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Caddy Shea waits for a customer | history Bass Rocks Golf Club ca.1910

Shea is perched on the rock. He told me it was worth the wait–eventually he made $40.

 I was happy to see the dramatic fog burn off to a spectacular Father’s Day. Bass Rocks Golf Club filled up by mid day. IMG_20170618_055704

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Bass Rocks Golf Club ca.1910

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photo caption: Bass Rocks Golf Club, ca. 1910 (note the date on the license plate), Library of Congress collection. Scroll down to see detail zooms  from the left and right sides of the photograph.

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My folks loved Bass Rocks  and Cape Ann Golf Clubs  two breathtaking linkslands. The Bass Rocks Golf Club was started in 1896, two years after the US Golf Association was formed. Yale and Princeton bought land and began organizing golf clubs in 1895. 

some background from the Bass Rocks Golf Club website:

The club was founded “by a group of Bass Rocks summer residents who rented the land in the area surrounded by Beach Road, Moorland Road, Souther Road, and Nautilus Road. This area is known as “The Meadows” and is currently used for our 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. The rental fee was based on the value of the hay crop that would normally have grown there.

The first six-hole course was laid out by Alex Findlay, a Scottish golfer who worked as a salesman for a sporting goods company. This job entailed the planning of golf courses to increase the sales of golf equipment.

The original course was known as the Intervale Links. Subsequently Madison Mott Cannon, Gloucester’s City Engineer, designed a new nine-hole course. At a dedication of the new nine-hole course in June of 1904, a flag was raised proclaiming it to be the Bass Rocks Golf Links. The membership was about 250. In 1905, with increasing membership and more golf and social functions, it became evident that a more structured organization was in order and the Bass Rocks Golf Club was incorporated for the “purpose of encouraging athletic exercises and the establishment and maintenance of places for social meetings.” A formal lease was entered into with the landowners, The Souther Estate*. In 1909 the clubhouse was built and the rent increased.

More land was leased from the Souther Estate and the course was increased to 18 holes in 1913. Designed by Herbert Corey Leeds, who also designed the original Essex County Club (since redone by Donald Ross and modified by E.F. Wogan), a new 18-hole course began to take shape at Bass Rocks. Leeds also designed and maintained the Myopia Hunt Club course until his death in 1930.”

ed. note *Here’s a picture of Henry J Souther (1810-1892) who was married to Gloucester gals Eliza Phipps Souther (1814-1863) and Mary Wheeler Souther (b.1832-d.1914). His father John Souther Sr, owned Souther Tide Mills and Souther Shipyards.  Henry rebuilt the mills after a devastating fire. Later in his career he opened a brewery. He also owned Bass Rocks Hotel (twice!) in Gloucester MA. Henry and Mary’s son Henry Souther (1865-1917) was an MIT grad specializing in mining and metallurgical subjects who spent his early professional career in PA and consulted for the automobile industry eventually founding his own firm. He married Edgar Jay Sherman’s daughter Elizabeth Louisa. Sherman’s point and Sherman’s home on bass rocks are famous Good Habor Beach motifs. 

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photo caption below: Scottish golfer Alexander “Alex” H. Findlay. Findlay designed hundreds of courses. Findlay’s younger brother, Fred, also designed golf courses in the US. 

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Richard B. Findlay and his older brother Ronald A. Findlay, grandsons of Alex Findlay, did tremendous research and writing for a website devoted to this “Father of American Golf.” Bass Rocks was among Findlay’s first if not his first course. Bass Rocks was founded in 1896 though the Findlay family site lists 1899 for the year he worked on it. There were more than 20 Findlay golf courses in Massachusetts, a veritable “Golf Coast”, including several close enough to seek out a Findlay golf trail: Andover, Salem, Reading, Stoneham, Belmont, Haverhill, Weston, Wellesley, and West Newton.

I love this design excerpt from their blog:

The process of finding and authenticating golf courses designed by Alex is an ongoing thing. According to Alex’s list there may well be close to 500. About 200 so far have been found. Interestingly, throughout the ages new golf course architects take an older course and do some tinkering or even a major renovation on that course and it then becomes their design. A good example of that is with the renowned golf course architect, Donald Ross. He moved to the United States in late 1899, but many courses are attributed to him that have a stamp of origin earlier then 1899. Actually over 600 courses are acclaimed as a Donald Ross creation. In many cases he never set foot on the property but merely drew up a layout from his distant office. So it goes with the business of golf course architecture. Alex Findlay visited every single course that he designed, walking off each yard of the layout and in many cases actually was involved in the construction process with his youngest son, Norman, who developed a construction business for the purpose of constructing golf courses. As I visit Alex’s golf courses I learn so many valuable tidbits that I think you will find fascinating.

For instance, when he was building golf courses in the Northeast he would always face the green to the south in order to get at least 6 more weeks of play in the late fall into early winter, before the greens would take a hard freeze. Did you know that not one of his greens are alike. No two fingerprints are alike, no two snowflakes are alike and no two clouds are alike. You see, every green he designed he did so by laying down on his back and looking up at the clouds. He would then sketch the clouds on his design sheets, and presto every green is a unique masterpiece. Clouds of Green!”

 And this interview with Richard Findlay from Golf Club Atlas, 2012:

“In the early 1900’s the Prince of Wales, a childhood friend of Alex Findlay and soon to be King of England, wrote a letter to Alex. He did not have his address so he just simply put my grandfather’s name on the envelope and mailed it. In a short while the letter was delivered to Alex’s home in Boston, MA. This will give you an idea of how well known Alexander Hamburg Findlay was during his life in the United States as well as Scotland and England. Imagine putting the name Tiger Woods on an envelope and dropping it in the mail. Would it be delivered? Would people recognize the name? Of course they would…Move the clock back 100 years and who do you have? Alex Findlay, one of the most written about athletes in the world at that time…

What have you gleaned from studying your grandfather’s golf courses?

“Alex protected par.”

Art of fatherhood: Gloucester artists and writers

A small selection of images and words about and by fathers, with Gloucester ties. What would you add? Happy Father’s Day!

Edward Hopper portrait of artist's father

Edward Hopper, portrait of artist’s father, Whitney Museum

 

Air

They took my father’s father from the mines

and laid him, broken, on the kitchen table,

the wake singers lifting their lines

above the water heater he had often mended.

 

My father always dreamed of him alive,

able to whittle an oak peg for every split thing.

all my father lost at the age of nine

enclosed his life, his air.

 

In my flood dream, I carry my father

piggyback–easier than a kid’s coffin–

to safety from the Susquehanna River

as light as a dollhouse, now, or violin.

Joseph Featherstone, from his book of poems, Brace’s Cove

 

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Gordon Parks, “Gloucester, Massachusetts. Anthony Parisi, an Italian fisherman’s son.” Library of Congress, FSA collection

 

Caitlin

To be seven when a brother dies–

to have shared a room.

Her silence frightened us.

 

One night she rose from the table

and climbed to the top of the stairs.

We heard the small voice

 

singing each of the songs

from the funeral service.

The next morning in school

 

she announced to her class,

“I am ready for questions now.”

by Joseph Featherstone, from Brace’s Cove

 

Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father's home, part of the tri-annual fiesta of Pentacost. The celebration--including the chosing of an Imperator, and

Gordon Parks, “Gloucester, MA. Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father’s home…” Library of Congress

full title for the Gordon Parks photograph above: “Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father’s home, part of the tri-annual fiesta of Pentacost. The celebration–including the chosing of an Imperator, and visiting, eating, drinking, and worship in the home, culminates in a parade and blessing by the priest–originated with ancient Portugeese fisherman, drought-stricken, who prayed for assistance and received it.”

 

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John Hays Hammond with daughter, Natalie Hays Hammond. collection Library of Congress

Captain’s Courageous was published in 1897. “During the winter of 1897-98 I made another trip to South Africa, and on the same boat with me were Rudyard Kipling (Rudyard was named after a place where his father and mother first met), his wife, and his father, Lockwood Kipling, the artist. They proved excellent traveling companions and we have maintained our friendly contact ever sense.” – John Hays Hammond 

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John Lockwood Kipling and Rudyard Kipling

The Kiplings collaborated: the artist John Lockwood Kipling illustrated many of his sons’ books.

John Lockwood Kipling Jungle Book

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John Lockwood Kipling White Seal

John Lockwood Kipling, The White Seal

 

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Cecilia Beaux, portrait sketch of William Foster Biddle, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Art, gift of Sandwith Drinker  (Biddle like a father to Cecilia)

 

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William Morris Hunt, Prodigal Son, Brattleboro Library

Hunt purchased a former barn and adjoining carpenter’s shop in Magnolia. “…in three weeks the old, unsightly buildings were converted into a picturesque structure with galleries on the outside, one of them ending in a seat in an old willow-tree. The carpenter shop was turned into a studio, the chief light coming from the wide-open door…The barn was two stories in height, the lower portion being occupied by the van, a phaeton and a dog-cart, as well as by stalls for two or three horses. The upper room was known as the “barracks”, and half a dozen cot-beds were arranged around the sides, as seats by day and beds by night…In a single afternoon his celebrated Gloucester Harbor was painted, and he returned to Magnolia aglow with enthusiasm. “I believe,” he exclaimed, “that I have painted a picture with light in it!…Go out into the sunshine, and try to get some of its color and light. Then come back here, and see how black we are all painting!”

William Morris Hunt Gloucester Harbor MFA 1877

William Morris Hunt, Gloucester Harbor, 1877, MFA Boston

 

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John Singer Sargent portrait of the artist’s father, Sargent House Museum

 

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Family portrait: Isabel Manship, Sara Janet, Elizabeth, Pauline, John Paul, Paul Manship

 

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Lee Kingman, Peter’s Pony, 1963, with illustrations by Fen Lasell

 

Leon Doucette

Leon Doucette, portrait of the artist’s father

 

Milton Avery March drypoint 1933

Milton Avery 1933 drypoint (March, his daughter)

 

Winslow Homer captures the waiting and watching experienced by so many families in Gloucester. Homer’s father, Charles Savage Homer, left for extended start-ups: to California for gold, to Europe.  Winslow Homer’s mother was a professional and gifted artist who raised three stellar boys solo, a lot. The Homer family remained tight knit.

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Winslow Homer, Dad’s Coming, 1873,  National Gallery of Art

 

Friday Nights at the A&P

By Ruthanne “Rufus”  Collinson

When I was a kid

there were Friday nights to get lost in.

There was Mama

to take me shopping,

the smell of outdoors on her wool coat.

There was the A&P on Main Street,

the long spread out time

to wander the rolling floors

and smell the oranges and the coffee grinding.

There was no talking with Mama and me

She chose the food and I thought,

the long time of thinking away from Mama

in the A&P.

I watched the women

with heavy faces and deep frowns

weighing out their fruits

I thought about how bad they looked,

but I knew they didn’t want to die

because of the way they cared

about stacking the apples.

Sometimes I lost Mama and her sadness

but she would find me and take me

to the check out

where I picked up Daddy’s Pall Malls

and then stayed close to her wide sleeve

as we carried our lumpy brown bags

past Paul T. Reddy’s Dancing School.

I heard people dancing upstairs

Shadows in the window suggested music

and the end of time laid out like that.

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A $25 Gift Pack For Dad From Dinner Dealer- No-Brainer

Back by popular demand, Dinner Dealer designs a rockin’ Gift Pack just for Dad. It’s the perfect gift for the Dad that loves to eat out locally, drink quality coffee, chow down on some steamed hot dogs, drench food with hot sauce, decorate his desk with cool photography and bathe himself with manly (sexy) soap.

Yep! Dad will get all of the above in his wicked cool DAD PACK.

Only available online at https://www.dinnerdealer.com/dad

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Here’s the 411 on what’s inside — all local North Shore businesses!

  1. Dinner Dealer
    Deck of Cards (duh!)
  2. Glosta Joe’s
    Package of Locally Roasted Coffee (Perfect Storm Blend)
  3. Social Palates
    Signed Photograph Print
  4. Gifts 4 Soul
    Sexy Dragon Natural Goat’s Milk Soap (women love it)
  5. Foreign Affairs Market
    Bourbon Maple Roasted Nuts (Manly Nuts)
  6. Little Depot Diner
    Buy 1 Get 1 Hot Dog + Bottle of Hot Sauce

p.s. There’s a limited supply, so giddy up and order your DAD PACKS now. Heck, even order some for your kids’ favorite teachers or soccer coach! Each pack only costs $25 + shipping — no lie.

Only available online at https://www.dinnerdealer.com/dad

If You’re Stuck Without a Father’s Day Present We Will Be Down The Dock Father’s Day

There’s not much worse feeling than waking up and realizing you are that horrible son or daughter that forgot to get your dad a present.

If you are THAT person, fear not.  We will be open at the dock to bail your ass out.

Give us a call at (978) 283-1454 and order your dad the easiest most no-brainer gift ever and watch him smile when you deliver them.  We open at 5AM 7 days a week but it’s best to call ahead so we can put exactly what you need aside for you.

I can tell you personally that lobsters as a gift have a huge impact which people do not forget.  There isn’t anything where you make as much impact for as little money as lobster.

Bottom line.

We will be open Father’s Day, best to call ahead and put in your order and we will put exactly what you want aside for your morning pick-up.

Here’s the Captain Joe and Sons Website

Cape Pond Ice’s 2011 Annual Father’s Day Contest

Cape Pond Ice’s 2011 Annual Father’s Day Contest

"Cool" Dads Make a Difference!

June 19, 2011

Maybe he is someone who spends time with you and listerns to your ideas and problems.

Maybe he always has an encouraging word.

Maybe he always goes above and beyond in his special way.

If he does, then NOMINATE your "Cool Dad!"

Lindsey & Neil Mathews 2009 Winner!

Submit an essay, including a picture of your "Coolest Dad," along with your name, address, and day and evening phone numbers — and don’t forget to tell us the name of your "Coolest Dad."

The Lucky Winner will receive……………

"The Cape Pond Ice Coolest Guys Around Collection!"

Long and short sleeve tee shirts, a hooded sweatshirt, a "cool" baseball hat and a few other "cool" surprises!

Send us your entries!

All essays must be submitted to us by June 10, 2011 to qualify.  The winner will be announced the week of June 13, 2011.

You can e-mail your essay to office@capepondice.com, mail it or drop it by:

104 Commercial St – Gloucester, MA 01930

All entries will receive a Cape Pond Ice Gift Certificate!

Thanks to the Good Morning Gloucester blog for another great shot of Cape Pond Ice!

Father’s Day- June 20th- the Day After The First Block Party

Why do I have a picture of these panties on the pages of GMG other than the fact it is an easy way to legitimize posting pictures of skimpy panties you ask?

Well because Father’s day happens to fall on the very next day AFTER this Saturday’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party.  So if you are like me and are horrible at buying gifts because you always wait til the last minute you will have the absolute best opportunity to do that last minute Father’s Day shopping while getting your eat and drink on at the Block Party.  The stores will be open Saturday night and many will be having special sales for the Block Party.  Talk about great timing!  You can support the great retailers downtown, party down, meet up with old friends and get your Father’s Day shopping done all at once.  If I count that right that’s a four winner WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN

These filthy little numbers are available at Nancy Hendrickson’s Seasons On Main.  They are tied up in with a little bow and are small enough so they won’t bog down your partying and what father wouldn’t want his Significant Other to rock a pair of these? Best of all Nancy is having a sale-

Block Party Sale At Seasons On Main all Day Saturday June 19th-

The More You Buy, The More You SAVE SALE

at Seasons on Main

For all Regular Price Clothing

20% off 1 Item

25% off 2 Items

30% off 3 Items

40% off 4 or more !!

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DSC07387Seasons On Main is Located at 130 Main Street In the Heart Of Beautiful Downtown Gloucester

Life Is Good At Harbor Goods

Life is Good at Harbor Goods

Father’s Day – June 20th

Harbor Goods is loaded with great ideas for Dad. Whether he is a golfer, fisherman, beach guy, sports fanatic, loves the outdoors or just enjoys watching life pass him by on his Adirondack chair, we have the perfect gift for any Dad.

Stop by to check out this season’s assortment of tees, shorts, polos, workout gear, hats, beach bags, towels, toys, mugs and golf accessories. There are even special limited edition Father’s Day items to add to Dad’s collection. Our friendly team can help you with ideas and will happily wrap your gifts.

Harbor Goods, 33 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 978-282-1550
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10-6, Friday and Saturday 10-8.