We are pleased to
additional historical reference material pertaining to
Maine. This volume is the:
Westbrook, Maine: Resident and
Business Directory for 1888.
We believe that anyone interested in the
history of Westbrook or the genealogy of any family that lives or lived in
the Westbrook area will find this directory essential.
When the Westbrook Resident and Business
Directory for 1888, by Emmons & Bonser was originally published, it was
clear that the once rural Town of
Westbrook had become centered in an industrial hub -- known as Saccarappa --
and a secondary hub -- Cumberland Mills. Residents by 1888 were
concentrated in these two locales. Indeed, there seem to be two of
everything! Lodges, libraries, you name it; there are two of them.
It is also evident from
this book that Westbrook has been historically tied to Portland itself, not just
geographically, but in terms of suppliers and merchants of many kinds. In fact, the
"Index to Patrons" in the back of the volume lists as many patrons (i.e.
advertisers) in Portland and Biddeford as it does in Saccarappa.
The Directory contains what
directories of that time typically contained -- and what today is critical
information for local and family historians and genealogists: numerous ads, a business directory, locations of
streets and roads, a residential directory providing names of heads of
households as well as occupation and address, schools, churches, libraries,
associations, and the rest.
Here are some sample pages from the
directory. Click on the thumbnail image to see a full-sized page, and
use the back-arrow on your screen to return to this page.