. . On The Sebasticook
Sanger Mills Cook
Maine Central Institute
PRINTING Co., INC.
IN THE 100th YEAR
147th YEAR OF PITTSFIELD
© 1966, Sanger Mills Cook
in the United States of America
Ruth Plummer Cook
CLINTON P. ANDERSON. N. MEX., CHAIRMAN
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STUART SYMINGTON, MO.
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AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES
FRANK C. DILUZIO, STAFF DIRECTOR
I have always been interested in local history,
particularly when it relates to Somerset County, the
land of my birth, my childhood, and my citizenship.
It was, therefore, with real satisfaction that I learned
that Mr. Cook, a friend of long standing, had decided
to write A Story of Pittsfield.
Such an effort as this requires long hours of
research and organization of material. It becomes a
dedicated work and must give real joy to the one who
has the urge to do it. I know this is the case with
Sanger, and I congratulate him, first, on his dedication
to write the history of this outstanding Somerset com-
munity, and, second, on the successful completion of
I am sure it will be enjoyed by all who read it.
Margaret Chase Smith
United States Senator
becoming interested in telling the story of Pittsfield, I have
discussed local history with a number of people and have occasionally
suggested that perhaps they should write the story of their town.
Often the reaction has been, "Oh, there isn't much to tell; it
is just a typical town."
may have had some such idea when 1 first got into the project, but it
wasn't long before 1 had the feeling, rightly or wrongly, that
Pittsfield was no ordinary town. It soon began to take on
individuality. As it grew from a somewhat commonplace infancy,
through a groping childhood, into a healthy young adult, it developed
personality. It possessed a youthful aggressive spirit that was at
once idealistic, yet practical. In things spiritual, cultural, and
industrial, it sought the best, but with characteristic Yankee
cannot go through the experience of studying the history of his
community without acquiring the feeling that it is something special.
Reading old records, exploring ancient sites, and talking with
elderly natives will soon convince the amateur historian that he has
not been living in "a typical town."
my hope is that more amateurs like myself will take up the task of
telling the story of their home towns. They will find it a
stimulating and rewarding experience.
this effort I am indebted to many individuals. Particularly, I wish
to thank Ray Badger, Ruth Clark Bickford, Vera Brown, Martin Bunker,
J. R. Cianchette, Hazel Cook, Harry Coolidge, Harry Cornforth, Grace
Davis, Herbert Davis, Father Girardin, Elmore Huff, David Libby,
Editor Gerald Mitchell and The
Leonice Moody, Clyde Nichols, Alma Patten, Inez Severance, Roy
Simpson, Edward Stanley, Roosevelt Susi, Dana Sweet and Vernon
am grateful for the cooperation given by the Tuesday Club, the
Kiwanis Club, and The First National Bank in assembling and binding
the old editions of The
Bessie Libbv, librarian; Mrs. Emma Anderson, former librarian; and
Mrs. Paul Coolidge spent many hours on this project and deserve
special mention. Having these issues bound in annual volumes has made
my task of research much easier.
following sources of information should be acknowledged: Abbott's
History of Maine; Williamson's History of Maine; Pitts-field Register
(1904) Mitchell and Daggett: East Somerset County Register
(1911-1912) Chatto-Turner; History of Secondary School Education in
Somerset County—Bowen; M.C.f. Trustees' Records; Somerset, ss,
Supreme Judicial Court—March term, A. 1J. 1881, Trustees of M.
C. I. vs. Orin S. Haskell and Obed Foss, Executors of Going Hathorn
Estate; Pittsfield, Its History, Resources and Government—
Grindle and his pupils; "Early History of Pittsfield," a
paper given bv A. J. Brackett before Tuesday Club, 1898; Maine
Central Railroad, Public Relations Office, J. H. Cobb and R. J. Dole;
Souvenir of Pittsfield (1907)—Loder; Maine Historical Society;
The Twentieth Maine, Pullen; The
Pittsfield Tunes, August
12, 1876; The
Pittsfield Advertiser, (1882-1965).
may I express my gratitude to my many friends for the encouragement
given me to tell the story of Pittsfield.
years to come may Pittsfield stand
for justice, truth and right,
its influence through the land—
beacon fire, a steady light."
Centennial Poem by
Mary B. Wingate—1919
CHAPTER I |
1606 - 1850
1850 - 1880
CHAPTER III |
CHAPTER IV |
1900 - 1930
CHAPTER V |
1940 - 1960
CHAPTER VII |
1960 - 1966
MILITARY HONOR ROLLS
Supt. of Water Works
Presidents of Kiwanis
Sebasticook— A Poem