D-4-30

Henry Melville began the process of establishing what we now call Nelson Village with his purchase of the land under Henry H. Flint’s shoe shop at D-3-3 providing that Henry move his shoe shop. Melville facilitated the process by giving Flint $525 for his old lot and selling him 25 square rods next to the Mainard Wilson’s blacksmithy (D-4-17 )in the new village for $10. Flint moved his shop here in 1837. As lots were being sold in the new village, Henry bought two house lots. This was all to be a profitable investment. Henry sold the shoe shop to James Farwell for $600 and his two other lots at a profit of $150. He moved to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

James Farwell ran the business here for two years selling to Charles H. Whitney, another shoemaker, in 1841 just as the village was really getting established. Whitney seems to have enlarged and enhanced the building. He sold the small lot and its building as a home to Hanna and Rhoda Blood in 1853. Hanna died in 1870 and Rhoda stayed until her death in 1884 aged eighty-five.

Sometime later the home came into the possession of Horace O. Upton. His son, Richard O. Upton recorded what happened next in a letter written to his grandchildren:

“When I was ten months [1909 or 1910] old the (R. Blood) house was moved to its present position south-east of the brick building (School No. 1 on the map) where we all went to school. My two younger sisters Frances and Elizabeth, and my brother Roger were born in the same house after it was moved.

I forgot to tell how the house was moved. Roy Forbes, my grandfather Orville and my father Horace with the assistance of Topsy, my grandfather’s horse, picked up the house, put rolls under it, turned it round and round up the road, and in seven hours [“hours” was inserted here as no word was included in Dick’s account] it was in its present position.”