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Ralph B. Halford





 

- Massachusetts Historical Commission, MACRIS - Halford House - Website, PDF
   "Ralph B. Halford (1883-?) and his wife Elizabeth (1867-1984) built and lived a house at 164 Nahant Ave., opposite the beach now named after him. His house was the home of the Winthrop Highlands Yacht Club."

Memorial location: Intersection of Nahant and Sewall avenues.

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Ralph B. Halford (1883-?) and his wife Elizabeth (1867-1984) built and lived a house at 164 Nahant Ave., opposite the beach now named after him. His house was the home of the Winthrop Highlands Yacht Club.
- Massachusetts Historical Commission, Halford House


Mr. Halford served as the Fleet Captain of the Winthrop Highland Yacht Club in 1915. Earlier, he was involved in a rescue off the beach...

"Ralph B. Halford, with the Boston Optical Co., of Boston, recently had quite an exciting experience in the rescue from drowning of two people off the breakwater at Winthrop Highlands. Two men left their yachts in a canoe as a tender, when they were about half way to shore their canoe overturned. Neither man was able to swim, and all would have drowned but for the timely arrival of Ralph Halford and his companion, who were on the breakwater, watching the yacht offshore and saw the two men put off in a canoe.

Mr. Halford and companion realizing the difficulty of navigating a canoe in the heavy sea kicked up by a recent storm, immediately prepared their row boat when the canoe overturned. Mr. Halford and his friend lost no time in launching their row boat and arrived at the place when the two men had overturned just as one had become exhausted and had loosened his hold on the edge of the canoe. Both were hauled into the row boat and rowed ashore."
- The Keystone Magazine of Optometry (Vol. II, 1910)

Location: Off Nahant Ave.

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