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, THE
STORY OF GLOUCESTER
MASSACHUSETTS '



\>\:R\\ WIATLY SETTLED 1623



\\ ADDRESS PREPARED \\\

FREDERICK W. TIBBETS /

WD GIVEN 1 BEFORE

THE CONVENTION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS

STATE FIREMEN'S ASSOC] \TIO\

AT CITY MALI, GLOUCESTER

THURSDAY AFTER NOON. ''SEPTEMBER 21, 1916











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Fishermen's Field, now Stagi Fori Park

I appreciate very much the invitation which has
heen extende< I in me hy your directors that I should
prepare and deliver h paper al your annual convention
al Gloucester, and of whose history covering three
centuries of existence you have so kindly asked me to
speak t" you. It is in response to thai invitation thai I
;iin with you today, to i » ■ 1 1 you the story of the hrave
and courageous men who early in the seventeenth century
huilded so well i lit- place t hey settled, and of those other
men and women who have never in .-ill the years since
then losl Faith nor douhted thai here upon the rugged
headlands of old Cape Ann ;ii length there would he
found the City Prosperous and the City Beautiful. I
cannol in the hrief time al my dispi isal attempl to cover
in ;i few words the many things of absorbing interesl
al)out Gloucester and her hist* »ry. I am, therefore, asking
thai you will listen as 1 tell to you some things thai have
seemed to me the mosl important ahoul ilii- ()(> visited
these shores ;in-y Prince < 'harles in honor
of his mother, Anne of Denmark. All these thing
would liki- t< i i«'ll y< >u, did time permil .

Foundation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
at Stage Fort Park.

On Stage Fori Park in I '. '< » 7 . citizens of Gloucester
dedicated ;i tablel of bronze sel in the primeval boulder
ami the inscripl i< m reads




\i unpnio of Fishermen and Farmers from |)orchcster,
gland, under the direction of Rev. John \\ hite

founded

TMK M VSS \( III SKTTS BAY I I >LONY

From that time, tin- Fisheries, the oldesl industry in

the Commonwealth have heen uninterruptedly

pursued from i his Port .

Here in H>25 Governor Roger Conant h> wise diplomae^

averted hloodshed hetween contending factions,

one led hj M • - : Plymouth,

the "i her l»> < 'a pi 1 1

\ \ -■ ilili- Kxemplificnl i f A rhil ral ion in the

th< Sev World.









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winter and -n m hut
months, this industry
has I. ••en pursued, now
with good luck, now
with poor, in n inn \ ;i
year bringing sorrow
and suffering to many
Ik unes by reasi >n of dis-
aster «'ii the deep, Inn
always pushing i mwan I
and upward and wring-
ing fr< mi i ml the brim
sea weall li and progress.
And \ el again, this
tahlel tells a yel strong-
er fael t lint here on old
( !ape Ann the greal
prineiple i if A rhil ral ion
was h'rsl sel forth and
what mighl have ended in hloodslied was wisely averted
by the diplomacy ami tad of Roger Conant, Krsl of the
long line of Governors who have honored this grand old
Commonwealth. By wise diplomacy did I say, yes and
by thai diplomacy teaching the lesson of the Golden
Kule to settle disputes between man and man and
hel ween nal i< ms and mil i< ms,

Settlement at Cape Ann Was Never Abandoned.

I ask you to keep in mind these things as I hasten
mi t show and prove tf its incorporation we find a ship to have heen huilt, n
military company organized, a meeting house erected,
the -•■cmimI since the settlemenl in h >■_'•"». ami hoth
located as were the several thai were to follow near whal
is no\> known as Meeting House (ireen up in town, a
hurial place laid out, the presenl ancienl hurying ground



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to tin-

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l|M houses and of the
customs of those other days and then to refer even briefly
to the then prominent families, many of them not now
represented in the city. All these 1 things would prove
fascinating reading. I would like to tell yon of the m|v the in-i
repntahle of the citizens of those days whose word was
as good as their hond. Ten years later the firsl newspaper
was published in the town, The Gloucester Telegraph,
and then came the < rloucester Lyceum, whose effort** to
disseminate knowledge by the leetnre eonrse led Knally
in the pnhlie lihrary so richly endowed in the latter pari
of the pasl century by thai prince of native horn
henefaeti >rs, Samuel K. Sa\v> er.

Town Showed Patriotism by Many Enlistments
in all National Wars.

The wars of 1 SI 2 and IH4o found Gloucester ready
to do and suffer to the limit •>! her resources, while the
terrible battle for supremacy in IH(>1 IK(>.*i between the
North and the South resulted in a victors For n Govern-
ment of and for and by ili«' people with Freedom
written strong all over the Constitution, ;in0,o(M), or one-third of the
\< »tal appr< >pria1 i< m f< >r i he eurrenl e xpei I he

mini her of scholars enrolled in 1915 was 1H10, and the
iiiiiiilitT • if teachers I l-">.

Some Notable Sons Who Achieved Success
Elsewhere.

( rloucester has had men of literary meril in the pasl

among these Samuel Oilman, Unitarian preacher, author

of "Fair Harvard"; Kpea Sargent, writer and editor

who wrote that stirring ballad, "A Life on the Ocean

Wave", Edwin I* Whipple noted essayist, William

Winter, delightful writer and greatesl of living dramatic

critics. Among the nun and women of the presenl

generation there are many who will write their names

well to the top upon the scroll of fame for achievement

in literature or science. Her record in the Army is

mosl creditable, her firsl Wes1 Poinl graduate, Colonel

John 1 1. < !alef, fired the firsl gun a1 < rettysburg, the

deciding battle in the War of the Keludlion, whiU? in

recent years she has

kepi al the Military

Academy si \ men in

successii mi ( ;i reci in I

withoul a parallel)

who are giving and

will give good ac-

counl of themselves

in the service i if I heir

cou nl i\ . while in the

\ .i\ y she has senl

many of her -■ ins win i

;i- oflicers or men

have never failed in

the final tesl of all, to

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til 1 1 1 ; 1 1 ha-

■ have

th. in

moral
>minmiit\ while supplementing their work

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Unprecedented Growth i f the Fishing Industry.

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Mm (hiring all
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with

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the






avis
Co., the David II. l^ane Co., Is bul to mention some o1
the largesl fishing concerns ol (Gloucester known every-
where t h rough t lie day, the Russia ' lemenl < !ompan # > . is
doing lag husiness in n v instantly enlarging plant near


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