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Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA - Narrow Gauge Railway Station, Winthrop Beach, Mass.

Winthrop, Suffolk, MA

Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the country. It was named for John Winthrop; a governor of Massachusetts and John’s son Deane Winthrop’s home, built in 1637 is now an historic site and museum.

Winthrop includes: Thornton, Battery Station, Belle Isle, Highlands Station, Ingalls Station, Ocean Spray Station, Playstead, Pleasant Street Station, and Point Shirley. mass_lookup.htm

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Winthrop Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Narrow Gauge Railway Station, Winthrop Beach, Mass.
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

Narrow Gauge Railway Station, Winthrop Beach, Mass.
Fort Banks, Winthrop, Mass.
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

Fort Banks, Winthrop, Mass.
Bathers on the Beach, Winthrop, Mass.
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

Bathers on the Beach, Winthrop, Mass.
St. John the Divine Church and Rectory, Winthrop, Mass.
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

St. John the Divine Church and Rectory, Winthrop, Mass.

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Winthrop Massachusetts, 1890
Winthrop consists of an irregular peninsula forming the northeastern boundary of Boston Harbor, five miles from Boston; being the easterly extremity of Suffolk County. The Boston, Winthrop and Shore Railroad makes a circuit of the town, and connects with places outside by means of the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad at Winthrop Junction. The nine stations of the former road are one-half mile apart and furnish excellent accommodations for all sections of the town. At Winthrop Junction connection is also made through East Boston with Boston's system of street railroads.

The post-office is Winthrop, which is the central and chief village. Other sections are Winthrop Highlands, overlooking the sea and rapidly becoming occupied; Ocean Spray, the lengthwise cluster of family hotels and cottages facing the ocean; Winthrop Beach, a part of which, Great Head, is a bold promontory with fine residences and well-appointed club houses; Point Shirley, the site of Taft's famous hotel of... Read MORE...

1895 - Winthrop
Winthrop, a post-village in Winthrop township, Suffolk co., Mass., on Boston Harbor, and on the Boston, Winthrop & Point Shirley Railroad, 5 miles N.E. of Boston. The township is a peninsula in Massachusetts Bay. Pop. 2726. Winthrop Post-Office is a branch of the Boston post office.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott

Boston, Oct. 15. - Three men of the Eighty-ninth Regular Coast Artillery were killed and eight injured by the explosion of a mortar battery at Fort Banks, Winthrop, today. It is feared that three of the injured may die.

Those killed were:
Private HIGGINS.
Private KELLEY.

The injured include:
Sergt. FOLEY and seven Privates.

The accident occurred while the artillerymen were engaged in target practice.

The artillerymen were having the customary morning practice in the mortar battery which overlooks the entrance to Boston Harbor. One shot had been fired and the gun was being reloaded for a second trial. As the breechblock was being closed there came a premature explosion in the powder chamber of the mortar. The breech was blown from the gun and every man of its crew became a victim of the accident.

All the killed and injured were...

Winthrop, a residential township (town) of Suffolk co., Mass., on Boston Harbor and on the Boston, Revere Bench and Lynn It., 5 miles NE. of Boston. The town is a peninsula in Massachusetts Bay. Pop. in 1900, 6058. Winthrop post-office is a branch of the Boston post-office.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Boston, Jan. 28. - The Pauline street grammar school at Winthrop was destroyed by fire and three firemen were injured by falling timbers. The loss is about $40,000. The firemen were considerably hampered by frozen hydrants and it was some minutes after the department arrived before any water could be obtained. The school accommodated 480 pupils.
The Fitchburg Sentinel
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
January 28, 1907
January 24, 1935 - Snowstorms hit the northeastern U.S. and the Pacific Northwest producing record 24 hour snowfall totals of 23 inches at Portland ME and 52 inches at Winthrop MA.
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Winthrop:
Winthrop Beach:

Relax on the sandy shores of Winthrop Beach, offering scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Deer Island:

Explore Deer Island, known for its beautiful park and walking trails. The Deer Island Reservation offers stunning views of the Boston Harbor.

Winthrop Shore Drive:

Take a scenic drive along Winthrop Shore Drive, enjoying picturesque views of the coastline and Boston skyline.

Winthrop Yacht Club:

Visit the Winthrop Yacht Club for a taste of the local maritime culture. You can enjoy the view of boats and maybe even catch a sailing event.

Ingleside Park:

Spend some time at Ingleside Park, a great spot for picnics, playing sports, or simply enjoying the outdoors.

Winthrop Public Library:

Explore the Winthrop Public Library, a cozy place to read, relax, or learn more about the town's history.

Winthrop Center:

Wander through Winthrop Center, the town's historic district, featuring charming shops, cafes, and historic... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

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photo of Rachel Esther ELLSWORTHRachel Esther ELLSWORTH (29 December 1850, Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA (Ayers Village) - 10 February 1930, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn A HEWITT (January 1856, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 1942, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorClara Marcelle REPETTO (18 November 1875, , Massachusetts, USA - 25 March 1976, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorCharles Edward MCGINN (1876, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 5 September 1947, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorClara Bell DOANE (5 December 1888, Bourne, Massachusetts, USA (Buzzards Bay) (Monument Beach) (Pocasset) (Sagamore) - 1957, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorJesse Brodie THOMPSON (9 August 1896, Bootle, Lancashire, England - 4 February 1960, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorCarl MEUSE (1909, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA - , )
male ancestorCharles Edwin MCGINN (8 October 1916, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA - 2 December 1992, Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA)
photo of Arthur John DITMARArthur John DITMAR (3 April 1929, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA - 11 June 2021, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorCharles Edward MCGINN (1876 - 5 September 1947) and female ancestorEvelyn L BIGELOW (January 1886 - 13 February 1969) married 16 June 1912
photo of Harold Stuart GREENE Harold Stuart GREENE (1891 - ) and photo of Reba Elizabeth FLINT Reba Elizabeth FLINT (10 February 1896 - ) married 1921

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