Wednesday, May 11, 2016


                                                                 CITY ITEMS
                                                            Glances about town

          Mr. Reuben Ruby, the venerable janitor of the Custom House, now nearing
     eighty years old, celebrated his "Tin Wedding" (ten years) last week; he drove
     the first hack on the streets of Portland when he and Alex Stevenson were the
     only hack drivers in town.
          The free course of lectures provided by the Maine Charitable Mechanic's 
     Association will open Tuesday evening, December 1st., with a lecture by
     Honorable George T. Davis, of  this city, who will be followed by the succeeding
     week by Edward H. Elwell of the Transcript ; lectures are also promised by Ex-
     Governor Washburne, Honorable Thomas B. Read, Honorable George F. Talbot,
     J. S. Palmer, Esq., Charles F. Forbes, Esq.,  Rev. Dr. Thomas Hill, Rev. C. W.
     Buck, Rev. G. W. Bicknell, Dr. E. Stone and D. H.  Ingraham, Esq; so it will be   
     that some very able and interesting lectures may be expected.
          Captain Eben Harmon of Deering, some time since sent a card photograph of
     his little daughter to a friend in Hong Kong; recently he received from there a
     portrait of the child painted from the portrait of the child painted from the
     photography on rice paper by a Chinese artist, and it is very finely executed
     showing the art of miniature painting is well practiced in China.
          On Thursday week the legs of Mr. Mariner, run over by a train in this city about
     five weeks since, were re-amputated by Dr. Files.
          Martin, Parnell & Company are building a very large and commodious carriage
     manufactory of brick, on the corner of Cumberland and Elm Streets.
          Mr. Mariner who has had his legs crushed and since amputated displays
     wonderful tenacity of life; Dr. Files thinks there is a chance of recovery.
          On Tuesday as Mr. Peter Hill of Buxton, was riding on a load of straw near the
     Brewer House, a passing train caused his horses to take fright and run away, throwing
    him to the ground and killing him instantly; he was about sixty-five years old, and well
    known in this city.
          Mr. James Shackford of the firm of Small & Shackford, book binders, died at his
     residence in this city on Tuesday.
          Speaker Blaine in a letter to the Daily Press, of this city, denies that he is a
     candidate for the Senatorship, and advocated the election of Mr. Hamlin.


Friday, April 29, 2016


                                       MATTERS IN MAINE

          Election Returns. Returns from 339 towns and planation's give Washburn,
     51,850; Jameson, 19,111; Dana, 17,182. The Senate will probably stand 26
     Republicans and 5 Union Democrats. Returns for representatives show the
     elections of 113 Republicans, 24 Union Democrats, and 3 Dana Democrats-
     leaving more to be heard from.
         Mr. Paul C. Tebbets, Lisbon, Me., going to the barn to feed his horse, and
     not returning, was found lying on the ground in an apoplectic fit, and died
     next morning. He was nearly 80 years old.
          Brother Drew, while of the Gospel Banner, in the course of his travels
     recently paid a visit to "Purgatory," a place we always suppose he did not
     believe in. He say however there is not the least smell of brimstone" there.
          Rev. Mr. Whittlesey, of Bath has been appointed to give instruction in
     rhetoric and oratory in Bowdoin College for the present year.
          Brother Gilman, of the Bath Time and Brother Dingley, of the Lewiston
     Journal have been both appointed to the Legislature. The business of
     legislating is getting to be quite respectable!
          The Kennebec editor are loud in praise of Togus Spring and Mr. Beals'
     improvements. If we are to believe them he is making that wild rough spot
     a paradise of beauty and fertility. We know he is just the man to carry through
     any enterprise he commences.
          The new house  and barn of Reuben Small, in Cornish village, were entirely
     consumed by children playing with matches in the stable. No insurance.
           Mr. Isarel Record, of Harrison committed suicide in that town on Saturday
     last, by hanging. Rumors assign as the cause of the deed, his implication in an
     unhappy transaction with a neighbor.
          Henry Tibbets, of Fairfield, while out gunning on Monday, week, in getting
     over a fence, accidentally discharged his gun and received the shot in his leg,
     causing a bad flesh wound.
          Elder Jacob Golder of Lewiston, has raised and sold $75 worth of cucumbers
     this season from vines in his garden. He has also sold from the hills of squash
     vines, $6.35 worth of squashes.
           Major Henry G. Staples has been elected Colonel of the 3rd Maine Regiment,
     vice-Howard promoted Brigadier General, Lieutenant Colonel Tucker declined the
           Colonel Berry, of the 4th Marine Regiment, has been compelled to resign by
     pressure of his private affairs, and Major Nickerson is to be appointed Colonel.
           General Jameson was recalled to Washington last week by a dispatch from
          Mr. Elliott, of Freedom, is said to have been arrested in consequence of letters
     compromising him found at Cape Hatteras.
          Mr. Norton, of Hallowell, has recently lost the ninth child out of a family of
     eleven children-only two being left.


Sunday, April 3, 2016


                                               LOCAL NOTES
          Messrs. Cram & Co., of the  United States Hotel,  served up to a number of
     invited guest on Thursday week, the first salmon of the season. With green peas
     and other delicacies of the season, the dinner was pronounced a great success by
     all present. But this is nothing new at the United States. Mr. Cram is making it
     one of the most popular hotels in the state., and often  has on his hands more guest
     than he can accommodate. A pleasant landlord, a good table and reasonable prices
     are always appreciated by the public.
          The Chadwick house, which was so sadly shattered by the gas explosion of last
     Saturday evening, is one of the oldest mansions in town. It was built in 1765 by
     Rev. Samuel Deane, then associate pastor of the First Parish Church, and was one
     of the few houses that survived the destruction of the town by Mowatt in 1775.
     The lot originally contained three acres, extending from Congress Street to Back
     Cove, and was purchased by Mr. Deane of Enoch Moody and Arthur Howard (sic)
     for 60 English pounds. The house was originally two stories high, with a hipped
     roof, The alteration made after the doctor's death greatly changed its appearance.
     It was long owned and occupied by the late Samuel Chadwick, and was recently
     sold by his heirs to Mr. Ira P. Farring for $25,000. Mr. Barnum, who occupied it
     at the time of the accident, had fitted it up for a boarding house.
          A fearful and disastrous explosion of gas took place on Saturday evening last,
     is the  Chadwick mansion, on Congress Street, occupied by Captain Isaac Barnum.
     Workman had taken off a gas bracket in a third story chamber, and neglected to
     plug up the pipe. The gas leaking out, Mr. Barnum lighted the gas below, went up to
     discover the cause, and no sooner opened the door than a terrific explosion took
     place, raising the roof, blowing out the wall, and making a complete wreck of the
     upper part of the house. Mr. Barnum was thrown down and so fearfully burned that
     he was unconscious most of the day Sunday, but in the evening was comparatively
     comfortable. Mrs. Barnum was somewhat burned in tearing the burning clothes
     from her husband. The explosion was very loud and caused a great sensation in
     the neighborhood. Crowds surrounded the house on Sunday.  The accident was very
     severe to Capt. Barnum, causing much loss as well as suffering, and we cannot doubt
     there will be a generous response to Mayor Putnam's call in his behalf, for pecuniary
             Mr. C. S. Robbins, of Winthrop, writes us that in taking down the frame of an old
     house in which he and his father before him were born-the latter now nearly 80 years
     old-he found the timbers sound, and among them picked up a old copper coin which he
     sends us. It is one of the Nova Constellatio coppers, which appeared in immense
     quantities in 1783, and were probably struck in England. During the Revolutionary
     War no coins were issued,  and at it close there was a loud and  imperative demand
     for them, which was answered in all directions. There are five varieties of this copper.
     The one before us has an eye with stars around in on one side, with the word Nova
     Constellatio; on the other Libertus Justitia, in 1783, with U. S. in the center,
     surrounded by a wreath.

Friday, March 11, 2016


          In this city, July 19th, John J. Murphy, aged 50.
          In this city, July 13th, John P. Kerrigan, aged 22.
          In this city, July 15th, of diphtheria, Richard D., son of Richard and Katie K.
      Berry, aged 9 year 5 months.
          In this city, July 15th, Joseph H. Pettengill, aged 36 years 8 months.
          In this city, July 16th,  Julia Steele, aged 87.
          In this city, July 16th, Maggie, daughter of Mary Crane, aged 6 years 7 months.
          Cape Elizabeth, July 12th, Edgar E. Peabbles, aged 23 years 3 months 4 days.
          Danforth, June 24th, Aaron, youngest son of H. H. and F. A. Putnam, aged 3
     years 3 months 4 days.
          Harrison, July 13th, Leonard C.  Libby, born June 16, 1815, died aged 71.
          Dayton, York County, July 7th, Olive N., wife of Henry T. Moers, aged
     83 years.
          Rockland, July 14th, Mrs. Bertha Spaulding, aged 25 years.
          Phipsburg, July 13th, Mrs. Rachel S. Elliott, aged 88 years.
          Biddeford, July 11th, Mrs. Daniel Ross, aged about 68.
           Lewiston, July 17th, Mrs. Mary Hall, aged 84.
           Frankfort, July 16th, Marcus Merrill, aged 55 years 1 month.
           Bangor, July 15th, Mrs. Hannah M. Saunders, aged 61 years.
           Alfred, July 15th, Hannah J., wife of William G. Conant, aged 51 years.
           Biddeford, July 12th,  Minnie Belle, daughter of Henry A. Harding and Bertie
     A., aged about 6 months.
           Dayton, W. T., July 6th, Octavia B., wife of Rev. John F. Naugle.
            South Framingham, Mass., July 13th, William Benner, formerly of Waldoboro,
     aged 69 years.
           Cincinnati, Ohio, July 14th, Daniel Hussey, formerly of Biddeford, aged
     85 years.
           Yonkers, New York, July 11th, Anna W., wife of Edward R. DeWolfe and
     eldest daughter of George Woods, formerly of Yarmouth.
           Lincolnville, July 11th, Mary E., daughter of Joseph and Mary Marriner,
     aged 12 years 5 months 9 days.
          Washington, July 11th, Jeremiah Peaslee, aged 53 years.
           Farmington, July 12th, Mary S., wife of Russell Macomber, aged 33 years,
     8 months 8 days.
           Calais, Me., July 10th, Hebert H. Gibson, aged 55 years 10 months.
          Brownsville, July 18th, Charlie F., only son of George and Betsey A. Bishop,
     aged 2 years 4 months 3 days.
           South Windham, July 19th, Eliza, wife of Edmund Douglass. a daughter of
     the late Thomas Mayberry, of Windham.
          Freeport, July 18th, Ann S., wife of Captain Eben, Davis, aged 79 years 11 months.
          Augusta, July 18th, Mattie A. Gaze, aged 40 years.
          Biddeford, July 18, Mrs. Eliza S. Head, aged 75 years 6 months.
          South Boston, July 18th, Calvin S. Titcomb, formerly of Portland, aged 78 years.
          Bucksport, July 10thk, Joseph B. Bradley, aged 71 years.

          Charles H. Holmes, Esq., a son of the late Honorable John Holmes, of Alfred,
     died on the 14th inst., in Topsfield, Mass., where he had resided for half a  century,
     at the aged of 76 years. He was a lawyer by profession, but devoted his life to
     agriculture. He was the tallest man in Essex County, being six feet and eight inches

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


          Camden, July 7th, to the wife of Alonzo N. Fitzgerald, a son.
          Waldoboro, Center, July 4th, to the wife of Walter Chapman, a son.
          Burketteville,  (Camden) July 4th, to the wife of George Grinnell, a son.
          South Hope, July 7th, to the wife of A. A. Carter, a daughter.
          South Hope, July 10th, to the wife of C. E. Fernald, a daughter.
          Rockland,  July 5th, to the wife of John Jackson, a son.
          Rockland, July 12th, to the wife of Fred F. Burpee, a son.
          Rockland, July 12th, to the wife of Warren Nutting, a son.
          Industry (Industry) Franklin Co., July 12th, to the wife of Charles Oliver, a
          North Anson, July 12th, July 12th, to the wife of L. A. Thompson, a daughter.

          In this city, July 14th, by Rev. J. W. Bashford, George L. Smith and Edith L.
     Fickett, both of Portland.
          In this city, July 12th, by Rev. Henry Blanchard, John J. Crittenden, of
     Brooklyn, New York., and Alice May Norton of Portland.
          In this city by Rev. J. M. Lowden, Charles W. Starbird and Florence E. Wyer,
     both of Portland.
          Cape Elizabeth, July 10th, by Rev. A. D. Dodge, Lewis E. Mason and Hattie J.
     Abbot, both of Westbrook.
          Lewiston, July 14th, John F. Brown of Hartland and Lizzie L. York of Lewiston.
          Cornish, July 10th, Dr. Arthur E. Morrill, of Parsonsfield and Nellie C. Guptill
     of Cornish.
          Topsham, July 10th, Edward C. Ricker of Brunswick and Betsey A. Wilson, of
     North Harpswell.
          Hallowell, July 15th, Newell T. Hovey and Carrie C. Sheaff, both of Hallowell.
          Camden, July 14th, Lewis Dunn and Marion Upham, both of Rockport.
          Bangor, July 16th, Alexander Henry and Lovina Smith, both of Bangor.
          Palermo, July 11th, Ulmer S. Bruce and Clara B.Greeley.
          China, July 13th, Ansell W. Morrill of Winslow and Agnes N. Delaney of
          New York City, Major-General Schuyler Hamilton, of New York City and Mrs.
     Lewis Francis Paine Cavanaugh, formerly of Sanford, Me.
          Farmington, July 5th, William Watson of Stark and Emma Daggett of Industry.
          Farmington, July 7th, Edward W. Bragg of Farmington and Martha A. Packard,
     of Medfield, Massachusetts.
          New Vineyard, July 11th, Arthur Leavitt and Emma F. Pratt, both of New Vineyard.
          Dresden, July 8th, Herbert Pettengill and Lilla Brown, both of Dresden.
          Portsmouth, N. H., July 8th, Benjamin F. Adams of Wells and Lizzie M. Hutchins
     of York.
          Rockland, July 4th, Frank L.Wadsworth and Lucinda O. Jameson, both of
          Milltown, July 3rd, William H. Keon and Nellie A. McBride, both of Calais.
          Amity, July 6th, Peter R. Moores of York County, New Brunswick, and Isabel
    S. Smith of Amity.
          Brighton, July 10th, George C. Brown of Mayfield and Rosa M. Brown of
          Round Pond, July  2nd, Clarence J. Poland and Etta M. Huey, both of Bristol.
          Hallowell, July 15th, Newell T. Hovey and Carrie C. Sheaff, both of Hallowell.



Sunday, February 21, 2016


                                                 CITY MATTERS
                                             (Glances About Town) 
          Lizzie Colley, daughter of James A. Colley, was badly poisoned last week by
     holding in her mouth one of the colored slate pencils which has become common;
     Monday evening the child was very low; with little chance of recovery.
          A little child of Mrs. Edward Hatfield, living on Monjoy Hill, fell down stairs
     last week, and broke his leg.
          Mattice alias Brown, the horse thief, has been detected in an attempt to break out
     of Portland jail.
          On Tuesday a tray containing twenty diamond, ruby and pearl rings, valued at $900,
     was stolen from the jewelry store of William Senter & Co., Exchange Street; it was
    not missed until the tray and one of the rings were found under a mat at the head of a
     flight of stairs.
          A reward of $100 is offered for the capture of the thief who snatched the tray of
     rings at Senter & Co,'s.
          Ex- Governor Dingley delivered an  admirable temperance address at Congress Hall,
     Tuesday evening; Honorable A. E. Stevens presided; on Thursday evening ex-Governor
     Perham speaks.
          While visiting the schools at the island on Friday week, Mr. J.W. Colcord, School Agent,
     was quite badly hurt by a fall, and it is feared the  injury may prove serious.
          Rev. Mr. Bicknell of India Street Church, preached his sixth annual sermon last
     Sunday; during his six years pastorate he has united in marriage 400 persons, attended
     336 funerals, of which but 31 were families connected with his society and preached 655
      sermons; improvements exceeding $4,000 have been made upon the church without
      increasing the indebtedness of the society a dollar.
          On Monday, Mr. Charles Farris, machinist, had the end of his right thumb taken off
     in a shackle at the Grand Truck yard.
          Honorable J. L. Pickard, formerly of Lewiston, a graduate of Bowdoin, Class of 1844,
     for thirteen years Superintendent of the schools of Chicago, has resigned that position,
     was recently presented with a watch and chain, valued at $300 by the pupils and teachers
      of the schools of the city.
          Mr. Samuel Scoles, who has been in ill-health for several years from the effects of
     a fall, has not been considered of sound mind; made an attempt to commit suicide on
     Monday, by cutting his throat from ear to ear; it was not thought that he would recover,
     he has a wife and three children.
          It is understood that Voorhees, will be appointed successor to Senator Morton.
          A powder mill in Acton, Mass., explored last Saturday. The only operative in the
     mill was Charles H. Perry, of Brownsville, Maine, who had been in the employ of the
     company seven years. His body was found fearfully mangled about 75 feet from the
          Three Maine men sit side by side in the U. S. Senate. For between Blaine and
     Hamlin sit Howe, of Wisconsin, who is a native of this State.


Friday, February 12, 2016


                                                MATTERS IN MAINE
          A dispatch from Augusta states that official returns of the late election, as
     complete will be published till the assembly of the Legislature, give the following
     result: Perham 54,051; Roberts 45,176; Perham's  majority 8,875. Chamberlain's
     majority last year in a vote of 93,858 was 7,982. The aggregate majority on
     Congressional vote is between 30,000 and 12,000.
          A correspondent of the Press says that at a barn-hauling in Parkman lately,
     a man named Ayer warned the workmen that he had dreamed that the barn fell to
     pieces at a certain point in the road, and that they had better keep their distance.a
     The barn did collapse at the place indicated, and several pairs of oxen, were buried
     in the ruins.
          Among the representatives elect are F. A. Pike, Calais; Marshall Cram, Brunswick;
     James T. Patten, Bath; Frederic Robie, Gorham; George P. Sewall, Oldtown; W. J.
     Johnson, Augusta; Abraham Sanborn, J. F. Rawson and P. A. Strickland, Bangor,
     Lewiston, Biddeford, Waterville and Bethel are represented by democrats.
          The Androscoggin Herald explodes the notion that an apple grown upon a tree
     set in the ground top end  down would be  without a core. Mr. George Robinson
     has tried it and finds his apples, as a matter of course, have cores like the others.
          The Skowhegan Schutzenfest did not remunerate it projectors, its outlandish
     name frightening those who might have flocked to a "shooting match."  Ella
     Severancee of Skowhegan, took the prize as the best waltser; Mr. S. Buker, of
     Lewiston, was her partner.
          A  little bit of soreness at the defeat of General Hersey in the convention, probably
     had something to do with the results at Bangor last week, as well as the personal
     popularity of General Roberts.
          It seems that a boy named William D. Clough, who stabbed Callahan in the
     affray at Rockland, mentioned last week. Clough is a hard 10 years old. Callahan is
     likely to recover. It was a drunken row they were engaged in.
         Messrs. Averill and Friend, of Sedgwick, aged respectively 70 and 17, belonging
     to a party on a pleasure cruise to Marshall's Island went out in an open boat, on the
     9th, and have not been seen since, though  portions of the boat have been found.
          The town of Abbott supports one of the papers in Parkman. They lately attempted
     to bring her to Abbott, but she declares she will spill the last drop of her blood before
     she will me moved; and so it is to be  tried if the town has a legal right to remove
     her at the risk of shedding that last drop.