Grace Colley, the woman who lived on Duck Island

The Jessie Donahue Collection in the Vaughn Cottage archives closet has some real gems hidden in its boxes and folders.  One of those gems is Grace Colley.  Click on any of the images or pages to make them larger.

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2 thoughts on “Grace Colley, the woman who lived on Duck Island

  1. As I wrote in the ISHRA newsletter: “J. Dennis Robinson’s new book, ‘Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology & Discovery on Smuttynose,’ described the Mid-Ocean House of Entertainment and cited an 1845 article about Thomas Laighton’s plans to build a larger hotel, with Laighton calling the Shoals “the ideal sanatorium site for invalids who would profit from the peaceful island pace and its fresh healthful salt air.“ Similarly, Robinson cited an 1855 article in which Laighton “claimed to have cured five out of six consumptives who stayed at their hotel.”

    Thus Grace Cooley’s description of the Mid-Ocean House of Entertainment as a sanitarium is of particular interest: “My husband’s father ran the Mid-Ocean House for 12 years. There were trained nurses and a doctor came out from Portland. Sick folks were kept quiet and they got well. The house held 25 to stay and they put up tents. . . . Ma had 8 or 10 tents.”

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