Three Rivers News, 2002-07-09


In this issue….
• 2002 Cruize-In
• Lots of Fun at the Coffee House

Tornado Hits Brownville!
Brownville, July 4 – An intense storm struck Brownville today around 5:00PM doing extensive damages to the property of Ronnie Stone on the Buckley Road and an area to the rear of Raymond "Buffy" Butterfield's on the Back Brownville Road on the other side of the Pleasant River.
     As many as 14 trees were uprooted or snapped off near the Farrar residence on Buckley Curve. Plant pots and their plants were separated, and the plant pots cannot be located; neither can the Farrar's picnic table. A glider was "transferred" from one deck to another and a lilac bush was uprooted.
     According to Mrs. Farrar, " there were tons of rain and hail, and we couldn't see outside during the storm."
     This is just some of the damage.

Strawberry Festival
July 18, 2002
At The Park Street United Methodist Church.
Supper served from
5:00PM to 6:30 PM
Adults $6.00 children $3.00.
Take out available. Menu: Ham, Potato Salad, Green Peas, Cole Slaw, condiments, coffee, punch, & Strawberry shortcake for dessert.

     The cars streamed into Milo on Sunday, June 30th, for the Penquis Cruizers 13th Annual Cruize-In. There were more than 100 cars and nearly 500 participants and spectators at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot to enjoy the event. Vehicles ranged from a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser owned by Paul and Annette Fitzgerald of Millinocket to a 1929 Ford belonging to Ken Laughlin of Cherryfield and Steve and Linda Saunders of Surry. Participants drove from as far away as Mayfield, New Brunswick, Presque Isle, and Peru to take part in the activities.

     Award winners for the day include Sylvanus Pierce of Mars Hill who took home the Longest Distance award and also the Favorite Cruizer trophy. Pierce drove a 1967 Ford Fairlane from Mars Hill to attend the Cruize-In. The best-represented club at the Cruize-In was the Dusters, an antique auto club that has been active in the Penquis area for many years. Ben Wallace's 1948 Chevy convertible took the trophy for "Car In Restoration". The Rap Contest, which determines who has the loudest car, was won by Louis Soucier of Greenbush; second place winner was Tom Dyson of Ripley and Michael Barriault of Brownville Junction took the third place prize. Tom Van Dyne of Eddington won the 50-50, which netted him $300. And Kat Soucier of Greenbush won the Coca-Cola Diner Clock.
     As always an auction of new and used car related items and donations from local businesses was held. Those attending took home some great items - and some great bargains. Businesses who contributed to the auction were: The Field of Dreams, 3 Rivers Feed & Redemption, Milo Exxon, S & L Auto Parts, World of Flags USA, Milo Farmers' Union, Bailey Lumber Company, Lakeview Realty, Simple Sacks, Maine Savings FCU, Salley's Auto Repair, DeWitt Real Estate, J & S Furniture, Graves' Service Station, Grant's Used Cars, C & J Variety, Total Image hair salon, Cat Trax, Dover Carquest, Pamola Motor Lodge, Cat's Corner, and Rowe Ford Westbrook.
     Organizers Fred and Susan Worcester said that without the generous support of these local businesses the Cruize-In would not be nearly as successful as it has been.
     The Penquis Cruizers have been in existence since 1990. The first year the club was formed members decided to see if they could attract vehicles to a show in the Milo area since its members had traveled around the state attending other car shows and cruise-ins. They have held the event at the former Dexter Shoe Company, now JSI Store Fixtures, parking lot since 1991 and each year the event has been a success according to Cruize-In organizers.
     Anyone wishing more information about the Penquis Cruizers should contact Fred and Susan Worcester of Brownville at 965-8070.

     There will be no service of Holy Communion at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction on July 14. Rev. Nancy Moore will be participating in a pulpit exchange and will be offering services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick that morning. The members of St. John's will be joining the congregation of St. Augustine's in Dover Foxcroft for worship at 11am on that day.

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By Nancy Grant
     An enthusiastic group of about one hundred people had the pleasure of sharing the music of two terrific ensembles. The talented Smith Boys, Jay on the fiddle and Shane on the guitar, entertained the crowd with many old favorites as well as songs they composed. Their laid-back style makes listening a treat! They will also be performing, for the second year in a row, at the Maine Festival at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick on August 2, 3, and 4 and at the National Folk Festival in Bangor on August 24 and 25.
     The Chairback Gap, consisting of Kevin and Elise Sproul of Schoodic Lake, Terry Spearrin of Skowhegan, and Bernie Staples of Norridgewock, had everyone tapping their toes during their entire performance. Along with Elise’s beautifully pure voice, they combined old, new, and local flavor to their blue grass tunes; taking you back to ‘real’ music, as it was meant to be. They will be performing at the Greenville Gazebo on July 12 from 7-9pm and at The Pit (Back Brownville Road-just past Gordon Sinclair’s farm) on August 3 from 3-6pm.

Letter to the Editor:

July 3, 2002
To the editor
     I recently finished reading another report on the state of Maine's economy. This was one of many that I have received, and I was not surprised that it said pretty much the same thing as the others: Maine is in trouble. It seems that all surveys and reports conclude that Maine's tax burden is crushing. They all say that our tax burden is going to have to be reduced if Maine is to start getting the private investment it needs to have a healthy economy.
Any tax reform that Maine undertakes must reduce the tax burden.      This does not mean reducing one tax and raising others to make it possible to spend more money. It will not work to simply move taxes around so there is less money coming from one tax and more form another.

     An often-mentioned reform is to cap the amount of education spending that can come from the property tax, and broaden the sales tax and have the state take over more of the spending on education. This idea has many flaws. The result of this idea in other states has been state government taking over more control of schools (including school spending), accomplished by raising the sales tax and reducing the property tax. When this has been done local officials have felt free to spend more on local projects, resulting in higher state taxes, higher property taxes - and when an economic slowdown occurs, a much worse problem. Tax reform that makes it easier for increased spending will only make things worse.
     However, I do feel that true property tax relief can be gained if done carefully. One way this could be done is through an income tax credit. A person would get a refund from the state for the amount of property taxes paid. This would work much the same way the current earned income tax credit works. If a person did not pay an income tax than they would get a refund directly form the state for their property tax. Local spending would still receive the attention it needs and local officials would still have their proposals scrutinized. Although this is just an idea and needs more thought, I think it has some merit and deserves consideration.
     State government should look at what a small school district in central Maine did the last time we were facing similar problems of budget shortfalls and escalating property taxes. SAD #4 in Guilford faced the same problem that all of Maine faced in the early 90s. Overspending in the 80s resulted in new programs and increased budgets. State aid was increased greatly. Then came a downturn and the state aid dried up. Most school districts met the problem by increasing property taxes. SAD #4, however, took a different approach. It identified programs that had outlived their usefulness and cut them. Spending was kept under control and property taxes were increased minimally or not at all in some cases. As a result, property taxes have remained manageable, in the 14 to 18-mil range. This is much lower than what other towns in the area are experiencing. And this has not been done at the expense of the students in that district. They are doing as well as students in neighboring districts that increased taxes during the downturn. People of all political stripes must work together to solve this problem. Non-essential programs need to be identified and done away with, similar to Governor King's productivity task force recommendations. This report identified tens of millions in savings that could be realized without any impact on state services. A law passed last session does exactly this. This law will create an independent board that will identify programs that have outlived their usefulness. Maine State government needs to follow SAD #4's example, and bring spending under control, otherwise we will continue the downward trend.
          My best, Paul T. Davis State Senator

Brownville Trivia
Choose the correct answer.

1.The first person to have a car in the Junction was (a) Sam Cohen, (b) Bert Dillon, (c) Don Dillon, (d) George Vale

2.The last Brownville resident to use a horse and wagon for transport was (a) Evan Larson, (b) Cal Herrick, (c) Sam Smith, (d) George Foulkes

3.Brownville's high school students first attended BJHS in (a) 1929, (b) 1935, (c) 1941, (d) 1943

4. (a) Milton Smith, (b) Kenneth Thompson, (c) Joe Applebee, (d) Roland Stubbs - was the bus driver for them.

5.Ernest Ladd sold his Brownville mill to (a) Will Lancaster, (b) Shepard and Morse, (c) A.J. Chase & Sons, (d) Earl Gerrish Sr.

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6. (a) FDR, (b) JFK, (c) Sir Winston Churchill, (d) Willie Mays
came through Brownville on the Canadian Pacific.

7, (a) Eisenhower, (b) Ted Williams, (c) Elvis Presley, (d) Pope Paul II came through on the Bangor and Aroostook.

8. John Lewis's son Jack was a(n) (a) artist, (b) musician, (c) attorney, (d) principal

9. The Herrick Hotel got vegetables from the (a) Larson farm, (b) Davis farm, (c) Searles farm, (d) Getchell farm

10. The first establishment in town to serve pizza was (a) Richardson's, (b) the Emporium, (c) Gerrish's, (d) Stymiest's

Answers: 1-b 2-a 3-d 4-d 5-b 6-c 7-b 8-a 9-d 10-b




Milo Free Public Library News
     I'm writing this column on a very hot Tuesday. Thankfully the library is a pleasant place to work as it has air conditioning when necessary. What a joy to work there on the hot sticky days! Come in and enjoy a cool interlude while looking for reading material to while away a warm summer afternoon or evening. Or better yet come in and sit in a comfortable chair or a cool hour or so and read one of our many magazines. Give yourself a break today!
     We also have a computer for patron use. If you wish to check your e-mail while you are on vacation or just want to explore the Internet sometime, come on in and check us out. Through these summer months you may see some new faces besides Pamela Flanagan, now the official asst. librarian or myself. We have two new interim substitutes, Tracy Morse and Nancy Scroggins, who will make you feel welcome and be glad to help you.
     In this day of negative headlines about teenagers we at the library feel very fortunate to have two young people who are willingly giving us some of their summer time hours. Kyle Gero is our regular volunteer and comes in every day for several hours. He is a big help as he is knowledgeable about library procedures as he has worked in the elementary library. Aleesa Byrne comes in to help out every Wednesday at story time. She takes the listener count, sets out the little chairs and also waters the window plants. Both young people help put away books, neaten the library and do whatever Pam and I ask. They are always courteous to the patrons. They make our summer reading program go so much more smoothly. We are very grateful for

their assistance and thank them very much. Both Kyle and Aleesa will be 7th graders in the fall. Our community reader this week was Kathy Dixon-Wallace. She read to 10 children and adults on a very hot day. Thank you Kathy for coming in.

Milo Free Public Library Summer Hours
Mon. Weds. Fri. 2-8:00 p.m.

(Respectfully submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
Reprint of Milo Town Crier article, 9/12/1985
Quote: "Milo Library Recipient of Trust Fund”
     News was released this week of a provision in the will of the late Harry L. Caldwell, which established a trust fund in the amount of $10,000 for the purpose of purchasing books for the Milo Free Public Library. This was established as the 'Harry L. Caldwell Fund.' Each year on the anniversary of the execution date of the Caldwell will, the interest will be withdrawn and representatives of the Milo Free Public Library will be consulted and a determination will be made relative to the purchase of books for the library.
     The library also received those books from the private library of Mr. Caldwell, which was felt to be of use to the library.
     Mr. Caldwell was born in Lake View in 1897. He graduated from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston and received a BA degree at Bowdoin in 1919. He was a university professor in China and Japan from 1919 to 1937. He took time to further his education at London University in England, then taught French at Brownville High School for two years.
     In 1942 he went to work for the organization which was later to be called the Central Intelligence Agency. He was also 'Presidential Advisor' on the Far East during the administration of President Harry S. Truman.
     Mr. Caldwell returned to Milo in the mid-1950's and filled his time working as a stockbroker and piano teacher. He spoke on many subjects for many clubs and organizations and was a very interesting speaker. He was a gentleman of great taste and refinement and is greatly missed in this community. He died on February 26, 1985.
     According to the current interest information, the established trust should yield nearly $1,000 per year for the purchase of new books for the Milo Library. It is a bequest that can benefit the entire reading public. This is just one more way in which Milo has been benefited from having such an exceptional citizen as Harry Caldwell."
     Editors Note: Bill Sawtell sent this note concerning Harry Caldwell, “Harry Caldwell was probably the most erudite man to live in Milo. The well-traveled and well-educated individual shared his knowledge with youngsters, like myself, by teaching piano to numerous pupils, giving unforgettable lessons.
     Once Mr. Caldwell said the Lord's Prayer in seven languages to our youth group at the Brownville Community Church.”

     At the Skowhegan Dirt Bike Track, on a warm Sunday, June 30th, two young men from our area were fortunate enough to come home with 3rd place trophies in their divisions. Dustin Bishop placed in the 125 division and Trevor Lyford in the ATV

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division. Other local racers were Mike Bishop, Kyle Foss and his first time racing........Kole Stevens. They all seem to be getting used to the track over there and it makes for a "long" but great day of racing for everyone watching, or participating. A big thanks to Joi Stevens for taking some terrific pictures.
     The next Skowhegan race will be July 14th. You can check out some of the great racing pictures on

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My word isn't it hot!!! I've tried to compare this to other years of my life...couldn't do it. I remember one year that we sat at camp...just couldn't move. We'd go down to the lake about every 20 minutes to take a dip and then come in and let the air dry us off. I was always sensitive to the sun and burned easily. Of course, now we know how dangerous it is to burn in the sun, but back in those days we were setting ourselves up for skin cancer and didn't even know it. God only knows the other terrible things we were exposing ourselves to that we'll learn about when it's way too late. Isn't that just the way of it? You start eating something new....or try a new product just to find out a few days, weeks or months later that it's surely gonna kill you.
     I've wanted to try those white teeth strips. I've read the ads and dreamed of whiter teeth. But...if I buy those strips and put them in my mouth, you can kiss the whole concept goodbye. It will only be a few days before they are deemed the most dangerous things that anyone can do to their mouths. Before the setting of the sun there will be an alert and Dan Rather will be committing my teeth to doom. My computer has finally bitten the dust. I'm borrowing one to do this column, and I'm in the process of buying a new one. My prayer is that my son will be able to retrieve all of my old columns off of the old computer. My desktop was chock full of "stuff." I can't believe that I might actually not be able to retrieve all that saved stuff. Luckily, my e-mail is the same whether I open it on this computer or the old one, or even your computer for that matter!
     Anyway, back to the summer heat. It's the 3rd of July. July 4th is almost always celebrated at camp. Celebrating the 4th of July at Schoodic Lake has pretty much been the tradition since 1960 when we started going there. That's a lot of years to keep a tradition going. Our traditional dinner has varied over the years, but we usually have fish, peas, with strawberry shortcake for dessert. Sometimes the potato dish is salad and sometimes we bake potato on the grill. I've got some beautiful strawberries for tomorrow's shortcake. I hope there is still some cream in the supermarket for whipping. I don't use much sugar in the whipped cream...but I do use a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a little vanilla. I always sugar my berries. To me there is nothing worse than strawberry shortcake that isn't sweet! YUCK! If the berries are naturally sweet, I only add about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of sugar to the cut up berries. If the berries came from California or New Jersey or somewhere besides a local berry farm, I use a whole cup of sugar. I keep taste testing the syrup that is made when you add the sugar and stir it up. It will give you a little idea of how those berries are going to taste. I sometimes use Schwan's Southern Style biscuits

and sometimes I use my Mom's buttermilk biscuits recipe.

Ellie's Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Mix dry ingredients and add:
1/3 cup of cooking oil
1 cup of buttermilk
Put the mixture on a floured board and knead a bit
Roll out 1" thick and cut out biscuits. Put on a baker’s sheet and baste with buttermilk.
Bake 15-16 minutes in a 400 oven.
     As for my fish.....Ralph Henderson brought my Dad a beauty a few weeks ago. It's been in the freezer waiting for this auspicious occasion. I'll stuff it with my cousin Bob's Wonderful Fish Stuffing and we'll bake it. The stuffing is made with about 3 tablespoons of butter melted to sauté a minced clove of garlic and a small chopped onion. Add a little salt and pepper and 4 chopped scallops and 1/4 pound of shrimp (I'm going to use a can of semi-drained tiny shrimp). It won't take long to cook the chopped scallops or to heat the shrimp. To this Bob adds a container of Shop and Save Seafood Stuffing. If you can't get the Seafood Stuffing at Shop and Save, I would use crushed Ritz Cracker crumbs. Drizzle in a little lemon juice. I'll lay this ambrosia right inside the fish and bake it on a rack in my oven or maybe we'll wrap the whole thing in foil and put it on the grill. However we do's bound to be delicious. Of course everyone in my family isn't the fish lover that I am. We'll also have some hamburgers and hot dogs to keep the grand kids and the husband happy.
     In the evening we'll have a bon fire. We'll pop some corn and sprinkle some M&M's on it. We'll fix some drinks and move our comfy deck furniture around the bon fire to enjoy that and the little fireworks displays going on around the lake. I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend his or her 4th of July in any other place. While we're sitting around that bon fire we'll be laughing and reliving years past and we may even get into a discussion of why it's a stupid idea to take the line "One Nation Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. Surely anyone sitting under those stars on a beautiful 4th of July night can't deny the existence of a wonderful loving God.


(all games are at 5:30 pm)
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Tues., July 9 Brownville A’S AT METS
Tues., July 9 Milo RED SOX AT BRAVES
Wed., July 10 Milo ORIOLES AT CUBS
Thurs., July 11 Milo RED SOX AT A’S
Thurs., July 11 Brownville METS AT CUB
Tues., July 16 Brownville


Tues., July 16 Milo


Wed., July 17 Milo METS AT ORIOLES
Thurs., July 18 Brownville Braves at A’s
Thurs., July 18 Milo

Red Sox at Orioles

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July 2, 2002 - The game that was scheduled for Monday was postponed until Tuesday because of rain. The Braves hosted the Cubs at Davis Field in Brownville. The first inning started with the Cubs scoring 2 runs thanks to a triple by Kiel Larson, which scored Jamie Nason, and a single by Wade Witham that allowed Kiel to score.
     The Braves scored when a double by Kyle Gero sent Steven Morse across home plate, and then Kyle scored on an error. The Cubs took the lead in the second and never looked back. For the Cubs, Kiel Larson was 3 for 4, and Wade Witham was 1 for 1 with 3 walks. The Braves scoring was aided by Steven Morse going 1 for 4, Asa Sproul hitting 1 for 4, and Kyle Gero batting 1 for 3. MVP for the Cubs was Brian Saunders

Final score: Cubs 8, Braves 6

INNING 1 2 3 4 5 6 FINAL
CUBS 2 3 2 1 0 0 8
BRAVES 2 0 0 0 2 2 6

Science Corner

1. Conditioned Reflex a. Freud
2. Geometry b. Watson and Crick
3. Psychoanalysis c. Newton
4. Insulin d. Linnaeus
5. DNA Structure e. Lister
6. Law of Falling Bodies f. Descartes
7. Antiseptic Surgery g. Mendel
8. Law of Gravitation h. Pavlov
9. Genetics i. Banting
10. Classification of Plants
and Animals
j. Galileo

     There are at least 200 woodpecker species in the world. In this area we have at least six with two of them being uncommon. Woodpeckers are solitary birds that nest in forests by drilling holes in trunks of trees and for the most part eat insects. They can feel the vibrations of insects as they move inside the tree. Most woodpeckers will also eat fruit. All of the woodpeckers mentioned here breed in our area.
     The two most commonly seen feeding on suet in the winter are the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. They are very similar in appearance, but the Hairy is considerably larger.
     The Downy, Dendrocopos pubescens, is about 5.75 inches long. It has a short bill, a white breast and back and the male has a small red spot on the nape of the neck. The Hairy, Dendrocopos villosus, is about 7.5 inches long and its bill is equal to or longer than the head. From my

experience, the size of the bill is the easiest indicator to distinguish them.
     Most of us living in this area have seen the Yellow Shafted Flicker, Colaptes auratus, while traveling on back roads. When they fly you can see their white rump. Flickers, known as Brown Woodpeckers, are usually 12 to 14 inches long. Their courtship is unusual in that 3 or more of each sex take part. They do a lot of dancing with nodding of heads and bowing. They nest in cavities drilled in trees and have been known to reuse ones from previous years. The nest is 2 to 60 feet above the ground. There are between 5 and 7 eggs. It takes about 12 days for incubation and the young are ready to fly in about four weeks. Flickers spend a lot of time on the ground where they hunt for beetles and caterpillars. They also eat fruit and berries and will eat suet left out for them. Unlike most of the Woodpeckers in our area Flickers have a tendency to seek a warmer climate in the winter although not all do.
     The Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius, is about 8 inches long. It is different from the other woodpeckers because it drills holes in live trees. It drills holes in lines parallel to one another and goes off until the tree fills these holes with sap, hence the name sapsucker. Sapsuckers have red above and below their bill. You can hear them giving 2 to 3 series of raps per minute.
     The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus, pileatus, is 15 inches long, by far the largest of our woodpeckers. It is very shy so many people have never seen one. It is recognized not only by its size but its bright red crest. Studies of these woodpeckers have shown that the male does most of the drilling for the nest. They seldom use the same nesting site the next year. The female lays one egg a day until 1 to 6 eggs are produced. The female guards the eggs during the day and the male at night. If one parent dies the other continues to raise the young. A starling was observed to lay an egg in the Pileated Woodpecker’s nest. Once the Starling hatched it was quickly dispatched by the adult birds. I guess they recognize their own young, which is more than can be said for many of the songbirds.
     The least common is the Black Backed Three Toed Woodpecker, Picoides arcticus. As the name indicates, it has only one toe in the back, where the others have two in front and two in back. This woodpecker is eight inches long and has a black head and back with black and white sides. The male has a yellow crown. I have never seen one but maybe some of you who work in the woods have. It bores in wood to find beetles, grubs and weevils. It also eats ants, spiders, berries, fruits, acorns and other nuts.

Answers: 1.h., 2.f, 3.a, 4.i, 5.b, 6.j, 7.e, 8.c, 9.g, 10.d
Score 5 Good, 6-7 Excellent, 8-10 Superb

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Adults: $3; Children: $1
     Chronological demonstrations of Maine’s forest history from the 1600’s up to the present day. See our up and down water-powered sawmill, Lombard Log Haulers and many more machines of the lumbering trade in action.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – BLACKSMITH’S ROUNDUP – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Adults: $3; Children: $1
     Join the New England Blacksmiths for some fancy forging. The morning includes training by a master blacksmith. The afternoon offers demonstrations in the yard. Visitors get a chance to try their hand at this craft.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 AND 6 – LIVING HISTORY DAYS – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Adults: $5; Children: $1
     A perfect time to view the foliage of our beautiful forest while experiencing life in a 1790’s colonial village. Enjoy bateau rides, wagon rides, making homemade cedar shakes, and fresh pressed cider and more.
(The museum is located in Bradley just off Rte. 178, partway between Milford and Brewer. Lunch is available at all events. For more information or group reservations, please call (207) 581-2871.)

Submitted by Deanne Merrill and Cheryl Drinkwater
     The order of the Eastern Star, founded by Dr. Robert Morris, is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. It is an Order dedicated to Charity, Truth and Loving-Kindness. It is made up of people with deep religious convictions and spiritual values, but is not a religion. This is a special Order open to all faiths, except no faith, where personal welfare is most vital.
     People desiring a membership must petition to do so. Election must be by unanimous vote since the Order seeks persons of mental, moral and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony. Those eligible for the degrees are, “Affiliated Master Masons in good standing, the wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughter-in-laws, grandmothers, great granddaughters, nieces, great nieces, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters of sisters or brothers of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased were in good standing at the time of their death, as well as members—either active for three years or majority—of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or of the International Order of Job’s daughters, each of whom having attained the age of eighteen years.”
     The heart of the Eastern Star is in the local Chapters, of which there are more than 13,000 in fifteen countries, with a membership in excess of 2,000,000 people.
This organization has raised millions of dollars within the membership to support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership), Cancer Research Project, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Shriners’ Hospital for Crippled Children, orphanages, and many other charities within each Grand Jurisdiction.
     Eastern Star also gives support to young people who are members of Rainbow for Girls; Job’s Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay. This Order and the Masonic fraternity are highly rewarded by their support of and interest of these youth organizations.

By Nancy Grant
Runs Gas Stations, Keeps Country Store
     To put it figuratively, Arthur A. McKusick of Derby has sold enough gas and fuel oil, since wood and coal and horse-power went out of fashion in Piscataquis county, to fill Boyd Lake full, and has cooked for the big lumber camps and hearty lumberjacks enough beans to heap the Monson slate quarries, and enough sheets of corn bread to cover the 13 miles between Milo and Dover-Foxcroft.
     This is neither precise, nor modest, perhaps. But it isn’t so far fetched, after all. For Mr. McKusick comes from the forested wildernesses of Maine, where tall tales originate and make fortunes for such writers as the late Holman Day of Auburn and Fanny Eckstrom of Brewer, as well as the current Rev. William McDougall of Bingham.
Native of Parkman
     Mr. McKusick was born in Parkman, and when he was 12 years old he was making the handsome sum of 25 cents a day for his labor. At 17 he went into a woods camp as cook, where A.H. Bartlett, Dover-Foxcroft trapper and guide, was the manager.
     Winters he was in the Moosehead region, and summers he was 2nd steward at Squaw Mountain Inn, where Arthur Crafts was manager for so long.
Lady Luck was with him when he was taking a ride, one Sunday, and stopped to look over the dilapidated old wharf at Greenville Jct. For he had a chance to make an offer for it, which was accepted; and in due time he had a gas station on the spot which he ran for 5 years.
     He remembers the day he opened this business, for it was when Greenville was celebrating its centennial.
     Gas and oil have been his concern for nearly 30 years, and his stations are scattered all over Piscataquis county.
Located in Derby
     Mr. McKusick’s headquarters and home are still in Derby, where he came in 1905, and where in 1905 he opened the grocery he is on hand to manage every day-even if he is 82. For he is nimble of foot and tongue, witty as any Yankee north of the Mason and Dixon line, popular with everyone (especially the 200 children who attend the school across the corner) and as fond of pets as he is of boys and girls.
     It is a place of oddities! Customers duck. But strangers are likely to have Everett, a tame dove, tangled in their hair before they are warned of what may happen. Or maybe the powerfully breasted Boxer may pounce playfully on one’s shoulders or the Pekinese may sample your heels. How the children love them!
Mr. McKusick’s is the kind of store where you can buy almost any thing. Horse collars hang on a peg but it is too late to buy any harnesses. The last ones he had were sold a month ago to someone in Charleston.
     He is forehanded in another way, too. A sugar distributor’s certificate from the last war is to be found in his desk; and he still has gas stamps he didn’t use.
     In a word, this man has grown up with Derby. When he came here from Greenville almost 50 years ago, he says that there were only 2 or 3 dwellings and a stone crusher where now the B. & A. R.R. repair shops are the center of a sizable community.

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     Teaming then was the fashion. For instance, when he first began to supply gas and oil for Brownville people, he sent it over there by horsepower.
     His ‘right-hand man’ today in this Derby store is not one of his sons (who are Durgin McKusick of Guilford, and George, who is out of state), but his daughter, Gertrude, a Colby graduate, semi-professional photographer, horsewomen well known in the Penquis club, a clerk, bookkeeper, dog trainer, dog catcher, gas and candy dispenser, who also knows all the school children by name, and loves them.
No Sporting Blood Here
     Whatever tall tales from the deep woods Mr. McKusick may vend with his other wares, he has never told about that biggest fish that got away, nor about the 12-antlered buck he nearly shot. The reason is simple. He’s been too busy, he says to fish and hunt.
     Nor can he be inveigled into boasting about prowess in the back woods ‘ring’.
     “Never got a black eye in my life”, he admits humorously, adding casually, as he moves to wait on a customer who wants eggs and a can of oil. “You see I always ran away. Discretion is the better part of valor.”
     Asked the foolish question is he is Scotch or Irish, Mr. McKusick somewhat tartly replied; “God, I’ve got enough Scotch to take care of the Irish in me!” And enough of both to be well liked all over the county, and in Milo and Derby.

     EDITOR’S NOTE: Although Mr. McKusick passed away over 40 years ago, it would be a very safe bet that every child who attended the Derby Grammar school would remember either him or his daughter. Miss McKusick’s fondest memories are of watching the children at the Derby Grammar school as well as dishing out ice cream and candy to them in the store. She also recalls her father having fancy harnesses made at the prison in Thomaston. Besides being in the oil and gas business, raising horses, and operating a store, Mr. McKusick also ran a boarding house on the Ferry Road (shop side) to help house the crews who were constructing the Derby Shops during the earliest part of this century. (Some of this same crew went on to help build the Great Northern in Millinocket.)
     A favorite childhood memory of mine is of a dog, which I was allowed to name, and a cat, (possibly the reason for the large feline population in Derby at that time), that used to be in the store whenever I went in. Also, my parents, my sisters and I still have photos Miss McKusick took of us when we lived in the Derby 'company house' so many many years ago!
     March 4, 1964 was a bad day in that Miss McKusick was thrown through a window by the explosion that ended with the store being completely burned down. She chuckled when she said it gave people something to talk about for a few days! Miss McKusick lives in Milford, Maine. Thank you for the memories!
Early Milo History to 1912 – Part 2
Local History Bonus Reprints from MHS Breeze, And other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     The only lights which the early settlers had were tallow candles, and some had only the light from huge logs, burning before the cabins. This fire served for both heat and for cooking purposes. Later they had oil lamps, then kerosene, and last of all, which have been in use but a few years (1912), electric lights. They baked their food in bakers before the fire and they hung a crane on hooks to boil their water, potatoes, and other things. Next they had brick ovens and later stoves. In addition to these are, at the present time (1912), furnaces, steam heaters, and oil stoves.
     Their first method of travel was on horseback and in ox teams. In Bangor, in the opening years of the nineteenth century, they built a bateau and six days were required to make the ascent by the Penobscot and Piscataquis rivers. The early pleasure wagons were called the old thoroughbreds, while now they have rubber-tired wagons and automobiles. The old Bangor & Piscataquis Railway was built 1860 running from Old Town to Greenville. This was the first railroad through town. Then the B. &K. I.W. Railway was built in 1880 and is now a part of the main line of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad.
     The first sawmill was built in the village on what was then known as Treat’s Falls. The foundation of the spool mill was built in 1901 and the mill was erected in 1902, and during the year of 1910 was reconstructed. Now the mill is equipped with all the modern machinery and many men and a few women are employed. The excelsior mill was built in 1900, and here many more men are employed. In addition to these two there are many small mills.
     Benjamin Sargent made the first clearing on the Piscataquis River near what is now known as the Holbrook Place, which is now occupied by Charles West. The second clearing was on Pleasant River, made by the Snow brothers, near where the steel bridge now crosses the river. In those days their farming implements were of the crudest kind and the settlers did much of their work by hand. Today by the use of the most improved machinery, the real toil of those days is avoided.
(From: Thriving Milo, by Helen Wingate, MHS Breeze, 1912)

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