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Catalog Number 2008.07
Object Name File, Document
Scope & Content ms 221
Andrew Sanborn Collection
Bulk: 1850-1920
4 ½ Boxes (23 ½ linear inches) plus 4 volumes and oversized items

Scope and Content

This is a collection of letters, legal papers, photographs, ephemera, and other documents compiled by life-long Bridgton resident Andrew J. Sanborn (1910-1995), the father of Drew Sanborn, who donated this collection to Bridgton Historical Society. Andrew was the son of Arthur W. Sanborn (1880-1974) and Edna Ingalls Sanborn (1884-1943). He lived on Highland Ridge, ("The Ridge") in Bridgton, and was a direct descendant of Reuben Ingalls and Nathan Dodge, two of the original settlers of the neighborhood. Many of the documents in this collection relate to his own family history. In addition to shedding light on the economic and social history of Bridgton, this collection reflects the interests and activities of the compiler, Andrew Sanborn.

Andrew ("Andy") graduated from Bridgton High School in 1928, attended Oberlin College, and married Dorothy ("Dotti") Wilkins of Saugus, Massachusetts in 1941. He worked for The Bridgton News, The Advertiser-Democrat in Norway, Maine, and the United States Forest Service. Local history was just one of his many interests. He built his own house, and late in life took up blacksmithing and maple sugaring as hobbies. In addition to collecting the documents and memorabilia in this collection, he helped his wife Dorothy write the chapter on Highland Ridge for the updated history of Bridgton (Bridgton, Maine, 1768-1994). He also owned an extensive book collection, and was a well-known raconteur of stories from earlier times. According to his obituary, published in the Bridgton News August 3, 1995 were recorded by students of Maine history.

Some specific topics of interest: Ephemera from various Bridgton businesses, as well as theatrical performances (including a minstrel show); catalogs from several neighborhood libraries; material on famed opera singer Olive Fremstad, who summered in Bridgton and was a neighbor of the Sanborns; Arthur Mead's notebook, which includes items such as recipes for mixing paints etc; a guest register from Mead Cottage; and the transcript of an agreement between Joseph Walker, Samuel Andrews, et. al., for a canal from Crotched Pond to Long Lake, 1822.

Genealogical Notes

Reuben Ingalls (1769-1855) was the Great-great-grandfather of Andrew J. Sanborn
Nathan Dodge (1760-1813) was the Great-great-great-grandfather of Andrew J. Sanborn
Owen Ingalls (1844-1930) was Andrew Sanborn's grandfather
Edna Ingalls Sanborn (1880-1974) was Andrew Sanborn's mother
Arthur W. Sanborn (1880-1974) was Andrew Sanborn's father
Arthur Gordon ("A. Gordon") Sanborn (1919-1990) was Andrew Sanborn's brother
Clayton ("J. Clayton") Sanborn (1889-1972) was Andrew Sanborn's cousin

Container list

Box 1 A. Andrew Sanborn Personal Papers
Folder 1Andrew and Dorothy Sanborn Documents
2Sanborn family deeds, 1928-1982
3Papers re: Writing the history of "The Ridge," 1994
4 Bicentennial bumper sticker
5Blacksmith Shop donation to BHS, 1994, general information
6Blacksmith Shop donation, designs
7Blacksmith Shop donation, ephemera from walls
8Outline of bass caught on Highland Lake, 1894
9Proposed HO gauge train layout (Bridgton & Harrison RR)
10Newspaper Clippings: obituary for ArtemusWilkins; Bidgton Bicentennial Celebration, historical feature articles, etc.
11Typescript, "Old Times in Maine" by unidentified author, found in "'Bandit' Inventory" binder
12Poetry, from "'Bandit' Inventory'" binder
13Poetry, from "'Bandit' Inventory'" binder
Binder, "'Bandit' Inventory" (see folders11-13)
B. Photographs
14Local scenes and people, Mead Cottage 1912 Calendar
15Negatives, local scenes, (some from postcards), Congregational Church
16Copy negatives and 2 prints, Bridgton & Saco River Railroad scenes
17 Clayton Sanborn
18Negatives and print for Christmas card featuring house on Highland Ridge
19"Idlerest" Cottage (1924); hunting and fishing scenes
20Photographs of Ruel Dodge House, and Dodge family members, with typescript "The Dodge Family"
21Various scenes, may not be of Bridgton
22Adults (unidentified)
23Children, (little or no identification)
Box 2.C. Diaries, Account Books, Monographs, etc.
Folder1Unidentified Farm Diary, 1810-1811, with photocopy and transcript
2Diary of C. D? deforest, 1915
3Account Books, 1829-1859, owner not identified
4Albert Roes Account with Marriner & Whitney Grocers, 1889-1991
5Hand-written Arithmetic work book, no date
6Hand-written Arithmetic work book, no date
7 Algebraic Review Designed for High Schools and Academies, Llewelyn Barton, (North Bridgton, 1891)
8A Book of Selected Recipes by the Ladies of the Christian Circle, Lovell Center, Maine, no date; Unidentified Cookbook (fragment) with Bridgton advertisement
9Unidentified hand-written essay re: The role of the Bible in everyday life
10An Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Town House, in Bridgton, January 8, 1854, by Hon. Marshall Cram. "Arthur W. Sanborn" in pen across top of front cover.
11The Perry Turbine Descriptive Catalogue, Bridgton Machine Co. Front cover missing.
12Boating ….. In the Switzerland of America "Up in Maine,": The Sebago-Long Lake Waterway, The songo River Line, prepared by Robert Jordan Dingley, Naples Historical Society
13Bridgton-Cornish Telephone Directory, July, 1939
D. Correspondence, Legal Documents and Other Papers, Single Files
14Miscellaneous Correspondence, accounts, and papers, many not identified
15Genealogical papers, Fitch family and others
16Hand-written transcript by Artemus Hale, 1838, of a poem written on birch bark by Enoch Perley, 1776
17Typed transcript, Agreement re: Proposed Canal from "Crotched Pond" to "Long Pond," Joseph Walker, Samuel Andrews, et. al., 1822
18Willard Family - Hiram Willard Agreement to "Stone a cellar" for Ebeneezer Fessenden's house in Fryeburg, 1823; Correspondence of Mrs. S. Willard, 1853; envelope addressed to Sally Willard, 1856
19Letter, Daniel Hill, of Sebago, from David Brown, 1842
20Letter from Maria Fuller (labeled draft) written Jan 13, [18]50, describing her life living with a family. [Possibly written by a pauper.]
21Personal Correspondence, Almira, Caroline, Harriett, Dr. Josiah (no last names found). References to Temperance Movement and medical practice.
22Bonds, Town of Bridgton, form Benjamin Kimball, Reuben Ingalls, and others; Document re: Road to Naples (no date); Town Meeting Warrant, 1818; Meeting notes, 1847.
23Articles of Agreement between Joseph Walker and John ? and Joseph Pitts for cutting and handling timber at Stearns Pond, 1827.
24Correspondence, Almira Fitch, 1846-1862
25Correspondence to Hiram Davis, 1848 and no date; Print and poem found with letters
26Mother's Claim for Pension, Lydia B. Bennett, mother of George Bennett, Co, C. 22nd Maine Cavalry, 1866
27Correspondence from H.C. Trafton, 1879-1880
28Letter to "Mr. Lombard" from Lizzie Pitts about Annie Lakin, describing her as a "lunatic," 1878
29J.O. Knapp, [Storekeeper], South Bridgton, bills, correspondence, and ephemera, 1889.
30Letter to "Arthur" from N.S. Littlefield
31Arthur Sanborn Receipts, Pay Envelopes, and Papers, 1901-1909, 1927, and no date.
32Letter from [Gordon Ridlon] to Mrs. Clara Lakin Spaulding, 1919, describing his life alone, the death of his son, Magnus, and other travails.
33Two letters from "Dutch"[Clarence] Millet, manager of State theatre to "Arthur" offering him a free pass, one dated 1934 (humorous references to nudity etc.), one no date; one free pass dated 1957.
Box 3E. Correspondence, Legal Documents and Other Papers, multiple files
Folder 1 Alvah S. Brown Correspondence, Dover, NH & Bay View, MA,
2Correspondence, 1871 & 1873
3Incoming letters and postcards, with drawing of sailing
vessel, 1873
4Letters and papers re: Masonic Lodge and jewelry business in Bridgton, 1895-1915
5Thomas Perley Heirs, Franklin County Timber Holdings, accounts, receipts, and notes, 1873-1895
6Franklin County Timber Holdings, Noah Woods Correspondence and Obituary, 1887-1891
7Franklin County Timber Holdings, 1891-1895, includes ownership history in document of March, 1895
8Estate of Mary T. Perley, Adeline Willis Executrix, 1905-1906
9Estate of Almira T. Perley,1908
10Ingalls FamilyJoseph Ingalls Deeds & Papers, 1854-1865 & no date
11Letter to Augustine Ingalls from A.C. Libby, 1873
12Owen Ingalls deeds and receipt, 1876-1917, including typescript of Record off Highway as Laid Out, 1896
13Reuben Ingalls and others, Receipts, etc.
14Owen Ingalls Papers as Guardian of Linton P. and Stella E. Ingalls, 1883, 1891-1897; Last Will and Testament, 1915
15Edna B. Ingalls Bridgton High School Notebooks 1902, 1904, and no date (Class of 1906)
16 Edna B. Ingalls Bridgton High School Papers; Dance Card; Notebook (1902-ca. 1906); "Anne Boleyn," and "A Modern Night Before Christmas;" list of jokes
17Edna B. Ingalls (Sanborn), Letter from Eleanor Ingalls (Aunt), 1909; Memorandum Book - needlework notes (including Red Cross), ca, 1918
Box 4 E. (Con't.)
1Mead Family Mead Cottage Register, 1885-1904; Calendar, 1912
2Receipt Books, T.E. & F.H. Mead, 1903-1940; T.E. Mead Stock Book, 1861-1862; Business Card with School Account
3Arthur Mead Notebook: Recipes for mixing paint, etc., accounts, quotations
4Arthur Mead Log Rule Invention & Automobile Registration, 1913-1914
Box 5E. (Con't.)
Folder 1 Madame Olive Fremstad Newspaper Clippings and General
Background Information; includes address by Kate Douglas Wiggin
2Original Letters and Cards
4Compact Disk, Recording of Lillian Nordica and Olive Fremstad, Symposium Opera Collection Volume 9, Digitally Transferred Compilation 2001
F. Catalogs and Ephemera
5Neighborhood Library Catalogs - Ridge Library Association; Hio Circle Library Association; First Congregational Church Sabbath School Library; IOOF Cumberland Lodge, 1890; Report of Ridge Librarian, 1895
6Bridgton High School Catalog, 1877-1879; Early Commencement Programs, Report Cards, and other Ephemera
7Bridgton High School Graduation Programs, 1900-1935
8Bridgton High School 25th Anniversary Program, 1900; Bridgton Academy 100th Anniversary Program, 1908
9Bridgton Fair Score Cards
10Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Timetables and Ephemera
11Registration for Car, Edwin Davis, 1920, and Application for Driver's License, Arthur Roes, no date.
12Lake Region High School, "My Fair Lady" Program, no date, and "Focus: Soviet Union" Booklet, 1989
13Miscellaneous Bridgton Business Ephemera
14Winter Carnival Program, 1941
15Bridgton Arts & Theater Ephemera; includes program for minstrel show and several dance cards
16Gibbs Opera House Handbill, "The Great Umbrella Case," no date
17Tourism & Lodging Ephemera, late 19th - early 20th centuries
18Tourism & Lodging Ephemera, mid-late 20th century
19Program, Father and Son Program, 1924, Congregational Church Vestry
20Bookmark, "Greetings from Bridgton, Maine," green ribbon with two small figures on end.
21Miscellaneous Ephemera, non-Bridgton

Loose Volumes:

The Fifth String, John Philip Sousa, (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Co., 1902).
190 Edition, inscribed "Miss Olive Fremstad, from [Helen Hurley Genoa (?)], 1916"

Behind the Scenes at the Opera, Mary Fitch Watkins (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1925). Inscribed "To my family at 'Ingalls Farm' with love & best wishes - Mary F. Watkins 1925."
Under, in pencil, "I remember her, AJS'
Then, in another hand, "Mary Watkins was the companion, friend, and secretary to Madame Fremstad, referred to in 'Rainbow Bridge' -- D. W. Sanborn"

The Rainbow Bridge, Mary Watkins Cushing, (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1954). Two copies, one with dust cover, excellent shape; second copy more worn, particularly the dust cover, which has been extensively repaired. "Abbott 1955" in pen on front cover, probably a member of the Abbott family that lived on "The Ridge" near Mme. Fremstad and the Sanborns.

Oversized Items:

Bridgton High School Diploma for Andrew Joseph Sanborn, 1928, with red and white ribbon originally used to together.
Two hand-drawn maps, staples to file folder, of lots in Ingalls Grove, one dated 2/24/84 on Earl Hotchkiss Surveying business card
"Plan of Property in Bridgton, ME. made for Artemus O. Wilkins by Earl Hotchkiss, Nov. 15, 1965" (small copy)
"Plan of Property in Bridgton, Maine Made for Norman C. Nicholson, Jr. and Eleanor B. Nicholson" by Earl Hotchkiss, April 11, 1988." (2 copies)
"Plan of Property in Bridgton, Maine Made for Norman C. Nicholson, Jr. and Eleanor B. Nicholson" by Earl Hotchkiss, April 21, 1988."
Two letters from Earl Hotchkiss to Andrew Sanborn re: the above plans (photocopies - originals in Box 1, Folder 1)
"Plan Showing Woods Lake Farm Cottage Lots," July 1951, Earle B. Watson, Surveyor
"A Plan Showing A Boundary Line Established in Agreemeent Between Orrin Bryant and Fernando Potter ... In The Town Of Bridgton ..." May 16, 1967

Map of Highland Lake, Lakes Environmental Association (2 copies, slightly stained, one with hand-written annotations), with accompanying information sheet, no date.
Map of Highland Lake, "Suitability for Trout and Salmon During Late Summer," no date

"View From Highland Lake House," blueprint style, identifying mountains, etc., very poor condition.

Copy Photo of Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Train
Copy Photo pf Mme. Olive Fremstad by shore of lake

Town of Bridgton Property Map # 46 and #18, prepared by James W. Sewall Company, no date.

Poster, 19¼" x 14¼", poor condition - very brittle. Lettering: "Olive Fremstad/ Dramatic Prima-Donna" over figure of Mme. Fremstad, now faded to light silhouette over muddy, dark ground.
Green lettering reads "Mme. Fremstad Makes Records Exclusively for the Columbia Steinway Piano Used. In red lettering on back: "Saco Valley Music Festival Bridgton August 7th"

Newspaper, Lewiston Evening Journal Magazine Section, Saturday January 8 1972, with article "Saco Valley Music Festivals," by Eloise M. Jordan. Includes photograph of Mme. Fremstad.

787 RPM with no jacket, Columbia Record Symphony Series, Price $3.00. Soprano Solo sung by Mme. Olive Fremstad. Annie Laurie on one side, Long, Long, Ago on the other. Red, white, and blue banner printed on label: "Grand Prize - Milan 1906 - St. Louis 1904 - Paris 1900 - Highest Awards Wherever Exhibited." Patent dates range from 1901-1909.

33 1/3 RPM LP, Rococo Records "Famous Voices from the Past Nordica - Fremstad." Nordica on Side 1, Fremstad on Side 2. Worn blue jacket with original (?) sleeve, in plastic outer sleeve that reads: "CBS Masterworks - Factory Sealed." Seal is broken.

Title Andrew Sanborn Collection
Other number ms221