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Item 9222

Samuel Freeman postmaster appointment, 1775

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775-10-01 Location: Portland; Falmouth Media: Ink on paper

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Item 70811

First Postmaster of Minturn, a village on Swan's Island, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Swan's Island Educational Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Swans Island Media: Photographic print

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Hiram Chase & Son, Belfast, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Belfast Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Belfast Media: Photographic print


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Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775

At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine.


Patriotism Shared

Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.


Presque Isle and the Civil War

Presque Isle had fewer than 1,000 residents in 1860, but it still felt the impact of the Civil War. About half of the town's men went off to war. Of those, a third died. The effects of the war were widespread in the small community.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Island Postmistresses

… in 1844 and Benjamin Stinson was appointed postmaster The mail at this time came to the island from Brooklin once a week and the mail carrier was…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Allen Building

The first postmaster was James Phair. Later the building became the first organized bank called the Presque Isle National Bank.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Bonnie and Donnie Staples' house

Bessie was a Postmaster from 1940-1956 and used the front part of the house as the post office, while the back was the store.