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Huebener Brick no. 34, Bispham House, Lower Mills
Huebener Brick no. 34, Bispham House
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 The Bispham House faced Washington Street at the corner of Dorchester Avenue.

The Edward A. Huebener collection of over 100 bricks originally collected by Mr. Huebener exhibits brick paintings of the houses from which the bricks came. The bricks have upon them painted scenes of (mostly) old Dorchester houses and landmarks. To see a list of all the bricks, choose the term Architecture in the list at the left of the screen and choose the first subsection -- the Edward A. Huebener Brick Collection and scroll to the bottom of that page to see icons for all the bricks.

E.J. Bispham
Map Detail 1874 Bispham House
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 A biographical sketch appears in American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition published in 1891:

Eleazer Johnson Bispham, for many years a well-known and highly respected citizen of Milton Lower Mills, Dorchester, was born in Dorchester, September 17, 1804, son of Eleazer and Jerusha (Leeds) Bispham. He was educated in the public schools of Dorchester and Milton, and at about the age of seventeen he began to be self-supporting, working in different stores and for some time as clerk for a Mr. Leeds, of Boston. Then coming to Milton Lower Mills, he established a dry-goods store about 1822 or 1823, which he carried on successfully until about 1852.

Pierce Square, Milton Lower Mills
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 In 1848 he was appointed cashier of the old Dorchester and Milton Bank, subsequently known as the Blue Hill Bank, and still later as the Blue Hill National Bank, and held that position until March 1, 1876. In the year last named he became president of the bank, and so remained till hid death, which occurred November 10, 1892. Prominent in local politics, he served nearly ten years as Selectman, was a member of the Dorchester School Committee, and was twice elected to the Legislature, besides being otherwise active in town affairs. He was married on May 25, 1833, to Miss Mary Elizabeth Tolman, daughter of Robert Pierce and Mary (Walker) Tolman, of Dorchester.

Village Inn
Village Inn, Milton Lower Mills
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 Also called the Village Inn, the Bispham House received guests into the 20th century. Lower Mills was often consider a village of Milton although more than half its business district has always been located in Dorchester. Although the postcard says Milton, the Village Inn was on the Dorchester side of the Neponset River.

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Walter Baker & Co., Ltd., Pierce MillWalter Baker & Co., Ltd., Pierce & Preston MillsHuebener Brick no. 34, Bispham HouseLower Mills Bird's Eye View
Dunmore HouseSt. GregoryThird ChurchHenry Crane Stable
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Created: June 16, 2008   Modified: April 14, 2011