Prospect News

By Barbara A. Tilley | Jul 18, 2014

Prospect News

Barbara A. Tilley


Karrie McBride and daughter Gabby from Texas are here visiting Karrie’s mother, Linda Gamble for 1 ½ weeks and Friday her husband Mike McBride will join them. The weather is clearing up now so they may have a great vacation.

The Bean Supper put on by the Community Club was a great success and we wish to thank everyone for their support. We have had a large repair jobs done in the past month. One was small but the roof repair was not. I was praying that the tornado’s that seem to be in Maine stayed away from Prospect. We found that Insurance does not pay much but still need it.

Stuart and Cathy Parker went to Boston Tuesday for Stuart to have elbow surgery. Operation went well but it will require another trip back next week and they are watching his high Blood Pressure. Hang in there Stuart. We are all thinking and praying for you.

Linda Gamble is organizing a Parade for the 220th./Prospect Days on Oct. 4th. She is trying to get floats that represent different ways that supported people for their livelihood. IE-lumber, farming, poultry business, stone cutting and etc. If you have an idea for one please call Linda at 567-3615.

Don and Carol Johnson have been busy washing the walls of the Marsh School, getting it ready for Scott Cook to start the interior painting-there again, 2 very busy people going above and beyond. They are also furnishing the paint for the walls. A big Thank You to you both. The building looks sharp as Scott has finished the outside painting. Do hope that many people can attend Oct. 4th. and relive some memories.

The Historical Society met Monday night and gave a report on the Marsh School renovations and also the plans for the 22th. celebration Oct. 4th. which will end with Fire Works that night up by Elwin and Gloria Boynton’s farm pond. The next Historical Society meeting will be held August 10th. at Fort Knox with a Noon pot luck picnic. People in town are invited, just bring a dish, something to drink and maybe a lawn chair—good weather.

The Society have two great meeting lined up for Sept. and Oct. with Speakers. Sept. 8th., Mr. Todd Little-Seabolt , History Professor, College of the Atlantic will speak on Apples native to the area. Oct. 13th. Lois Gianni will give presentation about Oriana Harding, a relative who died in 1965 and was the first Deaconess of Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Refreshments will be served. In November, the last meeting of the year, a Slide Show of photo’s and glass photo’s which have been on display at The Penobscot Museum in Searsport. Everyone is invited to these meetings at no cost. Refreshments will be served.

Norman Boynton has returned from a trip to Mississippi to help celebrate his granddaughter Madison’s 12th. Birthday. Next year she will be a Teen-ager Gramps!!

Diane Terry sent me a report on Joseph Plumb Martin born in 1760 in Mass. and died in Stockton May 2nd. 1850 and buried in Sandy Point Cemetery. He served in many battles in Mass. after joining the Conn. State Troops at the age of 15 and after a year of service, at the age of 16. He re-enlisted in the Continental Army and served for the duration of the American Revolutionary War. Martin was discharged when the Continental Army disbanded in Oct. 1783 and after teaching for a year in New York, he became one of the founders of Prospect, near modern day Stockton Springs. He was locally known as a framer, selectman, Justice of the Peace and Town Clerk, which he held for 25 years. In 1836. A platoon of United States Light Infantry was marching through Prospect and discovered that Plumb Martin resided there. They stopped outside his house and fired a Salute in Honor of the Revolutionary War Hero.

Another Hero, Freeman McGilvery born in Prospect in 1823 and died in 1864 from an overdose of chloroform during an amputation of his finger that was wounded in a Battle of Deep Boston. He was promoted to Colonel in Sept. 1863 and commanded to the army’s reserve artillery and its ammunition train. On August 9th. 1864 he was promoted to Chief of Artillery for the X Corps, commanding fifteen batteries. A week later at the Battle of Deep Bottom, he was slightly wounded in a finger which required surgery which resulted in his death. His body was returned to his native Maine and was buried in the Village Cemetery in Searsport. There is much more information of these Hero’s to be found The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies printed by the United States Gov. Printing Office, 1880-1901.

Thanks for the information Dee.

Thank you for supporting the collection of retunables for the Prospect Heating Fund. The chest by the CC ramp is where they are put and then we take them to Bucksport Redemption Center. Warm weather now but cold weather will be coming and hope that people can get prepared for it and that the Fund will help those that need it when it gets cold. More on that later.

I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week and please remember those that need a card or a prayer. God Bless you all.

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