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Mildred Jewett, "Madaket Millie"

The protector of the western end of Nantucket Island, Madaket Mille watched for shipwrecks, cared for her animals, sold ice cream, and was a gruff feature of the Nantucket landscape until her death in 1990.


There are many stories about Madaket Millie. She killed a 300-pound shark in Hither Creek; was a good friend of Mr. Fred Rogers; and was awarded, by the U.S. Coast Guard its highest civilian rank, chief warrant officer W-4. She was born September 24th, 1907.


Image number: F6488

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Taken on March 9, 2009