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Benton School Report 1941

Benton School Report Page 1

From the annual Town Report of 1941. Click on each page to enlarge.

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Boothbay Harbor Town Warrant 1931

TOWN WARRANT ________________ STATE OF MAINE LINCOLN, SS: To P. B. McPhee, Constable of the Town of Boothbay Harbor, in said County of Lincoln: In the name of the State of Maine, yon are hereby required to notify and warn … Continue reading

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Boston Post Cane

On August 2, 1909,  Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, Publisher of the Boston Post, a newspaper, forwarded to the Board of Selectmen in 700 towns* (no cities included) in New England a gold-headed ebony cane with the request that it be … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1979

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 4, 1979 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 109th Legislature Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State. One hundred and sixty years ago, two hundred and seventy-four delegates representing … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1983

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 6, 1983 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, honorable members of the 111th Maine Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and distinguished members of the Maine Judiciary, Senator Mitchell, Bishop O’Leary, Rabbi Krinsky, Reverend Josselyn, my colleagues in service … Continue reading

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Buckfield Town Warrant 1978

State of Maine County of Oxford To Garland Bell, a Constable of the Town of Buckfield. Greetings: In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Buckfield, … Continue reading

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Bunyan, Paul

Paul Bunyan (2001)

A mythical woodsman immortalized by a larger-than-life statue in Bangor, once the lumbering capital of the United States. This statue is located near the Bangor Auditorium on Main Street. Additional resources Felton, Harold W. Legends Of Paul Bunyan, Illustrated by … Continue reading

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Calendar

Calendar Links to Historic Dates in Maine History January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 … Continue reading

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Carrying Place Town TWP

Historic Topographic Map of T2 R3 (1956)

Appalachian Trail routes from details of a 1956 Historic Topographic Map preserved by the University of New Hampshire (see below). This township is technically known as T2 R3 BKP WKR. The latter initials mean Bingham’s Kennebec Purchase West of the … Continue reading

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Chain of Ponds

Natanis Point Campground Sign (2017)

is the name for Township T2 R6 WBKP, which contains the Chain Lakes, a waterway that provided Benedict Arnold’s expedition with the final passage to Canada on October 25th and 26th in 1775. The North Branch of the Dead River … Continue reading

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Chamberlain, Letter to Lincoln

Letter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Stanton regarding Joshua L. ChamberlainLetter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Stanton to be appointedBrigadier General

Letter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton recommeding that Joshua L. Chamberlain be appointed Brigadier General “for gallant and meritorious conduct in leading his Brigade against the enemy at Peterburg, Virginia where he was dangerously wounded … Continue reading

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Civil War

Camp scene, 2nd Maine Infantry

had a major impact on Maine, whose armed forces played a leading role in Maine’s participation in the Civil War. The Adjutant General’s Office in Maine State government had extensive records of Maine’s participation in the Civil War. Now in … Continue reading

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Civil War, Confederate Raiders

The United States’ Fort Sumpter in South Carolina fell to the Confederates on April 13, 1861, effectively initiating the Civil War. Four days later Confederate President Jefferson Davis authorized private vessels to capture or destroy Union commercial sailing vessels. This … Continue reading

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Clipper Ships

"Red Jacket": In the ice off Cape Horn, on Passage from Australia, to Liverpool, August 1854

were built in Maine in the 1850’s, with 54 having been constructed from 1851 to 1854.  Depending on how you define “Clipper,” William Hutchinson Rowe counts ninety from 1850 to 1856.  Since some very fast ships were known as “clippers,” … Continue reading

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Constitution, Maine

Title page from the Maine Constitution, Maine State Archives photo

Article I. Declaration of Rights. Article II. Electors. Article III. Distribution of Powers. Article IV. Part First. House of Representatives. Part Second. Senate. Part Third. Legislative Power. Article V. Part First. Executive Power. Part Second. Secretary. Part Third. Treasurer. Article … Continue reading

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Curtis Island

Curtis Light Station (undated)

[KUR-tis ISLAND], known for many years as Negro Island, is located in Camden Harbor in Knox County. Established in 1835, a light at the station was first lit in 1896 and was automated in 1972. White with a black “lantern” … Continue reading

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Dead River and Flagstaff Lake

Location Map for Dead River and Flagstaff Lake

The bulk of Flagstaff Lake (maps on right) cover Flagstaff, Bigelow, and Dead River townships in western Somerset County. The North Branch of the Dead River (maps on left) flow through the town of Eustis. Comparing the course of the … Continue reading

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December 1

White horse and goats in the snow in New Portland (December 2009)

December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1977 First publication of the newspaper the Gazette … Continue reading

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December 10

White horse and goats in the snow in New Portland (December 2009)

December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1816 Incorporation of the town of Brooks.

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December 11

White horse and goats in the snow in New Portland (December 2009)

December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1816 Shipwreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon … Continue reading

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