48 Winslow Street

48 Winslow Street, by David W. Dunlap.

48 Winslow Street, by David W. Dunlap.

Recently demolished, this was the farm house of Joseph and Josephine Holmes, both of whom were born on Pico, in the Azores. He was a fisherman and farmer. She was a seamstress. They wed in 1889 and had at least eight children. A great-granddaughter, Patty Crave Floyd, recalled, “As children, we would go visit and always sit and listen to our parents speak Portuguese with my great-grandmother. She never learned English. They lived in the home with no running water and no electricity for many, many years.” The Holmeses’ son George (the namesake of George’s Path), closed out his years here, keeping chickens, geese, exotic birds, goats, rabbits, and cats. John Everett Holmes said two scenes of Tough Guys Don’t Dance were filmed here and that his Uncle George “was always proud to remind visitors and friends alike, that the property was immortalized.”

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