Charles Douglas “C. D.” Jackson (1902-1964) was publisher of Time-Life, advisor to President Eisenhower and — it was revealed later — purchaser of the Zapruder film for Time-Life days after President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. He served on many non-profit boards, including the Lincoln Center and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His wife Grace Bristed Jackson (1897-1989) was an Astor and Sedgwick descendant, so their remains are buried in the Sedgwick “pie” in Stockbridge Cemetery. His widow donated his papers to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 1971.
Mr. & Mrs. Jackson lived in the Dakota building at West 72nd Street and Central Park in New York City, spending summers and some weekends at the Bristed family estate - Lakeside on Route 183 in Interlaken. This colonial revival Berkshire “cottage” had been designed by Pittsfield architect H. Neill Wilson in1894, built on the west side of Route 183 uphill from Stockbridge Bowl for Mrs. Jackson’s parents, Charles Astor Bristed and Mary Rosa (Donnelly) Bristed.
Lakeside is located within the town limits of Stockbridge about a mile south of Tanglewood. In the mid-late 20th century it was a Berkshire home for Mrs. Jackson’s older sister, Symphrosia Bristed Livermore (1896-1991), her husband George K. Livermore (1891-1968) and the Jacksons. The Livermores lived in the large red shingled main house visible from Route 183. The Jacksons lived in the former estate stables, set back from the main road near Buck Lane (now Old Colonial Road), which had been converted to a stone and frame home with a large courtyard, garage and “playroom” in which they entertained the Boston Symphony Orchestra each summer.
Neither couple had any children.
Katherine Elizabeth Bristed Jackson
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