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Frank Stanley Beveridge

History of Frank Stanley Beveridge and Stanley Park

Apr 17
1879

Frank Stanley Beveridge was born in Canada.

1900
Having traveled from Pembrooke Shores, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Frank arrived at Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts with only a quarter, a dime and one Canadian dollar bill. He remained at Mount Hermon School for three years. Following Mount Hermon School, Frank moved to upstate New York, married, and he and his wife, Theresa, had two daughters. Later, Mr. Beveridge joined the Fuller Brush Company in Hartford, Connecticut, where he became Director of Sales.
1931
Mr. Beveridge founded Stanley Home Products, Inc. in Westfield, Massachusetts (the Enesco Group, Inc.)
1947
Mr. Beveridge forms the Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation, a trust.
1948
Hubert L. Worell and Alvah (Al) Elzerman bring black squrirels from Michigan as a gift to Frank Stanley Berveridge.
1949
Mr. Beveridge establishes the Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. on twenty-five acres of land in Westfield, Massachusetts.
1956
Frank Stanley Beveridge passes away & leaves the lasting legacy of Stanley Park.
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Stanley Park consists of nearly 300+ acres of trails, woods, picnic areas, recreational facilities, and gardens, which include the Rose & Flower Garden, Asian Garden, a Rhododendron Display Garden, The Arboretum, Herb Garden, and Woodland Wildflower Garden. There is the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary, the Carillon Tower, a Colonial Pond area with an orchard, mill and waterwheel, an old town meeting house, carriage shed and blacksmith shop, and arched bridges all with a backdrop of flowering azaleas and rhododendron.

Black Squirrel at Stanley Park

Black Squirrels

A Westfield phenomenon since the late 1940's, the black squirrels now populate most areas of the city and have moved into surrounding communities. Because they are not indigenous to Western Massachusetts, the presence of the squirrels has led to a rather large collection of stories and tall tales as to how they got here, when, and perhaps most important, why? They were a gift to Frank Stanley Beveridge from former Stanley Home Products sales managers, Hubert L. Worell and Alvah (Al) Elzerman.

In 1948, Worell and Elserman brought the squirrels from Michigan to Westfield, Massachusetts when they were to attend a conference here at Stanhome Inc., or known at that time as Stanley Home Products. The first arrivals were kept in cages and did not adapt well to their new environment; they failed to reproduce and eventually died. Undaunted, Worell and Elserman tried again, this time bringing six squirrels, allowing them to roam free in the confines of the park. The squirrels found their new surroundings and their freedom to their liking, and were soon an established tenant of Westfield. Now black squirrels are to be found all over the Pioneer Valley and are numerous especially in the park.

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Stanhome Family & Products

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Stanhome Office Building Sign

Stanhome Office Building
333 Western Ave. Westfield MA

Stanhome Office

Frank Stanley Beveridge's Office

Group Photo

Stanley Home Products Office & Globe
with Evelyn Beveridge Russell and Homer G. Perkins

Stanhome Home Products Ad

Stanley Home Products Ad

Stanley Park is supported in part by the endowment originally established by its founder, Frank Stanley Beveridge.