Sunday, March 30, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, June 28, 1879
The Bates commencement week opened last Sunday with Baccalaureate sermon
by acting President Hayes, who took for his text, "We know what we worship." The
college alumni chose Josiah Chase, of Portland, as President Dr. F.E. Sleeper, of
Sabattus, and W. E. C. Rich were elected members of the Board of Overseers.
Solon Chase writes to the Boston Globe that the utterance of Chase's Chronicle in
regard to the State convention did not reflect his ideas, but that the Greenback platform,
as adopted, does reflect them and that it is "practicable, radical and invulnerable."
Last Saturday the corner stone of a new Episcopalian Church was laid by Bishop
Neeley, at Lewiston. The walls are to be of stone and it will be erected this season.
Emigrants are going to Presque Isle is considerable number this season. Building
lots in the village, and no vacant stores are to be found. This owing to the prospect of
the early completion of the railroad to that town.
B. A. Butler, station agent at Pine Point, Scarborough, furnished the clams for
the great Masonic clambake on Tuesday, and the 300 bushels were nearly all dug on
the Scarborough beaches on Monday.
The 87th birthday of Mrs. Eleanor Fitts, widow of Mr. Samuel Fitts, of Freeport
was celebrated on the 13th of June, by the usual gathering of her children and friends.
There were present seven children, twenty-two grand children and eighteen great
grand children. There were sixty in all who were bountifully provided for from the
table of Mr. Samuel Fitts and his sister Miss Almira Fitts, son and daughter, who resides
at the homestead. The day was exceedingly pleasant and long to be remembered by
all present. J. A. F.
Mr. Cyrus Thurlow, a well known citizen of Deering, died at his residence at
Abbot's Corner on Thursday week, after a long illness caused by enlargement of
the liver. Mr. Thurlow was about 55 years of age, and a native of Westbrook. For
six weeks past he had been engaged in market gardening on a large scale. He had
held the office of selectman of Deering, and was highly esteemed by his fellow
A very large audience gathered at the High School building in Deering on Friday
week, to witness the exercises of the graduating class, which numbered seven. The
performances were very creditable to the school which is under the instruction of
Mr. Fred Robbins and Miss H. Hawkes. The music, under the direction of Mr. A. J.
added much to the interest of the occasion.
There was intense excitement last week on the line of the Sandy River railroad,
upon the rumor that Mr. Shannehan, one of the contractors had found while excavating
for the road, a copper pot, which was hurriedly taken away and left in the bank. It was
said that it contained over $30,000 in gold which is probably a great exaggeration. Mr.
Shannehan does not state how much it contained.
Camp meeting John Allen announces that it is proposed to celebrate the 54th
anniversary of his conversion in a grove near Fairbanks Mills, on Sunday the 29th
inst., with preliminary exercise on Saturday 25th.
A young woman attempted suicide at Hallowell last Sunday night, by jumping
into the river. A watchman, seeing her running toward the wharf, followed and
Rev. J. Evarts Pond lately of Hampden has been installed pastor of the
Congregational Church of Warren.
Haines the murderer conceived a plan to murder the turnkey of the Bangor jail
last year, in a manner similar to that lately employed in murdering his keeper at
Rockland. The plan miscarried, and he was kept in a dungeon three months on
account of it. He evidently is not a criminal to trifle with. He says he is a candidate
for a long term, and expects to be elected. He spoiled the lock of his cell in the jail
at Rockland, before he was put in the city lock up.
H. F. Pitcher, a well-to-do farmer in South Waldoboro, committed suicide last
Workman are now putting up the telegraph wire, and soon Dixfield will be in
telegraphic communication with all parts of the world. E. G. Harlow has laid the
foundation to his block in Dixfield. A. I. H.
Paris, Me., celebrates his centennial September 11th, ex-Governor Perham will
preside, and among the speakers are expected Senator Hamlin, Honorable Horatio
King and Honorable General F. Emery, editor of the Boston Post, all of whom are
natives of the town.