Monday, February 8, 2016

June 1888 Issue of "The M.C.I." of Maine Central Institute at Pittsfield, Maine - First Issue


The very first issue of the The M. C. I., published in June of 1888, a publication of Maine Central Institute at Pittsfield, Maine.  See other posts that feature the February 1889 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 Osborne mentioned in the issue as an M.C.I. editor 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 in addition to the covers.  There are several pages of advertisements.

Students responsible for this issue

  • Edgar P. Neal, Class of 1888, Editor in Chief of the M.C.I.
  • Chauncey C. Ferguson, Class of 1888, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Ida M. Daggett, Class of 1888, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Cora M. Harding, Class of 1888, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Chesman C. Spratt of East Palermo, Maine, Class of 1889; Editor of the M.C.I.  Will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  Vice President of Y.P.C.A.; President of Amicinian Society
  • Susie M. Davis, Class of 1889, Editor of the M.C.I.
  • Grace E. Libby of Pittsfield, Maine, Class of 1890; Editor of the M.C.I.; took over for the ailing Miss Lucelia Osborne.  Will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12
  • Frank L. Smith of Bangor, Maine, Class of 1889; Business Manager of the M.C.I.  Will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  Vice President of the Amicinian Society.  Business Manager of the M.C.I. Pub. Co.


Below are an alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the people mentioned.   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:
?EatonHagerthyMacFarland or McFarlandReynolds
?EdgerlyHallMansonRix
BachelderEmersonHansonMarden [2]Runnals
BarnesFarnham [3]HardingMartinShaw
BarrowsFarwellHarrimanMcFarlandSimons
BrackettFerguson [2]HathawayMcLaughlinSmith
BriggsFilesHathornMerchantSpaulding
BryantFlandersHaydenMooersSpragg
BurrFriendHerseyNealSpratt
C ?G ?HunterNickersonStaples
Call GilmoreJohnsonOsborneStinson
CarrGivenJohonnettParksTracy
ChadwickGoffJordan [2]ParsonsTurner [2]
ConnorGrantJosePhillipsWade
CookGravesKinneyPiperWeiler
CoyGriffinKnowlton [2]PlumsteadWeymouth
DaggettLaughtonPowersWhitney
Davis [2]LibbeyPrescottWillard
DrakeLibby
Littlefield

People Mentioned:  [from tidbits throughout]
  • M, Class of 1880; "A Talk to Students", pages 6 and 7
  • Adi, Class of 1888, poem "Not Parted", page 13, and poem "On the Shore", page 14
B
  • Prof. Kingsbury Bachelder, fifth principal of Maine Central Institute
  • Miss Augusta Barnes, Class of 1889, teaching at Burnham, Maine.  She will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12.  Member of the executive committee of the E.B.B. Society
  • George M. Barrows of Hampden, Maine; Class of 1888; manager of the B. B. Association; weight 175; height 6 ft; age 21; politics, Republican; religious preference, Baptist; intended occupation, physician
  • Miss Susie Brackett, Class of 1890; teaching at Canaan, Maine
  • Harry Briggs, Class of 1884; lawyer at Houlton, Maine
  • J. D. Bryant, Class of 1882; studying theology at Newton Center, Massachusetts
  • Lewis A. Burr, Class of 1873; teaching at Malden, Massachusetts
C
  • L. C., Class of 1888, "Too Ready Expression of Judgment", pages 7 and 8.  Perhaps Eber L. Cook
  • A. B. Call; from Class of 1884 or 1885; attending Bates College at Lewiston, Maine
  • Daisy Carr of East Newport, Maine; Class of 1888; age 18; height 5 ft 2 in; weight 105; politics, Democrat; intended occupation, teaching
  • E. R. Chadwick, Class of 1880, "Some Objections to a Liberal Education", pages 9 and 10
  • Blanche L. Connor of Pittsfield, Maine; Class of 1888; age 17; weight 133; height 5 ft 4 in; politics, Democrat; religious preference, Universalist; intended occupation, music teacher
  • Eber L. Cook of Troy, Maine; Class of 1888; on executive committee of the Amicinian Society; age 24; height 5 ft 9-1/2 in; weight 145; politics, Democrat; religious preference, Free Baptist; intended occupation, teaching
  • Joseph B. Coy of North Bradford, Maine; Class of 1888; age 19; height 5 ft 9-1/2 in; weight 170; politics, Prohibitionist; religious preference, Free Baptist
D
  • Ida M. Daggett of Danforth, Maine, Class of 1888; Editor of the M.C.I.  Age 22; weight 120; height, 5 ft 4 in; politics, Prohibitionist, religious preference, Methodist; intended occupation, teaching
  • Susie M. Davis, Class of 1889, Editor of the M.C.I.; teaching at Pittsfield, Maine
  • Grace Davis, Class of 1889; teaching at Pittsfield, Maine.  Secretary of the E.B.B. Society
  • A. May Drake, Class of 1886; teaching at M.C.I.
E
  • B. G. Eaton, Class of 1878; teaching at Ritten House Academy at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Etta R. Edgerly, Class of 1883; keeping books for Nelson Millett at Denver, Colorado
  • Addie L. Emerson, Class of 1883; living at Brewer, Maine and writing a history of M.C.I. Alumni
F
  • Hopestill Farnham, poem "Reawakening", written at Dover, Maine, in May 1888
  • Edith V. Farnham of Pittsfield, Maine; Class of 1888; President of the E.B.B. Society; age 23; weight 97; height, 5 ft 2 in; politics, Prohibitionist; religious preference, Free Baptist; intended occupation, teaching
  • Albert E. Farnham, Class of 1875; physician at Buffalo, New York
  • Susie J. Farwell, Class of 1887; member of the executive committee of the E.B.B. Society; teaching English at M.C.I.
  • Ferguson; gave an oration at the planting of the tree of the Class of 1888; perhaps Chauncey C. Ferguson, Class of 1888
  • Chauncey C. Ferguson of Plymouth, Maine; Class of 1888; Editor of the M.C.I.; perhaps the "Ferguson" who gave an oration at the planting of the Class Tree; age 19; weight, 140; height 5 ft 10-1/2 in; politics, Republican; religious preference, Free Baptist
  • Prof. George G. Files, fourth principal of Maine Central Institute
  • C. S. Flanders, Class of 1880; teacher of mathematics at the Military School at Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Harry Friend of Etna, Maine; Class of 1888; age 18; height 5 ft 10-1.2 in; weight 150; politics, Democrat; religious preference, Universalist
G
  • F. A. G., Class of 1886, "The Burning of the Independence", pages 8 and 9; perhaps Frank Gilmore, Class of 1886
  • Frank Gilmore, Class of 1886; attending Colby College at Waterville, Maine; perhaps Frank A. Gilmore
  • Arthur Given, principal of Maine Central Institute at its founding in 1866
  • Fred R. Goff of Sangerville, Maine; Class of 1888; age 23; height, 5 ft 6-1/2 in; weight 135; politics, Republican; religious preference, Free Baptist; intended occupation, physician
  • W. F. Grant; from Class of 1884 or 1885; attending Bates College at Lewiston, Maine
  • L. E. Graves, Captain of the B.B. Association
  • T. M. Griffin, Class of 1878; physician at Pittsfield, Maine
H
  • George R. Hagerthy of South Hancock, Maine; Class of 1888; age 22; height 5 ft 5-1/2 in; weight 145; politics, Republican; religious preference, Methodist
  • George W. Hall, Class of 1871; lawyer out West
  • Angie Hanson, Class of 1874, preceptress at M.C.I.
  • Cora M. Harding of Pittsfield, Maine; Class of 1888; Editor of the M.C.I.; age 16; height 5 ft  1 in; weight 106; politics, Democrat; religious preference, Universalist
  • J. F. Harriman, President of the M.C.I. Pub. Co.
  • Henry H. Hathaway of Garland, Maine; will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  President of Y.P.C.A.
  • Going Hathorn, generous supporter of the school
  • W. W. Hayden, Class of 1876; teaching at Whitefield, New Hampshire
  • Mark L. Hersey, Class of 1880; graduated West Point; stationed in Mississippi
  • Charles Hunter, M.D., Class of 1870; practicing at Minneapolis, Minnesota
J
  • F. L. Johnson, Class of 1877; government employee in the signal service
  • Rodney F. Johonnett, Class of 1875; pastor at Unitarian Church at Malden, Massachusetts
  • Prof. Lyman G. Jordan, third principal of Maine Central Institute
  • William R. Jordan of Stetson, Maine; Class of 1888; age 21; height, 5 ft 10 in; weight, 145; politics, Republican
  • Theo L. Jose of Newport,  Maine; Class of 1888; President of the E.B.B. Society; age 18; height 5 ft 5 in; weight 127; politics, Republican; intended occupation, teaching
K
  • W. E. Kinney; from Class of 1884 or 1885; attending Bates College at Lewiston, Maine
  • Miss Ellen Knowlton, now Mrs. Charles Milliken of Augusta; teacher at Maine Central Institute at its founding in 1866
  • Miss Hattie Knowlton, now Mrs. Lyman G. Jordan of Lewiston; teacher at Maine Central Institute at its founding in 1866
L
  • Sarah E. Laughton, Class of 1871; teaching elocution at Shorter College at Rome, Georgia
  • Will C. Libbey, Class of 1887; studying dentistry in the office of Dr. Bryant at Pittsfield, Maine
  • Grace E. Libby of Pittsfield, Maine, Class of 1890; Editor of the M.C.I.; took over for the ailing Miss Lucelia Osborne.  Will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12
  • H. W. Littlefield, on executive committee of Amicinian Society
M
  • Lilla M. MacFarland, or McFarland, of Palmyra, Maine; Class of 1888; age 18; weight 124; height 5 ft 3 in; politics, Democrat; religious preference, Christian; chosen occupation, teaching
  • J. W. Manson, Class of 1877, lawyer at Manson & Hovey at Pittsfield, Maine
  • Wilson C. Marden of Swanville, Maine; will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  Secretary and Treasurer of the Amicinian Society.  President, Secretary and Treasurer of the B.B. Association.  Secretary of the M.C.I. Pub. Co.
  • Horace C. Marden, Class of 1885; teaching at Swanville, Maine
  • Forest J. Martin, Class of 1886; studying law at office of Manson & Hovey at Pittsfield, Maine
  • Lilla M. McFarland, Secretary and Treasurer of Y.P.C.A.
  • Frank H. McLaughlin, Class of 1885; studying medicine at Pittsfield, Maine, with Dr. Pushor
  • Mary L. Merchant of Hancock, Maine; will give oration at Union Hall on June 12
  • Prof. Charles Mooers, second principal of Maine Central Institute
N
  • Edgar P. Neal of South Litchfield, Maine; Class of 1888; Editor in Chief of the M.C.I.; age 20; height 5 ft 6 in; weight 140; politics, Republican; chosen occupation, teaching
  • Fred H. Nickerson, Class of 1882; principal of Dexter High School, Dexter, Maine
O
  • Miss Lucelia Osborne, an editor of the M.C.I., who had to give it up because of ill health but is improving.  Presumably the Lucille Osborne who wrote her name on the title page.
P
  • George Parks, Class of 1885; keeping books for Atwater & Carter, wholesale and retail grocers at Newark, New Jersey
  • J. H. Parsons, sixth Principal of Maine Central Institute
  • Bertha M. Phillips of West Pittsfield, Maine; will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12
  • W. B. Piper, Class of 1876; principal of Salem High School at Lodi, California
  • Lelia E. Plumstead, Class of 1883; attending Bates College at Lewiston, Maine
  • Herbert Powers, Class of 1887; attending Bowdoin College at Brunswick, Maine
  • M. Addie Prescott of Candia, New Hampshire; Class of 1888; age 19; height 5 ft 5 in; weight 111; politics, Prohibitionist; religious preference, Baptist; intended occupation, music
R
  • H. M. Reynolds, Class of 1876; professor at Yale College
  • Eda M. Rix of Palmyra, Maine; Class of 1888; age 17; weight 124; height 5 ft 4 in; politics, Republican; religious preference, Methodist; chosen occupation, music teacher
  • Maud Runnals of Pittsfield, Maine; Class of 1888; weight 126; height 5 ft 5 in; politics, Republican; chosen occupation, short-hand teacher
S
  • Arthur Shaw, Class of 1887; studying medicine with Dr. Griffin
  • L. Maria Simons, Class of 1869; former preceptress of M.C.I.; teaching at Palmyra, Maine; Mrs. Libbey
  • Frank L. Smith of Bangor, Maine, Class of 1889; Business Manager of the M.C.I.  Will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  Vice President of the Amicinian Society.  Business Manager of the M.C.I. Pub. Co.
  • Frank Spaulding of Pittsfield, Maine; Class of 1888; age 16; height, 5 ft 4 in; weight 122; politics, Republican
  • Frank A. Spragg, Class of 1879; principal of Hampden Academy, Hampden, Maine
  • Chesman C. Spratt of East Palermo, Maine, Class of 1889; Editor of the M.C.I.  Will give oration at Union Hall on June 12.  Vice President of Y.P.C.A.; President of Amicinian Society
  • Everett Staples, Class of 1885; clerking at Libby's drug store at Pittsfield, Maine
  • W. C. Stinson, tireless supporter of the school in its struggling days
T
  • Rubie J. Tracy of Winter Harbor, Maine; will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12
  • Nathan A. Turner of Sebec, Maine; Class of 1888; age 18; height 6 ft 1 in; weight 172; politics, Prohibitionist; religious preference, Methodist; intended occupation, penmanship
  • Levi Turner, Class of 1881; studying law at Portland, Maine
W
  • Nellie Wade, Class of 1880; married surname Whitcomb
  • Hattie X. Weiler of Pittsfield, Maine; will deliver essay at Union Hall on June 12.  Member of the executive committee of the E.B.B. Society
  • Wynne M. Weymouth of Clinton, Maine; Class of 1888; age 17; weight 130; religious preference, Universalist; politics, Democrat; chosen occupation, music teacher
  • Lincoln Whitney, Class of 1887; clerk in Furniss' drug store at Pittsfield, Maine
  • Fannie L. Willard, Class of 1885; teaching at Pine, Arizona

























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