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July 1892 – new grandstand, seating 2000 at fair grounds; new paper mill building construction started – Rumford Falls.


July 5, 1892


Bethel: James L. Chapman and Charles P. Bartlett plan to erect a mill on Swift River, at Gammon’s Falls for the manufacture of birch. Building the mill will begin soon. Mr. Chapman says he intends to put in 1,200 cords of birch for next year’s sawing. Products of the mill will be shipped out on cars of the Rumford Falls railroad. This is one of the many enterprises which the recent developments at Rumford Falls have made possible.


Politics: A joint convention of the towns classed with Bethel was held here June 25th. Bethel will select a candidate for the legislature in 1892 and in 1898 under the arrangements made at the convention.


John M. Philbrook is having the former Chapman house which he removed to High Street put into condition for renting.  Work is progressing on the foundations for his new house on Main Street. Mr. Merriman, the new principal of Gould Academy, was here preparing for the new term. Goddard Bros. have moved from 21 Railroad Street to 41 Main Street.


West Bethel: The Lodge of Good Templars here has dissolved. East Bethel: The last drive has cleared the river of logs on June 30th. Northwest Bethel: A gang of gypsies went through here a few days ago bound for New Hampshire from eastern Maine. Mason: The last rain has made the water in Pleasant River the highest for the season but A.S. Bean’s drive is hung up again and may remain where it is.



July 12, 1892


Bethel: New voting procedures – Australian ballot. Bethel selectmen have appointed as election clerks, Albert Grover and E.C. Park, Republicans and J.B. Chapman and Fred B. Howe, Democrats.


Rev. F.K. Beem is the new pastor of the Universalist Church and will occupy the house in Kimball Park formerly occupied by Rev. F.E. Barton.


The glorious Fourth passed off quietly. There was baseball and races at Riverside Park in the afternoon. A new grandstand capable of seating some two thousand people has been built at Riverside Park. A number of pines were allowed to stand – the trees will extend up through the stands to give both shade and beauty.


A convention for the selection of a Republican candidate for Representative to the Legislature from Bethel district was called for July 16th.


The work has been completed on the outside of the new Methodist church building. Work on the inside finish is underway by C.H. Adams. Gould Academy’s fall term will open on August 30th. Water for the chair factory boilers will now be supplied by the Bethel Water Company. Preliminary work of the Bethel Dairying Company has started and the butter factory seemed to be an assured thing.


Newry: The big Fourth of July celebration in Newry took place at the Poplar Hotel – they put on a good display of fireworks. Quite a number of men from this town have gone to Portland to look for work haying. E.F. Stearns sold his pulpwood to Ansel Dudley. Stearns is driving it down Bear River; this is the fourth drive on the river this season. West Bethel: A warrant was sworn out for the arrest of Ed and Victor McPhee for kicking and beating Henry Stiles of Fryeburg Academy Grant. When Sheriff Wormell came to arrest Victor he had to fire three shots at the man when he tried to escape into the woods. The fugitive eventually gave up having been seriously wounded in the back by the second shot.


July 19, 1892


Bethel Savings Statement: June 8, 1892. S.D. Philbrook, President and A.E. Herrick, Treasurer.


Liabilities:  Deposits: $209,112.96;

                  Reserve Fund:  $6,674

                              Profits $3,000.



Resources included: Maine city and town bonds: $14,500;

   State, city and county bonds of other States: 23,000.

   Railroad bonds:                                            11,000.

   Loans on mortgages of real estate                 92,918.

   Loans on collaterals                                      11,192.



Total Liabilities and Resources                            $218,680.



Bethel Library:  The building on Church Street occupied by Mr. R.E.L. Farwell below and by the Bethel Library above is being repainted outside so that it has a much improved appearance. The library rooms have been repaired and enlarged with the result of much better quarters. (See added note)


Added comment re: Bethel Library:


This building was described, as repeated below, in Rosalind R. Chapman’s article surveying the history of Bethel’s Church Street buildings in the December 1980 edition of The Bethel Courier.



A restaurant and store from 1926 until 1973, this building on Church St. housed the Bethel Library in 1892.

The first school building in town was here soon after the beginning of the nineteenth century.  On the 1858 map it was marked as owned by William Gerrish, probably used as a store. (J.) Lucas operated a store here in 1880. He was followed by R.E.L. Farwell in 1889. Mr. Farwell soon moved his business to Main Street but in 1904 he had moved back to this location. S.S. Greenleaf had an ice cream parlor in the early 1920’s here.  Alphonse Vandenkerckhoven also ran a store at this location. Mrs. W.L. Farwell assisted by her daughter, Mrs. Lena Wight, bought the store in 1926. They ran a grocery store, ice cream parlor and restaurant.  Albert Cotton purchased the establishment in 1945 and continued to operate the store and restaurant here until Harry Kuzyk bought it in 1963. The Kuzyks remodeled the building and operated the business (Campus Malt Shop) for several years until selling to Harold (“Tater”) Young (Young’s Restaurant). Later the George Gilberts operated the Village Restaurant here. After Mrs. Young’s death in 1973, it was sold to William Lynch. During his occupancy it was gutted by fire. It was subsequently purchased by Wilbur Myers and remodeled into two apartments.”






Summer boarders are coming in fast. George H. Shirley and family of Brooklyn, NY, have returned to their summer home.


Prof. William R. Chapman and family of New York City, with friends, occupy their summer residence in Mayville. Their retinue of horses, Shetland ponies, carriages and dog carts, with their liveried servants, is quite an attraction on our streets.


A summary of boarding houses follows:

S.B. Twitchell accommodates: 20 guests;

Mrs. A.W. Valentine: 25;

Deacon E.C. Chamberlain: 16;

the Locke’s in North Bethel: 40;

E.P. Grover in West Bethel: 30;

The Alpine House, Bethel Hill: A. Chandler, 20.


Judge E.W. Woodbury submitted the Bethel news this week.



Left: A party of the summer boarders staying at the Locke Mountain House in North Bethel prepare for a day long excursion. They most likely have packed picnic baskets provided by the Locke sisters. Note the croquet layout in the foreground. The book “I Was a Summer Boarder” by Ruth Crosby tells the story of life as a summer vacationer at the Locke’s.  A number of boarders later became full time residents of Bethel. (Photo from Daisy A Crosby’s family history.)


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Corporations and persons paying more than $100 in 1892 taxes are listed in the table below. Amounts are rounded to nearest dollar. The full report listed 42 taxpayers including those in the following table plus taxpayers owing more than $50 in taxes.





A.S. Bean


American Bobbin, Spool & Shuttle


Ceylon Rowe


S.D. Philbrook


Edwin C. Rowe


John M Philbrook


C. Bisbee


Eben Kilborn


T.H. Chapman


Enoch Foster


J.U. Purrington


Bethel Chair Co


R.J. Virgin


Cole Bros.






West Bethel/ Mason:  J.H. Bean, Esq., the Mason correspondent to the Democrat is the nominee of the Republicans for representative from the district composed of Sweden, Stoneham and Mason.


Mason: Your correspondent visited the new city of Rumford Fall last week. Business is rushing and we noticed a change where in our opinion the streets might be improved by pounding down some rocks and grading near the business center of town.


Rumford Falls:  On July 14th, the first brick in the construction of the paper mill was laid. The foundations are nearly done. A.B. Tower, an eminent engineer and architect of Holyoke prepared the plans for this mill. Mr. Hardy S. Ferguson, a graduate of the Thayer School of Civil Engineering, is the resident engineer in charge of the paper company’s plant. The directors of the Rumford Falls Paper Company held a meeting here last week.  President: Daniel Emery; Manager: Garret Schenck and Treasurer: Col. E.H. Haskell.


Ethan Willis will build a round house and an extensive car shed for the railway company. The contract to build the abutments for the highway bridge was let to the Maxwells of Phillips. The Portland and Rumford Falls Railway has decided to extend the line along the south side of the middle canal to Hartford Street where a fine and commodious passenger station will be erected.


Contractors Spofford & Mitchell have already started to grade this line. J.H. Wardwell has received his post office commission and by next week mail should be at the new post office.



July 26, 1892


During July all villages reported that farmers were busy haying and that the hay weather was for the most part favorable, the hay crop good.  Men who had gone to Portland from Newry to seek haying jobs there were returning, their work done.


Gilead:  During the month of June, the Wild River Lumber Co. has shipped 120 rail cars of long lumber.


Eben Chapman is remodeling his buildings and J.W. Kimball is adding a much needed stable to his buildings.


Mason: A.S. Bean owns two farms and several thousand acres in this town. His crews are busy haying. Ernest Morrill will put on the river (?) eight to twelve cords of wood and timber during the coming winter. He has a two or three years’ job.


Newry: Politics – Correspondent from Newry speaks up for John M. Philbrook of Bethel who is the Republican candidate for state representative in this district. “Mr. Philbrook is a farmer and drover, long a resident of Bethel, well known all over the county, and a large part of the state as a shrewd and successful business man.”


Bethel:  Mr. H.A. Packard has purchased the “Goddard house” on Main Street from P. Burnham. The Congregational church Ladies Club put on a well attended entertainment program at Ideal Hall.


The Bethel Water Company has extended its pipe line through High Street.



August 1892 – Rumford Falls, passenger train service began; Bethel Dairying Association buys Church Street lot for butter factory; Nelson the Harness Racing Hall of Fame trotter visits Bethel.



August 2, 1892


Rumford Falls: Regular passenger train service over the Rumford Falls extension of the Portland and Rumford Falls Railway began August 1st.  “The early train left the new city at ten-minutes past four and was followed during the day by three other trains each way.” According to the correspondent the new service actually began on July 30th when regular trains passed through to Rumford Falls to be ready for Monday’s schedule.


The regular afternoon passenger (Conductor Moore’s train) was the first to arrive and that reached Rumford Falls a few minutes before six o’clock. This train was made up of a combination mail and baggage car, and two new passenger coaches and made a very pretty appearance as it wound its way up the river bank through the fertile intervale farms of the Androscoggin valley.  At Dixfield Station, opposite the village, the train was met by a large audience accompanied by the Dixfield Brass Band, and given a rousing greeting with band music and cheering.


Contractors Mitchell & Spofford still have much work to do on the line including grading and completing sidings. “Their gravel train is still busily at work putting the finishing touches on to the finest new line of railway in Maine.” 


Bethel:  Skillings Mill leased back.  Julius P. Skillings has bargained for the stock and leased the birch mill here of the syndicate assignees and is now running it.


Horse trot excitement: It is a mark of great enterprise on the part of the managers of Riverside Park Association to get “Nelson” (renowned trotter) here.  Eminent horsemen from New York and Pennsylvania have inspected our track and pronounce it best half-mile track in New England.


W. S. Parker has rented the store in the Cole Block formerly occupied by the Cole Bros.   Parker has bought the furniture business from the Coles and has rented two additional rooms adjacent to the store for finishing and a carpet warehouse.


Bethel is to have a resident insurance agent soon. Mr. Buck of Norway is to locate here.


East Bethel:  A large crowd enjoyed the novelty of springboard dancing but the reporter did not indicate where the dance party was held (Alder River Grange?).


August 9, 1982


Maine News – Railroad News:  The railroad commissioners have approved methods of heating for the various Maine railroads. The Grand Trunk asked to have the Baker hot water heater, the same now used on the road. But that was not accepted. The Grand Trunk will use the Martin, Sewall, McElroy steam heating system during the next year.


Rumford Falls – The New Railroad:  Business has been brisk over the Portland and Rumford Falls Railway since the opening of the extension to Rumford Falls.  One excursion trip carried a large Sabbath School picnic group of 800 persons to picnic grounds at Lake Anasagunticook. The reporter wrote that the road is equipped in a manner second to none in the state. Two passenger trains run each way daily and on Monday and Saturday a third train is added to the schedule.


Conductor Moore’s train leaves Rumford Falls each morning at 7:45, reaching Dixfield at 8 o’clock, Canton at 8:35, and Buckfield at 9:07, and arrives at Mechanic Falls at 9:40. It makes connection with Grand Trunk trains. The return train leaves Mechanic Falls at 3:10 PM, the Buckfield at 3:50, Canton at 4:22, Dixfield at 4:55 and it arrives in Rumford Falls at 5:05.


Conductor Arthur Allen’s train leaves Mechanic Falls each morning at 10:15, connecting with the early train on the Grand Trunk Railway for Portland, etc.  There is a Saturday train that leaves Mechanic Falls for Rumford at 7:00 PM and arrives at Rumford Falls at 9 o’clock.


The arrangements (of these trains) are first class for the accommodations of the public and the public can take advantage of the excursion rate during August to visit Rumford Falls – the Niagara (Falls) of New England.


Gilead:  The Republicans of this town held a flag-raising followed by an enthusiastic gathering at the town hall.  The meeting was presided over by H. P. Wheeler and speeches addressed state and county issues.


Bethel: W.S. Parker has added to his stock of furniture and carpets in his store within the Cole Block that he recently took over from the Coles.  He will also do upholstering and repairs.


The Bethel Dairying Company purchased a lot from A. Ward on Church Street (below the Gould Academy athletic field) where Benjamin Bryant is at work putting in the foundation for their (butter) factory.


The Democrats caucused at the office of R. A. Frye on July 30th.  J. R.  Howard was nominated as candidate for representative to the legislature for this district.


The 13th Maine Regiment held a reunion in Bethel on August 18th.


Mills news:  The steam mill has started up under the management of J.P. Skillings who has leased it of the American Bobbin, Spool and Shuttle Company. (Julius Skillings had managed the mill as the Skillings owned Bethel Steam Mill Co. before it was sold to the AB,S & S. Co in 1890.)  The stock of goods which was in the store connected with the spool mill was moved to Charles Mason’s store on Main Street where it will be disposed of at auction.


 George L. Merrill, former manager of the spool mill (same mill as referred to above) here has leased the mill at Dixfield of the AB, S & S Co. and is there running it. Merrill’s family is still in Bethel but will probably move to Dixfield.


Rumford Falls:  Contractor Ordway with a crew of fifty Italians has started work on the Chemical Company’s mills.  Maxwell Bros. have opened a quarry on River Street near Hartford Street. Much of the stone for the abutment (of the new bridge) on the east side of the river will be taken from this quarry. 


The freight trains are loaded heavily and the freight station will have to be enlarged if this order of things goes on. Spofford & Mitchell have a large crew of Italians lowering the track at the curve near the east end of the canal. The contract for building 1000 feet of the lower level canal has been let to Everson & Liddle of Providence, R.I. J.S. Smith & Co. are excavating for the immense penstock to be used by the paper company. Messrs. Allen & Sons of the Worcester Steam Boiler Works are expected soon to place them (the penstocks – large water pipes). William J. Perkins has taken a contract for fifty thousand feet of hard wood lumber to be used in planking the upper dam.


F.E. Bell of Norway, salesman for the Noyes & Nutter Mfg. Co. of Bangor, Maine, was in town.


Locke Mills:  Albert and Archie Green went to Shelburne, N.H., on the train and came down on bicycles in three hours.


August 16:


Bethel: The Rubenstein Club of Lewiston gave a concert here Monday followed by a social hop.  (William Rogers Chapman organized the first Rubenstein Club of women’s voices in New York City in 1887; the Lewiston club’s formation was likely a consequence of the spreading news of the favorable acceptance of the initial singing club in New York. Anton Rubenstein was a Russian pianist and composer and Chapman had chosen his name as the name for his women’s chorale.)


Northwest Bethel:  Mrs. Augustus Chapman is visiting the “Homestead” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


East Bethel: A party of young people from here visited Rumford Falls August 9th. “Their report was immense.”


August 23:


Bethel: The big event of the summer occurred over at Riverside Trotting Park when the great trotter Nelson was on hand for special races, Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19.  The ladies of the Universalist Church had a special pavilion erected that was forty feet long and two tables wide to serve a bean supper with accompaniments to those who were attending the races.  Reports from Newry, East Bethel, Mason and Rumford Center indicated that many planned to attend the event.  The Bethel correspondent reported, “This has been a busy week in Bethel. Nelson has been here and crowds of people have seen him. There were some good races. Mr. Nelson (the famous trotter’s owner) pronounced the track one of the best in New England.”


According to a Harness Racing Hall of Fame website, Nelson was bred by C.H. Nelson of Waterville, Maine who trained and drove him through out his long career. Nelson lived from 1882 to 1909, 27 years. On September 6, 1890, he set a world record for a half mile track by trotting it in 2:15 ¼ minutes.  Nelson’s career record was set in 1893 at Rigby Park in South Portland when harnessed in a new low wheel “bike” he trotted against the clock for 2:09.  He died December 4, 1909 at Sunnyside Farm, Waterville, ME.


Chair makers excursion:  On August 27, the Grand View Commandery, U.O.G.C., will unite with the chair-makers of Bethel, Gilead, West Bethel, Locke Mills, Bryant’s Pond and West Paris for an annual excursion to Portland and the islands.  The excursion committee was: Mr. J.H. Barrows, Mrs. E.C. Rowe and Miss E.E. Burnham.


The 13th Maine Regiment had a reunion in Bethel with dinner served at Ideal Hall.


Albany: W. W. Bird is busy supplying the Lovejoys of the Bethel House (Bethel Hill) with lamb and chickens. Lovejoy has his two houses booked to overflowing.


Gilead: William Chapman has over twenty acres of oats which he is cutting with a self-binding reaper.


The Wild River Lumber Company is extending its railroad up the river four miles. There are about 100 men grading and laying the track.


August 30:


Rumford Falls: Construction progress: W.F. Putnam has the hotel (Harris) up and the walls about closed in. The building is 75 by 72 feet, three stories high, six stores on the first floor and a hotel on the second and third stories. Completion is expected in December. S.H. Rogers has a crew of masons building chimneys in the hotel.


At the mill, Wm Allen & Sons have three of the large penstocks in place. S.S. Ordway has about fifty men at work on the foundations for the Chemical Association Building.  J.S. Smith & Co. has a crew putting in the masonry for the head gates in front of the Paper Co. works.


Newspaper correspondent’s summary of building progress: It was just two years ago when the Rumford Falls Power Company started work here. Since then a dam has been built across the Androscoggin, head gates and a masonry wall 200 feet long near the dam, a canal excavated 1500 feet.  Work commenced on one of the largest pulp and paper mills in the State; chemical mill for the manufacture of bleaching powders, etc, 15 or 20 dwelling houses and stores erected, numerous streets graded, commencement of another dam at the head of the falls, commencement of lower level canal, railroad built from Canton, fifteen miles, branch tracks and every facility for handling freight from the mills. No boom but steady growth.


Bethel: The corn factory is set to start up on Monday, September 5th.  Last week’s Universalist fair at the Opera House turned out well. Eben S. Kilborn’s new house on High Street is well under way with C.H. Adams taking charge.


Hon. Nelson Dingley, Republican, addressed a good audience at Odeon Hall; he spoke on a number of political issues of the day. Dingley was Representative in Congress from the 2d Congressional District of Maine.  He was born in Durham (1832 – 1899); he was governor of Maine from 1874-76; his full name was Edward Nelson Dingley, Jr.


Note: At this point no news correspondent had reported how the new hall had come to be renamed "Odeon Hall" from Cole's Hall. The online dictionary, dictionary.com, says this about Odeon:   "A kind of theater in ancient Greece, smaller than the dramatic theater and roofed over, in which poets and musicians submitted their works to the approval of the public, and contended for prizes; -- hence, in modern usage, the name of a hall for musical or dramatic performances."  When inquiring for help to the Bethel Historical Society, Director Stanley Howe replied as follows: "We are told that Joan Stearns Kilborn (in 1892, wife of First Selectman, Eben Kilborn) was the reason that the hall became Odeon following her Greek tour in 1907." So apparently if Mrs. Kilborn suggested the name Odeon she did so based on her reading and knowledge of ancient Greece because the new name was “on the street” before August 30, 1892.


West Bethel: A.S. Bean’s threshing machine that is set up to use his mill’s power is being patronized by farmers for five miles around.  Mr. Bean is making extensive improvements on his old homestead which he has lately purchased from his father, D. F. Bean. Arthur E. Barker, son of John Barker, Esq., is at home from Washington, D.C., where he has a prominent clerkship in a government department.


Newry:  J.A. Thurston, our merchant, has bought the farm of Benjamin R. Bryant near Bethel Hill (actually Mayville). (This was a landmark announcement:  When Thurston moved from Newry Corner to Bethel, it signaled the beginning of the dissolving of Newry Corner’s core of enterprises owned and managed by Jacob Thurston for the benefit of the community. He provided a store, a mill with its employment, and a public hall.)



September 1892 – fall elections using Australian ballot favorably handled; the second Bethel Fair - very popular, Rumford Falls grows; Bethel creamery/ butter factory takes shape.


September 6:


Among the Farmers: 


(Among the Farmers was a regular front page column printed in the weekly editions of the Oxford Democrat.  This column disseminated valuable farming information including the use and effectiveness of new farming practices. In this column, the writer describes the use of “community farming” by the Shaker Communities in Maine and New Hampshire. Abstracts of the column are presented below:)




Community farming on a large scale and under the best methods has but one or two examples in Maine, and seldom has been the subject of report or description in farming journals.


By the term “community farming” I refer especially to that carried on by the communities known as Shakers, of which there have for many years been three families in this state, viz: at Poland, New Gloucester and Alfred. Several years ago the families at Poland and New Gloucester were consolidated.  More recently the families at Alfred and New Gloucester have placed themselves under one management.


In general I believe it is true that communities seek no publicity concerning their operations, and if they are extensive, successful or in any respect such as may be cited as good example farming, they are the last to speak about it, and few seldom find out their methods.


It is a common saying that Shakers are good farmers. Thrift and economy play a large part in the principles of management and the Shakers follow these principles with the strictest regard.


If model farming is carried on by them it is of such a character that individual farmers cannot well adopt the same, either in part or whole, therefore they give little attention to their methods which are often deemed impracticable of being followed by individual farmers upon smaller farms.


Yet I am sure that the intelligent farmer, anxious for new ideas and for advancement, cannot fail to learn from a careful study of the system and methods in use by communities.




In the area along the Androscoggin River from Gilead to Rumford Falls, the alternative to “community farms” was the cooperative venture or association.


In the Bethel area, the corn canning factory and the creamery/butter factory were good examples of cooperative ventures. 


The economics of the cooperative venture was to transfer commodities into cash using the cooperative or associated group as a method to produce economics of greater scale.  In this regard, agriculture in these relatively rich growing areas worked like the linkage between logging forests and operating mills.  The results appeared in the form of consumer goods, canned corn and butter, in the agricultural field and wood products from the logging field. These goods were sold for cash not bartered.


Strengths and weaknesses existed for both types of agriculture: Family farms depended on the strength of a single family to renew itself and to accumulate profit, where new generations of members either assured continuance or abandonment.  Community farms were governed by their cultural belief mechanisms which cast roadblocks into the path of their continuation into new generations of member farmers. Community farms as much as single family farms needed profitability to continue. In cases like the New Gloucester farm, agricultural sales were supplemented with craft sales to support the “community family”.



Fall Elections:


Sample ballots were printed in this edition:


For governor: 

Republican:  Henry R. Cleaves of Portland;

Democrat:  Charles F. Johnson of Waterville;

Prohibition: Timothy R. Hussey of North Berwick.


For congress:


Republican:  Nelson Dingley, Jr. of Lewiston

Democrat:    Daniel McGillicuddy of Lewiston

Prohibition:  Ammi S. Ladd of Auburn


For State Senate:


Republican: Addison E. Herrick of Bethel and Oscar M. Remsky of Buckfield

Democrat:  William N. Thomas of Oxford and Charles Rankin of Hiram.

Prohibition:  Ethan Wills of Paris and Henry Irish of Buckfield


For Representative to Legislature

Republican:  William Stickney of Brownfield

J. Hastings Bean of Mason

John M Philbrook of Bethel

James Abbott of Sumner

John A. Roberts of Norway

Frank L. Warner of Rumford



Bradford Cole of Brownfield

John Ames of Sweden

Joshua Howard of Hanover

Mandeville Hall of Peru

Ira Johnson of Norway

Joseph A Kenney of Paris



Alvin B. Ordway of Denmark

Virgil Dunn of Norway

N. Johnson Cushman of Paris


Bethel News:


W. H. Looney of Portland will speak in Bethel to explain the Australian ballot system.

The Universalist Sunday School held a picnic at Riverside Park. A musical and readings program is scheduled for Ideal Hall by the Congregational Church. Gould Academy opened the fall term on Tuesday with a reported good attendance. The Methodist church society held a lawn party and fair at H. R. Godwin’s. C.C. Bryant’s meat store will be closed while he and Mrs. Bryant are on vacation.


Gilead:  William Chapman will run a threshing machine through here this fall. Political pot begins to boil – Prohibition party will have a flag raising here soon.


Newry:  M.L. Thurston has moved from the Kilgore place to E. F. Stearns house.


West Bethel:  A.S. Bean’s enterprises:  Bean has finished threshing at his mill; the beans are taking a vacation at the seashore; J. Hastings Bean of Mason will look after his mill while the Beans are away. Jotham Chapman is painting the Bean’s boarding houses.  Joseph Mason who is foreman of the Grand Trunk yard in Portland is visiting.


Rumford Falls:  Fred Howe of Bethel has nearly finished a house for J.E. Stephens.


H.J. Chisholm and George Bisbee, president of the Rumford Falls Power Company were in town last week.


Mitchell & Spofford have started laying the branch track along the south side of the middle level canal.  About 85 men are building the upper dam.  Contractor J.A. Greenleaf of Lewiston was here to check progress on paper mill construction. Work will start soon on the electric light, power station and the water system.


September 13:


Real Estate Transfers:  Bethel, 4 transfers; Greenwood, 1; Rumford: Rumford Falls Power Co., 12 transfers, plus four other individual closings.


Rumford Falls:  A Jefferson N.H., man, Joseph Labreque, is building a three story structure – first story for a store and the other two for tenements. Work has started on the waste-way near the entrance to the Middle Level Canal. The paper mill is slowly assuming shape with the roof of the finishing room nearly completed and the walls of the machine room finished in about a week. Four of the large nine feet in diameter penstocks are in place and the head gate masonry is underway. Contract has been let by the paper company for 12 houses in the residence section – contractor is Mr. Summers of Portland.  The Power Company has streets in the business section under construction and will start soon on streets for the residence section. The Power Co is receiving bids for the superstructure of the Hartford Street canal bridge. Maxwell Bros. have two thirds of the east side bridge abutment completed and have started laying stones on the west side. Prominent visitors this week included: George d. Bisbee, Hugh J. Chisholm, Daniel F. Emery, M.G. Shaw, T.R. Simonton, C.D. Brown and E.H. Haskell.


Wilsons Mills: John M. Wilson and family of Groveton are visiting relatives here – are at John Olson’s.


Bethel: The Ladies Arion Quartette gave a pleasing concert at Odeon Hall. Ceylon has just returned from Boston and New York where he has been to buy his line of fall and winter goods. The corn shop is running full time with a big business.  For the fair next week, the paper prints an appeal for men and women to do their best in creating fancy work, art and fruit and vegetable displays in the “hall” (former church) at the fair. Also, reported is the news that the hall is to be repaired and put into a fine condition.


September 20:


Election results for Governor:

Cleaves, Republican, 67,530

Johnson, Democrat, 54,958

Hussey, Prohibition, 3,329


Bethel voted: Cleaves: 285; Johnson, 185 and Hussey: 3

Gilead…………………………… 44……………….…37…………………..22


Mason ………………….……….17…………………..5




Bethel: Former town clerk, S.S. Abbott is in town from Denver, Colorado. Abbott read law in the office of A.E. Herrick and is now assistant district attorney in Denver. A Ladies Complimentary Lunch party at Ideal Hall was enjoyed where whist, dancing and a social time entertained the crowd.


Bethel’s election passed off quietly. Little difficulty encountered in using the new system and nearly everyone expressed the opinion that it is what we want.


A.T. Rowe, Esq., of Boston is here to make extensive repairs and additions to his house on Broad Street. This house is the former Hammons House that Rowe bought over a year ago. Frank Barker is putting in the foundation for his new house on Vernon Street. Everyone expects a large attendance at the fair.



Rumford Falls:  Business parties from Portland and Auburn visit.  Eight new buildings were going up in the business district, five on Congress Street, two on Canal Street and one on River Street.  Two men, Coulombe and Bake are preparing a large building’s foundation on Congress Street. Work on the mills and railroad continued.


Newry:  Reporter writes that it was a light vote in town for a presidential year. Democrat Howard received 37 votes to Republican Philbrook’s 30.  C.R. Bartlett who had owned the Poplar Hotel has bought a hotel at Bryant’s Pond.


West Bethel:  Our reported exhorts the Bethel farmers to show interest in agricultural exhibits at the fair next week. “Bring out the fruits of the soil. Let us do credit to our calling and carry the baskets well filled.”  As for this correspondent, he is going to be there with 30 varieties of apples of his own raising.




September 27:


Bethel: The corn factory finished packing last week: 300,000 cans at 95 percent filled with No 1 corn.  The Wyman owners say it is their best year here yet.


Our fair passed off most successfully. 


Last Sunday, Mrs. Roxanna Twitchell, widow of Alphin Twitchell, was buried at the Mayville Cemetery from her home at the house of E.C. Chamberlin.  She was about 76 years old. (Mr. Chamberlin was a son-in-law of Alphin Twitchell.)


Locke Mills: Many attended the fair at Bethel. The fairs at Riverside Park improve annually.  An extension of the old sidewalk is built up through the village to the top of the hill.


Albany:  Justice Aspinwall died. His funeral was under the direction of the Odd Fellows. The justice was born in England in 1840. In November, 1861, he enlisted as a soldier in the 5th Maine Battalion and served throughout the war. He belonged to the Free Mason, Odd Fellows, the Grange and the “Grand Army”.  He has had four wives. He was a liberal contributor to the Congregational church here for 23 years and was previously a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.


Maine News Notes: Railroading – General Manager Tucker of the Maine Central has issued a circular to all employees of the road instructing them to see that stations, buildings, cars and premises occupied by the company be kept absolutely clean as a precaution against cholera.  Disinfectants must be used freely and all passenger cars thoroughly cleaned.


The Maine Legislature:  The newly elected legislators will stand the same on joint ballot as the last one did: 137 Republicans to 43 Democrats- Senate 30 Republicans, 1 Democrat; House, 107 Republicans, 44 Democrats.


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