June 18 - 1936: Sixteen "polite little Indians"

2006: Circuit City coming to Hyannis
Mashpee has changed a great deal since 1936.

1936: My, how the times have changed in Mashpee

When we gave the Wampanoags gold instead of the other way around

On this day in 1936, the New York Times was running stories about our "polite little Indian children" receiving a few gold coins from their white Cape Cod neighbors at the Old Church (see photo).

The patronizing tone of the article describes perfectly the long-time way the original settlers here were treated by Europeans who thought they had "discovered" this continent which Native Americans had occupied for eons..

It is more than a little ironic that soon the tribe may be handing the latecomers gold as their casino winnings in Taunton. 

Here's how the story began back in "pre-casino" 1936:

16 Children Get Gold Pieces in
Cape Cod Ceremony Fulfilling Will.

MASHPEE, Mass., June 18. -- Sixteen polite little Indians received gold pieces this morning in the old Indian Church at Mashpee on Cape Cod, in recognition of their polished manners and kind actions...

Read the rest below.


2006: Permitting starts for Hyannis Circuit City store

Company declared bankruptcy before the huge box store was occupied

On this day in 2006, a story in the Barnstable Patriot reported that the former Star City Grill and current Rogers & Gray building would be razed to make room for a giant, new Circuit City box store. According to Still's article in that week's Patriot, it had been confirmed that Circuit City, an electronics chain has been "nosing" around Route 132 in Hyannis for a new store location. An application for this "knock-down/rebuild" project will be presented to the Cape Cod Commission shortly.

By the time the building was completed Circuit City had declared bankruptcy and the box store sat empty for several years. In August 2012, Harbor Freight Tools opened at the location, breathing some new life into that section of Route 132. 

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