June 22 - 1912: When tourism was a much simpler matter

1912: "Old Home Week' celebrated in Harwich; 2007. Feds arrest 18 Nantucket migrant workers
A 1948 postcard of the Belmont in Harwich on Nantucket Sound. It was built in 1894 on a 22 acre site between the Herring River and the Dennis town line. The land had been owned by Caleb Chase of the Chase Coffee Co. The lobby had Cape Cod's first stock m

1912: When tourism was a much simpler matter

Cottages and hotels filling up - Harwich Old-Home Week

On this day in 1912 the newspapers carried a story about how Harwich was preparing to attract and greet that summer's visitors.

The wire story below reveals the plans for that year's festivities and describes the Pleasant Lake area of Harwich as most popular with a resort and five "lakes" (we call them ponds) with plentiful perch, black bass and pickerel fishing.

The Harwich Independent, a long-gone local weekly, also reported the Old Home Week activities in 1906 stating that Chester Snow, Esq. the enthusiastic president of Harwich Old Home Week Association, and Mr. Chas. H. Hammond, the energetic secretary as well as all the important committees are jointly working industriously for the success of Old Home Week in Harwich. Good speakers, including General Miles of National reputation and others are being booked for Harwich during the summer season.

The newspaper also boasted that the Bridgewater Brass Band of 20 pieces will give plenty of music and of the best quality for both days.

6-22-8-harwich-old-home-wee_491The Band Concerts, the magnificent display of fireworks in West Harwich, the ball games, the grand ball in the Exchange, are events already arranged for the entertainment of visitors and home people. Old Home Week 1906 will be like its predecessors - a big and never-to-be forgotten carnival.

Baseball games will be played between Harwich High School team and a picked nine of the town at Brooks Park on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. A silver trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

The Brooks Free Library has issued a supplementary catalog of books for the occasion.

2007: Immigration raid targets Nantucket workers

Eighteen people arrested

This week in 2007 federal agents arrested 18 people during an immigration raid targeting convicted criminals on Wednesday at the start of the summer tourism season that depends on immigrants who work in the island's hotels and restaurants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the round up targeted criminals whose convictions make them ineligible to remain in the United States. The agents set up a processing center in the garage of the South Water Street police station, where the detainees were brought before being taken to a waiting Coast Guard buoy tender at Straight Wharf for transport to the mainland around 8 a.m.

By 7 a.m., agents had raided homes on Mary Ann Drive, Surfside Road, Celtic Drive, Somerset Road and Essex Road.

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