Wednesday, April 30, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, June 16, 1877
John Southard of East Bradford was 100 years old on May 10th, and appears
likely to live many years yet.
The State Temperance Reform Convention at Dexter last week was well attended
and of great interest. J. Benson, Jr., of Auburn presided. A proposition to hold a
reform camp meeting was voted down. All the more active club were represented
by their best speakers, about 50 of the 121 clubs sending delegates. The total
memberships is reports as 17,148.
The assignee's sale of the estate of the late G. K. Jewett of Bangor, last week
was largely attended. Large tracts of land in Aroostook County sold, prices ranging
from 17 cents to $1 per acre. Quite a number of shares of railway and mining
companies went for almost nothing. But stock in bank, gas and insurance companies
sold at a good premium.
Everett Fredericks, aged 8, was drowned at Old Town on the 8th.
Commencement exercise at the State College begins June 23rd, with the
Sophomore prize declamations; Sunday; 24th Baccalaureate sermon by President
Allen; Monday, Junior prize exhibition; Tuesday, military drill and parade of the
Auburn Cadets, and the President's reception in the evening; Wednesday,
exercise of graduating calls, and grand concert by Ann Louise Cary; Thursday,
examinations for admission, Class Day exercises, and grand ball in the evening.
The names of Rev. Joseph Cook of Boston, Rev. E. S. Atwood of Salem, Mass.,
and Rev. William H. Fenn, of Portland are mentioned in connection with the
vacancy in the faculty of the Bangor Theological Seminary made by Professor
"No Sunday beyond here, is the inscription on a sign post in the Moosehead
Ira William, a well-to-do farmer of Bowdoinham, hung himself last week. He
has been insane, though of late not showing many symptoms of it.
P. P. Bucknam and John Cornish have leased the Treat Saw Mill, at Bath on
a contract with the Messer's. Milliken of Hallowell to saw two to three millions
of spruce deal (sic) for the English market. Mr. Charles H. Treat goes to Delaware
to operate a steam saw mill.
State Greenback convention at Skowhegan on Friday, 15th.
The Golden Wedding of Rev. Dr. Stephen Thurston, and his wife Clara
Matilda Benson, was celebrated with unusual circumstance by their friends on the
5th inst. A great company of friends and relatives assembled, bringing presents of
of beauty and value, including $1,000 in gold. Three original poems were read, one
by the venerable Ira Berry of Portland. Mr. Thurston was born in Sedwick in 1797.
He studied with his brother, the late Rev. Thurston of Winthrop, graduated at the
Bangor Theological Seminary, and for forty years he served the faithful and beloved
pastor of the Congregational Church at Searsport. For ten years he served as
Secretary of the Maine Missionary Society, retiring last June because of failing
health. His has been a remarkably active and useful life, happy in all its relations.
He now enjoys well-earned report, cheered by the love and esteem of a vast circle
of friends. it is a notable fact that this is the second Golden wedding in the family.
Rev. David and Prudence (Brown) Thurston of Winthrop, celebrated their 50th
Anniversary of marriage in this city, at the residence of their son Brown Thurston,
Henry Ward Beecher will visit Pembroke this summer with his family, and
during his sojourn will lecture and preach, says the Sentinel.
Captain Theodore H. Munson, a well-know ship master, died at East Machias
On Wednesday afternoon of last week, the house of Jonathan Brown of
Kennebunkport, was struck by lightning, and its occupant stunned. Mr. Daniel
Brown of Portland, was thrown from a rocking chair to the floor, and injured in
the back and legs, it is hoped not permanently.
Two years ago Mark F. Goodwin, was with his horse and carriage thrown over a
embankment at South Berwick in the night time, and was found dead the next day.
General F. Goodwin, administrator, commenced a suit against the town for damages,
at $10,000, and the trial of it began on Thursday of last week laid last week at Alfred.
On Friday Judge Libbey ordered a non-suit because no record evidence was produced
of the location of the road, or evidence that the road had been used for over 20 years.
Edwin S. Emmons of Cape Porpoise, one of the crew of fishing schooner
G. & B. Morse, Wilder, (Captain). it was feared was drowned while setting trawls
last week. He and his dory were missing for several days, but he finally got ashore
after a terrible experience with thirst. He had lived on raw fish and bilge water.
William Blake, Jr., and wife are awarded $1,000 damages, occasioned by a
defective road in Newfield.