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^VQL. 1 __SKOWHEGAN, MAINE, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1909NO. 1 <
FEDERATED CLUB!
OF liMIEN
Annual Meeting Water
ville, Sept. 14,15,16
Program For Three Days Given li
Foil.
\ letter from Mrs. White, presiden
I of the Maine State Federation of Wo
men s clubs, enclosing the official pro
pam for the Seventeenth annua
meeting at Waterville, has been re
ceived by Mrs. Edward W. Heath o
tbe Waterville Womans’ club. Wi
make extracts from the letter and th
announcement of the hospitality com
mittee and print the program in full
Tuesday, Sept. 14, S p. m.—Uecep
tion in Foss Hall.
Wednesday, 8.30 a. m.—Meeting o
board of directors; 9 o’clock, call t
order; invocation, Rev. E. C. Whltte
more, D D.; address of welcome
) jion. Frank Redington, mayor o
Waterville; response, Mrs. C. E
Flagg, 'ice president of the Ma'n
Fe legation; introduction of ne\
clubs; greetings from guests; re
ports of committees; rules, Mrs. I
T. Neal; credentials, Mr». Anna AJ
Drummed; reports of officers, re
cording secretary, Miss Elizabeth K
Hobbs; corresponding secretary, Mis
Carrie Bradford; treasurer, Mrs. E
11. Houghton; auditor, Mrs. Morril
N. Drew; report of reciprocity bu
reau. Sirs. Eldward W. Heath; gen
eral federation secretary, Mrs. W. E
Hall; reports of district chairmen
presidents report, Mrs. F. H. White
report of art and literature commit
tee; tribute to Miss Sarah Orn
Jewett; address, Mrs. F. P. -Ybboti
chairman.
Weln sday, 1.30 p. m.—Club re
ports; minutes of morning session
address, “Civi' Service Reform,” Mis
Georgia Bacon, president Massachu
setts Federation of Women’s clubs
report of library commission, Mrs. E
M. Estaorook; report of arts an
crafts committee. Mrs. Irene Stratton
chairman; address, Asa G. Randal
director of the Commonwealth Col
ony of Art and Industry, Boothba
Harbor, Me.; tribute to Mrs. Sarai
Fairfield Hamilton, Mrs. E. E. Blake
All are invited to visit the fine exhi
billon of the arts and crafts commit
tee.
Wednesday, 8 p. m.—Organ solo
Baratilli—Dubois, Cecil M. Daggett
lecture, “The Fellowship of the Com
mon Life," Prof. Charles Zueblln, Bos
ton; vocal boIo, selected. H. P. Pqge
(a)—Salon waltz—Morrison, (b
—Scotch poem—Morrison, Don Morri
ion, Margery MorrlBon at the pianc
Thursday, 8.30 a. m.—Club reports
minutes of previous session; repor
of nominating committee, Mrs. Mar
tha Baker Dunn, chairman; electloi
of officers; business report of fores
try committee, Mrs. J. A. Thompsor
chairman; report of legislative com
mittee. Mrs. J. T. Mascn, chairman
| Education session—Report of com
mittee, MIbs Hannah R. Page; repor
of Federation teacher. Mias Mar
guerite L. Clifford; address, “Medica
Inspection and Playgrounds,” Mis
Mary S CroBwell, M. D.; address
.Mrs. Ed’vaid L. Marsh. Providence, B
I.
Thursday, 1.30 p. m.—Club reports
minutes of morning session; report
of civic committee. Mrs. George F
Fiench, chairman; "Children’s Help,
Miss Louise Thomas; "The Merl
System,” Mrs. D P. Moulton; "Gooi
Roads,'’ Miss Lucy Ames; "Yillag
Improvements” Mrs. Elizabeth Mer
rill; Public Health,” Miss Edith Me
Alpine.
S o'clock—Report of necrologist. Mrs
Lida L. Brown. Report of resolutloi
committee, Mrs. Edward Sibley, chair
Mu; business; introduction of nev
oBcers; adjournment.
Guests of the Federation—Mis
Georgia Bacon, preslden* of Massa
chusetts Federation of Women’!
clubs; Mrs. Edward L. Marsh, Provl
fence, R. i
The entertaining clubs have beei
fortunate In securing the use of Fosi
toll, the new, commodious dormltor;
for girls at Colby college, with iti
•djarent rooms for the use of guesti
of the Federation.
This will accommodate about om
hundred, and will be reserved for thi
®rst applicants.
I ft is situated about two minutes
*®ffe from the railroad station, am
ff'o minutes from the Baptist church
,twre the meetings will be held.
The Hospitality committee will bi
•» session at Foss hall, also the com
a|ttee on Credentials; and all womei
Bust present themselves here for as
•fflunent of rooms, also for presen
**tion of credentials.
! The reception will be held In thi
Public rooms at 8 p. m., Tuesday, Sep
fsmber 14.
The entertainment is upon the ba
of Article Two In the By-laws
wlllch reads—“Officers and guests o
fhe Federation and Chairmen of com
OltteeB or their appointees shall bi
•ffRible to entertainment at the an
Pual meeting.”
ff the expense of entertainmen
Prohibits the representation of an;
| club, provision will be made for it if
(notice is sent to the president in ad
vance.
The usual reduction is offered by
the rai^oads. Tickets will be sold
the 13th good to return the 17th and
18th.
A limited number of rooms in pri
vate houses have been secured at as
low prices as possible. The hotels
in Waterville and Fairfield will ac
commodate those who prefer hotel
accommodations.”
STRONG SERMON BY
™i
The Watchman’s Editor
Preaches at Bethany
f Without Toil and Suffering, >'o Char
j after Can Be Developed.
' Rev. Edmund F. Merriam, D. D.,
f of Sharon, Mass., editor of The
Watchman, of Boston, one of the fore
! most of the Baptist denominational
' papers, occupied the pulpit of the
Bethany Baptist church Sunday
' morning in place of the regular pas
' tor, his brother, Rev. George Mer
riam.
Had the day been a pleasant one,
3 undoubtedly a very large congrega
’ tiun would have been present, for Dr.
Merriam is a man who is known
through the medium of The Watch
man to the great majority of fam
ilies of the Baptist faith, and what
[ ever he says contains the sage wisdom
^ that comes from close and personal
, acquaintance with the events of the
passing day. A fair sized audience
however had braved the heavy rain
and were well rewarded in their de
. votional zeal.
' Dr. Merriam took for his text the
following, found in Romans 5:20:
. “But where sin abounded, grace did
much more abound.”
j He' said in part: Schopenhauer, the
German philosopher, has claimed that
the world In which we live is the
. worst possible world. If we look
, simply at the evil in the world it
t may be thought that the German phil
osopher Is right; but a careful study
. of our text, and the world itself may
lead us tc quite different conclusions.
We shall find that while sin makes
- the world bad, the grace of God
makes it the best possible world.
- Shall we believe Schopenhauer or the
- Bible?
First, let us observe that the world
, as it Is is a necessity for the continu
. ance of the human race. God first
. made the vegetable and the animal
; world. The only difference between
t the animal and the human being is
- the freedom of choice which Is given
1 to man as his greatest possession.
- For what the animal does, he is not
, to be held accountable—he is not
- morally at fault. Had God created
another race of beings with a ten
- dency to follow the good, God would
i have dstroyed the choice which is
- man's power to exercise. Therefore,
1 the world is a necessity for the ex
3 istence of the human race. The pos
, sibility of sin, therefore, becomes a
• necessity. It is one of man’s crea
tions.
i Second, the world as It is is a ne
3 cessity for the creation of character.
• God created angels, but they have
no character. Character is devel
1 oped by the stern realities of life.
1 Men who are ruling the world are
men who have had to struggle. The
‘ rich men's sons are not so apt to
reach the conspicuous places in life,
as those of the poor men who have
• had to fight their way from the be
1 ginning. As of men, so of women.
At Colby college in Waterville stands
' Foss Hall. It is a monument to a
woman who was obliged to fight her
5 way against great odds in the world.
The woman who gave it was a fac
• tory girl. She could not get an edu
cation because of the poverty of her
parents and herself. Having mar
1 ried, she and her husband, by frugal
1 living, amassed a comfortable fortune.
It was one of her wishes in life that,
1 when able to do so, she would give
1 something to the cause of education
In order that other poor girls might
! have a better opportunity than she
1 had. So Foss Hall today stands as
, a monument to a splendid character.
! Without long struggle, without
toil, without bitter experience, with
out a previous schooling in the cold
Arctic North, Dr. Cook could never
have found the North Pole. His
character had developed him for his
success. The trials of life are our
salvations. Without toll, no charac
ter can be developed.
, Third, this kind of a world is a
necessity for the highest type of hu
man kind. Paul said that we might
become "partakers of the sufferings
of Christ." It is a beautiful expres
f sion. It was necessary that Jesus
. Christ should suffer that we might
i be partakers with him. We become
• one with God through suffering. No
one ever attained goodness and one
l ness with God except through suffer
- ing for God. Let us remember that
OVER FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND VOTES IN
THE REPORTER CONTEST
Most Interesting Voting Contest Ever Held in
County-Busy Day at Reporter Office
Busier hours were never seen at the I
office of the Somerset Reporter than
those of Saturday afternoon last, the
attention of the entire office force be- i
Ing required to attend to the friends
of the contestants in the Piano Con
test who came prepared to turn in
their last subscriptions and register
the votes for the candidates of their
choice. Quite a party of ladies and
gentlemen from Bingham, represent
ing the Grange of that town, were
present, and those interested in the
two leading candidates in Class two
were in and out bitween the hours of
1 and 4. It was a jolly company as
well as an earnest one. The repre
sentatives of the different candidates
greeted each other cordially, their
manner fully demonstrating to all
observers that, while the contest had
been most spirited, and had been
waged with full determination to win,
everything had been done in a most
fair and friendly manner and no
feeling of bitterness was to remain
after the result was announced. The
polls closed at four o’clock and at
seven in the evening the bundle of
envelopes, containing over 500,000
ballots, were turned over to Messrs.
Carleton P. Merrill, E. C. Butler and
S. H. Bradbury, who had been agreed
upon by the contestants as a com
MISS BEATRICE SMILEY.
mittee to count them and declare the
result. These gentlemen completed
their labors shortly after nine and
gave out their figures as follows:
CLASS ONE.
Bingham Grange . 99,725
Mrs. C. S. Adams . 37,449
Norridgewock Grammar School
. 16,171
Della McDaniels . 1,007
Lana Nottage . 520
Cal la Giles . 10
Total .154,782
CliASS TWO.
Beatrice Smiley . 180,728
Lois W. Hubbard . 162,200
Frank Hucklns . 24,550
Letha Savage . 9,868
Hazel Porter . 3,700
Alta Jewett . 2,935
Vonie P. Eaton . 2,392
Ella Emerson . 1,020
Skowhegan Grange . 800
Mildred Philbrook . 200
Total . 388,393
Grand Totals . 543,175
C. P. MERRILL |
ERNEST C. BUTLER | Committee.
S. H. BRADBURY |
People from Maine to California
had become interested in the matter
and ballots had been cast by readers
of the Reporter in nearly every state
in the Union. The prizes were wor- i
thy the effort of anyone and those
who have secured the handsome
ranges and the third prize may well
feel that the ballots registered for
them by their friends have been di
! rected to a substantial purpose.
All connected with the Reporter
feel to thank the candidates and their
friends for the courteous manner In
which the contest was carried on. No
one seemed to seek an undue ad
vantage and this made it very easy
to preserve an absolutely impartial
policy, from the beginning to the end
of the contest, and, while rendering
everyone all the aid possible in their
canvas for votes, to extend no privil
eges except such as all might avail
themselves of if they chose. The Re
all through his trials, Jesus Christ,
by human choice, entered into suffer
ing that he might be an “elder broth
er,” one with us.
These thoughts have beeji helpful to
me. We are frequently oppressed be
cause of the evil of the world. But
if we suffer, let us remember that
Jesus Christ was a man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief. Evil,
then, becomes a necessity. By God’s
grace the worst possible world be- j
comes the best possible world, and ,
through the grace of God. pessismlsm
becomes the greatest optimism.
porter knows that no one interested
in the matter was guilty Of any thing
for which they need now have the
slightest cuuse for regret and, after
months of very sften 'cus contesting,
this should entitle both winners and
losers to very hearty congratulations.
Extend Thanks.
I wish to thank my friends and
relatives who have so kindly assisted
me in earning the third prize in the
mammoth Voting Contest of the Som
erset Reporter.
FRANK HUCKINS.
Your Friendship Appreciated.
In behalf of my little girl, Lois, 1
wish to thank very heartily all who
aided her in the Reporter Piano Con
test just concluded. All friendship
shown and all assistance rendered
was just as valuable as if the result
had been otherwise and 1 am just as
deeply grateful for it. The contest
was one of the most spirited ever
carried on by a Maine journal and
reached proportions, as regards the
number of votes thrown, far beyond
those previously known to the people
of this county. This being understood
it will be gratifying to the friends of
both contestants to be assured that
the feeling between the parties most
concerned was most amiable, all the
way through, and at its close no
sense of injury is cherished by either
side.
1 have been unable to answer all
correspondence, especially that re
ceived during the last few days of the
Contest, and for those whose letters
came at. that time I presume this ac
knowledgement will be regarded as
sufficient.
HARRY S. HUBBARD.
Onr Appreciation.
It la hard to find words to express
our gratitude to our friends who were
so loyal to us in the Contest for the
piano. But we wish in tills way to
express our thaukB to each and every
one who assisted us in securing the
piano for our little girl.
MR AND MRS. D. F. SMILEY.
RURAL CARRIERS AT
LAKEWOOD
Address by President
A. F. Sandford
On Importance and Utility of Organi
zation.
Beautiful clear skies and a bracing
air greeted the rural letter carriers
of Somerset County ns they wended
their way toward Lakewood. It was
the previously arranged spot where
they were to congregate for their an
nual Rural Letter Carrier Association
meeting. Upon Labor day, Septem
ber 6, it seemed a great relief to them
to be entirely free from their regular
duties for the entire day. They came
in numbers from the surrounding
towns bringing their families and
lunch baskets, the latter filled to the
brim with everything good to eat.
Upon arriving at their destination
they found that through the kind
ness and forethought of Brother Ed
win Merchant, a furnished cottage,
finely situated, with a grand view
of the lake and surrounding country,
awaited their occupancy. They were
not slow In taking possession, and
after an hour of pleasant reunion and
chat a fire was started in the stove,
the appetizing aroma of coffee soon
filled the air, the tuble was loaded to
the limit of its capacity, and the
pleasure for the next hour caunot be
described.
The regular business meeting was
then held, at which the former offi
cers were unanimously re-elected,
two new members were enrolled, and
the usual business transacted. After
this, the ladies who had finished their
work, joined in a grand promenade
and spent the remaining hours in in
formal conversation.
The time of parting came all too
soon. With one accord the ladies
ratified the decision which the gen
tlemen had reached at their business
meeting, namely, to make Lakewood
their objective point on Labor day,
1910.
The following address by the presi
dent of the Association, A. F. Sand
ford, of Skowhegan, which was de
livered at the business session, is
given here, as follows:
Fellow Carriers:
Another year has passed and we
meet again to shake the friendly hand
and enjoy each other’s society for a
few hours. These meetings can be
and are a grand thing for the car
riers of Somerset County. They are
so, first, as a matter of business. I
say business first, becai.se the old
adage 'business before pleasure’
seems peculiarly applicable to us In
our work. We are continually re
minded of the necessity of others and
feel it a duty to serve them before
ourselves. This, I believe, is the true
principle of living, and while it is
true that charity begins at home, yet
this can be carried to extremes, and
if we connive to make everything
work to our own advantage first, we
shall find ourselves growing selfish
and narrow; and certainly we cannot
do our best in our chosen work, what
ever that may be.
Then these meetings are beneficial
to us by giving us an opportunity to
discuss ways and means of perform
ing our work in the quickest and
most satisfactory manner. By so do
ing we win the approbation of our
patrons and are recognized by the
great department of government
which we serve as faithful and con
scientious employes. The meetings
can be made highly instructive and
interesting. It is good to meet broth
er and sister carriers face to face and
hear from their own lips an account
of their varied experiences and to be
come acquainted; we are interested
in the same line of work and should
certainly meet for a day once every
year to exchange views, to enjoy each
other's company, and to relax care.
We shall take back to our homes
memories, pleasant and lasting.
A few years ago. I believe it was
in 18S5, one trial rural route was es
tablished. Who dreamed that in so
short a space of time there would be
41,000 rural routes spreading like a
net over the whole United States, yet
such is the case and a number of
hundreds of routes are being es
tablished every year. Fellow car
riers, we know we are working for
the best government on the earth. Do
[ we realize that the postolllce depart
! ment is one of the largest and most
important departments of our govern
ment and that it is growing in size
and importance rapidly; also that the
rural delivery of mail is getting to be
a very important branch of this de
partment? It certainly is, atid is so
recognized by the postoffice officials,
congressmen, senators and all. Its
growth is something phenomenal;
there is an incessant cry going up
for the laying out of new routes;
Boon there will be 50,000 carriers,
then 60,000 and it cannot stop much
Bhort of the 100,000 mark. What an
army of men! Think of a petition
with 50,000 names attached being
presented to the postoflice depart
ment, not an unreasonable petition
I nno fnmwtoil on iustlce and com
mon sense, and from men who have
taken civil service examinations and
ure under bonds to serve with the
best that is in them. The officials
cannot turn a deaf ear to such peti
tions. As individuals we are denied
the right of appeal; this Is why it is
so important to organize. Tljjs is
not a union of labor against capital;
it is simply a banding together for
mutual Improvement, and is encour
aged and sanctioned by the depart
ment. The city carriers have had a
similar organization for years. The
postofflce clerks, also the postmasters,
have their organization, why not we?
I believe the two last Increases in
our salary are directly traceable to
the effort of our national association.
I believe our next one will be, then
the association can intercede for gov
ernment aid in securing better roads,
doing away with penny nuisance,
longer vacations, standardization of
boxes, and in numerous ways aid and
protect the interest of the carrier
body for all time. Our county, state
and national associations give us a
prestige and standing before the
! whole nation which is of the great
est importance to us as government
J employees. If only enough numbers
j are present to give us a quorum,
| whatever they say goes for the senti
I ment of all the carriers in the coun
try which is manifestly unfair, but if
I they cannot be prevailed upon to at
| tend a meeting they have themselves
I to blame. I wish to impress upon
you, fellow carriers, what I believe to
! be the duty of us all, namely, to ex
haust every means to induce all the
carriers in Somerset county to join
|'our association, thereby enhance our
'■ own interests, and thereby augment
! and encourage the entire Rural Let
I ter Carriers' body.
RURAL CARRIERS MEET.
Fifth Annual Convention Held In
Augusta Monday.
________
1 The fifth annual convention of the
I Maine State Rural Letter Carriers'
association was held in Waterville,
Sept. 6 with a large attendance from
various sections of the State. Mat
ters pertaining to the service were
generally discussed. The following
officers were elected for the ensuing
year: President, J. S. Hutchins, Beth
el; vice prelBdent, John N. Ersklne,
Augusta; secretary, W. H. Lovett,
Lincoln Center; treasurer, J. B. Welt,
Waldoboro. J. S. Hutchins of Bethel
and Wilbur Holt of Clinton, were
elected as delegates to attend the na
tional convention which will be held
at Rochester, N. Y„ next month. It
was voted to hold the next conven
tion at Auburn, Sept. 7 and 9, 1910.
Davis—Monahan Wedding.
Oscar T. Davis and Miss Lemuel W.
Monahan both of Skowhegan, were
united in marriage at the Centenary
church parsonage on Sabbath even
ing by the pastor, Dr. Leitch.
I
r -
Dr. Cook Reaches Goal
Of Explorer's Hope
Success After Long Fight With Frost
urn! Famine.
I)r. Cook, the American explorer
reached the North Pole April 21. 190*.
according to a telegram just received
at the Colonial office here from Ler
vik, Norway.
Cook was on board a Danish gov
ernment steamer which passed the
Shetland Islands at noon today on
her way to Denmark. The telegram
announcing Cook’s achievement was
sent by a Greenland official on board
the steamer, it states that the Es
quimaux of Cape York in the north
west part of Greenland confirm
Cook's story of his journey.
The Paris edition of the New York
Herald yesterday morning published
a signed statement from Dr. Freder
ick A. Cook, which is dated “Hans
Egede Lerwick, Wednesday,” on his
experiences in the Arctic regions.
"After a prolonged fight with fam
ine and frost,” says Dr. Cook, "we
have at last succeeded in reaching
the North Pole. A great highway,
with an interesting strip* of animated
nature has been explored and hie
game haunts located, which w 11 de
light sportsmen and extend the Es
kimo horizon.
“Land has been discovered on
which rests the earth's northernmost
rocks. A tfiangle of 30,000 square
miles has been cut out of the terres
trial unknown.
"The expedition was the outcome oi
a summer cruise in the Arctic seas
on the schooner Bradley, which ar
rived at the limits of navigation in
Smith Sound late in August, 1908.
Here conditions were found to launch
a venture to the pole. J. R. Bradley
liberally supplied from his vessel
suitable provisions for local use. My
own equipment for emergencies
served well for every purpose in the
Arctic travel.”
Dr. Cook and a party of eleven men
with 103 dogs and eleven heavy
sledges left Greenland on Feb. 19.
1908, crossed Smith sound and Nan
sen sound to Land's End. and on
March 18 reached the southern point
of Herbert Island. Six Eskimos re
turned from there, and three days
later two more Eskimos turned back.
On March 20 new land was discover
ed in latitude 84.47, longitude 86.36.
From that point on there were no
signs of land and no signs of
life. When within 200 miles
of the pole they began to eat the
dogs. On April 21 Dr. Cook and the
two Eskimos reached 89 degrees and
59 minutes and 46 seconds and were
in sight of the pole. The remaining
distance was quickly covered .and
final observation were made. Two i
days later they started on their re
turn.
Dr. Frederick Cook, the American
who is reported to have reached the
North Pide, is a resident of Brooklyn
N. Y. For many years he has given
his attention to Arctic explorations.
He started on the present expedi
tion in the summer of 1907 from Syd
t ney, C. B. Cook's plan set aside all
tradition by making a dash during
the winter when the elements were
considered least advantageous. Noth
ing had been hear! from him for IS
months, and two weeks ago a schoon
er sailed from St. John. N. F., for the
combined purpose of taking supplies
to Robert Peary and bringing back
Cook if he could be found dead or
alive.
Cook was born at Calicoon Depot.
New York, in 1865. and was married
In 1902 to Mary Hunt and his wife,
who kept calculations, has believed
all along that her husband had
achieved his goal.
The Geographic Society and the
committee who organized the relief
expedition are elated at the news.
ANOTHER CLAIMANT
10 NORTH POLE
Lieut. Peary Has Also
Reached Pole
The following dispatch was re
| ceived in New York. Sept. 6: Indian
Harbor via Cape Race, N. F.. Sept. 6:
"To Associated Press: "Stars and
Stripes nailed to North Pole."
(Signed) "PEARY.”
Commander Robert E. Peary’s
friends have for several weeks past |
been expressing a belief that he had 1
already reached his goal and that the 1
news was delayed only by the diffl- j
culties of transmission.
The receipt of the above message
Monday is taken to mean that the re- ,
lief ship Jeanie which left here a
month ago has reached Ktah, Green
land, and established communication
with Peary at that point. It is pos
sible, however, that Peary sent word
by a chance whaler.
The last, word caine front Peary
prior to his message Monday was re
ceived Oct. 7. 1908, front Harry Whit
ney, a wealthy resident of New Hav
jn. Conn., who was left, by the ex
pedition at Ktah in charge of Peary's
provisions. He said that the Roose
velt left Ktah on Aug. 15 on its north
ern journey.
I.ieut. Peary left Sydney. N. S., on
July 17. 1908. in his third attempt to
reach the North Pole. He arrived at
"ape York, Greenland, July 31. On
Aug 11 the Roosevelt was at Ktah
which point he left Sept. 26. He had
a good supply of Kskiino dogs and
provisions.
Information concerning Peary in
dicates that he was about 500 miles
from the pole at last account.
SUDDEN DEATH OF
Superintendent of Port
land Public Schools
Born in Norridgewock and Student at
Iiloomtield Academy.
News of the death if William H.
Brownson, superintendent of the pub
lic Bchools of Portland, was received
here Tuesday morning. Mr. Brown
son was well known to many citizens
in this section of Maine as he was
born in the town of Norridgewock,
was educated in the public schools of
that town and at Bloomfield Academy,
and was graduated from Colby col
lege in the class of '77. It is inter
esting to note that his college class
produced some well known men and
women, among the number being the
late Josiah H. Drummond of Port
land; also Rev. J. M. Foster, presi
dent of Yashon college, Washington;
Hon. AYm. H. Looney, Esq., Portland;
imas. r. meserve, president Shaw
University, North Carolina. and
Louise Helen Coburn, of Skowhegan.
Of the death of Mr. Brownson, the
Portland Argus has the following:
Superintendent of Schools William
H. Brownson died at his summer
home at Loveitt Heights, South Port
land, early yesterday morning, (Sept.
6), after a long illness which necessi
tated two surgical operations, but
from which he could not rally.
Supt. Brownson was born in Nor
ridgewock in 1854, being a son of Rev.
S. S. Brownson, a Baptist clergyman
of that town. He graduated from the
Skowhegan High school in 1872 and
from Colby college in 1877. He taught
school for five years, then came to
Portland and associated himself with
the Daily Advertiser, with which he
remained until chosen superintendent
of schools to take the place of Supt.
O. M. Lord at the time of his death.
Previous to his election as superin
tendent Mr. Brownson served for
some 14 years as a member of the
school board from Ward 3 and when
ever Mr. Lord was absent from the
city for any extended time Mr.
Brownson acted as temporary super
intendent, thus having a good grasp
on the duties of the position when
he came to fill it.
Other activities have been his in
terest in the study of ornithology in
which he has become a recognized
authority during the past ten or more
years, having contributed a large
number of articles on birds to the Ad
vertiser and to other papers and mag
azines as well as serving as an offi
cer of the Maine Ornithological So
ciety and editor of its official paper.
He has also been connected with the
Portland Society of Natural History
and has been one of its council for
the past three years.
Death of Lafayette McKenney.
Lafayette McKenney. who was
stricken with paralysis, Aug. 21. died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Edward Holt. West Front street, oti
Tuesday, between 3 and 4 a. m. His
age was 02 years. Mr. McKenney
was well known in Skowhegan, where
he had been employed for many years
ns a carpenter and millwright. When
stricken he was at work for the Skow
hegan Lumber Co. A widow, the
daughter mentioned above, and one
son survive. The funeral will be
held at 1 o'clock this afternoon from
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Holt, Rev.
B. B. Merrill officiating. The remains
will be taken to East Madison for
burial in the family lot in the Lower
Mills cemetery.
To Onr Correspondents.
On account of a rush of copy, it has
been found impossible to give space
to all of the county news sent in. As
teoon as the new offices for the paper
are established and the work gets
more into routine, the county cor
respondence will be properly taken
care of.

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