Friday, April 30, 2010

Treat Island (Allan's Island), Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine; John Allan; Cannon Insignia


Treat Island
Background: Campobello, New Brunswick at left; Lubec, Maine at right
There's now a bridge in this view, linking Campobello with mainland Lubec

Treat Island, sometimes called Treat's Island or, farther back in time, Allan's Island, is situated near the juncture of  Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays, along the border of Maine and New Brunswick.  It lies on the Maine side of the border, near Lubec and Eastport.   Luckily, it's had owners who have cared for it for generations and who recently made it available to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust for protection forever.  It's a beautiful island of varied habitat and vistas and worthy of preservation on those points alone, but the island also has historical significance.

The island's most famous resident was Colonel John Allan, a member of General George Washington's personal staff.  He was appointed Military Commander of the Eastern District of Maine and was tasked with organizing colonists in the area and working with area tribes to keep them neutral in the Revolution.

After the Revolution, he opened a store on the island and continued his friendship with area tribes, who hold him in high regard to this day. His records show that he traded on occasion with Benedict Arnold, who lived for a time on the neighboring island of Campobello.

I noted online that someone was surprised that Allen didn't try to capture Arnold for the bounty on his head.  Perhaps Allan was sympathetic to him, knowing of Arnold's shabby treatment by Gates and Wilkinson.  [I'm looking forward to reading the new biography of James Wilkinson and to seeing the new movie currently being made about Arnold by a UK historian]

Allan also was a customs official at Eastport, on another neighboring island, Moose Island.



John Allan Cenotaph on Treat Island

I'd be very surprised if Franklin Delano Roosevelt and family didn't also explore this island on occasion, as their summer cottage, now Roosevelt Campobello International Park , is on a nearby part of Campobello.   Campobello is now accessible by bridge from Lubec, Maine.

Treat Island reportedly had up to fifty houses at one point, but has long been uninhabited.  There are ruins of foundations and the telltale mounds of an artillery battery dating to the 1860s when the Union feared a Confederate threat to the area.



Foundation foreground; mounds remaining from battery, center
Campobello in background, at left

 I haven't been on the island for decades but we found a cannon, as you can see.  There's a local legend that some folks attempted to steal a cannon at one point, got it into their boat, got underway and then capsized, with the cannon going overboard.



Pointing to the Insignia


Rubbing taken from cannon insignia

It's my understanding that the "P" at the base of the insignia represents Portsmouth, England.  If you have further information on the possible origin of this cannon, please let me know.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quoddy Hotel, Destroyed in 1904 Fire, Eastport, Maine


Quartet of early 1900s postcards of the Quoddy Hotel, Eastport, Maine, which was destroyed in a fire in 1904.  One postcard shows the hotel before the fire, another shows the fire in progress, and two show the fire's aftermath.

Eastport lost a previous hotel, the Passamaquoddy, in 1886.


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1800s map of Fundy Bay, Grand Manan Island, Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine & New Brunswick


A map of eastern Maine and part of New Brunswick, Canada, as it appeared in a book from the 1800s.  I found the map page removed from the book so I can't supply the title, author or publication date.

Interestingly, the river between Calais, Maine, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, is noted as the St. Clair.  I assume this is a typo or error on the part of the author, as the river is actually called the St. Croix.  It had other names in the past, but I'm unaware of its ever being called the St. Clair.  If you know otherwise, please let me know.

The map shows Washington County, Maine, from Machias  to Calais and New Brunswick from Grand Manan Island to the Wolves.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1925 Court Directory & County Officers, Washington County, Maine


1925 Court Directory and County Officers, Washington County, Maine.
Names include:
Supreme Judicial Court
Elbridge G. Chadwick, Clerk of Courts, Machias
Doris A. Foss, Deputy Clerk, Machias
Harold H. Murchie, County Attorney, Calais
Probate Court
Lynn C. Haycock, Judge, Cherryfield
Emily G. Bradbury, Register, Machias
Lelia Mae Bridgham, Clerk, Machias
County Commissioners' Court
Commissioners
Herbert B. Sprague, Pembroke
Bion B. Reynolds, Lubec
Edwin Cummings, Jonesport
Geneva E. Jasper, Register of Deeds, Machiasport
Mabel S. Hutchinson, Clerk, Machias
Elmer E. Bowles, Treasurer, Machias
Grover K. Coffin, Probation Officer, Machias
James A. Cummings, Sheriff, Eastport
Bail Commissioners
Clement B. Donworth, Machias
Oscar L. Whalen, Eastport
Ernest A. Woodman, Calais
George W. Norton, Eastport
Deputies
Ralph A. Berry, Janitor and Turnkey, Machias
Julius E. White, Columbia
John L. McCurdy, Lubec
John W. Whalen, Eastport
Herbert J. Rogers, Jonesport
Moses P. Kneeland, Alexander
George Gibbons, Danforth
Raymond Warren, Milbridge
Jabez Daggett, Brookton
Ralph A. Norton, Columbia Falls
Silas B. Kelsey, Calais
David H. Trafton, Vanceboro
Frank E. Smith, Robbinston
George W. Ross, Vanceboro
Winfred A. Hooper, Baileyille
Amos Taylor, Pembroke

This booklet also names the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine for 1925:
Leslie C. Cornish, Chief Justice, Augusta
Warren C. Philbrook, Waterville
Charles J. Dunn, Orono
John A. Morrill, Auburn
Scott Wilson, Portland
Luere B. Deasy, Bar Harbor
Guy H. Sturgis, Portland
Charles P. Barnes, Houlton

Active Retired Justices:
Albert M. Spear, Augusta
George E. Bird, Portland



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Group Photo of Students, possibly Eastport, Maine



Group photo of students of grammar school age, probably Eastport, Maine, c. 1900.

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Seacoast Canning Company, Eastport, Maine















Vintage photograph of Warehouse A of Seacoast Canning Company, Eastport, Maine.  There's a notation on reverse that this view shows New York Wharf, which is in "back of Randall Cook's".





At one time Eastport was the "sardine capital of the world", but no sardines have been canned there for some time.   In fact, it's possible that the last sardine in Maine may be packed in 2010, with the proposed closing of the last factory still in operation.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

1940s-1950s photograph of the vessel "Grampus"

Undated photo from the 1940s or 1950s of a vessel identified on reverse as the "Grampus".  The photo was found with a group of photos from the Passamaquoddy Bay area of Maine and New Brunswick.

At right is the ID on reverse:
The photo was taken on Kodak Velox paper and had two numbers written on back: 902 and 999.  I found an online reference to Kodak paper types, advising that Velox was used during the 1940s and 1950s.
  
Perhaps this is the "Schooner Grampus" that was used on many oceanic research expeditions.  Henry Bryant Bigelow, founding director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, sailed on the "Grampus" from 1912 to 1916.

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1894 cabinet photo: young woman in Indian costume, Eastport, Maine studio











1894 cabinet photo taken by F. E. Fairchild, Eastport, Maine, of an unidentified young woman posing in Indian costume against a stylized background.  




There's a settlement of Passamaquoddy Indians adjacent to Eastport at Sipayik (Pleasant Point, Perry,Maine), so it's possible that she was Passamaquoddy, but the whole staged scene makes me doubt she was.

What's intriguing, though, is the possibility that the photographer might have purchased the dress and moccasins from a Passamaquoddy seamstress.







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Large 1880s era photo, possibly Eastport, Maine, with Steamship New York at dock



Large photograph, possibly 1880s era and possibly of Eastport, Maine, showing logs and lumber stacked on shore, with more floating nearby.   The Steamship New York is moored at the pier.  If this is Eastport, then the island of Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada is in the background.

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Monday, April 26, 2010



Newspaper clipping about Fort Sullivan, Eastport, Moose Island, Maine, probably from the late 1870s.


See images of a 12 page booklet published by the 48th Congress, First Session, regarding the disposition of Fort Sullivan, with folded map, here.


Passing of a Fort
Eastport's Old Fort Sullivan to Be Divided Up Into Building Lots and Sold


Eastport, Me.  May 19 -- One of Eastport's oldest and most prominent landmarks narrowly escaped going up in smoke recently during a storm, and while a heavy wind was blowing.


Fire was discovered coming through the roof of the old-time building on Fort Sullivan, where several families live, and a large crowd soon collected, including members of the fire department, who rendered valuable aid in getting the fire under control and saving the building.  The damage was small, and the former Government building that was at one time occupied by the English soldiers is yet prominent on the high ground.


Fort Sullivan, on which the above building stands, was built by the United States Government in 1808, the result of the embargo act passed by Congress in 1807, and it is supposed that the old fort was named in honor of Gov. Sullivan.  It was during his administration that the Batterman act was passed, which gave settlers at that time, who had no title, a fair compensation for improvements or betterments.  The Government turned its attention to the fortifying of Eastport, or Moose Island, as it was called, in the spring of 1807, and in April of the following year instructions came from the Government for Col. Lemuel Trescott, then Collector of Customs at Machias, to build the proposed fort here.  It is known that he purchased for $180 three acres of land on Clark's hill and the earth works were soon begun, to be followed by the necessary buildings.  A crescent battery of stone mason work was completed which was laid in lime 11 feet thick, and sods six and one-half feet thick laid on top, making the platform for the cannon.  A block-house was built near of pine timber, two stories high and having walls 14 inches thick.


They also constructed a magazine 10 feet square, the walls two feet thick and the roof arched.  A company of United States Artillery arrived in Passamaquoddy Bay on the warship Wasp, and the garrison was first commended [commanded?] by Capt. Moses Swett, four 18-pounders being mounted.


During the War of 1812, the place was occupied and some time later a fleet of English men-of-war arrived in the harbor and soon took possession of Fort Sullivan, which they held up to the close of the troubles.  It is said that most of the buildings on the fort, of which the above-mentioned is one, were built by the British at that time, who improved the fortifications began by the American Government and many buried timbers are yet to be seen on the fort and near the building now standing.  American soldiers were stationed at Fort Sullivan at intervals up to 1875, when they were ordered away by the Government and since that time the houses have been occupied mostly by the poorer residents of the city.


Last year a careful survey of the fort property was made and it was divided into lots that will probably be sold at public auction at an early date, when the present buildings will be hauled away and the frontier fortifications of 100 years ago will disappear.


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1908 invoice, W.T. Spates, Eastport Maine, with photo of Mr. Spates












1908 invoice from W. T. Spates of Eastport, Maine, Tin Plate and Sheet Iron Worker.

Thanks to a reader [see comment below], I now know that William Thomas Spates was born in Eastport, Maine, in February of 1845.  There was another William Spates in Eastport, but he was the nephew of William Thomas Spates.  The Spates surnames appears to have evolved from the Braunschweig surname Specht.

From online research, hopefully correct:

The parents of William Thomas Spates were John Edward(s) Specht, born in 1813 in Nova Scotia, and Sarah S. McMullen, born in 1812 in Digby, Nova Scotia.  William's paternal grandparents were Thomas William Specht (son of Hessian Johann Julius Anthon Christoph Specht of Braunschweig, in what is now Germany) and his wife Bridget.  William's maternal grandparents were Peter McMullen and his wife Mary Joanna McDormand of Digby, both of Nova Scotia.

William Thomas Spates married Anna Graham of Nova Scotia; they had, I believe, three sons and a daughter.

I found an interesting website on the Hessians and on Johann Julius Anthon Christoph Specht

Other names that appear on the invoice are O. H. [?] Brown and B. N. Andrews, who must have been members of the I.O.R.M., which I assume was the International Order of Red Men, to whom the invoice is directed.  I found Oscar H. Brown and Byron N. Andrews in the 1900 Census for Eastport, Maine.

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1812, Challenge to a Duel; Don Manuel Solana of St. Augustine, Florida vs. John M'Intosh, Esq. of Georgia


Interesting tidbit found in the Boston newspaper the Repertory & General Advertiser of Tuesday, December 1, 1812.   It appears that the article originated in another paper, the Alex. Gaz., which I'm assuming is the Alexandria Gazette of Alexandria, Virginia.

A Challenge! -- The Command't at St. Augustine, Don Manuel Solana, has written and published a Challenge to John H. M'Intosh, Esq., of Georgia, (a distinguished character among the Revolutionists of East Florida, daring M'Intosh to meet him, the said Manuel Solana: anywhere on this side of St. John's river, on foot or on horseback, by night or by day, and with any arms [he] may appoint."

John H. McIntosh was the leader of a band of American frontiersmen that attacked St. Augustine in 1812 but was repelled by the superior forces.   Don Manuel Solana was an equally fascinating character in early Florida history; I read online that his descendants still live in the St. Augustine area.

Assuming that this was the original Don Manuel Solana and not one of his sons or grandsons, the challenger would have been 72 at the time of the duel!


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Certificate of Record for George F. Small, Cape Elizabeth, Maine - Civil War










I found this document photocopied onto two sheets and thought you all might enjoy a transcription.

Certificate of Record for George F. Small, Cape Elizabeth, Maine for his service in the Civil War.



"Certificate of Record
To all whom it may concern
Bequeathed to every American is a priceless legacy
Preserved to us by the valor of the Boys in Blue

This certifies that GEORGE F. SMALL: Enlisted from Cumberland County, Maine, on the 21st day of July, 1862, to serve three years, and was mustered into the service of the United States at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on the 18th day of August, 1862, as a Private of Captain Ellis M. Sawyer's COMPANY "E", 17TH REGIMENT MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, Colonel Thomas Roberts commanding.

This regiment was recruited in the counties of York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin.  It arrived at Washington, D.C., August 23, 1862, where it was engaged in drill and garrison duty until October, when it crossed into Virginia and joined Berry's (3rd) Brigade, Birney's (1st) Division 3rd Corps.  The regiment made a creditable record at Fredericksburg, and at Chancellorsville, it sustained a loss of 10 killed, 65 wounded and 38 missing.  At Gettysburg, Lieutenant Colonel C. B. Merrill commanding, it was engaged in Sickles' fight on the second day, losing 18 killed, 112 wounded and 3 missing.  In March 1864, Birney's Division was transferred to the 2nd Corps, the regiment being placed in General Alex Hay's Brigade of that Division - 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps.  Led by Colonel West, it crossed the Rapidan with 507 men and fought under Grant at the battle of the Wilderness, where its casualties amounted to 22 killed, 155 wounded and 15 missing; total 192.  In June it was transferred to the 1st Brigade, with which it took part in the storming of Petersburg, June 16-18, 1864.  Its losses in those bloody and disastrous assaults were 13 killed, 66 wounded and 5 missing.  In June, 129 men were received by transfer from the Third Maine, the term of that regiment having expired; even with this accession, the ranks showed but little over 200 muskets in the line.  The regiment took part in the following battles: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, VA; Gettysburg, PA; Wapping Heights, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Petersburg Trenches, Jerusalem Road, Boydton Hatcher's Run, Sailor's Creek, Farmville.  [crossed out line and a half].  Was also present at Auburn, Va; Po[tomac] River; Totopotomoy, Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, Appomatox.  The 17th sustained the heaviest loss of any infantry regiment from Maine.  It was mustered out June 4, 1865.

On account of meritorious service the said George F. Small was promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant and Orderly Sergeant.  He received a flesh wound at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, in left thigh, bullet was extracted while on field, was confined in hospital about 94 days; was wounded again at Locust Grove, Va., Nov 26, 1863, in right shoulder, was confined in Fairfax Seminary Hospital, after which was furloughed two months.  On account of said confinement in hospitals he was not able to be with his command on all occasions, but he was always to be found at his post of duty, rendering faithful and meritorious service.

He received an HONORABLE DISCHARGE at Portland, Maine, on the 10th day of June, 1865, by reason of close of the war.

He was born at Cape Elizabeth, Me., on the 18th day of May 1840; was united in marriage to Susan J. Colson [the surname Wheeler was  crossed and Colson written in] at Cape Elizabeth, Me., on the 17th day of November, 1866, from which union the following children were born, viz: - Edith G., Lizzie W., George F, Jr., Etta C., Charles H [another strikeover] and Percy L.

He is a member of  Bosworth Post, No. 2, Department of Maine, Grand Army of the Republic, and was Officer of the Day and Commander of John R. Adams Post, G.A.R., previous to joining Bosworth Post.  He is also a member of the I.O.O.F., Ancient Bros. No. 4.

He has held office in the Custom House of Portland, Maine.  Mr. Small was presented with a medal by the citizens of Philadelphia [strikeover] for meritorious conduct at Chancellorsville.

These facts are thus recorded and preserved for the benefit of all those who may be interested.

Compiled from Official and Authentic Sources by the Soldiers and Sailors Historical Benevolent Society.  In testimony whereof: I hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the seal of the Society.  Done at Washington, D.C. this 4th day of September, AD 1903.  No. 200048.   H. W. Kellogg, Historian"





















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1872 Teacher's Register, Robbinston, Maine





State of Maine Teacher's School Register for 1872-3, reported by Robbinston, Washington County, Maine.

The name of the agent was Davis C. Diffin.  The teacher was Rose E. Knapp.




Students:

Herbert Brooks, age 10
Robert J. Diffin, age 16
Lyona F. Diffin, age 10
George Diffin, age 10
Jennie Diffin, age
Eva A. Diffin, age 7
Emily Diffin, age 5
Levi R. Ferson, age 12
Charles W. Ferson, age 10
Lottie Ferson, age 8
Dora Ferson, age 5
Maggie R. Gates, age 22
Elmer W. McDonald, age 8
Robert McDonald age 7
Lettie McDonald, age 5
Annie E. Stanhope, age 16
Andrew J. Stanhope, age 7                                            
Loring Stanhope, age 7
Florence Stanhope, age 6
Willie S. Vose, age 11
Myra Vose, age 13
Hiram Waterman, age 13
James C. Diffin, age 14
Wesley A. Diffin, age 5
Albert Diffin, age 14
John Crompton, age 13
Josiah Apt, age 10
Hannah Apt, age 7
Charles Grim, age 8
Amy E. Sherman, age 5
Elthere Goldin[g], age 16
Isaac Goldin[g], age 14
Uriah Stanhope, age 14
Mark McLaughlin, age 10
Martha Diffin, age 14
Annie Fader, age 13
Hiram Hunt, age 12
Stephen Hunt, age 9
John Apt, age 16







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Beautiful Label for L. A. Fish & Co., Jonesboro, Maine


Label for a crate, I assume, of packed sardines of the L. A. Fish & Company, Jonesboro, Maine.  It's likely that the family behind this company ties in with the family of Lucia Fish, a shut-in in the Jonesport/Jonesboro area, who received many cards from all over, as part of the "Shut-In" program, something I'd love to know more about - who started it, when did it start, etc.?

Lucia, born in 1890, was the daughter of George Washington Gates Fish and his wife Lizzie Madge Drisko Fish. See their family tree, a work in progress.  I came across a group of the postcards that Lucie, or Lucie or Lucy, received.  I'll bet they gave her a lot of pleasure.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photograph of Dudley Howard Van Deusen, Illinois & Idaho






Photograph of Dudley Howard Van Deusen, "Mary and Howard's father".










Dudley H. Van Deusen was born about 1870 in Illinois and died in 1929 in Portland, Oregon.   He was the son of Thomas T. and Mary (Gulick) Van Deusen.

He and his wife Elmina, the daughter of Thomas Brown and Catherine (Baker) Hayslip, were married 23 Sep 1901 in St. Marys Kansas; they had 2 children: Mary Eva and Dudley Howard.  In the 1920 Census, he was living in Emmett, Gem County, Idaho, raising stock.  He had found his way to Idaho in 1898 and immediately saw its potential for raising sheep and cattle.  His brothers and father eventually joined him, and they amassed one of the largest sheep and cattle ranches in the area.

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RPPC of Raymond W. French, born about 1920











Real Photo Postcard of Raymond W. French.  Identification on the back reveals that Raymond was a year and a half old when this photograph was taken.









The postcard was acquired in Maine, and there does happen to be a Raymond W. French that fits, though I can't be sure.






The Raymond W. French I found online was born in Massachusetts in 1920 and resided in Maine until his death in 1970.  According to Census and death records, he lived in both Washington and Hancock Counties.

If you recognize this Raymond W. French from family photograph albums, especially if you know him to be another Raymond W. French entirely, I'm hoping that you will let me know.

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1911 Itinerary Memento from Theo G. Valinda, Chicago, to friend Mollie Stanhope












Interesting paper pasted on hard backing.

Chicago 1911

To my dear Friend Mrs. Mollie Stanhope

In memorie of my journeys to

Colorado
Yellowstone Park
Grand Canyon of Arizona
California
Hawaiian Islands
Tahiti, South Sea
Panama to Vancouver
Mexico
British Columbia

Theo G. Valinda

Along with the many stamps, he pasted a tiny portrait of himself at bottom.

Here is what I could determine online; hopefully it's correct.  Theodore Gustave Valinda was born in 1880 in Germany and died in Winnetka, Illinois in 1966.   In the 1930 Census, his lists as occupation as Designing Engineer, Bridge Construction.

He married Blanche B. Smith, who was born in Nova Scotia in 1875, the daughter of William MacVicar Smith and his wife Helen Margaret "Ellen".  Blanche died in 1952 in Evanston, Illinois, according to an obituary in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.  She left 3 sisters: Miss Elizabeth G. Smith; Miss Bertha M. Smith; Mrs. George R. Laidlaw (Helen), all of Halifax; and two brothers: Horace H. Smith and Edgar D. Smith, both of Dartmouth.  Her parents had predeceased her.

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Obituary of Frank N. Gower, Brooklyn NY and Maine, WWI Casualty



It's hard to fathom that this young man died on November 16, 1918 of wounds received on Nov 2, and yet his parents were not informed of his death until January 4, 1919!  I hope there was an error in the article.

"Private Gower Dies of Wounds"

Private Frank N. Gower, 45th Co., 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment U.S. Marines, reported died of wounds Nov. 16, 1918, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gower, formerly of Gardiner [Maine].  He was born in 1900, at Auburn [Maine].  He enlisted from the home of his parents, Brooklyn, N.Y., received his training at Paris Island, S. C., and went across in August.  He was one of 22 picked men of his company for overseas duty.  Private Gower was wounded Nov 2.  His parents received news of his death on Jan 4, 1919.


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1875 Spring Term, Hallowell Classical School, Hallowell Maine





Folded paper pertaining to the Hallowell Classical School, Hallowell, Maine, and its 1875 Spring Term.    "This School, with its corps of efficient teachers, offers superior advantages for a thorough education at moderate charges.  Send for circulars to
Rev. H. F. Harding or Simon Page."

On the reverse is written the name Frank Bumpus and the word "order".  No guarantee it's the same one, but there's a Frank Bumpus in the 1880 Census, living in Shirley, Piscataquis County, Maine, a farmer, with children Ephraim, Willie, Mabel, Fred, Charlie, Albert, Linwood and Arthur.  Perhaps he sent for the circular, and this folded paper accompanied it.







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Campaign Bio Brochure for John W. Bricker, Ohio, 1944 GOP Veep Nominee










A Voter's Eye-View of John W. Bricker", small brochure of several pages, all scanned below.  John W. Bricker was the governor of Ohio, who was tapped in 1944 to be the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, on the ticket with New York governor Thomas E. Dewey.

Wonderful biographical information!





































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Memory Card, Mary Alice Amanda Jolicoeur of Lewiston, Maine







Little card in memory of Mary Alice Amanda Jolicoeur, born in Lewiston, Maine and died in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 21 years.




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CDV of young woman by Lynn, Massachusetts Studio












Carte de Visite of a young woman, taken by Collins Studio, 8 Market Street, Lynn, Massachusetts.  There's an imprinted date of 1879, but I'm not sure if that means definitively that this CDV was made in 1879 or if that's just when the Studio began operation.







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Photograph of young Alfred Taylor, by Chelsea Massachusetts Studio




Photograph of a young Alfred Taylor, by the Whitman Studio, Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Searching online, I found an Alfred Elias Taylor living on Shurtleff St (?) in Chelsea, Massachusetts, who submitted a WWI Draft Registration Card indicating a birthdate of 17 Sep 1892

I also found an Alfred Taylor, born about 1895, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth, in Somerville, Massachusetts.

If you have any insights into the further identity of the Alfred Taylor pictured here, please contact me.



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