Friends Of
Newsletter - Nov 2002.    

Welcome to our 6th issue of the "on-line'  "Friends of Whitefield" newsletter. This  is a free, un-official, and occasional  e-zine about matters of our wonderful town, Whitefield, Maine.
David Chase -editor
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In This Issue: (just click on the picture or underlined link)....................................................................................................................

By clicking here, you can see two newly created topographic maps of Whitefield that I rendered in 3D using software developed by DeLorme Mapping in Freeport. 
By adding these images to our repertoire of geographical tools, it's hoped that we can all come to a greater appreciation and understanding of this place we call Whitefield .

In our last issue we featured three spectacular aerial photographs of Whitefield taken in 1936.
 (Coopers Mills  * North Whitefield  * Kings Mills )

Images taken from above are a wonderful to get a new perspective 

Here, Tom Benne is leading a walking tour to Whitefield's 19th century gold mine located behind his and Paula's farm on Townhouse Road.
The field trip on a spectacular fall day was well attended by those who were curious about this legendary landmark.
Click on the image to see pictures of this outing and to read about our fabled gold mine.





 While doing research this summer in the Special Collections Department of of the Fogler Library at UMO, I made a delightful find. 

To see scans of these interesting and important Whitefield Civil War era documents, click on the thumbnail image at left.




Lore Hemingway Ford III tends the beautiful historic Whitefield Cemetery (incorporated in 1847). On an absolutely gorgeous spring day just before Memorial, I stopped to chat with my cousinnow a retired attorney
( Lore is the grandson of Whitefield's  first historian and revered scholar / teacher, Lore Hemingway Ford).

Click here to see a photo montage of that visit.

Click here to see a picture of Lore's grandfather and one of his classes at Whitefield High School.


Now that GOOGLE, the master of search engines, has begun indexing our "Friends of Whitefield" newsletter - we are getting many, many "hits' ........Over 1300 on our last issue !




In hindsight, was Whitefield's 1974  Shoreland Zoning Ordinance an ambitious, albeit innocent, "Land Grab" ?

Click here to read some stunning facts about how scores of  Whitefield taxpayers lost the use of 
770 acres  
and still pay Full taxes on the land, 30 years later!


In our last issue we included a story from Paul MacDonald's book "Early Years the 20th Century".
In this issue we continue, with two more stories centered at Turner's Corner, or North Whitefield as it is known today. 

Click here to read the stories and to see images from that era.


    Mount View Chamber Choral Singers return to Saint Denis for another Concert

Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m
(Guests should arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be assured of seating)

Click here to read more about this talented group of performers.

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words to ponder.......


"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Gitanjali, 1912.