With Sturgis Library currently closed, and with all of us practicing social distancing, we thought it might be fun to look back in time – to 1920 – to see what the residents Cape Cod were up to a century ago. In other words, to live vicariously through the exploits of those who came before us.

The Library provides searchable online access to old issues of the Yarmouth Register and Barnstable Patriot newspapers from the 1830s to 2017.  You can search or browse the issues HERE.

Come back regularly to see the latest post about what life was like in our community 100 years ago!  You’ll see the most recently posted articles first. Scroll down to read more.

Posted 5/15/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 10, 1920

The waters just off the coast of Provincetown, with depths that drop to 100 feet or more, attracted those parties involved in the testing of submarines. Articles occasionally appeared in the local newspaper – in the following cases, the Yarmouth Register – of submarine maneuvers being conducted off the Cape tip.

For instance, this appeared in the October 2, 1909 paper under the Provincetown news column: “Marine Notes. The submarine service terminated their manoeuvres {sic} here Wednesday and left for Quincy.”

And this bit of Provincetown news from the April 3, 1915 newspaper: “Sch W. Greene, the submarine tender and machine shop, arrived last week for a stay of six or eight weeks while a fleet of new submarines are being tested here.”

So, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that exactly 100 years ago, submarine maneuvers were taking place as reported on the from page of the May 15, 1920 Yarmouth Register under the headline, “U. S. Submarine to Be Tested at Provincetown”:

“The AA-3, finest United States submarine afloat, is in the harbor here for her efficiency test and trial trip. She was built by the Electric Boat company, and measures 268 feet in length, and possesses superior speed. Embodied in the submarine’s construction are improved armament and safety features that are the sole possession of this government.”

Posted 5/13/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 17, 1920

There was a time – a somewhat recent time, relatively speaking – when courses in home economics were taught in school. They mainly consisted of classes in sewing and cooking, for boys and girls, in order to provide some necessary basic instruction in these important home activities. To learn how to sew on a button and use a sewing machine, or how to scramble an egg and make a fruit salad were practical lessons that would certainly come in handy someday in the future.

Along those lines, the May 17, 1920 Barnstable Patriot, in its Centerville news column, provided a report on the village’s Home Economics Club activities, including a rundown of prizes awarded to some of the club’s members:

“The Home Economics Club of this village, which is under the local leadership of Mrs. Geo. C. Backus, met at the schoolhouse Tuesday p.m. and prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize in sewing – Katharyn Hallett. 2nd prize – Alice Hallett, 3d prize – Alice Childs, 1st prize in breadmaking – Lucy Hallett.”

Which leads one to ask – how might we go about sampling a piece of Lucy Hallett’s award-winning bread? (Although, after 100 years it might be a bit stale.)

Posted 5/11/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 10, and Yarmouth Register, May 15, 1920

A tradition from the past they you don’t see today was the giving of may baskets to family, friends, and neighbors. These baskets were typically filled with flowers and assorted treats. In many cases the may basket was presented anonymously, perhaps left on a doorstep before running off. For instance, the following appeared among the South Yarmouth news items in the May 15, 1920 Yarmouth Register newspaper:

“On Monday evening Miss Annie W. Baker was pleasantly surprised on answering the doorbell to find a well filled maybasket. After she had caught the donors they were invited in and a very enjoyable evening was spent by all.”

Teachers were also recipients of may baskets from their students. The May 3 Barnstable Patriot reported the following in the Centerville column: “The pupils of the Grammar school presented Miss Packard with a nice maybasket Saturday evening. After a merry chase teacher and pupils spent a pleasant evening in the school room.” Meanwhile, over in Cotuit per the May 10 Patriot: “Quite a number of maybaskets are being hung to the various teachers.”

And this from the Santuit column of the same newspaper: “Mrs. O. W. Bearse was the recipient of a very pretty and well filled maybasket on the evening of her birthday last Friday.”

Those certainly were simpler times.

Posted 5/8/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 10, 1920

Those attending the Hyannis Baptist church on Sunday, May 9, 1920 received quite a surprise in the form of a sermon from their pastor that they probably weren’t expecting. The following appeared in the Hyannis news column of the May 10th Barnstable Patriot:

“Rev. Wesley G. Huber read his resignation at the Sunday morning service at the Baptist church. If came as a great surprise to his hearers who had hoped to retain him as pastor for many years to come.

“Rev. Mr. Huber came to Hyannis as pastor in January, 1918, and during the time he has been here he has given most constant and conscientious service not only to his own parish but to the whole village as well … In his work he has been greatly helped by Mrs. Huber who has proved an able assistant in many departments of the church work, and by her sweet and gentle manner has won many friends. It is with much regret that the society parts with these leaders, and the best wishes of all will follow them …”

Hopefully, coffee and doughnuts were served after church that morning.

Posted 5/6/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 10, 1920

The plight of the North Atlantic right whale is taken very seriously by those who follow such matters, for there are a limited number remaining. Cape Cod – situated as it is, with rich feeding grounds off its coast – attracts these creatures to the surrounding waters during summer months. It is an event to see one, or perhaps a mother and her calf, in Cape waters, providing hope for their continued survival.

Interestingly, one hundred years ago the sighting of a right whale in these waters was a rare occurrence as confirmed by this short article, titled “Right Whale Off Chatham,” which appeared in the May 10, 1920 Barnstable Patriot:

“A right whale, the first seen in the waters off Cape Cod in many years, was sighted on Monday ten miles east of Chatham by Captain Gaspe and the crew of the fishing schooner Ingomar.

“Captain Gaspe said that the whale was the second of the specie that he had seen in Massachusetts waters in thirty-four years. It came so near that Captain Gaspe thought it was going to ‘scratch its back’ on the boat.”

A case of live and let live.

Posted 5/4/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register,  May 1, 1920

If you are familiar with the questions asked on the 2020 census, then you’ll know that the following information is of interest to those collecting and tabulating such data: the number of people living in your household; their sex, age, and race; and whether your home is owned or rented.

But, it seems the census from a century ago collected information of a more abstract nature. For instance, the following appeared in the May 1, 1920 Yarmouth Register pointing to more than just numbers:

“When the recent census of population of the country was taken, it was found that Cape Cod contained a great many contented and discontented spinsters and a great many contented and discontented bachelors and a great many discontented and contented married folks. The same conditions prevailed on the completion of the tabulation of the previous census and will prevail until the millennium. Thanks for the valuable census enumerator and his deductions. The data is worth the price.”

Posted 5/1/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 3, 1920

Nowadays, we’re familiar with the term “fake news.” But how about “cute news”?

Sometimes, the village news column in the local newspaper contained an announcement of something that was, let us say, on the cute side. Such “cute news” was typically related to events involving children in the village, such as a school outing, a birthday party, a Halloween party, or perhaps a stage production.

The May 3, 1920 Barnstable Patriot announced the following “operetta,” as it was termed, being put on by the students of the Training School in Hyannis (the school connected with the Normal School where future teachers were educated). Kids in an operetta? Can there be anything cuter?

“The announcement of the operetta to be given tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in the Idlehour theatre by Training School pupils attracts the attention of a great many people, those who enjoy a delightful entertainment, those interested in the children and those who wish to help along the cause ‘school lunches’ to which the amount of proceeds will be applied.

“About forty children of the Training school are to be upon the stage in the play ‘The rescue of Little Red Riding Hood’ and they, the scenes and the costumes will all be charming.”

How cute!

Posted 4/29/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  May 3, 1920

The village news column in the weekly newspaper provided readers with all the happenings of local interest. Announcements of births, marriages, and deaths were sprinkled throughout, interspersed with news of village events – church fairs, lectures, whist parties, who was visiting, who was away, etc.

For instance, the following appeared in the Centerville news column in the May 3, 1920 Barnstable Patriot:

“Mr. Henry E. Bearse went away Tuesday p.m. for a few days’ visit in Boston and other places … The funeral of Mrs. Stephen Child took place Tuesday at her late home … The back road from Osterville to Hyannis in front of Mr. Wm. Elroy Bearse’s residence, is being made ready for its new exterior … Mrs. Hannah Wheeler observed her 76th birthday anniversary last Tuesday … The church prayer meeting was well attended last week. The subject of the pastor, Rev. George McDonald, was ‘What does it mean to be a Christian?’ … ‘The Gables,’ the summer residence of Mrs. Emma Straley, was opened the past week for the season … The Centerville church went ‘over the top’ in the recent Congregational World drive raising about $184.60 … The pupils of the Grammar school presented Miss Packard with a nice maybasket Saturday evening.”

Posted 4/27/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register,  April 24th, 1920

Occasionally the local newspaper published articles like the following, titled “Many Movie Players Make More a Week Than the Average Minister Does a Year,” which included an interview with silent movie actress Constance Binney (1896-1989). Here is an excerpt from the article, which ran in the April 24, 1920 Yarmouth Register:

“Constance Binney, well-known motion picture star and leading lady, is very keen just now on the subject of ministers’ daughters, for she plays one in her new comedy and the vicissitudes she undergoes in the play are all brought out by the necessity of her eking out her father’s meagre salary in order that her brothers and sisters may be provided with an education. ‘Why I never realized that the average minister receives less in a year than many picture players get in a weekly envelope,’ she said, when seen between the acts in Boston the other day. ‘And when I say picture players I don’t mean stars,— they get two or three times more. It’s a shame!’”

According to the article, at that time the average annual income for a clergyman was about $950.


Posted 4/24/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  April 26th, 1920

Sometimes, a death announcement in the newspaper can serve as a local history lesson. Such is the case with the following which appeared in the April 26, 1920 Barnstable Patriot, under the headline “Old Glass Cutter Dies.”

The article announced the passing of a 19th century glass worker who was employed at the legendary Boston & Sandwich Glassworks, which for a time was one of the greatest glassworks in the county until the furnaces went cold and the business closed in the 1880s.

“Services for Benjamin Irwin, one of the oldest glass cutters in the state, were held Monday afternoon of last week at Sandwich. Rev. H. F. Legg, pastor of the Sandwich Federated church, officiated, assisted by Rev. S. M. Beal of Sandwich and Rev. O. L. Griswold of New Bedford. Interment was in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Sandwich.

“Mr. Irwin, who was 91, was born in England and came to this country when a young man. He learned the glass cutting trade at Cambridge, and went to Sandwich, where he was employed for about forty years at the Boston-Sandwich glass factory until the plant was closed down some years ago.”

Posted 4/22/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register,  April 24th, 1920

April 1920 represented the 55th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. During that month, according to the April 24 Yarmouth Register, local members of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Woman’s Relief Corps met in Hyannis:

“The quarterly meeting of the Barnstable County G. A. R. and W. R. C. associations took place on Thursday, April 15, and an attendance of about sixty people made the headquarters at Hyannis on that day a place of much activity.” It is of interest to note the day also marked the 55th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death.

“In the morning both the G. A. R and W. R. C. held business meetings. At the noon hour a dinner for all was served by Yanno W. R. corps.” Afterwards, a program was presented which included recitations, piano solos, and singing.

The article stated, “The old soldiers were looking splendidly and appeared to be in excellent spirits; sixteen of the seventy in the county were in attendance …”

As a side note, the May 16, 1941 Register reported the death of “Cape Cod’s last surviving Civil war veteran,” Edwin Tripp of Dennis Port, at age 97.

Posted 4/20/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register,  April 24th, 1920

Sometimes, plans can go off the rails. Such was the case in 1920 with the establishment of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on the railroad schedules. The result was a fair amount of confusion, as illustrated in this article from the April 24, 1920 Yarmouth Register:

“The timetables on the New Haven railroad show the running time of trains when the daylight saving measure becomes effective Sunday. Trains will be run on eastern standard time, but the schedules have been arranged so that many trains run earlier, to accommodate the public adhering to daylight saving! Trains, in effect, will run an hour earlier than at present. When the daylight saving act was repealed by Congress in March, 1919, it failed to repeal the provisions of the law which stipulated that railroads should operate under standard time in zones in which they run.”

The article then provided a rundown of the spring schedule, showing when, say, trains were leaving Boston for Woods Hole, or Buzzards Bay for Middleboro, or Middleboro for Wareham, or Boston for Chatham, or Hyannis for Boston. Perhaps a few Cape Codders missed their train that spring!

Posted 4/17/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot,  April 19th, 1920

There’s no stopping the wheels of progress. That was the case in 1920 when it was determined that Main Street in Hyannis needed widening, regardless of what may be in the way. This from the April 19, 1920 Barnstable Patriot:

“The County Commissioners, in response to a petition of citizens and taxpayers of Barnstable, and after a public hearing, have adjudicated that the common necessity and convenience require that Main street in Hyannis from Ocean street westerly to Winter street be widened on its northerly side.”

It was further reported that, “The town of Barnstable is ordered to work and construct the road, the same to be completed on or before Sept. 30.”

That was all well and good, but it required that four property owners – James Murphy, George B. Lewis, Arthur G. Guyer, and Mrs. Ora A. Hinckley – remove buildings, and that other property owners remove trees, all by September 1. Toward that end, the April 19th article stated that total damages amounting to $14,392 were awarded to the various property owners involved, including $4,066 to Mr. Lewis, $2,500 to Mr. Murphy, $2,300 to Mr. Guyer, and $2,220 to Mrs. Hinckley for the removal of their buildings.

That’s progress.

Posted 4/15/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register,  April 17th, 1920

In April 1920, as published in the April 17th Yarmouth Register newspaper, an “Order of Quarantine” was issued within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which began: “Whereas, a dangerously injurious insect, the European corn borer (Pyrausta nubilalis hubner) has been found in the following cities and towns in Massachusetts …” The list included Barnstable along with more than ten other Cape Cod towns.

The order continued: “And, whereas, this insect has been found to infest certain plants and plant products, hereinafter named, so that it is likely to spread to other portions of this state and other states through the movement of such plants and plant products, now, therefore, I, R. Harold Allen, Director, Division of Plant Pest Control, with the approval of the Commissioner of Agriculture, by authority of and under the provisions of Chapter 95 of the General Acts of 1919, and after a duly advertised public hearing held at 136 State House, Boston, on April 5, 1920, prohibit the movement from any points within the above mentioned cities and towns, constituting the area known to be infested, to any points outside of this area, of any of the following plants and plant products, namely, corn and broom corn, including all parts of the stalk, celery, green beans in the pod, beets with tops, spinach, rhubarb, oat and rye straw as such or when used for packing, cut flowers or entire plants of chrysanthemum, aster, cosmos, zinnia, hollyhock, and cut flowers or entire plants of gladiolus and dahlia, except the bulbs thereof, without stems …”

By the way, broom corn is a plant from which brooms are made. Which segues to the hope that this quarantine was a “clean sweep.”


Posted 4/13/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s headlines on April 12th, 1920

Good health. It’s on everyone’s mind these days, just as it was 100 years ago. In the April 12, 1920 Barnstable Patriot, Miss Edith L. Soule, Supervising Nurse for Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis provided a report on the district, which included improving the health of children.

“During the month it was possible to make a great many child welfare visits and it is hoped that these home visits will stimulate an interest in the Child Welfare Conferences. These conferences, which are to be held half a day each month in each village, are to determine the development and present condition of children brought by their mothers for examination.” Part of Miss Soule’s report included mention of the “Modern Health Crusade,” and of children practicing the following “health rules,” among others:

“1. I washed my hands before each meal today. 2. I washed my face, ears, and neck and cleaned my finger nails today. 3. I tried to keep everything unclean or injurious out of my mouth and nose today. 4. I brushed my teeth thoroughly morning and evening today.”

Good advice.

Posted 4/10/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s headlines on April 12th, 1920

Road work – it can add time, delay, and a bit of frustration to our commute from Point A to Point B. After all, we’ve all had to wait in traffic while this necessary work is being performed.

With that in mind, the following article titled “Road to be Re-built” appeared in the April 12, 1920 Barnstable Patriot about a major project scheduled for that summer:

“The State Department of Public Works is planning to re-build the main road from Orleans to Provincetown some time this summer. The road extends the whole length of the forearm of the Cape, and will be one of the longest pieces of road building the State has attempted at one time.”

As for the specifications: “At present the road is from 12 to 15 feet wide, and is in bad condition. Under the new plans the road will be re-built to a width of 18 feet all the way, with wide and easy curves. The sand and oil type of road will be built, as it has proved so satisfactory on the Cape.”

That must have been a long summer for outer Cape travelers!

Posted 4/8/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register’s headlines on April 10th, 1920

The beginnings of the Cape Cod Hospital are documented in an article from the April 10, 1920 Yarmouth Register with the announcement, “Summer Residence of Dr. E. F. Gleason, Hyannis, to be Home of New Hospital”:

“At a meeting of the directors of the Cape Cod Hospital held on Thursday, April 1, it was voted to purchase for $35,000 the summer residence of Dr. Edward F. Gleason for occupancy by the hospital.”

The purchase included “a portion of his estate, the house and about four acres of land bordering on Park and Bay View streets, for hospital purposes.”

During a break from the meeting, the directors took a tour of the property overlooking the harbor: “All were impressed with the location and the building, and being convinced that a more attractive proposition could not be secured it was voted unanimously to purchase.”

It was further reported that the house “was rebuilt a few years ago by Dr. Gleason and has all modern improvements and in the opinion of the directors will need but few alterations to be made suitable for its new purpose.”

Posted 4/6/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s headlines on August 5th, 1920

A front page story in the August 5, 1920 Barnstable Patriot announced that President Woodrow Wilson was planning to vacation at Woods Hole. The article began: “The President is coming to the Cape about the middle of June and will make his home here during July and August … The President will occupy the summer home of Charles R. Crane, who has lately been appointed by the President minister to China. The executive offices are to be located at the government buildings occupied by the Marine Biological Laboratories, where there is ample space.”

The article concluded with, “Mr. Crane’s ‘cottage’ contains 20 rooms. On the estate are two other houses …”

Unfortunately, it came to naught. A follow-up article in the August 19th Patriot explained that the estate “was not large enough, and that the accommodations to be found in the village were insufficient for the force from the executive offices which would have to be moved to Woods Hole for the summer.”

Besides, the surrounding area was determined to be too noisy, with train tracks nearby and fog signals in Vineyard Sound.

Posted 4/3/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s headlines on April 5th, 1920

The risk of forest fire was something to be taken very seriously during the spring season on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts. If a fire was not detected and put out quickly it could spread rapidly and cause much destruction. As announced in the Apr 5, 1920 Barnstable Patriot, fire wards were appointed for the various town villages at a Board of Selectman meeting, including William A. Jones and Edward L. Harris in the village of Barnstable. It was also announced that deputy fire wardens were appointed, including George C. Seabury in Barnstable and H. B. Ryder in Cummaquid.

Earlier, in the Mar 3 Patriot, under the headline “Extra! Deputy Forest Fire Wards,” the wards for the villages were announced as appointed by Forest Warden H. C. Bacon, and the names were listed along with their telephone number. For example, H. B. Ryder at “Barnstable 5-12,” William A. Jones at “Barnstable 72-3,” and George Seabury, “Barnstable 36-2.”

Posted 4/2/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s headlines on April 5th, 1920

A century ago, page two/column two of the Barnstable Patriot provided what can best be described as a listing of news headlines. These items were typically one or two-sentence news flashes of state, national, or global significance. The following news items – containing some element of local impact – appeared in the Apr 5, 1920 issue:
“The Daylight Saving bill in Massachusetts will be enacted this week probably, to take effect the last Sunday in April.”
“A bill providing for censorship of all motion pictures shown in Massachusetts was reported in the House Tuesday by the committee on mercantile affairs.”
“Gov. Coolidge Friday signed the bill that makes lawful the playing of amateurs of baseball and other outdoor sports on Sunday between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m. In towns throughout the state acceptance of the act is required by a majority of voters.”

Posted 4/1/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s “Special Notices” column on March 29th, 1920:

Under the heading of “Special Notices” in the March 29, 1920 Barnstable Patriot is a listing of what our generation would call classified ads. Among the advertisements are a Hyannis farm for sale along West Main Street, a 1916 Ford Touring car for sale sporting the “best mechanical condition,” a four-year-old 18-lb gander offered for $4.00, homemade doughnuts made to order, rooms to let with “electric lights and bath,” housekeepers looking for work, and households looking for housekeepers.

Also included in the listing are two ads from a Cummaquid man. The first reads, “I HAVE a limited supply of fine eating Potatoes which I am selling for $4 per bushel. Chas. C. Ryder, Cummaquid.”

Further on is a second notice from Mr. Ryder: “WE are unloading a carload of choice Timothy and Clover mixed Hay. Those in need better get in orders at once.”

Posted 3/31/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register’s “Barnstable” news column on April 3rd, 1920:

Prior to Easter on April 4, 1920 people were on the move. Some left Barnstable village to visit Boston or elsewhere. Others arrived to spend the holiday here. For instance, according to the “Barnstable” news column in the Saturday, April 3 edition of the Yarmouth Register, Miss Florence Foote, a teacher from Corinth, N.Y. was in the village visiting her uncle, while Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Harris were spending the weekend in Boston.

It also seems that folks were heading to Brockton to visit the Parmenter household: “Misses Doris and Ruth Seabury and Olive Hinckley motored to Brockton Friday afternoon to spend their vacation with their aunt, Mrs. Fred S. Parmenter.”

Further on the village news column mentions that others were visiting the Parmenters: “Miss Lucia and Miss Frances Milliken are spending their Easter vacation in Brockton, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Parmenter.”

That must have been some Easter gathering!

Posted 3/30/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register’s “Cummaquid” news column on March 27, 1920:

In Cummaquid, according to the March 27, 1920 Yarmouth Register newspaper. “Mr. Briah Connor is flaking the ice house on his place, which will be removed.”

Harvesting ice from area ponds and lakes was important work during the colder winter months of January and February in order to preserve foods during the warmer spring and summer seasons. Ice houses conveniently stood along the shores of these local ponds. Work crews would assemble after a cold spell to cut the pond ice into manageable blocks and then usher them toward shore to fill the ice house. These buildings were sometimes insulated with hay to reduce melting. The presence of these ice houses of the past is remembered by telltale street names, such as “Ice House Lane” intersecting Route 6A opposite Hinckley Pond (formerly known as Coggins or Great Pond) in Barnstable Village.

Posted 3/29/2020 — From the Yarmouth Register’s “Barnstable” news column on March 27, 1920:

The local newspapers kept readers informed of the various social gatherings that took place in the villages, as well as news of those visiting from elsewhere. The following excerpt from the “Barnstable” news column of the March 27, 1920 Yarmouth Register included a little bit of each as it related to one village family:
“Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Clark entertained over the week-end a number of their relatives, the occasion being Mrs. Clark’s birthday. She was the recipient of several useful gifts and congratulatory cards, and the hours passed all to {sic} swiftly.”
Additionally, the column entry concluded with, “Mrs. M. Nickerman of Sagamore and Mrs. C. Young of Orleans were also guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clark one day last week.”
That particular week, it seems, the Clark homestead in Barnstable was the place be!

Posted 3/28/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s “Cummaquid” news column on March 22, 1920:

A brief mention in the “Cummaquid” news column of the March 22, 1920 Barnstable Patriot announced that, “Mr. George F. Hallet of the Chatham Life Saving station was at home Friday.” In previous years, while he was serving in the Navy during the war the newspaper mentioned when he was home on furlough, and when he was discharged.

Further investigation reveals an article in the October 8, 1936 Hyannis Patriot listing the crew of the Monomoy Point Coast Guard station, which provides details of Mr. Hallet’s years of service in the Navy and Coast Guard: “Navy April 5, 1918, to Feb. 11, 1919; Coastguard, Chatham station, Jan. 1, 1920, to Dec. 31, 1920; Monomoy station, Jan. 1, 1921, to July 6, 1921; Monomoy Point, July 6, 1921, to Dec. 31, 1924; Chatham station, Jan. 1, 1925, to June 4, 1933; Orleans station, June 4. 1933, to Aug. 6, 1934; Monomoy Point, Aug. 6, 1934, to present time.” Mr. Hallet was certainly a busy man.

Posted 3/27/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s “Barnstable” news column on March 15, 1920:

In yesterday’s post we indicated that three folks from Barnstable village attended the 1920 auto show at Boston. Here is more from a March 15, 1920 Barnstable Patriot article which showcased that 18th annual Boston Auto Show:

“There were about thirty exhibitors at the first show (in 1902) with a few accessories. It seems a far cry from these few dauntless rattletraps to the ninety different makes of passenger cars and seventy trucks with thousands of accessories devices that are being displayed in the 1920 Boston Auto Show in Mechanics Building and the Irvington Street Armory, but the development has been consistent and logical. In the minds of the thousands who annually attend the Boston Show each year it means that the last word in motor cars, trucks and accessories are on display.”

Incidentally, an advertisement in the March 15th Barnstable Patriot, from a Hyannis dealership, promoted a Chevrolet Light Delivery Wagon for $830 (F.O.B. Flint, Michigan).

Posted 3/26/2020 — From the Barnstable Patriot’s “Barnstable” news column on March 22, 1920:

A look back in time to 100 years ago – to March 1920 – proves that life hasn’t changed all that much over the span of a century. For instance, back in those days Barnstable residents attended auto shows in Boston, just as they might do today. According to the “Barnstable” news column in the March 22, 1920 Barnstable Patriot, “Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Kent were in Boston last week to attend the automobile show. Mr. Harrison E. Kent also spent some time at the show.”

In fact, the previous week’s newspaper (March 15th) indicated that it wasn’t Boston’s first auto show – it was the 18th annual event: “Symphony Hall saw the first Boston automobile show in 1902. Even then the people were afraid to get too close to the curious contrivance. A runway up to the stage in Symphony Hall was erected upon which makers might prove to the public that the machine could climb a hill.”

More on the auto show tomorrow.

Posted 3/25/2020 — From the Register’s “Cummaquid” news column on March 20, 1920:

“Russell Sturgis and Frank Phinney entertained seventeen of their boy friends at a joint birthday party at Mrs. Howard S. Sturgis’s on Monday, March 1. As Russell was born on February 29, he has been able to celebrate only three birthdays in the twelve years of his life. Both boys received several gifts from friends.”