Bingham’s 1819 Vote for Statehood

Two hundred years ago, in July 1819, Constable Benjamin Goodrich received a directive from the selectmen of Bingham ordering him to notify the town's qualified voters of a meeting to vote on the separation of Maine from Massachusetts. The text of their notice follows: To Benjamin Goodridge Constable of the Town of Bingham, Greetings: You … Continue reading Bingham’s 1819 Vote for Statehood

The Tragic Death of Milford Baker

On May 1, 1933, Bingham and Moscow lost a favorite son in a tragic accident at the foot of Wyman Dam. Beloved local photographer Milford Baker was fishing with friends Vernard (Bunny) Pierce, Harry LaPointe, and Phillip Collette at the salmon pool below the dam, when their rowboat was caught in a whirlpool and dragged … Continue reading The Tragic Death of Milford Baker

The Wood / Houghton / Doe Farm – An Old Landmark Gone

Last week the landscape on the south end of Bingham village changed with the demolition of the old Doe Farm. It was a building with a long history, on land first occupied by Ephraim Wood and his descendants, and soon the town will enjoy the convenience of a new gasoline station at this location. This … Continue reading The Wood / Houghton / Doe Farm – An Old Landmark Gone

Gov. William King’s Claim to Bingham’s Big Island

In the winter and spring of 1825, there was a quiet tussle over the ownership of the big island in the Kennebec River, located between Bingham and Concord.¬† Col. John Black, agent for the Trustees of the Estate of William Bingham, traveled there to try to close a sale with three settlers who had been … Continue reading Gov. William King’s Claim to Bingham’s Big Island

John and Solomon Berry – Early Settlers at Flagstaff, Maine

At the time of William Bingham's Kennebec Purchase, the Million Acres included¬† Township No. 4 in the 4th Range West of the Kennebec River - Flagstaff, now in Franklin County. Bingham's Estate records contain valuable information about early settlers in each of their townships. Of relevance here are John and Solomon Berry, among the first … Continue reading John and Solomon Berry – Early Settlers at Flagstaff, Maine