Once Upon A Time: April 16, 2014

75 Years Ago

April 21, 1939

The last shred of hope for a temporary drawbridge over Eel pond channel in Woods Hole abruptly vanished yesterday. A report submitted to the selectmen by John J. Cashman of Milton, consulting engineer and contractor, stated that the bridge understructure was too damaged to permit temporary repairs without “adequately rebuilding and reinforcing the base of the abutments.”

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Possibility that Falmouth airport may be used as primary training field for army aviators developed yesterday with the inspection of the airport by two army officials. The airport has already been approved by the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Authority as a base for a government flying school.

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Falmouth Coal company was low bidder last week on about 150,000 gallons of fuel oil for town departments. The bid, opened with four others by the selectmen, was five cents a gallon. Other bids on fuel oil were five and one-half cents, Alfred Soares; six cents, Arnold I. Anderson; six cents with a six and one-half cent top price, Standard Oil Company.

40 Years Ago

April 19, 1974

A West Falmouth restaurateur and his partner presented to the planning board Tuesday night a plan for the subdivision of the homestead of the late Dr. Nathaniel W. Faxon on West Falmouth harbor.

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The Steamship Authority and its former parking lot contractor, Joseph L. Corey Jr., are in fierce competition for right to the operation of the town-owned 400-car parking lot on the railroad right of way at Woods Hole.

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About a dozen Marine reservists with heavy equipment will begin site work tomorrow on a helicopter pad for Falmouth hospital.
The Marines will be camping in the woods and are bringing their bulldozer with them from South Weymouth naval station.
The helicopter pad is a community service project of the Falmouth rotary club, as it is for the Marines.

20 Years Ago

April 19, 1994

A consulting firm working for the National Guard Bureau presented a preliminary proposal Thursday for a network of wells and filter systems to contain the toxic plumes migrating off the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

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A Falmouth architect is proposing a museum of art, history and science for Highfield Hall.
The Cape Cod Conservatory, which owns the 117-year-old summer mansion by Highfield Theater, plans to tear the building down.

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Free parking on Main Street, Falmouth, will soon be over—or will it?

One of the many items on the agenda of Falmouth selectmen’s meeting at 7:30 tonight is “reactivate Main Street parking meters.”


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  • elcie jaye

    i hope we'll continue to see the old falmouth photos... many thanks to you and to donnie fish for sharing this part of falmouth's history.