Wilton, Maine (Images of America Series)

Wilton, Maine (Images of America Series)

by Tamara N. Hoke


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Wilton, Maine (Images of America Series) by Tamara N. Hoke

Wilton was incorporated in 1803, when it was a mostly self-sufficient agricultural community. Manufacturing was the backbone of town even before it was fully incorporated and would continue to be until the late 20th century. Early industrial success can be attributed to Wilson Stream, which provided waterpower for Wilton’s mills. The names of Bass, Butterfield, Furnel, Walker, Robbins, and Goodspeed would become well known in Wilton as early entrepreneurs. George Henry Bass entered the shoe manufacturing business in 1876 and started his first shoe shop in 1879. G.H. Bass & Co. went on to become a major employer in the area and a nationally known company. The early 1900s was a time of great progress for the town in which the Wilton Academy was accredited, the town library was acquired, and the Wilton Woolen Mill was established. Several businesses also emerged on Main Street, including the Cony Miller Grocery Store, Mrs. Magrath’s Millinery, Holman’s Drug Store, and Stockford’s Drug Store. Today, the essence of Wilton is still reflected in its official motto, “A great place to live, work & play.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467122443
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 801,711
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tamara N. Hoke is the director at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in Jay. Images have been drawn from the Wilton Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Business 9

2 Industry 27

3 Hunting, Farming, and Fishing 39

4 Celebrations 47

5 Fires, Floods, and Storms 55

6 Camp Kineowatha 65

7 Home and Family 77

8 Streets and Villages 87

9 Recreation 93

10 Community 103

Bibliography 127

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Wilton, Maine (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Millie3 More than 1 year ago
Fun cover! Great pic of old fashioned luncheonette complete with lunch ladies. Good book for those who love small town America. Look for the Felix the Cat sign at the motor lodge and the movie program for Claude Rains' "Man Who Reclaimed His Head". Also lots of historical photos of Kineowatha summer camp in rural Maine as well as the Bass shoe company. A real step back in time.