Camp Life On The Annisquam River in the 1870s: Merchant’s Island post From Mary Palmstrom

Have a new image (well, old actually) you might be interested in sharing on your site as it shows Pearce’s or Merchant’s Island … spelled Pierce’s on the back of the image. At least I don’t think I’ve shared this with you before. — And an item related to my great, great grand father, James L. Shute that also relates to Merchant’s Island.
My family does connect with Simeon Merchant, Jr. who once owned the island, and apparently my great, great grand father and his family enjoyed spending time out on the island. Often enough, that one of the tributes paid to JLS when he passed in 1909 talks about part of the times spent on that island.
And just in case you are wondering why I am suddenly sending items related to Merchant’s Island, it’s because sometimes on rainy days (that’s the weather in Ohio), I do searches to keep busy, and today it was triggered by the attached photo. My searches today brought up your post from 6 years ago.

1918 Directions for sewing face masks and the Mask Factory in #GloucesterMA | plus DIY lost sock mask 2020

1918 Influenza pandemic

Directions for making Gauze Face Masks

Use as fine gauze or cheesecloth as possible. Fold material to make five thickness and cut an oblong 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. Make three half-inch plaits at each end, turn in edges and stitch. Cut four feet of tape into four lengths and sew one to each corner. Make box plait 1-1/2 inches in width in one of the long edges of the mask, stitch down one inch. To adjust, place mask over face: tie tapes from upper corner around back of head and tape from lower corners around back of neck. Place box plait over nose. Masks should be worn by attendants whenever caring for those sick with influenza or pneumonia.

They should be changed at two-hour intervals and oftener if wet, and immediately boiled for five minutes, (illegible), or wrapped securely in paper bag or newspaper until they can be boiled

Gloucester Daily Times 9/30/1918 Flu masks / Face masks

Gloucester, Mass.

“The work of the nursing service has been one of the demonstrations which, in a way, can be measured. When it is realized that in response to the advertised and personal requests for volunteer service over 200 responses were received, and that the hours of service were long and the work strenuous, I think everyone must agree that no words can express proper appreciation of the ladies who have given their time and strength to nurse their sick townspeople. To ask a woman to leave her home at 3 o’clock in the morning and have her cheerfully comply shows the material of which the women of your city are made…Classed with nursing service has been a specialized group which has been properly called the Mask Factory. As influenza is a respiratory disease, transmitted almost entirely by close contact with secretions of the nose and mouth from coughing, sneezing and spitting, the protection of the workers depended upon an ample supply of masks. The mask factory worked 24 hours a day until there was an ample supply, and then with the usual enthusiasm of all workers, demanded an additional duty to perform. All such demands were readily granted and in this particular instance warm wraps and bed slippers (for the patients) were made the additional duty.”

Major Alec Thomson, Some Good News about Gloucester, Mass. October 11, 1918

Read more about the Gloucester flu battle during the 1918 Pandemic here, an online resource including day by day archives.

Across the country, Seattle Washington pushed to replenish their stockpile

Lost socks? 2020 Covid-19 easy sock mask version we tried at home




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Update on Farmers Markets

It’s that time of year when we start to look forward to the local farmers’ markets; Magnolia Community Farmers Market (usually held on Lexington Avenue) and the Cape Ann Farmers Market (usually held at Stage Fort Park). Each organization has made changes to cope with the virus and to also allow us to access the usual array of goods.

The Magnolia Community Farmers Market has gone virtual with weekly online shopping and curbside pickups starting this Sunday May 31. Pickup times are from 10 AM to 1 PM. Online shopping Monday thru Friday at noon each week. Call 978-335-8475 or check their website at  I believe our friend Donna has posted about this previously so thanks for the heads-up!


The Cape Ann Farmers Market has also made changes which will include moving to the O’Maley Innovation Middle School parking lot for drive-through market Thursdays starting June 4 3 PM – 6:30 PM. More information can be found at   Drive through and pre-order only…no walkups .  Vendors are listed at the website so be sure to check there first!

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A blog from Backyard Growers: what you should be doing in the garden right now

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Simpsons🥕 Check out the latest blog post from Backyard Growers‘ founder & executive director Lara Lepionka, where she’s sharing guidance on what you should be doing in your veggie garden NOW, and the three attributes of a successful vegetable gardener during the pandemic growing season 🌿🍅🦋  Happy growing!

Here’s an excerpt:

“Don’t forget to mulch around your veggies to keep the weeds down and the soil moist. Thin your carrots. Those tomato seedlings look small now, but they will soon take over so stake or cage them now. Eat your spinach before the leaf miners wreak havoc or before it bolts in the heat. There’s nothing sadder than a bolting spinach. Nothing.

As we move forward into the heart of the growing season and into the great ridiculous unknown, I would like to share with you what I think are the top three attributes of…

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