Thursday, March 3, 2022

1884-1902 ME & NH Documents & Correspondence Re: Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) of Steep Falls, Maine, and the Saco Lumber Company

Nineteen 1884-1902 papers, including correspondence and documents, pertaining to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) of Steep Falls, Maine, and the Saco Lumber Company.

See a mill operated by the Saco Lumber Company at Biddeford, Maine, at Digital Commons@UMaine.

Most of the documents relate to lumber negotiations, but one item is an 1896 letter to Coolbroth from his brother Samuel Wilson Coolbroth (1826-1910) in Santa Rosa, California. Samuel's surname may have morphed to Colbroth.

People mentioned:


The documents, from the earliest:
  • May 27, 1884.  To owners of logs now in drives coming down Saco river & owners of booms on said river above Saco.  To owners of logs now in drives coming down Saco river & owners of booms on said river above Saco; signed: Joseph Hobson; Joseph G. Dearing; S. C. Hamilton; C. & L. G. Hanson
  • January 25, 1885 letter to Mark R. Coolbroth(1827-1903) from John W. Thoms (1833-1911); Saco River in Brownfield, Maine
  • April 21, 1885 survey and receipt: Emory Lord (1832-1916) and son George Abraham Lord (1864-1954); Joseph Hobson & Sons, presumably Joseph Hobson (1816-1893) of Saco, Maine; Hiram Gatchell, Surveyor - Hiram Gatchell (1829-1913) of Brownfield, Maine.  Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903)
  • April 21, 1885 survey receipt of payment by Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) to B. W. McKeen, presumably Benjamin Walker McKeen (1817-1894); surveyor: Hiram Gatchell (1829-1913) of Brownfield, Maine; also mentions Joseph Hobson & Sons; lumber on Ballard Brook in Fryeburg, Maine
  • April 24, 1885 - survey and receipt of payment by Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) to B. W. McKeen, presumably Benjamin Walker Mckeen (1817-1894); for Joseph Hobson & Sons, presumably of Saco, Maine; surveyor Hiram Gatchell (1829-1913) of Brownfield, Maine
  • August 25, 1888; agreement between Francisco Weston Walker (1846-1910), "Frank", of Effingham, New Hampshire and Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) of Steep Falls, Maine; mention's Frank's wife Mary Lucretia (Marston) Barker; Edwin Towle and surveyor Parsons
  • August 10, 1889 letter to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) at Steep Falls, Maine, from J. B?, agent for Mr. Emery, presumably Mark Peter Emery (1817-1898); mentions Coolbroth & Keneson; Keneson was, presumably Stephen J. Keneson (1832-1909) of Freedom, New Hampshire
  • August 19, 1892 letter from Stephen J. Keneson (1832-1909) at Freedom, New Hampshire, to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) at Steep Falls, Maine; also mentions Mr. Foss, presumably in Carroll County, New Hampshire; the James and Ed mentioned were presumably the sons of Mr. Foss; the Holland lots, presumably in Carroll County, New Hampshire; Charles Adams
  • 1893 list of fares, meals, telegraphs, etc., paid; mentions Steep Falls, Brownfield, Hiram; Towle bridge (or perhaps Toll Bridge); Walker house for meals; meals provided by John Perkins and Brazier; Chandlers; Cornish; Lovell; hauling logs on Hiram Flats; John Hastings; Kendal & Whitmer
  • December 12, 1894 letter from John D. Bemis of Conway, New Hampshire, presumably John Dana Bemis (1834-1917), to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903), touting the ministrations and medicine of a certain doctor when other doctors had written Bemis off
  • May 4, 1894 bill submitted to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) of Steep Falls, Maine by R. G. Watson, presumably Roscoe Gilbert Watson (abt 1860-1945), of "Rapids, Maine", presumably along the Saco River, perhaps near Limington, Maine 
  • March 1896 to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) of Steep Falls, Maine, from his brother Samuel Wilson Coolbroth/Colbroth (1826-1910) of Santa Rosa, California; mentions Samuel's wife Hattie L. (Lewis) Colbroth (abt 1840-1905) 
  • March 25, 1896 letter from surveyor Hiram Gatchell (1829-1913) at East Brownfield, Maine, to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) at Steep Falls, Maine; mentions Steep Landing; Harmon; Gray, presumably a surveyor; Hiram, Maine
  • June 4 1898 agreement to for Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903) to purchase land in Standish, Maine, from heirs of Amos Boulter (1811-1896), faciliated by lawyer Henry W. Swasey (1842-1917)
  • 9-12-1899 letter from I. P. Quimby (presumably Rev. Israel Paul Quimby, Jr. ( 1849-1925)) in Boston, Massachusetts, to J. B. Gregory, (presumably John Brunswick Gregory (1850-1919)), Agent for the Saco Lumber Company; mentions the Swift (presumably a River on Freedom Road; great Ossipee; old Merrill farm in North Parsonsfield, Maine; J. M. Browne (presumably Quimby's brother in law John Merrill Browne (1839-1925)
  • May 31, 1900 letter to Mark G. Coolbroth (1827-1903) from ? G. Smith in West Buxton, Maine; mentions that Mr. Wells had not received payment for his boom sticks
  • September 13, 1900 letter to Mark G. Coolbroth (1827-1903) at Steep Falls, Maine, from Temperance Swan in Livingston, California. Temperance (Allen) Swan (1829-1902), widow of Joseph Greeley Swan; does not want to sell her land in Maine at present time
  • July 1901 bill for cutting hay; from R. S. Chick, perhaps Ralph S. Chick (1863-1922); to Mark R. Coolbroth (1827-1903)
  • June 20, 1902 letter from C. D. Prince, perhaps Carroll Davee Prince (1859-1920), for S. D. Warren Company in Cumberland Mills, Maine, to Mark D. Coolbroth (1827-1903) in Steep Falls, Maine; regarding delivery of boards

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