75 Years Ago

May 5, 1944

“The German prisoners of war will be utilized to do essential work on and off the post and they will be under guard at all times.”

Lieut. Col. Victor W. Phelps of New Haven, Conn., will be commander of the prison guard organization which will be known as 1119th Service Command unit.

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Robert A. B. Cook visited his Menauhant home last Friday to find his pantry shelves looted of some 80 cans of foodstuffs. In addition to staple canned goods, Mr. Cook missed delicacies for several epicurean meals. Caviar and shad roe had gone the way of canned corn and beans.

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Lieut. DeWitt C. Jones 3rd of Englewood, N.J., and Quissett has been promoted to first lieutenant in the Air Corps and decorated with the Air Medal. He is stationed in England and was awarded the medal for missions over Germany as navigator of a Liberator bomber.

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State raised rainbow trout were liberated this week by Game Warden Gordon Spofford in Ashumet and Little ponds.

60 Years Ago

May 1, 1959

Frank Battles of Newton, who has operated a Pontiac agency on Washington street there since 1935, is moving his agency to Falmouth, and has leased the former Young Motor Sales building and used car lot on Depot avenue.

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Twenty-six scouts of Troop 40 took part in a four-day camp from Thursday through Sunday on a field beside Goodwill Park. As weather turned bad, only eight remained to break camp late Sunday. Earlier the weather had been ideal.

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Falmouth Police Athletic league will have an eight-man team entered in the Cape PAL boxing finals Saturday evening at Hyannis, Director Paul Roderiques gives the Falmouth fighters “a good chance” for the team trophy.

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Orders for exhibition space at the Third Annual Cape Cod Boat Show to be held Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, at Falmouth Harbor and Yacht club are now being taken, it is announced by George L. Moses of Falmouth, show director.

Last year’s show, the second “live” boat show in Cape Cod’s history, was a sell-out with all 600 feet of the municipal bulkhead and all booth space with the spacious Falmouth Yacht club reserved by exhibitors from Monument Beach to Wellfleet.

Some 15,000 visitors and spectators visited the show grounds and clubhouse last year, most on the May 30 Holiday.

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The obsolete F-94 interceptor which Otis Air Force base presented to the town has had rough treatment during the two months it has been at Ellis M. Lewis park. A repair party from Otis last week replaced and repaired much of the vandalism, but park commissioners hope to arrange to move the jet to Goodwill Park, where it will be under a caretaker’s eye.

40 Years Ago

May 1, 1979

Dwindling gas supplies are forcing some service station owners to close on Sundays and to curtail hours on other days. A majority of stations across the state were closed Sunday and the Upper Cape was no exception.

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Crowd control is the aspect of the Falmouth road race the Falmouth fire and police chiefs are concerned with.

John L. Ferreira, police chief, told road race co-directors and selectmen that if the race got much bigger he won’t have the resources to handle the crowds. He said that 5,000 runners are “taxing” the police.

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Bruce Courcier of West Falmouth has caught the first reported striped bass of the season off Popponesset beach in Mashpee. The catch occurred Monday at 8 PM on a Hopkins lure. The striper weighed six pounds and was 28 inches long.

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A big event for youngsters in Falmouth and surrounding towns is the Third Annual Elks Youth Parade to be held on Sunday beginning at 1 PM at the Stop and Shop parking lot in the Falmouth Plaza. The parade will proceed down Main street to the Village Green. It is expected that 750 young people, boys and girls, including three full bands, will participate.

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