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Arline (Taylor) Larson - Report this comment
I lived on Pleasant Street from 1933 to 1938, and went to Winslow Street School. Miss Butterfield and Miss Smith were kindergarten teachers. Mr Toomey taught 5th grade. The store in the photo on the corner of Main and Pleasant streets was Easton's and they made the best vanilla frappes!
where the cigars store is in this picture is now a glass building that is 25 floors tall.
Barbara (Baird) Smith - Report this comment
My mother worked at Easton's in the 50s.
Barbara Benn Spada - Report this comment
The building in photo on the right corner of Main and Pleasant St was the F. A. Easton Company, a newsdealership. My Great GrnadUncle and Civil War vet and Hero, Col. Fergus A. Easton opened this locaton April 17, 1893 and although Uncle Fergus died in 1916, his business continued until 1965, the year of his wife's death. Does anyone know if the building remains today? In it's heyday, it was a frontrunner for the local soda fountain counter service, etc.
Barbara Benn Spada - Report this comment
Great site! Glad to find this photo of my Great GrandUncle Fergus Anzle Easton's store at the corner of Pleasant and Main Streets. Over the red awning yu can make out a portion of the name, Easton's. He was an immigrant of Scotland who served in the Civil War and upon his death in Dec. 16, 1916, the headlnes in the Worcester Paper read: Col. Fergus A. Easton dies of pneumonia. Although he died in 1916, the business remained open until his wife's death in 1965!
Barbara Benn Spada - Report this comment
The F. A Easton Company store at the corner of Main and Pleasant Streets and the branch store at 266 Main St. The Pleasant @ Main store was established April 17, 1893 and operated as Easton's until 1965. Col. Fergus Anzle Eston was a veteran of the Civil War, fought in many battles including Gettysburg, where he was a Lt. in the 6th NY Cavalry. Col. Easton was my grandfather's paternal uncle. Col. Easton's death in 1916 made big front page headlines in all the Worcester papers. A man ahead of his time!
There is now a Dunkin' Donuts in the Easton's space.
Elizabeth Listenik Pierson - Report this comment
My grandparents had a antique shop on pleasant st call Listenik;s Antiques. I can remember going to all the small museums in the area as a child and going to Woolworths for banana splits.
Elizabeth Listenik Pierson - Report this comment
My grandparent had and antique store on Pleasant Street. How I can remember going to all the local museums as kids and walking to Woolworths for thier banana splits. Joyous Memories
Richard Card - Report this comment
I lived on Dayton Place and used to travel the neighborhoods to see friends and I remember Pleasant Street always being and area filled with hussle and bussle.
My Uncle Douglas Easton (of Boston) remembers visiting Worcester with his father, John Geddes Easton about 1943 for an American Legion Convention. While there, they visited "Uncle Fergus" place, "Easton's". Although, Uncle Fergie, Col. Fergus Anzle Easton died in 1916, "Easton's" was still in business until about 1965, when his third wife died. "Col. Easton" was a renowned cavalry man of the Civil War, serving with the 6th NY Calvary, orginally enlisting at So. Hingham, Mass. His final resting place is in Cohasset, Massachusetts.
My Uncle Douglas Easton (of Boston) remembers visiting Worcester with his father, John Geddes Easton about 1943 for an American Legion Convention. While there, they visited "Uncle Fergus" place, "Easton's". Although, Uncle Fergie, Col. Fergus Anzle Easton died in 1916, "Easton's" was still in business until about 1965, when his third wife died. "Col. Easton" was a renowned cavalry man of the Civil War, serving with the 6th NY Calvary, orginally enlisting at So. Hingham, Mass. His final resting place is in Cohasset, Massachusetts.
After seeing this photo last year, I made a visit to Worcester and was quite happy to see Fergus' store, "Easton's" site was still there, not another victim of urban renewal! Presently, a Dunkin' Donuts occupies the site and use a similiar awing (red and white stripe) as Easton's had at the turn of the last century.
One of the few establishments to survive the changes downtown is Tammany Hall on Pleasant St. I always remember the policeman who directed traffic at the bottom of Pleasant St -- he would always ask me which way I was going and I'd point left, toward Lincoln Sq. He would laugh and wave me along. Years later, I found out he always laughed because it was illegal to turn left from the bottom of Pleasant St.
JERRY BORDEN - Report this comment
Maureen McCann Green - Report this comment
My recollection of Pleasant St. is not nearly as old as others on this post, however, my father had one of the six cars crushed in the Pleasant Street garage collapse in the 1960s. He was leaving his law office on Main Street, but was delayed by a phone call which probably saved his life. He believes he would have been in his car precisely when the roof came down.
BarbaraB. Spada-Shaker- January 30, 2008 - Report this comment
In response to Jerry Borden - I actually found Uncle Fergus' family - at the time his granddaughter was alive at age 93 in Fl, her son, grandson and great grandson were all in the greater Boston area. They're now in Calif. and SC. Did get a chance to meet with them and saw Col. Fergus' copy of the Regimental History of the 6th NY Cavalry. Sue Martin is another person to contact regarding the 6th NY Cavalry, now living in Gettysburg, PA. Note: if you google Fergus Easton's name, you'll find her site!! Please contact me regarding Col. Easton. Thank you for the interest.
Barbara B. Spada-Shaker- January 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Regarding Barbara Baird Smith - would love to know if your mother had any photos of Easton's and perhaps the then widowed owner, Jean Cameron Easton and her memories of working at Easton's in the 50's. Thank you.
jim sadowski- December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Remember Easton's as a place to rest, sit on a stool and have a tonic (soda). Up the street at 43 Pleasant street was the evil Homestead Cafe later it became "Tammany Hall".
Barry Dworkin- January 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Was the Homestead Cafe a hang out referred to as Lano's? It was a few doors up from the Fine Arts Theater.I also remember racing miniature electric cars as a kid on Thursday nights. Perhaps the same location?
DIANA- March 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Easton's , on the corner of Main & Pleasant St was a favorite place of ours in the 50's & early 60's. There was a wooden floor and a counter to eat. One of their best sandwiches was Cream cheese & Olives, or you could have cream cheese and Jelly. Nothing like it. Was sad when this closed and eventually was turned into a Dunkin Donuts. Not sure what is there now.
Paul- July 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Easton's was certainly a Worcester landmark. I recall meeting my Dad there for lunch numerous times while attending Classical HS. He was an optician at Whalen Jewelers, which later became Kay Jewelers. Greatest frappes and sandwiches in town at the time. On the Main St side of Easton's was my favorite donut shop called "Cottage Donuts", which had super jelly filled cruellers. All gone now, how sad. Paul
Larry 33- June 29, 2010 - Report this comment
My mother and aunt worked at Eastons from 1940 until it closed in the 60's. I have hundreds of fond memories of the "Tea Room", and the Ice Cream Bar where I could walk in off the street for the best butterscotch sundae ever for 50 cents.(or free if your mother or aunt were working)
GE- September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Easton was my great-great-grandfather`s adjutant. He was with g-g-grandfather the night he received orders to go on reconnaissance south to Spottsylvania Courthouse where he was killed in a skirmish with the forces of Fitzhugh Lee. I am so glad Col. Easton lived to tell the tale and did so well after the war ended.
Paul in Virginia- December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Growing up this was perhaps my favorite street. All Saints Episcopal is still there. My eye doctor had an office in a brownstone. Sprague and Fitton had a optician shop. And there was an office supply store. And Cottage Donuts was near the Pleasant/Main intersection.
Barbara B. Spada-Shaker- February 26, 2011 - Report this comment
To "GE" of Sept. 8, 2010 - Are you aware that Col. Easton's granddaughter (age 97) is still alive in Florida? Also, the story you wrote of, the book published in 2003 -"The Union Cacalry Comes of Age ' Hartwood Church to Brandy Staion, 1863" by Eric J. Wittenberg. Fitz Lee's brigade is mentioned on pages 150-151. What was your great grandfather's name? Thank you, Barbara B. Spada-Shaker
robert doyle- August 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a big burly friend who had an unusual talent. He would stand on the sidewalk on Pleasant street and stare at people eating in Easton's. He would pick out women eating things he liked,especially pies. Without fail, they would get up and leave before they finished and we would go in and finish their meal.
Kris Davis- November 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Col. Easton's granddaughter, Anzle Mead, passed away on Nov. 9, 2011, at the age of 99. The family held an open house and Col. Easton's photograph was among the photos displayed. Anzle was an extremely intelligent lady and sharp as a tack 'til the day she died.
Bob K- October 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I can remember in the mid 60s working with my dad at worcester envelope and my dad buying the telegram every morning from a man named Homer. he sold papers at plesant & main everyday.
Darla J.- April 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I had a great grandfather who worked at Verners Grocery at 371 Pleasant St. 1910. Has anyone heard of this place.
Carol Delaney- September 08, 2017 - Report this comment
I'm curious if anyone knows anything about the boutique called " The Last Exit"? My e-mail is
William- September 11, 2017 - Report this comment
My grandmother, Gertrude Wallin, would meet with her Worcester Normal School classmates on weekends at Eastons in 1923-24.
Linda A Thompson- May 20, 2020 - Report this comment
My mother lived at 393 Pleasant St. late 40s-50s worked at Eastons as a waitress. My father owned the Hotel Newton for a short time. My grandfather Charles J. Wilson was a police officer on the force for 35 years.
kenny Bee local screwball- January 29, 2021 - Report this comment
as soon as I became 18 years- loved the theatre- and was that really fine art? - I am an art-Lover then. later in life- even took my ex-wife there- she was not impressed- friday at noon new features would be there- film spools- just thrown into the lobby- for you to trip on- my funniest moment- must had been sprocket holes- on the reels- as the film jammed- burns up on the screen- u could all but smell the smoke- annette haven, Linda Wong, desiree Cousteau ? what more could u want? seats with springs shooting out of them- overwhelming piss- stench now those were the old-times. later- after movies it was peep shows- and tape rentals- then a Gay theatre- people driving in from new york and Conn. ? well okay- one clerk- madam Rudeness and her sister worked at the Paris on franklin street- hard to pick who was worse- one looked genuinely- peeved you were just renting- cos it was so much Work- to take money and fill out the paperwork- Fiona on Fire- my fav. flick- hands down- bldg. needs fumigating- then burning to the Ground- u had to be there- first time I ever saw Marilyn chambers-

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