Remembering Dorchester, Nov. 21, 2018

Kimberly Parry Machado Nunes posted this photo of Wesley Church on  South Dorchester Memories facebook. Amanda Henry replied: “Grew up attending this church & was married here in 1969.” Sherry Bradley: “Same here attending this church every Sunday being a Sunday school teacher and being married there in 1973.” Tami Koletsky: “My mommoms church ... my parents were married there ... and I remember my mommom raising money and buying new flags and table clothes in the 80s and my father sanding and refinishing the floors ... my mom had us kids put on a Christmas play there one year.”

Kimberly Parry Machado Nunes posted this photo of Wesley Church on
South Dorchester Memories facebook. Amanda Henry replied: “Grew up attending this church & was married here in 1969.” Sherry Bradley: “Same here attending this church every Sunday being a Sunday school teacher and being married there in 1973.” Tami Koletsky: “My mommoms church … my parents were married there … and I remember my mommom raising money and buying new flags and table clothes in the 80s and my father sanding and refinishing the floors … my mom had us kids put on a Christmas play there one year.”

From the pages of the Banner

25 years ago

After two years of construction, the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester was launched in Cambridge Creek on Friday afternoon. The Nathan is destined to be a working model of a Chesapeake Bay dredgeboat and a living classroom for students.

Harold Ruark, designer of the Nathan, said he took a great deal of pride in the skipjack project. “People said we could never do it, but I think that once the building project is over and Nathan is out there sailing, it will create a lot more interest. I believe it will be a tremendous starting point for other projects.”

“We started this project on June 6, 1992 and it has been going steady ever since,” said Whip Abbe of the Dorchester Skipjack Committee. “We owe Harold and Robert Ruark, designer and boatwright of the Nathan, a great deal for all they have done for us.”

Robert Ruark boatwright for the skipjack project, said of his crew, “The carpenters were all volunteers and I feel great about today. I had my doubts at first, but they [the doubts] didn’t last very long. The job went better than it would have with experienced carpenters.”

Volunteer boatbuilders included Gil Yost, Whip Abbe, Robert Ruark, Ed Cannon, Melvin Hickman, Granville Hales, Vernon Hughes, Joe Tidings, Andy Claussen, Jerry Horney, Harold Ruark and Dan Carlin.

75 years ago

High Street was the scene of another gala sendoff for eight members of the Armed Forces.

Included in the group this morning was Professor C.L. Kiah of the F.D. St. Clair High School, who was inducted. There were members of the faculty, and a number of the school children who were students of Prof. Kiah, at the bus this morning to see him off.

The F.D. St. Clair Band played a number of selections, and cigarettes and candy were given to each man leaving by Rev. T.C. Mulligan and Howard E. Edmunds Jr. of St. Paul’s Church, and Granville Hales, of the Rescue Fire Company.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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