Friday, August 7, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, January 16, 1875
A correspondent, "Perley," writing from Monson says: There are seven slate quarries
opened in the town. The Eastern is owned and worked by L. E. Norris. They have gone
down about 100 feet, and made an underground tunnel of 75 feet. The Dirigo Company
has G. A. Mathew for superintendent, and they have gone down 90 feet. The Hebron
quarry has gone down 85 feet; the Cove, Eureka and Imperial are the names of the
other quarries. They employ about 100 men at the average rate $2.00 a day. The
Piscataquis is a new quarry, just opened on the farm of E. Hughes, a Welshman, in
Williamsburg, and it is one of the best yet found. There are two in Brownville, with
a force of about 200 men now at work. Mr. Merrill is now hauling his slate to Bangor
with horse teams, rather than patronize the railroad.
The lumber mill occupied by T. Sargent, Milo, and owned in Bangor, was burned
last week. A correspondent says that the loss is between $10,000 and $12,000. No
insurance. This is a severe loss to Mr. Sargent, as all his capital was invested in the
mill, and the only means of supporting his family.
We learn that the Piscataquis Observer, which has lately found some reason for
discontinuing its visits to our office, has been enlarged, put on a new dress, and Edes has
sold a portion of his interest to F. D. Barrows, of Boston.
The case of Marianne Robinson, appellant vs. Francis Adams, et al, executors of
will Mary N. Green, has been settled. Mrs. Robinson, the heir at-law, recovering about
$20.000, less counsel fees and other expenses.
The Somerset Railroad is now open from West Waterville to Madison, twenty miles,
fare $1.00.The track from West Waterville to Norridgewock is very smooth, and the train
runs with a gliding movement quite in contrast to the bumping on some roads. From
Norridgewock to Madison the rails were laid after frost set in, the track is not yet
properly ballasted, and the car rock like a ship at sea. The passengers car, by the way, is
is a very elegant one, and the rolling stock on the road is first class. The passenger
traffic is light on this road, just now, but much freight goes over it, consisting largely
of potatoes, for which $5000 a week are paid out at Madison. Five miles above Madison
is the flourishing village of North Anson, having a large trade with the surrounding
country. This village owes to the enterprise of the late Joel Gray the possession of a fine
hall, the largest probably of which any village of its size in the State can boast. The citizens
have started a course of lectures, in this hall,the present winter, the first of which was
delivered last week E. H. Elwell, of the Transcript; the second, we believe is to be
delivered this by Rev. G. W. Bicknell, of this city.
The grocery store of Joseph Clark, Winterport, was burned last week. Loss $,2000,
insured for $1,500.