1889

THE BETHEL JOURNALS

January 3, 2009

company of Messrs. Wyman. At the special town meeting Thursday, the Bethel voters accepted the new road to be laid from C. Benson’s house to Broad Street.  The village corporation agreed to pay the water company $800 for 25 hydrants for fire protection, yearly for 20 years. S. D. Philbrook is sending his potatoes to the Boston market. He gets one-half the usual yield. At the town meeting Thursday, the town voted not to accept the road laid out by the selectman from the house of C. Benson to Broad Street. Mr. Benson has petitioned the county commissioners to lay out a badly needed road for him – such road would add largely to the valuation of the town.

 

Albany: Cyrus Kneeland of the Albany Basin House – He has a large number of boarders and sets a good table. Mr. Willis steam mill is located near Kneeland’s. He is sawing lumber for Elias Thomas, Jr. and St. John Hastings. Six teams passed here this morning filled with pleasure seekers from Albany and Norway going to Ketchum on a camping out expedition.

East Bethel: School commences Monday, September 9. Miss Nellie leach of Bethel is the teacher. (District # 8).

Mason: All are busy haying and harvesting, corn maturing fast.

West Bethel: Several from the area will be attending Gould Academy this fall.

Gilead: The corn shop at Bethel started up Thursday, nearly two weeks ahead of last year.

 

9/10/1889:

Newry: George Atherton is suffering from a trouble in his head.

Gilead: Farmers are busy picking beans and corn and drawing to the Bethel corn shop.

Bethel: Gould Academy opened Tuesday with 60 scholars under the charge of Prof. Hall and two lady assistants. The corn factory is busy – about 60 men are employed. John Wesley Trask and a Gould student drowned while trying to swim back across the Androscoggin River after first swimming across it after school. Whitney Brothers sent a monument of Vermont marble to the Stowell family in Dixfield; it was over eight feet in height; the cost was $325.

South Bethel: Part of our schools began this Monday and the remainder will begin next Monday.

West Bethel: Flora Wheeler is teaching the village school (District 18) again and Grace Grover, her second term at Bird Hill, District 21.

Mason: Corn and Lima beans to the corn factory. We note that A.S. Bean’s health continues to be poor.

East Bethel: Farmers are picking and drawing their sweet corn to the factories.

 

9/17/1889:

Mason: The grove meeting in town is progressing finely – fair attendance. Ministers here are Brothers Davis, Mason, I. A. Bean of West Paris; Homes of South Paris, McIntire of Lewiston and Trask of Bethel.

North West Bethel: District 5 school began the 2d, Miss Han Jewett is the teacher.

West Bethel: Many strangers passing through the week attending the grove meeting in Mason. Corn going to the factory. Many crops and even trees blighted with rust (from rainy weather).

Bethel: Bethel contributed about 100 visitors to the state fair in Lewiston. Corn factory now putting out 25,000 cans of corn a day. Employment up to 100 hands. A.S. Bean, J.A. Thurston, M.L. Thurston, J.S. Swan, D.A. Cummings are loading cars with spool strips and birch edgings daily at Bethel station depot.  George H. Brown has been appointed postmaster at Bethel to succeed O.N.R. Hastings. When he was appointed four years ago his brother built a fine building near the corner of Main and Broad Streets. Brown will retain the office occupied by Mr. Hastings, Mr. Brown has been in the employ of Woodbury and True, Portland and for Bolster Snow & Co. James Chapman is working at the old Chapman mill. He expects to build an upper dam on Mill Brook to increase water power. He intend to cut and haul to his mill 500 cords of mixed wood which is to be delivered to Bethel station.

 

9/24/1889:

Bethel: Rain all week has interfered with farming- some potato fields are under water-sweet corn and lima beans have given farmers abundant crops. Main’s circus put on a fine parade in Bethel on Tuesday.  St. John Hastings considers his silo his most profitable investment on his farm. He cut 110 loads, 55 bushels to the load of corn on less than two acres.

“Silos in Maine in 1880 could be counted on the fingers. Sixty years later they were standard on the leading dairy farms and dairymen were using their corn to fill them… Dairymen liked to grow sweet corn because it gave them cash income and also it gave fodder and silage for their cattle.”  “Canning Gold – Northern New England’s Sweet Corn Industry”, Paul B. Frederick, University Press of America. 2002.

The canning factory will close putting up corn and beans on the 25th. They ran short of cans-received a car load of cans from Massachusetts of 68,000 cans. Charles Davis had three full days of hauling (to get) them to the factory-16 loads with horses-filled a large hay rack with each load.

Middle Interval: Corn and beans passing daily to the factory-a rainy season.

           [Rumford: The corn shop here closed up this week leaving large lots of corn that were all right to can. There is liable to be trouble unless damages are paid on it.]

Maine News: The Maine Gettysburg Commission and party will leave Portland at noon on October 1st for Gettysburg where the Maine monuments are to be dedicated on the 2nd. The 1st, 10th and 29th Regimental Associations will have an excursion to Gettysburg on that occasion as will also the 20th Maine.

Newry: A big crowd turned out Tuesday to see the circus on exhibition in Bethel.

West Bethel: A.S. Bean is laying the foundation for an extension of his mill. He is going to put in a board saw.

Locke’s Mills: Quite a number attended the circus in Bethel. Two big teams went in the evening.

East Bethel: The Library Circle will be entertained by Mrs. Z. C. Perry Thursday afternoon the 26th.

 

October

10/1/1889:

Gilead: The most paying crop this year is the lima beans which were planted for the canning factory: Eben Chapman raised $54 worth from one-eighth of an acre and Dana Wight $170 worth from three-quarters of an acre.

West Bethel: Another rainy day-low ground is wet-potatoes rotting badly.

Bethel: One of the best known citizens of Bethel is in the person of Timothy Carter, died Wednesday evening. He was a brother of A.M. “Gus” Carter. The canning factory at Bethel closed operations this Thursday. They have put up 335,000 cans of corn and Lima beans. The farmers have realized a good profit from their season’s planting.

Mason: N.G.Mills has filled his silo. Some estimate he has cut 110 tons from two and one-half acres. It is his first venture in the line.

 

10/8/1889:

Bethel: Tuesday the 1st, Col. C.S. Edwards started for Gettysburg. The chimney of his house burned out on Monday and the buildings were saved from burning by prompt action. William E. and Julian P. Skillings are running their spool mill at full capacity on orders. St. John Hastings and Elias Thomas are hauling their manufactured lumber from Albany to the Bethel station. The Berlin Mills Co. has the sale of it in Portland. The chair factory is driven with orders and runs in the evening. Many from Bethel visited the cattle show and fair at South Paris. Large quantities of spool strips are being shipped from Bethel Station depot.

Mason: No frost yet, Oct 2; does not recollect a fall so free from frost for many years.

North Albany: Ida M. Hazelton our experienced and successful teacher, is now teaching on Chandler Hill (District 14), Bethel (fall term).

West Bethel: Walter Rand of Locke’s Mills will load a car of potatoes next week at this (West Bethel) station. He pays 45 and 50 cents a bushel.

 

10/15/1889:

Bethel: Sunday morning S.F. Gibson, Esq., one of the oldest members of the Oxford bar died at noon, seized with apoplexy. His funeral Tuesday was held at the Universalist Church under the auspices of the F. and A. Masons.  The Messrs. Wyman are now sending their pack of corn and beans to Wolff and Reesing, New York. It will take 30 cars to carry the season’s pack. They had seven and one-half acres of Lima beans planted and raised eight hundred and eighty-seven bushels for which they paid $2,217.20, being $295.66 an acre. Who says farming doesn’t pay? The first frost of the season occurred on October 11. Mrs. Valentine, from New York, was stricken with paralysis Saturday and she is very low. She is with her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Horton, and her son, Prof. Wm C. Chapman of New York is with her as well as he husband.

Gilead:  T.G. Lary has contracted with the Androscoggin Water Power Co. to land 600,000 feet of spruce on the river this winter from his lands in Riley. Leonard Wheeler will cut some 300,000 for the same parties. We are to have our grain threshed, a machine is in town.

Newry: Potatoes are worth 45 cents a bushel at Bethel depot. The threshing machine is making the rounds of this neighborhood. “It rains about all the time this fall.”

South Bethel:  W.B. Clark raised a fine crop of Lima beans realizing $93 from 1,500 hills. Lyceum was organized last Friday and will be held weekly.

 

10/22/1889:

Bethel: A.S. Bean is sending two cars a day from Bethel depot loaded with spool strips and birch edgings. J.A. Thurston, M.L. Thurston and D.A. Cummings are sending one load a day. Seth Walker and Hastings Brothers are receiving coal and distributing it through the village. There are a dozen coal furnaces and 25 wood furnaces in the village.

Gilead: William Chapman has received an invoice of 50 Shropshire sheep from Canada. T.G. Lary raised a 1000 bushels of potatoes this year.

 

10/29/1889:

West Bethel: The temperature reached 16 degrees on the morning of the 24th.  A.S. Bean is build a shop in which to do his blacksmith work. He has also staked out the location for a large barn, the foundation of which he will commence immediately, but will not put up the barn until next spring. It is to be 50 by 125 feet on the ground and twenty feet posted. Milton Holt has re-opened his store with improved conveniences and fresh additional stock.

Bethel:  Tuesday the Oxford County Educational Convention was held at Bethel. State Superintendent Luce and Prof. Purington, Farmington (Normal School) attended. They passed resolutions thanking the people for their hospitality, the railroad for reduced fares, endorsed town instead of district school systems and free text books for our schools. 

East Bethel:  Correspondent reports that the hills were white with snow on Wednesday morning, October 23rd.

Newry: Mrs. G. C. Atherton has been quite sick with lung trouble. A good many men are looking for jobs in the woods but reports say little well be undertaken this winter.

 

November

 

11/5/1889:

Bethel: G.J. Hapgood’s store on Main Street was entered Wednesday night by burglars who took $100 worth of goods: guns, cartridges, knives and stockings, etc. J.A. Thurston is sending from Bethel station molasses shook for the West Indies market. Grand Trunk Railroad is making improvements to their grounds near the station. Bethel’s chair factory is still running to 9PM to keep up with orders. There will not be as much lumbering along the lakes as usual this coming winter. Brussels soap (no rosin) has sprung into popularity almost in a day. E. C. Rowe is having a large sale of it.

East Bethel: E.A. Cross from Bridgton spent the last week at C.M. Kimball’s. He started his drove of cattle from this place November 15th.

West Bethel: Apples are selling for $1.50 to $2.00 at the station. A.O. and A.B. Grover are doing the threshing in this vicinity. They find very little grain except oats and they are very light this year.

Gilead: The farmers are contemplating a corn factory. Walter Spiller of Shelburne has been through town with the threshing machine. The mercury runs as low as 12 degrees above zero.

 

11/2/1889:

Bethel: The Bethel House proprietors have marked improvements to their property – moving the stable away from the main house allowing for a driveway around the hotel. The street laid out a few weeks ago connecting Chapman and Broad Streets

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