Elizabeth Eaton Boit, 1849-1932

by Nancy Bertrand Recognized by the Harvard Business School as one of the 20th century’s “Great American Business Owners,” Elizabeth Eaton Boit began her life in 1849 in Auburndale, Massachusetts.   The second of six daughters of James and Amanda Boit, Elizabeth graduated from Lasell Seminary in Auburndale at the age of 18.  Later that…

Winter in South Reading, 1858-1859

by Nancy Bertrand A 19th Century Journal describes what may have been the town’s first Christmas tree. The custom of Christmas trees originated in Germany and was popularly introduced in England after Queen Victoria’s marriage to the German Prince Albert. In 1848, an image of the Royal Family with their Christmas Tree was presented to…