" The most interesting, perhaps the most enchanting business
man to take part in trading activities in this community (Cooper’s
Mills) was Commander James Robbins. In 1883 he opened a jewelry
repair shop in a small building west of the present Birch residence.
James Robbins, said to be the most original man in the State of
Maine weighed 180 lbs, wore a 36 ladies shoe , starched petticoats,
frills, ruffles and corsets when at home or in the shop. For street
wear he donned man's pants. For more of this story consult the
writer." Marieta K. Colby 1959....
publication of Whitefield's celebration committee
* photo is of an
unknown 19th century cross dresser