Wednesday, November 25, 2015

THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 4, 1898


                                                                MAINE MATTERS
                                                                        OXFORD
                                                                       (continued)
          The town officers of Greenwood have sold  the Sylvester Yates place to Wesley
     Ring.
          The case of Jason W. Kimball, administrator  of the estate of Levi Philbrook of
     Gilead against the Grand Trunk railway, claiming $20,000 damages for the death of
     Levi Philbrook, on trial in the Unites States Circuit Court, was closed Saturday. Judge
     Webb directed the jury to return a verdict for the defendant, which they did, leaving their
     seats only a few minutes.
          Post Daniel A. Bean of Brownfield have engage Edgar Gilman  Pratt, Esq., of  Boston,
    to deliver the Memorial Day address at the town hall.
          "Aunt" Marcia Baes of Hartford, at the great age of 94 years, spins and knits all the
     yarn she can get hold of, and looks over her should for more.
          Oxford Democrat: Crosby Curtis and wife of Woodstock are one of the smartest
     couples in Oxford County. They live on the farm where Mr. Curtis was born, 87 year
     ago. Mrs. Curtis is 86. The live alone, and Mrs. Curtis does her own work, and is said
     by friends to be "as spry as a girl." They have been married 67 years, and have been
     members of the Methodist Church about the same length of time.

                                                                      PENOBSCOT
          E. B. Ireland of Exeter has gone to Calais where he is to open a training stable. He
     has contracts for 12 horses and expects others later in the season.
          Bowen Holman, one of Bangor's oldest residents, and a native of Canaan, died
     Thursday, aged 89 years. He was for many years engaged in the cattle business, but for
     last 20 years has been a gardener. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. F.G. Rich.
          The death of Mr. Ambrose R. Field on Thursday will occasion sorrow among many
     friends in Bangor and elsewhere. He was 73 years old. He leaves a wife, two sons, Albert
      S. and Charles E. Field, and one daughter, Mrs. John F. Woodman, who will have much
      sympathy in their loss.
          Word has been received in Old Town that Ambrose Mador, of Treat and Webster
     Island, a log driver was drowned while at work at Huston brook. Just before Madore
     left for the drive he gave a friend $100.00, saying that he was to be drowned in the
     spring and directed Cyr to send the money to his mother in the provinces.
          The many Bangor friends of Captain G. A. Goodale, 23rd United States Infantry,
     will be interested to learn that his command left For McIntosh, Laredo, Texas on
     April 18th for New Orleans to be located until other movement of the war are made.
          Saturday forenoon Sumner Rich of Veazie and Frank Beal of Portland, while
     canoeing in the Penobscot above the dam at Veazie, were drawn into the current and
     swept over the fall.
          The news of the death in Scranton, Miss., on Tuesday week of Mr. and Mrs. Hazen
     Mitchell Plummer, formerly of Bangor, was a sorrowful surprise to their many friends in
     that city. It is stated in the dispatches from Mobile, Ala., that Mr. and Mrs. Plummer
     committed suicide, but the general regret at the of occurrence, and sympathy for the
     friends of the deceased overcome interest in the mournful details. Three little daughter
     are left in the desolate home.
                                                                  PISCATAQUIS
          Deacon Daniel Ricker is soon to leave his na├»ve town of, Milo, to spend the reminder
      of his days with his son in Iowa.
          C. L. Ray has sold his hotel in Sangerville to Arthur Folsom of Greenville, C. F..
     Witham, the present occupant, has a lease for three years and will continue to run it.
          I, LW. Greene, proprietor of Green's Farm and cottages at Rangeley Lake, has been
     given permission by the fish and game commissioners to catch four deer in close time
     for the purpose of starting deer park.
          The Rev. D. B. Dow will deliver the Memorial address before the John Morgan
     Post at Guilford, Memorial Day.
          The funeral of William L. Sands, of Foxcroft took place at his late resident,
     Wednesday, Rev. C. C Whidden, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. The
     deceased leaves a widow and daughter. He was a member of Custer Command, W.
     V. U., and Calvin S. Doughty Post, G. A. R.
         
    
    
         
    


         

Friday, November 13, 2015

THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 4, 1898



                                                     CITY ITEMS
                                               (Glances About Town)
                Monday the first division of the Naval Reserve had a drill under the officers
          Lieutenants Clifford and Cam[p, at the Auditorium, and were inspected afterwards
          by commander Harrison G. Colby, U. S. N., who is on a trip of inspection of the
          Maine Naval Reserve. it is stated that Commander Colby will command this
         patrol district extending from Eastport to Cape Cod.
               Rev. Fay Mills, the distinguished young preacher whom Portland several years
          ago became greatly interested in through his evangelical labors here, and who has
          lately come into prominence by the renunciation of certain Orthodox beliefs,
          occupied the pulpit at the Congress Square universalist Church, Sunday.  The
          church was densely packed, both morning and evening.
               Mrs. Lousia Bailey, who resides with her son, Mr. A. Baily, Oxford Street,
          reached her 83 birthday last Thursday, April 28th.  She is one of the soul
          survivors of a family of nine children being the daughter of the late Honorable
          William Gould of Dexter.  Honorable John H. Gould of Hutchinson, Minn., and
          Addison, Esq., of Lawrence, Mass, are her two living brothers.
               The retirement of John Sherman from the State portfolio was desirable in view
          of the his infirmities, but it seems, nevertheless, a sad ending of a notable public
          career. It is nearly 44 years since he was first elected to Congress, and all his life
          from that time to this has been devoted to the public service, and for three decades
          he was a leader of his party and conspicuous for his ability and sincerity in the
          councils of the nation. Mention of his duties and offices and honors recalls the great
          events of the corresponding years.  Mr. Sherman took a prominent part in the
          memorable contests which elevated N. P. Banks to the Speakership of the House of
          Representatives; he was one of the Congressional committee of inquiry sent to
          Kansas, and ardently supported Fremont in 1856; during the historic Congressional
          struggles and debates of the three years preceding the Civil War. Mr. Sherman led
          the Republican forces in the house and when elevated to the Senate, was identified
          in a conspicuous manner with the financial measures which made the prosecution
          of the war possible. Indeed, from that time until his failing health Senator Sherman
          was regarded as the foremost financier of our public men, and his impress on our
           policy is a matter of historical record.  He was a staunch supporter of the
           Reconstruction measures, a prominent defender of the Republican policy of
           protection.  After serving, Senator Sherman was given the treasury portfolio in
           President Hayes's cabinet, returning to the Senate in 1881, and retained his seat until
           requested by President McKinley to assume the duties  of the head of the State
           Department. This is a remarkable career has few parallels in our history, and it is
           peculiarly pleasant to note that absolute honesty, sincerity and patriotism, joined
           to great natural ability and energy brought about Mr. Sherman's eminent success.
          
       

         

        
         

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 4, 1898


                                       PORTLAND-OLD AND NEW
                                          No. 10.-"Squire Morgan

          Old Squire Morgan is remembered by the old residents of Portland, a a small
     man who wore a very long cloak, felt hat with the brim turned down, and goggles
     when on the street.  In the house he wore a shade over his eyes. He had good
     features, but few people knew his face, as they had only seen him walking slowly
     along the street, speaking to nobody. He was an intelligent, but an eccentric man.
          Jonathan Morgan was born in Brimfield, Mass., in 1788 and graduated from
     the Union College in 1803.  He studies law and removed to Portland in 1820,
     where he published several books. He was an inventor but never invented any-
     thing of benefit to himself. He invented a cylinder stove and coffee mill and other
     appliances
          When I was a boy, I used to see him at the Elm House sitting by the stove warming
     himself. At about eleven o'clock he would start for his lonely room.. He lived by
     himself, and in his last years he had a room on Cross Street where he died alone, in
     November, 1971, at the great age of 93 years and 8 months.
        Colesworthy wrote:
     There's old Squire Morgan!" Arthur cries,
          As bending 'neath the weight of years
     The pilgrim plods along, His eyes
          Are weak and dim, and dull his ears.
     The cloak for half a century
          Had done him service with the strap
     He buttons round. It seem to me
          He always wore the same gray cap.
     He's so peculiar, odd and queer,
          He find but few associates.
     His little chamber in the rear
          Of Huckler's Row, a neighbor states,
     Is filled with model pumps and mills
          His ingenuity has made;
     And half his drawers are lined with pills-
          He never calls the doctor's aid.
     With all his love of oddity,
          The patriarch has a generous heart,
     And on the street is always free
         His treasured knowledge to impart.
    As he the power of want has known,
         His sympathy is with the poor;
     Good men he loves, but hates a drone,
         And shuts the sniveler from his door."