just how to convert its many hillsides, with their lines of beauty, into the city that we are now so proud of.
came to Somerville
when he was nine years old. He was educated in our schools and in the Hopkins Classical
He then took up civil engineering, a calling suited to his taste and ability.
In 1872-4-5 he was our city engineer.
Then began the laying out of our streets with all the arteries of sewers, pipes, and wires which run through them.
His eye sighted, his mind and cunning hand made the plans and established the lines which these should follow.
Being brought into close touch with all our city's interests, he came to feel it a part of himself, for here he spent his early life, here he had his home, his family, his loved ones; his all was in Somerville
I am to speak of the Board of Trade and Mr. Elliot
's connection with it. The Board of Trade of our city is established, as it should be in every city, with one object in view, and that is to advance the interests of the community in every way possible.
You are not surprised when I tell you that Mr. Elliot
became a member of the Board at once, and put himself into the work of helping Somerville
through its agencies.
The Board was organized in March, 1899; Mr. Elliot
joined it in May.
He had held the office of vice-president, was a member of several standing committees at different periods, and was a member of most of the special committees.
I will name only a few of the more important ones, as those on boulevards, grade crossings, soldiers' monuments, rivers and harbors.
As a member of the boulevard committee, he saw the need of a connection, through Somerville
, of the beautiful parks, driveways, and beaches on the north and east with the boulevards, parks, and fenway on the south and west of Boston
With our committee he worked earnestly, and if one of our governors had not used the veto power, Mr. Elliot
and his friends would have seen the work completed with success, and we would now have a cross-town boulevard all our own.
As a member of the grade crossing committee, he was