Saturday, January 22, 2022

1919 Program of the Acme Theatre in Eastport, Maine

November 1919 program of the Acme Theatre of Eastport, Maine.  

The war was over; the Spanish flu was on the wane, and it was time for our ancestors to enjoy some entertainment.

The program cover has an inset photo of actress May Allison; the back cover features a photo of Wallace Reid, then considered "the screen's most perfect lover"

The programs features the following stars and productions:

Thursday, January 20, 2022

1848 Letter from Lumber Merchant Charles Peavey in Eastport, Maine, to Hon. Samuel E. Smith in Wiscasset, Maine; Purchase of Timberland

March 22, 1848 letter from Charles Peavey (1787-1854) in Eastport, Maine, to Samuel Emerson Smith (1788-1860) in Wiscasset, Maine.

A Transcription appears at the end of this post.

Charles Peavey was a lumber baron and a general in the Maine Militia.  In his younger years, during the four year stretch from 1814-1818 that the British occupied Eastport, Peavey, a New Hampshire native, took his family to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Once Eastport was returned to the US, the Peavey family returned. 

Charles' son Albert Daniel Peavey (1824-1859) died when his children were young. The eldest of them, Frank Hutchison Peavey (1850-1901), found his fortune in Minnesota and funded the construction of a library in Eastport, Maine, named in memory of his father Albert, in the 1890s.

Samuel E. Smith was an attorney, a Representative, a Judge and Maine Governor.  Interestingly, Charles Peavey was a member of Governor Smith's executive council in 1831 and 1832.
In 1848 Peavey is looking to pursue one of two courses: 1) sell the timberlands he has or 2) purchase more timberland to make his enterprise worthwhile.  In view of the second option, he hopes that Smith has land to sell, with favorable terms of payment.

He refers to No. 10 "in this County", which presumably meant a plantation or township in Washington County, Maine.  Edmunds Township was once called Plantation # 10 Eastern Division, Bingham Penobscot Purchase. 

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Hon. S. E. Smith

Wiscasset Me

Eastport March 22d, 1848


Lat fall you wrote me concerning your land in East half of No. 10 in this County. I would not allow any terms to go on under a permit the last ___ [winter ?]. I shall go on next week to hunt for trespassers as logging has been done in that vicinity the last winter. As your lands and mine are in common in that township, my part is 4500 acres. What will you give or take per acre. If I should purchase I should want a long time for payment but would secure you in your payments to your satisfaction. It will save divisions by other men - any time you can have on mine with the same surity that is reasonable - have you other lands in this vicinity. If so in what Township - what amount in each parcel do you wish to dispose of them. If so, at what price and payments. My object is in asking these questions is I wish either to be free from lands or have a plenty to work on. I have neither. Will you please answer me soon.

I am Yours Respectfully

Charles Peavey

Bear in mind, while looking at the map below, that letters in 1848 would likely have been carried by sea and land.

Invitation to 1895 Wedding of Harriet Earl Colwell and Edmund W. Gilchrist in Eastport, Maine

Invitation to the 1895 wedding of Harriet Earl Colwell and Edmund Gilchrist at the home of Harriet's parents at 4 Byram Street in Eastport, Maine.

Edmund W. Gilchrist (abt 1869-1954), son of David and Mary Gilchrist; Edmund was a painter

Harriet and Edmund had a son Edmund Stewart Gilchrist, a music teacher, who died at the age of 22. He was born 22 July 1896 in Eastport, Maine, and died there on 30 September 1918 of "Broncho Pneumonia", perhaps as a result of the Spanish Flu epidemic.

They had at least one other child, who was stillborn.

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1834 Letter from Eastport, Maine, to District Attorney John Anderson in Portland, Maine; Listing Goods Repossessed from Mr. Bradley

March 2, 1834 from J. W. R? at Eastport, Maine, to the Hon. John Anderson (1792-1853) in Portland, Maine, listing the items taken from a Mr. Bradley to settle costs.

Bradley is described as "rather an object of pity but he is an incorrigible". Among the goods confiscated were two yoke of oxen in Calais, Maine.

Transcription - if you can identify the writer, J. W. R? or corrections to the transcription, please leave a comment

Eastport, March 2, 1834
Dear Sir,
I have only time before the ___ closes to acknowledge the receipt of your favor from Wiscasett and to forward you the following items of cost, of seizure in the cases before the Court at Wiscasset last week, viz
5 bundles Sheet iron - cost $3.50
3 bbls Oil - $2.00
1 ___ broad cloth or  - $5.50
2 yoke oxen, ___ at Calais - $15.00
3 rolls carpeting - $8.25
1 pce broad ____ - $6.00
1 pce carpeting, broad cloth - $5.00
1 _____ of spikes - $2.00

Have the goodness to ask Mr. ___ [Mussey ?] what amount of cash is in his hands for me - after deducting recpts - blanks or

Bradley is rather an object of pity but he is an incorrigible  ___ & it is a pity Mr. ___  could not agree, as the case was so pitifully clear.
Mrs. R's best respects to you & lady, as well as my own. 
_____ yours
J. W. R?
Address side:
Costs seizure
March 2d 1834
Hon. John Anderson
District Attorney

The map below shows land routes, but in 1834, no doubt, letters would have traveled by sea.

1885 Ticket to a Function of the Alumni of Boynton High School at Eastport, Maine

Ticket to an 1885 function of the Boynton High School Alumni, to be held at Memorial Hall, Eastport, Maine, on Tuesday Evening, July 14th, from 8 until 12'o'clock.

Note: The link to Boynton High School notes that the building is being used as Eastport City Hall; however, City Hall has since relocated.

Memorial Hall, built in 1868, was destroyed by fire in 1913.

The ticket measures approximately 4-3/8" by 3-1/2; nothing on the reverse.  

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

1892 Graduation Program for Boynton High School in Eastport, Maine

Graduation Program for the Class of 1892 at Boynton High School in Eastport, Maine.

Stiff card stock about 7" by 4-1/4", folded once into final dimension of 3-1/2" by 4-1/4".

Graduates of the Class of 1892 - Motto "Vestigia nulla retrorsum"

  • Duett, "The German Patrol" - Alice M. Corning (1875-1903); lost at sea; Kate W. Swett - Katherine Wright Swett (1875-1942); married Arthur B. Dalrymple (1887-1958); Kate died in the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942
  • Salutatory - Irene H. Wadsworth *
  • Latin Declamation, "Catiline's Address to is Soldiers" - William E. Jonah *
  • Essay, "One Wedge Drives Another" - M. Estelle Ramsdell *
  • Instrumental Music, Selected, Spain's Orchestra
  • Class History - Clara B. Andrews *
  • Essay, "Abraham Lincoln" - John E. Brooks *
  • Essay, "Reading" - Bessie F. Corning *
  • Music, "Now for the Highlands" - Schubert Quartette
  • Essay, "Success in Life" - Margaret P. Kemp †
  • Prophecy - Mary P. Cushing *
  • Essay, "Labor Conquers All Things" - Lizzie D. Camplin †
  • Valedictory, "Vistigia nulla restrorsum" - Edith A. Irving *
  • Singing of Ode by the Class
  • Presentation of Diplomas
  • Benediction
  • Friendly Greetings to Class
* Classical Course                    † English Course

Class Ode - by Mary Estelle Ramsdell (1874-1964)

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1916 Postcard Addressed to Charles H. Lurchin (1886-1965), then of Eastport, Maine

Postcard postmarked Worcester, Massachusetts, March 30, 1916, sent to Charles Lurchin, 36 High Street, Eastport, Maine.

The postcard shows a locomotive emerging from the State Line Tunnel of the Boston & Albany Railroad.

The postcard recipient was presumably Charles H. Lurchin (1886-1965), a native of Lubec, Maine, son of Israel W. Lurchin and Susan Rebecca (Morang) Lurchin.   By 1910,the family had moved to Leominster, Massachusetts.

According to Charles' record in the Massachusetts Mason Cards collection, he was a paper cutter, living at Leominster, Massachusetts.  Although he died in Leominster, his funeral and burial were in Eastport, Maine.

 If you have information on the Lurchin and Morang families of Lubec, Maine, Eastport, Maine, or Worcester, Massachusetts, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.