Sunday, August 12, 2012

Postcard of the Eel Trap at Clinton, Maine, sent by John (?) to Julia Rollins at Brownville, Maine

Circa 1915 postcard showing the Eel Trap at Sabasticook River [now Sebasticook River] at Clinton, Maine.

The card was mailed from Clinton, Maine, by a man whose last name I can't quite make out, possibly John Erickson, Cinterson or Cristenson, addressed to Miss Julia Rollins at Brownville, Maine.

In the 1900 Census of Waterville, Maine, not far from Clinton, I found a man listed as John Creterson or Cseterson, born about 1883 in Sweden, living as a boarder and working as a laborer.  It's noted that he came to the United States about 1904.

The reason I think it's possible his name might be Erickson is that Julia's brother married a Swedish immigrant named Eda Ericson or Erickson.  On her marriage record, Eda lists her parents as Erick Johnson and Anna Marie Rey [there's a strikeover on her last name, so Rey is likely in error]


I landed safe here at Clinton yesterday.  Everything is OK.  I don't know sure when I'll return.  The best wishes from John Erickson [or some other surname I can't quite make out]

Julia Rollins was born about 1881 in Milo or the surrounding area, I believe, the daughter of Willis, a Civil War veteran, and Georgia E. (Wilkins) Rollins, born at Corinth, Maine, and Milo, Maine, respectively.

I found Julia as late as the 1930 census, living with her brother Frank and family.  

If you have a theory as to the identity of the sender of the postcard, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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