9 Alden Street

9 Alden Street. [2012, Dunlap]

There are a couple of these “Potemkin village” houses in town, with fully developed front facades that are only one bay deep, and a smaller ell structure in the back. (10 Pleasant Street is another such example.) The house was owned in the early ’60s by Anthony E. Perry and his wife, and from 1965 to 1998 by Kenneth Weed Atkins (1935-2009), a mechanic and an outdoorsman, who lived here with his mother [?], Eva F. Atkins (b 1907). He worked for his friend Neil Cordeiro at Neil’s Gulf Service Station, 130 Bradford Street, and also served at Fire Station No. 4 at 4 Johnson Street. The building was under renovation in the fall of 2012.

9 Alden Street. [2010, Dunlap]

Russell Dutra wrote on 23 January 2017: Kenneth Atkins was a relative of mine. It was his Mother Eva who lived with him for very many years. She was divorced when the kids were very young, and when Ken bought the house he had her go live with him. He worked at The Gulf Station as you mentioned, and when he left there he went to work for the Town of Provincetown for many years serving as the Mechanic at the Highway Garage. Back in those days vehicles were not all computerized so he repaired Police Cars, Fire Trucks, Street Sweeper, you name it and Ken fixed it. After retiring he has his own small engine repair shop on Conwell Street in the building that use to be Long Wharf Fish Market, directly next door to what use to be the A&P. He fixed small engines, lawn mowers, weed eaters, sharpened chain saws, etc, etc. His middle name Weed, was his Mother’s maiden name. His Mother Eva was sister to my Grandmother, Isabelle (Weed) Dutra who owned 294A Commercial Street for years. They were 2 of 9 children.

9 Alden Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

¶ Last updated on 23 January 2017.

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