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Northeast Carry Timeline 3-10-2013

Northeast Carry Timeline 3-10-2013

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Published by A Russell Newhall
This informal document is the start of a process to identify dates, events, organizations and individuals that were part of the story of the Northeast Carry, Moosehead Lake, Piscataquis County, Maine.
This informal document is the start of a process to identify dates, events, organizations and individuals that were part of the story of the Northeast Carry, Moosehead Lake, Piscataquis County, Maine.

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 Northeast Carry, Piscataquis County, MaineTimeline
Somerset County established, March 1, 1809. County seat isSkowhegan.
Maine constitution approved, October, 1819.
Maine constitution ratified, March 4, 1820.
Maine granted statehood from Massachusetts, March 15, 1820.
, Piscataquis County Incorporated, March 23, 1838, annexingportions of Somerset County(Northwest Unorganized Territories,including Northeast Carry Township) and portions of PenobscotCounty(Northeast Unorganized Territories). The northern portionextended to the Canadian border but, in 1844, the northern portion wasannexed by Aroostook County. The Piscataquis county seat is Dover-Foxcroft. Land/map references list the Northeast Carry Township as TWP3, Range 14 & 15. W.E.L.S. means “West of the Easterly Line of theState”.
, September, Thoreau--The Maine Woods. Describes arriving bysteamer at the long pier and not much else. He describes the rude lograilway and the ox “truck”. Also describes a clearing which was,probably what we remember as the “middle field”.
In Minstrelsy of Maine, by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm, Gryphon Books,1927, Pages,65,76,80,133,134,and 135, there is a story about Dan Goldenwho wrote two songs, “Katahdin Green” and John Ross”. The “John Ross”song was reported as being sung at Ross’s Lobster camps. Golden workedfor Ross, in the woods, for 36 winters, from 1867.Also, from the registry at the Lily Bay House, there is a notationidentifying Mel Whitten as a jobber for John Ross(Parker, BeyondMoosehead II, page 23).
U. S. Census:Luce, George C., Birth: abt 1836, Residence: Township 3, Piscataquis,Maine.
Morrison’s Tavern, described as the first building at NortheastCarry(The Moosehead Lake Region, Nathan D. Hamilton and Cynthia A.Thayer, page 54). The Tavern had two distinctive architecturalfeatures which can be seen in later photos of the Winnegarnock House.The features are: the tall narrow second floor window above the frontentrance; and the two chimneys, one at each end of the building. Atthe time of this picture, there is no building on the site of thestore, which was always referred to as the “Hotel”, during Bill andFloss LaCrosse’s ownership.Sometime between Morrison’s time, and 1878, John Ross must haveacquired the Tavern, if it is the “Carry House” described in the Ross-Savage transaction, next. Also, I found a reference that John Ross hada Lobster Lake Operation. There are descriptions of a land trail fromthe Ross Farm, over the ridge to Lobster. Guests would, often, take
the West Branch boat trip to Lobster and return by the land route. Ifound a reference to a song written by a Ross employee. See 1867,Eckstorm.
Morris Farm, at the end of the Carry road, at the West Branch ofthe Penobscot. Operated by Joseph Morris. Offered guest lodging andhauling. A tote road existed from the Morris Farm to Chesuncook. Thereference was found in the book, “Illustrated Guide Book to MooseheadLake and Vicinity”, by Charles Alden and John Farrar, copyright 1879,published 1880. Copy is in the Harvard College Widener Library.
Thomas Buck Snow, born, December 25, 1873, Piscataquis, Maine. 
In August, Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Savage purchase the Carry houseand 600 acres from John Ross. The Savages had or were operating theLake House in Greenville. The Lake House was reported to have burnedin 1897 or 1898(The Moosehead Lake Region, Hamilton & Thayer, page 14).Mr. Savage’s ownership of Carry operation is referenced in the Alden-Captain Charles A.J. Farrar’s book, Farrar’s Illustrated Guide Book toMoosehead lake and the North Maine Wilderness(note discrepancies innames and titles—need to research) with a mention of Charlie Nicholas,an Indian guide, from Greenville.Also, there is mention of the ox railroad built “years ago” by MajorSamuel Strickland, a prominent lumber operator from Bangor. Parker, inRailroads of the North Woods, page 1, states that Strickland and fellowlumbermen partners; George King, Philander Coburn and others, formedthe Moosehead Lake Railroad Company. The reference indicates therailroad was built shortly before 1850(Thoreau described the railroadfrom his 1853 trip across the Carry). There is a mention that therailroad was still in operation around 1860. The wooden ox railroadburned but, no date reference except a mention by Farrar the onlytraces remained by 1880(I recall PHN saying he remembered findingpieces of the rails, when he was a child). I read one account it burnedin a fire set by blueberry pickers(Wilson,Logging And Lumbering inMaine, page 86), another account blamed a forest fire.Farrar’s book mentions that George C. Luce bought the MorrisFarm(Parker, Railroads of the North Woods, page 1). An ad attributedto
In The Maine Woods
, 1900, lists “George C. Luce, Proprietor”(Wilson,Maine’s Angling Past, page 81. The picture of the Penobscot House isthe same as in an ad reproduced in Wilson, Maine Lodges And SportingCamps, page 75. See
Penobscot House, below.
1880 Federal Census1884
Farrar’s Illustrated Guide To Moosehead Lake And Vicinity, 1884,Chapter XIX, pages 218 and 219, list: Morris Farm House, Joseph Morris,Proprietor; and Winnegarnock House, Simeon Savage, Proprietor.
Chester Cliford Worthing, born April 5, 1886. Resided inBelfast, Waldo, Maine, age 14, in 1900 Census. By 1918, age 32,residence is listed as Piscataquis, Maine.
First U.S. Postmaster appointed to Northeast Carry, , AugustAlexander Doherty, August 2, 1889, cancels first letter(“Pittston FarmWeekly”, December 10, 1964, Volume 3, No. 2).
October 2, 1890, George C. Luce is appointed Postmaster, at theNortheast Carry, Piscataquis, Maine.
The steamboat “John Ross”, a scow, was constructed at theNortheast Carry and transported to the West Branch and on toChesuncook, to be used towing booms. The “John Ross” was piloted downthe river by Captain Louis Gill. In 1902 the “A.B.Smith” was built andreplaced the “John Ross”, using the engine and boilers from the“Ross”(Parker, Beyond Moosehead II, pages 10 & 38).
The Seboomock Dam Company is incorporated by an act of the MaineLegislature(Parker, Seboomook, page 7). Work starts on “The BradstreetProject” to move logs from Seboomook Lake/West Branch of the Penobscotto Moosehead Lake, at the Northwest Carry(Seboomook). The firstSeboomock dam is built, at Seboomook Falls(once known as “Henderson’sPitch), as part of this project.
An ad in Hubbard’s Hubbard’s Guide To Moosehead Lake And NorthernMaine, 1893, at the end of the book, offers “...a good hotel at eitherend of the NORTHEAST CARRY, MOOSEHEAD LAKE.” The ad lists “George C.Luce, Proprietor, Winnegarnock and Penobscot Houses”. The ad, also,offers a “United States Post-Office at the Carry”.
John Ross launches the “Minnie Orono” at Northeast Carry. TheLewiston Evening Journal, Monday, August 9, 1897.John Ross, injured while open a door to a storage shed, at his farm atthe Northeast Carry, The Lewiston Evening Journal, November 23, 1897.
The first telephone line in the North Woods is run from theMount Kineo House to the Northeast Carry along the eastern shore of theLake. Mr. Millard Metcalf of Greenville Junction, a clerk at the MountKineo House, with manager C.A. Judkins, join Will Shaw and GeorgeTurner to form the Kineo and Northeast Carry Telephone company, in1897. The line was run during the winter of 1897-1898, supervised byWilliam Moriarty. The line had six stations, the Mount Kineo House,the Shaw Farm, The Folsom Farm, the Ross Farm, the Winnegarnock Houseand the Morris Farm. I remember walking the phone line to the Ross Farmwith my mother and Nancy. We started from the end of the shore road,behind Bill DuPlisse’s house and at the bend where the road turned toGeneral Hill’s camp. The trail was away from the shore and very overgrown.
In a 1898 publication(Google), I found an ad for the WinnegarnockHouse, listing S. S. Hibbard as manager. Also, an article in a 1898publication, "Forest and Stream", Volume 50, Page 432, describing afish catch by a guest & S. S. Hibbard.

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This Northeast Carry timeline document is my starting effort to pull together information which represents some of the history and story of the Carry. I feel a responsibility to record this information before it becomes lost. Because the Carry is part of an "unorganized territory", most of the typical sources of historical record keeping are not available. I hope to have information, stories, d
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