Down East 2013 ©
From Our Archives April 1976
A look back at Down East Thirty-Seven years ago
Cover by D. Crosby Brown
North by East
Musical Revolt Down East
Citizens of Castine have developed a battle song in their fight to repeal the controversial state educational funding law. It’s on a record entitled Revolt Down East, which extols Castine’s resistance to the tax and encourages people all over Maine to “Sing out for the constitution and win our freedoms back.” They admit it might not be another “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” but they hope it will have the same effect.
End of an Era
During the winter, a bit of rural Americana passed into history. The last Grange Store in the nation closed its doors. Located in North Jay, customers could buy crackers and molasses out of the barrel, carloads of grains, boots, shoes, or have a cut of “moose cheese” from the huge round on the counter. With the store closed, the smell of grain and leather or ripe cheese and sweet molasses have begun to fade into memory.
“Where East is East”
The Maine Sunday Telegram admitted it was wrong in reporting that Alaska, not Maine, is the easternmost state in the nation. The paper says it committed geographical treason by accepting as true the claim of two readers and a scientist that some of Alaska’s Aleutian Island lies on the far side of the International Date Line, which would make them east instead of west of Maine.
Letters to the editor
Your January article, “Maine Winters — Are They Getting Warmer or Colder,” reminded me of an entry in some notes compiled by Arthur L. Holbrook. “In June 1816 it was so cold they wore overcoats and mittens. My grandfather had a small clay pipe to dip the corn with because he could not pick corn with his mitten.” I don’t recall ever hearing of a cold summer quite like that one.
Marjorie B. Libby, Brunswick, Maine
Down East Bookshelf
Gulls: A Social History by Frank Graham Jr.
China, Maine: Bicentennial History by Mary M. Grow
Benjamin Browne Foster’s Down East Diary by Charles H. Foster
The Survival of the Bark by John McPhee
Handsome Headpiece for Top Hands, Ramrods, and Dudes.
To keep you cool headed and jauntily comfortable. $12.95.
From the Ukraine to Maine
My father, Ivan Ivanovich Kaida, is a natural-born farmer who considers the twenty-two years he spent working in a factory — on a machine that made parts for other machines — “worse than a prison sentence.” Upon retirement three years ago, he and my mother left their life in urban New Jersey and moved to Richmond, Maine, where they started over as farmers.
Down East Homes
Home With A History
Two-hundred-year-old Colonial homestead looks over lawns, gardens, fields, and woods on a thirty-eight-acre property in Woolwich. $150,000.