Information from Emery, summarized by Ashkar
The decade of the 1870s had been a time of much pulling and hauling
between the north and south parts of the town. Uneven development
always brings strains. As population grew in Cochituate and as Wayland
Center strove to modernize itself and find a substitute for, or
supplement to, farming, there was bound to be friction and jealousy.
This was especially the case when it came to paying for facilities which
were charged to the whole town but benefited only a part of it.
Further, whenever the balance of power between sections changes rather
suddenly, as it did when in the 1870's Cochituate was able to outvote
Wayland, there tends to be unhappiness and resentment.
One finds in the town clerk's record that the year 1871 saw Cochituate
attempting to secure more equal municipal facilities: more school
facilities (Henry C. Dean, selectman, and James S. Draper, chairperson
of investigative committee, were involved in a controversy between the
selectmen and the building committee over whether the school was built
according to the contract, especially the ventilation system; land for a
cemetery (town bought land from Joseph Bullard and John C. Butterfield
to lay out Lakeview Cemetery); extension of library services at some
suitable place in Cochituate Village; and for the first time, to
alternate town meetings between Wayland Center and Cochituate.
Up to 1885 passenger traffic in and out of Cochituate to and from Natick
and Saxonville was handled by a well-organized system of horse-drawn
omnibus coaches, omnibus sleighs or stages. Freight and express were
carried in large wagons, mainly to the Natick railroad station but,
under some circumstances, to the Stony Brook station of the Fitchburg
Railroad line in Weston.
In the late 1860's and early 1870s, James S. Draper, Charles A. Cutting
and others petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for permission to
build a railroad that would run through Wayland Center in hopes of
stimulating the economy which was depressed in part because of the
decline of stage travel. (H. E. p144-145). Cochituate shoe factory
owners desired a railroad come to their village.
The railroad was finally constructed (first rails laid in October 1880)
to pass through Wayland Center. Cochituate residents continue to work
toward getting a railroad through the village, close to the shoe
factories, but this never came to pass.