Courtesy of Glenn Billington

This is my favorite post card image. It is the Courier-Gazette company picnic from July 29, 1916. Captain Hall (top row, right hand side), with magnificent mutton chops, is the host and proprietor of the Hall Cottage just off Ellwell Point in Spruce Head. Second row on the left are Frank Winslow, associate editor, and W. O. Fuller, editor and publisher.

The Hall Cottage is still in good shape to this very day.

Grandfathers. Courtesy of Glenn Billington

This is a photo of my two grandfathers. They could not have been more unalike. On the left is Cecil E. Billington, my father’s father, a World War I veteran and a graduate of Boston School of Optometry. He became an eye doctor, practicing in Bridgeton and Bangor. He passed away April 27, 1945 at the age of 49.

On the right is Charles Tweedie, an innkeeper and farmer. As a young man he worked at the family hotel next to the railroad tracks in Thorndike. He later became a chicken farmer on land he rented in Thorndike. He died in a car accident in Unity December 30,1963.

Both men were born in Aroostook County – Cecil in Fort Fairfield and Charles in Presque Isle.

Courtesy of Glenn Billington

Architect Alfred Mullett’s original drawing of the United States Custom House and Post Office at 17 School St. in Rockland. It was erected between 1873 – 1877, occupied starting in 1876. The National Park Service noted, “The Rockland Customhouse and Post Office is an excellent example of government building of the Grant era and is notable for its restrained design and substantial construction.”

Courtesy of Glenn Billington

A photo of the beginning of the razing of the old Knox County Jail on Limerock Street. I was new at the Courier-Gazette, and armed with Tri-X 400 black and white film in a Nikon point-and-shoot. The roof section, sitting on the lawn, made its way up Limerock Street to become a nifty shed in someone’s backyard.

Glenn Billington is a lifelong resident of Rockland and has worked for The Courier-Gazette and The Free Press since 1989.

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