This picture was taken several decades before the story told
below took place, but it would have looked about the same.
It was in late September in '42 or '43 and still steamy hot at 10 o'clock at night, walking down
Northrop Street, coming from the State Theater. The four of us guys, getting ready to graduate,
were thinking more about going off to war than caps and gowns. We were ready and eager to
fulfill our obligation, but on this night we were just too hot, and Mr. Drisko's homework was far
down our priority lists.
At the bottom of the hill, as we reached Dutcher Street and the pond, someone had, what seemed
at the time, a great idea.
"Lets go swimming!!"
I can't recall who, and will never find out, as I think I might be the only one left. Anyways, we
carefully hid our clothes in the bushes near the bathhouse, and somewhat embarrassed,
scampered out from the beach, in the moonlight, to the sanctity of the raft and the cool waters.
It was great until a car's headlights coming up Hopedale Street, passed the shop, turned into the
bathhouse.....TOMMY MALLOY....the chief himself.....Hoy moly!!!
"All right youth, come on out!"
Not us! We ducked under the raft and made like hornpouts, snuggling up to the floatation drums.
After some minutes, the police car disappeared, along with, as we soon discovered, our clothes.
By about 1:30 we were really COLD. When the police car returned, we would have surrendered
without a shot being fired, if asked. But Tommy must have "been there" many years before, as he
left our clothes in a pile on the beach and drove off. We had learned our lesson, and quickly and
quietly sneaked of to our homes. Mums the word. Next time, we would stick to fishing!!! Roy
Rehbein, January 2008
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Below - A few years later.
Edith B. (Barrows) Rehbein, 89, of Marion, died April 30, 2019 at home. She
was the widow of the late Roy H. Rehbein and the daughter of the late Stanley
and Sadie Louise (Wrenn) Barrows. She was born in Milford and lived in
Hopedale for many years. She then lived in Middleboro and Carver before
moving to Marion 10 years ago. She enjoyed bird watching and feeding the
birds in her yard and enjoyed collecting New England themed items especially
from the Cape. Survivors include 4 sons, Craig Rehbein and Fox Keri both of
Marion, Glenn Rehbein of Uxbridge and Christopher Rehbein of Wareham; a
daughter, Karen Holmes of Cooper, ME; a sister, Dorothy Kirby of Orange
Park, FL; a granddaughter, Kara Rehbein of Milford. Her graveside service will
be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Massachusetts
National Cemetery, Bourne. Please arrive at the cemetery at 12:15 p.m.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599
Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.