Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1880s Autograph Album of Helen Agnes Mead of North Bridgton, Maine - many students of North Bridgton Academy



1880s autograph album presented to Helen A. Mead of North Bridgton, Maine, by her mother on Christmas day, 1883. 




The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains 107 autographs of relatives, and friends, many of whom were students at North Bridgton Academy.




Helen Agnes Mead was born 2 April 1871 at Bridgton, Maine, the daughter of John Mead, Jr., and wife Nancy J. (Jordan) Mead.  


Her paternal grandparents were John and Lucinda (Longley) Mead.  Her maternal grandparents were James R. and Sarah Goodhue (Proctor) Jordan.


I think Helen moved to Massachusetts at some point, but I'd like to find confirmation of that.  If you have any corrections to the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!  


Helen's mother Nancy J. (Jordan) Mead was likely the N. J. Mead who signed the page below in 1884,as the handwriting looks very similar to the presentation page, above.




Helen's father, John Mead, Jr., signed the page below in 1887:




Helen's brother, James Carroll Mead, signed the page below in 1884:




Many of the pages were signed by students at North Bridgton Academy in the 1880s.  


I was able to flesh out the initials of some of the signers by referring to the booklet "A Souvenir - Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, Maine, Reunion of the Alumni, June 1895".




Two pages that contain the classes of some of the signers:






Complete list of signers, in alphabetical order.  Please note that the place mentioned by some of the signers may have been where they signed rather than their home town.



Asa F. Abbott of Upton, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as Asa Frost Abbott, Class of 1887
May L. Abbott of Upton, Maine, at North Bridgton, 1886
Mamie A. Babb of Sebago, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
G. Herbert Babb of North Bridgton, Maine, at Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as George Hebert Babb of Sebago, Class of 1887
W. P. Babb of Sebago, Maine, at Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as Will Potter Babb, Class of 1889
H. L. Bartlett of Stoneham, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Hermon Linwood Bartlett, Class of 1887
W. G. Beckler of North Waterford, Maine, at North Bridgton, 1885
N. Grace Bray of Harrison, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in reunion book as Grace N. Bray, Class of 1881
Cora E. Briggs of Harrison, Maine, at North Bridgton, 1885; in reunion book as Cora Eva Briggs, Class of 1887
Beulah Brigham of North Bridgton, Maine
Addie M. Chadbourne of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in reunion book, Class of 1881
Fred M. Coffin of Gilead, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
Mary E. Cummings of Harrison, Maine; shared page with Nellie J. Scribner
Katie E. Cushman of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in reunion book as Kate Ellen Cushman, Clas of 1887
M. K. Cushman of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884
Cora M. Dawes of Harrison, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1885
George C. Deake of Portland, Maine, 1885
Lura W. Dennison of Phillips, Maine, 1885
G. L. Dike of Sebago, Maine; not sure of first initial
Charlotte P. Dingley of South Casco, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1884
Lucy E. Dorman of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in reunion book, Harrison, Maine, Class of 1881
George L. Eveleth of New Gloucester, Maine, 1885
Wallace R. Farrington of Portland, Maine, 1886
O. C. Farrington of Portland, Maine; in reunion book as Oliver Cummings Farrington of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Class of 1886
Gertrude Flint of Bridgton, Maine, 1884
Gertrude E. Foster of North Bridgton Maine, 1884; in reunion book as Eva Gertrude Foster, Class of 1886
Susie L. Foster, 1884; in reunion book as Susie Lucretia Foster, Boston, Massachusetts, Class of 1888
Fred O. Godwin of Upton, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy
Charles B. Gordon of Lakewood, New Jersey, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Charles Benjamin Gordon, Class of 1888
Charles H. Gould of Minneapolis, Minnesota, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Charles Hall Gould, Class of 1888
Lizzie P. Gray of Harrison, Maine, 1884
Ida Maria Greene of North Bridgton, Maine, 1885
Annie G. Hall of Windham, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1884
Annie C. Hamlin of North Bridgton, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1884
Frank H. Hardy at Manchester, New Hampshire
Gertrude A. Haskell of Bolster's Mills, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Alice Gertrude Haskell, Class of 1889
Roy H. Hawkes of New York City, 1885
Geneva E. Hill of Sebago, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
W. C. Holden of Windham, Maine, at Bridgton Academy, 1887; in reunion book as William Cross Holden of South Windham, Class of 1887
Carrie M. Holden of South Windham, Maine, 1884; in reunion book as Carrie May Holden, Class of 1887
E. S. Howe of Hanover, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
E. N. Huntress, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as Edward Newton Huntress, Mt. Dora, Florida, Class of 1887
Emma S. Irish of South Bridgton, Maine, at Bridgton Academy, 1886
Lilla L. Jillson of Otisfield, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1885; in reunion book as Lilla Louise Jillson, Class of 1888
E. M. Johnson of East Waterford, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
Jessie B. Kemp of White Rock, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
Loring S. Lombard of West Baldwin, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Loring Sawyer Lombard, East Hiram, Maine, Class of 1889
Mabel Long of South Windham, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1885; not sure of middle initial
J. H. Martin of Bridgton, Maine, 1885; in reunion book as John Henry Martin of North Bridgton, Class of 1886
Eva E. Martin of Lovell Centre, Maine, at North Bridgton, 1886
Ina M. H. Martin of North Bridgton, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
Helen A. Mead, owner of the album, presented to her by her mother, North Bridgton, Maine, 1883
N. J. Mead of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884
J. C. Mead of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; Helen's brother James Carroll Mead
John Mead of North Bridgton, Maine, 1887, Helen's father
C. W. Mead at Manchester, New Hampshire, 1884
M. Abbie Mead of Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in the reunion book as Mary Abbie Mead, Class of 1885
Emma M. Merrill of Gray, Maine, at Bridgton Academy, 1885
Fred M. Monk of North Bridgton, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
I. R. Morrell of Windham Center, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Isaiah Rogers Morrell, Class of 1888
Annie L. Morrell of Windham Centre, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
George B. Nelson of New Gloucester, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; not sure of "George"
Robert Newhall of South Windham, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
William G. Newhall of South Windham, Maine, 1885
Grace L. Newman of Wells, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1884; Grace Luette Newman, Class of 1884
Julia E. Noyes of Portland, Maine, 1885
W. W. Peabody of Gilead, Maine
A. G. Phipps of Milan, New Hampshire; in reunion book as Albert Gallatin Phipps, Class of 1887
Hattie S. Phipps of Milan, New Hampshire, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
W. Pulsifer of West Sumner, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1885; middle initial could be C or G or ?
E. Pulsifer of West Sumner, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; middle initial could be A or H or ?
Ch. A., North Bridgton, Maine, 1886; in reunion book as Christie Andrews Record of South Paris, Maine; Class of 1886
George P. Richardson of East Baldwin, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
Lillian H. Ricker of Harrison, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as Lillian Holmes Ricker, Class of 1888
M. H. Rogers of Windham Center, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
Edward E. Russell of Center Lovell, Maine, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1886; in reunion book as Edward Ervin Russell, Class of 1887
Lavater W. Sanborn of Naples, Maine, 1886; in reunion book as Lavater Warren Sanborn of Maplewood, Maine; Class of 1886
Wilber R. Sanborn of West Baldwin, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
L. E. Sanborn of Maplewood, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; not sure of first initial
Clara C Sawyer of Portland, Maine, 1885
Abbie H. Sawyer of Gray Corner, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885; in reunion book as Abbie Huston Sawyer of Gray, Maine, Class of 1886
Nellie J. Scribner of Bolster's Mills, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; Nellie Jones Scribner, Class of 1889
Isabelle Smart of Sweden, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy
Samuel C. Smith of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884
Caroline M. Smith of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884
Maud Soule of Boston, Massachusetts, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885
Wadsworth Spring of New Gloucester, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Class of 1889, North Bridgton
Edith M. Stearns of Center Lovell, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1887
Georgia A. Stearns of Quincy, Florida, at North Bridgton Academy, 1884; in reunion book as Georgia Anna Stearns, Class of 1887
A. E. Stearns of Quincy, Florida, at North Bridgton Academy, 1884; in reunion book as Aretus Elroy Stearns, Class of 1886
Everett B. Stetson of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1885
Annie W. Stetson of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1885
Bertha Stinchfield of Brunswick, Maine; not sure of middle initial
Nellie F. Stone of Otisfield, Maine, 1886; in reunion book as Nellie Flora Stone, Class of 1888
Annis H. Stone of North Bridgton, Maine, 1885; in reunion book, Class of 1882
Sadie M. Sturgis of West Gorham, Maine, 1884
Hortense M. Thomes of Bolster's Mills, Maine, 1885; in reunion book as Mary Hortense Thomes, Class of 1889
W. G. Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Bridgton Academy, 1886
Mabel J. Turner of Otisfield, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
F. B. Usher of Sebago, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886
H. W. Webb of North Bridgton, Maine, 1884; in reunion book as Henry Wilson Webb, Class of 1886
Virginia F. Weston of Bolster's Mills, Maine, at North Bridgton Academy, 1886; in reunion book as Virginia Frances Weston, Class of 1889
Mabelle E. Whitehouse of Bridgton Highlands; in reunion book as Mabel Evelyn Whitehouse, Class of 1889
James A. Whitney of Casco, Maine, 1884
Mary Florence Whitney of Harrison, Maine, 1885
W. D. Williamson of Milan, New Hampshire, at North Bridgton, Maine, 1885
Mamie L. Wilson of Naples, Maine; 1886; in reunion book as Mamie Lucie Wilson, Class of 1886
Hattie M. York of Milan, New Hampshire, at North Bridgton Academy, 1885


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