1861

Growing Strawberries: Last week we talked about the success of growing strawberries in Nantucket. We are happy to know that it is just as successful in this village (Barnstable). We have hardly ever seen berries more deliciously scented or larger, or vines of more lush growth than those seen in this village, in the current season.

1871

Our farmers have been very busy over the past fortnight securing their crop of grass, which is unprecedentedly light. The second harvest, however, promises well. Hay is offering just to be bred this fall.

1881

The 36-ton Charles Everson sloop was purchased by Colonel Procter of West Barnstable, and will be transported between there and Boston as a package affecting each trip to Barnstable and Yarmouth. Captain John M. Young of this village will command it and Chas. H. Hinckley will go as second, etc.

1891

Centerville: The large trees in the center of our village are being cut down by the responsible committee and this is an important and necessary improvement. There are few or no villages on the Cape that have such a beautiful street as this part of the village, and we hope to soon see trees spreading the length of all the streets in the village.

1921

It’s the week of the start of the town of Barnstable with all its festivities. Barnstable High School graduation exercises take place at Hyannis Baptist Church on Thursday evening… The graduation party will be held at Barnstable Village Hall on Friday evening. The graduation exercises at Lycée Elizabeth Lowell de Cotuit will take place on Wednesday evening in the Baxter room in Santuit. The class is eight this year.

1931

Daily air service from Boston to Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket will begin Saturday with a plane leaving Boston at 5:30 p.m. for these locations. The trip to Hyannis will be in just under an hour and after landing its passengers here, the plane will depart for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This service will be provided by the Curtiss-Wright Flying company, the same as last summer.

1941

The Barnstable Patriot – “Cape Cod’s Oldest Newspaper” – is 111 years old today. The issue of this historic journal which goes to press tonight is marked “112th year, No. 1”. oldest newspapers. His name is relevant in these memorable days.

The West Parish Church as it appeared in 1955 after the completion of a major restoration project.

1951

A Cape Cod Kennel Club sanction game took place last Sunday afternoon at Dr. Daniel Leach’s grounds in Osterville. The screening consisted of regular lessons and manipulation lessons for children. “Murray’s Ring”, a standard Schnauzer owned by Hudson Kalloch of Hyannis, won the award for best show. He was also chosen the best in the working group. Over 100 dogs have been entered. (Note: Other class winners included a Beagle named “Ringtime Rascal”, a Scottish Terrier named “Scorne Maggie” and an Irish setter named “Lady Sequoia of Tralee.”)

1961

Already classified as a premier aviation facility, Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis is adding a high-intensity light path that will allow approaching aircraft to spot its main runway at a distance of 3,000 feet, even though the airport is “fogged up”. The airport is frequently used by President John F. Kennedy. Two weeks ago, Hyannis Airport began operating a federally controlled field tower that allows it to operate planes similar to those landing in Boston and New York, thus making the Cape Cod field one of the main airports on the east coast.

1971

Tales of Cape Cod accepted Cape Cod Community College’s offer of a research room to serve as a repository for its historical documents and a meeting place for its leaders and members. These documents, made up of files of informative articles, publications, images and other objects of historical interest, will be available to visitors for study and research. Tales of Cape Cod is primarily concerned with the preservation of landmarks, as well as the stories of Cape Cod from days gone by through tape recordings of the voices of the ancient Cape Codders. The organization preserves artefacts, publishes brochures, tracks various historical finds, and conducts research.

nineteen eighty one

Water, water everywhere: Hyannis suffered a flood on Saturday that ranks among its worst flash floods. The hubcap deep water, a favorite for press photographers, came and went, but while it lasted, traffic was blocked in several places. In most of these areas, residents said, they could see people sitting on cars in knee-deep water and find traffic blocked or diverted. During the day, the cape gave way in four to five inches of rain while Nantucket reported six inches. A Cummaquid rain gauge showed 3.5 inches. The cellars and even some downstairs of several downtown stores were inundated with water gushing from the adjacent parking lots.

1991

The Trayser Museum Complex of Barnstable History is scheduled to open on Saturday for its second season since its renovation. Over the winter, the Barnstable Historical Commission and the Museum Committee worked on the customs office and prepared it to open for the first time since 1962. The museum complex includes three buildings of unusual interest in the field of architectural, social and maritime history. The oldest of the three buildings is the Old Jail, built in 1690 to serve the county. It was moved to its present location in 1972. The other two buildings are the District Seven US Customs / Post Office, built in 1856 and its shed. (Note: the building now houses the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.)

2001

A voluntary water conservation program has been set up by the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Water Department. Requests do not include any use of outdoor water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Residents who live on the odd-numbered side of the street are asked to water their lawns on odd-numbered days and vice versa for those on even-numbered sides. (Note: Elsewhere in this June 28, 2001 issue of the Barnstable Patriot, it was reported, “A caller said the temperature panel on the bank of the airport rotary climbed to 107 degrees.

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