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Who was Hugh Chisholm?
What motivated him to go into business?
Why was he called the pioneer of the transportation publishing business?
How did he go against the grain after the Civil War?
What geographic features made Rumford an ideal location for a mill?
What was the original name for the mill and why was it named this?
What two large construction projects provided a foundation for a new town?
What other mills did Chisholm create?
When did construction on the Oxford paper company begin?
What was so special about 1901 for Chisholm?
Where did many of the Oxford Paper Company’s employees live?
Why was 1919 a bad year for the mill?
When and where was Hugh Chisholm born?
When did he die?
Who took over the mill when he died?

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Tuscan Opera House

1. Who performed here
2.When was this beast built
3.why did it stop being used
4.what was the last performance long was it open for

Who preformed at the Opera house?
What kind of art was performed there?

Why did you want to buy the Opera House?
Are any parts of the building damaged? If so, how did it happen?
Who built it?
Who was the original owner?

Date Closed: 3/2/52; seats 500 per Theatres closed in United States from 1947 to 1952, National Screen Service Corporation (John Lowe document, 7/95
Building today: The Opera House Restaurant and Lounge (1991)

ANY HAUNTED HISTORY? (Supernatural occurrences?)

1. What was the point of it?

2. Did anybody famous go?

3. What did you buy it for?

4. Did anybody die in it?

5. Whatcha gon do wit it now?

6. When was it built?

7. Who built it?

8. What else has it been?

9. Is it haunted? Are the ghosts nice?

10. Has it ever caught on fire?

11. What is it right now?

12. Has it ever been robbed?

13. Whatcha got in there?

14. Is there a basement?

15. Can we go in it?

16. How much did it cost to build?

17. Were shows expensive?


Mr. Brown
Topic 1- Church on the hill.
Topic 2- Toothpick mill
Topic 3-First settler
Topic 4-First Schools
Topic 5-The ferries

Top 3
1-Church on the hill
2-The ferries
3-Toothpick mills

1- The church was built in 1828. There is a picture of the first church. The first baptism was in may of that year. In 1828 it was a Union Church then in 1830 changed to a Congregational Church.

2-The ferries were first moved by a paddle. Later a rope cable was put in and stretched from bank to bank and the water current push the boat. Than Leonard brown bought the ferries in 1867. Later many different people owned it. Than a bridge in 1895 was built.

3- The old toothpick mill made toothpicks.The mill was one of the mills that ran on water power. It was built by the webb river.

5 topics

Ms. Ellis & Ms. Gallant
Family History -
when did the ellis’ ancestors first arrive in dixfield?
When did the gallant’s ancestors first arrive in dixfield?

The first family -
Who was the first family and what happen to them?

Hidden grave yard
Is there a hidden grave yard in dixfield?

Haunted Houses in Dixfield
Are there any haunted houses in dixfield? If so, where are they?

Ms. Heintz & Ms. Riggs
The Common - Page 69
“Dixfield Center” or “Dixfield Common”
First mill, post office, school, and cemetery.
4 acre plot reserved for:
Military training
Parade grounds
Town Hall
1792 - 15 men came over hills from Livermore
Colonel Holman place
Large log cabin built for meetings and lodging.
First permanent settlers:
Peter and Ebenezer Holman (settled at the Center in 1792)
1828 - first brick school in Peter Holman house
The Early Churches - Page 34
May 1806
First church records for the organization of the old congregation church.
1st Charter members:
Andrew & Mehitable Elliott
Joseph and Lucy Wheeler
Samuel and Polly Park
Lucretia Marble
Lois Leland
Esther Kidder
Sally Waite Crafts
1st baptisms were in May of that year, for the children of:
Andrew Elliott
Jacob Kidder
Solomon Leland
Chapel at Dixfield Center was built.
The First Schools - Page 23
March 12, 1804
First town meeting was held at the home of Levi Newton.
Selectmen were appointed as a committee to divide the town into school districts.
$120 was raised.
2 terms a year
One 6-8 week term during the summer.
One 9-10 week term from November on.
1820 House - Weld Street
One room school in a private home in an upstairs chamber.
1886 - Charles Delano
Had a private school on Weld Road
Each district had its own pay scale for teaching.
Male teachers were paid double the amount that females were paid.
1828 - 7 districts & 7 Agents
Levi Stowell
Ira Marble
Daniel Foster
Noah Townsend
Joshua Dunn
Aaron Severy
Abijah White
District #1 - The Village District
District #2 - Weld District
District #3 - Severy Hill District (Later Berry District)
District #4 - Line School
District #5 - Science Hill (Leland District)
District #6 - Centre or Common District
District #7 - Dunn District (Later Farnham District)
The Early Churches - Page 34
Mexico Section - Page 80

​Ms. Lemay & Blouin
The Androscoggin Bridged: Picture.-“The Androscoggin Bridge, opened in 1895. Courtesy of Alberta Hunt.” People need a bridge because ferries couldn’t operate during spring floods, or in the winter. A toll bridge opened to the public on july, 29 1895, a person could cross for 2 cents. A single team was ten cents, a double team cost fifteen cents, and once automobiles came, they were charged ten cents.
To find out: How long it took to make the bridge?
How safe was the bridge?
Pieces: Pictures of the workers working on it.

The First Taverns: Colonel Samuel Morrill opened the first tavern in town in 1827. In 1875 it was destroyed by a fire. This tavern was located on Main Street. Who frequented this tavern remains a mystery! They were profitable, by the 1850’s there were several taverns in the Village.
To find out: How did the fire start?
What kind of people frequented the taverns?
Pieces: Pictures of the fire.
People in the taverns.

Dixfield’s Fair Ground: William Waite owned the Fair Ground and trotting park on the Weld Street Plains which he had built in 1869 and 1870. Picture.- “George Holman and Simon Tainter at Dixfield Fairgrounds. Courtesy of Wirt Horne.”
To find out: What kind of celebrations took place on their Fair Ground?

Ms. Bergendahl
COLONEL JONATHAN HOLMAN: If Col. Holman was an influential person in the River Valley during the 1800s, can his impact on the area still be seen today?

-“was a Colonel, and commanded a regiment in the battle of White Plains, and was distinguished for his bravery and activity”
-“had given distinguished service in the Indian French wars”
-purchased the land in 1787
-sons Peter, Jonathan, and Ebeneza were first permanent settlers of Dixfield (then Holmantown)
-Holman Cemetary named after Peter

-info on Battle of White Plains
-written public opinion on Holman, possibly a newspaper article

IMMIGRATION IN THE RIVER VALLEY: Has immigration affected the culture of this area (over time/immediately during a period of high immigration)?

-all were white and citizens of U.S.

-censuses past 1860
-records of people who possibly passed through Ellis Island/Canada or heritage of original families of Dixfield

Mr. Volkernick
5 topics
- Science Hill Mystery
- Fairy going to Peru
- New bridge to Peru
- History of the Dixfield Historical Society
- Toothpick Mill in Peru

Top three
- Bridge to Peru- Replaced the Fairy becuse of people complaining about the fairy and how slow it was and how it was unable to go across in the winter months.
- Toothpick Mill- Made toothpicks and supplied many companies.
- Fairy- carried people from Dixfield to Peru except during the winter months. It was over-run with the build of the bridge.