THE BETHEL JOURNALS—BETHEL MAINE NEWS

BETHEL NEWS  SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

 

Building News

 

At the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum a new front stonewall and center stairway were completed this week making the connecting addition between the two buildings the Main Street entrance.  At the BHS Robinson House on Broad Street work was started on the walls and frame for the Mary Valentine Wing. In Mayville, the new ski and snowboard sports store building has been roofed, sided, windowed and posted.  For photos see Bethel Journals news Sept 10.

 

New staff and faculty at Gould Academy

 

William "Billy" J. Ayotte, Maker In Residence ; Katie B. Casey, Winter Term Academic Coordinator ; James K. "Jimmy" Catlin '07, Admissions Office Intern ; Cathy Fisher, Ski Coach ; Heidi Godomsky, Women's Varsity Head Lacrosse Coach ; Bruce L. Johnston, Ski Coach ; Jeffrey R. Lathrop '09, Ski Coach Intern ; Beth A. McWilliams, CFO; Jeremy D. Nellis, Head Nordic Coach & Director of Trails; Jorie W. Ohlson '06, Nurse; Edison Quinatoa Cuellar, Music; Elissa A. Quinatoa, Spanish ; Katharine B. Ruby, Financial Aid & College Counseling; Kristina Stevens, ASC Director; Tracyn L. Thayer, Winter Term Dormitory Head; Doug Webster, Night Watchman; Martha Leffel Yules '75, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Gould graduates are noted by their graduation year.

 

Bethel Beyond Broad Street – Visiting the Burbs

 

This weekend Ashton and I visited two Bethel subdivisions: the older of the two was Bird Hill Estates that has 18 lots and the other Hemlock Ridge off the North Road has 13 lots.  Hemlock Ridge is relatively new; there one new home is under construction and two other homes have been built.  The home under construction has a grand driveway leading to the actual house.  This development lies on a ridge as the name implies and according to the 1968 USGS map there were no buildings on this ridge at that time.

 

The Bird Hill Estates is a subdivision located along Highland Avenue which leads south from the Birds Hill Road. Most of the lots have homes or buildings on them.  Like many of the subdivisions outside of the Bethel village area the homes are situated in quite thickly wooded terrain which gives the home owners privacy and seclusion from view of anyone traveling the road. Also, like many of Bethel’s subdivisions a number of the property’s owners live outside of Bethel or are out of state.

 

 

At the Maine State Museum 

 

Thursday Kathy and I enjoyed a walk around at the Maine Museum in Augusta. This was connected with a trip to our dentist.  It has been probably eight years since we had visited the museum. This time we were looking for whatever the museum had that was in some way connected to the Bethel area. There were four things: one Bethel men in the special Maine at Gettysburg displays; two was the Trapp Corner signpost; three was a special video of the Magneto Telephone system at Bryant Pond and fourth was Stan Howe’s contribution of the bathroom from his house on Broad Street, “Hastings Bathroom”.

 

One of the displays consists of an operating water power system which employs a vertical drive shaft connected to an iron water wheel positioned horizontally in a stream of water located under the mill foundation. This could have been the type of system of water wheel, belts and pulleys used in the old Eber Clough mill which stood next to the upper dam on Mill Brook. In 1880 Bethel’s first corn canning factory took over the Clough mill and it could have used the same power setup used earlier by the mill.

 

A New York importing firm, Wolff and Reessing, operated Bethel’s first corn canning business. In 1884, they had signed up 225 acres of sweet corn in early season commitments.  The same company first came to Maine looking for a supply of sardines.  The Maine Museum has a canning industry display. Searching the cans and labels I didn’t find any with the Wolff and Reessing label; but later I found that the company labeled their cans “Eagle Preserved Fish”.   One of their cans may have been in the display.

 

In one of the logging displays of old photos, a picture of Rumford Falls and logs gathered below the falls was on the wall.  Overall though, western Maine does not get much play in the museum.

 

Col Clark Edwards and James C. Bartlett have their photos in the Gettysburg display. However, Cyrus Wormell is missing.  Mr. Wormell was a lieutenant from Bethel; he is listed in the state’s Maine at Gettysburg publication.  In the 1880’s and 90’s he was deputy sheriff in Bethel and his home was in the house now owned by Mike O’Donnell.  Not a week went by when he wasn’t in the news.

 

About 1980 Bethel had a “Made in Bethel” display in a large display case just inside the State House’s south entrance. This was when Joe Brennan was governor. After 911 apparently this entrance was closed to the public and a security system is set up for visitors coming in the main entrance.  I went to see if this sort of display was still around and was directed by the security people to go down the stairs one level and past the cafeteria. There was a display in about the same size case of made in Maine items. Trying to remember what Kathy and I had taken to put in the display over thirty years ago - all we could come up with was Maine Line Products and The Gem Shop plus brochures and some more large items - I know we had a whole load of stuff. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Road

Bird Hill Rd

Locke Mills

Village

At the Museum

Water wheel and power transmission—water flow and wheel at bottom of photo

State House Common dedicated 2008 between Maine Museum and State House

Before Bethel Bicycle—an 1866 model

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