Tuesday, December 16, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, August 30, 1879
One of the largest political gathering ever held in Androscoggin County
met at Lake Auburn on the 21st. There were five brass bands in attendance.
Senator Blain was unable to be present. The speakers were D. F. Davis, Eugene
Hale and N. Dingley, Jun.
There was an unusually interesting reunion of veterans at Lake Auburn last
week, and the 17th Maine made a call upon its surviving members. Col. T. A.
Roberts, of Portland, the father of the regiment and of the association was made
President by acclamation and was received with cheers. There were present
comrades from Texas, Massachusetts and from many counties of Maine,
including three who had lost one leg, four who had lost one arm, and one who
can move only on crutches. Lieutenant Lord, of the regular army, came all the
way for Texas to attend the meeting. He was last seen by many of his comrades
lying on the battlefield of Chancellorsville with one foot shot away, waving his
sword and cheering his comrades on to the fight. After dinner speeches were
made by General Mattocks Young, of the navy and Lieut. Lord. The day was
perfect, and the reunion was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.
There is much dissatisfaction expressed by the French residents of the county
at the shooting of Boulier, which they say was not necessary. But the evidence was
sufficient to satisfy a coroner's jury that the officer was justified in firing upon the
criminal as he did.
On the night of the recent storm John D. Sawyer, of Gray, in a fit of
somnambulism, dreaming his house was on fire, threw a pillow out of the
window, and let his child down upon it, and then jumped out himself.. The child
was not injured, but Mr. Sawyer hurt his back seriously.
M. S. Leighton won the silver cup at a shooting match in Falmouth last
Mr. Kimball's "Ridge Cottage: at Bridgton was the scene of a brilliant
illumination in honor of the guest on Wednesday evening of last week. The
whole house and grounds were ablaze with lights of all hues, and adorned
with flowers most tastefully arranged. No display of the kind surpassing it
was ever seen in that vicinity. The band assisted in the festivity.
A large bear chased the carriage of Charles Weymouth quite a distance
the other night, at Side City, Bridgton, and only gave up when Mr. Weymouth
drove into the dooryard of Moses Stickney.
Miss Lizzie Knowles, a young lady seventeen years of age, died a few days
since at Harpswell from poisoning. An infant child of Mr. A. E. Pinkham died
nearly three weeks ago from being poisoned by a paint obtained from a painted
box, and Miss Knowles being at work in the family, and washed and applied
cloths to the face of the child. In about five hours a scratch on her hand began to
swell and be painful, and this extended through the whole system, causing a
lingering and painful sickness, which resulted in death.
Miss Elva R. Elder, formerly of Windham has accepted the position of
principal of the Laguna Honda school in San Francisco.
Joseph M. Hopkins of Farmington, aged 82, dropped dead while at work in
Thwing's tannery on Monday.
One farmer in Strong sells 6,000 lbs., of wool this season. Luther Niles of
Rangeley, has sold over $1,300 worth of wool of his own raising.
Rev. J. S. Swift in an article in the Chronicle, says that the native choke-
cherry is on of the most valuable of all the cherry tribe of fruits in Franklin
county. The better varieties are much used in pies, sauces, puddings. etc.,
and ought to be more generally cultivated.
A. J. Blethen, Esq., of Portland, formerly Principal of the Little Blue School
at Farmington, take the Greenback stump in Franklin county this week.