By Don Taylor
I just love the Maine Registers to provide background information during my research. For example, the 1918 Maine Register has a section about Post Offices; if you wrote to someone at a particular location, it tells which post office the mail would go to. For example:
- Coal-Kiln Corner village mail went to South Buxton P.O., as did Scarboro Corner.
- Dunstan Corner mail went to West Scarboro P.O.
- Spurwink and Higgins Beach went to the So. Portland R.F.D.7.
That means someone’s address might be South Portland and live in Higgins Beach, Scarborough. Possibly their mailing address is Gorham while they actually live in North Scarborough.
Likewise, the 1918 Register identifies many of the Hotels, where they were, and who managed them. The 1918 Maine Register lists these hotels at Scarborough Beach.
- Atlantic House, E. A. Gunnison & Co.
- Forest House, John C. Seavy.
- Spurwink House, Aug. H. Mitchell
A couple at Pine Point
- Sportsman’s House, I. W. Pillsbury
- Lookaway Inn, Fred Ruggles
and several at Prouts Neck
- Checkley House, Ira C. Foss
- The Willows, Mrs. E. I. Seavey
- West Point House, Robert R. Jordan Lee Cottage, Mrs. H. A. Lee Cammock House, M.
- F. Libby Southgate House, John M. Kaler Pinehurst Cottage, F. Andrews
- West Moulton House, M. E. Moulton The Wayland, Mrs. A. F. Moulton
There are quite a few Maine Registers online at Internet Archive and Hathi Trust, but if you like to page through original printed copies, visit us at the Museum. We have the following issues at the Museum.
1895-96 1943-44 1976-77
1903-04 1957-58 1981-82
1911-12 1963-64 1985-86
1913-14 1966-67 1988-89
1914-15 1968-69 1990-91
Maine Registers at the Scarborough Museum are located in the “Thomas Henley” and the “Jan Makowski” Bookcases.