Coopers Mills Baptist Church, Whitefield, ca. 1908

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Originally organized at Dow's School in May 30, 1832, the Coopers Mills Baptist Church reorganized in 1878 as the Coopers Mills and North Whitefield Baptist Church.

Deacon Solomon E. Hopkins (1829-1911) built the church edifice at 47 Main Street in 1879, and presented it to the Maine Baptist State Convention. Rev. James L. Smith of Ohio, a former popular pastor, preached the sermon at the dedication on May 23, 1880. The horse shed at the rear of the church was added in 1907.

The Lincoln County News of February 9, 1883, printed a long Letter to the Editor describing Coopers Mills and some of its businesses and residents. The writer, not named, said "This is the adopted home of our worthy friend the Hon. Solomon Hopkins, who is the "Rothchilds" of this community. He is now confined at home with the sciatica. Miss Jewett, an accomplished young lady from the state of Michigan, niece of Mrs. Hopkins, is spending the winter with them."

Gracie Brann sent this postcard, postmarked Oct. 10, 1908, to Mrs. Nina Ricker in Stratton, Maine.

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