Maybe someone will recognize persons listed in these records of ownership and transfer, again from the Raymond Manson notebooks.
Waterville Mail, January 7, 1881
REAL ESTATE SALES in Vassalboro:
Sarah T. Butterfield to Andrew C. & Jeremiah S. Butterfield
Waterville Savings Bank to A.E. & J.S. Butterfield
Levi Gardiner to J.P. Burgess -- land and bldgs, $800
Levi Gardiner to J.P. Burgess -- land and bldgs, $1200
Horace Priest to E.L. Priest -- land and bldgs, $12000
Edgar S. Forrest to Arvilla B. Forrest, land , $5
Emma J. Young to Martin V. Young, one-half interest in land and bldgs.,$450
Waterville Mail, January 14,1881
REAL ESTATE SALES in Vassalboro:
Charlotte B. Farwell to James B. Farwell, right title and inchoate right of dower to land.
Rebecca S. Bradley to A.C.& J.S. Butterfield, land $500.
Real Estate Transfers:
Levi Webber to William Flynn, 14 acres of land for $850.
To close this issue, once again from the Manson notebooks, here are three items from twenty years later that contrast dramatically with the usual quiet flow of life in Vassalboro:
Waterville Mail, June 8,1900
This town has had its turn with burglars. This morning at 1:30 there was a bold attempt to rob the store of
Meservey and Lord, who keeps a general line of goods. The burglars forced an entrance to the store and
would doubtless have succeeded in their intentions if they had not been interrupted. Harley Seaney, who
had been to Waterville, rode by on his bicycle on his way home, and one of the men who was on watch,
thinking that he had been discovered,attempted to seize Seaney. The young man got away however. Seaney
had a narrow escape as the burglar fired five shots from a revolver at him, one shot going through his
The night watch at the woolen mill immediately aroused Joseph Jewett the boss spinner and they at once
proceeded to the scene but the burglars were already on their way out of town. Several shots were sent after
them but no damage was done. Two bit-stocks and a stick of dynamite were found on the floor where they had been left by the retreating cracksmen.
Waterville Mail, June 14, 1900
The police of Maine cities have been on the lookout the past week for William Horshall, an Englishman,
who is missing from North Vassalboro. Horshall is described as 36 years of age, 5' 6" tall, black hair, dark
skin, thln face, large nose and grey eyes. He is addicted to drink and had considerable money when he
left. The search is instituted by a sister who arrived from England a week after he went away. Horshall is
a cloth finisher by trade and was employed at the North Vassalboro mill. It was thought that the man was
somewhere in the vicinity of Bangor, but a diligent inquiry by the police department has failed to find any
trace of his whereabouts.
Waterville Mail, June 18, 1900
Horsfall heard from Bangor:- A body was found floating in the Kenduskeag stream here this morning. It was thought that [sic] a man 5' 6" in height, 150 pounds, reddish hair, hunting shoes, rimless gold bowed spectacles and black clothing. Supposed to be William Horsfall of North Vassalboro. The above is not Willlam Horsfall as he has been heard from by his sister, who has been searching for him. Horsfall has black hair, weighs less than 150 pounds and does not wear spectacles, and is now in Massachusetts.
Finally, some comic relief:
On Tuesday evening at 7:30, Dana P. Foster of Waterville arrived here to sit in Judgement [sic] on the case
of Charles Burgess, who was arrested by Officer Hodges on the previous evening for drunkenness. The trial
was held in the office of H.A.Priest, Attorney at Law. A crowd gathered to it, but the room being small,
not many could gain admission. In their eagerness to hear the case, men stood in all available positions.
There were many laughable features connected with the case. Officer Hodges being sworn, testified that the
prisoner was drunk. About a dozen witnesses, who were on-lookers while the prisoner was being arrested
swore that in their judgement [sic], he was not. H.A. Priest defended the prisoner and some lively tilts took
place between him and officer Hodges. Mr. Hodges on being asked by the prisoner's counsel how much
he weighed, replied 220 pounds. This question was brought about to show the dissimilarity in sizes of the
prisoner and officer. When the weight was announced there was much laughter.