75 Years Ago
September 8, 1944
Two and a half weeks after receiving a war department message that their son was missing in action, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Sullivan of Quincy and Sippewissett were notified that he is a prisoner in Germany. Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Sullivan had been missing since August 5, his parents were told in the first message, received August 20 at their home in Quincy. Wednesday this week the second message brought the cheering news that he was living but a prisoner. No details have yet reached them.
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Last vacancy in Falmouth’s teaching corps was filled at 2 P.M. on Wednesday by superintendent Paul Dillingham, who spent the day in Boston hunting teachers. Mr. Dillingham reported to the school board that night everything is in readiness for school opening on Monday.
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The Rev. Manuel J. Teixeira, for 21 years pastor of St. Anthony’s church, East Falmouth, this week took up his duties in a new church, St. Anthony’s in Taunton, where he was appointed pastor beginning September 6.
Father Teixeira came to the East Falmouth parish in December, 1923, less than a year after the new church was opened for services on New Year’s Day, 1923.
60 Years Ago
September 4, 1969
Heavier passenger traffic to Nantucket and an increase in automobile revenue has offset a ten percent decline in freight income this summer for the Steamship Authority.
For the period from June 1 to Aug. 21, the freight, passenger and auto revenue was up almost one percent over the same period last year, at $1,004,493.
The number of passengers dropped slightly, the increase in income to the Authority is due to the higher number taking the trip to Nantucket instead of to Martha’s Vineyard.
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Heat, reports head coach Mike Gaddis, is the only thing which is holding down pre-season practice, for the Lawrence High school football squad. Since drills opened Tuesday, late afternoons, he has had about 25 out, from a squad of 40. Summer jobs account for the 25 absences.
40 Years Ago
September 4, 1979
Falmouth policeman John R. Busby Jr., 36, was reported this morning to be in good condition at Massachusetts General hospital.
He was in the operating room for nine hours Saturday morning and faces more surgery.
Friday night, as he was driving from his Hatchville home to the Falmouth police station, to report for work, someone fired three shotgun charges at him at close range from another car.
One charge of buckshot caught him full on the left side of the face.
The police so far have come up with no explanation of the attack.
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Man of Peace, an enormous woodcut by the American artist Leonard Baskin will be removed from the walls of the Falmouth public library at the end of this week at the request of the trustees. Some patrons of the library have found it objectionable.
The lenders, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hilton Simmons of Falmouth and Arlington, Va., have agreed that “five months is perhaps long enough to stare Man of Peace in the face.”
September 7, 1979
The remnants of Hurricane David brought the tropics to the Upper Cape yesterday with high winds, periods of torrential warm rain, broken by periods of bright sun and crashing surf.
Damage to boats, the shore and marine facilities was not great.
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Fifty-nine stray dogs were picked up during August by dog officers, it is reported by David Cusolito of the town conservation department.
Owners retrieved 24 dogs during the month, and 18 were turned over to the Massachusetts SPCA for disposition.