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Nokatay is the name for West Island, Fairhaven, MA used by the Wampanoag Indians according to a small note on the timeless calendar and street map handed out by the West Island Improvement Association for many years. Nokatay is probably an Anglo corruption of the word Nakata. It translated to 'at the hunting place'. Mackatan has also been used as the name but few references using this name exist. Mabel Potter's History of Sconticut Neck mentions it. Both have been said to be the correct name. Nakata is also been a street name on Wilburs Point overlooking West Island. Either way it is meant to connotate "at the hunting place." Wampanoags from the Middleboro area (Nemasket) came to the area during summer for it's cooler climate and the abundant shellfish and fish available here. Game was also on the Island and Sconticut Neck. Sconticut translates to long spit of land. Winsegansett Heights at Winsettgansett avenue is translated as "land of covering waters." Most likely referring to the marsh at the end of the street. I have found a reference to Winsegansett as being a place Captain Kidd hid pirate's treasure., I find that doubtful but amusing. These pages contain some of the intersesting points of West Island , Sconticut Neck and the Fairhaven area.

I stumbled on the subject of rum runners in old newspapers fo the area during the Prohibition years of 1920 to 1933. The era of illegal liquor for the principal subjects ran all the way to 1941, eight full years after the repeal of prohibition. The taxes imposed after repeal made it too good to walk away from, apparently.

There is a section on Daniel Robinson, who after being sentenced to 30 days in jail for drunkenness threatened to kill his wife when she refused to give him $5 more that he needed for bail. When he got released Robinson made good on his threat.

I hope you enjoy the material I have posted here. Most of it was copied and typed by myself from the micofilm rolls at the downtown New Bedford Library. I have tried to credit each source, there more than 4 newspapers then, The New Bedford Times and The Evening Standard, which later merged into the Standard Times. There also was the Morning Mercury and the Fairhaven Star, a weekly publication.

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