Bradford newsletter offers ‘sweet’ recollections

Posted Jan. 04, 2009, at 5:37 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

The best cider he ever had came from the Old Cider Mill in Bradford, writes Bruce Arlington Bailey.

“Fresh and running freely off that press,” Bailey wrote in the winter issue of Looking Back at Bradford, the newsletter of Bradford Heritage: Museum and Historical Society. “It was sweet, cool and refreshing. I have purchased a lot of cider over my lifetime, but none was as good as that. All my purchases of cider have been made in search of that great taste but, to my disappointment, they have all been in vain.”

Even better than his descriptions of the cider and the making of it, in my mind, is Bailey’s story of running a cider stand in 1956 at the urging of his Uncle Harland, who suggested that he harvest his father’s orchard and bring the apples to his uncle for pressing.

At first I couldn’t quite figure out Bailey’s segue from selling cider to watching a baseball game the next year, but let’s just say it involved the two leftover jugs of cider from the previous fall.

This issue also includes Bangor Commercial obituaries for Cyrus P. Church, published July 20, 1895; and for Charles P. Church, published Dec. 24, 1896, both of whom were involved in the tannery business in Bradford.

The obituaries are especially helpful because they delineate the moving around these men did in their lives.

Cyrus was born in Readfield in 1820 and lived in Gardiner and Mercer before moving to East Bradford. He had five children by first wife Hannah (Plaisted), and three children by second wife Mary (Hill). Cyrus later lived in Houlton, also.

Charles, a son of Cyrus, was born in 1849 in Mercer and in 1874 purchased the Bradford Tannery from his father. Charles married Hattie (Folsom) and died in Houlton.

Both men were listed as residents of Bridgewater as well.

Some of the other pieces in the newsletter list Ruth Dustin Marshall as a probable descendant of Hannah Emerson Dustin, and talk about recent acquisitions by the historical society.

Let’s just say there is a lot of great material in these 12 pages.

You can join Bradford Heritage and receive the newsletter for a mere $4 a year, sent to Bradford Heritage, 1163 Main Road, Bradford, ME 04410.

The newsletter urges, “Your membership in Bradford Heritage: Museum and Historical Society will help toward the continuation of this newsletter and ‘the discovery, collection, identification and preservation of photographic, printed and manuscript material, and the artifacts of historical interest to the Town of Bradford.’”

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The Eddington Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in the F.A. Wood Municipal Building conference room. Members will discuss goals for the coming year. For information, call 989-5792.

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3439. BRADFORD-DELANO. Looking for proof of parentage of Peleg Bradford Jr. Marriage intention for Peleg Bradford Jr. filed in Kingston, Mass., May 3, 1783, to Mary Hopestill Delano of Woolwich, Maine. They married Sept. 23, 1783, according to Georgetown, Maine, marriages. They had a daughter, Eunice, born March 10, 1784; and a son, Peleg Bradford, born Sept. 27, 1786, birth records of Woolwich, Maine. Peleg Bradford was on the Woolwich Maine Tax list in 1785. During the Revolutionary War, a Peleg Bradford from Plymouth County, Mass., served in various enlistments. Peleg Jr. died at sea Feb. 13, 1787, according to Maine Families in 1790 Vol. 8. I was also told that there is a death record of Peleg Jr. that says he died Jan. 17, 1787, so I don’t know which date is right. Ken Townsend, 15 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Belmont, NH 03220; 603-267-6492; marjkentownsend@yahoo.com.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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