Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor. MAINE MANUSCRIPT GUEST BOOK.
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor
Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor

Register of "The Birches," Comm. F. B. Webber, Proprietor

Hardcover. Good. Manuscript guest book of a Maine vacation cottage, July 7, 1890-Sept. 10, 1900. Clothbound ledger with mostly perished leather spine, 8 x 10 inches, with title page and 145 numbered pages, about 75% used. Includes 40 pages of dated guest signatures (including the visitor's name, place of residence, length of stay, and an occasional memo), and 66 pages of diary-style entries in several different hands, totaling about 15,000 words. Binding loosening, a few gatherings detached, contents complete and clean. The Birches was located in the Belgrade Lakes region of central Maine and was apparently owned by Frank B. Webber, owner (with F.B. Philbrick) of the Waterville Iron Works. Webber and his five children and extended family visited the cottage frequently, as did other families who were clearly close friends. Norman Leslie Barrett, an attorney who would become Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, is listed on the title page as "Secretary," and signed the first, long entry in the book, as well as several others. Several other Barretts signed the book frequently. Other family names that appear often are Blanchard, Caswell, Bartlett, Reynolds, and Philbrick. Most visitors were from Kennebec County, primarily Waterville and Augusta. The entries tend to be written in a breezy, jocular style and describe fishing excursions to nearby islands, trips to the local grocery and dry goods stores, meals, antics of family and visitors, and frequent musical entertainment.

Item #21367

Price: $350.00

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