Carleton Waverly Hallett was born in Mattapan on February 16, 1896, to Leon and Mabel Hallett. Leon was a provisions salesman. The 1900 census shows that the family was living at 59 River Street, Mattapan, the home where Carleton lived throughout his life. Carleton had an older brother, Ralph, and a younger brother, W. Kenneth.
When Carleton filled out his draft registration for World War I, he said that he worked as a shipper for the S. B. Jones Leather Company in Boston. He was described as tall, of medium build with blue eyes and brown hair. His World War I service card shows that he entered the Army on December 15, 1917, and served at Fort Slocum in New York, then at Camp Lee in Virginia before going overseas. He left Newport News, Virginia, on July 10, 1918, on the ship Charles as part of the 44th Balloon Company Air Service. He returned from Brest, France, on July 22, 1919 on the ship Pocohontas. He was discharged August 8, 1919.
Carleton joined the Macedonian Lodge of the Masons in late 1919 and listed his occupation as leather salesman. In 1920 he was fined $5 for driving his automobile within 8 feet of a streetcar. At that time he was a traveling salesman for a leather company, and he was living with his parents and brothers at 59 River Street. In 1930 the census reports that he was still a traveling salesman.
Carleton’s father, Leon, died on November 22, 1934. In 1937 Carleton married E. Elizabeth Buckley, of Somerville. Perhaps it was with her encouragement that Carleton decided to purchase a Colonial Beacon Oil Company service station in Quincy the following year. In 1940 Carleton notes his occupation as owner of a gas station. The Quincy directories for the late 1930s and early 1940s reported that he was the proprietor of the Colonial Beacon Oil Company at 681 Adams Street. The Boston directories continue to report his occupation as salesman through 1944.
Carleton Waverly Hallet died on May 7, 1944, leaving his wife and mother living at 59 River Street.
Birth record on Ancestry.com
Boston Directories on Ancestry.co
Boston Globe September 21, 1920, November 23, 1934, and November 1, 1937, on newspapers.com
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Marriage record from Massachusetts Marriage Index on Ancestry.com
Massachusetts Masons Membership Cards on Ancestry.com
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US Census 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 on Ancestry.com US Census 1940
WWI draft registration on Ancestry.com
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