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Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Date: circa 1906
Media: print from glass plate negative
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Date: circa 1920
Media: Glass negative
Contributed by: Freeport Historical Society
Location: Freeport; Bath; New York; Hamburg
From a violin prodigy in her early years to an older woman -- mother of two -- struggling financially, Skowhegan native Mary Elise Fellows White remained committed to music, writing, poetry, her extended family -- and living a life that would matter and be remembered.
Hannah Pierce (1788-1873) of West Baldwin, who remained single, was the educated daughter of a moderately wealthy landowner and businessman. She stayed at the family farm throughout her life, operating the farm and her various investments -- always in close touch with her siblings.
The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.