Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1882 page 279
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was one and a half per cent. The population in 1870 was 1,489.
In 1880 it was 1,394.

Hersey lies on the western border of the southern section of
Aroostook County, 25 miles from Houlton. It was formerly Number
5, R. 5, and was first organized as Dayton plantation. It was incor-
porated under its present name Jan. 25, 1873. The town is a square of
36 miles area. The north-western part is somewhat hilly. Bear Mountain
is the highest elevation, being about 200 feet above the surrounding
lands. The rocks are quartz and a granitic rock, possibly gneiss. The
soil is of a dark color, but very light in weight. It yields well of all
crops cultivated, which embrace almost the whole range of field-crops
except corn. The forest trees are principally maple, birch, beech and

The chief streams are West, Alder and Huston Brooks, and Crys-
tal Stream. The last forms the outlet to Crystal Lake in the south-
west part of the town. The size of the lake is one and a half miles
wide by three-fourths of a mile long. These streams are distributed
over the town at about equal distances, all flowing south-east to the Mat-
tawamkeag and its principal branch. There is a saw-mill upon Crystal
Brook, which operates part of the time. The principal settlement is
is in the western part of the town. The post-office is at Patten. The
nearest railroad stations are at Houlton and Kingman, each about 37
miles from the western line of the town.

Among the most valued citizens may be mentioned Samuel Huston,
the first settler, and Nicholas Cooper, the next. There are several
persons in the town of good age, eightv-two, or near those figures.
Hersey sent 13 men to the army of the Union in the war of the Rebel-

The proprietors of the township were Hersey and Stetson. The
principal public entertainments are religions meetings and sewing cir-
cles. The first are held in the schoolhouse. The school property is
valued at $500. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $24,493. In
1880 it was $26,496. The population in 1870 was 107. In 1880 it
was 159.

Higginsville, a village in Kenduskeag, Penobscot County.

Highland Plantation lies on the western border of Somerset
County, 32 miles N.N.W. of Skowhegan. The stage-road from Anson
(distant 20 miles) to Dead River passes through this plantation. It is
bounded on the north by Carrying Place Plantation, east by Pleasant
Ridge, south by Lexington and west by Jerusalem Plantation in Frank-
lin County. The northern part of the township consists largely of
hills or elevated table lands. The southern is more level, and has
some interval land along the streams. The principal of these are Sandy
Stream, flowing southward from the northern part, and Michael Stream,
flowing in from the west, and forming a junction with the Sandy in
the southern part of the town. The rocks in this plantation are gen-
erally granitic. The soil is a good red loam, and yields well of hay,
oats, potatoes, wheat, corn, beans, etc. The forest trees are mostly of
spruce, maple and birch. The manufactures consist of snow-shoes and
refined spruce gum.


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