, Salem, MA


February 4, 2014

Letter: A small street with an interesting history


At the turn of the 20th century, several industries made an appearance on the street. Most were short-lived, disappearing as quickly as they had arrived — including the New England Tea Co. and L. J. Callanan, who manufactured “Essences, Extracts and Fountain Syrups” (and also bug poisons).

The Salem Waste Co., which sold all grades of cotton waste, was listed at No. 2 for approximately 15 years, and the Salem Chemical and Supply Company was on the street for more than 40 years.

Of all the residents on Walter Street, the one with the most unusual name was Hampartzoon Sarkisian, a barber who lived at No. 7 and had his shop on North Street. There are people in Salem who remember him. He was known as “Harry the barber” and very well liked.

Jeanne Stella


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