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THOMAS N. DRAKE, M.D., a practising physician of Pittsfield, was born in Centre Effingham, N.H., May 14, 1858, son of Cyrus K. and Lucinda M. (Morse) Drake. The father, also born in Centre Effingham, ran a hotel and a stage route in his earlier years. Having spent the greater part of his life in Effingham, he died in Lynn, Mass., in September, 1893. His wife, Lucinda, who was also a native of New Hampshire, died in 1870. Their children were: Alexander M., Isabelle, Olin M., Tina, Orrin Edward, and Thomas N. Alexander M., who resides in Pittsfield, is engaged in the tobacco and cigar business. Isabelle, now deceased, was the wife of A. P. Topliff, M.D., of Deering, Me. Olin M. is a physician in Boston. Tina died in childhood. Orrin Edward, who resides at Freedom, N. H., is engaged in the manufacture of clothing.
Thomas N. Drake received his college training at Ellsworth, Me., and in 1882 entered the Hahnemann Medical College at Philadelphia. After studying there for about two years, he graduated with honors in 1884. Going then to Presque Isle, Me., he began the practice of medicine, and for ten months remained in that place. Coming to Pittsfield in 1885, he started in practice here, and for five years gave his full attention to his professional duties. In 1890 he became interested in the Hathorn Stock Farm, upon which are bred fast racing horses, and managed that for the five succeeding years. He still holds a half-interest in this place, and owns other valuable property in this town and in Ellsworth, Me. Resuming the practice of his profession in 1895, he has since been engaged in that, and is at present recognized as a skillful and reliable physician and surgeon. He is strictly homoeopathic in treatment. The Doctor's office hours are from eight to nine in the morning, from one to four in the afternoon, and from six to eight in the evening. He also deals somewhat in real estate. In 1889 Dr. Drake was united in marriage with Mrs. Florence K. Thompson, of Pittsfield, daughter of G. Hathorn, of this town. She having died in 1891, he was married in December, 1892, to Vinnie F. Haskell, daughter of O. S. and Louise Haskell, of this town. The Doctor by this marriage has one child, Dorothy, born September 13, 1894. In politics he is a Republican, and never fails to vote for his party's candidates. At the present time he is the secretary of the Board of Health of this town. Fraternally, he is a member of Phleutonia Lodge, No. 51, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and of Pioneer Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Pittsfield. [Handwritten annotation: also a member of Masonic Lodge].
From The Biographical Review published in Boston, MA by the Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1898. This article is contained in Volume XXIX.
William Griffin, Pittsfield music teacher and Director of the Pittsfield Town Band in 1949. The gazebo in Hathorn Park is dedicated to him.
Dr. Genevieve Gustin. 1907 newspaper photo. See her ad in A. J. Loder's 1907 Souvenir of Pittsfield, ME Page 9.
The crew at Hubbard's Esso station (current site of Pittsfield Pharmacy). From L to R: Tommy Tufts, Richard Peppard, George Hallenbeck, Buzzy Belanger, Robert N. Hubbard. Thanks to Forest Frost for identifying these folks. High resolution photo.
George H. Hunter, who, with partner Albion P. McMaster, owned and operated a grist mill, flour house and feed store in Pittsfield in the late 1800's and early 1900's. See Hunter & McMaster's Store. More about George H. Hunter here. 1907 newspaper photo.
N. J. Karam, who built and operated the Waverly General Store and built the N. J. Karam Building on Main Street, which housed the Post Office from 1927-1966. 1907 newspaper photo.
Harris V. Mathews of Mathews Printing, located at the northeast corner of Hunnewell and Main streets in a building later occupied by the A & P. grocery store, and now the parking lot for Lehr Insurance and Skowhegan Savings Bank. Mathews Printing printed A.J. Loder's 1907 Souvenir of Pittsfield. 1907 newspaper photo.
John H. Maxfield was for over 25 years the head miller at the Hunter & McMaster Grist Mill. John was the eldest son of Moses Maxfield, who moved to Pittsfield in 1863 and operated a grist mill on the same site. John began milling in the 1860's. 1907 newspaper photo.
Albion P. McMaster. 1907 newspaper photo. Operated Hunter & McMaster Grist Mill and the Hunter & McMaster Store selling groceries, flour and seed. More on Albion P. McMaster here.
Llewellyn Powers, (1836-1908) resident of Pittsfield and Governor or Maine, portrait painting.
"Another great Pittsfield family came into the limelight in 1896 when Llewellyn Powers was
nominated for Governor. He had been in the public eye for several years as an able attorney
and legislator. His campaign, of course, was of great interest to all of Pittsfield and
probably one of the biggest political rallies in history was held that September on the M.C.I.
campus at which it is estimated 5000 persons attended to hear Thomas B. Reed, who, as Speaker
of U.S. House of Representatives, was at the pinnacle of his power. Lawyer Hovey, who seemed
to be a master at arranging public meetings, was chairman of the committee that planned and
carried out the program of the day. Bands came from Norridgewock and Waterville to help the
Pittsfield band stir the crowd with patriotic music. It was a great success and contributed
much to the Republican campaign that elected a Pittsfield native Governor of Maine."