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Solomon E. Hopkins (1829-1911), a successful businessman, owned the house on the left at 98 Main Street; this property was bounded by the Sheepscot River on the east.
Solomon bought and sold land; traded horses and cattle; and he built the church at 47 Main Street in Whitefield, and donated it to the Maine Baptist Convention in 1879.
By 1910 his wife Laura had died and his household consisted of his caretaker-niece Minnie Achorn and her husband Fred Lange, and their 14-year-old son Forrest. At his death in 1911, Solomon left a large estate (10 parcels of real estate) including his homestead.
Later owners of this house were heirs-at-law and sisters Inez S. Kennedy (Kelly) and Lillian M. Kennedy Abbott; the Dr. Joseph E. Odiorne and Philip W. Odiorne families from 1922-1972; and the Charles Burman family from 1972 until 2002. The Pignatello family is the owner in 2017.
The purpose of the low building in the middle of the picture is unknown as is the date of its demise which was sometime before 1922 when the bridge was rebuilt. This unknown building was attached to the grist mill. Both were on the bank of the Sheepscot River.
The message says "Addie and Herbert called a few minutes yesterday they looked fine Lars may be down Sat."
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