Rockport 1905 From Jim Clyde
Good Morning Joey!
I don’t know if this would be of any interest to your readers???
Normally I send you shots of me kilted up in Scotland but here’s a different
one…. I would love to know where this shot was taken on the beach in
Rockport around 1905 (I think it’s Front Beach?). The lady is my
great-grandmother, Ida Marion (Grimes) Burkhard. The three kids (l to r),
are my grandfather, Marion Grimes Burkhard, Stanley Burkhard and Russell
Vietor Burkhard. Ida’s parents were Marion Grimes and Lucy Foster Pool,
both of Rockport. (Ida was a descendant of both John Pool and Richard
Tarr). Some old-timers might remember Stan Burkhard… he had demolished my
great-grandmother’s summer cottage on Thurston & North Streets on Bearskin
Neck around 1990 and built a new home on the same spot (at the tender age of
93!), and lived there until he died (there), at the age of 101! Most people
at 93 don’t even buy green bananas.
There is another connection to Cape Ann/Gloucester with this photo… Marion
Grimes (Ida’s father), owned shares in at least three schooners out of
Gloucester in the herring fisheries and owned shares in a schooner built in
Essex called the “Marion Grimes”. His two brothers, Alden Bradford Grimes
and Manley Grimes were both schooner “masters”. Manley was lost with all
hands in 1869 on the “John W. Lowe” out of Gloucester in a blizzard off
Newfoundland. His name is on the cenotaph on Gloucester harbor….Manley’s
grandson, Cal Grimes, was a police officer in Essex for many years.