March 21 - 1939: Chatham Town Meeting opposes federal takeover of Monomoy

1957: First day of spring snowstorm knocks out utilities
Monomoy Island Lighthouse. Monomoy Cruises photo

1957: 45 mph winds lash Cape, power cut from canal to Hyannis, phones out

Cape Cod Hospital's auxiliary power system credited with saving three lives

On this day in 1957, most Cape Codders awoke to learn they were without electricity after a snowstorm coinciding with the arrival of spring snapped the 110,000-volt power line from the Cape Cod Canal to Hyannis in several places.

"Heavy, wet snow froze while 45-mile-an-hour winds lashed the area," according to a story in The Kansas City Times. "More than 4,500 telephones were out of order. Power, telephone and telegraph companies mobilized extra work crews to aid local crews already in action."

The auxiliary power system went on automatically at Cape Cod Hospital and was credited with saving three lives, two in oxygen tents and one on a respirator, the Associated Press reported.

1939: Chatham Town Meeting opposes federal acquisition of Monomoy

Claim takeover will hurt tourism

On this day, an article in the New York Times began:

"Establishment of a Federal bird sanctuary on Monomoy Point, at the "elbow" of Cape Cod... was indicated today in information... that the Federal Bureau of Biological Survey has taken options to lease and buy most of the land there..."

The photo above on left is of a Monomoy Cruise Excursion boat off the Monomoy Lighthouse. It demonstrates that the Chatham Selectmen's concern was ill-founded.

Photo of Monomoy on right courtesy of Christopher Seufert.

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