I have to say how very much I enjoy Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, books of 125 pages or so of old photographs from a particular town or area.
Keep an eye out for them when you’re in Maine bookstores, because you never know what you might find. These are paperback books with a sepia photo on the cover.
Just published is “Images of America: Milo, Brownville, and Lake View,” compiled by the Milo Historical Society and Brownville Historical Society.
The picture of Milo’s town hall, built in 1923, reminds me of the girls basketball games between Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford and Milo High School in the late 1960s, the era of the Martells and the Heals and many other good players.
This would have been just before the new Penquis Valley Community High School opened in Milo.
In those days, girls played six on a team and could dribble only three times before passing or shooting the ball.
The pictures of buildings and parades and railroad stations — and especially Main Street in Milo, since part of that recently was destroyed by fire — will bring back memories for countless people.
And as genealogists, we particularly appreciate photos with people in them.
Do you know any of the eight couples that were honored in December 1926 for being married 50 years? Their names aren’t listed, but it’s a great picture.
How about the 1925 Milo high school football team? Lauren Tuck, Robert Haskell, Abner Ford, Keith Wingler, Lawrence McLeod, Harry Bowden, Allen Call, Winslow Weston, Edward Prescott, Leo Heal, Donald McLeod, Arthur Owen and coach Henry (Hank) Small.
And cheerleaders: high school students Irene Kiernon, Claude Trask and Arlene Crocker in 1931; Milo grammar school’s Clara Stanchfield Chase, Jean Stevens Perkins Amero, Shirleen Harris Ladd and Janice Houston Mountain in 1947 — I presume these are married names.
There’s a great picture of pupils at North Brownville School in 1933: Clyde Kelley, Mildred Quirion, Charles Briggs, Rex Kelley, Donald Lundin, Edith Stevens, Annette Quirion, Grace McGlinchy, Charles Chase, Louise Briggs, Priscilla Arbo, Edward Arbo, Eda Stevens, teacher Josephene Stubbs, Florence Kelley, Marie Kel-ley, Lorenzo Quirion and Gerald Applebee.
Knowing the year a photo was taken can help us firm up a family group sheet or at least have an idea how long the family had been in town. The 1930 census records could help us figure out who belongs to which families.
Lake View had a store that really offered one-stop shopping — a general merchandise store, a post office, a doctor’s office and a hospital with three beds, a dispensary and emergency equipment.
The book retails for $21.99.
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