1883- " 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....

Sesquicentennial Celebration 1809-1959 publication of Whitefield's celebration committee

* photo is of an unknown 19th century cross dresser

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