News of Events and People in Bethel, Maine and Surrounding Towns for 1896

Oxford Democrat Sunday River News 1896

January 28

Wanted: a good snowstorm. Business here is at a standstill.  Loren Trask hurt one of is horses badly getting out birch.

March 10

Winter is not going to rot in the skies this way!  Thurston’s mill is running with plenty to do. Business is lively. Lots of spruce has been hauled to the river bank and birch to the mill yard. Our schools closed and had good teachers that pleased all. Miss Locke has thirty chickens doing well.  The rain has made a bad mess of roads and broken up the rivers.

April 28

The sugar season was short and sweet.  A busy time now painting and repairing. Mr. (Richard M.) Williamson has painted his house. Loren Trask is taking down the old school house (new one built in 1895 – Lower Sunday River School).  Andrew Jackson has started for the west.  Mrs. Powers of Rumford is housekeeper for John Eames.  Schools commence the first Monday in May- Miss Hastings is teacher in No. 1 (Upper) and Miss Littlehale in No. 3 (Lower).  Mr. Spinney’s drive is out of Sunday River.

June 2

The crows are digging up corn. Joe Spinney is working for Robert Foster.  Mr. Frost has sold his farm to Charles Bean.  Julian Stowe has moved to Swan’s Corner.  Tracy Littlehale is home from Charlestown, Mass., where he works most of the yea. Andrew Jackson has returned home from Arkansas. Margaret Spinney died the 26th (of May).

September 8

The summer company is homeward bound. Fifteen left Miss Locke’s last Friday. A party of natives went up on Old Speckle Mountain last week and returned with a lot of cranberries. Mr. Jack Denney cut his foot badly while working for Will Williamson.  The bears are with us still and are  busy thinning out the flocks of sheep.  They must be old settlers for they are hard to catch. The farmers are getting in their grain, a good crop.  Mrs. Trask has just returned from a trip to Roxbury.

September 15

A hard frost spoiled the looks of things this way.  Beans and corn suffered the most.  The potato crop will be light.  Margaret Williamson has been very sick. Her daughter Annie is at home taking care of her.  Loren Trask is driving a meat cart. He bought out Mr. Allen.  Andrew Jackson got the premium for the best span of horses pulling at the Bethel Fair; Mr. Emery for the  best spring calves.  Mr. and Mrs. Ellis and son have left here last week for their home in Boston- Mr. Foster and family for Everett, Mass.

October 13

The sheep owners have had to get their sheep off of Merrill Hill. The bears are destroying them. Mr. Kendall has all he can do to in cider mill. Julian Stowe has moved into the Power’s house. Walter Emery has sold his house to Mr. (JA) Thurston. Miss Hastings and Mrs. Atherton took a trip to Hop City and Camp Bemis (probably on the Rangeley Lakes and Rumford Falls Railroad from Rumford Falls). Mrs. Monk of Errol, NH, is with her sister, Mrs. Kendall.  Mr. Thurston is building a new mill (at Swan’s Corner?). The remains of Mr. Foster, formerly of this place, were brought here for burial Sunday.

November 24

A lot of spruce and birch is being cut here. Mr. Moore has a crew on the side of Black Mountain. Mr. (Richard) Williamson has taken the job hauling. The winter schools have commenced, Misses Barker and Littlehale teachers.  Everett Brown is making the foxes scarce. He caught one that weighed 10 pounds.  Hunters are more plenty than game.  Mr. Kendall has made 110 barrels of cider this fall in his mill.

December 15

The teamsters want snow. Mr. Godwin is sick and confined to the house.




John M. Philbrook of Bethel, who will succeed Col. W. W. Whitmarsh on the Board of County Commissioners, is one of the best known men in the county. He is a native of Shelburne, NH, where he was born in 1840. Mr. Philbrook came to Bethel in 1863 and for thirty-three years has been one of her leading and influential citizens.  Until last fall, Mr. Philbrook has resided on his farm about four miles from the village (where the Bethel-Rumford road crosses Sunday River).

Mr. Philbrook is a cattle broker as well as a farmer and has done an immense business in this line for many years.  He ships from twelve to fifteen hundred veals and four or five hundred cattle to the Brighton (near Boston) market yearly, besides buying and selling many cattle among farmers and lumbermen.  Last summer he erected one of the finest residences in the county in Bethel, which he is now occupying.  Mr. Philbrook represented the Bethel district in the Maine legislature three years ago.  He is a gentleman of wide experience and exceptional business ability and will make an able county commissioner.



The Bethel Journals

January 23, 2010


Text Box: John M. Philbrook elected to the  Board of Oxford County Commissioners in 1896. In 2009, his former home is the Victoria Inn.

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