FOSTA Monthly Newsletters 

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September 2022 Newsletter 

Have you ever tried watching/listening to the fascinating oral histories on our website – www.fostasandwich.com? Many of the interviews that our own Joan Osgood had done in the recent past are most important because some of the people she interviewed have now passed. Bill Daley did a special long interview with Howard Crowell of Crow Farm. These interviews are not only educational, but fun and entertaining! Give it a try.

Joan is working with Paula Johnson and her staff at Sandwich Community TV to improve the quality of some older audio tapes of Sandwich townspeople recorded by Tales of Cape Cod in 1977. SCTV inserts photos of people and places provided by our Town Archives and turns them into videos. We look forward to adding those to our website soon.

Did you know that some of our Sandwich natives are still with us from the class of 1944? They include Carolyn Crowell, about to turn 96, Catherine (Caddie) Ellis Currier, and Charlotte French Hart. We have recently lost Edith Hall Huck.

Included in this newsletter are copies of photos taken of the Sandwich High School graduating class of 1944, as well as the same class in both second and fourth grades! You will see some very familiar names, like Channing Hoxie, who served Sandwich for many years in various posts, including as our Town Clerk.

Sandwich native, Chip Hamlen is working on a story about all the local restaurants in the Sandwich Village area that are now gone. It will be fun to see how many you remember.

As I told you in the August FOSTA newsletter, we are having a new group of charming drawings by artist Marise Fawcett, made into Christmas cards that will be ready for sale at the always great SandwichFest on Water Street extending all the way to Jarves St. FOSTA will have a small tent and although I do not know our exact location yet, we are usually on Water St. not far from opposite the Smith Hoxie House. Come by and visit! The exact date for this event is Oct. 1st, 10-4 pm. What a beautiful way to spend an autumn day!

 

Kaethe O. Maguire

President of the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA).

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August 2022 Newsletter 

Hot enough for you? As the cliché goes. I look at the temperatures in the newspaper from all over the world and just am in shock. 104 degrees in unairconditioned Paris?

 

Today Budapest registered 102 degrees!  I will remind myself of this when December comes and we are more than chilly and the wind off the ocean is frigid.

 

FOSTA news. We are having a couple of new scenes from the beautiful Marise Fawsett collection revamped for new Christmas cards for the upcoming season. You may have seen Bill Daley’s recent article in the Sandwich Enterprise telling you all about this amazing creative woman. Thank you, Bill, for the fascinating story so well researched.

 

As I write still more of Sandwich old historic newspapers are being digitized and will soon be available on line and free to the public.

 

I am planning to apply for another CPA grant to help fund this rather large project to bring more Sandwich history online. I am always searching for other grant possibilities to offset the cost of the process. Fortunately, we do have some newspapers on film, which is the first step toward digitizing. 

 

The Sturgis Library has done a wonderful job making  some of the old Barnstable newspapers available on line, but because of lack of funds, Sandwich has lagged behind and now we are finally catching up.  I will keep you posted when these new “ old” titles are available. Your donations to FOSTA make this work possible.

 

Our very own Sandwich native, Chip Hamlen, is now working on an article for our FOSTA website and the Sandwich Enterprise reminiscing about the Sandwich restaurants of the 1940’s 50’s and 60’s including snack bars, and other retail businesses that are no longer with us.

 

Also we should tell you that another Sandwich native, Eric Van Buskirk ,has made a recent donation of maps to the Sandwich Archives. This donation includes 2 maps: A World War 2 era map showing Air Raid Warden districts in Sandwich and a 1950’s map of streets as they were in the 50’s in Sandwich.

 

Eric found these maps in a closet of his deceased grandfather, Clarence Van Buskirk, who was head of the Highway department for  many years. So far, the Town DPW, as it is known now, has not found the originals of these maps.

 

Our archivist, Deb Rich, has been working to take measures to preserve these maps for better viewing.  Your donation dollars at work!

 

Again I invite you to take a look at our website, www.fostasandwich.com

 

Kaethe O. Maguire-President of FOSTA

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July 2022 Newsletter 

HI Everyone,

I am still waiting for the sun to shine brilliantly on this 4th of July weekend. It is Sunday the 3rd as I write and tomorrow is supposed to be great. Let’s hope.

 

See link below to the wonderful Spring Hill Day events of last Saturday, the 25th of June, a glorious day weather wise as well as a day of celebration for Sandwich History, particularly of the first Quakers on Cape Cod who began their brave practice of this religion in 1657.  Thank you to Paula Johnson of Sandwich Community TV for the link.

 

Many thanks to the people who put this together and especially to John Nye Cullity of the  Nye Homestead on Old County Road, who speaks on this video and provides so much fascinating information. Also, thanks to Dave Wheelock, speaker and curator of the Wing Fort House Museum, who has been invaluable to historians with his archeological background and ability to date old houses in Town. 

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While I am mentioning Sandwich people who work so hard to preserve our historic town, I must commend Lisa Hassler of Jarvesville for volunteering to serve once again on the Historic District Committee. I did that duty for 5 years a long time ago. It is tough!  It takes not only hours to prepare properly for the meetings, but one should have a greater knowledge of historic architecture, Sandwich History and an ability to roll with the unpleasant people who simply want to do what they should not do in an historic district.

 

We all should be very grateful to these selfless individuals who give so much to our Town.

 

Also, while we are discussing historic preservation, isn’t it just wonderful that the Deacon Eldred house will be restored and saved by Circle Homes which will purchase and then will film this whole restoration for HGTV. The series is called “Houses with History.”  We know this structure is at least 266 years old but I have heard that there is a smaller older structure with in this frame. I wouldn’t be surprised since we know the first settlers often built where they had potable water and Shawme Lake as it was called, is right there.

 

The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives will be sponsoring a lecture by Don Wilding on July 20th at 7 pm at the Sandwich Public Library. The subject is the Rum Runners of Cape Cod! It should be an exciting talk. You can go to the Sandwich public Library calendar and register for this free event.

 

Look for some interesting history coming up on the FOSTA website soon. www.fostasandwich.com

 

Kaethe O. Maguire-President of FOSTA

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June 2022 Newsletter 

Well at last maybe we can turn off our thermostats for heat. I know in the past we on Cape Cod have used heat in June, but let’s hope that does not happen this year. While we have had some nice days, we have had a lot of gloom as well. We deserve a stretch of pretty spring weather.

Edward and I are moving, downsizing, to Brookside in Bourne after looking at various condo possibilities for months. It is very hard to leave Sandwich where we have lived since 1977.

However, I fully intend to remain active with the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives. After all, I have been around with “FOSTA” since it was created by Richard Connor in 2003 when the Town ceased to fund the Town Archives, then located in the attic of the Town Hall Annex. Through YOUR generosity we were able to pay archivist, Barbara L. Gill’s meager salary and keep our Town Archives open. That is still true today. Without people who understand the importance of preserving local town history and who lend their support FOSTA would not exist.

Finally in 2006 the Board of Trustees for the Sandwich Public Library voted to officially adopt the Town Archives and here it remains all these years later.

 

So, the Town Archives are first in my heart. Being a true nerd, I just love researching and writing about Sandwich’s rich town history and hope to continue to do so. I am grateful that others like Joan Russell Osgood and Chip Hamlen have stepped up and gifted us with fascinating stories of Sandwich, especially since they are Sandwich natives and I am only a wash ashore, born in Boston, but with deep early roots here in that I have ancient great grandfathers like Joseph Holway, George Allen, William Swift etc. As Barbara Gill used to tell me, if you are related to one, you will be related to many because they had no one else to marry, so they all married each other!  It is true, the more I research, the more Town ancestors I find.

 

Best to all and take your allergy meds until the awful pollen leaves us.

 

Kaethe O. Maguire-President of FOSTA

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May 2022 Newsletter 

Did you read Sandwich native Chip Hamlen’s article on the Sugar Bowl ice cream parlor on Jarves St which functioned from the 1930’s until sometime in the 1950’s? Wonderful article with photos. If you missed it in the Sandwich Enterprise it is forever available on the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) website www.fostasandwich.com

 

I am now researching former factories that filled our Shawme Pond in the ‘olden days’. It was then called Shawme Lake even tho it began as a kettle pond. I was inspired to begin this research when a long time Sandwich resident asked me if there were any factories that used the natural water power of the upper pond, harnessed by a dam dating from about 1812. I realized that perhaps many Sandwich residents did not know about this booming industry that thrived before there was such a thing as electricity.  So that article with photos will be coming sometime in May to our website and the Sandwich Enterprise.

 

As  You probably know, a long-time goal for FOSTA is to digitize important historic resources of the past like old newspapers. We have some remaining CPA money which we are using for this purpose and then I am applying to the Cape Cod 5 for a small grant and will once again to back to the Community Preservation Committee for another grant to continue this work.

 

Additionally, we are working on precious old oral history tapes  of now passed Sandwich residents, hoping to restore them to a form that can successfully heard. Ultimately, they should be transcribed. We are always looking for volunteers to work with Deb in the archives even if you are not inclined to join our jolly group on FOSTA.

 

Happy Spring at last to all!

Kaethe O. Maguire – President of FOSTA

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April 2022 Newsletter 

 

I know they say April showers bring May flowers, but I for one am a bit sick of the cold rain on dismal looking days, broken only intermittently by some lovely sun. So let’s hope for May flowers sooner rather than later even tho I know we are about 3 weeks behind Boston for spring Blooms.

 

Sandwich native, Chip Hamlen, has been working on a piece for our website and the monthly Sandwich Enterprise  article about an ice cream parlor on upper Jarves Street called appropriately, “The Sugar Bowl” complete with some great old photos of the Dipietro family who started and ran this haven for the young and old of the town from the 1930’s into the early 1950’s.

 

The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) are still looking for one or two people who love Sandwich history and would like to join our jolly team to help preserve our Sandwich Town Archives. We meet  once a month with food and drink.

 

Also on another note, I have one or two small islands that need new planters this year for the Beautify a Traffic Island Program if anyone is interested. Contact me at kaethe@comcast.net

 

The Visitor Services Board, so ably chaired my Heidi Trottier, provides the funds for the new signs needed every year for new Planters as the islands sometimes ‘turn over’. Plus ,Donna Kutil of Scenic Roots provides a discount on plants and hardware for all participants in this program.

 

Another Sandwich native, John Nye Cullity, continues to be our savior Sandwich history wise. Is there anything this man does not know? John and his knowledge are rare gifts to our town.

 

John is donating the very early Village Broadsider paper copies to the Archives that can be scanned and then digitized as part of our effort to digitize the whole early original Broadsider , created by Bill and Laurie Chase, to make it available to all.

 

This effort is funded by a CPA grant. We hope to bring all the old Sandwich newspaper to you in digital form in the near future. Meanwhile, the Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village has a wonderful on-line link to many of the old Cape newspapers for anyone doing serious research.

Kaethe O. Maguire-president of FOSTA

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March 2022 Newsletter 

Yes, it is nice to see the sun some of these days, but there is still snow on the ground, so I cannot call this Spring. I know we have had some doozies of snow storms in March, but we have had enough…let those storms pass us by now.

Remember, the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives, FOSTA, is looking for a couple of good people to help with our effort to support the Town Archives. We meet once a month either in the library or at my house. And yes, I provide a snack and beverages. So if you love your town, and you love Sandwich history, we might be a perfect fit for you.

We have just mailed out our annual Appeal to support the work of the archives. Right now we are focusing on digitizing. We are hoping to ‘re-master’ for lack of a better word, some old precious oral history takes and make them available to the public on our website. We have found some wonderful technicians to make this possible, but of course, it all costs money.

Additionally, we are ready to send away more films of old newspapers for digitizing and make public to all of you. These old newspapers are an invaluable source for research for Sandwich history.

All donations can be made right here at our website or sent to FOSTA at P. O. Box 776, Sandwich, MA, 02563. Your support is so appreciated and vital to our preserving our Town’s history.

Thank you and think daffodils!

Kaethe O. Maguire-president of FOSTA.

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February 2022 Newsletter 

 

As I begin to draft this letter it is January 29th and we are having the blizzard of the season. Or I should say, let’s hope this is the only such storm of the season.

 

I did have a 7AM email from Eversource telling me that they know that we out here on Scorton Neck were already experiencing power outages. Nice that they let us know that they know. It would have been an easy guess. We lose power out here every time it spits outside.

 

Those of you who are native to the Cape or have been here for a while know that the ‘old salts’ would never live right on the water unless they were so poor that had nowhere else to go. My poor old Great grandparents in Woods Hole lived on Eel Pond because that was all they could afford and yes, they were regularly flooded out with every hurricane.

 

So why do we build right on the water? Didn’t learn our lesson I guess. Scary photos of houses about to tumble into the ocean in Truro in today’s Cape Cod Times. And then we have the catastrophes of Town Neck and Salt Marsh Road.

 

I hope by now you have been able to see Joan Russell Osgood’s excellent video on our website at: www.fostasandwich.com about the infamous death and probable murder of well-regarded native Sandwich son, Eugene Haines. If you haven’t found the time yet, do so and you will not be disappointed.

 

Bill Daley has a well-researched article on Marise Fawsett, artist and former owner of the Christmas Shop on route 6A in East Sandwich, newly posted on our website as well. Additionally personal reminiscences by Pam Reynolds Jenkins, who worked with Marise, are included.

 

The volunteers of the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) have been working hard preparing a trifold mail out for our annual appeal to support the Town Archives. So, be expecting a note in the mail pretty soon.

 

We depend on all of you to keep our archives as a valuable research not only for our residents, but for the many who visit our lovely Town to research their history.

 

Your generosity enables us to digitize ancient newspapers that are so important to researchers. I use these gems, which include the Yarmouth Register,  Chatham Monitor, Barnstable Patriot, etc. all the time when I am researching for the articles that appear on our website and in the weekly Sandwich Enterprise.

 

However, I have to access them from the Sturgis Library or some other source. It is time for Sandwich to digitize more of its newspapers which are now on film only.

 

Remember the Sandwich Observer is already on our website as well as the Archives website under the Library site. The Sandwich Observer began about 1840. All these newspapers were published in the 1800’s through the early 1900’s, 

 

Stay warm, wear your mask and be well.

 

Kaethe O’Keefe Maguire

President of FOSTA.

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January Newsletter 2022

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I am late with this newsletter and I write the night before our supposed first big snow storm of the season, but then the weather people forecast the same  thing last week and we awoke to bare ground that remained that way all day! So time will tell.

Most of all, I am wishing all of you a safe, healthy, fully vaccinated January.

Dave Mason, our long time Health Agent and home-grown  JJ Burke, our fire chief,  have resumed their former Covid reports now. I listen carefully and they can easily be found on the Town of Sandwich website. These guys are not only the calm voices of reasons but they back up what they say with credible research. Who ever thought we would be dealing with this virus for 3 years so far? 

 

FOSTA is now beginning preparations for our Plans and Goals for 2022 as well as our annual appeal kick off to benefit our Sandwich Town Archives. I recommend you browse  our FOSTA website to see all the hard-working volunteers to make this group possible.

 

We are looking for one or two more working members. All you need is a love for Sandwich history. We meet at 1 pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sandwich Public Library and we try to book a room where we can have a ‘cuppa’ and a cookie. I provide the cookie. This is a casual, friendly group, but their dedication is very solid. Contact our Town Archivist, Deb Rich at 08 888-0625, ext. 302 if you'd like to join us.

 

I write one article a month for our website and Facebook page as well as for the Sandwich Enterprise. It is a labor of love, but if anyone out there also has a love of research and likes to write, your input would be very welcome.

 

Best to all, Kaethe O. Maguire-President of FOSTA.