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    March 24, 2016

    Capt. Anders Anderson

    I am once again at Mountain View Cemetery, not yet permanently, but because I received some information on an interesting family by a descendent, Roy Francis Gilley III. His families were keepers of Maine lighthouses, including my favorite — Curtis Island Light in Camden. It begins with Capt. Anders Anderson, who was born in Sweden on May 22, 1864. That was three days after, and 60 years before I saw the light of …

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    November 6, 2014

    Camden-Rockport bicentennial

    Many of my readers were not here in the Camden-Rockport area 45 years ago, when someone thought we should celebrate the bicentennial of the first settlers’ arrival. It took many meetings and many thoughts to celebrate that 200th anniversary. The Steering Committee was chosen. Col. John Wilson, chairman, who ran the meeting like a colonel. The meetings started on time, discussions were settled quickly, no time was …

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    October 11, 2014

    Penobscot Bay Antique Loan Exhibition

    Many readers will think the middle of August 1935 is ancient history, but as a child, I still remember it well: the Antique Loan Exhibition was stated to be “The Outstanding Historical and Educational Event in Maine.” It was given for the benefit of our community hospitals. The officers and executive committee consisted of our prominent “summer people” at that time. Most of us in Camden knew of them all: W. …

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    September 27, 2014

    Hotels of Camden

    As I have pretty much covered the “summer cottages“ and Camden businesses in the good old days, I don’t want to ignore the hotels of early days. Camden had tourists back in the early 1800s, and they needed places for nice food and lodging. Meetings were held in the hotels, as they could dine and then carry on whatever business they needed. It is said that most of the best decisions were made after the group had …

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    September 20, 2014

    Camden's business district of long ago

    The climate of today’s business district is very different from early Camden. Most visitors, who come to Camden today, love to go in our quaint shops and browse for hours on end. It was only about 115 years ago that people shopped mostly for necessities. Perhaps my readers would like to know about the businesses here in town about 1899, so I shall write about a few. When the French Block was built, after the …

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    September 6, 2014

    The Herricks

    Just when you think I have given the people at Mountain View Cemetery a rest, I was given some nice pictures of a family that made me think about two very nice people that I knew a while ago. It always makes me happy to write about the people resting at Mountain View, so if you have family pictures and/or information, there are many more people in that cemetery and also Oak Hill. So far I have written about …

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    August 30, 2014

    Equality for women

    There is history on equality of women, but some of it is still in progress. I never miss voting in an election because Susan B. Anthony made it possible. She was arrested on charges of voting illegally in the 1872 election. She then went on a speaking tour “Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to vote?” Women were considered second-class citizens, but she convinced them that we should have the …

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    August 24, 2014

    Camden's summer cottages: Beauchamp Point

    The last group in my history of “summer cottages” around Camden and Rockport is about the cottages on Beauchamp Point. It was the Council of Plymouth, England, who gave what we know as the Waldo Patent, to John Beauchamp and Thomas Leverett in 1629. It contained 30 square miles in this area. But they never did come here. I believe it was Leverett’s grandson who finally became owner. However, the name Beauchamp is …

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    August 17, 2014

    Another bunch of 'summer cottages'

    Included with the “summer cottages” should be some on High Street and under the mountains. Many cannot be seen from Atlantic Highway (Route 1 or High Street). Mr. E. J. Wardwell had a wonderful house built there. At that time he could see Sherman’s Point and Penobscot Bay from his home, Gray Rocks. In the early 1930s there was a birch cabin and suspension bridge on that property. Living in that neighborhood, we …

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    August 9, 2014

    Norumbega: Camden's castle

    Many of the so-called summer cottages are located on and just off High Street, under the mountains. Probably the best known of these is the “Norumbega,” that is a story in itself. Many refer to it as the “castle” and it is probably the most photographed place in town. It was built in 1886 by Joseph B. Sterns. We do not know if he named it for the legend about the land of Norumbega. It seemed that the only thing …

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