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Dana Eldridge

Twelfth-Generation Cape Codder

Dan Cutrona

I was born in 1931 and I grew up in South Chatham, which was and is a tiny splinter. Chatham is a town of mariners—just about everybody born after 1850 went to sea because the soil had given up and there wasn’t much agriculture left. But going west from Chatham is West Chatham, and going west from West Chatham is South Chatham. Tell me how that happens! I don’t understand it.

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Jeff is the Managing Editor for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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