THE GREAT FIRES OF MARSHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
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    THE GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE OF 1941



    LECTURES


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE OF 1941 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on August 24th, 2009 in Marshfield, Massachusetts at the Ventress Public Library, John Horrigan gives a lecture about the Great Brant Rock Fire of 1941. This was the "overflow talk" from the soldout lecture of July 21st and over 80 people attended by invitation only Running time is 1 hour and 15 minutes (71 MB)


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE OF 1941 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on July 21st, 2009 in Marshfield, Massachusetts at the Ventress Public Library, John Horrigan gives a lecture about the Great Brant Rock Fire of 1941. They talk was soldout and over 80 people were turned away!! Running time is 1 hour and 20 minutes (72 MB)


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on August 12th, 2008 in Marshfield, Massachusetts at the Winslow House. A "redemption" talk given on a rainy morning, this was a make-up date from a schedule snafu. The lecture was sold out and I gleaned a lot of new information from residents as to the fire's origin. The original date (July 15th, 2008) had a standing-room-only crowd of 150 people waiting for a speaker who never showed up (me) as I had the wrong start time. I thought that the start time was 7:00 PM, not 10:30 AM. Hopefully I redeemed myself. It was a sort of homecoming for me as I grew up a 1/4 mile down the road. Father O'Connor added a lot to the show. Running time is 1 hour and 14 minutes (68 MB).


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on May 10th, 2008 in Marshfield, Massachusetts at the Marshfield Senior Center for the "60+ Club". Running time is 44 minutes and 37 seconds (40.9 MB).


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on November 14, 2007 in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts for the Community League of Marshfield


    GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE OF 1941 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Performed on April 21st, 2007 in Marshfield, Massachusetts at the Ventress Public Library, John Horrigan gives his first public lecture about the Great Brant Rock Fire of 1941. He literally lectures to the very minute of the 66th anniversary of the Great Ocean Bluff Fire before an overflow crowd of over 130 people spread between two rooms. John had to give the lecture in the doorway between both rooms!






    NEWSPAPER AUDIO RECORDINGS


    THE GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE OF MARSHFIELD right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 5th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Herald of April 22nd, 1941 about a major destructive fire that took 600 structures on April 21st, 1941. It was the most destructive fire in the history of Marshfield, Massachusetts.


    THE GREAT SHORE FIRE OF MARSHFIELD right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Traveler of April 23rd, 1941 about a devastating destructive fire that razed 600 structures on April 21st, 1941. This could have been avoided if the Marshfield, Massachusetts Advisory Committee had appropriated $300.00 for the annual (and necessary) "pre-burn" of the area where the fire originated.


    THE MARSHFIELD FIRE of 1941 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Post of April 22nd, 1941 about a runaway brush fire in the coastal community of Marshfield, Massachusetts that caused $1.25M worth of damage on April 21st, 1941. Running time is 33 minutes and 55 seconds.


    THAT BAD DAY IN APRIL, 1941 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston American of April 22nd, 1941 about the headlines of April 21st, 1941: a bomb hoax at Logan Airport, a bomb blast by terrorists in Mattapan, a hay fire in Norwell, a rescue of soldiers at Fort Dix and the drowning of British soldiers. Running time is 7 minutes and 19 seconds.


    MORE FIRES ON THE SOUTH SHORE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston American of April 22nd, 1941 about several fires along the South Shore of Massachusetts, including a barn in Norwell, a dump in Whitman and concern about school children committing arson. There is also mention of the Red Cross coming to the aid of people who lost their homes in the Great Brant Rock Fire and the attempt by the police to keep looters and gawkers away. Running time is 8 minutes and 10 seconds.


    BOSTON POST REPORTER FIGHTS MARSHFIELD FIRE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Post of April 22nd, 1941 about a Post reporter who was on the scene of the fire and ended up helping the fire departments fight it! This is a splendid eyewitness account given by a seasoned newspaper man. Running time is 4 minutes and 57 seconds.


    THE STATE IS BURNING right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 17th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Herald of April 22nd, 1941 about over 250 fires that raged across the state of Massachusetts on April 20th and 21st, 1941. Running time is 15 minutes and 55 seconds.




    OTHER GREAT FIRES OF MARSHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS



    THE HOTEL HUMAROCK right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads about the Hotel Humarock, one of the six Great Inns of Marshfield, Massachusetts that burned to the ground on June 26th, 1901.


    FAIRVIEW BURNED TO THE GROUND right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 5th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Patriot Ledger of March 18th, 1998 and tells about a fire that razed one of the Six Great Inns of Marshfield, Massachusetts on the Night of St. Patrick's Day in 1998.


    FAIRVIEW TO BE REBUILT right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 5th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Patriot Ledger and tells about the plan to rebuild one of the Six Great Inns of Marshfield, Massachusetts that was lost to fire on the Night of St. Patrick's Day in 1998.


    THE LOSS OF THE REXICANA right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Marshfield Mariner of September 14th, 1978 and tells about a spectacular and suspicious blaze that took a historical and popular dance hall on Wednesday, September 6th, 1978 in Marshfield, Massachusetts.


    THE BREAK-IN AT ASSUMPTION CHURCH right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Marshfield Mariner of September 14th, 1978 and tells about one more incident, a break-in at the church that he attended, which made Wednesday, September 6th, 1978 a very dark and unfortunate day for Marshfield, Massachusetts.


    MAJOR FIRE AT CLUB AMARILLO right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Marshfield Mariner of September 14th, 1978 and tells about one of two major fires that made Wednesday, September 6th, 1978 a very bad day in the history of Marshfield, Massachusetts.


    THE BRANT ROCK THEATER FIRE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Marshfield Mariner of September 12th, 1973 and tells about the burning and containment of a century-old Marshfield landmark ("The Ocean House") that housed a movie theater and bowling alley.


    THE OCEAN HOUSE right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads about the Ocean House Hotel, which became the Brant Rock Theater and Bowling Alley that succumbed to flames in 1973. The Ocean House was one of the six Great Inns of Marshfield, Massachusetts.


    ST. ANNE'S-BY-THE-SEA right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on November 30th, 2006 at Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Massachusetts. John reads from the Marshfield Mariner of November 21st, 2001 and tells about the history, the destruction and the reconstruction of St. Anne's-By-The-Sea.





GREAT BRANT ROCK FIRE LECTURE - July 21st, 2009



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