20 Montello Street

Marion Taves, from Susan Leonard.

Marion Taves, from Susan Leonard.

20 Montello Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

20 Montello Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Marie Taves, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Marie Taves, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Displacement of the old families is the theme on Montello Street. Marion Taves (pictured), a fisherman, was born on São Miguel in the Azores, and arrived in Provincetown as a child in the late 19th century. His wife, Caroline (Perry) Taves, also came from São Miguel. He bought this house in 1911. Taves made astonishing ship models and it seems to follow that his son Frank “Biska” Taves would go on to establish the Taves Boatyard at 129R Commercial. Biska built a 36-foot trawler, Veronica Mae, which his father skippered. Another son, Marion “Rocky” Taves Jr., served the town as a patrolman in the 1950s and as a selectman in the ’60s. He was also a modeler. The property passed from Caroline to Marion Jr. to Marion’s wife, Marie Taves (pictured), who lived here until 2014.


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