100 Years Ago
July 24, 1920
The eighteenth annual water sports, under the auspices of Prof. Wm. F. Stone, will be held from the Cottage Club pier on Saturday afternoon, August 7. Probably no event of the season is looked forward to with more pleasure than Prof. Stone’s water sports, which never fail to attract a large gathering from all parts of the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard.
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George L. Hall of Mansfield, pilot, and C. Gould Weld of Framingham, mechanician, were killed Wednesday evening when their airplane dropped 2000 feet, burying the airmen, who were strapped to their seats, and 10 feet of its length in the mud and slime of a pond in the center of a swamp in Horse Pond wood, West Yarmouth, near the South Yarmouth line. The machine was not freed of the ooze or the bodies recovered until midnight.
The two flyers were employed by the Aero Service Company, and with the manager of the company, C.J. Emanuel, had been at South Yarmouth since July 1, in charge of a two-passenger airplane of Canadian make, which made several flights daily, carrying passengers for $10 a trip.
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“The Beantown Choir,” a comedy in three acts presented by the East Falmouth W.C.T.U., under the personal direction of Mrs. Do—re—me Scales. A roaring comedy in which the Widow Wood and her beautiful stepdaughter both fall in love with the young minister. Hezikiah’s tricks on the old widow add life and merriment to the play.
75 Years Ago
July 27, 1945
Falmouth last week saw a man with $26,000,000 to spend. When Joseph P. Kennedy finished his talk at Thursday night’s dinner in Crescent Arms hotel his audience was told he had to hurry to catch a plane to Chicago. Sunday’s newspapers announced Mr. Kennedy and his associates had bought the world’s second largest building for $26,000,000. The newest Kennedy venture is the Merchandise Mart, built by Marshall Field & Co. in 1930 to house the Chicago store’s wholesale operations.
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“Task Force 30,” a team of combat officers and men, came to Cape Cod this week on a special mission from the War Department. Every man on the team has been in actual combat for many months, and could tell from personal experience the difficulties we face in fighting the Japanese.
At Camp Edwards on Tuesday, they showed by charts and moving pictures that continued support of our armies by each civilian is essential.
Dr. Paul S. Galtsoff of the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in Washington, D.C. returned to Woods Hole last week to continue his work at the Fisheries Bureau. He has been at the United Nations Conference in San Francisco where he was editor of the Russian translation of the United Nations charter. Dr. Galtsoff headed a staff of 50 interpreters, editors and stenographers, and was responsible for the accuracy and Russian text of the charter.
50 Years Ago
July 24, 1970
After studying operations of the Island Steamship Authority for three months, the Cambridge consulting firm, Arthur D. Little Inc., has recommended a fundamental change in the Authority’s directorship.
The recommendations are:
That the Authority be composed of three members, one from each of the member communities, and three associate members, one from each of the three communities.
That the three members of the Authority have two votes apiece in the Authority meetings.
That a quorum consist of enough members and associate members to provide six votes.
That the financial advisory committee be abolished.