Book offers old photos of Milo area

Posted July 05, 2009, at 5:09 p.m.

I have to say how very much I enjoy Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, books of 125 pages or so of old photographs from a particular town or area.

Keep an eye out for them when you’re in Maine bookstores, because you never know what you might find. These are paperback books with a sepia photo on the cover.

Just published is “Images of America: Milo, Brownville, and Lake View,” compiled by the Milo Historical Society and Brownville Historical Society.

The picture of Milo’s town hall, built in 1923, reminds me of the girls basketball games between Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford and Milo High School in the late 1960s, the era of the Martells and the Heals and many other good players.

This would have been just before the new Penquis Valley Community High School opened in Milo.

In those days, girls played six on a team and could dribble only three times before passing or shooting the ball.

The pictures of buildings and parades and railroad stations — and especially Main Street in Milo, since part of that recently was destroyed by fire — will bring back memories for countless people.

And as genealogists, we particularly appreciate photos with people in them.

Do you know any of the eight couples that were honored in December 1926 for being married 50 years? Their names aren’t listed, but it’s a great picture.

How about the 1925 Milo high school football team? Lauren Tuck, Robert Haskell, Abner Ford, Keith Wingler, Lawrence McLeod, Harry Bowden, Allen Call, Winslow Weston, Edward Prescott, Leo Heal, Donald McLeod, Arthur Owen and coach Henry (Hank) Small.

And cheerleaders: high school students Irene Kiernon, Claude Trask and Arlene Crocker in 1931; Milo grammar school’s Clara Stanchfield Chase, Jean Stevens Perkins Amero, Shirleen Harris Ladd and Janice Houston Mountain in 1947 — I presume these are married names.

There’s a great picture of pupils at North Brownville School in 1933: Clyde Kelley, Mildred Quirion, Charles Briggs, Rex Kelley, Donald Lundin, Edith Stevens, Annette Quirion, Grace McGlinchy, Charles Chase, Louise Briggs, Priscilla Arbo, Edward Arbo, Eda Stevens, teacher Josephene Stubbs, Florence Kelley, Marie Kel-ley, Lorenzo Quirion and Gerald Applebee.

Knowing the year a photo was taken can help us firm up a family group sheet or at least have an idea how long the family had been in town. The 1930 census records could help us figure out who belongs to which families.

Lake View had a store that really offered one-stop shopping — a general merchandise store, a post office, a doctor’s office and a hospital with three beds, a dispensary and emergency equipment.

The book retails for $21.99.

For information on Arcadia Publishing, visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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Kerry Hardy of Rockland, author of the just-released “Notes on a Lost Flute,” will speak on “Languages, Landscapes and Lifeways of Ancient Maine” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Dr. Campbell House in Warren.

As Hardy tells it, he didn’t really mean to write this book; it just happened.

“I was trying to trace out and understand the oldest roads in the midcoast area, and at some point I realized that many of these roads originated in Indian trails that were much older than any white settlement. From there, one question just sort of led to another, and before I knew it I was learning Abenaki words and puzzling about the landscape in 1600.”

His research has involved reading old documents left by the earliest French Jesuit priests in North America, making bicycle trips to check out native plant communities at Norridgewock and attending conferences to share information with linguists from across America.

Through it all, his awareness of Maine’s flora and fauna has often provided the key to understanding a particular word or place name. For example, he said, “The Abenaki word for the bittern — a wading bird slightly smaller than a heron — translates to “the cornmeal bird” — which makes no sense, unless you happen to know that the bittern’s mating call sounds just like corn or nuts being pounded into meal in a hollow wooden mortar.”

His talk, illustrated with his own slides and drawings, will focus on how a cross-disciplinary approach helped him unlock this riddle and many others like it.

The public is invited to a pot luck cookout at 6 p.m. preceding Hardy’s talk at 7 p.m.

The Dr. Campbell House is located at 225 Main St. in Warren village.

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Please note that the Brewer Historical Society has moved its meeting to the second Tuesday this month.

Brewer native Lynne McKenney Lydick, as Clara Barton, will present “Follow the Cannon — A Reading of Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at First United Methodist Church, 40 South Main St. The program is sponsored by the Brewer Historical Society.

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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