"Mac" Hathaway married HELEN MAXFIELD STEVENS at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on 1 June 1929. Helen was born at New Bedford on 18 September 1904. She died on 18 March 1989. They were divorced at Fall River on 5 July 1940.
Mac married second, DORIS ADAMS Turner, of Fairhaven at Hartford, Connecticut, on 27 March 1947. They were later divorced. Doris died about 1973.
Mac third married CAROLINE LAIRD at Mattapoisett. They were divorced at Clarke County, Alabama, on 5 December 1972.
Malcolm Hathaway died at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on 8 March 1976. The gravemarker at Naskatucket Cemetery, Fairhaven, reads: "buried at sea." He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
Malcolm was always known as "Mac" to his siblings and friends. He was not a scholar and left school before completing his elementary education. He used to say he "hung around the Fairhaven docks." He worked there off and on while living at the homestead on the east side of Sconticut Neck Road opposite Austria, Moravia and Buist Avenues.
He was a hard worker all of his life, as well as an adventurer. During Prohibition, he was involved in rum running, a dangerous business that took him along the shores of Buzzards Bay where liquor changed hands in isolated spots. Many a story he told in later years of this adventuresome part of his life. In the 1930s, Malcolm went to work for the Mendell Electric Supply Company as a truck driver, and despite his lack of education, rose to the position of general manager of the New Bedford wholesale firm.
By the late 1930s, his marriage was running into difficulty and during divorce proceedings in 1940, he was awarded custody of his two sons. Bradford remembered:
These were unsettling times for me . . . and for my brother, too. Our mother was ordered to turn us over to our father. For a while we lived with Uncle Phil and Aunt Irene.In the early 1940s, Malcolm built a home at 237 Sconticut Neck Road and he and his sons moved in to become an all-male household until his second marriage in 1947. He also built a barn on the land just north of the old homestead. He kept horses and raised other animals and poultry and called the place Shanty Ranch. Then he built a new home at 239 Sconticut Neck Road which was to be occupied by his second wife and her young son, Richard Turner, along with Malcolm and his two sons. Malcolm also had a hand in building a home at 241 Sconticut Neck Road, which was to be occupied by his borther Adiel and Adiel's second wife, Blanche, and another home at 235 Sconticut Neck Road, which was occupied by Adiel until the time of his death.
The office job was a frustrating one for Malcolm, who loved the outdoors. He bought 6 acres in the mid-1940s along the Mattapoisett River on Wolf Island Road, Rochester. He turned the maple swamp into one of the finest small cranberry bogs in Eastern Massachusetts and called the place Wolf Island Bogs, specializing in the growing of cranberries and blueberries. He retired from his job at Mendell Electric to devote full time to his "farm" and raising hunting dogs.
As a successful farmer and for health reasons, he began to spend winters in a warmer climate, particularly in Mexico. Each Fall he would drive to the Yucatan and return in the Spring. His manner of living was a difficult one for women to adjust to and both his second and third marriages ended in divorce.
He was stricken in Mexico shortly after arriving there in the Fall of 1975 and Malcolm, Jr., flew down to drive him to Texas and medical facilities there where he was diagnosed as having bone cancer. Two months later he died at Island Terrace Nursing Home in Lakeville.
Malcolm Hathaway and his first wife Helen had the following children:
This article was compiled and written by Brad Hathaway for inclusion in Adiel H. and Julia L. (Reed) Hathaway: Their Ancestors and Descendants, self-published by Charles A. Maxfield in 1987. Additional information provided by:
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