An Illustrated Timeline of Alexander, Maine 

* THE LAND 13000 YEARS AGO  * EXPLORERS, BATTLES, REBELLION FROM 1000 TO 1774  *  TURNING LAND INTO MONEY FROM 1781 TO 1795  *  PUTTING ALEXANDER ON THE MAP FROM 1785 TO 1808  *             EARLY SETTLERS FROM 1808 TO 1825        *    YEARS OF GROWTH 1830       *     READY OR NOT FOR WAR ~ 1860 TO 1865     *    WHERE PEOPLE LIVED IN 1880     *   THRU THE TAX COLLECTORS EYES - 1914   BOUND FOR EXTINCTION 1970       *  GROWING AGAIN         *
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THE NEW MILLENNIUM  *
 

CHAPTER 11 – GROWING AGAIN FROM 1970 TO Y2K

1978 GEORGIA – PACIFIC CORP. TIMBER INVENTORY MAP OF ALEXANDER


This map gives a good picture of the land in Alexander that has been mostly owned by non-residents over the years. Generally this land is not suited for farming, but well suited for growing trees. This land, about 10,000 acres has been a place of employment for loggers with axes, then chain saws, and now huge mechanical harvesters. The forest products today include fiber to make paper, logs for sawing into lumber, chips for electrical power generation, and balsam brush for wreaths. The energy of the sun plus the soils left by the glacier combine to give man economic opportunity and places for recreation. The woods give wildlife homes and a storage place and filter for water that eventually gets to our lakes. And it’s all renewable!

Note that this map shows the Lydic Setoff to Crawford and the weird crook in the Alexander – Princeton line. The Damon Setoff from Cooper is incorrect

 

1997 E-911 ROAD MAP OF ALEXANDER


The town line with Cooper is incorrect.


Y2K - YEAR 2000 – THE MILLLENNIUM YEAR - ALEXANDERS 175TH ANNIVERSARY
Images by Grazina Paegle – Text by John Dudley

January 19 - An educational assembly was held at AES on the anniversary of the town’s incorporation. The scholars and John Dudley presented brief histories. Grange members were present and all enjoyed a special birthday cake. This was the first event of Alexander’s celebration of its 175th anniversary of its incorporation

February 7 – Breakneck Mountain Sno-Riders raised over $400 for Pine Tree Camp for Crippled Children in the club’s annual poker run.

February 21 – The Snowmobile club again showed its generosity, this time giving the Alexander Fire and First Responder Team a $1000 rescue shed.

March 23 – AES student members of the Garden Club planted seeds for their summer projects.

April 8 - AES students participated in Down East Heritage Day at UMM. Shane Brown, Cassie Oakes, and twins Brodie and Thomas Tozier created visual displays of Alexander – Crawford schools, veterans and seniors. They won a cash award, which was turned into pie at Helen’s.

April 10 – New sign was installed at Alexander Cemetery.

April 13 – Volunteer Appreciation Day at AES

May 22 – Grade four and five students from AES went to the Alexander Cemetery to place flags on Veterans’ graves and to take rubbings of gravestones.

June 3 – AES pupils went to Baltic Island in Barrows Lake and placed transcripts of interviews they had done with their grandparents in the History Dome. The time capsule will be opened in 2050.

June 8 – Sign at the Alexander Animal Pound installed. Merle Knowles and his boys cut bushes and cleaned up the site. A-CHS placed a sign on this historic site on the Cooper Road, at the Arm Road.

June 16 – Brothers Jimmy and David Davis along with Crash Burgess, Fred Wallace and John Dudley started the manual work of preparing the Veterans’ Monument at the Municipal Building.

June 26 – Over one hundred voters took part in the budget town meeting.

July 1 – This was a day of celebration and dedication. At 11 am we had a parade on Cooper Road. Grange members provided lunch and people viewed exhibits in the Grange Hall including the gravestone rubbings. At 1 PM a Dedication program started at the Municipal building. The Boy Scout troop put the flag up and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pike Seavey (USMC) thanked those present and those who had done the work on the Garden. Roger Holst (USN) read names of known Veterans and introduced our speaker Major General (Ret.) U. S. Army Peter Berry who spoke about Veterans and Our Flag. Pastor Robert Chamberland (USAF) of the Church of the Open Bible gave the closing prayer. Many returned to the Grange Hall where the chocolate cakewalk was held upstairs. Justina Goodine was Little Miss Chocolate Cake.

July 8 – Half a hundred enthusiastic family historians gathered at AES for the annual Genealogy Fair. Grange members supplied coffee, donuts and lunches.

July 22 – Mrs. Silk (writing), Mrs. Pollock (reading) and Mrs. Smith (math) completed a three-week summer camp for AES students. Team teaching and cross grade learning made this a valuable learning experience for the scholars.

August 10 – Governor Angus King came to AES on this sunny Sunday to help local children and adults dedicate an Outdoor Learning Area. Sometimes called an Amphitheater, it was the result of months of planning and work by staff, students and townspeople. King, who had arrived with friends all on Harley Davidsons, commented that the Learning Area was the result of four Ps, planning, perseverance, partnership and passion.

Our visitors on arrival – a view of the Outdoor Learning Area

The Governor with Janelle Jundt and Justina Goodine – Heather Henry and Mae Bouchard talk as Ron Renaud watches. Note the student made mushroom.

October 1 – Troop #127 of Alexander participated in the international Boy Scout Camporee over the weekend. On October 23, the boys held an Appreciation Night for the adults who supported them over the past 15 years.

October 23 – Breakneck Mountain ATV Club did a special ride this Sunday and donated 500 pounds of food to the Calais Food Pantry.

October 30 – Over one hundred people attended the medieval Fair at AES. Most students wore medieval costumes and enjoyed food of the era.

November 30 – Belle Carlow celebrated her 100th birthday.

And some people worked –

Town Clerk Shirley McCall and Assessor Steve Knowles work at the Town Office; Coburn Wallace repairs outboard motors for his nephew Joey Wallace; Those with strong backs harvest blueberries.
 

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