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Life on Meddybemps Lake, Maine – 1910

My 2X great grandparents, Charles Stewart and Elida Ann Hicks, owned a small farm and lived out their married lives in the village of Meddybemps, Washington, Maine. I’ve visited Meddybemps once and it has remained a small, rural area near Calais.

In spite of its small population, a traveling photographer was passing through about 1909 or 1910 and took a number of photos of homes and summer camps owned by the locals.

I’ve been fortunate enough to purchase three of these photo postcards online.

The first one I found was the summer camp of Charles’ and Elida’s son, Harry. Harry married Nancy Aldrich and I was fortunate to meet their daughter, Bertha, who told me so much about the family.

Here is the Stuart camp (Elida changed the spelling of the family name from Stewart) on Meddybemps Lake:

The second postcard was of John Stillman Bridges and his wife, Sarah Amanda Gardiner, sitting on chairs in front of their Meddybemps home:

I’ve now added a third photo, which shows the Bridges camp, also on Meddybemps Lake:

The postcard was mailed to “Miss” Jane Clapp in July 1910 to 70 Front Street, Weymouth, Massachusetts. I thought it would be easy to identify Miss Clapp since 1910 is a census year. However, I found two married Jennie Clapps, but no single Jane or Jennie living there.

John and Sarah Bridges were the parents of George Edwin Bridges, who married Ina Mae Stuart, daughter of Harry Stuart and Nancy Aldrich.

Unlike today when buying lakefront property in many places, land on Meddybemps Lake was inexpensive and many families in the area spent much of the summer enjoying the lake.

I feel quite lucky that not only have I become the keeper of these fun photos, but that I have family ties to the people in the pictures.