542 HIGH STRREET Penny Outlaw and Frederick Weeks
The Elijah Morse house at 542 High Street was built in 1890. The Morse family goes back to before the Revolutionary War in and around the Sharon area. Elijah Morse settled in Medford and made his money as a paper box manufacturer, owning a factory in Boston. Coincidentally, Elijah Morse grew up about a mile away from where the current owner, Penny Outlaw, grew up in Sharon Massachusetts.
Elijah Morse was married twice and had three children by his second wife, Clara. Two of his children never married and lived most of their lives in this house until the late 1960s.
In 2004, only one day after moving in, Penny discovered a photo album from Dartmouth College circa 1917 along with a stack of letters written to and from their son who was on the front in WWI. Needless to say, the letters consumed the better parts of several days since Penny had to translate them from French.
Architecturally, very little has been changed in this house. The most significant alteration has been the removal of a back staircase that the current owners plan to restore. They were fortunate to have the original architectural drawings by the Boston firm of Clark and Russell.
The restoration of the Elijah Morse house is very much a work in progress that the owners anticipate will take about four more years.
Season s Greetings to you and your family.
Penny Outlaw & Frederick Weeks