Bibliography - Some resources for historians and genealogists

The Old Canada Road Historical Society is in possession of all the below resources. Many are out of print.
For more information about any of these resources, contact us.

From Logs to Lumber
A History of People & Rule Making in New England
by Dale Butterworth & Tom Whalen
Agicook Press, 2007

This fascinating history is illustrated with clear photographs of many different kinds of log rules and includes biographies of the makers. Among them are Albert Merrill of Solon and Wesley Grover of Caratunk. Several photos from the Old Canada Road Historical Society's Sterling Collection also appear in the book.

Available from the authors:
Contact Tom Whalen
Phone: 617 872-8095
$35 plus 2.50 postage

Bingham History Committee
Bingham, Sesquicentennial History
The Skowhegan Press, 1962

Caratunk Sesquicentennial Committee
Caratunk: A Pictorial History
Prepared and published by Amy M. Bruce
under the auspices of the committee


Cummings, Mildred H.
South Solon
The Story of a Meeting House
South Solon Historical Society, 1959

Danforth, Florence Waugh
Somerset County in the World War
Journal Printshop and Bindery
Lewiston, ME, 1921

Hall, John F.
The Upper Kennebec Valley: Volume II
Arcadia Publishing, 1999

See also Volume I

Publisher's email:


Hunnewell, Robert E.
Pleasant Ridge Plantation
"The Way Life Used to Be"
Privately published, 2002

Contact us for information

Jackman Bicentennial Book Commitee
based largely on the work of
Sterling, Grace Pearl Newton
History of the Moose River Valley
originally published, 1976

Reprinted in 1994 by the Jackman Moose River Historical Society

Available from the Society

Macdougall, Walter M.
The Old Somerset Railroad
A Lifeline for Northern Mainers
Down East Books, 2000

Publisher's number:

Mitchell & Campbell
Solon & Bingham Register, 1903
Reprinted by the Solon Historical Society

Available from the Society, PO Box 316, Solon, ME 04979


Moscow History Committee
Makers of Moscow
Bingham, ME, 1991

Available from the Town

Nye, Belle Spaulding
This is where mother sat down to die

Coastal Publishing Co., Inc., undated

From the preface...
"One result of the construction of Wyman Dam situated on the Kennebe River between Baker Mountain on the east and Fletcher Mountain on the west was the formation of Lake Wyman, stretching from Moscow and Pleasant Ridge, two miles north of Bingham to Caratunk, a distance of fifteen miles. Another result was the complete obliteration of everything within reach of the water...

From the time that the valley was inundated, I was filled with a desire to write about the manner of life that existed there, and the actifvities of the people of those long ago days."

Solon History Committee, Sesquicentennial
Sketches from...Solon's History
The Skowhegan Press, 1959
Reprinted by the Solon Historical Society

Available from the Society, PO Box 316, Solon, ME 04979

Walker, Ernest George
Embden Town of Yore
Independent Reporter Company
Skowhegan, ME, 1929

This book has been reprinted by the Embden Historical Society. $65, includes $5 shipping. To order a copy, send your request to: and then mail your check to:

Embden Historical Society
c/o Mitchell Quint
P.O. Box 278
North Anson, ME 04958

Include your name, address and phone number.

Read a description here.

Whitney, S. H.
The Kennebec Valley
Augusta, 1887

Much of this available online from Maine Genweb.

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