Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1882 page 356
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Gazetteer of the State of Maine With Numerous Illustrations, by Geo. J. Varney

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356    GAZETTEER    OF    MAINE.

All parts except those along Pleasant River and its tributary
streams from the central to the eastern part are hilly, while there are
several considerable mountains. The highest of these are Caribou and
Red Rock mountains. The last is on the southern side; and between
it and the long mountain at the south-western corner, is Miles’s Notch.

The rock is principally granite. The soil is sandy loam, and yields
excellent crops. Hay is the largest of these, finding a ready market
with the lumbermen. The forest trees are those common to tho

Mason sent 15 soldiers into the war for the Union, losing 4. Tho
Methodist society has a neat church-edifice in the town. The settle-
ment has a public schoolhouse; and the school property, including
land, is valued at $400. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $34,004.

In 1880 it was $27,446. The rate of taxation in 1880 was 16 mills on
the dollar. The population in 1870 was 127. In 1880 it was 94.

Mast Landing, a small village in Freeport, Cumberland.


Matinicns Isle Plantation, in Knox County, is situated
off Penobscot Bay, directly south of Vinalhaven. It is 20* miles S.S.E.
from Rockland, with which it has weekly communication by packet.

The plantation includes seven islands, viz. : Matinicus Isle, containing

about 800 acres; Ragged Island, about 350 acres; Matinicus Rock,

about 10 acre's. The latter has a light station and a steam whistle.    *

The next largest islands are Wooden Ball, Seal Rock and No Man’s

Land. On Matinicus Island are Old Wharf and Black Duck ponds,

each containing about two acres. The forest trees are spruce and fir.

The rock is chiefly granitic, and the soil a sandy loam. Potatoes form
the largest crop. ’ The people are employed principally in the fisheries.

The plantation was organized in 1840. It sent 11 of its citizens, be-
side substitutes, to the aid of the Union in the war of the Rebellion.

The principal entertainments are those of the Sunday-school.

There are two ‘public schoolhouses, and the school property is valued
at $600. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $19,585. In 1880
it was $32,273. The rate of taxation in the latter year was 19 mills on
the dollar. The population in 1870 was 277. In 1880 it was 243.

Mattanii scontls Plantation, in Penobscot County, lies
on the west side of the Penobscot River, 40 miles N.N.E. of Bangor.

It is bounded by Howland on the south, and Maxfield on the west, and
on the east, separated by Penobscot River, is Lincoln.^ The township
is inferior in soil, timber and water-power. The principal occupations    **

are farming and lumbering. The nearest post-office is Lincoln.

The town was incorporated in 1839, but on account of the depart-
ure of many of its inhabitants the number became so reduced that it
lost its organization, and relapsed to the plantation form. The popu-
lation in 1860 was 31; in 1850, 51 ; in 1880, 64. The valuation in
1880 was $12,876.

Mattawamkeag, in Penobscot County, lies upon the
eastern bank of the Penobscot River, and adjoins the south-western


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