June 30th’s Democrat has a report that the previous week fire destroyed the house and barn of Jacob Annis.    Nearly all the furniture  in the house was saved.  Friends expressed sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Annis who were enjoying their retirement.

Also in the same week, schools had closed on Friday.  On Thursday parents and friends were invited to a graduation ceremony for Miss Bertha Twombly’s class. The event was planned by the teacher to emphasize the importance of completing a grade and preparing for the next higher one.  There were twenty one girls and boys in Miss Twombly’s class.  Class colors were blue and white.  The graduation program consisted of music and essays.  The reporter gave an opinion that other teachers should take note.

Gould Academy:  Professor Small has accepted a position at Washington  Academy with a flattering salary.  Friends of Mr. Small regret his decision not to return to Gould.

 

ALBANY           

In May 26 news from the Democrat: The Congregational parish are at work finishing off a kitchen in connection with the vestry which will be a great improvement. H.O. Wilbur is pushing work on his barn which will be quite an addition to Hunt’s Corner. Charles Johnson has moved his family from Bethel to the Corner. He occupies the Barrows house’; Johnson has been hired to work part time on the George Cummings farm. Miss Grace Bartlett of Bethel has the school at the Corner; thanks to our superintendent for furnishing us with such an instructor.

All families from around here were represented at the centennial at Bethel June 10th.

 

EAST BETHEL       

April 28 news from the Democrat reported that Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Twitchell will move to Hanover where he will open business in the Knapp Store.  Walter Bartlett and his sister Elsie have gone to Lowell, Mass., for the summer. Mr. and Mrs. O. Twitchell will leave their farm at this place and move to Gorham, NH, for the summer.

May 5 news from East Bethel reported in the Democrat noted that farmers have started spring planting, peas, potatoes, etc.  School began on April 27. Mr. J.S. Hutchings is the instructor; he boards at his home in South Bethel.  G.K. Hastings has been appointed highway surveyor of this district.

May 26, Democrat:  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cole of Washington, D.C., are visiting at his father’s in this place. Miss Rose Kimball is assisting her brother, Irving Kimball, in his photograph studio in Bethel village.

June 2 news from the Democrat told of the farm buildings of S. F. Esters that were totally destroyed by a fire on May 23. Only a small collection of household goods and farm tools were saved.

April 28 news from the Democrat reported that Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Twitchell will move to Hanover where he will open business in the Knapp Store.  Walter Bartlett and his sister Elsie have gone to Lowell, Mass., for the summer. Mr. and Mrs. O. Twitchell will leave their farm at this place and move to Gorham, NH, for the summer.

May 5 news from East Bethel reported in the Democrat noted that farmers have started spring planting, peas, potatoes, etc.  School began on April 27. Mr. J.S. Hutchings is the instructor; he boards at his home in South Bethel.  G.K. Hastings has been appointed highway surveyor of this district.

May 26, Democrat:  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cole of Washington, D.C., are visiting at his father’s in this place. Miss Rose Kimball is assisting her brother, Irving Kimball, in his photograph studio in

Bethel village.

June 2 news from the Democrat told of the farm buildings of S. F. Esters that were totally destroyed by a fire on May 23. Only a small collection of household goods and farm tools were saved.

From the June 23rd Democrat news reported is that Merrill Bartlett is making repairs to his buildings and will  be connecting his stable to his house and barn.

 

GRAFTON

January  Aqueducts nearly all frozen and this weather is trying cellars badly. Many have to have fires in the cellar. The oldest inhabitants say this is the coldest week in Maine ever without snow.  With lack of snow Wentworth Bros have to drag their timber to the landing to load on the cars instead of two-sledding it.

The June 16 news from Grafton tells that the steel range company of St. Louis seems to have taken the country by storm. They make many sales in the rural towns. Some set aside good stoves to give these a place.  A large delegation went to Bethel to attend the celebration from this and towns above here.

MASON

January  There were over 1,000 cords of timber cut in town and waiting for sledding to haul it to the river and mills. Farmers are cutting their ice in the last part of January – over a foot thick and very clear.  Also at the end of January we hear that Charles Dunham is on the sick list – he has been consulting a physician out of Bethel.  Arthur Morrill has over five hundred cords of timber cut in the woods and has a crew cutting – some hustling when snow comes.

May 5 news from Mason reported in the Democrat included these items: A.S. Bean has his spruce pulp wood all out of this town and is now driving the Albany Brook.  Presiding Elder J.A. Corey of Auburn preached at the church Monday evening.  There were two Frenchmen in town looking for working oxen last week. They were from Gilead.  Dr. Twaddle from Bethel is seen in town almost daily.  Dan Watson from Norway bought a yoke of oxen from Arthur Morrill.

June 9 news in the Democrat noted that George Merrow of West Bethel was in town to get up a club of cyclists to make a run of 100 miles or more taking in the towns of Berlin, Errol, Upton, Andover and Rumford with a return to West Bethel.

News in the June 23rd Democrat related that several  from Mason went to the Bethel centennial celebration and that  in several instances  whole families went by riding in their hayracks.  Also the Mason road commissioner is repairing the “highways” by blasting out boulders and grading with the road machine.

 

LOCKE MILLS

News from the Democrat in the February 25 paper reported that E.L. Tebbetts is having a telephone put in the spool mill, mill office, grist mill and store to the Grand Trunk depot.

Democrat of June 23rd reported that Walter Rand has done some improvement work on his store by putting two large windows in the front.

NEWRY

January and February

The Democrat has sent me a package of post cards but since the New Year has come it is debatable in my own mind whether to continue report news weekly. (Writer unidentified.) No snow yet but plenty of ice, brooks have overflowed and only sharp shod horses can get around. Last week the writer was at work night and day to keep his aqueduct running with help from his wife. The waste way at the barn has frozen up and the barn yard is fast becoming a skating rink. End of January saw J.J. Spinney go back to his spruce job on Sunday River.

News from the April 28 Democrat reported that M.L. Thurston has got the logs out of Bear River and Jim Spinney has got them out of Sunday River. Joe and Jim Spinney and a lot more of the Newry boys have gone to Ellis River to drive for Thurston.  Leslie Mason has had a crew on Stearns Brook trying to get out his poplar. It has already lain there a number of years and chances do not look good for getting it out this season.

Newry news for the May 5 Democrat covered these items:  Philbrook and Hastings are paying good prices for veal calves. J.S. Brown sold his lambs to H.S. Hastings for $3.50 each. J.A. Thurston is running his mill at the Corner night and day for the present.  J.S. Allen intends to start his meat cart next week.  Neally Thompson was injured on the drive (this spring) and now he has a bout of rheumatism.

On May 19 the Democrat reported that David Vail has left the Stearns place in this town and moved to Grafton.

June 9 news from the Democrat has this item. Nahum Frost has bought back his old place (near the Powers Cemetery)  in this town

Major Gideon Hastings, 65 in 1896, was elected Marshall for the Day, of Bethel’s centennial celebration June 1896.  Hastings was born in the same house on Broad Street where he was living at the time of his appointment.  Starting out as a blacksmith, he became noted for his lumbering and farming after the Civil War. Besides his Army service, he spent two years at a Georgia cotton plantation before returning to Bethel.  His former home was later owned by retired Army Lieutenant General James D. Alger. In 2009 it was an inn and restaurant.

The Bethel Journals

January 23, 2010

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