Three Rivers News, 2004-06-22
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2004



Joel Vail of Milo was the winner of a 1980 Triumph TR7 Spider convertible. The annual contest is held by WKIT, a radio station in Bangor owned by Stephen King. About 50 people had qualified and won keys. Joel had the one key that started the car!

Joel, who is known for his talent for “kidding” people, is having a hard time convincing some folks that he truly did win the car. Look for Tammy and him tooling around town It is rumored the car may make an appearance at next Sunday’s Cruize-In !

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Please join us for an Open House Celebration in honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary for Bobby and Dodie Bryant on Saturday, June 26, from 1 to 4 pm at the BJHS Alumni Building on Railroad Avenue in Brownville Jct.  Their children and grandchildren are hosting the party.

15TH Annual Cruize-In To Be Held On June 27th. 

The Penquis Cruizers are gearing up for their 15th Annual Cruize-In. The event will be held at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot on Route 11 in Milo on Sunday, June 27th. It will begin at 10am and run until about 2pm. Organizer Susan Worcester says it's hard to judge the time people decide to leave the event as most stay to the end of the auction and awards which is generally around 2pm. There will be goody bags for each participant, which will include a variety of items including dash plaques. A "rap contest" will take place at noon. The HO Racing organization will be on hand with their HO racing tracks so kids of all ages can try their racing skills. As always there will be an auction of car parts and related items as well as donations from area businesses. If the weather looks inclement that activity may be pushed ahead. Paul Hanson of Bangor will once again provide music for the event. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club.

Susan said that the event has never been rained out and the group is hoping for good weather again this year. If it is a "fine weather day" the Cruizers expect to have over 125 cars and trucks at the event.

The Penquis Cruizers was organized fifteen years ago with about twenty members from the Milo-Brownville-Lagrange area. It has grown to include members from as far away as Presque Isle and Portland and Beddington. The Cruize-In is the group's major fund raising event. Proceeds benefit local charities.

For more information about the Cruizers or the Cruize-In, contact Fred or Susan Worcester at 965-8070.


Fishtraks recording artists, THE OLD-TIME RADIO GANG will be appearing at

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News from The Methodist Church
By Carolyn Sinclair

The next women's breakfast will be held at The Restaurant on July 1st, and there will be a breakfast at the church for the public as well as all Alumni on July 3rd. We are looking forward to seeing former classmates.

Memories of a Brownville Junction Railroader
By Bill Sawtell
Part 5  1961-1962

Gone were starters Charlie Weston and Gary Chase, subs Gerald Heskett and Ronnie Harris. Peter Meulendyke would come on his junior and senior years to become one of the greatest Railroaders of all time. And freshman Tom Lockhart would be one of the greatest athletes ever to don a BJHS uniform-the only player to start in both baseball and basketball for Carroll Conley in his 11 years at the school.

Tall and lanky, Meulendyke had a great pair of hands and was an excellent passer and shot. Lockhart could shoot as well as anyone and could hit the boards. Their fathers were engineers and they were neighbors.

Lockhart was the hero of the Washburn game of the first round of the tourney, with clutch foul shooting.

The team struggled with the Washburns, the Rickers, and the Milos (Charlie Hotham had quite a press, and Peter Webb was coming on) and lost a few, but dominated the Central Maine League, with which they had struggled to win in a playoff the year before.

A Pete Webb buzzer beater from the right hand corner by the scorer's table at home beat them in a heartbreaker at BJ.

Larry Morrill played the point. Gary Larson played left wing. Peter Meulendyke played right wing. Lockhart Played the high post,and Billy Davis the baseline.

By now, Mr. Conley had the team playing man-to-man defense and pressing-doubling away from the ball , with a 1-3-1 shuffle offense and out of bounds plays from the sides, since we couldn't inbounds from under the basket on our home court on our side of the court.

The press worked wonders on our small courts and on other courts, causing turnovers galore and leading to many transition baskets.

More to come 1962-1963

A Historical Review - Part 1
The Quarries (portion of a Brownville History) by Susan Merrill Lewis (date unknown)
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

When William Dodd became the proprietor of Williamsburg, he engaged Moses Greenleaf (then of Bangor) to act as his agent for settling the township. Mr. Greenleaf, with his brother Eben who was a surveyor, became deeply interested in the wild land and resources, not only of the town and county, but of the entire state. In 1820 he published a book of statistics (revised the following year under the title of "Survey of Maine") which he sold with his maps of Maine. During his research work for this project, he discovered the vein of slate underlying Range 8. On pages 116-118 of his book he refers to the slate as several varieties: argillite, siliceous and mica, and says specifically, "On the Piscataquis the argillite is in general regularity stratified and in a number of instances has been found capable of being spilt into roof slate of a superior quality. An instance of this kind exists in a large quantity at Williamsburg, where tables have been obtained from 6 to 10 feet in length, of the best quality, suitable for roof or writing slate."

This book of Mr. Greenleaf's was widely read in our own country and even became known abroad. And when Robert Evans and Owen Morris came from Wales (about the year 1840) landing at Philadelphia, they heard by some means of this vast deposit of unutilized slate. As soon as they could make ready, they packed up and started for Maine. On reaching the Kennebec River they traveled in the direction of Moosehead Lake where they took a trail for Williamsburg. In Barnard they found signs of slate and made openings, comparing the slate with that of the Pen Rhyn quarries of Wales, samples of which they had brought with them. Owen Morris became interested in one of the quarries at Barnard and remained there, but Robert Evans worked eastward until he located the site of the Crocker Quarry and of a small quarry in the Stickney pasture. Tradition has it that Evans died shortly after, while on his way to Bangor, and that Morris returned to Wales for more funds and never came back.

By whatever means, news of the slate deposit traveled across to Wales, and a little company of Welsh men came to Brownville with the purpose of operating a quarry. The leader of this enterprise was William Hughes who opened both the Crocker and the Merrill quarries. William Hughes was a man of dignified presence and of pleasing but forceful personality. Associated with him in the work of the slate fields were Robert Roberts, David Griffith and Mesach Jones; his brothers-in-law, Williams D. Williams and brother Benjamin Williams; and Evan Hughes.

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In 1843 he opened the Crocker Quarry. The property was at that time in the hands of Phinias Morrill, who transferred it two years later to Samuel Crocker, Isaac Putnam, Joseph Sims and William Hughes. In 1847 the other three transferred the several parts to Samuel Crocker who owned and successfully operated the quarry under supervision of William Sparrow. William Sparrow and family lived in the slate house near the quarry and from then it has always been called the "Sparrow House."

In 1855 Mr. Crocker sold the entire plant to the Bangor & Piscataquis Slate Company who continued to operate it until about 1876 when it closed on account of unsettled business conditions. For many years William Williams was foreman of this quarry. In 1865 a strike occurred on a question of wages. He left and Joseph David took his place.

In 1871 the property was mortgaged to the Bangor Savings Bank, and seven years later the mortgage was foreclosed. In 1879 the mortgage was assigned to Judson Briggs who transferred it the following year to Joseph Story of Boston, who, two years later, took a partner, Sidney A. Wilbur, also of Boston.

From 1876 to 1890 the quarry stood idle.  Story and Wilbur sold to Norcross Bros. Of Worcester, who operated one year under supervision of John Tripp of Abbot, then under Edward E. Williams of Brownville, and lastly under William Howse of Worcester, closing finally about 1912.

When in successful operation it produced about 12,000 squares of slate annually and employed 50 to 60 men. The first roofing slate taken from the quarry was used to slate the Hamblet barn.

In 1846 William Hughes and his associates opened the Merrill Quarry. The land comprising this quarry property is recorded as a 50-acre piece and a 6-acre piece, both owned by John Willard. William Williams and Benjamin Williams bought the 6-acre piece. The following year David Tillson and Asa Wilbur (the controlling slate importer of Boston) together bought the 50-acre piece. In 1848 Wilbur acquired Tillson's half-interest and made over one-fourth portion to William Hughes. William Hughes also bought the 6-acre piece of the Williams's and transferred his holding to Adams H. Merrill. The following year (1849) Mr. Merrill acquired title to the balance of the property. He also bought the Greenleaf homestead of Benjamin Williams, who, with his associates, had occupied it while they worked the quarry.

Soon after this William Hughes and Benjamin Williams removed to Fairhaven, Vermont. Also David Griffith, Evan Hughes and Robert Roberts, having become interested in the old strike, went to California with other young men of the locality. Mesach Jones, however, became foremen of the Merrill Quarry and remained so during the major part of its history.(Cont.)



The Community Concert Band, under the direction of Arnold L. Poland, will open its 2004 summer schedule of parades and free concerts with a Friday, June 25th 6:30 pm open rehearsal/concert at Thayer Parkway on Park Street in Dover-Foxcroft followed by a Saturday, June 26th 6:20 pm appearance at the annual R.B. Hall Day community band festival to be held at the Brewer Parks & Recreation field off Wilson and State Streets. The Community Concert Band which began as an adult education program in Milo over two decades ago continues to provide enjoyable evenings of new and old favorites, marches, and show tunes for band. Three parades are planned for the Band on July 17th in St. Albans, August 7th in Dover-Foxcroft, and August 14th in Bowerbank. Concerts include July 1st, 15th and 29th at the courthouse in Dover-Foxcroft, Dexter Healthcare on July 8th, King Cummings Park in Guilford on July 22nd, the Monson Bandstand on August 5th, August 12th at the Corinna Library, an August 19th bandstand dedication in Milo and the final concert of the summer at the Piscataquis Valley Fair on August 26th. The Band is looking for a few more good musicians so come, enjoy!

By proclamation of the Governor, the last Saturday in June is set aside to honor the memory and music of Robert Browne Hall, a native son who achieved regional renown in Boston, New York, and throughout Maine as a bandsman and composer in the late 19th century.

Sixteen of Maine's finest community bands will participate in a daylong continuous performance of band and concert music. At 1pm, a massed band composed of members from all of the participating bands will perform a special concert of Hall music. The event will be held rain or shine and the public is invited to bring the whole family with lawn chairs to enjoy the sights and sounds of a real Maine tradition, a summer concert in the park. Please note that NO DOGS are allowed on the Parks & Rec. Fields. Plan to make it a day in Brewer.

A variety of vendors selling food, crafts, and wares will be on hand to add to your enjoyment. The schedule of the bands includes:

8:30 - Penobscot Wind Ensemble
9:00 - Skowhegan Area Community Band
9:40 - Bridgton Community Band
10:20 - Bath Municipal Band
11:00 - Italian Heritage Center Band
11:40 - Lincolnville Band
12:20 - Westbrook City Band
1:40 - Boothbay Region Alumni Community Band
2:20 - Hallowell Community Band
3:00 - R.B. Hall Memorial Band
3:40 - Old Crow Indian Band
4:20 - Castine Town Band
5:00 - Sebasticook Valley Community Band
5:40 - The Bangor Band
6:20 - Community Concert Band
7:00 - Brewer Hometown Band

For anyone who enjoys band music, this will be a great experience for family and friends alike. Come, spend a few hours or the whole day!

For More Info: Kathy Jones - 564-8976, Arnold Poland - 564-2760, R.B. Hall Day - 989-5391

MSAD #41 Move and Improve Winners!
By Sue Chaffee, MSAD #41 M & I Site Coordinator

MSAD #41 celebrates with two cash winners in the random Move and Improve drawings. Shirley Wright won a $250.00 cash prize and Raymond Sickler a $100.00 cash prize. Also, MSAD #41 Elementary Schools were selected to receive a $500.00 cash prize for their student participation in the Move and Improve Program.

Thanks to all who participated in the program this year, hopefully there will be even more who join us next year. It is a great chance to develop or continue some healthy habits. Have a safe summer!

Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Conference XIX
By Sue Chaffee for MSAD #41's Wellness Team

Once again this year ten members of MSAD #4l's Wellness Team will attend the annual MSHP Conference at Sugarloaf. This is always a great opportunity for team members to regroup and plan for the upcoming school year.

During the conference participants will attend workshops that provide information for enhancing school climate and student health and contribute to personal well-being. The conference offers internationally renowned keynote speakers along with over fifty small group workshops and roundtable sessions. Participating teams will experience four and a half days of wellness while developing a yearlong action plan to encourage staff and student wellness, improve the school climate and promote health education at the local level.

This year's conference theme is Wellness: Bring It
On!  and our team plans to "Bring it on" on behalf of MSAD #41! Watch the news for our return report and maybe even a picture of this great group!


A baby girl Kasside Jade Witham was born on June 16, 2004.  Her parents are Kelly Slobuszewski and Edward Witham Sr. of Milo.  She weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces.

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The Freecycle Movement Changes the World One Gift at a Time

Looking for the ultimate freebie? A giving movement is spreading like a grassroots wildfire across the globe. With over (158,000) members across the globe "freecyclers" have started a giving (& getting) revolution.

Started a mere (13) months ago in the city of Tucson, Arizona, the Freecycle Network has grown to encompass over (806) cities from Adelaide, Australia to Wichita, Kansas.

Hailing the mantra "One man's trash is another man's treasure," the Freecycle community harnesses the power of the Internet to connect local individuals looking to give something away with those who would like to
acquire it. The only requirement is that everything be free.

Each group has a volunteer moderator who has set up an e-mail list-serv using the free services of Yahoo Groups. Anyone within driving distance to that geographic area is then free to start posting items to be given away, or that they might be looking to acquire for themselves. Whether it's an old door, a pile of dirt or a computer, it's probably being given away on one of the networks already up and running as you read this article.

The Freecycle Network is organized by RISE, a nonprofit recycling group based out of Tucson, Arizona, and run by a volunteer near you. Learn more about the global Freecycle movement at

The Freecycle group that is local to (Milo, ME) can be found here: Website

This group is for Milo and surrounding areas with in driving distance .Anyone having things they would like to give away rather than send to be trashed, or there is something you would like to acquire, then join this
group. The only rule is that everything must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages.

For more information please contact Priscilla Bass at  or call 943-2839.


From the Cook School in LaGrange

Cook School students singing, "We Sure Appreciate Our PTO" at our final  assembly.

The final assembly of the 2003-04 school year began with Mr. Walker welcoming our students, staff and parents and friends. After The Pledge, Mrs. Carter's class led us in "The State of Maine Song." Bus student of the Year Awards were presented to Rachael Baker, Trevor Lyford and Mackenzie Morel.

Perfect Attendance Awards were given to students who had missed 3 or less days this year: Carolyn Bess, Alvin

Alvin Cassidy, Trevor Lyford, Billy Parker, Taylor Severance, Hannah Bess and Isaiah Bess. Mr. Walker read a letter and presented a certificate from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. The Marion C. Cook school was recognized for their participation in ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) day. The certificate will be framed and hung in the building.

Outstanding Citizenship Awards: Justin Moulton, Ryan Eylar, Samantha Noke, Michaela Noke, Michelle Baker, Laura Gray and Heather Michaud. Academic Excellence Awards: Taylor Severance, Billy Parker, Sabrinah Fadillah, Trevor Lyford, Cassidy Parker, Morgan Drake, Justin Ottmann and Bryan Russell. Most Improved Student Awards: Jacob Turner, Mackenzie Morel, Josh Gray, Zach Lawrence and Rebecca Pierce.

Then Mr. Walker and the staff recognized our wonderful volunteers. A special thanks to Dave Ottmann, Mary Bess and Ron Parker for all that they do for our school.

The students and staff presented our final collection of the year for "Pennies for Paws." We will make sure that Val gets the donation.

Mr. Walker thanked the LaGrange PTO for all of their hard work. The students took the stage to sing, "LaGrange PTO" (to the tune of YMCA). The students also sang, "I Am a Promise."

The 5th graders were honored and congratulated for graduating from the Marion C. Cook School. A special song written by Mrs. Harmon was song in recognition of their accomplishment. Diplomas were presented to Heather Michaud, Rose Theriault, Alyssa Gray, Justin Ottmann, Bryan Russell, Shane Bowley, Travis Adams, Jacob Turner and Carolyn Bess. We are proud of you. Good luck in 6th grade!

Ryan Elyler poses with his new Move and Improve bike

The PTO donated two bikes for our end of the year Move and Improve drawing. The proud and excited winners were Cassidy Parker and Ryan Eylar.

The $50 Savings Bond was Tyler Tibbets. He promised that he would save it for his college education.

Mr. Walker presented gifts and certificates to our staff members who will be leaving us. Mrs. Gnodde has been an excellent art teacher. She filled in for Mrs. Chapman who was on maternity leave. We are all excited and happy that Mrs. Gnodde has a new job in Dover-Foxcroft next year. Mrs. Robinson will be working at Milo Elementary. We will miss her laugh and sense of humor. Mr. Witham is getting married and moving to southern Maine. We will him luck in the future and thank him for all of his hard work maintaining our computers.

The assembly ended with "The Marion C. Cook School" song and another rousing version of "LaGrange PTO." Marilyn Lyford and Mr. Walker led us in forming the letters of PTO. We have had a wonderful year. We wish everyone a safe summer.

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Editors Note: I am so sorry I missed the final assembly and getting a chance to be presented the final donation of “Pennies for Paws”.  The Cook School was the originator of that money drive and the account is up to $4000!  I promise to get to LaGrange for the first assembly next school year and hope to be able to tell the kids that we are at our goal of $15,000.  Have a great summer-you’ve all earned it!!


At the final assembly, Varsity Softball Coach Dick Martin honored Brooke McLaughlin. Brooke has been the ball girl all season for the high school team and was presented her first Penquis "P". Congratulations Brooke!

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!!

Shane McSwine gets ready for the pitch from Brave's pitcher Bryan Russell. The Red Sox played the Braves in Milo and won 13-6.

Jake Lyford who plays for the Red Sox takes a swing at a "high" one at the little league game held Wed. evening in Milo. Bryan Russell is the catcher for the Braves team

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

The library looks very different this week. We have transformed it into Reading Ranch with lots of cowboy hats, bandannas and Traveler-a soft stuffed toy horse about the size of a small pony. On August 13th some lucky cowpoke’s name will be chosen to take Travelor home. When our young patrons Traveler’s hoof prints through the door and up the stairs, they can sign up for a summer of reading fun and excitement, lots of games, food prizes and other surprises. Ages preschool through grade 6 are welcome to Discover New Trails @ Your Library. Thanks to the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, the Milo House of Pizza, J & S Variety Store and the Milo Farmers Union there will be lots of prizes and surprises for every little cowpoke who joins up.

A special thank you to the Milo Garden Club whose members keep us fresh and bright. Patrons have been commenting on the lavender geraniums that decorate our windows this spring and the lovely flower filled urn on our front steps. Each spring and fall the Milo Garden Club takes special care to decorate the library as well as to beautify other areas in our town.

I want to thank Freda Cook who again cleaned the crazy quilt made by her mother-in-law , Jane Cook. Patricia Crosby won this lovely quilt in a raffle and presented it to the library. It is in the crazy quilt style with lots of silk and other fancy materials. It is uniquely Milo though as Jane embroidered Milo businesses on several of the squares. Here is a bit of trivia which may or may not be true, but I never heard it before and found it interesting. I always thought the term “Crazy Quilt” was used for these quilts because they seemed to be put together hit or miss---crazy! However, I read recently that they were called “crazy quilts” because they resembled the crazing or cracking in the porcelain glaze of old china pieces. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks, too, to Dean Henderson, our Jack-of all-trades custodian, who takes the quilt down for Freda each year and then puts it back up over the side door (quite a job in itself).

I went to Bangor on Thursday mainly to see the new movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I can mention a movie in this column because it was a BOOK first. I enjoyed the first two H.P. movies , but the special effects in this latest entry were spectacular. Walter and I were both transfixed.  While in Bangor, of course, I had to go into Borders where I selected some books for the library. Patrons have enjoyed Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series very much. (By the way her Ten Big Ones will be coming later this month). However, Janet Evanovich with Charlotte Hughes has written another series that I have only seen in paperback. A patron gave us one-Full Tilt, and though I try not to buy fiction in paperback, I did purchase more of this series—Full Speed and Full Blast.

We have been processing our newest juvenile books as quickly as possible so we can have them ready for our younger patrons. We have 5 new Goosebumps titles ( so deliciously scary), 5 new Berenstain Bears books, several new American Girls to finish our Josefina, Kirsten and Samantha sets and four new history fiction books in the Dear America and My Name is America series. Next week I will list the juvenile books not connected with a series.

Library Summer Hours

Bring your children in for summer reading fun  At Reading Ranch

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

I was happy to hear on the news and read in the paper that the Supreme Court overruled the case of the atheist father who wanted the words "under God" stricken from the flag salute. I was wondering, though, if the Supreme Court had upheld the case and had stricken the words from the flag salute....did that mean that when reciting the flag salute I could not say the words....even if I wanted to? If I wanted to blurt out the words "under God" was I in danger of being arrested? Just exactly what does it all mean?

I've been trying to get a handle on what all of this nonsense is all about. Is it much ado about nothing, and the media is trying to stir people into a frenzy? Just suppose that the Supreme Court makes the decision to strike the words down the road a piece. What are we going to do about that? How will you personally react to that invasion of your rights? Is this not the kind of problems that civil rights (and civil wars) are based on? Could we not be shooting off our own toes here? And, is any of this what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution?

Think about the implications. If in fact we must take God out of everything to do with the government, what will we do about replacing all of the money. That is going to be one major job! It all says "In God We Trust?" What will we do about swearing on the Bible in courts of law? What about being sworn in to the myriad of public service jobs that lots of us hold? For instance, I had to "so help me God" twice the other day when I was signed in as a ballot clerk and to serve on the Comprehensive Plan Committee. This keeps me honest in my capacity as a member of these committees. If I don't acknowledge that there is a God, then what difference does it make if I do or don't behave myself on those committees. No God?...No Heaven?..No Fear.

Will we be forbidden from singing "God Bless America?" If we can't ask God to bless our nation and our people....who would or should we ask? The whole thing doesn't make a bit of sense to me. It isn't likely that our forefathers, who fled the United Kingdom for many reasons...the biggest of which was religions freedom...ever thought that the Constitution and the separation of the church from the "State" meant forsaking God.

The atheists don't have to say "under God" in their flag salute if they don't want to. Heck, they don't even have to salute the flag if they don't want to...there are others who don't for whatever their reasons. If the Supreme Court strikes the words from the flag salute....I'm still going to say it whether they like it or not. And, you want to know something else.....I pray in school every day. Nobody hears me or sees me doing it, but I do it just the same. I pray for all the kids in the school and all of their parents and I even pray for the atheists. do you like that?

Summer vacation is here!!! I still have a few hours of work left to do before I'm ready to lock the door until August, but I've got a few days left before the deadlines arrive. I work better under pressure anyway. Like right now for instance. I'm three hours past the newspaper's deadline and I've got to leave for Bangor in a few minutes to get there before certain closing times...the pressure is on. I've got more plans for this weekend and the following week than I can possibly accomplish, but more about those another column. The warm weather is beckoning me.....

Here's a great Old Fashioned Lemonade recipe.

6 medium lemons
2 to 2 and ½  cups sugar
5 cups of water, divided
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

Squeeze juice from the lemons (the juice should measure about 1 and 3/4 cups); set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1 cup of the water and the lemon peel. cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in reserved lemon juice and remaining water. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. This recipe makes about 2 quarts.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part XIII

And now we must retrace our steps for a little search for the intriguing and hazy location of District 5’s first schoolhouse.

The town records of April 6, 1835 state that the town meeting took place in the District schoolhouse.  It is the first statement about that schoolhouse which must have

been built in 1834, eleven years after Milo was incorporated as a town and fourteen years after Maine became a separate state.

This was the oldest of the village schoolhouses and stood somewhere on Park St., near Clinton St.

Residents have long since forgotten this old schoolhouse but the High School Breeze of 1903 speaks of it;  Roy Monroe has a good idea of where it stood; and Hazel Monroe has it from family tradition that some material from that building is now part of the living room of her house at 23 Park St.

The 1903 Breeze article, entitled “Glances Backward” and signed “Alumnus”, states categorically:  “The second house that we see today below the Baptist Parsonage was the first school building in the village.”

Well, Roy Monroe knows where the old Baptist Parsonage was from an old deed as well as from church history.  It was the house next door to Hazel Monroe’s residence - on the Brownville side – No. 25 Park St.  The deed to the church was conveyed by William Young in 1881.  From the reckoning of the Breeze story, therefore, the school stood at what is today 21 Park St., one door from Hazel Monroe’s on the Milo Village side.

There is a difference of opinion, nevertheless.  Both Roy and Hazel Monroe dispute the statement in the article.

Hazel’s reason for disputing it is a family tradition that material from the school building was “brought across the road” and used in the house she now owns.

Roy’s contention is based on a deed conveyed by an ad hoc committee representing “the inhabitants of school district No. 5, to the town, in 1851”.  According to the deed, rather too long to quote here in full, the property would have enclosed, among other lots of today, that owned by Luthan Crosby, and the school building would have stood on the same side of Park St. as the Crosby property.

Various factors could have accounted for this difference of opinion’ the schoolhouse could have been moved across the street at some later date, and the moving not remembered by the informants of the author of more than half a century between the use of the building as a school and the writing of the article.

One passage in the old Breeze story about this first village school has a poignancy that demands quoting.

“Those who remember those days,” ran the story, “think of Miss Jane Snow as a teacher (there).  The present generation (that is, those living in 1903) will remember her more readily as Mrs. James Bishop.

“It was while Miss Snow was teaching there that a singular incident occurred.  During a severe thunder storm, a class was spelling, formed in two lines facing each other.  A ball of lighting entered the schoolhouse and passed between the two rows of scholars, without injuring a child.

“This is one of the cases,” the story continued, “in which I expect present pupils to be duly thankful.”

No doubt those pupils’ descendants, if they could trace their genealogy, might today (1978) let drop a hurried, if fainter, amen.

There are several references in the town records to this old schoolhouse, which preceded, by some twenty years, the erection of the building we know today as the old primary school on High Street.

I have already mentioned the first town meeting held in that building in 1835.  Thereafter town meetings were pretty regularly held there because of its central location.   

Fifteen years after this first town meeting there the town voted “to choose a committee of three, living without (outside) the limits of School District No. 5, to purchase the schoolhouse for a town house, if it can be bought cheaply enough.”

The clause “if it can be bought cheaply enough” indicates not only that the district owned its own

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schoolhouse, but also that the school agent of a district was authorized to bargain independently, even with the town itself.

Well, the town did vote to purchase the building.  Instead of the school agent doing the bargaining, however, a committee of three was most likely agreed on by both town and district.  This committee, according to a copy of the conveyance, in the hands of Roy Monroe, included Lewis Wilder, Russell Kittredge and William Owen.

Voters authorized the purchase at a special town meeting, September 8, 1850, at a price of $100 – thus accomplishing the town’s two objectives: a town house; and cheap.

The deed I mentioned a few paragraphs earlier, executed February 1, 1851, ( a copy of which Roy Monroe has), was the instrument by which the inhabitants of School District No. 5 conveyed the property to the town.

Of course, sale of the schoolhouse to the town necessitated the building of another in the village.  Roy says the town purchased the lot on High St., that same year (1850).  Town records give no explicit account of the erection of the primary building we can still see, but it must have been erected very soon thereafter – because schooling had to go on!

In purchasing the new lot on High St. Roy says, the town (or could it have been the school agent, acting for the district?) failed to exact a deed to the property.  This neglect was to return to plague the selectmen, in our time, after the town had no further use for the building as a school and yet had no proof that it owned the property.

There are two more references to the hazy old schoolhouse on Part St., after the town purchased it in 1850.

The selectmen, on March 25, 1875, deeded “the old schoolhouse lot to Isaac Hanscom”, who owned much of the land between what is now Clinton St. and Water St.  This reference to Mr. Hanscom’s holdings is also from Roy Monroe’s delving.  The phrase “the old schoolhouse lot”, gives evidence that the schoolhouse itself had been moved, or torn down before the sale.  It couldn’t have burned, or there would have been nothing left of it to “bring across the street” for use in the Monroe residence.

This 1875 deed to Isaac Hanscom was evidently faulty, for in town meeting, March 12, 1882, the citizens voted “to ratify and make legal the conveyance, by quit-claim deed, from the selectmen to Isaac Hanscom, of the old schoolhouse lot in District 5.  Date of deed, March 24, 1875.”

This vote in 1882 wrote finis to the old schoolhouse and its site, so far as the records are concerned.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

JUNE 1974
22-Fair breezy-76° at 12.
23-Sunny breezy-68° at 8:15 pm.
24-Sunny breezy-74° at 12.
25-Cloudy-58° at 6:30 am.
26-Fair Rain pm-62° at 12.
27-Fair-65° at 12.
28-Sunny breezy-72° at 11:30 am.



     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The 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 Nancy Grant or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would b


President Zamboni said hello to twenty-three members and guests Lt. Gov. Clair Wood, Roger Taylor, Deanna Wade, and Kenny Laflamme from the Orono/Old Town club and Past Lt. Gov. Doc Sherman, Joe and Bonnie Guyotte, and Hoyt Fairbrother from the Dover-Foxcroft club. 

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham said a prayer for those in need and for our troops overseas.

Val Robertson read a message Herbie had chosen that related to animals and humans.  A youngster watched a cat curl up in a grown-up’s lap.  The feline made a nest, got really comfortable, and proceeded to make soft sounds while being petted.  The youngster said the cat enjoyed getting purred.  Kids and people in general need a purring every so often just like our furry friends.

Correspondence:  Orono/Old Town newsletter and a thank you note from Julie Royal for the Kiwanis donation to benefit the children’s summer reading program.

Birthdays: Adam Harmon on the 22nd.  Anniversaries: Mike and Angie Comeau on the 17th, David and Debbie Walker and Sandra and Leo Gray on the 19th, and Virgil and Janet Valente on the 22nd.

Happy dollars were donated today for the Supreme Court ruling to leave “Under God” in the National Anthem, Key Club help, Orono and Dover friends, Allen and Norma Horne’s 69th wedding anniversary, Laconia on bikes, Jeremy Finson’s MA alumni weekend, Herbie receiving golf lessons from Eben, and a sad dollar because the Key Club meetings are over for the summer.

Trish Hayes told us the Key Club is taking it easy for a while.  They will help out at Manna in Bangor each month, assist during the Auction on June 24 and 25, and plan to help with the blood drive on June 28.

Joe brought us up to date on the gazebo project with groundbreaking this week. The ground has to be dug out and crushed rock filled in.   It will take at least three weeks for the foundation settle down and be ready for the building.  Note: The site of the gazebo was determined on Wednesday evening.  The most level location was chosen and will require few alterations to the park.

Joe also asked if anyone had ideas or a possible speaker for the 5th Wednesday on June 30.

Next week’s meeting is very important as last minute details have to be finalized for the Annual Auction!

Paul Grindle introduced Chief Todd Lyford as our speaker this morning.  Todd told us that the police cruisers have had cameras installed since 1999 and were partially provided by the Bureau of Highway Safety. 

The cameras are activated by turning on the blue lights or microphone in the cruiser and have become important in the apprehension and conviction of people breaking the law.  The films are used in court to support the evidence produced by the police in certain cases.  The camera also provides a date and time of the events.

Chief Lyford said the films are also used in training.  Officers may view the film to determine if different approaches could have been taken during a previous situation.  They also show what is happening if and when the officer has to take his attention away from the situation for a moment.

One of the films Todd showed us today was about a young man on a motorcycle.  The youth said he had not been drinking but was proven false plus it was discovered that he had a suspended driver’s license!

Another segment showed a chase scene where the driver was having difficulty staying on the tarred portion of the road.  The person eventually stopped and took off on foot.

Yes, we have crime in our small town but the cameras may possibly be a deterrent for people trying to deny the obvious.

Thank you, Chief Lyford, for educating and entertaining.

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This week, the aptly named “TRC Travelling Roadshow” will be coming to Brownville!  The TRC Alliance Team will be presenting our site and all the things we do to the Brownville Town Selectmen.  If anyone would like to come see our presentation, come to the Brownville Seletmen’s Meeting on Thursday at 6pm.


The newest addition to our site is the Alumni Section (  This section is devoted to the three local alumni associations from Milo High School, Brownville Jct. High School, and Penquis Valley High School.  We will post any and all information that the associations want.  Currently, only the MHS page has information on.  If you are involved in any of the organizations and would like to give us some info, please contact us at, or Izzy Warren at 943-7367.

This summer we are also offering an Online Farmers Market ( We are looking for prices, directions, and contact info for anyone who sells home-grown produce.  This service is free of charge, and we hope to better promote the local farmers!  Please contact us if you would like your prices and items listed.


If you know any information about the Boston Post Gold-Headed Canes, or who the current holders are for the towns in our area, please contact us!  We are looking to create a new Landmark Feature!



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