offered at the lowest rates. Two assistants are employed,
and prompt attention is offered to all. A (hand) laundry and dye house agency is at this store.

CHARLES W. SWEETSER, Piano and Music Rooms, 7 Connor's Building, Union Square,
Somerville.— If the public in general could only understand that no individual, or firm, or corporation, holds or
can hold a monopoly of the making of first-class pianos, there would soon be a change in the business methods of
certain manufacturers, who at present are relying largely upon loud boasting and constant belittling of their
competitors' work. Of course, many people who know nothing about pianos feel that they must have a piano of a
certain make, or else in all probability get cheated, but if they would only confide in the judgment of a reputable
dealer who is not a manufacturer, they would soon discover the fact that they could get equally as good a piano as
though they had paid a much larger price simply on account of the name. In this connection we call attention to
the business conducted by Mr. Charles W. Sweetser at No. 7 Connor's Building, Union Square, for this gentleman
is considered an expert judge of what constitutes a good piano, and is reliable in his representations to his custom-
ers, so that those purchasing an instrument of him are sure of getting just what they pay for. He constantly has
some fine pianos at his rooms from which customers can select. Those intending to buy or rent a piano would do
well to call or communicate with Mr. Sweetser before engaging elsewhere, as he is prepared to make such terms
as will accommodate his patrons. His rooms in Connor's Building include a studio for pupils in music, and is head-
quarters for the musical fraternity. All orders for tuning or repairing will receive prompt attention.


A. L. KNOWLES, Dealer in Standard Family Groceries and Provisions, cor. Perkins and
Pinckuey Streets. Goods Delivered in Any Part of the City.— Should a person thoroughly acquainted with the
comparative standing of the various business houses of this town be asked to name half a dozen of the leading
grocery firms of Somerville, he would unquestionably include Mr. A. L. Knowles in the list, for he has long held his
present high position, and is generally conceded to have few, if any, rivals in his particular line. The reasons for
this favorable judgment are not difficult to learn, foi no one can visit his establishment without being impressed
by tlie magnitude and variety of the stock, the dependable character of the goods and the low prices quoted on the
same, whiFe the prompt and courteous attention extended to every caller is of itself enough to entitle this repre-
sentative house to- particularlv favorable mention. The premises made use of comprise the ground floor, 30 x 70
feet in dimensions, and located on the corner of Perkins and Pinckney Streets. Choice standard family groceries
and provisions of every description are dealt in, and as employment is given two competent assistants all orders
can be accurately filled at short notice. Mr. Knowles eaters so intelligently to family trade that the inducements
cannot easily be found elswhere.

M. H. TATTAN, Dry and Fancy Goods, Hats, Caps, Gloves, Boots, Shoes, Eiibbers, Groceries
and Tobacco, 458 and 4fiO Somerville Ave., cor. Dane Street, Somerville, Mass. Agents for National Steam
Laundry. — Yachtsmen have a saying, " Kvery boat sails fast when she sails alone," and on the same principal,
every store is attractive and well managed if there is no better one near by to compare it with, but with stores as
with boats, competition is necessary in order to determine relative merit, and the more close the competition the
more surety there is that the decision reached will be just and correct. Therefore the high standing of the estab-
lishment carried on by Mr. M. H. Tattan is well deserved, for certainly competition is close enough in the dry and
fancy goods business hereabouts to find out the true merits of a store devoted to that line of trade, Mr. Tattan
having to compete with the Boston houses as wall as with those in Somerville. The large trade he has built up
since beginning operations in 1882 shows what the public thinks of the inducements he offers, and it is a fact that
these are unsurpassed in this vicinity, for his stock is large and varied, always comprising dry and fancy goods,
hats, caps, gloves, boots, shoes, rubbers, etc., also groceries and tobacco, and is made up of goods which are
guaranteed to prove as represented. The premises occupied by Mr. Tattan comprise two connecting stores located
at 4.iS and 4(10 Somerville Avenue, cor. of D.aue Street. Mr. Tattan is agent for the National Steam Laundry of
Maiden, Mass. His prices are uniformly low in all departments of his establishment, and as a sufficient force of
courteous assistants is employed, the public is assured satisfactory service.

WILLIAMSON & FORG, Bakers, Post Office Square, Somerville, Mass. — There can be no pos-
sible doubt of the usefulness of such an establishment as that conducted by Messrs. Williamson & Forg, for in such
a community as Somerville there are many families that find it much more economical and convenient to purchase
bread, cake, pastry, etc., than to make them at home, and the goods furnished at this popular bakery are carefully
manufactured from the best obtainable materials, and are consequently palatable, healthful and satisfying to the
most fastidious tastes. This business was founded by its present proprietors in 1888. The individual members of
this firm are Mr. Charles F. Williamson, a native of Boston, and Mr. Albert Forg of New York, both these gentle-
men being thoroughly familiar with their business, and giving its many details personal supervision. A
sufficient force of assistants is employed, and an extensive manufacturing and retail business is done, the facili-
ties being such that all orders can be filled at very short notice. Spacious and well arranged premises located in
Post Office Square are utilized, comprising a cake and pastry shop and a bakery in the rear. Also branch stores at
No. 188 Somerville Avenue and at corner of Marion and Concord Avenues. A very complete and attractive stock
is constantly carried, the goods composing it being renewed at frequent intervals, and consequently are always
fresh and desirable. The productions of Messrs. Williamson & Forg's bakery have a high and well deserved repu-
tation, and can safely be warranted to completely satisfy even the most critical. Stores throughout the city are
supplied at wholesale.

ARTHUR C. GORDON, House and Sign Painting, Graining, Glazing, Tinting, Etc., Etc., rear
of 327 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, Mass. — Mr. Arthur C. Gordon is a native of Massachusetts and has had long
and varied experience as a painter, lie now being prepared to fill orders for house and sign painting at short notice
and in the most skillful and careful manner, sigu painting and designing a specialty, satisfaction being guaranteed
to even the most critical. Mr. Gordon's shop is located in the rear of 327 Somerville Avenue and is fitted up with
all necessary f.acilities for the filling of orders for every description of house and sign painting, graining, glazing,
tinting, etc. He employs six thoroughly skillful assistants, and is in a position to guarantee that every order shall
be executed with neatness and despatch. He uses carefully chosen materials and gives personal attention to the
carrying out of every order, so that all work is thoroughly and durably done, and we have no hesitation in un-
reservedly recommending this establishment and its able proprietor to our readers and the public in general.

W. E. BUTLER, Upholsterer, Furniture Repairer, Temple Street, Somerville. — The residents
of this town liave good reason to congratulate themselves on the existence of the enterprise carried on by Mr. W.
E. Butler, for the simple reason that the ability and energy shown in its management enable them to save money,
time and trouble whenever they have occasion to have any upholstering or repairing of furniture done. This un-
dertaking was started some fourteen years ago by the present proprietor, who is well known in Somerville and
vicinity. The premises utilized, and located on Temple street, comprise one floor 12x15 feet in size. Orders for
upholstering and furniture repairing will be executed in a superior manner at short notice. Furniture recovering
forms a very important department of the business, a force of experienced workmen being employed, and all orders
executed under a guarantee that both stock and workmanship shall be strictly first-class, every detail of the work
being done under careful supervision. Mr. Butler was a member of the 2nd Maine Regiment, which was the first
Maine regiment to reach the seat of war, and was very badly cut up at the first Bull Run battle.




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F B VREELAND Hay Grain, Straw, Wood and Coal, 28 Broadway, East Somerville, Mass.

Mr ¥ 'b Vreeland has been identified with his present enterprise for a number of years He is a native of
Winchester and considering his long and honorable business career it is hardly necessary toadd is very widely and
wincnesier, auucuusmciiug & oirrles throughout this vicin ty. Mr. Vreeland is an extensive retail

favorably known in '^"^^'"^'^ ^°\^^"p^^af 'ete and "f in a position to quote bottom prices on all these com-
^'ndUies wh'iie^hrf acfl S f^rthe prompt and accurate filling of all orders? large or smalf, are unsurpassed. The
^rPnVrs\^mleXid S -28 Broadway, East Somerville, comprise 6000 square feet of storage space,

?hrafformn- atiple room for the accommodation of a heavy stock. Employment is given to competent assistants
and all orderl are assured prompt and painstaking attention.




no longer pay exorbitant prices for imported corsets, because they can
get better fitting corsets for less money of American manufacture.

The United States in this, as in many other branches of industry, leads
the world.

p We do not carry a French Corset in stock, because we do not care to
charge our customers 25 to 40 per cent, more than an article is wortli.
g, When American munufacturers can go to the French Exposition and, in
competition with foreign makers, carry ofi medals for the excellence of
their exhibit, the necessity of buying French corsets is clearly a thing of

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