Tales of Cape Cod | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tales of Cape Cod

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    Principal Investigator:
    Rebekah Ambrose-Dalton
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Theodore A. Young

Theodore Allen Young was born in Chatham, Massachusetts in 1900.  He moved to Orleans with his family when he was three years old.  He was a member of the Masonic Hall in his community.  He worked as a driver for Nickerson Lumber for seven years and then became a fisherman harvesting sea scallops.

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Susan Greene Eastham, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Elizabeth Woodman

February 14, 1978 interview with Elizabeth Woodman, who describes her experiences in the Lighthouse Service. One track towards the end of the tape is distorted, but it is still audible.

Notes: The Tales of Cape Cod Oral History Collection is housed at the William Brewster Nickerson Archives in the Wilkens Library at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. For more information about the collection, please contact the Nickerson Archives, http://www.nickersonarchives.org/.

William Steere Dennisport, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Judge Robert A. Welsh

Track 1:  Born in 1903, Mr. Welsh, a retired judge, describes his experiences growing up in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  He talks about how is father became a lawyer and judge in Provincetown.  He describes his youth and life in Provincetown in the early 1900’s, his experiences with the artist Charles W.

Betty Richards Dennisport, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Heaton Vorse

Tales of Cape Cod interview with Provincetown resident Heaton Vorse.

Notes: The Tales of Cape Cod Oral History Collection is housed at the William Brewster Nickerson Archives in the Wilkens Library at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. For more information about the collection, please contact the Nickerson Archives, http://www.nickersonarchives.org/.

Betty Richards Provincetown, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Helen F. Snow

Mrs. Snow was born in Orleans in 1896.  She is a Mayflower descendant from Nicholas Snow who came on the ship Ann to Plymouth in 1623 and who married ConstanceHopkins who came on the Mayflower as a child.

Betty Richards Truro, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Simeon L. Smith

Part 1: Born in 1908, Mr. Smith tells us that he is a fifth generation Simeon. He is 69 and lives in Eastham. His grandfather built the Orleans post office and owned several houses in the area. Mr. Smith was born at Whalewalk Farm, a local landmark in Orleans. He remembers his grandmother's story of his grandfather told to deposit an unwanted family of cats on Simpson's Island where he had corn fields. At the end of the day he found they had left the  island and gone back to the mainland.

Betty Richards Eastham, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Eleanor Small

Eleanor Small interview with Tales of Cape Cod, November 17, 1977. Born in 1909, Ms. Small describes her ancestors from Harwich. Her grandmother was related to Jonathon Walker, of "the branded hand" who married an Indian woman and went down south to help the slaves. He was captured and branded for helping slaves escape. She lived on the Cape with her grandmother and recalls several stories of local residents. She recalls the great Dennisport fire and Dr. Ginns block burned. Also remembers Ernie Cole, the blacksmith in Harwich Port and the Catholic church in Harwich Center burning.

Renée Magriel Chatham, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Mildred B. Paine

Part 1: Born in 1893, Mrs.

Renée Magriel Harwich, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Joseph Oliver

Captain Oliver describes trap fishing, early twentieth century Provincetown, the Shaw Fund for Mariner's Children, and his experiences taking Ernie Pyle out fishing.

Notes: The Tales of Cape Cod Oral History Collection is housed at the William Brewster Nickerson Archives in the Wilkens Library at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. For more information about the collection, please contact the Nickerson Archives, http://www.nickersonarchives.org/.

William Steere Provincetown, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod
Otto E. Nickerson

Mr. Nickerson was born in Eastham in 1896.  His father was a selectman of Eastham and he has 10-11 generations of Cape relatives.  His grandmother was a Mayflower descendent.  He recalls working in cranberry bogs as a teenager and describes the use of cedar swamps to create and develop cranberries.  He describes the development and care of a cranberry bog.  He remembers riding on school barges (horse drawn wagons) to get to elementary school.  There would be straw on the wagon floor to keep your feet warm in the winter.  Mr.

Betty Richards Eastham, MA The William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Tales of Cape Cod