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Brewer, Maine, USA - City Hall, 1909

Brewer, Penobscot, Maine, USA

Joshua L. Chamberlain born in Brewer received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in the War.

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City Hall, 1909
Brewer, Maine, USA

City Hall, 1909
Brewer Bridge
Brewer, Maine, USA

Brewer Bridge
Main St, 1910
Brewer, Maine, USA

Main St, 1910
New Baptist Church
Brewer, Maine, USA

New Baptist Church
The Ferry
Brewer, Maine, USA

The Ferry

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1839 - Brewer
Brewer, Maine
Penobscot county. Brewer lies on the Penobscot river, opposite to the city of Bangor. It was taken from Orington in 1812. Population in 1837, 1,622. It is watered by the Segeunkedunk, on which are mills of various kinds. Considerable quantities of lumber, hay, potatoes, tanners' bark and wood, are annually exported from this town. The town was named in compliment to Col. John Brewer, one of the first settlers, from Worcester, Mass. The navigable privileges at this place are equal to those at Bangor.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
BREWER, a township of Penobscot co, in the state of Maine, US., 70 m. ENE of Augusta. It is situated on the E side of the Penobscot, and is intersected by a small stream which affords good water-power. Pop. in 1841, 1,736.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1886 - Brewer
Brewer is situated in the southern part of Penobscot County, on the eastern side of the Penobscot River. Its dimensions are about 6 miles along the river, with a width of 3 miles. Holden bounds it on the east, Orrington on the south, and Bangor lies on the northwest, with the Penobscot as a dividing line. The surface is quite even, the soil generally a clayey loam, and considered good for agricultural purposes, especially along the river. The principal crop is hay. The highest eminence is Meeting-house Hill. The streams are the Segeunkedunk Stream, emptying into the Penobscot at the southern part of the town ; Felt’s Brook, flowing through the middle of the town to the river; and Eaton Brook, discharging into the Penobscot, near the north part of the town. The centers of business are Brewer, on the river near the middle of the town; Brewer Village, at the mouth of Segeunkedunk, at the south of the town, and North Brewer, near the northern line. The first two villages have each a... Read MORE...

1890 - A FATAL FALL. One man killed and Several Injured Wednesday Morning
A fatal accident occurred yesterday morning at the ice house of the American Ice Company, and was the principal subject of inquiry yesterday on the street. A large addition is being built at the ice house, and a force of twenty-six men has been employed there. They were engaged yesterday morning in placing the trusses in position at the roof, and five of them were at work upon a staging, which was about forty-five feet from the ground. They were in the act of raising some large timbers to their places when the staging gave way on one end and the men and timbers fell to the ground below with a loud crash which was heard for some distance up and down river. The men had not the slightest warning of the giving way of the staging and were unable to save themselves by clinging to the building.

As soon as they saw what had happened the other workmen rushed to the assistance of those who had fallen and extricated them from the timbers and boards which had fallen upon and about them. It was ... Read MORE...

1895 - Brewer
Brew'er, a post-village of Penobscot co., Me., is in Brewer township, on the Penobscot River, opposite Bangor, with which it is connected by a bridge, and on the Bucksport & Bangor Railroad. It contains 3 churches, a savings £ a planing-mill, and a number of saw-mills, in some of which steam-power is used; it has also a tannery and a graded school. Pop. of the township, 3214.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Brewer, Maine, may be a smaller town, but it has its own charm and plenty of things to see and do. Here's a list to get you started:
Indian Trail Park:

Take a leisurely stroll along the Indian Trail Park. It's a nice spot for a peaceful walk, and you can enjoy the scenic views along the Penobscot River.

Penobscot River Walkway:

Enjoy a walk or bike ride along the Penobscot River Walkway. It's a lovely path with benches where you can sit and relax, taking in the river views.

Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery:

Visit Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery for some local brews and pub-style food. It's a popular spot with a great atmosphere.

Brewer Historical Society:

Explore the local history at the Brewer Historical Society. You might learn something new about the area and its roots.

Penobscot Ice Arena:

If you're into ice skating or hockey, check out the Penobscot Ice Arena.

Penobscot County Conservation Association:

If you enjoy outdoor activities like fishing and shooting sports, the Penobscot County Conservation

Brewer Shopping Center:

Spend some time shopping at the Brewer Shopping...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Brewer, Maine, USA

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male ancestorEliphalet WASHBURN (1779, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA - 1844, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorSamuel DAY (1784, - 19 November 1864, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorThomas DAVIS (1789, - 16 October 1864, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorFrancis HALL (December 30, 1808, Jefferson, Maine, USA - June 14, 1875, Brewer, Maine, USA)
female ancestorSarah WASHBURN (1808, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 8 September 1890, Brewer, Maine, USA)
female ancestorAnn HALL (August 3, 1812, Nobleboro, Maine, USA (Nobleborough) - December 12, 1893, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorWilliam ACKLES (1828, - 19 October 1893, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorGeorge W GETCHELL (13 December 1843, Pittsfield, Maine, USA - 1 November 1910, Brewer, Maine, USA)
male ancestorE Hamlin COLLINS (10 December 1850, Brewer, Maine, USA - 11 November 1931, Palm Harbor, Florida, USA (Sutherland))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Brewer, Maine, USA

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male ancestorLewis Carleton MOORE (May 10, 1864 - July 14, 1958) and female ancestorMarie Anne MCDOUGALL (March 7, 1898 - May 7, 1981) married January 27, 1923

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