Snow swirled around the first Sandy River settlers in the winter of 1780, testing pioneering spirits. But the founders proved tough and able, incorporating Farmington in 1794 and soon establishing other towns, raising crops, building roads and institutions and bringing Franklin County to life. Former Lewiston Sun Journal columnist Luann Yetter describes the early years, the rumored Indian attack that led to the discovery of Rangeley Lakes, the World War I sacrifices of Company K and the Weld baseball player who managed Babe Ruth's Red Sox to two World Series championships. Yetter also notes the delinquent debt collected by Paul Revere, the murder suspect who made history by (unsuccessfully) defending himself and the near total destruction wrought by the flood of 1869. Describing war, wealth, industry and oddity, she reveals the richness of Franklin County's past.
About the Author
An expert on Franklin County, Luann Yetter wrote the local history column for the Lewiston Sun-Journal for ten years. She has published dozens of articles for other regional publications, including Yankee and Down East. A resident of Franklin County with a M.A. from the University of New England (Portland), she teaches writing and journalism at the University of Maine-Farmington, and regularly involves her students in local history research.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Pioneer Vignettes 9
Chapter 2 Supply Belcher, the Handel of Maine 17
Chapter 3 The Oldest Country Store 49
Chapter 4 The Stevens Family Settles Upcountry 57
Chapter 5 Oddities 63
Chapter 6 Politics, War and Society 73
Chapter 7 Profiles 85
Chapter 8 Nature 97
Chapter 9 Tragedy and Perseverance 103
Chapter 10 Crime 115
Chapter 11 Baseball 121