Three Rivers News, 2002-09-24

     This is the picture that should have accompanied Kathy’s article last week about Carroll’s reunion. These are members of the Class of ’62 at the Ebeeme Pond cottage of Jeannette and Peter Towne. Notice what great posture Carroll has; everyone else is tilting to the right. Carroll always has been the straight one of the bunch.

Neil’s Nickname Trivia
     Milo, the Town of Three Rivers, the friendly town etc., might also be referred to as the town of many nicknames. Can you come up with the first names of these past or present Milo residents?
1. Pete Horne
2. Peter Webb
3. Tammer Allen
4. Tinker Richards
5. Lefty Clapp
6. Joe Paul
7. Hopper Harris
8. Skeeter Ricker
9. Roach Cochrane
10. Bud Fisher (not David "Bud" Fisher), but his father
     Drop your answers off at my office during the week. We'll have a drawing at 4:30 PM on September 26. The first drawn with all answers correct gets 10 golden dollars. If you would like to enter by e-mail, send your answers to Val at and she will submit your entry to the office.

Oct 5 - Milo Town Hall CoffeeHouse presents
The Doughty Hill Band at 7 p.m. - Tickets $ 8.00 each. Beverages and homemade pies and desserts on sale. Tickets available from Three Rivers Kiwanians. Benefits Town Hall Arts Center Project.

Brownville’s 5th grade parents and students will be having a BIG yard sale/food sale at the school on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am – 2 pm. This will be the first fund raiser towards their trip to Boston on May 9. Students will be visiting the Museum of Science and walking The Freedom Trail. They would appreciate your support.

     The United Methodist Women hosted a supper event on Thursday Sept. 12, at which Kaye Webb, Executive Director of the Economic Ministries spoke. The ministry covers a large area of Maine from Dexter to Solon, to Rumford, to Kingfield, and all areas in between. They try to make life easier and more comfortable for the citizens of this area with thrift shops, food cupboards, home repair, supporting cottage industries, and providing some jobs. The area is large and the needs are great.
     Many people don't realize that this area is part of Appalachia and has the same problems that West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee share in Southern Appalachia. The ministry was started in 1969 and continues to grow and support the local communities today. They welcome any support that people are willing to give from time to money to prayer.

Doris “Betty” Stanchfield is proud to announce the birth of her latest great-great- grandchild. Lily Zimmerman, Mrs. Stanchfield’s 8th great great grandchild, was born on Sept. 11, in Honolulu Hawaii. Lily is the daughter of Maria Zimmerman, who is the daughter of Sheree Chase. Sheree is the daughter of Clara Stanchfield Chase, and her husband Micky Chase, who both grew up here in Milo and graduated from Milo High School. The Chases are now living in California. Sheree lives in Hawaii.

There will be a rabies clinic held on Saturday, November 9, at the Milo Town Hall. The clinic will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00am and all dogs and cats are welcome. The cost for the shots are rabies- $6.00, and distemper- $10.00.
The clinic is sponsored by the towns of Milo and Brownville and by the Foxcroft Veterinary Hospital.
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Moto Cross News…
     Sunday, September 15th turned out to be a muddy, rainy mess over to the Sebois Motocross races. Because of the amount of rain showers that just drenched the track and everyone there.... only one Moto was completed with the top finishers taking home trophies for their efforts. TREVOR LYFORD led the pack racing his "almost" new Polini in the 50cc, 4-6-year age group and finishing in 1st place.
     JUSTIN ARTUS was next, racing in the 65cc division and was able to plow through the mud and come home with a 1st place in his group. KYLE FOSS battled his way through the ruts and came home with a 2nd place in the 85cc ll and under age group. JUSTIN MORRILL withstood the rain and kept it on 2 wheels (sometimes seemingly impossible) and did a great job bringing home a 3rd place trophy in the 125 youth division. Maybe Ginny was Justin's good luck charm!
     LUKE LANDRY was back racing with his new KTM dirt bike for the first time and made an impressive showing coming home with 2nd place in the 125 youth division. DUSTIN BISHOP was a complete muddy mess, but not about to give up.... and it showed! Dustin kept it rolling and finished in 1st place in the 125 youth division. GREAT JOB BOYS...The conditions couldn't GET any worse than that. Thanks again to Scott Artus for having that great canopy for everyone to stand under.

     Coffee has to be one of the most recognizable smells in the world. I think even people that do not like coffee enjoy the aroma of a pot being brewed. Coffee is relatively inexpensive to sit and sip. So that is why I have decided to make it this week’s mission.
     If you go to a restaurant regularly...this should be an easy one for you...if you do not, you may have to go just a little out of your way to accomplish it. After you have enjoyed your cup of Joe...or your scrambled eggs, look around you...pick a person.... any person! When your waitress

comes to give you your bill, tell her you would like to pay for someone's coffee or their breakfast if your feeling rich (without the recipient knowing of course) just add it to your bill. When that person goes to pay for their coffee, it will truly make their day...a few coins and it will make an impression on them and lift their spirits for the day!
     It will cost you well under a dollar and will really make you feel good too!
Give it a try.
By: Ms. Bea Kind



Cook School Terrific Kids News
     Superb behavior, wonderful attitudes and outstanding effort were recognized at our Terrific Kid Assembly. Certificates were awarded to JACOB WATSON (Ms. Ivy's class), JESSICA DONLON (Mrs. Carter's class) and QUINTEN GRASS (Miss K's class). We have many Terrific Kids in our school.
     Kathy Foss handed out Bus Awards TO ZACHARY BLAKEMAN, LINDSAY TURNER and WILLIAM VAN DORN. Kathy thanks you for serving as role models on the bus.

Milo Elementary’s Terrific Kids
(For the week ending Friday, September 13)
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is DAVID ROBBINS. He is always polite to others and is a helper for his teachers. What a gentleman! We are so glad David is in our room.
Mrs. Mills- Our terrific kid is SHELBY PATTEN. She is always polite and helpful to others. Her work is always neatly done and easy to read. Shelby is a very active listener and we are glad she is in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is a very kind, sweet girl. She works hard to complete all her daily assignments. She is a wonderful role model for her classmates. Her journal is always full of thoughtful, caring messages. Congratulations to TAYLOR LYFORD!
I know a girl named KASEY LYN,
Whose desk is as neat as a pin,
Boxcar Children she loves,
You never see her shove,
Her attitude always scores a win.
Mrs. Dell'olio- JESSE has made a great adjustment to his new school program. He has made lots of new friends. Good Job Jesse!
YMrs. Hayes- Our terrific kid has a bright smile for everyone. She has a kind and pleasant personality. She is polite to her friends and her teachers. She is doing nice neat work each day and we are proud of her. Thank you, JESSICA PREBLE, for being a special young lady and a good example to your classmates. You are Terrific!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- ALLIE BARNABY and SHELBY JAY are our Terrific Kids this week. These girls are hard workers, active listeners, cooperative and helpful second graders. We're happy to have them in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- JOSHUA LOVEJOY - Joshua is a very polite little boy. He is learning about the Golden Rule. Joshua is kind and caring. We love Joshua. Congratulations Terrific Kid! SHAWN EMERY-

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Shawn is a polite little guy. He is learning about the Golden Rule each day and making good choices. We love Shawn. Congratulations Terrific Kid!
Mrs. Whitney- Our Terrific Kid is working very hard. She is a great office helper in the morning. DAWN BUBAR!

Terrific Kids for the week ending September 20.
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid this week is KENDRA CHASE. Kendra is very kind and a quiet worker. She always puts forth her best effort on all she does. Kendra is an awesome illustrator too. Congratulations Kendra!
Mrs. Mills- Our Terrific Kid is a very active listener. He is always ready to work. He is polite to the others in our class. His work area is neat and organized. We are happy to have Colby Robinson in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is an active listener and a hard worker. He does not need reminders to finish daily assignments. He enjoys reading and math activities. We enjoy having Devon Armstrong in our class.
Mrs. Gillis-
I know a 5th grader named ROBERT,
He really loves doing his homework,
Art class he likes,
And riding his bikes,
Your feelings he will never hurt.
Mrs. Dell'olio- CHRISTINA is an eager learner. She always puts her best foot forward, works neatly, and we can always depend on her to have her work completed and handed in on time. Congratulations Christina!
Mrs. Hayes- Our Terrific kid is kind to his friends, polite to his teachers, a good listener, responsible and respectful and very neat. He is a good reader and a good writer. We are so happy to have TRISTEN BECKETT in our class. Thank you for being so terrific, Tristen.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- DYLAN RHODA-he is a hard worker and very kind to his classmates. Dylan is responsible and dependable. We're proud of you. CODY LARRABEE-Cody is a hard worker who gives his best effort on every task. He follows the "I Care Rules" and is a good friend to his classmates. We're proud of you.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- LOGAN is a great role model to our new first-year friends. He shares readily, is helpful to his classmates, and has a little laugh that makes us all happy. And...he was the first one of our friends to write his numbers to 20! We are proud and happy to have Logan in our Kindergarten family. JESSICA is adjusting well to her new school. She takes her job as a kindergarten student very seriously and tries hard every day to learn the routine. We are proud and happy to have her in our Kindergarten family, too.
Mrs. Whitney- Terrific Kid for the week is ZACH LYFORD. He has started the year out with a great attitude towards school and gets his work done. Keep up the great work Zach!!!!!

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Brownville's first mills were on, (a) the East Side of the river (b) West Side of the river (c) in North Brownville (d) on the road to Schoodic.
2. Jefferson Lake had a, (a) blacksmith shop (b) general store (c) boot and shoe shop (d) livery stable on the site of Simple Sacks.
3. David Cota was town manger when, (a) Quarry Pines was built (b) when the newest bridge was built (c) when the Town Charter was written (d) all of these.
4. (a) Ross Rolfe (b) K.C. Gray (c) Ruth Webb (d) Donna Jones opened the first Railroad Diner.
5. Brownville had (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four Revolutionary War veterans.
6. Bernard Jones was a veteran of the, (a) Civil War (b) Spanish-American War (c) WWI (d) WWII.
7. The Zwickers came here from, (a) Quebec (b) New Brunswick (c) Nova Scotia (d) PEI.
8. The best leaper on the state championship team of 1967 was (a) Dennis Larson (b) Scott Kirby (c) Gene Brown (d) Alan Kirby.
9. Francis Brown was Moses Brown's, (a) brother (b) son (c) nephew (d) father.
10. Don Vachon was a popular, (a) conductor (b) brakeman (c) singer (d) preacher.

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

Life on the CP Extra Gang (Cont'd)
     1964 - The 20 or more young men, mostly high school juniors, were well fed on the gang that made its way westward to the Quebec border that summer. A total of $2.25 was deducted from our pay for meals which included hearty servings of baked beans for breakfast and soup and sandwich for lunch delivered to the work site.
     In some stretches, much tie repair was needed, in others, hardly any. The vehicles transporting us made stops accordingly. It was refreshing riding in the open along the shores of Lake Onawa or Moosehead Lake in the open air. It sure helped to awaken us!
     After a day of hard physical work on the tracks, some of our group still had energy to visit night establishments in Greenville and Jackman, sometimes brandishing fake identifications as they did. Some made new girlfriends. All came back to the bunk car in happy moods.
More to Come…

     Thinning ice covered the water as I watched him propel the silver aluminum canoe across the cove. With one knee balanced on the end of the canoe, the other leg, using spiked ice-creepers on his feet pushed the canoe swiftly forward. In the still of the afternoon the scraping sound of metal on ice echoed across the lake.
     In Central and Northern Maine the beginning of the month of April starts the anticipation of spring. As the atmosphere warms so do the hearts of fishermen and boating enthusiasts for the winter covering of ice to disappear from the state’s rivers, lakes, and ponds.
     My husband and I live on an island nestled within a chain of four ponds that form Ebeemee Lake. This lake is located in what I would call a “semi-remote” area of Central Maine, between Brownville Jct. ME and Millinocket, ME. Although it is in unorganized territory, it is accessible from landings located on Route 11. Depending on the time of year, travel can be by boat or across the ice by many different modes of travel. On this island we have electricity and telephone lines that come in from an underwater cable.
     Around the first part of April, I packed up clothes, groceries, and all my husband would need for a month’s stay on the mainland. He left our island on Sunday afternoon to go to the mainland. He stays on the mainland twice a year, to go to work, while the ice goes out in the spring, and forms in the fall. The uncertainty of the ice conditions makes traveling on it dangerous.
     I watch the canoe go out of sight around a corner, but for a brief period I can still hear the sound of the canoe slicing across the ice; then, that sound also disappears.
     As I settle myself back in our cozy cabin, with only our Newfoundland Bud and miniature Dachshund BooBoo, I will record daily the weather, temperature, and ice conditions in my journal. (This makes for good reading in July at 90+ degrees). Along with these recordings there are certain signs that will tell me spring has come to our island.
     The first part of April produces snow, rain, snow, and more rain. They seesaw back and forth as does the temperature. One day the temperature will be 50 degrees, and the next it will be 20.
     My first sign comes when the sink drain is “Officially Open”, and free running. (It has been frozen since January something). Next I look for open water along the shorelines. After open water, comes the first ducks to fly in from the South. (Somewhere down around Portland, I think). These ducks are a hardy lot because that water is still very cold.
     There is never the same sequence of return, but I watch for the first robin, first loon, and the first blue heron (Shitpoke). All of these are signs of spring for this area. As fast as the signs give hope for an early “ice-out”, the weather turns cold and we get more snow! Sometimes this snow is a dusting and sometimes it’s 12’ to 15’.
     As the month progresses and the days stay warm, the length of open water between shore and ice widens. This is when I have to keep a sharp eye on Bud and BooBoo. For four months they have traveled out on the ice to chase birds, the Grandchildren, and snow sleds. They don’t realize that now it’s not as solid as it once was. After a few “dips” in the icy water, they are more cautious. By now, with no other humans there to talk to, I look forward to daily “talks” about what they should and should not do, and it helps to pass the time also.

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     Time passes, slowly it seems, but the last part of the month finally comes. The actual “ice-out” is BEGINNING. In my journal, April 28, 1997 I wrote:
     For the past three days I have watched nature’s process of moving and breaking up the ice. As this process nears its end, the promise of open water and easier travel are closer to reality. The ice looks like giant thick blocks of crystal, with rivers of open water moving around it. This morning, only four short hours ago, the water was smooth as glass. Chunks of ice seemed to drift, moving so slowly, that I had to use a landmark to measure their progress. Then, gradually the wind started to come up. As the wind blew harder, medium chunks of ice started to move, fusing themselves together and with a steady movement attached themselves to a larger piece of ice. This steady movement creates a force like that of a car hitting a stationary object. This ice moves anything that is in its path. Large portions of ice are pushed against rocks on the shoreline and pile up on shore. With a lull in the wind, this movement comes to a momentary standstill, with the water lapping at it. The crystals of ice at the edges break off, producing a crackling sound. This sound has a pitch like little wind chimes moving in a slight breeze. As the ice crystals on the edges break, some are pushed through openings and continue on their journey in the open water. They look like ice cubes floating on top of a glass of liquid. Off to the side of this pile of ice sit two little ducks. They have climbed onto a more solid piece of ice to rest after their long flight. Loons swim along the edges of the ice, occasionally diving under and coming up in an open ice hole elsewhere. This magic will continue all day long. After dark I can only imagine what is happening and eagerly wait for dawn to see more changes.
     With the light of dawn, larger channels of water appear; ice patches are fewer and at last I am no longer cut off from the mainland. This is a “bitter-sweet” moment. I know that now my husband can travel back and forth to work with relative ease from the island, but also open water brings a lot of “company”. I enjoy having this company, but there is little time to enjoy the solitude and nature that the last month has given me. In the gatherings of 25 to 50 people that will happen this summer, I can think back to this time and know that in November I will go through this process again; ice will again form and all will be blanketed in white fluffy snow, once more.



Editors Note: The following story is reprinted, in part, from a Rockland newspaper. I have often wondered what Mr. Black was up to, as he made quite an impression on me. He was my 7th grade Phys. Ed. teacher and as I remember it, every schoolgirl in Milo had a crush on him! Can anyone name the 19-year-old basketball player mentioned in this article?

ROCKLAND - Denis Black was 20 years old, without a college degree or driver's license, when he got his first teaching and coaching job in the northern Maine town of Milo. Black led the boy’s varsity basketball team to the tournament, making him likely the youngest coach in state history to do so.
     After 36 years in education, the past 24 at Rockland District High School, Black is retiring. In a prepared statement he left open the possibility of returning in a school administrative role in the local area.

     The SAD 5 board accepted Black's resignation as assistant RDHS principal with regret at Thursday night's meeting. "My sons Brennan and Bryce have a construction company called Black Brothers Homebuilders and I'm honored they have asked me to work with them," Black said. "It looks like it's time for me to take instructions from them."
     He has held the assistant principal post for the past 16 years. Black's last day with SAD 5 will be September 27.
     Black's first education job was a teacher and varsity basketball coach in Milo. Black was 20 years old and had completed three years of college. He noted the captain of his first basketball team was 19 years old.
     Black led the team to the Eastern Maine tournament during his three years in Milo. Black had no driver's license at the time so students would pick him up and drive him to school.
     When Milo consolidated with Brownville Junction to form the Penquis school system, Black was offered the assistant coaching job with the assurance that he would be head coach when Brownville's coach retired.
     Instead, Black went back to get his degree, enrolling at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
     He taught four years at Woodland, then two years at Livermore Falls, and a year at Oxford Hills High School in South Paris before getting the job in Rockland.
     Black said he was pleased that he was able to turn around the RDHS basketball program during his tenure.
     He also looks back with pride at his part in making RDHS, what he terms, one of the best schools in the region.
     Black also served as a Rockland City Councilor from 1981 to 1984. He takes pride in his involvement in the creation of the Johnson Memorial Park at Chickawaukie Lake, the purchase of the fish pier, and the zone change that allowed for the construction of the Jameson Point homes.

     Thursday morning I went to Greenville to attend a Tri-Counties meeting. I had a good time exchanging ideas with librarians from Greenville, Dover, Guilford, Sangerville and Pittsfield. After the meeting we had lunch at the Rod and Reel Restaurant in Greenville. A beautiful day and good companionship.
     Tri-Counties includes Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties. Librarians from as far away as Jackman, Pittsfield and Newport attend along with regulars from Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Sangerville and other towns. We meet monthly in various towns around which gives us a chance to visit each other's libraries, exchange ideas and current issues, share solutions to common problems and donate duplicate books to each other's libraries.
     The Tri-Counties group began in the mid 80's with school librarians getting together to write grants to share the new computers and technology which was coming so rapidly to schools and libraries of all kinds. They invited the public library personnel to meet with them and thus our group today consists of librarians from both schools and public libraries. There are co-chairmen-one from a school library and one from a public library chosen every two years. We often have librarians from the state level to speak at our meetings. They are interesting and informative.
     Thus the Milo Free Public Library is in touch with many other libraries to keep it that much more vital and to bring new ideas to our community library.
     Please note that we are going to have FINES FREE WEEKS from October 7th through October 21st. Please begin to check with your children to see if they have books that belong to the library. Fines Free Weeks are the weeks to get them back. Remember other community members might like to borrow the books you have. We will try to call and remind you of the most recent delinquent books but if you have overdue books for any length of time we certainly want them back. Again FINES FREE WEEKS will be OCT. 7---21.
We will be closed on October 14, Columbus Day

Library Winter Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat : 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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     Every day I deal with people in different situations. In dealing with people there are usually some funny events which occurs within a situation. Over the years I have kept all of my arrest reports to some day write a book about my experience. I thought I might try a few of the stories now to help me with my writing. All stories I may write about are true. The information about convictions or criminal charges is public so I am not violating the rights of anyone by publishing these stories. In general I probably will not be using the name of the defendants but some people may recognize the incident for which I am referring to.
“The Bet”
     On October 20, 1985 at approximately 0355hrs (this is how most police reports start out), I was sitting at the fire station parking lot. I was working the 10 pm to 4 am summer shift as a part time police officer. While I was sitting at the fire station I heard the sound of tires squealing. When I looked up in front of the now S&L store was a vehicle sliding sideways down the road. The blue Chevy Nova slid around and was now heading north. As you can imagine, as a young police officer I got pretty excited about the situation and was having trouble getting the cruiser started and chasing after this serious offender. As I was going after the vehicle it turned onto First St. (now Morrill St.) then into a private driveway. I pulled up behind the vehicle and stopped. This happened so quickly that I did not even get a chance to turn on the blue lights on the cruiser. I went up to the vehicle and asked the driver what he was doing. The driver said he and a friend of his had a bet on whether or not he could do a power turn with out rolling the car over. The driver said he won the bet. As I was talking to the driver I could smell alcohol coming from his breath. I asked the driver how much alcohol he had to drink tonight, he told me not enough to be arrested for O.U.I. because he had been smoking pot most of the night. When I asked the driver again how much he had to drink he told me he had drank a couple beers because his throat was dry from smoking the pot
     As you can imagine the driver got arrested for O.U.I. and Driving to Endanger. He certainly won his bet but he paid the bigger price in the end.

A Historical Review Milo History - Part 1
Milo Town Crier, 09/02/1971 as written by Eben C. Gould
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
     Women Saved Milo's Bridge and Milo's First School: Those were the subjects of a letter to the Editor of the short lived newspaper of half-century ago, the Eastern Herald, written by Mrs. Clara Clancy.
     In view of the current interest to the town's history and the possibility of a "History of Milo" being published by the Milo Historical Society, it seems appropriate that the high spots of Mrs. Clancy's letter be republished.
     In describing the remarkable writing of her cousin Mrs. Jennie Haskell Trowbridge of Norfork, Nebraska, then 92 years of age and blind, Mrs. Clancy wrote, "She also remembers when the Milo mills burned and the women formed a bucket brigade and saved the bridge." The fire was probably the one mentioned in the chapter on Milo in Rev. Amasa Loring's, "History of Piscataquis County", wherein he wrote, "In 1842 Joseph Cushing & Co., formerly of Sebec, built a woolen factory here, but in 1848, it was destroyed by fire and not rebuilt. But Gifford Co. erected one on the other side of the stream, and this is still running successfully [1880]."
     From that description it would appear that the mill which burned must have been on the river bank where the Texaco station now stands, in as much as the 1882 [Colby] Atlas shows the Gifford Mill on the easterly side of the Island.
     Mrs. Trowbridge was then a girl of about 14. We hope that as a result of her long ago letter due notice will be taken of the predecessor of the excellent Milo Fire Department, the pioneer women who saved the bridge, possibly the first volunteer fire brigade in town.
     Incidentally, but of personal interest to the writer, the fire may have had effect on the career of his grandfather, Eben H. Gould, one of the early residents of the village, as well as the forebearers of other people in Milo.
     Over 50 years ago, the writer's father, the late Vernon K. Gould, formerly of Milo, said in regard to his own father, "At about twenty years of age (which would have been about 1845) Eben went to Milo (from his native town of Sebec) where he was employed by Caleb Cushing in a woolen mill". It is possible that his career was changed from a mill worker

by losing a job as a result of the Cushing Mill fire. Later, he and his elder brother William E. Gould, Esq., took over and operated a store where the bank building now stands.
     Of historic interest along with mention of the fire fighters in Mrs. Clancy's letter is Milo's first school. "The first school was on Sargent Hill and I feel sure that our uncle Amos Davis, taught the first term. Scholars from Davis Hill went to the Sargent Hill School by a spotted line through the woods. Our uncles came to Milo and built the house where our grandfather Davis moved ninety-two years ago, and in which I (Mrs. Trowbridge) was born Nov. 24, 1834. The house is still standing on the Will Davis place."
     In as much as the letter was written about 1917, the date of construction of the Davis house ninety-two years before would have been about 1825. Rethel C. West's, "History of Milo" 1802-1823, published in connection with the 1923 Centennial, mentions as residents of Milo in 1823, Amos and Shubael Davis. (Continued next week...)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     It's fall and the birds are gathering in large groups and heading south. I have a question that perhaps someone knowledgeable in the patterns and habits of the migration of birds could help me with. There always seems to be a lead bird. This is the bird that makes the decision to swoop left or swoop right. It's the bird that decides which tree to land in or which roof to stop on. In a swarm of 200 birds I find it amazing that one bird could garner that much respect and attention as to be in charge. We watched a huge group of birds the other day flying here and there and not getting very far on their trip, but always moving in the same direction. How does this work? Who gets to be the lead bird?
     A friend here at my school said that she had been told that birds share with each other in those types of responsibilities. They take turns. Possibly, but that's pretty sophisticated for a bird don't you think? If they share the duty of being lead bird, how and when does the shift change take place? Who hires the CEO and all the supervisors? This is just one more of those perplexing questions that I hope to have time to study when I retire. I'm going to sit out front at my camp at Schoodic Lake and contemplate these complex and burning questions.
     We have arrived at apple season and I'm so excited! One of our favorite traditions is to go over to Rowe's House of Apples in Newport on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and buy a bag of Macintosh apples, a big whack of sharp cheese, a half dozen homemade donuts, a cup of hot cider, and we top it all off with a piece of maple flavored fudge. Quite the afternoon! We get back in the car and lay out our picnic between us on the front seat and then take a foliage ride.
     My neighbor Goldie Davis, has been retrieving apples from under her Duchess Apple tree for several weeks now. She gets them all peeled and sliced and freezes them and then gives them to me. Isn't Goldie a wonderful neighbor? These apples are such a treat to cook with. I make several pies throughout the winter with those luscious morsels. She also made a couple of batches of applesauce that she shared with us a few weeks ago. We all love applesauce in this house. I made gingerbread to serve under one batch of the applesauce. To me there isn't any dessert that tastes any better than a piece of warm gingerbread with a big scoop of cold applesauce on top. I just love fall and apples and traditional trips to fun, fall places.
     I bought my mums the other day. Very soon now our beautiful hanging baskets will be gone and I can replace them with a fall scene...complete with scarecrow, big buckets of mums and a bale of hay. I love decorating for the season around here. My husband is a good sport about it, too. I don't remember just when I started my column last year, but I believe it was in the fall sometime just before Halloween. That means we've come full circle with the holidays, seasons, and traditions.
     This week's recipes are two apple square recipes that I have gathered from friends over the years. I hope that you like them. The first is one that Ina Jane Gerow gave me years and years ago. It's called:

Baked Apple Squares
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon

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1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups thinly sliced "Mac" apples
     Beat eggs, add sugar gradually, and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients. Add oil and vanilla. Fold in chopped nuts (if used) fold in apples. Turn into a greased 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Place pan on a rack to cool. Cut into squares. These freeze well.
     The second apple square recipe was given to me by a mystery person...which translates to, "I don't have a clue where it came from."

Frosted Apple Squares
2 cups sugar
Scant 1 1/2 cups oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups diced apples
1/2 cup nuts
3/4 cup coconut
     Mix all together and pour into a jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool
Frost with: 1 large cream cheese (softened)
1 package confectionery sugar
1 stick margarine or butter (softened)
Few shakes of salt
Little vanilla
Beat together and spread to cover cake. Cut into squares.

Science Corner
Name that vegetable!

1. Bean a. Daucus
2. Carrot b. Apium
3. Lettuce c. Cucumis
4. Cabbage d. Persea
5. Corn e. Piper
6. Pepper f. Beta
7. Avocado g. Zea
8. Celery h. Phaseolus
9. Cucumber i. Lactuca

j. Brassica

     Last time this article was about ice ages. I would like to continue on the same theme this week with glacial formations, especially ones found locally that you might want to take a look at.
     During the last ice age all of Maine was covered by what is known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet. This glacial period occurred about 11,000 years ago. At its greatest size this ice sheet is estimated to have been about two miles thick at its center.
     As the glaciers advanced they changed the landscape of Maine forever. Depending on the conditions these masses of ice move from inches to many feet a day. They pushed the soil in front and along the sides into hills of jumbled rocks and sand called moraines. Terminal moraines occurred at the end of the glacier and were caused when there was little movement and the water flowing off the top of the glacier had a chance to deposit some of the soil it had picked up. The glaciers also acted as bulldozers and pushed the earth in front of them. There are some moraines near Millinocket and many along the coast. Many of the blueberry barrens in Washington County are on these moraines. They have poor acid soil that is not fit for most cultivated crops.
     Another feature we are more familiar with is the esker. These are gravel and sand deposits formed by ice melting and flowing under the glaciers. The one followed through LaGrange and Alton on the way to Bangor is a good example. Both eskers and moraines make good gravel pits.
     The shape of Mt. Katahdin was carved by the glaciers. The northern slopes, especially, show the cirques cut out of the mountain. The Basin Ponds along with most Maine lakes are also left from the

melting of the glaciers. Kettle holes formed when large pieces of the glacier broke off and were forced into the ground. When the ice melted it left depressions filled with water. Sometimes these holes filled with soil later and can only be seen when the area is excavated.
     Another feature we have in this area is the Drumlin. A drumlin is caused when a glacier meets a particularly solid piece of bedrock and can’t break it off. It eventually rides over it and shaves off its north side leaving a teardrop shaped hill with a steep side indicating the direction from which the glacier came. The Reardon Farm on the Hovey Road is on one of these.
     Where do the Devil’s Footprints come in? If you haven’t noticed the one you can see from the road on the Dover side of Sargent Hill, take a look some time. Also look at the Milo Historical Site for a nice write-up about them. No one seems sure as to how they occurred. One theory is that they were cause by rocks caught in eddies of a stream coming off the glacier. The rocks moved back and forth until they wore a hole in the rock. I have yet to find an article about them that conclusively identifies their source.
Answers: 1)h, 2)a, 3)i, 4)j, 5)g, 6)e, 7)d, 8)b, 9)c, 10)f

Milo Industries of the Past
Local History Bonus Reprints from MHS Breeze and other sources
     There were no industries in Milo until about twenty years after the settlements had been made. Before this time Brownville and Sebec had mills and were busier towns than Milo. The first sawmill was erected by Winborn A. Swett in 1823. This mill was erected on the north east side of the river.
     Mr. DeEste established a general store and was succeeded by Amos Davis. The third merchant in town was Allen Monroe, who opened his store in 1829. At this time Thomas White built a carding and fulling mill. A little later the saw and grist mill were purchased by Daniel Dennett and Stephen Snow. The next mill, which was a grist mill, was erected by William Owen and Mr. Dennett on the east side of the island. A woolen mill was built here by Joseph Cushing & Co. in 1842, but was destroyed by fire six years later and was not rebuilt. A carding and fulling mill was built on the site of the present pumping station of the Milo Water Co. and sold to James Gifford, who commenced weaving about 1862. This mill was operated until the fall of 1885, when it burned. Theophilus Sargent, Jr. built a saw mill on the canal in 1871, but five years later it was also destroyed by fire.
     J. Fenno & Co. built a mill for splitting out spool timber in 1878. Bailey and Parker bought this mill and manufactured excelsior for five years. Later it was purchased by T. J. Stewart, who finally sold it to the Boston Excelsior Co. The mill formed what was known as the “lower excelsior mill.” In 1879, the Boston Excelsior Co., who had purchased nearly all the rights of the early mill owners, erected a mill on Riverside Street. The manufacture of excelsior was carried on until the mill was sold to the Milo Textile Co.
     William Gifford built a mill on the island in 1885 for finishing spruce knees. C.W. Pierce, who had lumbered for many years, erected his saw mil on the island, in 1893. The business was later sold to the Milo Electric Co.
     Mr. Hartwell operated a handle factory. The father of Sir Hiram Maxim manufactured wooden bowls. A clover mill was built over the river between the early saw mill and grist mills. Mr. McGraw operated a hand rake factory. In 1892 a cheese factory was operated by Elisha McIntosh. It was sold to Fred Gould, who changed it into a tenement house. A creamery was established in 1897. The manufacture of log and board rules was carried on by Valentine Fabian and Son at what was then Milo Junction. All of these industries have been discontinued.
(From: Early Industries of Milo, by Mary E. Foulkes, '33 – Breeze1933)

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     A recent study, conducted by Dr. George Gallup of the American Institute of Public Opinion, found that newspaper advertising is regarded as news by most readers. (1958)

Monday – Chickenburger, peas, scalloped potato, watermelon, and milk every day.
Tuesday – Shepherds pie, hot carrots, bread slice, and peaches.
Wednesday – Super sandwich, stir fry veg., potato wedge, and chocolate chip cookie.
Thursday – Macaroni/cheese, 3-bean salad, steamed hot dog/bun, and fruit.
Friday – Pizza, salad, and fruit.

By Nancy Grant
From the Tri-River Photo-News, June 26, 1958
Atkinson – Mrs. Electra Merrill LO 4-7606
     Mrs. Eunice M. Kinney and Mrs. Irene Bonsey have been appointed election clerks for two years.
     Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Merrill with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Williams of Charleston were in Kokajo for a day last week.
     Sunday’s storm rained hail stones as big as peas.
Brownville - Iva Worster WO 5-7793
     Mr. Earl Chambers was able to resume work last week, having sufficiently recovered from recent injuries sustained while at work on the Railroad.
     Terrence A. Monahan, who has recently been inducted into the Army, is stationed at Fort Dix, N.J.
     Mrs. Alice Graves, Mrs. Alice Murphy, Mrs. Blanche Chase and Mrs. Ray Pelkey motored to Fairfield Thursday.
     Peter and David Eckholm spent the past week in Norcross, visiting with their sister, Mrs. Charles Early.
     Mr. Nickerson of Belfast has moved his family into the Ladd house on High St.
Community Church Circle Meets
     The Community Church Circle met Thursday at Mrs. Helen Searle’s home on Schoodic Lake Rd. There were fourteen present. A delicious supper was served. Hot rolls, fruit salad, sponge cake, cookies, tea and coffee was the menu.
Members present were: Florence Boutwell, Virginia Davis, May Price, Jessie Heskett, Ellen Chambers, Mary Gillman, Celia Eckholm, Myrtle Ladd, Roxie Brackett, Iva Worster and Helen Searles. Guests were Mrs. Della Welch, Jane Thomas and Annie.



     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angie’s Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Janet Richards or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     Today’s gathering began with nineteen members present.
     Virgil Valente gave prayer this week remembering Edwin Treworgy facing surgery on Friday in Boston.
     The Key Club is up and going again. Colby Chase and Sonya Salley visited today. The Key Club had their first official meeting Sept 12th holding nominations for officers. They also shared some copies with us of their NewsLetter. Sonya Salley and Amanda Martin oversee this project. The Key Club will be participating in Make-A-Difference Day in October.
     October 5th will be a CoffeeHouse at the Milo Town Hall featuring The Doughty Hill Band. Desserts are needed and posters need to be put up.
     The next Senior Citizens barbecue will be in LaGrange at the Town Hall Apts. September 26. Let Buffy know what you can do.
     Sheri Conley celebrates her birthday September 22nd and Pres. Todd Lyford and Trish Hayes celebrate their birthdays September 23rd.
     Six happy and sad dollars this week with President Todd Lyford put in one for his last meeting as President too.
     Upcoming speakers: October 2 - Dennis Lyford
October 9 - Business Meeting
October 16 - Sheena Lundin
October 23 - Mike O'Connor
October 30 - Night Meeting - Surprise.
     Today's speaker was someone who supports our Kiwanis Organization, especially helping with the Auction, and who is going into his third term in the Senate, Senator Paul Davis.
     Paul was very proud and very pleased to present one of our own, Joseph Zamboni, a very prestigious certificate for Maine State Trooper of the Year. Congratulations to Joe!
     Many of our speakers have talked lately about dollars. Senator Davis also spoke of the shortfall of dollars in Augusta. The economy has fluctuated over the past years and thus when large surpluses appeared, the money was spent, then we the recession hit, taxes increased to make up the deficit. What a vicious cycle. Now, with a predicted 250 to 275 million dollar short fall in the State Budget, we are in some serious trouble. The State Budget has increased 130% in the past 8 years! We have some drastic problems here folks. Paul didn't sugar coat the options either. One thing is for sure, with Maine being the highest taxing State in the United States, raising taxes shouldn't be an option. I urge you to follow this hot subject, to e-mail your Senators, and to get involved. Paul - Thank you for your valuable information.

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