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    March 21, 2014

    Age is relative, get out and about

    Spring came today, March 20th, just because the calendar says so. Those who drive a convertible will have the top down just to prove it. As you read this article, you will know what Mother Nature says about it. It has been a long winter and the furnaces have been chewing up the dollar bills. People stayed in more because of the cold, and frequent the snow storms (like nearly every day.) People that do not walk …

  • Published
    March 15, 2014

    A beautiful place in the heart of downtown

    Camden Public Landing is reached from the entrance of Main Street down Commercial Avenue. Today it is a parking area for townspeople, tourists, fishermen and the vessels that take people out for an hour or two and some for the day. People like to sit on the benches and watch the activities in the inner and outer harbor. So, it has many uses and a view to behold, like none other. There are plans, in Camden’s …

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    March 8, 2014

    Kenneth J. Weymouth made Camden a better place

    I recently wrote about the grocery stores in Camden, when there were many and the population of Camden was small. The credit for starting the small stores belongs to Kenneth and Harold Weymouth. They came to town in the 1930s and opened a First National Store on Main Street, where “The Right Stuff” store is today, on the corner of Main Street and Tannery Lane. It was a family affair with Harold, Ken and Ken’s …

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    March 1, 2014

    More 'Annals of Camden'

    In my book, “Who’s Who at Mountain View,” I wrote about Peter Ott and his son, Peter Oat. I wrote that he came over on the vessel Priscilla Nov. 9, 1791. Germany had been devastated by a 30 year so-called “religious war.” So, I said, he had been in touch with the Broad Bay (Waldoboro) people. On Nov 18, 1772, while in Worchester, Mass., he bought Lot 19 of 100 acres in Camden, according to the Knox County …

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    February 22, 2014

    Good guys in the grocery business

    Camden, with almost half the population of today, in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s had many grocery stores in our business district and around town. Also everyone had less money, but eating was a necessity. Orman Goodwin, Jr., was kind enough to share information with me, to place them. Accounting practice always said that the lowest profit in any business was in groceries and it took many long hard hours, if you were …

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    February 15, 2014

    The simple life, without open windows

    While obtaining pictures, etc., I feel like writing about times when life was simple and quite peaceful. It was about days before computers, cell phones and other technology. Don’t get me wrong, I really am trying to be “with it”, but irritation prevails. Next week I shall go back to writing about some wonderful people, who made Camden, and are resting at Mountain View Cemetery. My computer has been playing games …

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    February 8, 2014

    Teachers of the past

    The teachers, that at my age we were most fortunate to have, were really great teachers. Perhaps one of the reasons being that their lives were dedicated to teaching. They had to quit if they married, for fear they might get pregnant and the children would notice it. They were either widows or unmarried ladies. They were not allowed to join a political party, nor go anywhere, except school functions. However, …

  • Published
    February 1, 2014

    What a winter, just like old times

    The topics of conversation recently has shifted from Obamacare to the price of food and fuel and presently to the weather. Someone asked me why I did not write about the weather? Well, because I am a lifelong resident of Camden, I am used to changes and actually would be bored if our weather stayed the same. I love the four seasons, even though some people say there are only two: the 4th of July and winter. So, …

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    January 26, 2014

    Camden Harbor, a place of beauty

    Now that winter has arrived, in all its glory, Camden Harbor is still beautiful, but there is more tranquility and less activity. In the summer there are so many boats and yachts in that one can hardly see the water. The boats in the winter storage have their plastic covers, but we know there is work going on under those covers this winter in preparation for next summer. Camden Harbor is well known everywhere as …

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    January 18, 2014

    Mark C. Whitmore

    A well-known Camden man, Mark Whitmore, died at his summer home on Mt. Desert July 4, 1907. He was born in Lincolnville May 28, 1833, and at age 18, he came to Camden to to learn a ship’s carpentry trade. After several years here, he apparently left Camden and went to Oceansville, Deer Isles, where he married Nancy K. Hardy and they had two children Edgar and Mary Ida. In 1864, Mr. Whitmore returned to Camden and …

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