Circa 1895 photograph of a group of students that I believe attended school in Dexter, Maine. Click on the photograph to view it in its entirety.
Thankfully, the students are identified, but the rows are uneven, making fitting the ID to the student a bit difficult in some cases.
Dexter is in Penobscot County, not far from Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft and Newport.
In order to date the photo, I checked the 1900 Census for Dexter, Maine, for the boys in the front row at extreme left and extreme right. The boy at left is Brett Morse, shown with a birth date of April 1888. The boy at right is Harold Small, shown with a birth date of August 1887.
Front Row [I'm assuming from left to right] - Brett Morse, Norman Brown, Earl Parsons, Karl Morse, Charles Dustin, Arthur Small, Harold Small
Second Row - Gertrude Burns, Edna Carr, Angie Ryan, June Parsons, Charles Ryan, Morris Dustin, George Potter, Bill Haines, Marion Small
Third Row - Louise Hatch, Hattie Young, Ola Bailey, Inez Dustin, Minnie Thompson, Grace Moore, Edith Hall, Maude Kimball
Fourth Row - Clara Hughes, Emma Giles, Mamie Gove, Eva Witherell, Susan Eldridge, Ethel Pooler, Mamie Wheeler
Just for grins and giggles, I went to the excellent Maine Marriage History online database at the Maine State Archives. Here are marriages with similar names to our students, where either bride or groom or both gave Dexter as their residence - take it with a grain of salt:
Earl F. Parson, Dexter to Minnie Gilbert, Dexter, 24 Dec 1913
Earl F. Parsons, Dexter, to Gladys N. Hamilton, Dexter, 12 Jan 1920
Harold F. Small, Dexter, to Doris D. Blethen, Foxcroft, 3 Apr 1920
Edna A. Carr, Dexter, to James W. Clark, Garland, 25 Nov 1915
Angie G. Ryan, Dexter, to Archie C. Moore, Corinna, 14 Jan 1915
June M. Parsons, Dexter, to Harry W. Young, Dexter, 25 Jun 1913
Charles L. Ryan, Dexter, to Agnes E. Chisholm, Dexter, 10 Nov 1915
Bill Haines - there's a listing for a Frank W. Haines, Dexter, who married Winifred B. Beverly of Machias, 22 Sep 1919. Could this be our Bill?
Marion Small, Dexter, to Willis G. Haseltine, Dexter, 15 Nov 1905
Louise Hatch, Newport, to Clifford A. Stevens, Dexter, 18 Aug 1926
Hattie V. Young, North Newport, to Frank B. Arnold, Dexter, 7 Nov 1906
Ola F. Bailey, Old Town, to Ralph H. Fifield, 17 Mar 1908
Inez W. Dustin, Dexter, to Ernest D. Blaisdell, Dexter, 27 Jun 1906
Minnie G. Thompson, Dexter, to Charles N. Marsh, Ripley, 31 Dec 1901
Grace L. Moore, Dexter, to Arthur P. Weymouth, Somerville, Massachusetts, 16 Sep 1908
Maude M. Kimball, Dexter, to Harold M. Wilson, Brunswick, 23 Feb 1912
Clara Hayden, Dexter, to Harry M. Crossland, Dexter, 6 Jun 1906
Emma M. Giles, Dexter, to Charles J. Clukey, Dexter, 7 Aug 1905
Eva Witherell, Dexter, to Pearl H. Randall, Dexter, 20 May 1901
Ethel Pooler, Dexter, to George S. Lincoln, Dexter, 7 Jun 1927
I hope that you've enjoyed this photograph from the past. Perhaps you've even found an ancestor or two in it - if so, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!