Holliston Sixty Years Ago – 1962

You could buy a loaf of bread for 62 cents, a new home for $12,560 or you could attend Harvard for a yearly tuition of $1,520.

Jon Bon Jovi was born on March 2nd and Marilyn Monroe passes away at age 36. A scary world in 1962 as the U.S. places an embargo against Cuba.

President JFK, Jr.

Bob Dylan premiered his song “Blowin in the Wind” in N.Y. While the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

While the baby boom is generally thought of happening between 1945-1962, Holliston was undergoing its largest population increase ever between 1960-1970. 1960 census figures show 6,222 residents in town in 1960, and 12,069 in 1970. An increase of almost 94%!

In 1962, there were quite often multiple births in town on the same day. In January Craig Hoffman, Shawn Moore, and Margaret Parsons were born on the 30th. March 25th brought: Nancy Lynch, Bruce Hay, and Bryan Hay. On April 6th: Thomas Norris, Wendy Austin, and Joseph McCarthy ere brought into the world. May 29th added four more residents to town: Kirk Edwards, Thomas Morelli, Jeffrey Peacock and James Hamm. Also, July 30th had: Patricia Hodges, Marshall Pierce, and Geraldine Craig join our community. And on November 27th, Mark Armsrong, Dale Lambirth, and David Sangree became town residents. This list does not include the many days when (just) two new Hollistonian’s would share a birth date.

With more people in town, new homes were being built. Roy Ave, Donna Rd, Pearl St, and Fairview St were accepted as town roads. 228 building permits were issued in 1962 for an estimated value of 2,668,712.

The Police Department ran on a budget of $49,305, the care of the Town Dump had a budget of $1,800 and the Moth Control folks were voted a budget of $4,000.

Wally Watts, Town Clerk, received the most votes in the March 5, 1962, Town election. His yearly salary was $850.

Publishers’ Note: We tapped into Bobby’s personal experience. In 1962, embedded in Mrs. Baxter’s (Carol Paltrineri’s mother) 6th grade class, he shared this report – “Due to space constraints the 6th grade was not housed at Andrews School that year, but at the Town Hall – directly across from the Police Department.” We suspect it was a very quiet classroom.

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  1. Donna Kramer on January 23, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Great read! Thanks 🙂

  2. Carol Bell on January 23, 2022 at 10:16 am

    My parents bought on Donna Rd in 1961. And after we were married in 1962 we rented an apartment and in 1963 bought our house on Andrew Lane. Great town.

    • Karen Johnson Jordan on January 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      My family moved to 35 Donna Road in 62 , my brother and I graduated from Holliston High .
      Where did your parents live ?
      Karen Johnson Jordan

  3. John Kenney on January 23, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Been coming to Holliston all my life as family lived on Winthrop street, which we inherited in 1968.

  4. Bobby Blair on January 23, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    176 Winthrop if I recall correctly John

  5. Karen Johnson Jordan on January 23, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Moved to Holliston in 1962 Lived at 35 Donna Road My brother and I both graduated from Holliston High School
    John PmJohnson ‘65
    Karen Johnson Jordan ‘72

  6. John Losch on January 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    I bought my house in Braggville in July 1962 for $20,000. I couldn’t get a local mortgage because the banks thought I paid too much; got the mortgage in Newton.

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