Farmhouse Fixer Wheeler Street: The Story Behind the Story

As I described in the earlier post about the Concord Street farmhouse starring in Episode 4 of HGTV’s Farmhouse Fixer, Good Morning Gloucester was contacted by High Noon Entertainment seeking leads on the history of 2 homes in Gloucester in line for a farmhouse fix. Joey passed it to me, as research is a passion for me. I dove eagerly into the research and found several great stories about each property worthy of telling as part of a renovation project. Although the episodes are very well done, I apparently went down the wrong path and my input didn’t make the cut. But the stories are too good not to share with you all.

Episode 2 of Farmhouse Fixer is called “A Coastal Farmhouse” and has already aired on HGTV, though you might catch it in re-runs. It features an old farmhouse on Wheeler Street who’s families have had a long Gloucester history. The Tucker family is first recorded on Wheeler Street in the 1917-18 World War I Draft Registration records for Benjamin F. Tucker and continues until the mid 1940s. At various times throughout this approximate period, Benjamin lists himself as a clammer, a farmer, a teamster and a liquor peddler (not all of these on Wheeler Street).

This is a snippet from the 1930 census showing Benjamin and his family:

You note this record includes son Clayton as well as son Forest M. I believe this to be F. Maynard (senior) who was the “star” of this photo shown in the episode:

The other son, Clayton is Wesley C. Tucker’s dad and Wesley lives at the Wheeler Street home beginning in the mid 1960s. Wes and his wife Josephine lived there for several years. His obituary says “As a young boy, Wes worked on his family farm, delivering eggs and turkeys to local families and businesses.” His wife Josephine was famous for her turkey dinners and baking skills. These are skills she passed down to her children, including David Tucker who now runs Mom’s Kitchen with his own wife Eleanor. Mom’s is named after Josephine and is such a Gloucester icon that I can’t believe this tidbit was passed over in the show!!!

Here’s an article you might be interested in from the Gloucester Daily Times about the beginnings of Mom’s Kitchen. And here’s a photo of their new location on Commercial Street:

That’s quite a lot from one farmhouse over on Wheeler Street! And there’s your story behind the story.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs On The @WeberGrills Ivory Mastertouch Might Is The Biggest Bang For Your Buck Impressive BBQ Protein If Executed Properly

Northeast BBQ

Couple of key steps- patting your chicken thighs down with paper towels, using peanut oil, and high indirect heat- 450F, they can cook til 185 internal.

Half a cup of honey, quarter cup of sriracha, four of five shakes from a bottle of soy. Warm it, mix it, put it aside.

Take your chicken thighs and pat them down thoroughly with paper towels, then put them in a bowl and drizzle peanut oil on them to lightly coat.

I then used Big Cock Ranch Special Shit rub from my good friend Pauline at Pauline’s Gifts and then a coating of McCormicks Mesquite seasoning. Put them aside after the rub is administered and get the kettle set up.

Set up grill for high indirect heat. I use a slow n sear and lay down about 12 unlit briquettes in it and then light a full chimney of briquettes til they’re mostly…

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