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Whale Tales, a $500 4th of July and talented archers

ByMary M. Ward

Jun 20, 2022

June 27, 1878


We continue to hear good news from our whaling fleet. Letters from Captain Manley of the “Quickstep” report her with 180 barrels of semen and 7 barrels of black oil on June 18. Captain M. brings back the “Mary G. Curren,” Dyer, with 300 barrels of black and 25 barrels of semen oil. Everything is fine.

Letters from schr. William A. Grozier Roberts, reports it to Barbados with 200 barrels. cum oil since leaving St. Michaels. Had caught twenty whales since last February, and twenty-nine since leaving home; the largest being just under thirty barrels.

Sailed from St. Michaels 18th ult., schr. Carrie W. Clark, Marshall to Cruise.

Spoken on June 17 schr. Mary E. Simmons, 250 barrel rich. bump oil.

A letter from schr. Lottie E. Cook, Dyer, brought her back to South Key, Cuba, May 26, with 40 barrels. semen oil.—Spoken undated, schr. Rising Sun, Taylor, with 16 sperm and 30 blackfish.

Arrived on 22 inst. Schr. EH Hatfield, Cornell with 280 barrels. Oil, from a nineteen month cruise.

June 26, 1924

4th of July party

The town of Provincetown at its last annual municipal meeting raised $500 for a July 4 celebration in 1924.

Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Honorable Board of Selectmen on May 29, 1924, I have held a celebration which I hope will meet with the approval of city officials and citizens of the town.

Of course, we are going to have a parade, which will form at 9 a.m. at Railroad Square, Bradford St. Start time 9:30 a.m. Parade line as follows: East to Bradford St. to Allerton, to Allerton to Commercial, then West to Commercial St. to City Hall. Arriving at City Hall, the parade stops at 10:30 a.m., when the Declaration of Independence will be read by Joseph Loring, Class of 1924, PHS At 11 a.m., the parade begins west to Commercial St .to West Vine St, to West Vine to Bradford, east to Bradford to Railroad Square where the parade disbands.

At 2:30 p.m. Grand Yacht Race open to all classes of sailboats. The Fisherman Cold Storage Co. has kindly agreed to support this event. Call Captain Oscar Purdy, Fisherman Cold Storage, for full details.

3:30 p.m. baseball game, Evans Field. Knights of Columbus versus upcoming team.

At 4:30 p.m., raise the flag at the Provincetown Art Association. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

8:30 pm Four great acts of vaudeville: 1. Starret Brothers, comedic musicians, with popular hits on a variety of unusual instruments. 2. Toots and Pal, a smart comedy dancer, with a very smart dog partner. 3. Jess Kelley, the Wizard of Bingville, a coupe whose clever, though funny, feats are actually startling in their seeming possibility. 4. Harry McGowan, a cheerful guy made to order for any affair where a clever song and a cheerful joke will be appreciated. Harry has a knack for impersonating a member of our organization.

At 10 p.m. Big fireworks display. The fireworks will be the best we’ve ever had.

June 27, 1940

They shoot them with long bows

New fishing mode introduced by archers

With Armageddon in other lands, arrows – not bullets – are de rigueur in Provincetown.

Coinciding with the East End Club’s newly constructed archery sticks, a recent visitor to Provincetown, his wife and a local archer proved to followers of Izaac Walton that Robin Hood’s arrow can be adapted into a deadly fishing weapon.

Bethlehem Steel Company steelworker Edward F. Aicher and Pennsylvania archery enthusiast Mrs. Aicher and local archer “Tex” Slade entertained beach walkers at Race Point with the new sport of Provincetown. . . spiny dogfish hunting with bow and arrow.

“We hadn’t been in town for an hour before we ran into several archers from Provincetown,” Ms. Aicher told a representative of the Provincetown Lawyer.

“Archery fans are like that, you know,” she continued. “They are meeting up. . . wherever they go.

The “hunting” of fish with bow and arrow has all the elements of a great sport. . . if you have a real eye and a steady hand. Amidst their bows, the Aichers and Mr. Slade tie up reels with about thirty yards of light fishing line. The end of the line is attached to a barbed arrowhead. But just as the proof of the pudding lies in eating it, the proof of the prowess of piscatory archery lies not only in the firmness of the hand, but also in its ability to gauge distance and depth. of his finny career by the deceptive refraction of water.

However, last Sunday evening, during defined periods when spiny dogfish chase schools of small flounder and sand eel in the shallow waters off Race Point, the Aichers and Mr Slade ably demonstrated their skill by killing four fruit bats , whose weight varies from 15 to 20 pounds. . .

With the advent of bow and arrow fish hunting, perhaps Provincetown deserves a new and very original series of fishing stories.