Friday, April 29, 2016

June 1836 Invoice: Fogg & Davis; Bangor Dispatch Line; Schooner Tremont; Maine to Boston, Massachusetts


June 1836 invoice between the parties of Fogg & Davis and Bangor Despatch Line, for the transport of one barrel on the Schooner Tremont.  The cost was $.24.   Fogg and Davis operated out of Bangor, Maine.

The reverse mentions Freeport, which is presumably Freeport, Maine, located about midway between Bangor, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts.  It could possibly be Freeport in the Bahamas.


Interestingly, I found mention that the Schooner Tremont was one of the vessels lost in the gales of December 1839.  The Tremont and her cargo were lost off Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, but her crew was saved.

The Fogg of Fogg & Davis may have been one or more of the sons of Meshach Fogg and Abigail (Whittier or Witcher) Fogg of New Hampshire : Greenlief Fogg; Noah Fogg; Jesse Fogg; Luke (Witcher or Whittier) Fogg; Ransom Pike Fogg; Nathaniel Upham Fogg; and Benjamin Greeley Fogg.  Some, if not all of them, lived at Bangor, Maine, at some point.

See another post that features an account book from the 1830s at Bangor, Maine, that I believe was owned by one of the Fogg brothers.  One entry made reference to N. Fogg & Davis, so the Fogg brother involved in Fogg and Davis may have been Noah or Nathaniel.

At least two of the Fogg brothers are buried at Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine.  Others went west.

If you have more information on "Fogg & Davis", please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sorry about the map below - the route would have consisted of a trip from Bangor downriver on the Penobscot and then by sea to Freeport, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1920 [or 1970] Large Colorized or Color Photo: From Clara Dixon Blodgett's Camp, Joe's Pond, Danville, Vermont


10" by 6-3/4" colorized or color photograph taken from the camp of Clara Dixon Blodgett at Joe's Pond at Danville, Vermont.  The photograph was taken in 1920 or 1970; see the date below.

If 1920, it may have been colorized.


From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

Clara Columbia Dixon was born June 19, 1863 at Jericho, Vermont, the daughter of Ashton Clark Dixon and Columbia B. (Day) Dixon.  Clara married Fred Elijah Brainerd, son of George and Martha L. (Hale) Brainerd at St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on September 27, 1883.  Sadly, Fred, who was working with his father in the family grocery business, died of consumption in March of the next year.

On October 21, 1891, at St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Clara married Pearl Freeman Blodgett, son of Pearl Davis Blodgett and Laura Ann (Freeman) Blodgett.  Pearl, who was born November 27, 1850 at Salem, Massachusetts, worked in insurance.  He died in 1923 and Clara in 1943.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two Photographs of a Young Girl IDed as Mabel Louise Rowe; by Bangor, Maine, studios


Two photographs of a young girl identified on the reverse as Mabel Louise Rowe in one and Mabel Rowe in another.  The photograph above was taken at the Gerrity & Co. studio at Bangor, Maine.


The photograph below was taken by the Chalmers studio of Bangor, Maine.


Thankfully, the top photo contains her middle name, to differentiate her from several other Mabel Rowes in the Penobscot County, Maine, area.


From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

There were at least two women born in the Bangor, Maine area, named Mabel L. Rowe.  One was Mabelle L. Rowe, also shown as Mabel L. Rowe, born about 1885, the daughter of Herbert W. and Tillie E. (Johnson) Rowe.  She graduated from Bangor High School in 1903.

It seems more likely to me, however, that the photographs were taken of a Mabel Louise Rowe born in a later era.   A good possibility is Mabel Louise Rowe, born in 1900, the daughter of Arthur Irving Rowe and Emma Leola (Clewley) Rowe, from, I believe, Brewer,  Maine, or possibly Eddington,  Maine.   Emma Leola died in 1907.  Arthur married Melvina Rich Smith, "Mellie", in 1914.

 Sadly, this Mabel Louise Rowe died in 1923 and is buried with her parents in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Eddington, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you recognize Mabel from your family photographs and research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

3 c1916 Photographs of College Roommates, Presumably at a Maine College, Perhaps Bowdoin or Bates


Three mounted photographs of a college dormitory room, two of them with students.  Each photograph was taken by the studio of Leon A. Luce of Farmington, Maine.  Sadly, there's no identification of the men shown, and there's nothing written on the reverse of the photographs.

Each photograph is approximately 7-1/4" by 5-1/4".  With their mats, they're about 9-3/4" by 7-3/4".

If Leon didn't stray far from his studio, the photographs might show the room of students at what was then known as Farmington State Normal School and is now University of Maine Farmington.  If, however, Leon traveled, the photographs could have been taken at another college or university.

In the event that the men were members of the fraternity Zeta Psi, shown on a pillow in the photograph below, it's interesting to note that this fraternity had chapters at Bowdoin College and Colby College.  Further, the large Bowdoin banner in the sleeping nook might favor Bowdoin College as the venue.

On the other hand, Leon A. Luce, who started his studio in 1912, had a strong connection to Bates College, as he had graduated from there in 1910.


Posters and Banners of the following schools appear in the photographs:
  • Bates College at Lewiston, Maine
  • Bowdoin College at Brunswick, Maine
  • Colby College at Waterville, Maine
  • Cornell University of Ithaca, New York
  • University of Maine at Orono, Maine 
If you recognize the men and/or surroundings, or if you have a theory as to which college these men attended, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


c1900 Photograph of the Drug Store of Frederick Elmer Sprague at Bangor, Maine; Maine Stein Song Connection


c1900 photograph of the drug store owned by Frederick Elmer Sprague, "Fred", of Bangor, Maine.  Perhaps the men shown are Fred and his son Adelbert Wells Sprague.

Identification on the reverse indicates that the store was at the corner of Clinton and Hammond Streets, though that may refer to Grace Methodist Church, which is also mentioned.


From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

According to his birth and death certificates, Frederick Elmer Sprague "Fred", was born April 4, 1844 at Dexter, Maine, the son of Henry Augustus Sprague, born at Dexter, Maine, and Eliza (Cleaves) Sprague, born at Paris, Maine.   


Fred and his wife Hattie C. Sprague had at least one child, son Adelbert Wells Sprague, who became a music professor at the University of Maine and eventually head of the music department there, as well as conductor of the Bangor Band for 41 years.  

While still a student at the University of Maine, Adelbert arranged a tune that he thought would do well for a school anthem and asked his friend Lincoln Colcord to compose some lyrics.  The result was the rousing Maine Stein Song.   


If you'd like to hear Rudy Vallee, who attended the University of Maine in the 1920s, sing the Maine Stein Song, advance to the 1.16 minute mark.



Finally, the unforgettable pep rally version, which must have Adelbert Wells Sprague grinning ear to ear:



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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1867 Document Attesting to Good Character of Walter Sargent of Gouldsboro, Maine


January 1, 1867 document wherein the three selectmen and the town clerk of Gouldsboro, Maine, attest to the good character of Walter Sargent, then serving as an Acting Master in the U.S. Navy.

The document takes up one pane of a large sheet of paper folded once.  Folded, it's nearly 10" by 7-3/4".

We the undersigned municipal officers of the town of Gouldsboro, Maine, certify that we have known Walter Sargent (now Act'g Master in U.S. Navy) from his childhood and that he has always sustained an unblemished character and possesses such integrity, industry and moral worth as to merit and secure the interest and esteem of all his townsmen.

B. M. Sargent      )
William Rand      )   Selectmen
Jacob F. Jones    )
H. M. Sowle            Town Clerk

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

Walter Sargent may have been the the U. S. Navy Lt. Walter Sargent mentioned in Historical Researches of Gouldsboro, Maine, published by the Daughters of Liberty in 1904, as having perished with others when his vessel went down off the coast of Japan.  The mention didn't include a date, so it's possible that Walter was another of the several Walter Sargents in the Gouldsboro area.

The Walter Sargent in the document was likely the Walter born about 1841 to Samuel H. Sargent and Sarah (Moore) Sargent.  Samuel was the second keeper at the lighthouse at Prospect Harbor, a community on the Gouldsboro peninsula.

B. M. Sargent was presumably Benjamin M. Sargent, born on July 23, 1832 at Gouldsboro, Maine, and the older brother of the Walter Sargent in the previous paragraph.  Benjamin, who died in 1870, is buried with his parents and brother George in the Prospect Harbor Cemetery, in Prospect Harbor.  I don't know if he had married.

William Rand may have been the William Rand who was born September 8, 1818, the son, I believe, of Stephen Rand and Nancy (Adams) Rand.  William's first wife Sophronia (Newman) Rand died in 1864; he then married Mrs. Marian (Pettee) Robinson in 1865.  William, who died in 1911, and his wives and some of his children are buried in the Brookside Cemetery at Winter Harbor, Maine.

Jacob Foster Jones was born March 28, 1826 at Gouldsboro, Maine, the son of Abijah and Catherine Jones.  He married Abigail Spurling, daughter of Thomas and Prudence Spurling.  They had three children.  Both Jacob and Abigail died in 1877.

H. M. Sowle was presumably Hilliard Mayhew Sowle, born January 20, 1803, son of Ebenezer Vose Sowle and Deborah (Mayhew) Sowle.  Hilliard married twice: 1)  Abigail Wilson, who died in 1845; and 2) Flora H. Whitaker, who outlived him.  I believe Hilliard had five children with his first wife, one of them named for him, but that child lived only a few years.  Hilliard, Sr., died in 1882; he is buried at West View Cemetery with his wives and several of his children.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1908 Photograph of Students & Teacher(s) in the Deer Isle, Maine area; Helen Clark


1908 photograph of students and teacher(s) taken by the Harvard Photographic Studio of Deer Isle, Maine.  The photograph was presumably taken on Deer Isle or Little Deer Isle, but the photographer may have visited schools on the mainland.


The reverse has the name of Helen Clark and very faint initials for what I imagine are names of other people in the photograph.


A little tweaking reveals a bit more, and I can read the words "when picture taken", as well as .


If you recognize a Helen Clark and/or any of the people in the photograph from your own collections of family photographs and research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.