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Contributed by: Caribou Public Library
Date: circa 1928
Contributed by: Camden Public Library
Date: circa 1892
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF
Date: circa 1944
Media: ink on paper
Public education has been a part of Maine since Euro-American settlement began to stabilize in the early eighteenth century. But not until the end of the nineteenth century was public education really compulsory in Maine.
Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.
As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.
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How’d you get heating? We had woodstoves but it only kept one room warm. My wife had it harder than I did. WIFE- I lived in St.