This Week in Marblehead History: 1957

Here is a look at what was going on in Marblehead on this week in 1957.

Every Tuesday, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at to find out what was happening this week in local history.

In 1957:

  • Meet Ted Williams: Residents were invited to meet Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams at the grand opening of Candlepin Lanes on Thursday Oct. 31. The new bowling center will open 24 modern bowling lanes on 18 Broadway (off Canal Street) in Salem.
  • Learn about Southwest and Ranch Life: The will conduct a film program for elementary school children on Saturday morning, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., in the library auditorium. The great Southwest and ranch life will be featured in a film entitled "And Now Miguel." All elementary school children are invited to attend.
  • Selectmen Consider Wires: The Selectmen will hold a hearing at Wednesday Nov. 6 at 7:45 p.m. on the petition of the Marblehead for permission to run wires across the following ways at the locations where the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks cross the public ways. Maverick Street, Smith Street, Rockaway Avenue, Pleasant Street and Clifton Avenue. All persons interested are invited to attend.
  • Marblehead Skippers Shine: The semi-annual award night dance featuring the Jive Five Orchestra was held Oct. 26, at the Medford Boat Club, racing head-quarters for the Schools Sailing Club. Two major trophies were won by Marblehead skippers; Rosemary Simpson of Wallace Road, senior at , won the Edith Dixey silver bowl for the most improved first-year sailor. She also won the Dam cup as top rank beginning skipper and the Fish Bowl, while racing in an interscholastic meet for MHS. Young Tom Bernard, of Marblehead Neck, won the Masco silver bowl for top rank skipper out of 25 others of elementary school age.
  • Letter to the Editor: Through your paper, I hope to reach my anonymous correspondent, who recently sent me the following message postmarked Marblehead, Oct. 19, 1957, 6 p.m.: "What happens when it goes around on a rock and gets a hole? Remember the Titanic."  My correspondent is obviously referring to the recent demonstration of the unsinkable feature of my new boat, the Graves Explorer. E. Selman Graves.
  • Feel like a Caribbean Cruise?: Salem's Kimball Travel Center, which boasted over 50 years in the travel field, had an advertisement for "South America Caribbean Cruises." A 13-day cruise leaving for New Amsterdam would have cost $350.
  • Smoked Shoulders Sale: Marblehead Super Market, located at 110 Washington St., was "where quality and thrifty shoppers meet!" Smoked shoulders were selling for 29 cents a pound.
  • The Warwick Theatre Marquee: The Warwick Theatre was showing "Man of a Thousand Faces," starring James Cagney and Dorothy Malone, with the added featurette special, "Queen Elizabeth II." 
  • Local Residents Set Sail for Hawaii: Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Ross, of 6 Thompson Road, sailed Monday aboard the Matson Lines' luxury liner "Lurline" for Hawaii from San Fransisco, Calif.
  • Saugus Hands MHS Football First Loss: The Marblehead Magicians were tipped out of the undefeated column by a rugged Saugus eleven Saturday by a score of 27-0 before a crowd of 5,000 fans assembled at Stackpole Field in Saugus. The closest Marblehead came to scoring was in the fourth period, when a succession of plays, culminated by a pass from Jackie Robarts to Ed Carey, brought the ball down to the Saugus 10.

Do you know anything about Marblehead in 1957? Do you recognize a name or the name of a former location in town? Let us know in the comments section.


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