Alden Duarte “Pete” Steele grew up on his father’s dairy farm, so indispensable that he quit school in the ninth grade to help out. Clotilda Dorothea “Tillie” Medeiros had been placed in a home for destitute Catholic children and was working full-time at 13. In their late teens, he brought himself to her attention by tooting the “shave and a haircut” tune whenever he drove by in his fish-hauling truck. She thought he was fresh. (Never mind the fish.) He persisted. Love prevailed. They eloped — to Wellfleet — in September 1929 and then remarried at St. Peter’s. They bought No. 21 in 1945 and moved in with Rose Marie, Duane Alden, Lana Ramunda, Michelle Lee, and Bonnie Gae. Actually, that’s not quite correct. In the excitement of the move, they momentarily forgot the infant Bonnie back at the old house on Alden Street.
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