Due to continued problems with our @maine.rr.com email, we have shifted to GMail as our primary email address. Please use ScarboroughHist@gmail.com for all correspondence to the Scarborough Historical Society and Museum.
We have had problems with our email for the past couple of weeks.
eMail sent to our primary eMail address, scarboroughhist@Maine.rr.com between December 16th and December 26th went into “never-never” land and has been lost.
We still have emails prior to December 16 in backup and archive, but we’ve lost new emails. So, if you’ve sent the Historical society anything important or anything needing a response between Dec 16th and December 26th, you might want to resend your correspondence.
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Beauty Rest Camps
Telephone Forest 1596-2
4 Miles from Portland – 6 Miles to Old Orchard.
Running Water – Electric Light
Located on Route One at the South Portland line. The Volvo dealership would be right across the street.
Added an 1895 photo of the John Vaughn Merrick family at “The Knoll.”
Added a 1949 photo of Emma Gochie (Thurlow) as a child holding a doll.
Added a photo of Lona A Owen Hunkins (1880-1962) who was the wife of Arthur A. Hunkins (1878-1970).
Added a photo of Rencel H. Colby (1882-1952). Ordained in Scarborough 1913; served as the minister at Black Point, drew maps. Served in Reserves as a chaplain during WWII; he lost a son in that war.
SHS Laptop Photos
Started a new Photo Image Collection based upon the scans done to the SHS Laptop from 2011 through 2015. I began with Aviation Photos. All photos are sized for the web, however, higher quality resolutions are available electronically for a small fee.
Aerial of Air Meet, Portland Airport, Scarborough Maine – 1928.
Aerial view of Portland Airport, Scarborough, Maine
Aerial View Portland Airport, Scarborough
Air Meet at Portland Airport, Scarborough
Airplanes at Grand Beach
Amelia Earhart, 3rd person from the left
Hanger – Portland Airport, Scarborough, Maine
Pioneer Aviator Merle Fogg & Stuntman George Sparks
[Transcription of a letter to the editor, ca. 1902]
To the Editor of the Argus:
I was much interested in the arguments of the men of Scarboro at Augusta yesterday, as to what the electric road could and would do for that ancient town.It is somewhat curious that a town situated so near to a populous city of 15,000 inhabitants, as Greater Portland may be considered.Should be dwindling in population and wealth, as the town has been doing as far as regards the strictly agricultural sections.Tumble down and abandoned farm building are to be found in every part of the upper section of the town.There is no town in the State that is richer in stirring and romantic historical associations that Scarboro, and none that by the variety of its scenery would attract more tourists or the wealthy urbanites, who seeks more room and purer air than is afforded by the congested confines of a great city.
The hills in upper Scarboro almost rise to the dignity of mountains, while the marshes along the coast, where once roamed the sanguinary* Squanto and his murderous myrmidons, afford a variety of scenery and land adapted for hunting and fishing that is unique and unlike other towns in the state.To one who is familiar with the past glories Scarboro there is something pathetic in its present decay and almost desolation.
I drove the other day through the village of Dunstan and it is hard to realize that ‘Sleepy Dunstan’ as it is sometimes referred to was once the rival of Portland in population and business, and was the birthplace of a president of Harvard College, a Senator of the United States and minister to England, a Congressman, the first Governor of the State, and judge of probate of the county for Twenty years, and other men who played an important and honorable part in the early history of the country during the colonial, revolutionary and earlier years of the last century.The rural mail delivery system, electric roads when we shall soon have because it is right we should, will restore the ancient prestige and importance of Scarboro, and while I am second to no one in my respect for good preaching that calls sinners to repentance and good works in this present life.I honesty believe that as a civilizer, by obliterating the distinction between the city and the country, the electric road and the Rural free delivery will do more good than all the sermons that were ever preached.
Corbett declared more than a hundred years ago the London was a hideous wen upon the fair face of England, and our cities bid fair to rival London in kind, if not in degree, while many of our rural communities were moral, spiritual, political and intellectual decay reigns triumphant, present a picture as forbidding to the social philosopher as the abominations of city life.
The electrics and the free delivery will hasten the time when there will be no city and no country, and who shall stand in the way of this consummation so devoutly to be wished for.
W. H. McLaughlin
* involved in or causing much bloodshed
This is the transcription of a clipping from The Daily Eastern Argus newspaper, published in Portland.The date is unknown. It predates the establishment of the Portland Railroad Company trolley service through Scarborough in 1903.This editorial was written in response to those who opposed the trolley line.
The students in this photo are numbered. If you know the identity of any of these students, please let the historical society know so we can add their name to the list of individuals. Currently identified individuals, my number, include:
Scarborough High School, Classes 1928-1931 – Individuals Identified
There is a new “Houses” gallery which includes three photos of the Southgate house.
An early photograph of the Southgate House in Dunstan (before telephone or electric service).
There are two other photos of the Southgate House that are quite similar (after telephone and/or electric service).
There are higher-quality (600 dpi) images of these three photos available.
Bob White’s Carriage House
The Southgate house became the Dow Farm and later became Bob White’s Carriage House (Restaurant). Yum, a lobster dinner with appetizer, salad two vegetables, desert with tea or coffee was $4.50. We have a copy of the menu — Bob White’s Carriage House – Menu (Southgate House).
I added a new photo gallery of student group photos. Added the following Photographs
Scarborough HS Basketball Team 1939-1940
Sitting: R. Grant, E. Jenkins, J. Scamman, G. Knight, D. Richardson, M. Libby, D. Sewell, D. Bradford. Standing: A. Witham, W. Beckwith, F., Winchester, Coach Austin, E. Klase, D. Witham, N. Douglass.
Higher Quality TIFF Available)
Scarborough HS Basketball Team 1940-1941
Front Row: M. Libby, ’43; E. Withee. ’32; S. Higgins, *41; W, Plowman, ’41; C Pooler, ’41; C. Reilly, ’42; E. Klase, ’43. Second Row: D. Bradford, ’43; J. Stamman, ’43; R. Grant, ’43; R. Jensen, ’43; D. Richardson, ’43; G. Knight, ’43; H. Cohen. ’43; C. Profenno, ’43; Jr. Plowman, ’44 Third Row: D. Davis, ’44; L. Stanford, ’43; L. Leary, ’42; Coach Hallett; D Sewell ’43, D. Mallory, ’43.