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Remember Making Crank Calls As a Kid?

Well, if you lived in Maine, you very well might.  The last crank phone in the State of Maine was retired in October, 1983 in the Western Maine Mountain town of Woodstock.

Yesterday a group of people in this small Maine community rallied together for the dedication of a 14 foot replica of one of those antique phones.  According to an Associated Press report:


The 1 1/2-ton, black steel statue was sculpted by Gil Whitman of Woodstock, a cousin of former Bryant Pond phone company owner Elden Hathaway. The sculpture’s crank works, and Whitman plans to install a bell that will sound when the crank is turned.



Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 October 2008 08:50)


T. S. Workman of Ellsworth, Maine

I just uploded an invoice dated May 25, 1909 for items sold from Haskell, Adams & Co. Grocers to a Mr. T. S. Workman of Ellsworth, Maine.

Mr. Workman bought an interesting array of items from a case of Karo Syrup to a case of Ketchup, Jello, and Jumbo Oysters.

If you would like to see the invoice for yourself, check it out in our Letters Collection found under the Our Projects menu above, or follow this link:



Last Updated (Saturday, 04 October 2008 09:47) Milestone

This weekend, thanks to one of our most prolific volunteers, the Gravestone Photo Project surpassed 1500 Maine Gravestone records online.  With recent records added in most counties, if you haven't browsed this project in a while, it's well worth doing so.  To give you an idea of the distribution of photos, here are some brief stats:


Androscoggin County has 350+ records
Aroostook 50+
Cumberland 170+
Franklin 15+
Hancock 60+
Kennebec 70+
Knox 0
Lincoln 80+
Oxford 15+
Penobscot 650+
Piscataquis 4
Sagadahoc 10
Somerset 0
Waldo 6
Washington 30+
York 10+

If you have photos of gravestones in Maine, consider uploading them to this project.  It's easy to do.  Start by clicking on the "Submit a Photo" link at the top of the page, and the following few pages will walk you through selecting and entering any additional data.


And, as always, if you have trouble with this, or any other part of the site, don't hesitate to email me through the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page.

- Brian

Last Updated (Monday, 29 September 2008 02:50)