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December 21

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 Chester Greenwood Day to recognize the inventor of … 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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June 14

Bathers at Old Orchard Beach on Saco Bay (June 2010)

June 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 1811 Birth date of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of … Continue reading

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June 18

Bathers at Old Orchard Beach on Saco Bay (June 2010)

June 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 1788 Incorporation of the towns of Canaan, Fairfield, Greene, … Continue reading

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Maine in the World

Many Maine people have had an impact throughout the United States and the world.  A glimpse of Maine Women in the World has been well described by Polly Welts Kaufman. Maine authors have made their mark outside the state.  From … Continue reading

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Maxim, Hiram Stevens

(1840-1916) was born in Sangerville February 5, 1840 and was famous for inventing the machine gun, ironically a “sanguinary” (bloody) instrument of warfare. Among other things, he invented smokeless powder for guns, a gas generator, a gas headlight for locomotives, … Continue reading

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Norcross, Leonard

(1798-1864) was born on June 18, 1798 in Readfield and became a millwright and a mechanic. He later moved to Dixfield where he developed several inventions. According to Stover in Eminent Mainers, they included a threshing and separating machine, a … Continue reading

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November 24

The Selectmen

November 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 1916 Machine gun inventor Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, of … Continue reading

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October 2

Southbound Appalachian Trail Crossing at Moxie Pond (October 2007)

October 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 1775 Benedict Arnold expedition arrives at Norridgewock Falls … Continue reading

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Ruggles, John

John Ruggles, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1789-1874) a Senator from Maine, born in Westboro, Massachusetts on October 8, 1789, attended the common schools, graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1813. He studied law was admitted to the bar and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Stearns, Joseph B.

Joseph B. Stearns (1831-1895) was born in Weld and moved to Searsmont with is father at the age of fourteen.  Three years later he moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts and found work in a cotton mill. After several early failures left … Continue reading

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