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Porter Town Warrant 1925

OXFORD, 55. STATE OF MAINE To J. L. Mason, a constable in the Town of Porter, in said county, Greeting: In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of said … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Deposition of Caleb Gordon

Map: Wilderness Route Followed by Caleb Gordon

I Caleb Gordon, aged Sixty three years, a citizen of the United States, born in Brentwood in the State of New Hampshire on oath testify & declare (being now resident in Augusta in the District of Maine) that in April … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Deposition of James Boaz

I, James Boaz of Portland in the County of Cumberland, on oath declare and say that I was born in Plymouth in Massachusetts which was my place of residence when I enlisted at Cambridge in the year 1780 or thereabouts … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Deposition of Jonathan Knox

I Jonathan Knox of Berwick in the County of York, and State of Maine, aged Eighty years, do upon Oath declare, in order to obtain the benefit of a Resolve of the Legislature of Maine passed March 17 1835, entitled … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War, Veterans

Dubros Times Selected Depositions of Maine  Revolutionary War Veterans This is the Introduction to the publication named above and edited by Sylvia J. Sherman of the Maine State Archives. It provides a context for the depositions selected here. More are … Continue reading

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Sidney Town Warrant 1937

To F. G. Creed, Constable of the Town of Sidney, in the County of Kennebec: Greeting: In the name of the State of Maine you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the town of Sidney, qualified … Continue reading

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Status of Women 1874

1875 Law Giving the Authority to Solemnize Marriage and Administer Oaths

Text of a 1875 law giving women the authority to solemnize marriage and administer oaths. (Click to enlarge.) Prior to 1875, women, who could not yet vote, had no authority to act as a justice of the peace, administering oaths, … Continue reading

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Status of Women 1892

[pp. 13-17] LIST OF EMPLOYMENTS. Women were found engaged in the following employments. Artists. Art stores. Bazaars. Cigar stores. Crockery stores. Confectionery stores. Dry goods stores. Dry goods and notion stores. Dry goods and carpet stores. Dry and fancy goods … Continue reading

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Status of Women 1892 Statistics

Women Wage Workers by Occupation 1892

STATISTICS FROM A SURVEY FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR STATISTICS REPORT, 1892 [pp. 150-151] Out of a total of 2,583 there are 115 who cannot read and 124 Who cannot write the English language, or between four and … Continue reading

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Swedish Colony Law 1870

Location Map for New Sweden

Law Promoting Swedish Immigration [See New Sweden, Stockholm, Westmanland and the Swedish Colony Report.] Chapter 173. An act to promote immigration and to facilitate the settlement of the public lands. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Swedish Colony Report 1870

Location Map for New Sweden

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION – 1870 [This report of the Board is also an introduction to the more extensive Report of the Commissioner of Immigration, 1870. Several similar reports were made in succeeding years. All are available at … Continue reading

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Topsham Schools Report 1929

Cover Page of Topsham

Annual Report of the Superintending School Committee and Superintendent of Schools I herewith submit my second annual report as Superintendent of the Schools of the town of Topsham. This is the twenty-first report since the organization of the Brunswick-Topsham District. … Continue reading

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Town Annual Reports

Here are sample town warrants, school and health reports from a variety of times and places.  Many more are available at the Maine State Library and the Maine State Archives in Augusta.  Such documents give an insight into the concerns … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, representing the United States, negotiated a new boundary between Maine and what is now Canada with Alexander Baring, Lord Ashburton, “Her Britannic Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission.” The treaty, signed August 9, 1842, became … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty Notes

NOTE 1 [Her Britannic Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission to the Secretary of State] WASHINGTON 9th August 1842 SIR, It appears desirable that some explanation between us should be recorded by correspondence respecting the fifth Article of the Treaty signed … Continue reading

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York Health Report 1933

Town of York Report of the Health Department 1933 Health Department Salary $ 800 00 Office in Realty Building 55 12 Rent $ 37 50 Telephone and Telegram 15 62 Lights 2 00 ________ Construction at Fire House $197 70 … Continue reading

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