Time to give everyone an update on our schoolhouse project.
Stanley E. Hillock Well Contractors of Scarborough worked to repair the well pipe that was damaged. Photo by Tom Osborne
First, the well has been checked, free of charge, by the Stanley Hillock Well Co.They replaced the cap, cleaned and deepened the well from 68 feet to about 200 feet. We are very grateful for their generosity.
Next, Steve Ross has surveyed the property so that we know our boundaries. He will also place pins, marking where the new foundation needs to be, so the building can go back to its exact, original location.
During the week of July 8th, Merry and Sons Movers began work on preparing the building’s move. Their goal was to move it in 4-5 days. The excavator asked that the building be moved from the area of the foundation and then moved back. Merry and Sons agreed to move in it back rather than to the side as originally planned, allowing more room for the foundation work to take place. Trees needed to be limbed before this move.Scarborough Public Works came quickly to our rescue. We truly appreciate their timely help.
Front porch removed and schoolhouse up off the foundation. Photo by Joyce Alden.
The porch on the front was no longer securely attached to the building, needing a speedy repair or its removal.Since it was not original to the building and in poor condition, it was removed. It will be replaced later.
As the Merrys started to put a support under the building, it was determined that THREE steel beams for permanent support, rather than two, as previously thought, would be needed.Next bricks were removed to put in the support beams. It was found that the mortar between the bricks had almost completely dried out and was no longer holding the bricks together.It was just a matter of time before the original brick foundation would have begun to collapse.
On Thursday, another problem presented itself. The back addition to the original building needed more reinforcement in order to move it with the rest of the school.The addition sill and one wall were too rotted to support the move.Support beams were placed differently to safely allow the move.
The schoolhouse moved back free of the old foundation. Photo by Joyce Alden.
On Wednesday of the following week beams and rollers were in place. The building was moved back six feet by noontime! By late afternoon the school had been winched back completely clearing the original foundation. The front door now rests well behind where the original back wall of the school had been.
The Beech Ridge School now sits on cribbing and beams awaiting a new foundation. We are in the process of salvaging the original bricks from the rubble and cleaning them for use as a facing to the new foundation.
On Sunday and Monday, a group moved the bricks from the building area to the sides so we can save them and hopefully use them to put a brick facing on the foundation so it will look original. Thanks to Scott Chase and Boy Scouts from Troop 39 as well as Joyce Alden, Charlie Alden and his sister Peggy and Dennis Holmes.
Excavation begins for the new foundation. Photo by Karlene Osborne
On July 31st, Jeff Greenleaf and his crew began the excavation for the foundation. He estimates that it will be done by the next day.
Donations to the Beech Ridge School Restoration Project may be made at “Go Fund Me” or in person at the museum, Tuesdays 9 AM to Noon (or the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9 AM to Noon).
Photos of the Project, so far, are posted to our Beech Ridge School Project Gallery below.
I created a new “Tax Valuation Books” page which included background information about the books. I also added links to the images of the 1841, 1875, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1896, and 1900 Tax Valuation Books
In the Photo Gallery for Locales, I added photos for Scarborough Marsh, Stratton Island, and Markers (Kings Post & Garrison Cove).
Dunstan - Burnham's Tourist Accomodations and Cabins
American Legion - 14 men (standing) & 14 women (sitting)
Brought in by Lenny Higgins, Tues Oct 29, 2013,
Ceremony honoring Scarborough Red Cross Chapter - Photo by Tisdal Studio
George Wood (State Police Patrolman), Natalie Lathrop (Teacher), Dorothy Clark, (Teacher), Willard O. Howe, (Instructor and vice chairman, first aid committee), John Howard Stevens, (Chairman first aid committee of Portland chapter American Red Cross), Florence Heam (Teacher), Ina Knight (Postmaster), Roger L. Doyle, State Police Patrolman | Russell Moulton (WPA foreman), Henry Gould (Fire Chief), Ralph Sargent (Constable), Howard Knight (Fire Captain) Dr. Ray Littlefield, Arthur Snow (Fire Captain, Fred Davis (First Aid Instructor, Joseph R. Knight, (Chairman, Scarborough Red Cross). [IDs per back of photo & per Rodney Laughton.]
Alan Berry - Bruce Moulton - Ev. Kimball - Jack Bell - Paul Berry - Explorer Scouts sponsored by Pl. Hill Firemen
First 4H Club in Scarborough
Front Row - Richard Libby, Herbert Wentworth, Albert Libby, Herman Leonard, Mr. Heald | Second Row - 4H Director Carl Carter Philip Leonard | Back Row Daniel Carter, Joshua Libby, Donald Deering
Lions Club - (Lay or Bust)
Frank Littlehale, Roger Grant - Photo by Whitten Photo
Police - Memorial Day
Left to right - Albert Christanson, Enoch Curry, Horace Whipple, Ralph Sargent
Police Cross Marks
1 - (3) Clarence Ahlquist (5) Ralph Sargent | 2 - (8) Walter Douglas | 3. Roger Bennett (4) Ross Sherwood (5) Percy Gower (6) Leon Lary (7) John MacDonald
Rifle Team - Picture 1
Back Row: Neil Jannelle, Don Roy, George Stanford, , Maynard Thibeau, Thibeau, George Stilphen, Leland Stanford | Front Row: Joe Newcomb, George Stacy, Warren Delaware, Jim Shaw, Howard Merrill, Bill Fielding, Wendell Whitten.
Rifle Team - Picture 2
Back Row: Leon Lary, George Delaware, Paul Scammon, Leslie Moulton, Everett Kimball, Ross Sherwood. | Front Row __, Arthur Taylor, __ Merritt, Joe LaFavor, Willard Libby, _____
Scarboro Boy's Club - 1926
The Scarboro Boys Club was a Christian boys club sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Scarborough and the Y.M.C.A. | left to right - Walter Fredericks, Clyde Harmon, Rev. Colby, Fred Skillings, Clayton Urquhart, Max Emmons, William Googins, Maurice "Bud" Libby, Willard Fredericks, Eldred Harmon, Stanley Harmon | Missing member is Stanley Pederson.
Scarborough Police - 1950
First Row Left to Right: Rober Bennett, Enoch Currie, James Adams, Ross Sherwood*, Percy Gower*, Leon Lary*, John McDonald, Edgar Steward. Olen Jones - *=Selectmen || Second Row: Walter Braley, Ken Brazley, Unknown, Herbert Winslow, Mel Lothrop, Everett Lothrop, Seth McDermott, Walter Douglass || Third Row: William Day, Raymond Field, Leon Ahlquist, Walter Jellerson, Ralph Sargent, Charles Turner, Walter Bimpson, Russel Gower, John Flynn.
Billy Weeks (R) - George Vail (L) - Standing (Unknown)
World War I - Red Cross
Twenty-four Red Cross Volunteers around at a table.
World War II - Observers
World War II Observers Val Krijanovsky in center.
Lil Pattee, ___ Stute, Lillian Lewis | McKechnie - Dorothy Libby (Sec'y), Bhima Sturdernt … Marg Lodd || Photo by Walter Dickey Aug 2, 1958 - Belfast, Maine
Photos of people involved with various organizations.
I added 9 photos to the Locales Gallery. (See Gallery Above.)
I added 2 more photos to the Government Gallery. One for the Black Point Library and one for the Scarboro Post Office sign.
I updated the Ephemera Finding Aid on Google Sheets and in TablePress with a new 6/9/19 version of the database. I also added the Ephemera Finding Aid and Ephemera Posts to the Library | Rear Room menu.
Hillock Well Drilling at Beech Ridge Schoolhouse (Photo: Karlene Osborne)
Many thanks to the Stanley E. Hillock Co. of Mitchell Hill Road, who graciously donated their expertise and services to the Beech Ridge Schoolhouse project and determined the condition of the well. On June 6, 2019, Joe Gallant and his brothers, whose grandfather started the business, excavated the area around the well pipe and welded the broken pipe after finding that the well is 68 feet deep. They cut the pipe to the building so that the building can be lifted in July. They also have determined that the water flow is insufficient and will return to the site to clean out the well and see if it will be necessary to drill deeper.
On April 18, 2019, four “old timers,” Roger Delaware, Bert Cox, Clay Skillings and Wayne Chick talked about the neighborhood and people who lived in the Coal Kiln Corner area of Scarborough, Maine during the 1960s. Roger both lived in the area and delivered heating fuel to the people of the area.
This audio documents many of the memories these men had regarding the people of the area.
Downeast Ancestry Issues are Available at Family Search
Downeast Ancestry was a wonderful publication published six times a year between 1977 and 1992 that focused on Maine Genealogy. You will find articles, such as “Jonathan Berry Sr. and Jr. of Scarborough, Maine,” (October-November 1990). Scarboro is mentioned in virtually every issue, so it becomes necessary to focus your searches. For example, Downeast Ancestry mentions “Dunstan” in five different issues. Another feature was that subscribers asked questions about genealogical research areas. Looking at those queries may provide a contact person who was researching the same people you are.
The issues are copyrighted, so I can’t present them here, however, all of the issues are available online at Family Search. Log into Family Search (an account is free), then search in the catalog for Downeast Ancestry. Volumes of the publication had five issues then a sixth issue was an Index both by surname and location. We have a CD at the museum with all the issues of Downeast Ancestry available for use.
If you prefer paper, we have copies of many (but not all) of the issues at the Museum which you can view and use. If you like electronic versions, below is a list, with a hot link, to all of the index issues. Just log into Family Search (an account is free), then click the links below to view the indexes.