Wednesday, September 23, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, September 9, 1879
While Mrs. Besse and Miss Carson, of Somerset Mills, were crossing the railroad
track at Pishon's Ferry, on the 28th ult.,the horse became frightened and threw them
out, seriously injuring both. Miss Carson's skull is badly fractured, and it is feared that
she cannot live.
Out Canaan correspondent writes as follow: On invitation of the Independent
Company of this town to companies in adjoining towns, a muster and battalion drill was
held here August 29th, with Captain Fifield Mitchell, of Canaan, commanding officer of
the day. Four companies were-present-one each from Athens, Canaan, Hartland and
Palmyra. The soldiers keep their guns and uniforms and gun in good order, and show
careful training. The day was as fair as could be looked for, and large numbers of
citizens from this and adjoining towns assembled to see the troops and enjoy a gala day.
The company here furnished a dinner at the Town House for their visiting friends in
arms, to which all did ample justice. After the soldiers had dined they invited in the
assembled citizens to finish the feast. The exercise of the day closed at 5 p. m. and were
pronounced a decided success. In the evening there was a ball at Brown's Hotel, at
which a large company gathered and had a fine time . Music furnished by Oakman
Our citizens are wide awake in politics, and have one or two lectures per week.
Today the finance question was discussed at the Union Church by Messrs. Webb and
Walton, Republicans, and Messrs. Burke and Plummer, Greenbackers-Somerset
District Lodge of Good Templars is expected to meet in Hartland, 4th.
Tom Thumb and wife have been exhibiting in Belfast.
At the last session of the Governor and Council George F. Brackett, of Belfast,
was commissioned trial justice for the county.
Dr. L. W. Pendleton, of Belfast, is reported in bankruptcy, with liabilities of $48,800.
of which $29,500 are secured. His assets are about $12,000.
The autumn session of the Maine Board of Agriculture and Farmer's Convention at
Dennysville on the 2nd inst., to continue three days. The address of welcome was made
by Rev. Charles F. Whittier. The subject of marine manures and local crops was
discussed. Forty-two bushels of wheat per acre were grown in town by using rockweed
and barnyard manure compost.
Charles Lee, of Calias was washed overboard, and drowned from schooner Lettie
Wills, at sea, August 24th.
George Smith and James Thompson made their escape from the Machias jail early
Saturday morning. They dug out by the side of a window, removing brick and wood,
and crowded through a small hole. They had been in a close cell.
In Eastport, 27th ult., a two year old son of William Collins had his neck broken
by being run over by a truck.
Colonel Jesse Harper speaks at Clarks' Grove, South Hollis, Saturday, September
6th, at 2 p.m. A join discussion is talked of at that time.
G. F. Moore, Kennebunk, has been granted a patent from machine for moulding (sic)
and shaping counter-stiffness for boots and shoes.
Miss Johnson, about 21 years old, of Wisconsin, boarding at Saco Pool, was
drowned on the 20th while bathing. Her body was recovered in a short time, but all
effort to resuscitate her were unavailing. Miss Johnson was a good swimmer, but
ventured too far from shore.
James Libby, Charles Bragdon, and Ernest Bragdon, the latter only six year old,
went out in a boat from Saco on a gunning excursion. They landed on Eagle Island,
when shooting a bird, the two elder started for it, but overturned their boat. They
finally succeeded in righting the boat, and after three hours were rescued near Ferry
Beach. When they went for the little fellow left on the island, the found he had
succeeded in pulling a lobster trap on shore and putting some grass in it had crawled
in for a nap.
At the Grand Temperance picnic at Clark's Grove, Hollis, on Friday week, A. J.
Chase presided and about 1,900 people were present. The Bridgton Band discoursed
excellent music, and stirring speeches were made by ex-Governor Dingley,
ex- Governor Perham, Honorable Neal Dow, and others.