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A Vanished Island One of the very best sources of reliable information about the island in its heyday is an account given by Capt. Irving Mace Parks, a Hollands Islander. His manuscript entitled “Vanishing Island” was written in Cambridge in 1971 and later typed up by Maurice Dunkle, who ran off 45 mimeographed copies and distributed them to Delmarva libraries. Capt. Parks provides a wonderful description of community life on the island, at home, in school, at church, and on the playground.

Best of all, he also gives us an invaluable house-by-house list of who lived where, in detail. For example: “Next to his home was Capt. Preston Fields who moved to the Island from Fruitland, Maryland, and married the daughter of Capt. James Duncan…The next home was Capt. Wood Sommers who had a large gear of fish nets and a skipjack named the Mollie E.….The next home was my Great-Uncle Jake [Jacob T.] Bradshaw…..” What he doesn’t provide is a map ~ which is where I stepped in. In 2002, Capt. Parks’ daughterin-law Carolyn Parks gave me per-

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