To the editor:
I am a former resident of Stratton Road who is in favor of preserving the amazingly beautiful Lowry property. Quite honestly, I find it offensive to be portrayed as a well-to-do immoral person who is unconcerned about the "human species".
I'd like to tell you our story. My husband and I were married in 1946.
He worked as a painter at Mount Hope Farm, and I was secretary to the Director of Personnel at the Sprague Electric Company. I came from a family of eight children and grew up in North Adams. After our marriage, Bill and I lived with his sister so that we could save money to build a home.
In the late 1940s, two acres of beautiful land became available on Stratton Road. The selling price was $1200, which we could not afford.
We bought the land when the price came down to $800. We obtained a construction loan of $4500. The cellar hole was dug in 1950. We even scraped the cement off the boards that were used for the foundation, so that they could be used again. With the exception of plastering the walls, Bill and his brother did all the finish work. That's affordable housing! When Bill decided that he could no longer keep up the property, we turned the house over to our children. In 1983, we were among the first residents at Meadowvale, an elderly housing complex on Adams Road. It's a wonderful place to be.
I love the Lowry Property. I remember the days when pheasants trotted across the fields.
Priscilla M. Northup