There was a day not long ago when there were few things as common as Portuguese families living at the west end of Commercial. Now, there are few things as unusual. But some families remain; a quiet, enduring and modest presence. Roxanne “Jill” Pires — a retired waitress, bartender, and customer-service agent — lives in a home that has been in her family’s hands nearly 70 years. Her parents, Manuel Pires and Winifred Fredina (O’Donnell) Pires, bought this house in 1946 for $5,000. She traces its history to the 19th century, when it was Thomas W. Dyer’s paint store. During a renovation, Pires uncovered some of the original wood-pegged timber framing.
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