4 Oak Drive

4 Oak Drive, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Alden Duarte Steele. Courtesy of the Steele family.Clotilda Dorothea (Medeiros) Steele. Courtesy of the Steele family.Alden Duarte “Pete” Steele (1908-1977) and his wife, Clotilda Dorothea “Tillie” (Medeiros) Steele (1911-1992), bought this property in 1973 from Warren J. Roderick and his wife. Two years later, this 1,800-square-foot house was built. Before moving to Oak Drive, the Steeles had lived for many years at 21 Court Street. Mrs. Steele lived here until [?] her death, after which the property was sold to David J. Linehan and Roland Ty Tang. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-23

7 Oak Drive

7 Oak Drive, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Ronald G. Lopes. The Provincetown Banner, 11 March 2004.Beginning in the 1960s, a number of the older and long-established Portuguese families of Provincetown found refuge from the dramatically changing scene downtown in quiet enclaves like Nelson Avenue and Oak Drive. Ronald G. Lopes (1943-2004) and his wife, Marguerite (Vasques) Lopes (b 1945), were among the earlier residents here. They bought the parcel at No. 7 for $9,500 in 1970, which is when their 2,000-square-foot home was built. Ronald Lopes, district supervisor for the Commonwealth Electric Company, was a leading civic figure who helped the effort to refurbish the Manuel V. Motta Athletic Field. He died suddenly on a Florida vacation, at the age of 60. A flag hung from a shed on the Lopes property still proudly announces the presence here of a Luso-American family. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-23

9 Oak Drive

9 Oak Drive, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Elmer I. Silva. Long Pointer 1976.Twenty years after his death, Elmer I. Silva (1926-1993) was recalled by the last graduating class from the Provincetown High School-Elmer I. Silva Learning Center. “He was the strictest but best principal ever,” they wrote. “He was a father figure to many and knew what kids needed. He was always in their corner when they needed it. He owned the Dairy Queen and since the working age was 14, kids at the high school worked for him.” Silva lived here with his wife, Kathleen A. Silva (1926-2009). The property remains in the Silva family. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-07-04

10 Oak Drive

10 Oak Drive, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Few couples ever have the privilege of celebrating their 50th anniversary. Fewer still get to do so in the same year that they’re wed. But that was the story of William Ray Ingraham (1927-2008) and Raymond James Sparks (1932-2013), who met and fell in love in 1957, then capped off their half-century relationship by getting married in August 2007. From 1970 until 1980, Ingraham and Sparks ran the White Dory Inn, 616 Commercial Street. “Ray was the ‘front man’ and Bill took care of everything else, except the laundry,” The Banner said. (“William Ingraham, 80,” The Provincetown Banner, 24 April 2008.) Indeed, Sparks’s obituary said that he was “known as ‘Mr. White Dory’ long after they sold the inn.” Sparks continued his hospitality career after Ingraham’s death, working at the White Wind Inn, 174 Commercial. “To guests of the inn, Ray was the historian who taught them all about the ‘community’ that is Provincetown,” the obituary said. They bought 10 Oak Drive in 1979. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-25