Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1882 page 372
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Gazetteer of the State of Maine With Numerous Illustrations, by Geo. J. Varney

BOSTON. PUBLISHED BY B. B. RUSSELL, 57 CORNHILL. 1882. Public domain image from


No newspaper is now published in Monson, but many are read. At
the date of the celebration, it was stated in the historical address that
there were taken in town 5 daily, and 173 weekly newspapers, and 6
semi-monthly, and 84 monthly periodicals. Monson has seven public
schoolhouses, valued at $2,500. The valuation of estates in 1870 was
$134,520. In 1880 it was $159,461. The rate of taxation in 1880 is 4J
per cent. The population in 1870 was 608. In 1880 it was 827.



Monticello lies on the eastern border of Aroostook County,
12 miles north of Houlton, on the stage-line to upper Aroostook. It is
bounded on the north by Bridgewater, south by Littleton, west by
an unnamed township, and east by Wilmot, in New Brunswick. The
north branch of the Meduxnekeag runs south-eastward through the
midst of the town, receiving numerous short branches from the north-
ern side. Wallace Lake, in the northern part of the town, is the largest
sheet of water, having an area of 30 acres. The surface of the country
is somewhat rolling, but without hills. The rocks are limestone and
granite. The soil is very good, yielding excellent crops. Hay, oats
and potatoes are chiefly cultivated. Monticello Village is situated
upon the Meduxnekeag North Branch, a little south of the centre of
town. There are here a saw-mill for long and short lumber, a starch-
factory, and other manufactures common to villages. The nearest
railroad station is at Houlton. The roads are generally very good. A
bridge across the river at tbe village is 200 feet in length. It is con-
structed of spruce and cedar, with stone abutments.

Monticello was incorporated July 29,1846, having previously borne
the name of Wellington Township. Among its valued citizens have
been General Wellington, John Pond, Samuel Stackpole, and Peter
Lowell. The Methodists have a church here, and sustain worship and
preaching. The number of public schoolhouses is seven. The value
of these,° with land, is $750. The valuation of estates in 1870 was
$138,585. In 1880 it was $149,273. The rate of taxation in the
latter year was 15 mills on the dollar. The population in 1870 was
760. In 1880 it was 965.

Montsweagb a post-office in Woolwich, Sagadahoc County.

Montville lies in the western part of Waldo county, 16 miles
west of Belfast, on the stage-line from Augusta. The town is of
diamond form, having its longest axis north and south. Freedom
bounds it on the north-west, Knox on the north-east, Morrill on the
east, Searsmont on the south-east, Liberty on the south-west and
Palermo on tbe west. The superficial area is about 20,200 acres. The
surface is broken by ledges, hills and mountains. Those having names
on the county map are Otis Hill and Hogback Mountain. The last is
a long elevation with several peaks, standing near the centre of the
town" From its southern and eastern slopes flow streams tributary to
St. George’s River, while its western slopes feed the Sheepscot, and
the northern the Sebastieook. Notwithstanding the broken condition
of the surface, there is good grazing and tillage on hill, slope and
valley. Granite is the prevailing rock. There are several ponds in the
town, of which True’s Pond in the southern corner is the largest, having,
with three other small ponds connected, an area of about 4 square


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