Bert Wright At Retirement Dinner
Class of 1915
150 Honor Bert Wright At Retirement Dinner
Bertram S. Wright of Pocasset was honored at a testimonial dinner Saturday evening at the Bourne armory, attended by about 150, in appreciation for his services to the town during 34 years as Shellfish Warden. Mr. Wright retired in late February.
Sharing the head table with Mr. and Mrs. Wright were Judge Henry L. Murphy. former Assistant District Attorney Robert W. MacDonald, Lieut. John F. Dempsey. of the State Police, Selectman Sanford, Sheriff Tulloch, County Officer Louis Cataldo, FBI Agent William Carpenter, District Court Clerk Charles Dalton, Director of the State Division of Fisheries Frederick C. Wilbour Jr.
Henry Ellis was toastmaster.
State and town records show that in 1930 only 53 family shellfish permits were issued.
Last year there were more than 1,700.
In 1907, 21 men from the town derived their living from the fishing industry which was valued then at $20,000.
In 1961 there were 27 commercial permits issued with valuation of $65,000.
In 1834 there was a flourishing oyster business here, with many family owned oyster grants in the Manomet River (later the Cape Cod Canal) and extending along the shoreline. These slowly decreased in size and when the canal was dug, the last of the grants were destroyed.
During his years in office, Mr. Wright worked conscientiously to increase the propagation of shellfish.
Sgt. Henry A. Maiolini presented a gift of a typewriter to Mr. Wright.
Mr. Wright attended Bourne High School and worked during that time in the Buzzards Bay Telephone Exchange. He then worked for the Adams Express Agency at Woods Hole. He was appointed a special police officer for the town of Bourne in 1927, an appointment which he still holds. He became a part time shellfish warden in 1923 and full time in 1930. He has served as Constable for many years and was made Deputy Sheriff.
Mrs. Wright will also retire in June after teaching in the Teaticket school since it opened 35 years ago.
Planning the testimonial were a committee from the Bourne Police Department including Claude Cox, William Delaney, Charles Nangle, Sgt. Henry Maiolini and Sgt. James McMahon.
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