Time was when each little neighborhood in Provincetown had its own distinctive market. (Actually, that’s still somewhat true today, though not in such abundance.) Among the best known was the Fishermen’s Market, 128 Bradford Street, run by Emma L. (Smith) Marshall (b ±1893) and Joseph A. Marshall (b ±1894). Young Emma lived here until she went to college. Her parents were Charles B. and Emma Augusta (Harris) Smith. Her sister was Harriet A. (Smith) Porter (±1889-1964), whose husband was Charles Henry Ellsworth Porter (d 1946). Harriet and Charles had a daughter, Ruth G. (Porter) Wilson, who lived in this house until her death in 1983.
Ruth’s daughter Deborah Ann (Wilson) Hagen and her husband, Roger F. Hagen, owned the house from 1978 to 1997. Ruth’s daughter Wendy Wilson Hankins offered an enlightening family history in a comment below.
The Hagens sold the house to George T. Dunlap Jr. (b 1947) and his partner, David M. Asher (1950-1999). Asher is commemorated in the David Asher Volunteer Award given annually at the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla fundraising event. He is remembered for “rounding up an assortment of folks, drag queens and friends to cheer on the swimmers, nonstop, until the last one arrived safely on shore.” Dunlap continues to own the house. Luckily for him, we’re not related.
The artist Polly A. Burnell (b 1956) lives here. (A profile appears on Ewa Nogiec’s Provincetown Artist Registry.) Burnell is a member of the town’s Historical Commission. Her artwork, a sample of which appears below, is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery. • Map • Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, shed • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-07-04