Harriet Adams (pictured) was a quintuple threat. At least. Newspaperwoman (local correspondent for The Cape Cod Standard Times), author (Vittles for the Captain, a 1941 compilation of recipes and commentary, with Nat Halper), real estate agent (with her second husband, John Darrow Adams), hooked-rug maker, and grocer. Oh, yes, she also once operated a restaurant with the author and illustrator Inez Hogan. This full Cape was her home. “She seems to know just about everybody as well as everything that is going on,” Frank Crotty wrote in a 1960 profile for The Worcester Gazette. It figures that one of her grandsons — Daniel Towler, by her daughter Margery (Stahl) Towler — is prominent among the town’s small legion of knowledgeable, passionate local historians.
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