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    October 14, 2012

    Old Searsmont Town Record Book returned

    On Tuesday, Aug. 28, I met with the Searsmont Selectmen Bruce Brierley, Donald Corcoran and Christopher Staples; Town Clerk Kathy Hoey, Historical Society Curator Norman Withee and Alice Pearse to present the town of Searsmont with the oldest known hand-written Town Record Book. The book has been missing for more than a century. In the 1976 History of Searsmont by Dorothy Albin, she had the records transcribed …

  • Published
    February 23, 2012

    I have Type 2 diabetes

    I have Type 2 diabetes. That is a fact. I was diagnosed in 2000. After reading that the press and public has been harassing a celebrity because she hadn’t released the fact that she’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I was incensed. Being told that you have Type II diabetes, or any disease, when to your knowledge there is no record of the disease in family, can be quite a shock. My doctor had been doing some …

  • Published
    February 16, 2012

    The Reverend Jason Mariner — a ‘minister of force’

    Jason Mariner was born Nov. 14, 1824 in Lincolnville. He was the next to the youngest son of Deacon Joseph and Abigail (Heal) Mariner. Jason had four brothers and one sister. He was the grandson of J. Naler and Ruth (Higgins) Mariner. Naler and his sons were among the early settlers in the upper part of Lincolnville, in the section of the town called ‘Millertown’, coming from Bath. The Rev. Jason Mariner was a …

  • Published
    December 5, 2011

    Sisters create a ‘garden of Eden’ at Lincolnville Beach farm

    Varina woke early as usual, on a Saturday morning in 1937. She could hear sister Lela bustling in the kitchen below, pumping water to make coffee on the wood-burning cookstove. The sisters had always been early risers, as there was so much to do on the family farm. The rising sun caused the bay, which she could see from her bedroom window, to shimmer like diamonds in the early dawn light. There were visitors to …

  • Published
    July 13, 2011

    F. O. Young — A multi-talented man from Maine

    Lincolnville was home to a multi-talented man who made his way to San Francisco when it was a fledgling city. Much of the biography of Frederick Osborne Young, commonly called F. O. Young, was written in his own words — in letters that he wrote to relatives, newspaper clippings as told to reporters, and in pages of his diaries of 1922, which were in the possession of a relative, Gus Ossman. F. O. Young’s life …

  • Published
    June 16, 2010

    The trials and tribulations of Jane (Shepherd) Heal

    Sometime before 1993, my friend Betsy found a divorce case in the Waldo County Court records at the state archives in Augusta. At that time I had written some of this story in the “Out of the Past” column in The Republican Journal. The story was intriguing and haunting. The divorce took place in May 1853, 157 years ago. The facts and depositions about events that happened, sworn to by family, neighbors and …

  • Published
    May 4, 2010

    Some background on Belmont

    The territory which covers the Tri-Town area of Belmont, Searsmont and Morrill was once Greene Plantation. Belmont and Searsmont were set off as separate towns Feb. 5, 1814. At that time Belmont included all of what is now Belmont and Morrill. The Plantation of Greene, which was owned by David Sears, Israel Thorndike and William Prescott, was six or more miles inland from the coast, according to where you were. …

  • Published
    March 1, 2010

    A history of the Greenlaw House in Northport

    How often have we heard the statement, “If these old houses could talk!” Have you ever wondered about the tales an old house could tell? Well, perhaps if we listen closely enough, they do talk to us. Stuart Hamlen wrote in 1949: “This old house once knew his children, this old house once knew a wife, now it trembles in the darkness when the lightening walks about.” The old house at Greenlaw Corner in Northport …

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