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This Was Then: Royal Society of Good Fellows

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The turn of the twentieth century was an era of fraternal organizations and social societies. The Island had long hosted the Freemasons, of course,...

This Was Then: Wild bikers

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In the 1880s, the booming metropolis of Cottage City (today Oak Bluffs) had a growing appetite for live entertainment. A massive roller-skating rink, located...

Fire on the Island

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Just after lunch on April 26, 1900, Capt. Benjamin C. Cromwell and his men were burning piles of brush on his farm on the...

This Was Then: ‘The Dishpan Fleet’

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Just after midnight on July 9, 1942, steamship officials were notified that they had less than 24 hours to turn over their largest and...

This Was Then: Last of the bumboats

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During the 19th and early 20th century, the most recognized ship captains in Vineyard Haven Harbor were not its storied whaling masters, but rather...

This Was Then: Ben Pease, monster

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The Pease family is among the oldest and most respected in Edgartown, and the family of Henry Pease (1789-1878) was little exception. Henry was...

This Was Then: Border Patrol

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The Rev. Samuel Gould, an abolitionist activist, visited the Vineyard for a few days in the summer of 1837. “Met with a hearty welcome,”...

This Was Then: Iron Mines

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French-American writer and cartographer Jean de Crèvecœur, in his popular 1782 book, “Letters from an American Farmer,” described the Island of Martha’s Vineyard to...

This Was Then: The Lime Schooners

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On Feb. 7, 1895, a partial wreck drifted ashore at Paul’s Point, near Lambert’s Cove. The hull was completely gone – only the schooner’s...

This Was Then: Island brew

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“It is stated,” recorded a writer for the New England Farmer in 1858, “that the first barley sewn in this country, was upon the...

This Was Then: Island school history

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The public school system in Tisbury has a long and rich history, with records dating back to at least 1669. During the mid-1700s, school came...

This Was Then: Welcome to Glenwood

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Martha’s Vineyard has long been known for its beaches and cliffs, its harbors and bluffs, its ocean views and stony shorelines. The Island’s interior,...

This Was Then: Love and Unity

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The Island has hosted many foreign visitors over the years, but there are some who have arrived on our shores purely by accident. The Canadian...

This Was Then: Release the hounds

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Unlike cats, horses, or alpacas, domesticated dogs have lived on Martha’s Vineyard for many thousands of years — even, quite possibly, since before the...

This Was Then: Razors, shotguns, and brass knuckles

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Islanders have long been frighteningly well-armed. General Charles Grey seized 388 guns from Vineyarders in the British raid of the Island in 1778, but...

This Was Then: Missing persons

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Body discovered It was 1:20 am on a Sunday morning in November 1937. Twenty-eight-year-old Manuel Phillips of Wing Road was walking along the beach, south...

This Was Then: Ole, Frank, and Manny

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State Road, that river of wide, smooth pavement stretching more than 18 miles from Vineyard Haven to Gay Head, wasn’t always so. Up until...

This Was Then: Roger Amidon, ‘radiophan’

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“Roger Amidon's radio repair shop,” recalled the late John Canha of Vineyard Haven. “Amidon repaired my RCA Victor and GE radios. He was very...

This Was Then: Sleeping in

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An old Edgartown record noted something unusual about Mrs. Anna (Pease) Arey (1755-1807) of Chappaquiddick: "She had been confined to her Bed for about...

This Was Then: Cold case

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In late July 1810, a body was discovered buried near South Beach. The newly dead man had a straw hat on, lined with green...
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