Photo by Adrian Hewitt
Rockport, Mass.- Shoveling Windy just before high tide after the super snow moon
And then the dinghy.
Just before high tide
44 Pleasant Street now (above); then (below)
William Humphrey Haskell
Dates: b.January 23, 1810 – d.August 26, 1902
Parents: Eli (b. 1776 Gloucester, MA) and Lydia (Woodbury Bray) Haskell
Grandfather: Elias Haskell
First Wife and two daughters: Sarah Ann Bray (1811-1836) “died September 12, 1836 leaving two daughters* now deceased, one of whom (Sarah*) married a Mr. (Thomas*) Symonds of Reading and the other (Judith*) married Edwin Bradley of Rockport and was the mother of Mr. Edwin Archer Bradley* of Gloucester, Mass.” E Archer Bradley was Captain Sylvanus Smith son-in-law. E Archer Bradley is listed in the 1913 Polk directory as Vice President of the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Co and Director Rocky Neck Marine Railway Company.
Second Wife and six children: Mary S. Smith (died August 15, 1889) Married July 19, 1838. They had six children: “William G. Haskell of Washington, DC, Col. Edward H. Haskell and Charles A Haskell of Newton, Frank A. Haskell of California and Mrs. Saddie, wife of Samuel W. Brown of this city. One son, Asaph S. Haskell, laid his life on the altar of his country at Morehead City, N.C., September 28, 1863, of yellow fever while a member of Co. C, Twenty-third Regiment, where he had gone awaiting transportation home, his death occurring on the date of the expiration of his term of enlistment.”
Raised: West Gloucester, learned the trade of shoemaker according to obituary
Gloucester 250th Anniversary: served as Vice President of 250th celebration committee
Residences: 44 Pleasant Street (was between Dale and Pleasant streets and beyond where Carroll Steele is located now) formerly address 32 Pleasant Street, rear– either may have evidence Undergound Railroad. Haskell’s lots spread between Dale and Pleasant.* Another Haskell (Cpt. John Haskell) was associated with 34 Pleasant (former Moose Home) and Melvin Haskell with 136 Main Street.
*Biographical information supplemented August 29th-updated thanks to Sandy and Sarah with Gloucester Achives. I wanted to confirm Haskell’s address and home, because streets and numbers change on maps over time, and because I knew Sandy could help best with tracking down cemetery information about Haskell’s first wife. and the daughters’ names missing from records. Haskell’s first wife is buried in West Gloucester- historic Sumner St. Cemetery. Haskell and his first wife had two daughters. Sarah Ann Frances, born September 28, 1832 in Gloucester, died young, in December 1853. She married Thomas S. Symonds July 1851. (Haskell and his second wife named one of their daughters, Sarah “Seddie” Symonds Haskell, after his first child.) The second daughter, Judith Goldsmith, born February 20, 1836, married Edwin Archer Bradley on November 8, 1854.
OBITUARY WAS FRONT PAGE NEWS
“OLDEST MALE RESIDENT DEAD: William H. Haskell Closes Life at Age of 92 years- An Original Abolitionist and Life-long Republican
Continue reading “President Lincoln appointed postmaster, abolitionist, Main Street proprietor, gold star dad, overseer of the poor, gardener: William H. Haskell house history 44 Pleasant St., Gloucester Mass”
He saw the name on the side of the tow truck, “Tally’s Hookers” and he did a SMDH.
Photos from an early morning walk all around Rockport Harbor (sub0zero walk I should add). My technique for photographing when it’s 10 degrees out is to snap away until my fingers can’t stand it any more, run back to the car, which has been left running, warm up, and then try again. Repeat in ten to fifteen minute intervals. I have the utmost respect for the fishermen; I don’t understand how they can work on the water when the air temperature is so cold.
To all the people (Skip Montello et al) who got up at the crispy crack of dawn (see what I did there?) and took photos of the sea smoke when it was wild and crazy I thank you. Better you than me and you take better photos anyway. Find them on Facebook in “Rockport Stuff”. Skip takes some of them in Infrared which are mind boggling.
nb. There is an old wive’s tale about the noise a duck makes, the quack, does not echo. Glad we cleared that nonsense up.
That was my little tribute to Major Tom…in case you missed it. Bygones.
I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Curtis Family…Sean, Erin, Lydia, Brityn, and baby Henry for the excellent public service announcement they are kind enough to bestow upon the town of Rockport during the holiday season.
While, ahem ahem, it was a bit later than usual this year…it did not disappoint once finally arriving. Contrary to disappointing, actually, it is new and improved and really quite fantastic!
You see, the Curtis family has been helping to spread the holiday joy in the children of Rockport….and pure panic in the hearts of the grown-ups…for the past several years.
Formally, a giant snowman helped to count down the days, hours, minutes…and even seconds…until Christmas. After taking an unfortunate tumble, the large cold one was placed on the DL (that’s the disabled list). And, yes, I’m talking to you….the one who thought the World Series Trophy on our Christmas Card several years ago was a menorah. (see below)
At any rate, with Frosty down and out, an even better (in my opinion) countdown clock has taken his place! My boys get such joy out of seeing it each afternoon on the way home from school/work! It is pretty awesome…even if it does cause me some major anxiety.
Hmmm. There’s something different about Rockport Harbor these days. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Could it possibly be the massive marine crane that is resting alongside our sleepy and iconic Motif 1?
It has taken me by surprise several days in a row upon coming to the end of Broadway to turn up South Street to head home.
The equipment, for the record, is in town to work on the Rockport Breakwater.
Tonight’s Chronicle at 7:30pm on Channel 5 previews his book for the first time on TV — and it features a segment on Gloucester & Cape Ann. Don’t Miss it!
After the show, take advantage of this gorgeous weather and check out over a dozen artists playing live tonight around Cape Ann tonight. See the full schedule here.
I’ve been a fan for years and was lucky enough to meet Ted when he produced Chronicle’s feature of Gloucester in 2007 right after Celebrate Gloucester and the opening of Cruiseport.
After covering every corner of New England for 16 years, Ted has made good on his claim, “I have enough stories to fill a book!” Now he’s about to release what National Geographic Traveler has named one of “The Best Travel Books of Spring.” And look at what’s on the cover!
Ted sent me a pre-release copy of his chapter on Cape Ann, which he aptly titled The Other Cape. Here’s how it begins:
Obviously written from the heart, Ted describes Gloucester as “America’s most authentic, enduring working waterfront.” The chapter is filled with quotes by–and stories about–local fishermen, artists, photographers and others along with some excellent photos.
This captivating, well-written book isn’t just a travelogue. It’s a gem that everyone who lives here and cares about this place would want to own. New England Notebook hasn’t been released yet, but you can pre-order a copy now — right here.
Ted tells me he’s planning to come to The Other Cape to do a reading at some point. We’ll be sure to let you know when and where as soon as it’s scheduled. Perhaps you can get your book signed!
My heart is in Gloucester, but Rockport is lovely too.
Hi, Joey. Do you happen to know what year the Rockport Fishing Shack (aka Motif No. 1) was built? Also, do you know when the Burnham house
(aka Motif #2), on Route 133, was built? Also, I’ve seen it referred to as both the Mary Burnham House and the Mabel Burnham House. Do you know which is correct?
Please let me know. Thank you very much.
“Coast Guard Blaine Gallagher proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Morris, in front of Motif #1 in Rockport Harbor. Gallagher pulled his boat up behind Bearskin Neck to surprise Morris at work. When she came out to say hello, Gallagher got down on one knee and pulled out the ring in front of her friends and Gallagher’s crew.”
Oh yeah and in the midst of all this I decided to do a complete redesign from top to bottom of the www.gloucesterwebcam.com
Check out the Bluefish Property Group Motif #1 Webcam at the new site
Tim from www.gloucesterbytes.com installed another one yesterday in Rockport The view of Motif # 1 from Bradley Wharf!
A free event to kick off the Motif No. 1 Day festival!
7 o’clock tonight at the Old Firehouse in Dock Square, downtown Rockport. A short film, Twin Lights soda…a great way to start the celebration of the arts in Rockport!
Motif #1 in 1971
From my 35mm archives this was the original Motif #1 before it was destroyed by a storm in Feb. 1978. That’s my old 1968 wooden Carver.
No crowded harbors in those days. Just tie up anywhere and stay overnight.
A long way up the ladder when the tide was out.