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The Old Somerset Railroad: A Lifeline for Northern Mainers, 1874-1929 The Old Somerset Railroad: A Lifeline for Northern Mainers, 1874-1929 by Walter M. Macdougall
The Somerset Railroad was born of the dream to link the Maine coast with Canadian businesses and was begun in 1872. Though it never did realize the goal of linking Wiscasset with Quebec, for fifty-six years it carried people and goods from the northern woods around Moosehead Lake to southern Maine and New England. Retired professor Walter Macdougall traces the history of this narrow-guage line, its development and construction, and the ways the lives of people living along the tracks became interwoven with the railroad.
A Maine Hamlet A Maine Hamlet by Lura Beam
A Maine Hamlet describes the village of Marshfield, near Machias, Maine, at the turn of the century. Lura Beam, who was born in 1887, lived in Marshfield for twelve years with her grandparents, spent summers there another five, and visited off and on thereafter. Beam describes her grandparents' life in detail in the book's wonderful first chapter, noting "in a cold country, you could understand the balance of a marriage if you knew which of a couple got up to start the kitchen fire in January."
To Katahdin: The 1876 Adventures of Four Young Men and a Boat To Katahdin: The 1876 Adventures of Four Young Men and a Boat by George T. Sewall
With a light boat, a tent, two blankets apiece, a rifle, pistol, fishing apparatus, fifty pounds of flour, twenty pounds of salt pork, and "a sufficent quantity" of sugar, tea, cornmeal, molasses, salt, pepper, beans, and cheese, the three Sewall brothers and Ned Hunt traveled by train to the railhead at Abbot Village, by wagon to Moosehead Lake, and then began to row and paddle and sail and portage their way towards Katahdin, across lakes, down streams, through rapids, and over the "carrys."
Letters from Sea, 1882-1901 Letters from Sea, 1882-1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord's Seafaring Childhood by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr.
In June of 1881, on the very night of their wedding in Searsport, Maine, Captain Lincoln Alden Colcord and his new wife, Jane Sweetser Colcord, departed for sea to begin a two-year voyage on the bark CHARLOTTE A. LITTLEFIELD. The voyage would take them around the world and witness the birth of their daughter Joanna amid the South Sea Islands and young Lincoln's arrival during a treacherous winter storm off Cape Horn. Fifth-generation seafarers, Joanna and Lincoln Colcord spent their youth at sea aboard their father's ships. The Colcord's letters to family members ashore, their logbooks, photographs, and later correspondence give us a splendid window into the life of a seafaring family.

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