Part II: The History of 48 Rockview Street and the Fisher-Bang Family

This is Part II of this article that has been republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from the author and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Click here for Part I.

Learn more about Joy’s Fisher ancestors from Mansfield, MA in a supplemental article here. Joy’s paternal grandparents Dana Sr. and Edith Fisher lived in Mansfield until 1900, at which time they moved to 17 Akron Street in Boston. On October 23, 1900, Dana Sr. joined the Boston Police Department as a reserve officer in Division 2, at the Milk Street station. On May 16, 1901, he was appointed as a patrolman at the same station.  On January 21, 1904, Dana Sr. and Edith had their first child, Dana Walker Fisher, Jr. (Joy’s father).


Part I: The History of 48 Rockview Street and the Fisher-Bang Family

The following article has been republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from the author and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. “I was introduced to Joyce “Joy” Fisher by a mutual friend who knew I loved Jamaica Plain history, especially the history of houses and the people that lived in them. Joy and I met for the first time in November 2021 to talk about the history of her family. From then on, I visited her every Monday at her house to kibbitz about history and our lives, and most importantly, to bake! The following article is part oral history and part research from primary sources, including publicly available records and Joy’s personal family collection.


History of 30 Carolina Avenue and 52 South Street

At the corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue in Jamaica Plain is a colorful court that hosts lively tennis, pickleball and basketball games throughout the week. Next door, at 30 Carolina Avenue, is a unique brick building and wooden stable that has housed the Penshorn Roofing Company since 1960 (figure 1). If we stand on that corner and turn back the clock over 170 years, we would visit a time of great transformation and growth for the city of Boston and a family that played a significant role in those changes. We would also learn the story of an entrepreneurial immigrant family and the tragedy they endured. Architecture of 30 Carolina Ave
30 Carolina Avenue is a one-and-a-half story Second Empire-style building.


Photos: Hollywood Star Keira Knightley Filming ‘Boston Strangler’ in Jamaica Plain

Doyle's may be closed, but there's been a lot of lights, camera and action around the restaurant's neighborhood thanks to the filming of Boston Strangler with Hollywood star Keira Knightley. The movie stars Knightley as former Boston Globe reporter Loretta McLaughlin, who was the reporter that first connected the murders committed by Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler. Filming has been ongoing for several days around Doyle's area, and neighbors Jenny Nathans and Patty Yehle have been snapping photos of the action from the comforts of their homes. "This was the fourth movie that has been filmed on my street since I have lived next door to Doyle's," said Nathans. "It’s always fun to spot the stars and talk with the crew.


The History of 3326 Washington Street: The Turnpike School from 1851

From looking at the old J.P. Auto Glass building at 3326 Washington St., one wouldn't think that the building is from the 1850s. A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property. But before that happens, let's learn about the history of the building. The following article was first published on Historic Boston Incorporated, and an earlier version was published on the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page. It is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from HBI.