Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Stephen Thompson, founder of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center, will be setting up a display at the Agricultural Fair Associations's Convention at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, January 28th and 29th. Thompson will display storyboards from each Maine County on a 32 inch LCD monitor. In addition he will make the Lost Trotting Parks 2011 Catalog available to interested parties. A framed print of the 1888 painting of Nelson 4209 will be on display. The framed print will be auctioned February 19th at the annual banquet of the Maine Association of Standardbred Horse Breeders and Owners. On display will be a photo book with both current and vintage images of Maine's lost trotting parks and the story of C.H. Nelson and his famous stallion.
T-Shirts with vintage images from the era of "When the Horse was King" will be available for sale!
Monday, January 24, 2011
I thank Harry for sharing his family history.
An Invitation to Readers: If you have a family story to share through text and photographs, please contact Stephen Thompson at email@example.com.
Comments by Harry Nelson, Wellie's grandson:
People that knew him called him Wellie, but his real name was Charles Wellington Nelson. He came from Centerville, New Brunswick, Canada born 1877 if my math is correct on his 1901 wedding certificate. He operated a Socony Vacuum Gas Station in Providence, RI. At some point in time, he became Park Foreman, at Roger Williams Park. He took care of the horses there. He had numerous friends at the Saugy Hot Dogs: http://www.saugy.net/history.html, and I believe some of the men at Saugie’s had financial interest in horses.
I don’t know what the draw was to move from Carleton County, New Brunswick to the big city of Providence, RI. My father, Earl I. Nelson, was probably in his early teens at the time. My father had actually 3 distinctively different lives, on the farm in New Brunswick, in the city of Providence, RI where he worked at Walsh-Kaiser Shipyard and Saugie’s. Then the family was travelling back to NB when Wellie took sick in Newport, Maine. This is where I grew up, he worked at H.P.Hoods and trapped beaver and hunted deer. Quite a diverse life.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Wilson Lake Stock Farm, Monmouth, Maine -- Malcolm Forbes -- The Fastest Bred Stallion in New England
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
tell the story of Nelson's Waterville Mile Track
that was never built. If it had been built the history
Monday, January 17, 2011
one of the newspaper articles in the previous post
leads to the Maine Central Depot. Reviewing an
Sunday, January 16, 2011
It was a great opportunity to meet people
For horse lovers, this show was a great opportunity to learn
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Common to All -- The Horse -- Worker in the Field, Transportation, Entertainment, Warrior in the Battlefield
As I look at Maine today I can not see a theme that crosses all Maine communities that would be reported statewide with interest and read by people in all Maine communities. Perhaps we need to look back at this age and then explore what it means to be a Mainer today. Explore the possibilities and the commonalities so that we too can find ways to communicate and gain a greater appreciation for who we are and what we share.
To do our research we would certainly entertain reviewing any of these newspapers. However, we are interested in the following issues of Turf, Farm and Home -- all issues in December of 1909 and January of 1910. We are also interested in issues of The Maine Press from March and April of 1915.