It’s funny how things we once saw stick with us, even the ones that aren’t directly related to our family. Such is the case with Harold Nelson of Newport, who wonders whatever became of the Two Brothers plaque in Piscataquis County.
“In the 1960s, I remember seeing the Two Brothers Pond plaque at Second West Branch Pond, about 10 miles east of Kokadjo,” Nelson wrote. “I recall the plaque, and the post it was on, was all bronze and placed in cement in the ground. The plaque disappeared in the 1970s.”
Inscribed on the plaque, spelling intact, was:
Two Brother’s Pond
So named in memory of
Valley Stream, N.Y.
Who loved this place and
whose ashes are scattered here.
The names Albert Gottschalk and Otto Gottschalk appear in the 1900 Census for Richmond, Wis. I find John Gottschalk, June 1855; and wife Bertha Gottschalk, Jan. 1860; both born in Germany, with eight children born in Wisconsin: Otto, June 1880; John, July 1882; Albert, Sept. 1884; William, Sept. 1887; Freda, April 1889; Martin, March 1891; Martha, Jan. 1895; and Theador, May 1900.
Perhaps this is the family.
“Obviously, Otto Gottschalk passed away before 1959,” Nelson wrote, “as he was from the Territory of Hawaii. Albert, we do not have a time frame. The photograph of the plaque was provided to me by Eric Stirling, owner of West Branch Pond Camps. One of his clients took the photo, and it is perhaps the only evidence that it ever existed.”
Nelson has been trying to collect information about the men and the plaque so it can be placed on file with the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville.
Nelson, a senior geodesist for the Department of Transportation, gives the coordinates for the location of the plaque as North 45 degrees 35’ 19.52” and West 69 degrees 16’ 26.36”, placing it near the westernmost point of Second West Branch Pond.
(Whereas my dad always had topographical maps stuffed in the drawer of Gram Bennett’s desk, I now have Delorme’s “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer” at home, at work and in my car.)
“It would be wonderful if some photos of the men fishing still existed, or a newspaper article on the plaque, obituaries, etc.,” Nelson wrote. “I guess I just love a good mystery, and if for some reason someone has contact information for descendants … I would be very indebted to those who could make an inquiry on my behalf. I would appreciate any information that could shed some light on the Gottschalk Brothers and their plaque.”
And of course, what Nelson really hopes is that the plaque might turn up so it could be turned over to the Moosehead Historical Society.
Harold Nelson can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 416-9292 or writing to 14 Hill Ave., Newport 04953.
Happy 175th birthday, Greenville! Incorporated in 1836, Greenville was listed as Haskell Plantation, Somerset County, during its first census in 1830. There were 26 males and 21 females in nine households.
The heads of household were: William Comins, Samuel Cole, Nathaniel Haskell, James Neal, Enoch Shaw, Isaac Sawyer, Ichabod Tufts, Isaac Witham and Oliver Young.
Here are a few of the activities scheduled:
• “History of Wilson Pond,” Maynard Russell, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Center for Moosehead History, Pritham Avenue.
• “Greenville Photos on the Big Screen,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Greenville School auditorium.
• Historical films, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Union Church.
• Moosehead Quilters, antique and vintage quilt exhibit, 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Center for Moosehead History, Pritham Avenue. The group also will present a show, “Quilts in the Woods,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Union Church in Greenville.
• Bonnie Dwyer, “100 Years of American History,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Center for Moosehead History, Pritham Avenue.
• 175th Celebration of Greenville, sponsored by Moosehead Historical Society, starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan House, Pritham Avenue. Speakers, music, cake and ice cream.
The Belfast Historical Society will host Movie Night at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library. The films from the Robert Hall Movie Collection date from the late 1920s to the 1980s. Images range from the steamship Belfast to the Pygmy Circus, the departure of Company K in 1941, go-cart racing at the old fairgrounds and Broiler Day celebrations in the 1960s and the 1970s.
Those unable to attend are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Or watch the film on the museum website, www.belfastmuseum.org, which offers new programs each month.
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