Category Archives: Franklin County

A Massacre Halfway Around the World

Last summer when I began researching historical figures for UMF’s 150th Anniversary display, the Alumni House folks gave me a tour of their facility to show me their collection of artifacts.  In the basement were some huge old frames stacked … Continue reading

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Grand Commander Purington

This is George Purington, long-time principal of the Farmington State Normal School. Here he is dressed in his Knights Templar uniform.   This photo was probably taken in the very early 1900s when men seemed to be in love with … Continue reading

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A Civil War Veteran Comes Home

This distinguished looking guy with the full mustache is Roliston Woodbury.  A great name, isn’t it?  If I were to write a novel set at a teacher’s college in New England just after the Civil War, I would invent a … Continue reading

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The Stanleys and the Normal School

Above are the Stanley twins, Freelan and Francis. I can’t tell you which is which. They were identical, and even their close associates had trouble telling them apart. These photos (courtesy of the Stanley Museum) were taken in about 1875, … Continue reading

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Farmington Gets a College

I teach at the University of Maine at Farmington, and this upcoming year we will be celebrating our 150th Anniversary.  The celebration will be year-long and include all kinds of events and exhibits which has prompted all kinds of meetings … Continue reading

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Songs from a Cemetery

On a rainy day last April I was walking near the courthouse when I heard the most ethereal music coming from the cemetery behind it. I turned to see a few hazy figures gathered around a gravestone. They were singing … Continue reading

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A Hero Receives His Reward

Pictured above is Stewart Goodwin holding a commemorative cane and Civil War sword once owned by Louis Voter. I didn’t know such a sword existed until after my book was published, but just recently I got to see it for … Continue reading

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