FOSTA Monthly Newsletters 

July 2021

Happy Summer! And it certainly is summer weather. Matter of fact, I think we have locked in August humidity in early July. Many of us now have a house full of guests for July 4th and all inside weather! Not the way we hoped it would be!


On a brighter note Joan Osgood and archivist Deb Rich have found a man who is able to transform our old oral history tapes from the 1970s.  We hope to eventually be able to bring these restored tapes of many well-known Sandwich characters who are no longer with us to you through our website. soon.


Long time archives volunteer, John Walker, has joined the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) and boy are we happy to have his research skills and lifelong Sandwich experiences. We are still in need of at least one more member to add to our happy crew of workers.


I am sorry that the mystery of the arson of the landmark Freeman Farm home is so spread out over weeks in the Sandwich Enterprise, but stick with it on our website and in the newspaper, there will be wonderful pictures of the fire in parts 2 and 3.


I am now researching the old Sandwich Alms House, or sometimes called a “Poor House”. Each town had the responsibility of caring for their poor with proper housing and food. Sandwich was no exception. The Sandwich Alms House and farm was on the grounds of some of the Crowell family homes on Charles Street. Carolyn Crowell, with whom I have been meeting and talking on the phone, did much research on the Alms House and published articles in the old original Sandwich Broadsider which Carolyn kindly made available to me. The Alms house closed in the early 1900’s. Look for an article all about this soon on our web 

Joan Osgood is also working on a story of Alice Cooke who is primarily known as “Aunt Sally” in Thornton Burgess’ writings and a friend to all animals, but as Joan will explain, she was also a friend to the mentally ill. In the late 1800’s she took women into her home who had some sort of mental illness and was certified as a caretaker of these women by the State.


So this will explore a whole new side of this amazing woman who lived at the corner of Route 6A and Gully Lane in the 1760 Peleg Nye home, now suffering from severe neglect. Seen here.

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Some of us met with the recipient of our 2021 the Barbara L Gill scholarship, Bridget Gleason, to award her the $1,000 check. Look for a photo of that in the Sandwich Enterprise soon. With the passing of Judy Hendy, Barbara’s lifelong friend and a member of FOSTA, Joan Russell Osgood, Barbara MacNeil and John Walker have agreed to take over the running of that Scholarship Program.



Happy summer to all.

Kaethe O. Maguire - President of FOSTA