Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Eliott, Maxine

Miss Maxine Elliott, c. 1905

Motion pictures . . . The Eternal Magdalene (1919) The Fighting Odds (1917) When the West Was Young (1913) A Doll for the Baby (1913) Samaritan (1913) (1873-1940) was born as Jessie C. Dermott in Rockland on February 5, 1873. … Continue reading

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Emmons, Chansonetta Stanley

(1858-1937) was a gifted early 20th century photographer. She was born on December 30, 1858 in Kingfield, the only daughter of Apphia and Solomon Stanley Emmons’s seven children. Chansonetta was nicknamed Netta, because her French-inspired name meaning, “little song” was … Continue reading

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Fisher, Jonathan

Jonathan Fisher House (2003)

(1768-1847) was, according to The Art of Jonathan Fisher, 1768-1847, “an uncommon common man, the nineteenth century pastor of a little Maine town. More than his occupation or the locale may suggest, Fisher was a universal man–inventor, farmer, architect and … Continue reading

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Folklore

The Maine Folklife Center collected interviews (recorded on paper and audio and moving image media) from the 1960’s until early in the 21st Century.  Founded by University of Maine professor Edward “Sandy” Ives and located at the university, the Center … Continue reading

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Ford, John

Sculpture of Film Director John Ford in Portland

(1894-1973) an Academy Award winning motion picture director, was born in Portland in an area now part of Cape Elizabeth.  His family moved back to Portland where he grew up on Munjoy Hill. Ford was born John Martin Feeney to … Continue reading

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French, George

Schooner and Children at Stonington (c. 1940)

(1882-1970) was the recipient of numerous American and foreign awards for his distinguished photography. His work was selected by such firms as American Bell Telephone Company for use in posters, and for many years his photographs were familiar to Americans, … Continue reading

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Furbish, Catherine “Kate”

Furbish Lousewort

(1834-1931) made her mark in history by being the first botanic artist in the “Garden of Maine.” The “Posey-Woman,” as she was called by the French Canadians in upper Maine, was determined to collect, classify, and draw all the plants … Continue reading

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Gannett, Guy

Guy P. Gannett (1881-1954) was born in Augusta and was a successful entrepreneur. He assisted his father, William H. Gannett, in publishing Comfort magazine. William H. Gannett was a major force in the mail-order and publishing business during the late … Continue reading

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Gorges, Sir Fernando

(1565 1647) along with Captain John Mason, was granted ownership of land, to be called The Province of Maine, in 1622 by the Great Council of New England. Earlier, he had taken care of three Indians who had been kidnapped … Continue reading

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Gould, John

Selected works .  .  . Pre-Natal Care for Fathers(1941) The House That Jacob Built(1947), in which Gould rebuilds the house his grandfather built and tells about the family that’s lived there And One to Grow on: Recollections of a Maine … Continue reading

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Grant, Abbie Burgess

Matinicus Island Light Station

(1839-1892), an early female lighthouse keeper in Maine, was born in Rockland, the fourth of nine children born to Samuel and Thankful Burgess. She lived and went to school in Rockland until she was fourteen years old when she and … Continue reading

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Greenlaw, Linda

A Swordfish Harpoon Boat (NOAA photo)

(1962 – ) has written several bestselling books about her life as a commercial fisherman and the culture of fishing. Before Linda became a best selling author she was a commercial fisherman for seventeen years. As the Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

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Greenleaf, Moses

Moses Greenleaf Map of the District of Maine…1815

(1777-1834) was a geographer and one who believed that Maine’s economic and civil success would be best supported by a clear understanding of its geographic, economic, and demographic resources. He became know as “Maine’s First Mapmaker.” [Click each map to … Continue reading

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Greenwood, Chester

(1858 – 1937) was a Farmington entrepreneur who became famous as the inventor of ear muffs. An inventor for the ordinary man, he could look at a labor intensive job and then figure out how to get it done more … Continue reading

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Hall, R.B.

R. B. Hall Day Program (1999)

(1858-1907) composer and musician, was born into a musical family on June 30th, 1858 in Bowdoinham and was known as a cornet virtuoso, bandmaster and composer of marches. Among his compositions is the Fort Popham March. His father played E … Continue reading

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Hamlin, Helen

Maine Department of Conservation Photo

By the early 1930s, approximately twenty families lived permanently at the depot, including those of the superintendent, paymaster, master mechanic, truck drivers, Lombard operators, boat operators, scalers, camp superintendents, and many more. At the height of its operation, thousands of … Continue reading

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Haskell, Nathaniel M.

Nathaniel M. Haskell (1953)

Born September 27, 1912, he was a native of Pittsfield where his father, Lewis O. Haskell, was owner and publisher of the Pittsfield Advertiser. When he was only two years old his father died and his mother took the family … Continue reading

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Hawley, Jean Gannett

(1924-1994) was one of Maine’s most influential media figures. As publisher and chair of the board of Guy Gannett Communications, she controlled a company whose assets included newspapers, television channels, and multi-tenant broadcast towers. As a successful and visible citizen, … Continue reading

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Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Hawthorne House

(1804-1864) was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to a prominent family. Family and local history, some of it drawn from Raymond, Casco, and the surrounding area where he spent many summers between 1813 and 1825, provided much … Continue reading

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Hawthorne, Works

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works . . . Fanshawe, 1828 My Kinsman, Major Molineux; Roger Malvin’s Burial, 1832 (stories) Young Goodman Brown, 1835 Twice Told Tales, 1837(expanded 1842) Grandfather’s Chair, 1841 Famous Old People, 1841 Liberty Tree, 1841 Biographical Stories For Children, … Continue reading

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