Ye Pine Grove Cottage, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1910

The cottage shown in this real-photo postcard was located on Point de Chene Avenue in Pigeon Cove. I do not know its full history but I do know that for several years, including 1915, it was the summer home of Capt. and Mrs. Frank E. Cutter of Concord, Mass.

Cutter was a prominent businessman in Boston and was active in Concord town politics. He was treasurer of the Cutter-Wood Supply Company in Boston. In Concord, he was elected assessor in 1893 and served on both the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Health during the 1890s.

One of Cutter’s military manuals.

From 1887 to 1894, he was captain of the Concord Artillery, which later became Company 1, 6th Infantry, of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. (It appears he continued as a reserve officer at least into the early 1900s.) He wrote two military manuals, the Manual of Military Courtesy and Guard Duty in 1889 and Questions and Answers Extracted from The Guard Manual for Instruction to Privates in the Duties of a Sentinel, sometime in the late 1880s. In the 1894 re-enactment of the 1775 Revolutionary War battle at Concord, Capt. Cutter led the company of Minutemen.

Cutter was a long-time summer visitor to Pigeon Cove. Earlier in the 1900s, he owned a cottage on Phillips Avenue. I mentioned him and his wife in a post here about the New Oakdene hotel, quoting an 1896 newspaper article that mentioned them as guests at the hotel, noting, “Capt. and Mrs. Cutter of Concord, Mass. are among the tandem bicyclists of Pigeon Cove summer residents.”

Capt. Cutter died in February 1916.

This is a real-photo postcard sold by the Rockport Stationery Co. As I noted in a previous post, the Rockport Stationery Co. went out of business in 1913. This postcard was postmarked in Pigeon Cove on Aug. 17, 1910.

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