Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nancy Latham talks about...


During the summer of 1943 my parents rented what is now the Dunseith's house. Since this was during the war I can remember we had to have black-out shades on all the windows and someone would be by every evening to be sure we had the shades closed. Around sun set we would walk up to Broadway and meet the men guarding the beach (I assume they must have been the Coast Guard). We would take them cookies each time and before they left they made sure everyone was on their way home. It was well known that if they saw anyone on the beach after dark that they would shoot first and ask questions later.

The Lathams, 1971

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Note to Ms. Lathamn: thanks for the recollection and feel free to send us more.
As for Wars' impact on the summer on the island, we have stories going back to the Civil War. See:

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