This was then

This was then

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The Casino burned down in September 1892, together with the Sea View Hotel and a number of other neighboring buildings. 'A southwest wind is all that saved the town,' reported the papers.

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

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The silent steed

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

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the other rules of the game included 'Sleeping long hours with windows open, Drinking as much milk as possible, but no coffee or tea, Drinking at least four glasses of water a day, and Playing part of every day out of doors.'

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard

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Fred Metell, whose sign appears in the background, was a popular Oak Bluffs plumber who later sold the Island’s first electric refrigerators. His father, José Pimental, arrived on the Vineyard in the 1870s from Flores Island in the Azores; his name was corrupted to “Joseph P. Metell” and he became the progenitor of the Island’s Metell family.