1914 Map of Vineyard Haven - Section #4A

William Street, Main Street, Center Street, Church Street, Drummer Lane.

This map is derived from part of a December 1914 map of Vineyard Haven made by the Sanborn Map Company of New York.

Numbers and KEY added by Stan Lair, c. 1980.



Notes in Quotation Marks by Stan Lair, c. 1980.

160. "Althea Leach --- Dr. Leach ------ Richard Nessen"
"Dr. Leach House. Well, several families have been in that one. Lots of times it wasn't rented in the winter it was just closed up, and the family would just come summers and spend the summer there. Nice old house."
[1907 Directory: "Leach Althea, widow of William"]

161. "The Methodist Episcopal Church -- Destroyed by fire in 1922"
"Methodist Church. The old one burned down in 1922, big white wooden church, and they replaced it with the stone church which is there now. Jim Norton built it, did all the stone work on it. I believe Herbert Hancock built it actually, but I think Jim Norton did all the stone work."
[1907 Directory: "Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. S. John Rook, pastor, Wm. Swift, president board of trustees; Herbert Hancock, treas. and secretary."]

162. "Hartley A. Sparrow -- Piano Tuner."
"Mr. Hartley Sparrow. He was a piano tuner, and he lived there. Howard Downs - Howard and Lizzie Downs lived there for awhile."
[1907 Directory: "Sparrow Hartley A., piano tuner"]

163. "John Carey -- Auto Mechanic -- Charles Gale -- I was born in this house."
"Charles Gale House, as I recall. Charlie Gale lived there and brought up his family, and later it was Jack Carey, and Rebey[?] Carey, and George. I was born in that house by the way, in 1902. A long time ago!"

164. "Bishop Whittemore house"
"Whitemore House, Bishop Whitemore, Episcopal bishop. It's been in that family, or it was in that family, for a good many years. I believe it's sold now. It's a nice old house."

177. "Charles M. Vincent -- Paper Store -- Mardells
"C. M. Vincent, Charlie Vincent's Paper Store, and candy, tobacco, fresh roasted peanuts, and so forth. At the back of this store was a great gathering place for the old-timers to sit around the old pot-bellied stove there, and smoke, spit and talk. Yes, they had spittoons back there! And Charlie always enjoyed chewing the rag with them. Charlie was quite a baseball fan. He enjoyed sports. Mr. Cleveland - that was Charlie Vincent's father-in-law - would sit out in front of the store in the summertime on a soda box, turning the handle on a peanut roaster. It was a funny-looking thing. Had a big drum on it, I would say maybe fifteen, eighteen inches in diameter, had a handle on the end, and under it was a fire of some sort. I presume it was either kerosene-operated or alcohol-operated, or something like that. He'd sit out there and crank that thing and roast peanuts, oh for hours at a time. Once in a while he would give us a couple of peanuts. This was a store where we always bought our penny candy, and of course it was bought after a lot of deliberation of course, as it is today by the kids. Today it is Mardell's Gift Shop."
[1907 Directory: "Vincent, Charles M., stationer." Ad p. 107.]

178. "Henry S. Howes -- Mens Clothing - Frank Swift -- Now part of Vineyard Dry Goods."
"Godfrey's Clothing Store, then it was Howes' Clothing, and Frank Swift's Clothing, and now it is part of Vineyard Dry Goods store."
[1907 Directory: "Howes, Henry S., clothing, gents furnishings." Ad p. 100.]

179. "Ernest R. Tilton - Hardware - Now part of Vineyard Dry Goods."
"Ernest Tilton's Hardware. Ernest always was just out of something when you went in to get something, and always said it was "down on the wharf." It'd be "up on the next load of freight." That is now part of Vineyard Dry Goods, too."
[1907 Directory: Tilton, Ernest R., hardware, wooden ware, etc." Ad p. 94.]

180. "Josiah P. Bodfish - Dry Goods - Dr. Thompson upstairs - now the Thrift Shop."

181. "L. Ernest Briggs - Watchmaker - Souveniers - Records etc."

182. "Renears Garage -- Walter H. Renear - Ford Agency."

183. "New England Tel. + Tel. - Exchange and office - (Medi Save)"
"The old Telephone Exchange and office, later the Cape & Vineyard Electric Office, and it is now Medi-Save. This same building was E. H. Lord's Shoe Store."
[1907 Directory: New England Telephone & Telegraph Co." Ad, inside front cover.]

184. "U.S. Post Office -- S. C. Luce Postmaster -- (Rainy Day)"
"The U. S. Post Office, and now it is Rainy Day Gift Shop."

185. "Walter H. Renear --- Home."
[1907 Directory: "Renear, Walter H., real estate, livery, etc. Hinckley and Renear, undertakers." Ad p. 92.]

186. "Mathew Chadwick -- Moved to Beach St. - Wallace Lindsey - Dick Furtardo"
[1907 Directory: "Chadwick, Matthew A."]

187. "Fred Smith -- Moved to Beach St. - Fred Norton -- (Pet Grooming)"

188. "Masonic Hall"
[1907 Directory: "Masons - Martha's Vineyard Lodge. William J. Look, wor. master; Alvin H. Cleveland, senior warden; Abbott L. Baker, junior warden; Gilbert L. Smith, treasurer; Albert O. Fisher, secretary; Matthew A. Chadwick, tyler. Monthly meeting first Tuesday."]

189. "Barnacle Club -- 'Goody' Fisher Custodian - (Cronig's Main St. Market)"
[1907 Directory: "Barnacle Club. Walter H. Renear, president; E. R. Tilton, secretary."]

190. "Mrs. Carrie Smith - Moved to Franklin St. (Chester Garde)"
[1907 Directory: "Smith, Carrie D., widow of William M."]

191. "Walter Norton - Ice Cream - Roy Luce Candy - Now part of Cronig's Mkt."
[1907 Directory: "Norton, Walter, ice cream."]

192. "William H. Dewey - Hair Dresser - Lunch Room - Herb Stevens Lunch Room."
[1907 Directory: "Dewey, William H., hairdresser and lunch." Ad p. 112.]

193. "Alley Bros. Grocery -- (Cronig Brothers)"

(189, 191-193: "the Cronig Block. The former site of the Tashmoo Inn, it was moved by Henry Costello to North Main Street, just off of Tashmoo Avenue, and it burnt down, and I don't remember the year, but it was replaced by the Sandpiper Restaurant, which was built just about on the same site. At one time at Cronigs Block there was W. E. Godfrey Clothing. Then in the rear was a Mr. Sparrow. (Sparrow, like a bird.) A piano tuner. I recall seeing Mr. Sparrow on a bicycle. It was probably the first Smith motor wheel [?] on the Island. The wheel was fastened on the rear of the bicycle, right along side of the rear wheel. Old Mr. Sparrow was chugging along with his piano tools strapped onto the bicycle. Quite a sight! Also in that building was Dewey's Barber Shop. He was another colored barber. I went to school with his boy, Harold Dewey. I remember him well. The Barnacle Club was located there for awhile also. And Walter Norton had another ice cream parlor there. And Herbie Stephens opened a small short-order restaurant. Herbie was famous for his "Coot Stew." If you don't know what a "coot" is, it's a form of duck whose chief diet is fish, I believe. And unless they're cooked a certain way, why they're not very edible. And Herbie used to serve this "Coot Stew" and it was pretty good, I guess. He also had a sign stuck up over the front of the counter, said "Do not kid the coffee - you may be old and weak yourself one day." Quite a guy. George Carey also had an electric store there for a few years. Henry Cronig's office was there. Peakes & Lair's office was in the same office as Henry's, and on the end, towards the Bodfish House, was David Kolinsky's[?] clothing store.)

194. "William Bodfish Home - Polly Bodfish -- (Marion Hancock)"
"The home of William P. Bodfish. The house is still there, and looks very much like it always used to look, and run as a rooming house, I believe."
[1907 Directory: "Bodfish, William P., (Bodfish & Call), grocer, etc."]

195. "Western Union Telegraph Office"
"Next was the Western Union office. At one time it was a grocery store, Bodfish and Call."
[1907 Directory: "Bodfish & Call (Wm. P. Bodfish and Wilbert A. Call), grain, Water, and grocers, Main, and fish, Union wharf see advt. Oak Bluffs."]

196. "S. B. S. Bakery - (Hopkins and Joe Correllus Bakers)"
"The S. B. S. Bake Shop. I recall that very well. I used to drop in there once and awhile to sit in the back room. Old Joe Correllus used to work there. He'd hand out a fresh-made doughnut, cookies, those sort of things. Right out of the oven. They were good. I used to drop in there very often and chew the rag with the bakers. Then, Averill's Bake Shop was in there, and Humphrey's Bake Shop. Then Jimmy Morris remodelled the whole first floor and had his florist shop there. He had a hot house in the rear. Later it became Western Auto, and for a short while it was the bank, just for a few short months. Now it is a French restaurant, Patisserie. I don't now how to pronounce it, but I guess it's something like that."

197. "S. B. S. Barn -- Later Peakes + Lair Plumbing."

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