Commercial Street was originally known as North Street until 1897

 

Commercial Street

 

Currently, no maps of Hartland detailing the locations of homes, businesses and merchants before 1860 have been discovered. Various documents provide us with enough information to know many existed in its early years of settlement, but most of the specific details of when they were built or by whom remain unknown. The following is based on our best interpretation of known maps, town records, census data, historical book references, photos, artifacts and family genealogical information. Updates will be made as new information is discovered.

 

Most of the future Hartland Village area including Commercial Street was purchased by William Moor of Goffstown, New Hampshire who first came to explore the area around 1796. Moor’s expansive lot, reaching along both sides of the Sebasticook River, was purchased from Land Proprietor Dr. John Warren and was originally part of Township No. 5, later becoming St Albans, as noted on the 1798 Surveyor Map .

William Moor’s Lot S-17 in Township No. 5 – 1798

 

When Dr. John Warren purchased  Township No. 3 in 1799, the future town of Hartland was a 30,000 square acre lot which had been surveyed as a uniform rectangular lot. This uniform method was standard practice for the surveyors laying out the numerous new northern Maine “wilderness” townships which had just recently become available to sell to Land Proprietors following the end of the Revolutionary War. Albeit convenient for the latter parties, it typically ignored the area’s natural boundaries and often made for unrealistic future access to education, town affairs and services for the settlers who came to live there. Hartland was no exception and each of its 4 original town lines, including those in the Village, were eventually altered to follow closer to its natural boundaries.

Hartland – 1820

 

Moor first built a small raceway dam on the Commercial Street side of the Sebasticook River Island then located his sawmill along its banks and built a nearby temporary log cabin for shelter. He returned to New Hampshire where he married Sally Moor, daughter of Abraham Moor, in 1797. In 1802, William and Sally returned to their lot with their 2 oldest children in tow where Moor later built their first permanent stick home.

William Moor (1776-1848)

 

William Moor’s first sawmill used some of latest technology at the time utilizing a new water powered “Up-and-Down Saw” design. Family legend holds that Moor would often leave his saw running overnight to ward off wild animals coming around their home located next to the mill.

Samuel Slater’s “Up-and-Down Saw” Design

 

An original working “Up-and-Down Sawmill” from Levant on display at the Maine State Museum

 

Much of the area on the western side of the Sebasticook River which eventually became part of Hartland Village was originally part of Township No. 5 in the 1st Range North of the Plymouth Patent which incorporated on June 14, 1813 as St Albans. Many years before settlement began in the present St Albans Village area in the early 1820s, early pioneers of Township No. 5 settled in the St Albans Mountain area including Judah Hackett who first settled there in 1800. In 1802, William Moor brought his family to settle on his large lot purchased earlier along the Sebasticook River near present day Commercial Street.

These early settlers referred to Township No. 5 as “Fairhaven” in the 1810 Federal Census where some 2 dozen families, noted by Head of Household and number of people in the household, had settled around the areas mentioned above by that time. This included family members of William Moor’s wife Sally Moor; her father Abraham Moor and brother Samuel Moor. Families living in the North Hartland & West Hartland regions in 1810 were reported on another Census page as Township No. 3.

1810 U. S. Federal Census for Fairhaven

Transcription of the 1810 Census for Fairhaven as listed in order by Head of Household:

William Moor | Isachar Cook | Samuel Grant | John Lyford | Asa Rowell | Abraham Moor | Isaac Rowell | Samuel Moor | James Martin | Abel Hackett | Judah Hackett

John Smart | Paul Felker | Asa Wiggin | Joseph Watson | Jonathan Hilton | Willoby Cook | Luke Grover | Joseph Dearborn | James Palmer | Benjamin French

 

Although William & Sally Moor were the first to settle at what became Hartland, they moved to Corinna with the 6 youngest of their 8 children soon after 1810 as noted in “A Brief History of Corinna, Maine 1804-1916”. Moor sold and exchanged some of his Hartland properties and businesses to Captain Joseph Ireland, formerly of North Newport then Corinna, and in turn Ireland sold his sawmill and gristmill in Corinna to Moor and moved to Hartland. The 2 elder children, Maria Moor , who married John Stinchfield, Sr, and James Moor, remained in Hartland. William & Sally, as well as several of their younger children, remained in Corinna for the rest of their lives and are interred at Corinna Village Cemetery.

Replica of William Moor’s Sawmill Sign

 

Decades of debate over the borders of Hartland and St Albans in the Village area would follow with several changes made, then undone, and then made again until 1846 when the current town lines between the two towns were finally established. 

Hartland Village Town Lines – 1860

 

Living on Outer Commercial Street in 1860 are Matthew B. Stevens (1814-1883) and his wife, Mary Jane Fowler (1815-1863) of Portage who are both interred at  Ireland Cemetery . With them are their 9 surviving children ranging from age 4 to 21 years old (including a set of 7 yr old twins) at their homestead seen above just before the St. Albans Town Line. Also living with them is a 10th child, 19 yr old Angeline (Stevens) Fuller and her newly wedded husband, 22 yr old Edward K. Fuller.

 

In the decades leading up to the 1860s, the Village had expanded substantially with new businesses, merchants and houses, however there were still only a couple known merchants located on Commercial Street at the time.

1860 Map of Hartland Village

 

Research continues on houses on Commercial Street shown on the 1860 Map but we have found some information for several of them below.

S.M.: The original sawmill location built by William Moor. The sawmill was razed in 1862 to make way for the new Linn Woolen Mill. 

S. E. Prescott: Sewell E. Prescott served as a Town Selectman and Post Master in Hartland before moving to Skowhegan. He is a son of Sewell Prescott, Jr (1798-1837) who arrived in Hartland from Monmouth in the 1820s and likely built this house which was located near the original home built by William Moor. Prescott would build a store at Warren Square around 1827 which was later bought and operated as Fuller & Buck General Store. The house would later be owned by Archibald Linn as his residence, Edward K. Fuller, Elmer Burton and Reggie Knowles. It was razed in 1999 and is a parking lot today.

G. Prescott: Gorham Prescott (1801-1878) is a brother of Sewell Prescott, Jr. He likely moved to Hartland from Monmouth around the same time as his older brothers Sewell and Jason. He served as Post Master in Hartland in 1848 and moved to Bangor after 1870. The house originally had an attached barn and would later be owned by Archibald Linn, Ira Page, Lagorio Brothers, Claire Currie and Rae Fuller Randlett and still stands today. 

P. C. Haskell: Peleg C. Haskell (1796-1873) moved to Hartland from New Gloucester in the early 1820s and likely built this house. Peleg was on the original Board of Directors at Hartland Academy in 1832 serving as Vice-President. He was Post Master in Hartland in 1845 and Town Coroner in 1856. Peleg’s younger sister, Louisa Haskell, married Dr. Calvin Blake. The house would later be owned by his son Plummer T. Haskell, Reverend Augustus T. Bowman and Ervin W. Martin and still stands today.

D. Annis: Dudley Annis, Sr (1796-1870) moved to Hartland soon after 1830. It is presumed this was his residence but still unconfirmed. It is currently unclear exactly which house this is today so no photo is available at the time.

J. Billings:  Josiah Billings‘ primary residence was on the corner of the future North Street & Mill Street built when he arrived in Hartland in 1856 and built a Tannery at the Upper Dam. This house may have used for lodging for some of his employees. Billings left town in 1867 for Iowa.

J. Leadbetter: James Leadbetter remarried and moved to Skowhegan following his wife Harriet Hogdon’s death in 1875. She is interred at Ireland Cemetery with their 4 year old son Newell Monroe Leadbetter.

 

Technically, the façade of the T. S. Moor Store (future Drug Store Block) faces Main Street however side entries for its front and rear sections have always emptied out onto Commercial Street so its details have been included on this page instead of Main Street.

The origins of the building operated as a store by Thomas S. Moor on the corner of Commercial Street & Main Street in 1860 are unknown nor is it known what his store sold for goods, however the future Drug Store Block would become a well known center piece of the area over the decades and remains as one of the few buildings from the era still standing today. 

By the mid 1870s, the former T. S. Moor Block housed 2 separate businesses with Miss Ella F. Davies operating her “Millinery and Fancy Goods” business in the front section and Alden Sampson operating his apothecary business in the rear section. This had also become the new location of the Hartland Post Office where Sampson served as the Post Master for several years. Following his marriage in 1885 to Nellie G. Lancey , daughter of Samuel & Clarinda (Moor) Lancey , Sampson and Nellie soon moved to the newly formed town of Woonsocket, South Dakota along with her widowed mother where he set up his apothecary business and remained there until his death by 1909.

Drug Store Block – Corner of Main Street & Commercial Street – c1877

 

Interior of Miss Ella F. Davies Millinery & Fancy Goods Store – c1877

 

In 1862, Archibald Linn came to Hartland and built the Linn Woolen Mill on Main Street. The new mill induced numerous other businesses and merchants to emerge in the Village including a surge of stores built on Commercial Street. Linn also built the mill’s main office on Commercial Street noted below as Building No. 6 which would become the future home of the Hartland Public Library.

Original Linn Woolen Mill – 1874  (Photo courtesy of American Woolen Mill Museum, Ohio)

 

Archibald and his wife, Grace (Wilson) Linn, purchased the former Sewell E. Prescott house next to his new main office on Commercial Street where they would remain until their respective deaths in 1884 and 1889. They were known for regular social gatherings of family, friends and employees at their home.

Archibald Linn (center) with Linn Woolen Mill Employees at his Commercial Street Residence – c1877

 

Archibald & Grace Linn Commercial Street Residence

 

Family & Friends Gathering at the Linn Residence on Commercial Street

 

Following construction of the Linn Woolen Mill in 1862, several new stores and houses were built on Commercial Street along with the new Linn Woolen Mill Main Office. George Lancey, Jr was one of the first to build a dry goods store on Commercial Street (1st building on right).

George Lancey, Jr (1828-1885) is the grandson of Palmyra pioneer Samuel Lancey. George married Frances Blake, the daughter of Dr. Calvin Blake & Louisa (Haskell) and a sister of Peleg C. Haskell. George & Frances first lived on Academy Street at the future Hartland Academy Vocational Building which had been built by her father in the late 1820s. They moved into her father’s second house he built on Academy Street following Dr. Blake’s death in 1870.

Commercial Street with Additional Buildings seen from Warren Square – c1877

 

By 1883, Commercial Street (still known as North Street) had experienced significant business and residential growth as well as a new church as the Village transformed into the eventual industry, business, political and population center of Hartland.

1883 Village Map

 

Research continues on details specific to early telephone service in Hartland but some type of limited service existed by at least 1883 as indicated on the map above noting an unnamed telephone company office at the Hartland Drug Store Block.

A photo taken a couple of years later of the Warren Square area from around 1886 also shows an unnamed “Telephone Office” sign located at the Hartland Drug Store Block and what appears to be a large telephone switcher box connected underground to a single telephone pole in the center of Warren Square.

Commercial Street from Warren Square with Telephone Office & Telephone Switch – c1886

 

The detailed history of early telephone companies following Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 patent of the telephone is complex and includes numerous consolidations of several smaller independent telephone companies throughout New England including Maine.

Among them was The Bell Telephone Company who were the first to operate in Maine in Portland in 1878 but was soon after abandoned by its local agent. On March 9, 1880, The National Bell Telephone Company of Maine was incorporated and began telephone service in Portland and Bangor that same year before becoming part of The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1883.

Based on the dates of the map and photo above, it is possible, but unconfirmed, The National Bell Telephone Company of Maine may have established original telephone service in Hartland before their 1883 absorption into The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

 

Greenville Jefferson Shaw (1843-1903) came to Hartland in 1867 where he and his father Charles Shaw purchased the Billings Tannery at the Upper Dam off North Street. He operated the Shaw & Son Tannery with his father until about 1887. In 1880, he built the Century House on Commercial Street where he raised thoroughbred horses before moving to Stetson. Shaw was the Executor of Archibald Linn’s Will in 1889 and oversaw future Linn Woolen Mill operations by Linn’s heirs until his death in 1903.

Century House – c1883

 

John S. Flanders lived at the corner of Commercial Street & Water Street where he operated a market in the attached barn in the 1880s.

Former Flanders Residence & Market – 1923

 

Andrew Hanson Buck (1841-1932) moved to Hartland from Fairfield about 1865 with his newly wedded wife Lucy Maria Burden. He first operated his tin & stove business at the Fuller-Buck General Store with James Fuller, Jr at  Warren Square until it burnt in 1878. Buck opened his own store on the lower side of the Sebasticook River Island until the building was heavily damaged during the Great Flood of 1887.

He then opened a new shop on Commercial Street operating as “A. H. Buck Stove & Tin Shop” until he sold the building to J. M. Higgins. Following Lucy’s death in 1920, he moved to Ripley to live with the oldest of their 2 sons, Arthur C. Buck, until his death. Their youngest son, Frank Clifton Buck, married Nina Webb in 1891, the daughter of Nathan Webb & Almeda (Moor). After divorcing in 1903, Frank remarried and moved to Auburn where he worked as a Tinsmith.

A. H. Buck Stove & Tin Shop – Commercial Street

 

Andrew Buck was known for carrying an extensive line of fine porcelain products at his store with many of them featuring local landmarks.

Baptist Church Dish  (Photo courtesy of Ann Foss)

 

Opera House/Town Hall Dishes  (Donated by the Estate of Mary Anderson Butterfield)

 

Hartland Academy Teacup & Saucer  (Donated by the Estate of Mary Anderson Butterfield)

 

Methodist Church Bell  (Donated by Meredith Knowles Randlett)

 

Following the death of his son Plummer T. Haskell in 1876, the former Peleg C. Haskell residence was purchased by Reverend Augustus Thomas Bowman (1823-1880) and his wife Rhoda Lowe. They had arrived in Hartland with their children from Somerset Mills (Fairfield/Waterville) around 1865 where he became the first Pastor of the Free Baptists who formally organized in Hartland on February 25, 1868. Reverend Bowman also operated a Dry Goods & Grocery Store (possibly at the building next door; future Charles York Tailor Shop) as early as 1870 until his death. Rhoda remained at the house as noted on the 1883 Map of Hartland Village and was living there with her granddaughter Iola (Merrow) Hatch in C/1900 until her death in 1905. Iola and her husband Ira Hatch left Hartland about 1906 for California. Ira served as Station Agent at the S.M.R.R. Depot for several years in the 1890s. Augustus and Rhoda are interred at Ireland Cemetery with 3 of their 10 children.

 

Reverend Augustus T. Bowman was known for performing Baptisms behind his Commercial Street residence at the Mill Pond Lagoon off Water Street. 

Gertrude Anderson, Crystal Bowman & Freda Bowman at Mill Pond Lagoon behind Commercial Street – c1900

 

In early 1883, work began on a new dedicated church for the Methodists on Commercial Street led by the efforts and financial support of Mrs. Grace (Wilson) Linn, wife of Archibald Linn. It cost $2,800 and was built by Amasa J. Moor of Hartland and opened in December of 1883.

Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Mrs. Linn unfortunately passed away on January 26, 1884 and her funeral was the first Memorial Service held in the new church she worked to have built. On March 26, 1884, the church was officially dedicated in her memory as the Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church.

Original 1884 Invitation to Albion K. Libby  (Photo courtesy of Wayne Libby)

 

By the early 1880s, George Lancey, Jr. had built another building for a new dry goods store near the corner of Commercial Street & Academy Street which he operated up until his death in 1885.

George Lancey, Jr’s New Store near corner of Commercial & Academy Streets 

 

After he built his new store, George Lancey, Jr leased his original building to St Albans native Charles Henry Skinner who operated the “C. H. Skinner Dry Goods & Groceries” store at the location. In the early 1890s Skinner left with his family for Everett, Washington to open a store in the new upstart railroad town and start a new life there. Skinner unfortunately died soon after in 1894 and was buried there but his family remained.

Charles Henry Skinner (1838-1894) and his Gravestone in Everett, Washington

 

The house on the corner of Commercial & Water Street was occupied by H. Graves on the 1860 Map then L. Patten by 1883. Soon after, William Anderson (1851-1917) and his wife, Alice Jean Nicol (1853-1925), resided there with their 2 daughters, Jean Anderson (1885-1972) & Mary Anderson (1888-1985). Mary became a school teacher in Hartland and married Percy Coy Butterfield in 1913.

Former Graves-Patten Residence seen as Anderson Home before renovations – c1930

 

Margaret E. Nicol was a sister of Alice (Nicol) Anderson and came from Glasgow, Scotland to Hartland where she lived with the Andersons for a time. During her stay in Hartland, she offered her services as a mid-wife as seen in this 1886 advertisement in the Pittsfield Advertiser.

Pittsfield Advertiser – November 4, 1886  (Courtesy of Maggie Smith)

 

The former Gorham Prescott residence was purchased by Archibald Linn probably soon after Prescott moved to Bangor around 1861. It is unclear exactly what purpose Linn used the buildings for as his residence was across the street but he added an additional barn and other out buildings. Linn also purchased several others buildings on Commercial Street by 1883 including the former Leadbetter Homestead on Outer Commercial Street.

Other stores also operating on Commercial Street in 1883 included George Lancey Jr’s brother, William Lancey who operated a clothing store and John Butterfield, Jr who operated a confectioneries store.

Origins of the 2 buildings to the left of the former Peleg C. Haskell residence (noted as Mrs. Bowman’s residence) are currently unknown but neither appear on the Map of 1860. The first building was possibly where Augustus T. Bowman had operated his dry goods store but is unconfirmed. Charles York operated his Tailor Shop there by 1883. The second building next to York’s is unnamed and its origins and purpose at the time are also currently unknown.

1883 Village Map

 

In the late 1880s, Walter Ernest Mebroy Seekins (1860-1910) came to Hartland from St Albans and built a dry goods & grocery store on Commercial Street between the former Skinner Store Block and William Lancey Store Block. The unique windows and molding on the 2nd floor corners of the building made the Seekins Block distinctly recognizable for decades.

Elberton P. Dyer (left) & Walter E. M. Seekins in front of Seekins Store

 

Following Alden Sampson’s departure to South Dakota in 1885, Albert W. Miller purchased the Drug Store Block moving his business from across the street on Main Street which he had opened in the mid-1870s. The Post Office was also relocated to Miller’s front section of the building. Miller remained at this location before eventually moving back to his original Main Street location in 1902.

New Location of A. W. Miller Drug Store – c1886

 

Full View of Commercial Street from Warren Square – c1886

 

In 1888, just a year before his death, Archibald Linn built the building seen below between the Linn Woolen Mill Office Building and the Drug Store Block. It featured 2 units downstairs and 2 offices upstairs. The Post Office was moved here from A. W. Miller’s Drug Store Block soon after it was built where it remained until 1922 when it moved to Main Street. Early tenants included Dr. Lynn H. Blanchard and Attorney William B. Brown. It’s unclear exactly what Linn’s original intention was for the building but it would be used for various businesses over the decades. 

New Linn Block on Commercial Street – 1888

 

Sometime after the Linn Block was built in 1888, The New England Telephone Company, as they were more commonly known, began operating their Hartland office and switchboard out of George Lancey’s Store on the corner of Commercial & Academy Street up until 1903 as noted in a newspaper article from that same year.

Commercial Street from Warren Square with new Linn Block – c1897

 

Mary (Anderson) Butterfield (right) and a friend in the Post Office at the Linn Block – c1905

 

Unknown Group in front of the Linn Block

 

Following Greenville J. Shaw’s departure to his newly acquired Sunny Brook Farm in Stetson, his Commercial Street residence known as the “Century House” was purchased by Robert Wilson Linn, Sr (1844-1927), son of Archibald & Grace Linn and one of the three heirs to Linn’s Estate. Robert and his wife Eva May (Weymouth) and their family would live there until his death.

Century House on Commercial Street

 

Following his father’s death In 1885, George M. Lancey soon took over the family dry goods & groceries business near the corner of Commercial & Academy Street operating as “G. M. Lancey Dry Goods & Groceries” and became a very successful local merchant. He and his wife Annie moved into the upstairs apartment where they remained until 1920. His store was later the original location of the Hartland Public Library for a couple of years following their official establishment in 1903. Lancey would often make boat trips to Castle Harmony and The Commodore Club on Great Moose Lake to bring members and guests needed supplies. By 1894, Mrs. Henry L. Smith (Margaret Brown) had begun a millinery business first located in G. M. Lancey’s store.

G. M. Lancey’s Dry Goods & Groceries Store – c1900

 

George Merrill Lancey (1861-1942) is the son of George Lancey, Jr & Frances Blake, daughter of Dr. Calvin Blake. In 1885, he married Annie Clapperton Linn (1861-1948), the daughter of William Linn, Sr & Elizabeth (Patterson), a brother of Archibald Linn. G. M. was also very active in town affairs serving on numerous committees including a group trying to sell the former Linn Woolen Mill eventually purchased by the American Woolen Mill. G. M. was also a long standing member of the Hartland School Committee serving for many years from the early 1900s. G. M. and Thomas Archibald Linn built a dual family camp on Great Moose Lake in the 1890s naming it “Camp DeLancey” where G. M. passed away in 1942.

                               

George Merrill Lancey & Annie Clapperton Linn  (Photos courtesy of Joan Joy Tibbetts)

 

Merchants like G. M. Lancey would often pack a customer’s purchased goods into a box and wrap the box with twine then attach a handle to the twine for easier carrying of their items as well as providing some good advertising like this one seen below.

G. M. Lancey Store Box Handle  (Photos courtesy of Mike Massey)

 

On November 18, 1889, Archibald Linn died at 71 years old and was interred with his wife Grace and 2 of their young deceased children at Ireland Cemetery . In his Will, Linn appointed his trusted business colleague and long time friend Greenville J. Shaw as the Executor of his estate and overseer of his business interests of the Linn Woolen Mill. Soon after, Shaw and Linn’s 3 surviving heirs incorporated as the Linn Manufacturing Company and continued with the woolen mill operations and future expansions.

Linn Woolen Mill seen from Commercial Street

 

Anna Maria (Folsom) Page began operating a millinery business in Hartland in 1881 and eventually moved her business to the former Gorham Prescott residence on Commercial Street until her death in 1906. It is likely the move occurred following Archibald Linn’s death in 1889 when it was owned by Linn’s Estate and was leased by Anna’s husband Ira W. Page, Jr who was operating the Hartland House at the time. Their daughter Florence Belle Page married Walter H. Moore  in 1890.

Mrs. Maria Page’s Millinery Sign on Commercial Street

 

In 1892, Hartland’s town affairs were centralized in the Village when the new Opera House-Town Hall opened on Academy Street. In 1897, the original building burnt but was replaced within a year with an almost identical structure.

Rebuilt Hartland Opera House-Town Hall on Academy Street

 

In 1892, the newly formed Linn Manufacturing Company expanded operations with a new building on Main Street which had been previously proposed by Archibald Linn. The new building provided additional woolen manufacturing jobs and part of it would become home to a new business venture established by Henry Fuller and his son-in-law George T. Osborne in 1901 called Fuller-Osborne Company with numerous business interests including real estate, printing and clothing production.

New Linn Woolen Mill Addition on Main Street – c1892

 

Still known as North Street in 1896, the future Commercial Street was fully lined with merchants offering medicine, dry goods, groceries, meats, confectioneries, men’s & women’s clothing, barber shop and various other goods and services including the Methodist Church. Several more residences had also been built on both sides the street all the way to the St Albans Town Line.

Commercial Street – 1896

 

By 1896, Willard Burton (1863-1951) opened a Barber Shop at the former Charles York Tailor Shop operating there until about 1920. Willard is Allen R. Burton’s older brother and married Allen’s wife’s younger sister Nellie Woodbury (1867-1927). Following Nellie’s death, Willard lived with his nephew Elmer M. Burton.

 

In 1897, Commercial Street was officially given its new name by a vote of Hartland citizens at a Special Town Meeting as noted; “From said (Warren) Square to St Albans town line going north; ‘Commercial Street’. Its former North Street name would replace the Billings Street name.

 

For several years leading up to the turn of the century, Albert W. Miller maintained a Circulating Library at his Commercial Street store location where he rented out roughly 200 books until he moved his business back to Main Street. Soon after his relocation, the Hartland Public Library incorporated on December 30, 1903 with its first location at G. M. Lancey’s Dry Goods & Groceries Store on Commercial Street for a couple of years before moving to the Opera House.

Commercial Street

 

In 1902, Albert W. Miller left the Commercial Street Drug Store Block location and moved his business back to his original building on Main Street. Miller had recently hired a young new pharmacist who had just moved to Hartland named Ralph C. Hamilton. 

A. W. Miller’s Full Page Ad from the Hartland Town Report – February 28, 1903

 

A. W. Miller Drug Store on Main Street

 

Dr. Lynne H. Blanchard opened his business following Albert Miller’s return to Main Street operating as the Hartland Drug Store. Dr. Blanchard had arrived from Springfield, Maine in the mid-1880s when he began his medical practice in Hartland. 

Commercial Street from Warren Square

 

In 1901, Dr. Lynne Harry Blanchard (1872-1935) married Carrie May Linn (1879-1964). Carrie is the only child of Thomas Archibald Linn & Clarabelle Osborne and a granddaughter of Archibald & Grace Linn. The newlyweds resided at their Blake Street home which had been purchased from Dr. Charles A. Moulton as a wedding gift from Carrie’s parents. They later moved to Pittsfield where he pursued his medical practice full time but still served as a physician for many Hartland residents. Dr. Blanchard moved to California in the late 1920s where he remained until his death.

Dr. Lynne H. Blanchard

 

Blanchard was a licensed Medical Doctor and delivered many local children as well as witnessing and signing death certificates.

Medicine Bottle “Hartland Drug Store – L. H. Blanchard, M. D. – Proprietor”

 

Medicine Bottles from the Hartland Drug Store  (Photo courtesy of Sam Fuller)

 

By the turn of the century, electricity arrived in Hartland with many of the first power lines located on Commercial Street & Main Street before eventually spreading throughout the Village. The new power source would forever change how businesses and households functioned.

Commercial Street from Warren Square with New Power Poles, Electrical Lines & Hanging Street Light

 

In 1901, Waterville Trust Company opened a branch location within G. M. Lancey’s Dry Goods Store as one of Hartland’s first banks. One popular advertising campaign used by banks at the time were Pocket Coin Banks given to customers to encourage savings and eventual deposits.

     

Waterville Trust Company Coin Banks  (Photo courtesy of Sam Fuller)

 

Waterville Trust Company Branch at G. M. Lancey’s Store – Commercial Street

 

Soon after 1900, Allen Richard Burton (1865-1932) purchased the former C. H. Skinner Store built by George Lancey, Jr from Lancey’s son, G. M. Lancey. Burton had been in the undertaking profession when he began his new business first named “A. R. Burton Furniture & Undertaking”. Allen married Adeline M. Woodbury (1864-1929), a daughter of Isaiah Woodbury III  & Mary Jane Nevens.

1905 Advertisement

 

In the late 1880s, William Lancey sold his store to E. S. Locke who operated a clothing store with his wife in the building into the 1890s. By 1900, Henry L. Smith and his wife Margaret Guy Brown had purchased the former William Lancey store block and were living upstairs with daughters Ethel & Jean.

On the first floor, they operated their new dry goods, clothing & millinery store for several years doing business as “Mrs. H. L. Smith Dry & Fancy Goods”. Their store also became a local retail agent for the Fuller-Osborne Manufacturing Company featuring its popular Sebasticook Walking Skirt. Jean was still living with them in C/1910 taken on April 16th just before Henry & Margaret sold their business interests to Daniel A. Packard and his wife and moved to Brighton, Massachusetts then a year later to Franklin, New Hampshire where Margaret passed away.

Margaret (Brown) Smith is a daughter of Dr. David Brown & Margaret (Guy) who moved from Scotland to Hartland in 1883 where he continued his medical practice until his death in 1900. Dr. Brown and his wife Margaret (Guy) are interred at Ireland Cemetery. Her sister Myra Brown married Charles L. Moor, son of Amasa J. Moor. Following Margaret Smith’s death in 1912, she was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery. Their daughter Jean Brown Smith married Birney J. Moore in 1918.

1908 Telephone Directory Advertisement

 

In the early 1900s, Varney & Buker operated a sporting goods in the former John Butterfield, Jr Block next door to the Smith’s business in the former William Lancey Block. The Smith’s building was put up for sale in 1918 by their daughter Mrs. Ethel Craig after Daniel Packard and his wife closed their business and moved west. It was occupied in 1919 by Mr. Ridley & Mr. Wakefield who opened a hardware store at the location.

Varney & Buker Sporting Goods Store next door to Mrs. H. L. Smith’s Store

 

In 1901, Walter E. M. Seekins purchased land from Calvin Blake, Jr and extended a throughway from the Methodist Church on Commercial Street to Blake Street. Many of Walter’s family members built their homes along the future Seekins Street as well as a new hall in 1910 for Hartland Grange #452.

Mary Anderson & Friends on Commercial Street with the new Grange Hall on Seekins Street in the background – c1915

 

Dr. Charles A. Moulton had been heavily involved with telegraph and telephone service based out of St Albans since 1893 and became President of the St Albans & Hartland Telephone Company in 1894 before he moved to Hartland with his family around 1900. On July 17, 1903, Dr. Moulton incorporated his former St Albans business as the Hartland & St. Albans Telephone Company expanding service in Hartland with additional telephone lines throughout the Village and adding more full-time Telephone Operators. The existing switchboard equipment of The New England Telephone & Telegraph Company was transferred at this time from George M. Lancey’s Store to Dr. Moulton’s new independent phone company location on Elm Street and was connected to The New England Telephone & Telegraph Company’s exchange system.

Hartland & St. Albans Telephone Company Directory – 1908

 

Elberton P. Dyer (1869-1947) first came from his native town of Brighton to Pittsfield to complete his education at MCI where he graduated in 1891. Later that year he married Hartland native Georgia Ellen Annis (1870-1963) and the newly wedded couple moved to St Albans where he was a Teacher in the common schools until 1895 as well as serving as St Albans School Superintendent and Town Clerk. In 1895, he became Principal of Hartland Academy and also served as Superintendent of Hartland Schools in 1897. In 1900, they moved to Newport with their 2 children Mervyn & Doris where he was Principal of Newport High School until health issues forced him to relinquish his teaching career in 1903.

He took a job as a traveling insurance salesman but after a weary year on the road, he and Georgia returned to Hartland with the children. In December of 1904, Elberton purchased the clothing stock and business of the Smith Brothers and opened “E. P. Dyer Clothing” in the building next to Walter E. M. Seekins’ store. He continued selling fire insurance from his store and also served several years as Somerset County Treasurer. His wife Georgia is a sister of Wendell D. Annis who married Walter’s daughter, Edna Alice Seekins. Georgia is also a sister of Maude Annis who married Carl F. Randlett and a sister to Mary Annis who married John F. Connelly.

Elberton P. Dyer Clothing Store Advertisement – 1908

 

 

Several of the businesses on Commercial Street operating in 1905 are seen in the advertisement below including those operated by Elberton P. Dyer, George M. Lancey, Andrew H. Buck, Dr. Lynne H. Blanchard and Allen R. Burton.

1905 Advertisement

 

Ralph C. Hamilton, who had recently been hired from A. W. Miller’s Drug Store to work as a Pharmacist for Dr. Lynne H. Blanchard purchased Blanchard’s drug store business around 1906 continuing his operations as the Hartland Drug Store. Hamilton remained in business for the next 45+ years until his death in 1955.

Hartland Drug Store operated by Ralph C. Hamilton – c1908

 

Ralph Carlton Hamilton (1882-1955) was born in Springvale, Maine and moved to Hartland shortly after 1900 when he took his first job as a druggist at A.W. Miller’s Drug Store while staying at the Park House Hotel. In 1910, he married Gertrude Mae Patterson (1877-1940), the daughter of Alexander S. Patterson & Evelyn Sanford. Following their marriage, Ralph & Gertrude lived with her parents at their home on the corner of Main Street & Mill Street where they remained following her parent’s deaths. In 1914, Ralph built the Hamilton & Young Shirt Factory on Mill Street which he operated for several years into the early 1920s. He was very active in town, county & state politics and civic affairs throughout his life including serving as President of Hartland Academy Board of Trustees, Maine House of Representatives and Hartland Town Treasurer. 

                                                               

                                                                                                      Ralph Carlton Hamilton

 

Following Mrs. Maria Page’s death in 1906, the Lagorio Brothers of Pittsfield opened a store in Hartland on Commercial Street at the former Gorham Prescott Block operating as Lagorio Brothers Fruit Store.

Lagorio Brothers Fruit Store – Commercial Street

 

A dated photo provides details of how the Warren Square area appeared at the time of this Independence Day Gathering in 1908.

Independence Day Celebration – July 4, 1908

 

In 1909, Elizabeth A. Linn (1879-1973) opened her store in the rear section of the Hartland Drug Store Block operating as “The Specialty Store”. The store featured fountain soda, ice cream, stationary supplies, various confectioneries and post cards as well as many other items. Elizabeth is the oldest child of William Linn, Jr & Luella Greene and a Great Niece of Archibald Linn.

Window Display at The Specialty Shop  (Photo courtesy of Joan Joy Tibbetts)

 

Store Front of The Specialty Shop  (Photo courtesy of Joan Joy Tibbetts)

 

                       

Elizabeth A. Linn & 1909 Invitation to The Specialty Store Grand Opening

 

Commercial Street from Academy Street – c1910

Interior of G. M. Lancey’s Dry Goods & Groceries Store – c1915  (Photo courtesy of Joan Joy Tibbetts)

 

Soon after 1910, Perley Moses Hanson and his wife Alberta Wilkins moved from Palmyra to Hartland with their 2 young children Maurice & Gwendolyn Hanson. “Bertie” opened a millinery & clothing business on Commercial Street located at the former Linn Block next to the Hartland Drug Store in the same building as the Post Office at the time while the family resided further up Commercial Street.  Bertie used the initials of her nickname, maiden name and surname for the store’s title.

Advertisement – 1912

 

On February 27, 1911, Lagorio Brothers Fruit Store was heavily damaged by fire. Numerous photos of the aftermath of the huge fire were taken by several people as seen below. The building was eventually remodeled although its function for the next several years is unclear.

     

         

Lagorio Brothers Fruit Store Fire – 1911

 

Traveling the dirt roads of Commercial Street wasn’t always a pleasant experience.

Commercial Street with Grange Hall in the background

 

Commercial Street with Century House to the right

 

By 1911, Elmer Merle Burton (1889-1947) had joined in business with his father and the new “A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertaking” business name was established. Elmer had been working at the store since he was a young man and noted himself as an Embalmer on his 1912 marriage certificate to Marguerite Hatch (1893-1977).

A. R. Burton & Son Hardware and Undertaking

 

Commercial Street (L-R): Varney & Buker | Daniel Packard | Elberton P. Dyer | Halver Whitney | Allen R. Burton | George M. Lancey – c1912

 

(L-R): Hartland Drug Store with The Specialty Store | Post Office & B. W. Hanson | Linn Woolen Mill Office | Former Archibald Linn Residence – c1912

 

The Specialty Store Advertisement – 1913

 

On April 15, 1914 fire destroyed Elberton P. Dyer’s Clothing Store on Commercial Street. He renovated the building soon after and reorganized the business with his son-in-law Ralph Edward Nutting as his partner and began operating as the Dyer Clothing Company which Ralph managed.

Pittsfield Advertiser Article – Published April 16, 1914

 

By 1915, the Linn Manufacturing Company had run into substantial financial hardship and filed for bankruptcy. A short term lease was made with the American Woolen Company who continued operations while Linn Trustees sought a viable long term tenant. Although plans for an auction to sell the mill were announced, a purchase agreement with the American Woolen Company was made before the auction took place and they began full-time operations in Hartland in 1916.

American Woolen Company

 

Under the terms of the sale, all former Linn Manufacturing Company holdings in Hartland, including the woolen mill buildings, became the property of the American Woolen Company. This also included most of the Linn Family Real Estate holding including some two dozen additional residential houses and lots throughout Hartland. Several of these houses and lots were on Commercial Street including the former Archibald & Grace Linn residence, Linn Woolen Mill Main Office, Linn Block, former Gorham Prescott Block and the Century House. 

Century House occupied by Robert W. Linn, Sr – c1915

 

Century House

 

Commercial Street with Century House to the left

 

Noted only as “Hartland” on the back, this photo of an unknown store reveals a typical store interior of the era. Further research on numerous items in the photo such as the calendar days and brand history of merchandise enabled a fairly accurate estimate of the time frame the photo was taken.

Unknown Hartland Store Interior – c1916

 

Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Following the death of Walter E. M. Seekins in 1910, Halver Whitney operated a store at the location until about 1917 when Harry L. Sterns purchased the former Seekins Block and opened a Sterns Department Store while living upstairs with his family until the late 1920s. 

Sterns Department Store and A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertaking – 1924

 

Harry L. Sterns (1884-1935) had immigrated from his homeland in Russia to Bangor about 1900 where he married Russian born Bessie Shiro (1883-1961) in 1905. They lived in Bangor in 1910 with their 2 sons, George Harold Sterns (1905-1969) and Frederick James Sterns (1908-2002). Their 3rd son, Herbert Daniel Sterns, was born in Hartland on March 11, 1918 and was delivered by Dr. Charles Moulton. Sterns also had other store locations including one in Newport. They remained in Hartland until the late 1920s when they moved to Waterville.

As noted in a 2011 interview with Harry’s grandson Harvey Sterns, “My father (Fred) graduated from (Colby) college in 1929. My grandfather (Harry) had some illness that also affected my father’s ability to go to graduate school. He had been accepted at Harvard Business, but because of my grandfather’s illness he could not go. So what he was doing was running sales (from the principle store in Waterville) for my grandfather in vacant stores and one of the sales that he ran was a vacant store in Skowhegan. He decided that he liked it there. This would have been either ’29 or ’30, and he decided then to establish a branch of Sterns’ store in Skowhegan.”

Sterns Department Store Engraved Pencil Box

 

In September of 1918, most men who resided in Hartland enlisted for the World War I Selective Service Draft at the Hartland Drug Store with their applications signed by Ralph C. Hamilton. Hamilton later registered Hartland men and women for the World War II Draft.

 

World War I Draft Notice – 1918

 

 In 1919, Hartland held its first post-war Memorial Day Observance following Allied Victory in “The Great War”.

Memorial Day – Warren Square – 1919

 

Memorial Day – Commercial Street – 1919

 

George Samuel Woodman (1860-1945) and his wife Mary Tarr moved from St Albans to Hartland with their 5 surviving children, Forest, Etta, Florence, Fred & Edgar about 1920. They settled at the former Matthew B. Stevens Homestead on Outer Commercial Street near the St Albans Town Line where George soon began dairy farming. Forest, known as Clair, took over the family homestead following his father’s death and continued operating the dairy farm where he bottled and delivered fresh milk for many years in Hartland operating as Woodman’s Dairy. Clair eventually sold the house in the 1960s to Walter Butler who operated the Hartland Western Auto Store at the location.

Woodman Homestead – Outer Commercial Street

 

1924 Town Report – Article 28: “To see if the town will vote to allow A. R. Burton & Son to build a cement sidewalk from their line at the Hanson block to their line at the Sterns block, same to be built of cement blocks laid off in two-foot squares, the entire length being about seventy-five feet; also, to allow them to put in a cement slab in front of the gasoline tanks, about forty feet long and thirteen feet wide, no more and probably less in width. The said A. R. Burton & Son agree to keep this cement slab on a level with the street at all times; and it is agreed they shall be allowed to put in one-half of the sidewalk in 1924 and one-half in 1925, provided they cannot see their way clear to put it all in in 1924.”

A new concrete sidewalk and a fresh paint job in the process at A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertaking – 1924

 

In September of 1920, Perley & Bertie Hanson purchased G. M. Lancey’s Dry Goods & Groceries Store Block and moved the family into the upstairs apartment in October.  Bertie continued selling both dry goods and clothes until she eventually specialized in mostly clothing & footwear sales.

G. M. Lancey Store Sale Article – September 1920

 

Hartland resident Fred Haseltine, who worked for Carl Randlett on the side, noted in his diary; “Monday, October 4, 1920; Began moving Lancey’s stock over to Carls.”

E. P. Dyer Clothing | Sterns’ Department Store | A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertaking | B. W. Hanson Dry Goods & Clothing Store – c1924

 

An October 18, 1923 article in the Pittsfield Advertiser wrote reviews for several merchants operating in Hartland at the time including:

Sterns’ Department StoreIt is not often in going through the towns of Maine that one finds an establishment equal to that of Sterns’ Department Store. A full and complete line is carried of men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing and a fine stock of dry and fancy goods, also boots and shoes. This store features dependable quality in men’s and women’s ready-to-wear at the lowest possible prices. Suits and overcoats for men that are known from coast to coast. Throughout the entire store you will find the same high quality and a large assortment from which to choose. With their staple lines, hosiery, underwear, all kept up in full stock, yard goods of special taste and quality, radiating with the season’s latest designs, with the new shades of the season, we can surely recommend Sterns’ Department Store of Hartland; a store that offers the latest in style, the best of quality and a service uniformly courteous and satisfactory.

A. R. Burton & SonOne of the stores in Hartland that has a prestige in this section is the hardware store of Allen R. Burton & Son (Elmer). Hardware of all kinds is carried here in large quantities, carpenter’s and plumber’s tools, farm tools, etc. They also sell lime, cement, roofing and shingles. There is also a fine display of cutlery of all kinds and they are agents for the Certain-Teed paints, shingles and roofing. This store offers much in the way of merchandise to the people of Hartland for in addition to the things mentioned are electrical supplies, kitchenware in tin, agate and aluminum. Pyrex is displayed in its many shapes and sizes that makes it possible to see exactly how things are baking. Furniture is also to be noted in this store, also bedding, blankets, iron beds, floor coverings, art squares, window shades, doors and window frames. This firm are licensed undertakers and embalmers and are equipped to offer the very best service in a tactful and unobtrusive way.

B. W. HansonEverything needed in dry and fancy goods is carried at Mrs. Bertie (Wilkins) Hanson’s and she specializes in the best of hosiery and underwear. Notions of all kinds and small wears in all the latest fads and fancies are conveniently arranged. The ready-to-wear department is replete with dresses, suits and coats of the latest styles and fashion. If you have not already chosen your fall hat, you will be sure to find something out of the ordinary in the millinery department, here is a fine showing of large and small hats to suit the most fastidious. White sewing machines are for sale here, electric or foot power, either cash or the payment plan. Last but not least we mention the line of boots and shoes on display at this store. Many are regular patrons of this special department where discrimination is shown in choosing with an idea of her special trade. Mrs. Hanson, during the thirteen years she has been in business, has proved herself to be of unusual foresight and enterprise.

Dyer Clothing CompanyThis concern has been in business in Hartland for a number of years, long enough to understand the needs of the public and offers them the best the market affords. They carry a full and complete line of Hart, Schaffner, Marx and Style-Plus suits and overcoats and many specialties in the way of sweaters, hose, collars, neckwear, etc. Also hunting coats, sheep-lined coats, rain coats, etc., men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and hose, all advertised lines, also Ball-Band and Gold Seal woolen and rubber footwear. Hats and caps, the last word in style are on display in their early selection, in fact all the goods shown at this store are absolutely correct in style, cut and fabric, for the progressive man who appreciates good fitting clothes. At Dyer’s you will find a fine assortment of the best makes and styles at popular prices. This store is in charge of Ralph E. Nutting, one of the partners (Elberton P. Dyer’s son-in-law) in this enterprise.

Elberton P. Dyer at his Commercial Street Clothing Store

 

Following G. M. Lancey’s sale of his Commercial Street store block where they had been living in the upstairs apartment, he and his wife Annie, along with their youngest daughter Ardis Lancey, moved into his Uncle Calvin Blake’s former house on Academy Street in October of 1920 where George continued selling insurance until his retirement in 1941 just before his death in 1942.

The house was built by George’s maternal grandfather Dr. Calvin Blake and upon his death in 1870 had been occupied by his son Calvin Blake, Jr and his wife Jeanette Turner. Following Calvin Jr’s death in 1905, his widow and his sister Hattie remained there until Jeanette’s death in 1915.

Blake-Lancey House on Academy Street

 

Clair Isaac Currie (1888-1962) and his family moved from Drew, Maine to Hartland in 1921 where he purchased the former A. H. Buck Stove Shop from J. M. Higgins on Commercial Street and opened a grocery store. One of their daughters Eleanor (Currie) Parsons became a school teacher and would go on to write numerous books including “A Town called Drew & Beyond” with several references to her life growing up in Hartland. Their son Darrel Bishop Currie went on to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D. C. and eventually became head of the FBI Office in Bangor.

Claire I. Currie Groceries & Greene’s Cobbler Shop

 

C. I. Currie GroceriesMr. Claire I. Currie, successor to J. M. Higgins, bought out this business about two years ago. Here every need of the purchaser can be met with a large stock of strictly high grade goods. On the well-arranged shelves one will find the very best of fancy groceries, and many are the tempting novelties displayed. These include the best makes of canned, bottled and jar goods which should be on the “emergency shelf” in every home. We would also mention his large line of cigars, tobacco and cigarettes, the very best brands for which he has a regular trade. His ice cream is of the finest texture and popular flavorings and many there are who frequent this store for their daily refreshment. Mr. Currie is a competent and alert business man who seeks to please his patrons by offering them the best of goods and service. ~ Pittsfield Advertiser – October 18, 1923

Edgar “Eddie” Greene (1879-1948) opened a Cobbler Shop in 1922 in the small building next door to Currie’s Grocery Store operating into the early 1940s.

Interior of Greene’s Cobbler Shop with Clair Currie seated on the left and Eddie Greene standing to the right

 

Greene’s Cobbler Shop: In Mr. Edgar Green’s shop on Commercial Street can be found electrical machinery for the repair of shoes and the expert work turned out by this shop has been the means of saving many dollars for his numerous patrons. While he has been in business in his present quarters for only about a year and a half, the fine repair work he is doing has been the means of making many good friends for him and consequently his business has steadily increased and he now has a long list of regular patrons. ~ Independent Reporter Skowhegan – December 11, 1924

 

Soon after they married in 1920, St Albans native Ervin Wilbur Martin (1900-1977) and his wife Vivian Cookson moved to North Hartland where their 3 sons, Selden, Gerald & Raymond were born. Ervin worked as a Supervisor for the State Highway Commission until 1924 when he began his logging business. By 1934, they moved their family into the former Peleg Haskell house on Commercial Street where he located his business office two buildings down toward town. The house remained in the Martin Family until 2019.

Ervin & Vivian Martin Commercial Street Residence – 1935

 

Willard Burton’s Barber Shop building was later purchased by John Franklin Seekins, son of Walter E. M. Seekins, who operated a store there for several years.

J. F. SeekinsA store that has recently opened up in Hartland is that of Mr. John F. Seekins in the line of groceries, confectionery, cigars, tobacco, fruit and tonics. Anticipating a good trade in these, he has a large stock that his patrons may be well served. He aims to make one of those popular stores where the boys may feel at home and all treated as guests while serving them with the best on the market. This store contains a full line of groceries, teas, coffees, spices, condiments and the freshest of fruits in season. On these well-filled shelves the shrewd housewives will find the best goods at prices surprisingly low. The candies and confectionery carried at this store are always of the freshest. Smokers’ requisites of all kinds are always to be found here and you will find it a handy store to run in for your after dinner cigar. Quality and service is the key-note of this store and you will find it both a pleasure and to your profit to trade here. ~ Pittsfield Advertiser October 18, 1923

 

In September of 1925, Perley A. Gowen purchased J. F. Seekins’ store where he and his wife Fidella operated a grocery store until the early 1940s.

Perley A. Gowen Store Advertisement (with typo)

 

Commercial Street from Warren Square

 

Hartland Drug StoreMr. Ralph C. Hamilton is proprietor of the store which is a most complete modern drug establishment, carrying a well-stocked line or pure and wholesome drugs, hospital and sick-room supplies, rubber goods of the best quality. A most attractive line of toilet articles are tastily arranged as are all the lines in this store, their soaps and powders being from the best wholesale houses in the country. Their perfumes are also of the best and they have a large number of regular customers for their special line. They have an especially fine soda fountain where they dispense the popular drinks. Mr. Hamilton is a registered Druggist and gives the most careful attention to the compounding of prescriptions and uses the purest drugs in them. His store is well equipped for rendering the best possible service to its patrons. ~ Pittsfield Advertiser October 18, 1923

 

Following Harry Sterns move to Waterville, Lewis Henry Barden (1876-1960) leased the former Walter E. M. Seekins Block in 1930 and relocated his store from Main Street to Commercial Street. Barden eventually purchased the building from Sterns in 1932.

Lewis H. Barden’s IGA Economy Store

 

Lewis H. Barden at his Commercial Street Store

 

Overall, the American Woolen Company business venture in Hartland had gone well until October 29, 1929; now infamously known as “Black Friday”. While the 1929 Stock Market crash didn’t adversely affect Hartland immediately, the resulting national Great Depression brought the first signs of trouble to town in 1931 when the American Woolen Company requested a large tax break on their mill holdings in Hartland because of their own overall economic woes throughout all their New England operations.

American Woolen Mill

 

After the Post Office was moved to Robert E. Latty’s building on Main Street in 1922, Walter Earl Seekins (1891-1962), son of Walter E. M. Seekins, opened his restaurant on the first floor of the Linn Block next to the Hartland Drug Store. The office of Dr. Charles E. Norcross, D.D.S. and the law office of J. Howard Haley had been located upstairs for several years prior.

Former Linn Block with Seekins’ Restaurant, Dr. Norcross Office & J. H. Haley Office – 1932

 

 

By 1930, Bertie Hanson had been joined by her son Maurice Wilkins Hanson (1902-1973) who had begun as a salesman at the store. Although she still maintained her dry goods inventory for a time, the store’s business focus was shifting to clothing and footwear. Bertie’s daughter Gwendolyn F. Hanson married Rae Fuller Randlett in 1927.

B. W. Hanson Advertisement

 

Although unconfirmed, it is believed this photo is the interior of B. W. Hanson’s Clothing Store based on the merchandise.

B. W. Hanson’s Clothing Store Interior (Unconfirmed)

 

Following the death of Allen R. Burton in 1932, his son Elmer Burton and his wife Marguerite took over the family business retaining the store name, however Elmer soon closed the undertaking services of the business.

A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertaking and B. W. Hanson’s Dry Goods & Clothing Store – 1932

 

Bert Hubert Lovely (1900-1978) was a familiar face for customers at A. R. Burton’s where he worked for many years after gasoline pumps were installed and it became a full service gas station as well as remaining a hardware store and offering undertaking services. Bert would later operate his own Tydol Gas Station on Pittsfield Avenue.

(L-R) Bert Lovely, Will Deering & Marguerite Burton at A. R. Burton & Son Store

 

February 8, 1933 “Cash on Account” receipt for Robert Kendall Snow from A. R. Burton & Son. By this time, the undertaking business has been removed after Elmer & Marguerite had taken over the family business.

Robert Kendall Snow Receipt  (Photo courtesy of Dana Perkins; Robert’s grandson)

 

Although the American Woolen Company made some efforts keep the mill open, in 1932 they officially announced they would close the Hartland location and surrender all their property holdings and soon filed for bankruptcy. Shortly after their bankruptcy filing, much of the vast real estate holdings it had purchased in Hartland from the former Linn Manufacturing Company and Archibald Linn’s Estate were sold off at the Great Auction of 1932 held on December 2nd.

Great Auction of 1932 Flyer Cover
(Original Flyer owned by Fred Libby – Photo courtesy of Wayne Libby)

 

The auction did not include the 2 main mills or several of the smaller buildings on the mill’s lot which were surrendered to the town along with the former Linn Woolen Mill Main Office but over 2 dozen houses and properties remained. Numerous locations on Commercial Street included the former Archibald & Grace Linn residence, the 1888 Linn Block, the former Gorham Prescott Block and the Century House.

Auction Map 1 – Upper Commercial Street

1. NO. 44 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 79,800 square feet of land with two-story frame cottage. Having seven rooms, bath, toilet, hard pine floors, heater. (Purchased by Mrs. Corliss for $800)
2. NOS. 40-43 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 15,200 square feet of land with two story frame four-family dwelling, having five rooms to each family, toilets, electricity. (Purchased by Mr. Bean from Dover for $300. He sold to Carl Randlett) (Former Greenville Jefferson Shaw residence, aka Century House)
3. NOS. 45-46 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 15,400 square feet of land with two story frame two-family dwelling having seven rooms to each family, bath, heater. (Purchased by Elmer Burton for $800. He sold to Lloyd Cookson, Sr)
4. NO. 47 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 14,100 square feet of land with two-story frame cottage, having seven rooms, bath, toilet, heater.
(Purchased by George E. Merrow for $975)
5. NO. 20 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 19,000 square feet of land with one and one-half story frame cottage having seven rooms, shed and barn. (Purchased by J. Haley for $500)
6. TRACT OF LAND: Approximately 3.7 acres of land. With framed 4 car garage. (Purchased by Frank Withee for $100)
7. NO. 19 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 3,100 square feet of land with two-story frame cottage having five rooms with shed attached.
(Purchased by William Brawn for $200)

 

Auction Map 2 – Lower Commercial Street

8. NO. 18 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 9,700 square feet of land with two-story frame cottage having six rooms, also barn in rear.
(Purchased by Cora Davis for $750)
9. NO. 33 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 7,290 square feet of land with two-story frame cottage, having nine rooms with electricity, bath, toilet, furnace heat. (Purchased by Elmer Burton for $675)
10. BUILDING LOT: Approx. 2,600 square feet of land. See auction plot.
11. NOS. 5-6-7-8 COMMERCIAL STREET: Approximately 2,060 square feet of land with two-story frame building having two stories and two offices.
(Purchased by Mr. Shandling from out of town for $1450)
12. NOS. 16-17 COMMERCIAL STREET AND REAR NOS. 10-11-12-13: Approximately 2.2 acres of land with one and one-half-story frame two-family dwelling having five rooms each and two-story four-family dwelling having five rooms each, also framed sheds. (Purchased by Clair Currie for $100 & $675)

 

Following their purchase of the former Archibald & Grace Linn Residence (No. 9) at the Great Auction of 1932, Elmer & Marguerite Burton moved into their new home across the street from their store where they remained until the widowed Marguerite sold the home in the late 1950s.

Former Prescott-Linn Residence purchased by Elmer & Marguerite Burton – 1945

 

Citizens knew the future of Hartland rested upon finding a suitable and long term replacement at the abandoned American Woolen Company facility. A search began at once by various factions including the newly formed Hartland Chamber of Commerce but came up empty.

In early 1934, a group of citizens banded together in an unprecedented effort to bring a new industry to town. They decided to create and incorporate as a company to take over the former mill’s remaining holdings with $10,000 worth of Capitol Stock offered to interested citizens in 2,000 units of shares valued at $5.00 each. The grassroots movement secured roughly $4,100 worth of initial stock share commitments from 51 citizens by the time it held its first Stock Subscribers Meeting on December 14, 1934 to vote on empowering the committee to officially incorporate as Hartland Mills, Incorporated.

Hartland Mills, Incorporated Advertisement – 1935

 

Throughout 1935, several offers were made to lease or buy the mills but none were accepted with Hartland Mills, Inc. siting unfavorable lease conditions or various other unacceptable terms. In April of 1935, the Ohio Carpet Company stated it had a firm interest in locating a business at the mills pending the process of a loan. Major work and investments were done in preparation for the new owners however their loan application was rejected in November and the deal fell through.

Following the very disappointing collapse of the Ohio Carpet Company deal, the Directors were informed of a request from Irving Tanning Company of Peabody, Massachusetts to meet with the group on December 16th and tour the mill with an interest in establishing a new subsidiary for their company. In a follow-up meeting with Meyer Kirstein in Peabody on December 19th, members of Hartland Mills, Inc. returned with a note for Two Thousand Dollars in good faith on a contract for the establishment of a new tannery business. The tanning industry in Hartland was about to be reborn and the new Hartland Tanning Company would soon open in 1936.

Hartland Tanning Company

 

One of several buildings Hartland Mills, Incorporated acquired was the former Linn Woolen Mill Main Office on Commercial Street which had been built in 1862 when the mill opened. Several unsuccessful attempts by Hartland Library Trustees to purchase the building were made until a special Hartland Mills, Inc. Stock Holders Meeting was held on September 25, 1935. Library Trustees Dr. Charles A. Moulton & George M. Lancey again pleaded their case in detail for the building to be sold so it could be used as a permanent home for the library which was operating in the basement of the Town Hall at the time. This time the proposal was accepted by a substantial majority of the stock holder shares and following a special Town Meeting to formally vote on the proposed sale, it became the first dedicated home of the Hartland Public Library in 1935.

New Home of the Hartland Public Library – 1935

 

Following the 1932 sale of the former Linn Block at the Great Auction, Walter Seekins closed his restaurant. It was later opened by Thor Stromback in the late 1930s into the late 1940s as a Restaurant & Tavern and was a very popular spot for Hartland Tanning Company workers. It was eventually purchased by Lloyd Page who operated a cafe at the location until 1950.

Commercial Street from Warren Square – 1937

 

Former Cook Residence just past Water Street

 

Renovations at the former William Anderson residence at the corner of Commercial Street & Water Street.

Former Anderson Residence before renovations

 

Former Anderson Residence after renovations

 

Backyard of former Anderson Residence after renovations

 

Commercial Street was a thriving center of commerce in Hartland by the late 1930s with several stores featuring various types of merchandise, gas stations, a drug store, restaurant, dentist and law offices, the Town Library and numerous houses along its path out of town.

Commercial Street from Warren Square – c1939

 

By 1940, Maurice Hanson had become a full partner in the family business and the store had become known as B. W. Hanson & Son Clothing Store. Maurice married Lucille Braley in 1932 and the couple were raising their only child Gary Hanson while Lucille worked as a Nurse at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital.

 

Property Ownership on Commercial Street from the 1943 Hartland Village Map.

Commercial Street – 1943

 

Following the death of George Merrill Lancey in 1942, Lewis H. Barden and his 2nd wife Eda B. Stafford soon purchased and moved into the former Blake-Lancey home on Academy Street with their 2 children, Lewis Henry Barden, Jr & Laura Saville Barden.

Former Blake-Lancey Home on Academy Street from Commercial Street

 

Although Ervin Martin’s Logging Company had incorporated many trucks into the fleet, they still used old fashioned horse power when needed.

Raymond Martin leads Maud & Queenie up Commercial Street – 1943  (Photo courtesy of Maynard Ross)

 

In the early 1940s, Rae Fuller Randlett (1904-1984) purchased the A. R. Burton & Son Store from Elmer & Marguerite Burton where he began operating as “Rae’s General Hardware”. Rae was recently widowed after his wife Gwendolyn Hanson passed away unexpectedly in 1938 at 33 years old leaving their 2 children, Rae Jean Randlett & Rogen Randlett. Rae also serviced the town school buses and provided gasoline for them for many years from his store. He was an active member in numerous town affairs including being on the Board of Hartland Mills, Inc., and serving on the Hartland School Committee & Hartland Volunteer Fire Department.

Rae’s General Hardware Ad – 1945 Ripple

 

In the fall of 1944, Ervin Martin began construction on his garage behind his Commercial Street home with the help of his sons.

New Ervin Martin Garage foundation with his house to the left and office to the far right

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear side of the completed Ervin Martin Garage – November 5, 1944  (Photos courtesy of Maynard Ross)

 

Elberton P. Dyer’s lingering battle with illness caused him to fully retire from his clothing business in 1945 and he took a job as Town Manager of Danforth traveling back and forth from Hartland until his death in 1947. He and his wife Georgia Annis sold the building in 1945 to Geraldine & Meredith Knowles, daughters of Guy Bertram Knowles & Relief Giles. They had moved to Hartland with their parents in 1937 and both graduated from Hartland Academy Class of 1941. Geraldine Euleta Knowles (1921-1977) married Ken Bishop in 1941 and Meredith Ellen Knowles (1923-2019) married Frank Hollister, Jr in 1942. They began operating on June 7, 1945 as “B & H Market” at the location until Meredith sold her half of the business to Geraldine in 1950 when she remarried to Rae Fuller Randlett. Although the article below says Georgia operated a bowling alley in the building, several of our Hartland residents recall the bowling alley was actually in the building next door and not at this location.

B & H Market Article – 1952

 

By 1943, Thomas Fuller Randlett had purchased Perley Gowen’s store. Norman Bennett McCormack (1921-1994) then purchased the building in 1946 after serving in World War II and opened “McCormack’s Market” where “Betz” remained in business for the next 25 years.

McCormack’s Market Advertisement – 1970

 

By 1943, Rae Fuller Randlett purchased the former Gorham Prescott Block from Clair Currie which Clair had purchased in 1932.

Former Gorham Prescott Block from Ervin Martin’s Residence – 1945  (Photo courtesy of Maynard Ross)

 

Ervin Martin being pulled out by Lloyd “Red” Hubbard at the former Gorham Prescott Block – 1945  (Photo courtesy of Maynard Ross)

 

Velma Vanadestine (1928-2009) waiting on customers at Ralph Hamilton’s Hartland Drug Store Counter while attending Hartland Academy.

Hartland Drug Store – 1945

 

Ervin Martin’s logging company had become a mammoth operation growing from an early annual production of 3,000 cord of wood in the 1920s to over 25,000 cord cut annually by the 1940s with his main office located near his home on Commercial Street.

E. W. Martin Logging Company Trucks in front of his Commercial Street Home – 1945  (Photo courtesy of Maynard Ross)

 

Following his service in World War II, Lloyd Cookson, Sr opened his first grocery store in the rear section of the Hartland Drug Store where Elizabeth Linn’s former Specialty Shop had been located.

Commercial Street Store Facade in the rear of the Hartland Drug Store next to the Linn Block

 

In 1949, Lewis H. Barden purchased the former Davis Block at Warren Square and moved his grocery store business there. Barden sold his Commercial Street Store to Fred & Ellen (Worthen) Cooper that same year. They later remodeled the facade of the store extending a portion of it forward over the old stairs to the front of the building. They operated as Cooper’s IGA Store before they moved to St Albans.  (Special thanks to the Cooper Family for providing the photos and information below)

Cooper’s IGA Store with remodeled facade and entryway

 

Cooper’s IGA Store Article

 

As noted by Mary (Cooper) Lary, “My parents, Fred & Ellen Cooper, were living in St. Johnsbury, Vermont when my sister Carol was two years old and just before my brother Dana was born in 1949. My father was a manager at the First National Grocery Store there. My mother’s Uncle Harry Hilton and Uncle Harlan Wilkins decided they needed to come home to Maine so they bought the store in Hartland.”

 

Ellen later wrote about the family’s experiences when they first purchased the store and returned to Hartland.

Ellen Cooper’s “Living in Hartland” Memories

 

In 1950, Meredith (Knowles) Randlett joined her 2nd husband Rae Fuller Randlett to form Randlett’s General Store. They later purchased the B & H Market in the former Elberton P. Dyer building in the mid-1950s where Meredith also operated an Ice Cream & Soda Shop until the early 1960s.

Meredith (Knowles) Randlett & Rae Fuller Randlett at Randlett’s General Store

 

In 1950, the former Linn Block was purchased by the Butera Brothers of Bangor who opened a new restaurant at the location called “Calogeno’s Restaurant”. A 1951 newspaper article notes, “Italian Food on Menu at new Hartland Cafe. The only restaurant in Hartland is that operated by Charlie & Benjamin Butera, who hail from Bangor. The restaurant, formerly Page’s Cafe, was taken over by the Queen City Brothers and features Italian and American foods.”

 

In October of 1952, fire ravaged the Calogeno’s Restaurant building and it remained abandoned for several years. 

Calogeno’s Restaurant Fire at the former Linn Block on Commercial Street – 1952

 

Calogeno’s Restaurant Fire Pittsfield Advertiser Article – Published October 9, 1952

 

Ervin W. Martin was joined in business by his sons Selden and Gerald and later Raymond Martin, and began operating as E. W. Martin & Sons with the main office still located near his home on Commercial Street. Martin’s successful logging business was noted in a newspaper article in 1951.

E. W. Martin & Sons Article – 1951

 

Wes Harrington in front of Randlett’s Store with the Hartland Drug Store and L. H. Barden’s IGA at Warren Square in the background.

Commercial Street

 

1954 Town Meeting – Article 51: “To see if the town will vote to authorize the select­men to contract with the Central Maine Power Company for the installation of 2 four-way flashing traffic beacons. One in the center of Warren Square at the intersection of Main Street, Commercial Street, Elm Street and Academy Street and one in the center of the intersection of Main Street, Mill Street, Pleasant Street and Pittsfield Avenue.”

 

In 1956, construction began on the new Hartland Branch of the First National Bank of Pittsfield located on the corner of Commercial Street & Academy Street becoming the first fully dedicated bank location built in Hartland.

Hartland Branch of the First National Bank of Pittsfield – 1956  (Original photo by Jean Stedman)

 

While living in Pittsfield, Reginald Knowles had opened a Barber Shop in Hartland at the time the new bank was built. His wife Beatrice wrote an article for the Hartland Historical Society sharing her personal experiences working at the bank and their family’s eventual move to Hartland.

Banking on Hartland – Part I

 

In 1957, Reginald & Beatrice Knowles purchased the former Haskell-Linn residence from the widowed Marguerite Burton where Reggie would set up his new Barber Shop while Beatrice continued working at the First National Bank Branch in Hartland.

Former Haskell-Linn-Burton Commercial Street Residence

 

Knowles siblings on Commercial Street with Guy Wood’s Barber Shop and Star Jewelry & Home Supply in background – c1958

 

In 1958, Violet Bickford purchased the Hartland Drug Store building following Ralph Hamilton’s death in 1955 where she operated as Hartland Variety until 1977. Vi’s store was one of the popular gathering spots for locals to mingle over breakfast or lunch.

Hartland Variety Ad – 1970

 

A February 28, 1958 newspaper article noting various events from 1957 included the passage, “The Butera Building, which was gutted by fire several years ago, was purchased by Norman McCormack with plans to renovate for public hire.” Betz leveled the remains of the former Linn Block but it has remained a vacant lot to this day.

Carl Tash & Neal Stanley on Commercial Street with the vacant lot of the former Linn Block in the background – 1963

 

Rogen Haven Randlett (1933-1966) operated a garage attached to his father’s store for several years before his tragic death at Unity Raceway.

Rogen Randlett’s Garage at Randlett’s General Store – 1961

 

Following Bertie Hanson’s death in 1960, her son Maurice continued operations at the store and in 1963 was joined by his niece-in-law, Joan (Levasseur) Randlett, wife of Rogen Randlett. Joan continued operating the store following Maurice’s death in 1973 when his son Gary Hanson took over ownership of the building and the business.

Randlett’s General Store, B. W. Hanson & Son Clothing Store & Maine First National Bank – 1980

 

In 1957, Lloyd Vernon Cookson, Sr (1908-1983) purchased Cooper’s IGA Store at the former Seekins Block where he moved his Cookson’s Super Market. Cookson had been operating his first store across the street at the rear section of the Hartland Drug Store since he had returned from his service in World War II. Lloyd had worked for L. H. Barden as a store clerk while he was attending Hartland Academy in the Class of 1927 and later served as the Hartland Post Master in 1934 & 1935. Lloyd’s wife Vivian Merrow was a well known hairdresser in Hartland for over 60 years following in the footsteps of her mother who had been a long time beautician in Cambridge.

Randlett’s Ice Cream & Soda Shop and Cookson’s Super Market – 1959

 

In 1968, Maine’s U. S. Senator Edmund Muskie took to the campaign trail in Hartland as a candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary.

U. S. Senator Ed Muskie on Commercial Street – 1968

 

In August of 1970, the First National Bank of Pittsfield merged with Maine National Bank of Portland. Maine National Bank continued their operations at the Hartland Branch however just a month later, the bank was robbed in a daylight heist on Thursday, September 10th.

Morning Sentinel Bank Robbery Article – September 11, 1970

 

Beatrice Knowles’ article continues below sharing her personal experiences of the merger and subsequent bank robbery.

Banking on Hartland – Part II

 

It would take over a year to apprehend and charge the suspected Hartland bank robbers.

1971 Bank Robbery Article

 

Commercial Street seen from Warren Square.

Commercial Street – 1970

 

Maine National Bank eventually closed its Hartland Branch and the building was abandoned for several years and later privately purchased.

Maine National Bank – Hartland Branch – 1986

 

This farmhouse on Outer Commercial Street was owned by James Leadbetter in 1860 before being purchased by Archibald Linn by 1883 as one of his many properties. It was sold during the Great Auction of 1932 to J. Howard Haley and later owned by Alvah “Pinky” & Faye Snowman, among others.

Former Leadbetter Homestead – Linn Property – 1988

 

This duplex was part of the Linn Estate and was purchased by Elmer Burton at the Great Auction of 1932 then sold it soon after to Lloyd Cookson, Sr & Vivian Merrow where she operated “Vivian’s Beauty Salon” for many years.

Linn Estate Duplex – 1988

 

The Century House was purchased by Carl Randlett immediately following the Great Auction of 1932.

Century House

Several upgrades were made to the Methodist Church over the years but its basic structure remained unchanged.

Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Church – 1988

 

The former Gorham Prescott Block was purchased by Clair I. Currie at the Great Auction of 1932 who years later sold the building to Rae Fuller Randlett.

Former Gorham Prescott Block – 1988

The former E. W. Martin & Sons Logging Company Main Office on the left remained in the Martin Family for years. It was rented out as an apartment and was the residence of Ervin’s son, Gerald Martin for a time.

Norman “Betz” McCormack sold his store on the right in 1971 to Linwood & Carolyn Wheeler who operated a store there for a year before selling to Charlie Pelkie in 1972 who operated his business as “Pelkie’s Market”. Rocky Rice & Vicki Getchell purchased the building in 1977 and opened as “V&R Market” before moving to the Hartland Drug Store location in 1981. Numerous families lived upstairs over the years.

Former Martin Logging Company Office (left) and former York Taylor Shop – 1988

 

The Hartland Public Library remained at the former Linn Woolen Mill Office from 1935 until 1991 when it moved to its new home on Mill Street. The building would later become a leather outlet store for the tannery before being closed and abandoned.

Former Linn Woolen Mill Office – 1988

 

In 1977, Florence “Flossie” Southard & Charles DeGuisto briefly operated a store business at the former Hartland Drug Store Block. When it closed in 1978, the building was purchased by Bowman & Littlefield Construction of Hartland who used the rear part for storage and leased the store out for a time to Harry Graff. In 1981, Rocky & Vicki Rice moved their “V&R Variety” store here from their previous location on Commercial Street. In 1984, they moved to the former Davis-Barden-Wright Block in Warren Square taking over the former Wright’s Shurway Store location.

Former Hartland Drug Store Block – 1984

 

Following Clair Currie’s retirement in the 1950s, Claude Fisher and his wife  Elizabeth Hart purchased the former A. H. Buck Store Block and opened “Star Jewelry & Home Supply” which they operated for many years at the location. Next door to the right at the former Greene Cobbler Shop, Guy Lloyd Wood had opened “Guy’s Barber Shop” in 1948 following Eddie Greene’s death.

Former Buck – Currie Block and Former Greene Block – 1986

 

The former Butterfield Block was owned Lewis H. Barden in the 1940s and eventually became an apartment building in the 1960s. A tragic fire on September 20, 1984 destroyed the apartment building and claimed 5 lives; 3 of them young children.

Former Butterfield – Varney & Buker Block – 1970s

 

A smaller building was eventually built on the lot of the former Butterfield Block by 1986.

Former Lot of Butterfield Block – 1986

 

The former William Lancey Block served as the home of numerous businesses over the decades including those operated by Henry & Margaret (Brown) Smith and Daniel A. Packard. It was owned by Lewis H. Barden in the 1940s and later had a bowling alley business for a time.

Former William Lancey Block – 1986

 

In 1966, Mike and Martha Greene opened the “Hartland Pizzarina” at the former E. P. Dyer Block. In late 1969, following an August 30th fire at their restaurant in the basement floor of the Wright Block at Warren Square, Joe Bizeau & “Gertie” Grignon moved into the building continuing business as “Joe & Gertie’s Restaurant”.

Towne Reynolds purchased the building in 1972, along with the former Cookson Store Block next door, and operated a pool hall & pizza shop there known as “TJ’s Pizza” until 1987. Roger Carr then purchased the building and opened the “Hartland Diner” operating it until 1994 when Elaine (Bowdoin) Delescluse purchased the building where she continued operating as the Hartland Diner until 2000.

Former E. P. Dyer Block as Hartland Diner – 1988

 

In 1972, Lloyd Cookson sold the former Seekins Store Block to Towne Reynolds who operated it as Reynold’s Market until 1974. Bill Doyle then bought the store operating it as Bill’s Market until around 1978.

Former Seekins Block as Bill Doyle’s Market – 1978

 

Former Seekins Block – 1986

 

Following Rae Fuller Randlett’s death in 1984, Meredith continued operations for several more years with assistance from their children, Daphne & Rae Fuller Randlett II. In the late 1990s, the store was sold to David Wright, son of Fod Wright, who still operates “Wrights’ General Store” at the location today. Rae & Meredith’s daughter, Daphne Randlett married David’s older brother, Thomas E. Wright.

Former Lancey- Skinner – Burton Block – 1988

 

In the 1990s, an entire section of the western side of Commercial Street was razed and a parking lot was built. The lot was the former location of the Knowles’ Residence, Martin Logging Office and former V&R Store where a laundry mat was built in its place in front of Martin’s Garage.

 

Left & Right side of the Commercial Street Parking Lot  (Google Maps)

 

Lower Commercial Street – 2010  (Google Maps)

 

100 Year Then & Now comparison of Store Blocks on the eastern side of Lower Commercial Street.

Lower Commercial Street Store Blocks – 1912

 

1. Former Buck – Higgins – Currie – Fisher Block (unseen in 1912 Photo) | 2. Former Greene – Wood Block – 2012

3. Lot location of former Butterfield – Varney & Buker Block – 2012

 

4. Former William Lancey, Mrs. Henry L. Smith, Daniel Packard & Bowling Alley Block – 2012

5. Former E. P. Dyer Clothing – B & H Market –  Hartland Pizzarina – Bizeau Restaurant – TJ’s Pool Hall – Hartland Diner Block – 2012

6. Former Seekins – Whitney – Sterns – Barden – Cooper – Cookson – Reynolds – Doyle Block – 2012

 

7. Former George Lancey, Jr – Skinner – Burton – Randlett Block – 2012

8. Former George Lancey, Jr – George M. Lancey – Hanson Block – 2012

(2012 photos courtesy of Laurel Knowles White)

Commercial Street – 2018  (Photo courtesy of Dana Morgan)

Commercial Street – 2019  (Photo courtesy of Will Bunker Photography)