Namesake of Walter Ernest Mebroy Seekins
In 1901, Walter E. M. Seekins (1860-1910) purchased a lot of land from Calvin Blake, Jr which had been owned by his father, Dr. Calvin Blake. Seekins created a new public throughway extending from the entry to the Methodist Church on Commercial Street connecting to Blake Street. Seekins operated a General Store on Commercial Street and several of his children and grandchildren built their houses on the new street.
Future Seekins Street – 1896
The first attempt to make the newly formed public way an official street did not pass however a future warrant was accepted by voters by 1910.
1903 Town Meeting – Article 27: “To see if the town will vote to accept the Public Way commencing on the east side of Commercial Street, south of the Methodist Church lot and extending easterly to the west line of Blake Street in Hartland Village, as laid out by the Selectmen, and determine the amount of land damages.”
In 1905, the Hartland P of H Grange #452 built their new dedicated Grange Hall on Seekins Street. Following their disbandment in the early 1960s, the building was used by town civic groups before being razed in the early 1970s and replaced with a Public Tennis & Basketball Court.
New P of H #452 Grange Hall
Seekins Street in the background with Grange Hall to the right (Photo courtesy of Maggie Smith)
Hartland Village – 1943
Ariel View of Seekins Street – 2014 (Photo courtesy of Linda Paine)