Friday, July 4, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, August 21, 1880
Flag raising is the order of the day. Two or three weeks ago the Democrats of
Fryeburg raised a large Hancock flag, with all the honors, Bion Bradbury and S. J.
Anderson doing the speaking. Last Friday evening the Republicans matched it with a
fine Garfield flag, raised near the Oxford House, and another near the Lockwood House.
Speeches were made by General Hall and A. A. Strout. A Republican flag was raised at
Bryant's Pond the same day, and a speech was made by Eugene Hale.
The first demonstration of the campaign was made by the Republicans of Bangor on
Monday evening. The speakers were Senators Logan and Hamlin, General Woodford,
and Honorable Lewis Barker. Judge Humphrey presided.
Mrs. Polly Coburn, aged widow of the late Mr. Peter Coburn, recently fell in her son's
garden and broke her hip. She is comfortable as can be expected under such a severe
injury. Her family surgeon advises non-setting of the bone on account of her age, which
is about 78 years.
Joshua Chamberlain, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Brewer, died
on the 10th, aged 80. He had always enjoyed good health until with a few weeks.
He had filled many places in honor and trust, but for the last few years had withdrawn
from active business. He leaves a widow, two sons, J. L. Chamberlain, President of
Bowdoin College, and Thomas D., who holds a government office in Washington,
D. C., and one daughter, the wife of Charles O. Farrington, of Brewer.
The Katahdin Iron Works are shut down for want of water.
The Temperance camp meeting began at the Kennebec Valley camp ground last
Saturday. Honorable Joshua Nye made a speech in which he said he would not vote
for a sheriff who would not enforce the law, nor for a Governor who would not
appoint men who would not do their duty. If we had faithful rulers, there would be no
rum sold in Maine. It is in vain to trust God to enforce the laws of the state if we
do not use the means he provides, which is the ballot box. C. C. Page of Bangor,
said there were 100 saloons in that city where any man or woman could obtain rum.
There were 6,000 people presents last Sunday. Rev. D. W. Le Lacheur preached
to the largest congregation that has been on the ground for years. Honorable T. R.
Simonton, A. J. Chase, and others delivered addresses. On Monday, R. W. Dunn
of Waterville, was re-elected President of the Association. Rev. J. B. Hamilton and
Honorable Nelson Dingley, Jr., were among the speakers.
Rev. Dr. J. O. Fiske , of Bath, preached his 37th Anniversary sermon last Sunday.
Abel Ward, aged 60, was run over the by cars at Norridgewock, on the 11th, and
his left leg and right heel were crushed.
The Democrats and Greenbackers have fused on this ticket: Senator, S. S. Brown,
Judge Probate, Albert Moore; Register, J. F. Holman; Commissioner, P. P. Hilton.
William Barry had his right hand crushed in coupling cars at Waterville, on the
Ex-Governor Abner Coburn, of Skowhegan, is 80 years old, and continues to look
after his financial affairs with the interest he manifested thirty years ago. He is the
richest man in the state. Though not a church member, and not liberally educated, he
gives liberally to churches and institutions of learning. He is unmarried, strictly
temperate, and has always enjoyed the reputation of being strictly honest and honorable
in all of his dealings.