Barbara A. Tilley
We have lost our holder of The Boston Post Gold Headed Cane. Rose Otis passed away Sunday at Harbor Hill in Belfast-she had turned 94 in January but still enjoyed talking to people about what was going on in Prospect and each other’s life. She will be buried at 1:00 PM Monday, June 30th. in the Maple Grove Cemetery and at 3:00 PM, there will be a gathering for refreshments and conversation at the Community Center. God bless you Rose. This cane was presented to the ;most Senior person in Town. As to who will receive it next, will be announced in the near future.
Several families in town are preparing to go camping for the Holidays and do hope that the weather will be good for them-I’ll be mowing grass.
The Strawberrys should be ready soon for picking and maybe some people will have fresh green peas for the 4th. That was always a tradition with my parents-Fresh green peas, Steamed Salmon with egg gravy, new potatoes and Strawberry Shortcake-Yum, Yum.
The Plaque signifying the Marsh School is now on the Maine Historical Society Registry is here and will be installed soon. The group working on plans for the 220th. Birthday Party for Prospect to be held Oct.4th. have several ideas but will need more people to get involved to make it a success. Please get in touch with Diane Terry, 567-3621, and ask how you can help.
Each week, I am writing about past History of Prospect in hope to let people know just how we became a town and some of the interesting facts of the town with the help of Alice V. Ellis book, History of Prospect. If you have some more stories about Prospect, please let me know and I will gladly write about them.
There were four prominent shipbuilders in what is now Prospect that are known to us. William Guyer, William Mudgett, Willard Mudgett and Samuel Ginn. Samuel Ginn’s shipyard was near the Prospect Ferry not far from Fort Knox. Mr. Guyer and the Mudgetts built on the Marsh as well as in Sandy Point. It is difficult to know what town they were built in unless the name of the yard was given.
There was also a shipyard back of the property previously owned by Anna Avery on what was called Dan Harriman landing.
It is believed after much research, the following vessels were built in Prospect-the schooner “ Mary Ann” launched in 1800 possibly from the Ginn Yard, the schooner “The Favorite” built and launched in 1801, possibly from the Ginn Yard, the sloop “Providence” also 1801, yard unknown, the schooner “Diligence” launched 1803 possibly from the Ginn Yard, the schooner “Prospect” was launched in 1825 followed by many more until 1861. Do you know how many Sea Captains we had in Prospect back then? 130!! A lot of history is associated with each name and as you read them, you realize how many of their descendants you know now. The book “History of Prospect” written by Alice V. Ellis is still for sale in the Town Office and it makes for interesting reading.
Just a note about a bird on our deck. It is an Indigo Bunting and he stands his ground with the other birds even if he is only 5 ½ “ long. I can’t get close enough to get a clear picture but am inserting the best I could do in this column.
I want to wish you all a healthy week and a safe week over the Holiday. Drive carefully and handle any fireworks with care. God Bless you all.