Just in time for some Halloween eve spirit, curl up with a selection of Boston Globe news columns featuring 19th and 20th century Gloucester ghost reports.
First up a 19th century Gloucester ghost story from 1884 with a title as long as the day, “GHOSTS IN GLOUCESTER: The Mysterious noises in Gould’s Court. An Acadian French Theory of Their Cause–Men Less Brave Than Women. Frequent Gratuitous Rappings Unexplained.”
“I hope we shall not hear that noise tonight,” said the wife of Stephen McKinney as she sat in an upper room of 12 Gould court a week ago. A female companion expressed the same hope, and Mrs. McKlancy continued: “We may not hear it for a fortnight; we have not heard it for the last three weeks, and–”
She did not finish the sentence. At that moment, in the hall below, was heard a rap! rap! rap! as knuckles at the door.
(The writer adds flourish to the dialogue as if the resident was a native French speaker. Decades later Cher Ami was around the corner. Was this area a French quarter?)
Part Two was published the following day: “THE GLOUCESTER GHOSTS. Is Mr. Henry Hatch’s House Really Haunted? A Diagram Illustrating the Scene of the Strange Manifestations. Similar Stories of ‘Old Jeffrey’ and Esther Cox*.”
“Another remarkable case was that of Esther Cox, at Amherst, N.S., a few years ago…”
With a diagram. Not much of a story but it made the front page. Could have titled this tall tale Ghosts of Ghoul court.
In 1896 ghosts were reported at Stage Fort Park: “Gloucester’s Fortress is Alive With Ghosts. Warriors Tremble at Sight of Gliding Specters. Hundreds Turned Out Last Night to See “It.” And “It” Appeared at the Armory Window.”
Writer Henry W. Harris, Jr. quick piece and good read from 1921 considers Rev. Cotton Mather’s account of the Gloucester Ghost Battles of 1692 when the militia was called out to defend Gloucester from ghosts, “war and witch fever”.
For more about witches in Gloucester see my 2018 post
Every decade or so there’s a piece about that ghostly place, Dogtown. This one from 1960 describes preservation efforts at the time: “Paradise for Naturalists and Bird Watchers: Cape Ann Moves to Save Romantic Ghost Town”.
“Leading the drive to save the area from dumping and real estate development are several naturalists, including John Kiernan…President of Dogtown Foundation, Inc., is Dr. Melvin T. Copeland, former professor at the Harvard School of Business Administration and author of a history of the school. Working closely with him is another of the trustees, Elliott C. Rogers. A book by the last two men “The Saga of Cape Ann” has just been published…the handiest compendium on the history and byways of Cape Ann…”
Herbert A. Kenny, Boston Globe, March 20, 1960
And from October that same year, “Want Ghost Town Dead”
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This fall inspired risotto combines the sweetness of butternut squash with a pleasing bitter from thyme and sage. The slightly charred mushrooms make this dish a showstopper.Prep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 minsCourse: Main CourseKeyword: Healthy Fall Risotto Servings: 4 Calories: 270kcal
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots sliced
4 cloves garlic minced
2 cups mini bella mushrooms chopped
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 cup arborio rice
1 red pepper diced
1 tablespoon white cooking wine
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon fresh sage minced or 1 teaspoon dried
4 cups veggie stock
Saute mushrooms in a dry pan until one side just begins to blacken. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and add shallots, red pepper, garlic. Saute while flipping for 2 minutes.
In a separate 8-quart pot, add wine and cook for 1 min. Add vegetable stock to the wine and bring to a simmer. Add in rice, butternut squash, nutritional yeast, remaining olive oil, salt, and thyme. Stir well, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. In the last 5 minutes stir consistently. Fold in the rest of the ingredients including the fresh sage.
Servings 4| Calories per Serving: 270, 46.3 g carbohydrate; 5.8 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g fat; 3.2 g fiber; 300 mg sodium
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of being present as Warren Waugh and the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group met with students and staff at Gloucester High School to award the second installment of a three-year commitment of $150,000 ($50,000 a year) to the Gloucester Education Foundation to support the Automotive Technology Program. The gift has made it possible to add an additional educator to meet the needs of increased enrollment in the GHS Auto Tech program. Thanks to Lyon-Waugh’s support, even more students have been able to benefit from this program and pursue careers in the auto technology field. A field that continues to thrive and grow.
In addition to the monetary donation, Warren Waugh has also provided state-of-the art equipment and automobiles for students’ use in the Automotive Tech shop for hands-on practical learning. Lyon-Waugh Auto Group has hosted Gloucester High School students at several of their dealership service departments and has also sent auto technicians to GHS to share their vast and ever-current expertise.
A press release from the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group also added,
Warren Waugh, a resident of Gloucester, stated, “Lyon-Waugh Auto Group is committed to sharing our success with our workplace communities and the towns we live in. The students that come from local towns like Gloucester are the foundation for businesses like ours. We consider it a privilege to be able to give back to our schools and help students prepare for entering the workforce through projects like this.”
Gloucester Education Foundation Executive Director Aria McElhenny commented, “We are so fortunate to have the generous support of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The high school’s automotive vocational program has grown and flourished thanks to Warren’s commitment to our students. There is a lot of interest in auto tech and that need is being met in a very high-level way through this generous donation.”
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The shift to Fall brings a renewed sense of focus and determination, as we make the push towards the end of the year.The dedicatedresearch team continuesmaking great progress on all fronts including obtaining new samples for the red sea urchin research, the Annisquam microbe study and Cod eDNA project, as well as announcing a new partnership that will pair GMGI with OceanX, an organization known for extraordinary research and storytelling.
Our virtual GMGI Science Hour returned, premiering with a talk from Dr. Bruce Walker, Founding Director of the Ragon Institute, setting the tone for a season of engaging and insightful talks.The Academy is already in its eighth week of Semester 1, and we are incredibly proud to report classes have remained safelyin-person, giving the students the full experience of hands-on learning in a working biotech laboratory.
The support from you, and our community, is palpable. We see it…