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.
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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.
Robert Booth Author
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Funny thing about meeting houses. In early New England, they can tell us an awful lot about the history of a community like Manchester, according to a new 56-page book published this week by historian and author Robert Booth. The project coincides with the close of Manchester’s 375th Anniversary celebration and sponsored by the Manchester Historical Museum.
Going into fall, visiting local museums is a great way to safely escape your daily routine. Some remain closed (think Cogswell’s Grant or the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, both in Essex,) but there are plenty to choose from in the area that are offering limited visits, all within safety guidelines.
When, in 1819, John Allen bought a parcel of land fronting on what was then “High Street,” his $500 purchase bought him an elevated view to …