Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 1889 issue of "The M.C.I.", a Student Publication of Maine Central Institute at Pittsfield, Maine


February 1889 issue of "The M.C.I.", a student publication of Maine Central Institute at Pittsfield, Maine, which is still in operation today.  See other posts that feature the inaugural June 1888 issue and the November 1889 issue.

This particular copy belonged to Lucille Osborn, who wrote her name in the top right corner of the title page, as shown below.  She may have been the Lucelia Osborn mentioned in the issue of June 1888 as an editor of "The M.C.I." who had to give up her position because of illness, but her health was improving.

I believe Lucelia was Lucelia E. Osborne (1887-1956), the daughter of Charles M. Osborne and Alice G. (Cross) Osborne of Gardiner, Maine.  Lucelia married Wentworth E. Wilson on September 1, 1906 at Gardiner, Maine.


The issue measures approximately 11" by 8-1/4" and has 20 numbered pages, of which two, plus the inside front cover and inside back cover and back cover, are filled with advertisements.

Students responsible for this issue

  • Clarence E. Frost, Class of 1890, Editor in Chief of the M.C.I.  President of the Lucinian Society
  • Alvin G. Weeks, Class of 1891, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Nathan Turner, Class of 1891, Editor of the M.C.I..  Vice President of the Lucinian Society; presumably the Mr. Turner who argued in the affirmative in debate on the question "there are more wonders on the land than in the sea", at the annual public meeting of the Lucinian Society on November 20, 1889
  • Elmer Weymouth, Class of 1890, Editor of the M.C.I..  President of the Euromathian Society.  He gave the Salutatory at the annual public meeting of the Euromathian Society on November 19, 1889.  Possibly the E. Weymouth who participated in a play performed by the Euromathian Society on November 19, 1889
  • Susie M. Brackett, Class of 1890, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Hattie X. Weiler, Class of 1890, Editor of the M.C.I..  On the executive committee of the Euromathian Society; played the part of Madeline Goldfoil, a young lady, in a play performed by the Euromathian Society on November 19, 1889
  • Mary L. Merchant, Class of 1890, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Henry H. Hathaway, Class of 1891, Business Manager


Below are an alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the people mentioned in this issue.  See images of the entire issue at the end of this post.  Click on any image to enlarge it.

If you have stories to share about any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames mentioned


BrackettHardingMardenP ?Vickery
BrownHarveyMcCabeParsonsW ? [2]
CallHaydenMcFarlandPerkinsWeeks
ChaseHerseyMerchantPowellWhitney
CookJenkinsMillsRobinsonWhitten
CredefordJohnsonMorrell [2]SmithWiggin
CummingsJudkinsMorseSprattWillard
Davis [2]KinneyN ?StevensWilliamson
EmersonLivermoreOsborneSylvester
Farnham [2]LordOtisTaylor
FarwellLucasTownsend
GoffTwitchell

People Mentioned

B
  • Susie M. Brackett, Class of 1890; Editor of the M.C.I..  Selection from "Anecdotes Translated from the French: A Misunderstanding; The Generous Soldiers and Louis and Courtier", page 18
  • Elmer Brown, M.D., Class of 1885; appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of physicians of the Worcester Lunatic Asylum, Worcester, Massachusetts
C
  • Aubrey B. Call, Class of 1885; principal of the high school at China, Maine, with assistant Miss Evelyn Kinney, Class of 1887
  • F. Wallace Chase, Class of 1883; principal of the Lisbon High School, presumably at Lisbon, Maine
  • Eber L. Cook, Class of 1888; teaching at Troy, Maine
  • George H. Credeford", author of "Should the Minister Study General Literature?", page 12
  • Violet H. Cummings, Class of 1882; at home in Fort Fairfield, Maine; teacher
D
  • Susie M. Davis, Class of 1889; Editor of the M.C.I.
  • C. H. Davis, second cornet in the MCI orchestra
E
  • Fred C. Emerson, Class of 1876; minister at Belknap, Iowa
F
  • Hopestill Farnham, Class of 1880, author of poem "Old and New", on page 11
  • Edith V. Farnham, Class of 1888; teaching at Troy, Maine
  • Susie J. Farwell, Class of 1887; Editor of the M.C.I.
G
  • J. Whitney Goff, Class of 1882; principal of the high school at North Anson, Maine
H
  • Cora M. Harding, Class of 1888, author of "Books in the Running Brooks", page 14
  • J. E. Harvey, first cornet in the MCI orchestra
  • Alma Pendexter Hayden, Class of 1875; author of poem "A Voice" on page 5
  • Fred W. Hersey, Class of 1885; station agent, telegraph operator and postmaster at Redstone, New Hampshire
J
  • Annie H. Jenkins, Class of 1885; bookkeeper at Caribou, Maine
  • Mae L. Johnson, Class of 1879; teaching out West
  • Rose L. Judkins, Class of 1883; married surname Hoxie; lives at Great Works, Maine
K
  • Miss Evelyn Kinney, Class of 1887; assistant to the principal at the high school at China, Maine; principal is Aubrey B. Call, Class of 1885.
L
  • Mrs. Mary A. Livermore will give the last of the citizens' course of lectures on the subject of "A Dream of To-Morrow"
  • Daniel S. Lord, Class of 1891, died February 5 at his boarding place; obituary on page 17
  • L. Emma Lucas; living at Lancaster, Massachusetts, with husband A. B. Morrell
M
  • Wilson C. Marden, Class of 1889;  Editor of the M.C.I.
  • E. T. McCabe, former student and general selling agent for Myrick & Co. of Waterville, Maine, was married December 25, to Miss Lilla McFarland, Class of 1888, who, since graduating, has been employed as a teacher at Barre, Massachusetts
  • Miss Lilla McFarland, Class of 1888; was teaching at Barre, Massachusetts, at time of her marriage on December 25 at Waterville, Maine, to alumnus E. T. McCabe
  • Mary L. Merchant, Class of 1890; Editor of the M.C.I.; teaching at a private school at Mt. Desert Ferry
  • Willis Mills, obliged to leave school on account of a severe illness, now recovering
  • J. B. Morrell, double bass in the MCI orchestra
  • A. B. Morrell, Class of 1880; living Lancaster, Massachusetts with wife L. Emma (Lucas) Morrell; he's principal of the high school there
  • Nellie A. Morse, Class of 1882; taking post-graduate course in Latin and Greek
N
  • F. H. N., author of "Natural Science in Common Schools, pages 5-8
O
  • Lucille Osborne; handwritten name top right corner of title page; owner of this particular copy
  • Frank Otis, Class of 1875; practicing law in California
P
  • H. T. P., Class of 1887; author of "Views on a College Education", pages 9 and 10
  • J. H. Parsons, Principal of Maine Central Institute
  • Delia M. Perkins, Class of 1875; married and living at Malden, Massachusetts, where her husband is a teacher
  • Will Powell, Class of 1885; attending Boston Law School
R
  • Miss Mary W. Robinson, Class of 1890, broke her wrist and is at home at Hartland, Maine
S
  • Frank L. Smith, Class of 1889; Business Manager of the M.C.I.
  • Chesman C. Spratt, Class of 1889; Editor-in-Chief of the M.C.I.
  • George A. Stevens, Class of 1883; physician at Stockton, Maine
  • A. W. Sylvester, Class of 1884; studying medicine
T
  • Mrs. F. J. Taylor gave a third concert at the chapel on Feb. 16
  • Willis S. Townsend, Class of 1887; thinking of taking a post-graduate course in Greek and Latin in the fall
  • Frank Twitchell, Class of 1877; dentist in Rhode Island
V
  • C. S. Vickery, Class of 1876; bookkeeper at New Hartford, Connecticut
W
  • A. G. W., Class of 1890; author of "Success or Failure", pages 8 and 9
  • S. C. W., author of "The North-East Carry and its Tragedies", pages 11 and 12
  • Alvin G. Weeks, Class of 1890; Editor of the M.C.I.; teaching at East Newport, Maine
  • Mabel E. Whitney, Class of 1886; at home in Newburg, Maine
  • A. H. Whitten, first violin in the MCI orchestra
  • Frank W. Wiggin, Class of 1876; preaching in Iowa
  • Fannie L. Willard, Class of 1885; teaching at Stoddard, Arizona
  • John H. Williamson, Class of 1882; lawyer at Anoka, Minnesota


























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