by Ed Brown
Standing alone and long forgotten near the Haskell Street entrance to the Beverly Farms Cemetery is an unusual grave marker made of thick blue granite. It bears the simple inscription, “Edward E. Wyatt, 1858–1899.”
This is the gravesite of the entrepreneur that the Beverly Citizen called the “genial market man” in its 1892 commemorative issue spotlighting leading business people and institutions in Beverly. E. E. Wyatt’s Market on West Street was a Beverly Farms landmark for more than three decades. The paper described Wyatt with these words: “His success lies in the fact that he has provided for the community the best the market affords in the way of meats, poultry, game and vegetables . . . His popularity at the Farms is great.”
Edward Everett Wyatt (1858-1899), my 2nd great-grandfather, was born and raised in Wenham, Massachusetts. At the age of 21, after his mother Fanny Burchstead Wyatt (1823-1880) passed away, he decided to move to Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. It is here that record show that he became at hostler (groom/stableman) in 1880. From 1884-1888, records show that his occupation was a butcher.
In 1880, at the age of 22, he opened his store at 26 West Street and quickly made a success of the business. He married in 1889 and his wife Louisa joined him in the market.
In January 1889, he married my 2nd great-grandmother, Louisa Tyson Bartlett (1860-1932). They had their daughter, my great-grandmother, Pearl Lathrop Wyatt (1890-1943) in May 1890. His shop, E. E. Wyatt’s Provisions also known as Wyatt’s Market, was located at Hale N. West, b. Hale opp. West, B. F. (26 West Street).
E. E. Wyatt died at 41 of apoplexy (stroke) on October 15, 1899.
After his death, his widow continued to operate E. E. Wyatt’s until 1913, with help in the later years from a manager named Michael Crown.
A 1904 article about Wyatt’s Market says,
Established 20 years ago by the late E. E. Wyatt, and under the management of Walter P. Brewer since 1899, Wyatt’s Market, West Street, Beverly Farms, has constantly served the public in a manner unexcelled by any similar concern along the North Shore. All that is desirable and reliable in farm, garden and dairy products is carried, and a specialty made of prime meats, fresh vegetables and choice fruits. The lowest Boston prices are always quoted, and the summer trade particularly catered to. Six capable clerks are employed and prompt service and delivery assured. Mr. Brewer was born in Wenham in 1860 and there educated in the public schools. Formerly, he was a bookkeeper in Boston for six years and since becoming manager of Wyatt’s Market has greatly increased its patronage, owing to the handling of high-grade goods only, sold at reasonable prices, and progressive business methods.
Louisa T B Wyatt took over the head of the household and never remarried. At this point in time, around 1904, Pearl met Theodore Larcom. Theodore Larcom (1885-1949), my great-grandfather, was a crossing tender in Beverly Farms (see photo to left) at the time. He then became a single boarder in the household of Louisa T B Wyatt at 32 West street in 1908-1912 as a stableman and eventually a private family chauffeur.
It is interesting to note that Pearl & Theodore experienced the losses of their fathers in the same year, within five days of each other. Theodore Larcom lost his own father, Joseph Henry Larcom (1845-1899) on Oct 10 from diabetes, and Edward Wyatt died five days later on Oct 15, 1899 from a stroke.
Around 1913, the family moved together to a home on 722 Hale Street where Theodore remained as the chauffeur until he was drafted for World War I in 1918. He shows up in Beverly Farms again in 1920, and Pearl & Theodore were married April 12, 1921 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
In 1926 they relocated to Florida and disappeared from the local record. The store remained vacant until the early 1920s, when another food market, Barton & Dakin, moved in. For a short time in the early 1980s, the late Edward Knowlton operated a fish market on West Street, which he called E. E. Wyatt’s in honor of the “genial market man” of long ago.
The market later became Peggy’s Sub Shop and is now a three-story structure with a hair stylist on the first floor.
I am thankful for the folks in the Facebook group, Beverly Farms (MA) Memories… supporting the Beverly Farms History Project for posting photos and the descriptions above of Wyatt’s Market. I am so thrilled to finally have photos & information about it.