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The Ballard Hill School in Lincoln was opened on January 19, 1920. It cost $45,000 to build. Here are some photos of the building as it appears today and when it was new.

What a difference a hundred years makes! Compare this photo, taken on September 12, 2007, with the one on the right. The road has been modified for today's traffic, and photos are now in living color.

If you have any old photos of people and places in the greater Lincoln area, e-mail them to us or drop them off to be scanned. Please include as much information about the pictures as possible.

Thanks to Linda Bradeen for sending in this photo of Bickford Hill on the Lee Road, taken on July 8, 1907. The photo belongs to Lois Welch of Lee.

Here's a view of Lincoln's Main Street on Memorial Day in days gone by. We don't have a year for this photo, but the sidewalk was made of boards and the street hadn't been paved yet. It looks like the mode of transportation was mainly horse-drawn carriages, too. If you have any information about this photo, please e-mail us.
Firefighting technology has changed a great deal over the years. Thankfully, firefighters of today have better equipment to help save our homes and businesses in the event a fire breaks out. The bravery and honor of the firefighters themselves remains the same though, and we're glad they're here to protect us all!

Our thanks to Paul Corro for loaning us this old postcard that was sent to his mother many years ago. The picture was taken in Lincoln, but we're not sure when. Perhaps one of our visitors can provide some more information about it.

Please e-mail us if you know when this photo was taken. We'd love to be able to find out the names of the people in the picture, too.

This photo, sent to us by George King of the Lincoln Historical Society, was made from a glass negative. This firefighting apparatus was called the Amoskeag Steamer. This photo was taken at the time of its purchase. The steamer was in service for many years, and helped put out many a fire. George thinks the photo was taken around 1910.

This photo (courtesy of Donna Pereira) of the MA band and majorettes was taken sometime around 1959-1960. Hervey Clay is in the back row - he's the one without a uniform, as they didn't have one that fit him at the time. We're not sure who else is in the picture. Can anyone tell us? E-mail us if you have any information.

This picture was taken in June of 1995, on the last day the lunch counter at the J.J. Newberry store on Main Street in Lincoln was open. (Photo by Connie Rand)

This great photo of Lincoln's 4th of July parade in 1950 was brought to us by Barbara Fogg Brown. Barbara's father, Wayne Fogg, was driving the fire truck in this picture. He was Lincoln's assistant fire chief at the time, and was later chief.

Here's the Ella P. Burr School boys' basketball team in 1958. First Row: Doug Ludden, Mike Thomas, Jody Thomas, Bubba Smith, Danny Smith
2nd Row: Tommy Smith, Kenyon Smith, Reggie Michaud, ???, Tommy McLaughlin, Gene Gordan, B. Osgood, Ty Cobb, Roger Bowers, ???, Jay Jordan

Below is Mrs Murchison's 5th Grade at Ella P. Burr School in 1956.

These photos were sent to us by Carol McLaughlin.

Mrs. Mildred Crocker's class at the Lincoln Primary School, taken January 25, 1956 by Dalton Brown. Left to right: 1st row - Toni Oullette, Beth Maynard, Vernon Taylor, ? Berg, Fred Dobson, Linda Curtis. 2nd row - Ann Edwards, Claudette Fogg, Danny Oliver, Donna Westgate, Edgar Murchison. 3rd row - Paul Ciarrocchi, Stanley Bowker, Sandra Paradis, ?, Bonnie Reardon, Terry Moore, Gerry Barker, Linda Young. 3rd. row - Tim Tufts, June Knights, George Goodwin, Roger Murchison, Sheila Berry, Jerry Moors, Mary Murchison, Mike Carney. (Photo courtesy of Donna Westgate Pereira)

Taken at the Lincoln Primary School in November of 1959 by Dalton Brown. Left to right: 1st row - Alan Stockley, Stan Bowker, Lucille Carlow, Beth Madore, Toni Oullette, Mary Murchison, Andrea Olsen, Bruce Stevens. 2nd row - Gerald Derosier, Dennis Dill, Bessie Dion, Sheila Berry, Ann Edwards, Jane McCormick, Parker Barnes. 3rd row - Wilfred Audibert, Tim Hollis, Terry Moore, Danny Oliver, Caroline Kilbride, Donna Westgate, Jim Theriault, Bruce Hall. 4th row - Dale Murchison, Randy Libby, Peggy Walker, William Haynes, Mike Carney, Vernon Taylor, Lester McMahan. (Photo courtesy of Donna Westgate Pereira)

Mrs. Carrie Neal's class, taken January 4, 1962 by Fred Richards. Left to right: 1st row - Donna Westgate, Bessie Dion, Karla Hinkelman, Candy Carlow, Sheila Berry, Reta Johnston, Caroline Kilbride, Beth Maynard, Laurine Phinney, Mary Murchison. 2nd row - Mrs. Neal, Dalton McCormick, Chester Knights, Danny Oliver, Cindy Smith, Sheila Tait, Becky Whalen, Vernon Taylor, Myron Ogden, Roger Murchison, Andrew Lynch. 3rd row - Parker Barnes, Richard Overlock, Gary Barker, Alan Stockley, Chris Gerry, Stan Bowker, Paul Ciarrocchi, Edgar Murchison, Wilfred Audibert, Terry Moore. (Photo courtesy of Donna Westgate Pereira)

The Ella P. Burr School band, taken by Dalton Brown in 1959. Left to right: 1st row - Timmy Edwards, Leo Madore, Brad Blake, John Libby, Howard Sleeper, Timmy Hollis, Jeff Goodwin, Carl LaForge, Carroll Hurd, Brian Carey, Jimmy Lowell, Dickie Carlow, Dale Murchison, Cheryl Murchison, Connie Lowell, Sonya Trott, Toni Oullette. 2nd row - Allen Currie, Pat MacEachern, George Goodwin, Donnie Worcester, Donna Westgate, Karen Gulesian, Jane McCormick, Beth Madore, Gayle Kane, Betty Barkowski, Ray Graham, Beth Maynard, Gwen Mason, Ellen Jipson, Bonnie Bean, Mary Murchison, Pam O'Leary. 3rd row - Connie Wilson, Barrie Edwards, Teddy and Larry Flagg, ?, Billy Chubbuck, Bob Brown, Mike McCormick, Steve Armstrong, ?, Brent Libby, Terry Crockett, Carol Joy, Linda Young, Linda Littlefield, Shirley Pinkham. 4th row - ?, Danny Aiken, ?, Stan Bowker, ?, ?, Buddy Smith, Mike Carney, Alan Stockley, Wilfred Butterfield, Chris Gerry, Bob Bowker, Bruce Stevens, ?, Larry Harding, ?, ?, ?, ?, Bill Bennett, Nellie Perry, ?, Connie Scanlon, Mary Barkowski, Connie Stockley, ?, Judy Hawkins, Marilyn Fogg, Chuck Emery, Marsha Ryder, ?, Wanda Dill, Allen Hawkins, Dave Edgecomb, Reta Johnston, Gerry Graham, Rebecca Goodwin. (Photo courtesy of Donna Westgate Pereira)

Here's a view of Main Street from an old postcard. The Lincoln House Hotel is on the right, with the Methodist Church in the background. Note the boardwalk! If you know when this photograph was taken, we'd love to hear from you.

Here's a wonderful photo of the 1934-35 MA girls' basketball team. From left to right - First row: K. McGibney, P. Blake, E. Albert (captain) , H. Terrio (manager), and A. Trott. Second row: A. Albert, H. Furrough (who loaned us the photo), Coach Clements, E. Leen, J. Johnston, P. McCafferty and A. Reardon. If you have any photos of the Lincoln area from days gone by, we'd love to share them with our viewers! If you have access to a scanner, you can e-mail photos to us in JPEG format, or we can scan them and return them to you.

George King loaned us this photo of Lincoln's 1979 Homecoming parade. The Methodist Church has had its steeple modified since then, and the old movie hall visible in the picture has been torn down. If you have any old photos of the Lincoln area, we'd love to share them with our viewers!

This photo comes to us courtesy of the Lincoln Historical Society. Members of the 1956 Eastern Corp. Bowling Team, left to right, are Percy Kilbride, Herbie Brehaut, Guilford Cole, John Whalen and Ellsworth Smith. The photo was taken by Dalton E. Brown.

This photo of the Lakeside Lanes bowling team was taken by Fred Richards in 1963. Left to right: Phyllis Johnson, Jean Bickford, Gladys MacNevin, Althea Lowell, Myrna Sproul and Marge Pedley. Our thanks to Jean Bickford for letting us bring you this photo!

These enterprising young men were Lincoln News paperboys many years ago. We think we can see John Greenleaf, Bob Tomilson, Bob Dow, Dennis Gray, Tom Whalen and Mike Carney in this group. Can you see anyone you know? E-mail us if you can provide any information.

Lee's ancestors, the Kneelands, had a store on Main Street for many years. We're not sure when this was taken, but the street hadn't been paved yet!

At one time, there was a service station called Lincoln Motor Co. where Libby's Color Boutique is now, on West Broadway in Lincoln. Thanks to Brad and Cathy Wambolt, current owners of Libby's Color Boutique, for providing us with this photo.

This house on the Town Farm Road in Lincoln was home to the Booker family, who moved to the house in 1901. The home is still standing today (the photo above was taken in January 2007).

This photo was taken by Jeannette King in 1954 during the Fourth of July parade, somewhere along West Broadway.

This parade photo was taken in 1962. Lincoln's movie theater can be seen in the background.

A Model T Ford travels along the Town Farm Road in this picture.

During the 1920's the Ku Klux Klan was a potent political force in Maine, reaching into the State House in Augusta. Lincoln, like many towns in Maine had, for a few years, a vibrant Klan organization. Here are two photos taken in the mid-20's. The one above shows Klan members posing on the lawn of the Methodist Church, and the one below shows them marching in a parade on Main Street.

This fire was on Main Street near the Bon Ton Restaurant.

Here's a real treat for all you history lovers. George King of the Lincoln Historical Society sent us this 1875 map of downtown Lincoln. Click on the map at left and you can see it full size. The names of property owners are on the map, and you'll discover that some of the streets have undergone changes since 1875. Also notice that Mattanawcook Lake isn't there yet!

We still have lots of old photos to add to this page, so be sure to come back often. And if you're not already supporting the Lincoln Historical Society, please think about joining them. You can help preserve the history of Lincoln. The dues are modest and you'll have a lot of fun. It's something the whole family can enjoy!

Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month from January to November. Social time begins at 6:30 with the meeting following at 6:45. Membership fees are $3 per year and $1 for senior citizens.

If you have any questions, call Jeanette King at 794-8996 or Lawrence Sturgeon at 794-8223.

This photo was taken in 1996, before the two big fires claimed several buildings on Main Street. You can see Mattanawcook Lake on the right.

Mae Fowler Coburn rowing a boat with her aunt from Canada when Mae was approximately 15, around 1934 or 35. It was taken down by the dam on Mattanawcook Lake. Mae came to Lincoln when she was 9 with her family from New Brunswick. She grew up on Mattanawcook Street and was always on the lake. Her parents were Silas and Elsie Fowler (he had his own plumbing business in town: Silas Fowler Plumbing and Heating).

We don't know when this photo was taken, but this is Main St. in Lincoln a long, long time ago - no cars!

These photos of Lincoln's Main Street were sent to us by Geoffrey Nelson of Columbus, Ohio, who grew up here. He says the photos date from around 1906. Notice that the street had not yet been paved. He believes his great-grandmother lived upstairs in the building on the corner at the time. Lincoln's Post Office was at this location, before moving to the Western Auto Building on Main Street, and then finally moving to the present building on Fleming Street. If you have old photos of the Lincoln area, or some memories you'd like to share with us, e-mail them to us!

Here's a photo taken at the intersection of Main St. and West Broadway in Lincoln. We're not sure when the picture was snapped. Can anyone offer any information? The photo below was taken last fall. The doughboy statue was turned some time ago when the traffic patterns on Main Street were changed. Now he looks toward West Broadway instead of up Main Street.

Here's an early picture of Lincoln's Odd Fellows Hall. You can see some theater or movie posters leaning against the building. We have no idea when this was taken. Can you tell us?

This is Lincoln's Main Street, year unknown. The Masonic building that now houses Lincoln's Town Office bears a sign advertising movies. There's a sign across the street for Butterfield's Restaurant. Those who know cars may be able to guess when this was taken.

Here's a view of Lincoln that was taken a very long time ago. You can see Fish Hill in the distance, and the downtown area. Does anyone have more information for us? E-mail us if you can shed any light on this picture.

The photo below was taken from the same area as the old picture above. As you can see, things have changed quite a bit over the years!

This photo shows the Lincoln Memorial Library. We're not sure when it was taken, but the elm trees are now gone and an addition has been built since the picture was taken.

Christie Cole of Lincoln and her soldier sweetheart (we're not sure of his name) fell in love but never got the opportunity to marry. Christie died at only 18 years of age. Below are some postcards the young man sent to Christie. Louise Lancaster shared these pictures with us.

Ever wonder what the Mattanawcook Lake area looked like way back when? We're not sure when this was taken, but it sure looks different!
In years past, when someone needed a barn built, all the neighbors would lend a hand. We're not sure when these photos were taken. Charles Davis lived in the Perryville area of Lincoln, and his friends and family worked on his barn.

In the first picture, they have a good start on framing the barn, and in the second photo, they've begun adding the roof. Click on the photos for a closer look. If you have any more information on these photos, please let us know.

Does anyone else have memories of the Shanty? E-mail us!

This little restaurant, known as the Shanty, was on Main Street in Lincoln. It was run by Ernest Goding. Can anyone tell us when this photo was taken?

Geoff Nelson of Columbus, Ohio writes with some information. He says, " I asked my mother, who is in her late eighties and lived in Lincoln from 1930 until the late 1980’s, if she remembered the Shanty. She said it was a very popular spot during the war and in the late 1940’s. My dad, who came from East Millinocket, said that people would attend dances at the Lakeside Pavilion and grab a snack or a meal at the Shanty when they needed a break. The Pavilion apparently attracted good crowds - my mom said they used to book big bands."

Geoff would love to see some photos of the Lakeside Pavilion if anyone has some.

The Congregational Church Parsonage, located on Lee Street, was the setting for many weddings over the years. This postcard was published by the Lincoln Drug Company (year unknown).

This is High Street in Lincoln, year unknown. Notice the boardwalk, and the beautiful elm trees!

We're not sure what year this picture was taken. This is Ray Little's Radio Cow-boy Show!

Four sets of twins graduated from Mattanawcook Academy together in the early thirties. The girls in this photo are Ressa and Tressa Mott. The boys in the center in the back are the Carpenter twins. The boys in the back in white shirts are Harvard (left) and Howard (right) Emery. The two boys seated in the center are Myron and Byron Buck. This was scanned from a photocopy of the original photo.

We've received some responses from our viewers regarding the photo above. Laurie Carpenter Rowan of Kittery writes: "The Carpenter twins are my dad and uncle, Hervey and Henry. I believe that my dad Hervey is on the left and Henry on the right, although it's difficult to tell in photos we have of them up until they are in their twenties. Our family has several copies of this photo. Four sets of twins in such a small high school were indeed unusual."

Dottie Harding of Lincoln writes: "Ressa and Tressa Mott were adopted by Milford and Agnes (Butler) Mott. Their biological parents were Leroy and Amber (Foster) McAlpine. Amber was a first cousin to Milford. Amber died in 1918. Her children were split up among friends and relatives.

Ressa and Tressa were born in 1914. Ressa died in 2002. She has a daughter, Derry Farnsworth Riggs, who lives out of state with several grandchildren. Tressa died in 1998. She was married to Ken Scott and Norman Furrow, and has four children.

Their two oldest sisters were brought up in New Brunswick. Luther McAlpine was their brother. Roger Allen's wife Velma was the "baby" sister, two years younger than the twins.

Keep watching this page for more photos. If you have any old photos or clippings about the Lincoln area that you'd like to share, please let us know. If you have access to a scanner, you can scan your photos and e-mail them to us in JPEG format. If you can't scan them yourself and live in the Lincoln area, you can bring them to our office and we'll scan them and return them to you. Please give us as much information as you can about people and places. If you have a mystery photo taken in the Lincoln area, perhaps one of our viewers can help us with more information!

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