Fred M. Newcomb Store, Scarborough, ca. 1910

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Description

Newcomb's store was located on Black Point Road near the Scarborough Beach(train) Station. This store was a place for locals to purchase items they could not produce themselves, such as molasses, sewing needles or fancy goods. The store also did a brisk business in summer time when tourists came to the hotels in Prouts Neck. The fare from Portland in 1909-1910 was a quarter which was about a dime more than the trolley fare from Portland to Oak Hill.

The wagon was lettered: Portland, Scarboro Beach and Prouts Neck Express. It is unknown if this was affiliated with the store.

Fred Newcomb was the Postmaster from Feb. 9,1899 until 1915, a period of sixteen years. He also served on several town boards. The store was also an official weighing station with a big drive on the platform out front.


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