This Week in Marblehead History: 1954
Here's a look back at some of the stories that were making local headlines on this week in 1954.
Every week Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in Marblehead history.
Flash Fire Aboard Half Tide II Injures Four Persons: The second flash fire within one week occurred in Marblehead Harbor on Monday aboard the Half Tide II, owned by Judson Morse, of Devereux Rocks. It is believed that a spark caused an explosion that injured four persons. Elmer Boyd, of Marblehead, chief machinist at the Proctor Yacht Yard, was on board the Half Tide II and is still at Mary Alley Hospital receiving treatment for second degree burns.
65th Race Week Highlighted by Squall that Capsized Many Boats: A major disaster off the shores of Marblehead was averted last Wednesday afternoon by the prompt heroic action of rescuers, who came to the aid of the distressed sailors vying for New England Championship honors in the 65th annual Race Week, when a sudden, 40mph squall turned the Boston Yacht Club Regatta into a state of perilous confusion.
Local Road Construction Progressing: During the last month the Highway Department completed work downtown and along West Shore Drive and are currently working in the Greystone area, according to Walter B. Power, Jr., surveyor. Members of the department have hot-topped Norman, Beacon, Orne, Watson and Hewitt streets in the downtown area. They have also hot-topped that section of West Shore Drive from the railroad tracks to Lafayette Street.
Special Town Meeting set for Sept. 20: A special town meeting will be held in the Marblehead High School auditorium on Monday, Sept. 20, to act on four articles postponed from the last special town meeting, when voters walked out after extending the Rent Control law, and also to consider articles appropriating funds for the hospital and school.
Fishermen Hurl Back Last Week's Charges: Charges made last week by 13 youngsters of the town, who were allegedly deprived of their harbor swimming grounds at the foot of Commercial Street, were repudiated last night by a delegation of fishermen, who appeared before the selectmen and charged that in their opinion, the boy and girls were "edged on" by an adult.
The Nor'Easter Sandwich Stand at Devereux Beach: "Where you dine out in the sun" advertised their new Nor'Easter submarine sandwich and sea foods of all kinds, hamburgers, frankfurters and tonics - all available right at Devereux Beach!
The Warwick Restaurant on Pleasant Street: Serving the best in food and liquors in all of Marblehead. Special Sunday dinners; try our sirloin steak, $1.
Were you a town resident in 1954? Do you remember any of these names, locations or events? Let us know in the comments section!