It is amazing to think that Francis Alves was born in this house only three years after the Wright Brothers flew their first airplane and died here just a month before four jetliners were used in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Many of his intervening years were spent at 73 Franklin.) His parents, John and Rosa Alves, were Portuguese immigrants. In grammar school, Francis met Mary “Winnie” Wager, who became his wife in 1937. He was the town engineer from the late ’30s until 1971, apart from service in the South Pacific during World War II with the 1395th Engineer Construction Battalion. Mrs. Alves died in 1996, five years before he did. The Alves family owned the property until 2008.
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