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Re: gately bros. market (1888-1933) waltham,
Posted by: John P. Gately (age 38) Date: February 07, 2001 at 09:37:08
In Reply to: Re: gately bros. market (1888-1933) waltham, by Martha Meade of 387

I just found your e-mail you sent last year it got lost when I merged my webtv to my school e-mail. My grandfather was Joseph Edmund the son of John William of Gately Bros. Market. He grew up working in the market at the turn of the century. My grandmother said he said they kept him working hard in the store. It was a meat market and groceries store. Matthew (Matt) was the older brother who worked inside and John who drove the delivery wagon with horse. I have three old photos of the store: First is of Matthew and John standing out front of store with Gately Bros. Market sign above them and two ducks hanging on hooks beside them, Second photo is inside the store of my grandfather as youth, his cousin Arthur, John and Matt, and the third photo is of a gately bros. co. storefront window with three little baby pigs in the pen. My older brother is David the Mayor of Waltham he met Mary Meade years ago while campaigning doing door knocking on School street in Waltham. I can mail you some extra photo negatives of the market if you want copies of them. I traced the Gately's back to Matthew Sr. he was 35 when married Maria Jennings, his occupation listed as bookkeeper on marriage certificate. The address I had on Maria Jennings death certificate was 48 Mechanic St., Roxbury, Mass. it said she died of dysentary. The marriage certificate listed Matthew's parents as John and Catherine both of Ireland. They were suppose to of come from Roscommon, Roscommon a potatoe farm and sheep herding area. Let me know if you know any other Gately relatives that might have any other pictures of the store. My father grew up in Allston his father died in 1929 of tuberculosis when he was 9 years old. The only gately of the market my father knew was his uncle Charlie Gately who had worked in the store. Charlie never had any kids. My other two grandfathers brothers Francis (lived in Lexington,Mass) and John A. (lived in Watertown, Mass) my father never met them. They both had kids and probably have decendants around. My father only knew his grandmother when he was a teenager. Her name was Katie (Farnsworth) Gately she was a elementary school teacher in Waltham schools. He said she had a very strict way about her .She was English protestant a descendant of the Pilgrims always reading and quoting the bible. She was married to my great-grandfather John William till he died in 1917. The Gately brother's worked togeather in the store from 1888 to 1917 for 29 years. After that they changed the name to just Gately's Market. Matthew, his sons Arthur, Matthew Jr., William and my grandfather's brother's Charlie and John A. worked in the store till it closed in 1933 with the depression. The big markets pushed the little ones out of business. It was the depression-era no one had any money. There was a total of 4 different store locations between 1888 and 1933 on Main st., Waltham. The original store was located at the corner where the main Waltham library is. When the Gately brother's first came to Waltham they lived in a rooming house on Main St. with their younger sister. The city census said they worked at McParland's Meat Market on Moody St., Waltham before they opened their own store. I looked up the death certificates of the Gately's who worked in the store. Besides my grandfather who died of Tuberculosis the others died mostly of cirrosic of the liver (alchoholics) and heart disease in their sixties.


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