Historic designation sought for mills
SANFORD — The owners of the former Goodall family mill complex are working with local and state officials to get the mostly empty cluster of brick buildings designated as a historic district, triggering tax credits and memorializing the role the mills played in the history of the town.
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Historical Society talk to focus on Maine women’s suffragist
AUGUSTA — Anne Gass of Gray has been spending time over the last seven to eight years researching the life of her great-grandmother, Florence Brooks Whitehouse, who was a leader in the fight to give women the right to vote.
This photo shows Florence Brooks Whitehouse in 1915. The result of that research will be a book, “Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Suffrage.”Gass will give a presentation on Florence Whitehouse sponsored by the Kennebec Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Augusta City Center Lecture Hall.
Exhibit weaves stories of Maine millworkers
Homer Lebel and two of his brothers came to Lewiston in the early 1900s, leaving a family of 14 in Quebec.
“Food and work were very difficult,” Homer’s grandson Fred Lebel recalls. “They were actually starving and they heard about the [textile] mills.”
Homer got a job hauling cotton from the freight yards to the Continental mill. The brothers were 12, 13 and 15 when they arrived.
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