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    July 24, 2014

    Summer cottages: Dillingham Point

    Yes, I know I “put down my pen” after 30 years, but by request from many readers and my addictions to saving Camden history, the pen jumped right back in my hand. So I thought of the era when summer “cottages” were built in Camden and Rockport. I wrote about some of the ones on Ogier Hill (upper Chestnut Street) and upper Bay View Street. That was followed by Lake City and now my thoughts go to Dillingham …

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    July 12, 2014

    Camden's secret treasures

    Camden has a secret, although it isn’t meant to be. Camden has lots of secrets (better than Peyton Place). When Weymouth, Laite and Dyer get together, they have a hilarious discussion of days gone by, but this is not one of those secrets. This apparently is a hidden secret of wonderful things, but people say they don’t know where it is. I shall tell you, because you really do not want to miss the place. After the …

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    July 12, 2014

    Lake City Inn and Lake City

    None of my readers, or me, remember Lake City Inn, because it was only at Megunticook Lake for three years, burning in 1895. So this history is taken from information from the Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library and Reuel Robinson’s “History of Camden” written in 1907. Recently some original maps of Lake City were given to me for donation to the Walsh History Center and that sparked my interest in …

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    June 22, 2014

    Camden's summer cottages

    Before all the lovely summer cottages were built in Camden and Rockport, many people visited here from the large cities to get out of the traffic and hot weather. People came from Bangor because it was always warmer there in the summer than Camden. Our town, being on the coast had a nice sea breeze to cool the hot weather. There were a few hotels like the Mountain View House, Bay View House, Ocean House, Whitehall…

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    May 3, 2014

    Farewell to the pen

    Many years ago I gave up wasting my time with worry. I had learned that what I worried about never happened, but what did happen I had never dreamed about. It wasn’t long before I knew also that plans do not always work, and I believe whatever happens is for a reason. While going to high school, I knew that I never wanted to work in an office. Yet, that is where I spent 44 years as office manager and accountant …

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    April 26, 2014

    More gifts from the Bok benefactors

    Last week I wrote about Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist and some of the wonderful gifts she gave to Camden. I also mentioned her two sons. The eldest was Curtis, who was at one time Judge in a Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, and Cary lived in Camden and owned the shipyard from 1941 to 1963. They built many vessels for the World War II effort. Mary Louise sponsored a large wooden coal barge MCc853, needed …

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    April 19, 2014

    Camden's great benefactors

    Camden and Rockport would never have been the lovely places of beauty that they are today had it not been for Mary Louise Curtis Bok and her father, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, founder of Curtis Publishing Company. Their gifts to Camden are almost too numerous to list. Mary Louise Curtis was born in 1876 to Louisa Knapp and Cyrus H. K. Curtis. She married Edward Bok and had two sons, Cary and Curtis. Edward Bok’s story …

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    April 13, 2014

    As time goes by, part II

    Last week, I reminisced about earlier days, this week continues where I left off: Camden Public Library is much larger today and a beehive of activities. Back in the 1940s and ’50s one could only whisper in the library, because people were reading. It took years to overcome that habit. Then there was only what is now the third floor and called the “Reading Room.” The Centennial Wing” was a dream come true, with …

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    April 5, 2014

    As time goes by…

    Many of my readers may not know what went on in Camden in the 1950s and 1960s. Many may think it is ancient history, but to some of us it was only yesterday. What can I write about that time period, except I was much younger and I have relatives and friends not even born then, but know more than I do. To begin with, the town of Camden had a population of only 3,554 in 1950, and we all knew each other. No one …

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    March 29, 2014

    One of a kind: Charlie Sturdee

    One day when I was in a store, a woman came up to me and said, ”You are the cemetery lady, aren’t you?” That was a new title, but I do write “Who’s Who at Mountain View,” so guess that might qualify me. When I acknowledged that I was, she wanted to know if I had seen the grave stone that said “Finally” on it. I had not, so we went to the cemetery to look at it. She was bothered by its meaning. Did his wife say …

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