An immigrant boy makes Gloucester his home again

immigrant boy March 23rd 1954, this immigrant boy arrived in Gloucester, and made it his home.  

Fourteen years later he crossed the bridge and created a new life.  Forty Years later he returned to make Gloucester his home again.   His parents made many sacrifices to allow him that choice, just like many parents in Gloucester’s history did for their children.  

On this anniversary of our arrival, thank you Mom and Dad (Anibal and Adelina Simoes)

This story has been repeated many times, and I would love to hear more in the comments.


  • Great evocative photo, Manny. Your post is a beautiful tribute to your family’s story and and those so many others.


  • Hey Manny! I remember that little boy and his older brother when they first came to Gloucester and the Mt. Vernon School. Now that goes back a ways! Joe was in my class and you were in the class behind me. I remember many young immigrants who came to Gloucester then. The children who had come before them would help the newbies to understand English and what the teacher was saying. It was kind of a sink or swim proposition when it came to English. You, me and all the “Hill” kids have been friends forever–even when some of us went over the bridge to find our fortunes. PS – You sure were a cute little guy! You friend – Joyce


  • did you know any Goularts?captain of ss Mary P Antoine? that is my family that imigrated to gloucester from portugal


    • The Goularts I knew lived on Taylor Street, not sure if they were releated to your family.


      • I found out it was called the Mary P. Goulart. Built in 1911 by my g.g.great grandfather Antoine Goulart married to Mary P. He died in 1938.My g.great grandfather took over after his brother Lawerence died and his name was jerome goulart married to Josephine Seaver.They had a Daughter, Margaret Goulart who is my Grandmother. Jerome Goulart died in Rockport in 1966


        • Antoine and Mary are my Great Grandparents, their son Walter Goulart was my grandfather – he had a brothers; Anthony (Sam), John, Jerome, sisters; Madeline (Mackey) and Mary (Silva). Wow!


        • Hello, I just found this post..very interesting…My grandfather was William P Goulart and his brothers were, Anthony, Walter, John, Jerome , Peter (I think) , sisters Madeline and Mary….I think we are talking about the same family…My father is William P Goulart Jr and his brother was Jerome Goulart and sister is Virginia Goulart Grimes
          I have been interested in looking up the family tree and even planning to visit the Azores..
          Any info you may have would be great if you could share.
          Thank you
          Denise Goulart Pascucci


        • Hey, My grandmother was Josephine Sherman, married to Jerome. My mother’s maiden name was Margaret Doris Goulart, and until my sophomore year In High School, upon adoption by my step-father mine was Terry(Terrance L Goulart) We lived in Stoughton , MA. I have a painting of the Mary P Goulart on my livingroom wall. I currently live in NYC.


  • Denise ( Goulart ) Pascucci

    Wow, this is my grandfathers (William P Goulart )family, been trying to get more information.


  • Denise Goulart Pascucci

    I am pretty sure that is my family, would love to know of family ( Goularts )


  • I knew Doris Gusciora


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