150 YEARS AGO: March 1870
March 4th Yarmouth - At about 1-2 o'clock on Sunday, a deep, loud rumbling was heard by a considerable number of persons in this vicinity, accompanied in some cases by a jarring of windows and doors. No other causes being assignable, it is conjectured that we were treated to a bit of an earthquake.
March 11th The Honorable Galusha A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, formerly Speaker or the House of Representatives, was in town inspecting the property of the Cape Cod Glass Company, with a view to purchasing, for the purpose of establishing the porcelain business in this town, We trust the inspection was satisfactory, as it would be greatly to the advantage of Sandwich if a business under the management of such a man should be established here.
March 18th Provincetown - Shore Fishing – the catch of fish by the boatmen of this place this winter has been large, 80,000 pounds having been brought in by them in a single day. The Steamer Geo. Shattuck took to Boston, on one trip last week, 50,000 lbs., and a packet took there a few days prior, about 60,000 lbs., the latter the product of a single day's fishing.
March 25th Yarmouth - The church edifice of the New Jerusalem society will be completed in wood, instead of stone as first designed. The walls have already been laid, and the preparations for its completion are in a state of forwardness. Mr. John Hinckley, of East Barnstable, one of our most skillful and experienced carpenters, has charge of the work.
March 25th DIED AT SEA, of heart disease, on board the brig John Freeman on its passage from Pernambuco S. A. to Baltimore, John Myles, of South Dennis, aged 24 years. He was committed to the sea by his brother sailors. He was sick most of the passage out and was taken to the hospital upon arrival at Pernambuco, where he remained until she was ready to sail back. Not wishing to be left behind he was taken on board, but died 15 days out. Captain Baker and his mates rendered all the assistance in their power during his sickness, to make him comfortable.
100 YEARS AGO: March 1920
March 6th Submarine S-l, the best of her kind afloat, arrived in Provincetown harbor last Friday after a four-hour engine run from New London, Conn. The heavy ice in the Cape Cod Canal slowed the submarine in its course through the canal. The submarine will remain in Provincetown harbor for its official government tests. Captain Glynn is in command of the boat.
March 13th Capt. Ephraim A. Gorham, 72 years of age, known in Plymouth county as the "Cranberry King," died at South Hanson, Thursday, Feb. 26. Mr. Gorham grew up in East Harwich and followed in the footsteps of his late father by going to sea in his younger days. He eventually became master of a vessel. During the earlier years of the cranberry boom he retired from the sea and went to Bryantville. He built the first cranberry bog in that vicinity, and ever since has been active in enlarging his cranberry production. His business became extensive and successful and he has long been recognized as one of the great cranberry men of Plymouth County.
March 20th South Yarmouth - On Monday Miss Elsie Trabue, home economics demonstrator for Barnstable County, will give an address in the meeting room of the Woman's club. The subject will be "Conveniences in House-Cleaning," a timely topic. Ambitious housewives, whose spring labors are already well under way, might do well to pause until after the lecture. Efficiency is the order or the day and even the most experienced may receive some helpful hints. We live and learn. Perhaps the house-cleaning process may yet become a joy.
March 27th North Truro - Mr. Orin Cobb of Highland Light is now a firm believer in the old adage of "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good," for had it not been for the high winds on the day of the last blizzard he and Mrs. Cobb would have been obliged to walk home, for coming from Provincetown Mr. Cobb suddenly discovered that his gas was about gone: thereupon they travelled with the wind, it blowing their little flivver right along. Mr. Cobb will no longer worry about the high cost of gasoline for he'll travel whichever way the wind blows.
50 YEARS AGO: March 1970
March 5th Angelo's Super Market - N.Y. Sirloin Steak .88 cents per lb., Snow's Clam Chowder .25 cents per 16 oz. can, Del Monte Catsup 20 oz. bottle .25 cents, Welch's Tomato Juice quart bottle, .23 cents.
March 12th There'll be no shirt-tails flying at Barnstable Vocational School. No slacks splashed with psychedelic or flower-type prints either. No sheep-dog hair. The Trade Council, the school's student governing body, won acceptance of a dress code revision from the School Committee on Monday night. Chief rules are: No cowboy shoes, ties optional; conventional slacks and trousers approved, even with bell bottoms, but no psychedelic or flower-type prints; no blue jeans. No beards or moustaches; sideburns shall not grow below ear lobes; hair must not fall over the eyebrows, ears or shirt collar. For girls - conventional length dresses; no open-toed shoes, sandals or sneakers; no dress of distracting nature.
March 19th The "Crossroads," the teenage center in Hyannis, is about to expand from summer to year-round operation. "The Cave," its college-level counterpart, is to be improved. And something new in the books: a Youth Hostel and Counseling Center. The Youth Hostel would be an "emergency" gathering place or stop-over for young people visiting the Cape and needing a night's lodging or perhaps counseling.
March 26th The New England Tel. & Tel. Co. project of placement of all cables underground is progressing slowly along Route 6A and by this midweek had reached eastward past Willow St. in Yarmouth Port hopefully, a phone company spokesman said, the present phase, installing a conduit as far as Strawberry Lane, will be completed by the end of April.