Black and white photo of a middle aged man with mustache

What a mustache!

Portrait of Fred Brackett, undated
Portrait of Fred Brackett, undated

The following is a portrait of Frederick G. Brackett (1854-1941). In 1889, he purchased the house at 126 Brookdale Street, built by the Chandler family around 1790, along with the sawmill located off Hall’s Brook just east of the house.

Brackett's Pond, mill yard, and sawmill, c. 1920
Brackett’s Pond, mill yard, and sawmill, c. 1920

Brackett continued to operate the mill (which burned down in 1924) and started a cranberry business with Samuel Lowe on the east side of Brookdale Street.

And he had an enormous mustache.

 

Sources: Images from the Local History Room Image Collection IC7 and the Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16.