This Was Then: The mailman and the shoemaker’s boy

By Chris Baer Forty-three-year-old mail carrier Ansel Dimmick of Falmouth set off one cold January evening in 1816 with mail bound for Holmes Hole. “The...

This Was Then: Air tales

New York City holdup man Lewis “Bum Dogs” Miller was on the run in the spring of 1929 after committing a series of armed...

This Was Then: Baxter’s Saloon

T. Baxter’s Saloon was the front end of Baxter House, a 75-guest hotel on Circuit Avenue next to the Island House — roughly...

This Was Then: Journey to the center of the earth

The word “Chops” — as in East and West — derives its name from the business end of a mouth, the parts one might...

This Was Then: The tinman

For nearly 50 years, Charles Mayhew ran a popular Edgartown hardware business, selling stoves, plumbing supplies, dishes, kettles, keys, cinder shovels, pumps, pipes, wire,...

This Was Then: The artificial pond

Oak Bluffs’ parks are as old as the town itself. Designed in the late 1860s and early ’70s by landscape architect Robert Morris Copeland,...

This Was Then: The Augusta

On August 26, 1924, a hurricane swept the coast of New England. Crops were ruined, trees uprooted, highways flooded, and shipping virtually stopped along...

This Was Then: The Grove Hill Seminary

In 1868, the Rev. Horace Barrows Marshall moved to the Vineyard from Maine with his wife Annie and their three young sons. A graduate...

This Was Then: The Makonikey Inn

In July 1893 the Boston Globe reported the opening of a new hotel on Martha’s Vineyard “called by the ultra-fashionable name of Makonikey inn,...

This was then: Immigrants

  Martha’s Vineyard has long been an Island of immigrants. In 1905, more than a quarter of the residents of Oak Bluffs were foreign-born —...