Kory Curcuru is back with his history series, Timeline Cape Ann. This time, he tackles the unique Manchester story of the thespian Booth brothers, specifically Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. and his hotel, The Masconomo House, the 103-room grand (and grandly successful) establishment overlooking Singing Beach, built 12 years after his brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. The Cricket partners with 1623 Studios for this feature.
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This week in the Town Hall Notebook, it's all about Manchester business, with competing Special Town Meeting articles, the sunsetting of the 375th Anniversary Celebration, and the upcoming final public forum on regional public safety dispatch.
There may be those looking for an occasion to eat scones and wear their fascinator while listening to harp music. There may be others looking to spend an afternoon in an exquisite setting. If so, both urges can be satisfied at the Manchester Historical Museum’s Hybrid Tea at the Sharksmouth Estate on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
In 1647, the Massachusetts Commonwealth's Education Law was passed requiring, “that when any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school ...” The first mention of “scooles" (sic) in Manchester records was not until 1686 when a directive was issued to find a “Scoole Master." This schoolhouse still exists, and those who come to the Manchester Historical Museum’s current exhibit centered on the history of Manchester’s schools, will find out where exactly is today.
Shirley Marion Eaton Wilkinson, age 93, died June 30. She was born in Wakefield, MA, the daughter of Emory Nelson Eaton and Marion Wilson (Bullock) Eaton. Shirley resided in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, most of her life. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Robert Munroe Wilkinson.
On Monday the Manchester Board of Selectmen approved a proposal to change a 112-year tradition recognizing the town’s eldest male resident to one that includes women.