The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lost Trotting Parks Storyboards and Vintage Aroostook County Potato Bags Displayed at the Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Farm Families -- Vintage Aroostook County Potato Bags -- 1940 to 1970

The framed vintage potato bags were first displayed at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine. Added to the display at storyboards of two Maine farming families -- The Reeds of Fort Fairfield and A.L. Thompson of Limestone.

Potato bags and logo art displayed include
1. Reed Brothers, Inc.
2. Bridge Water's Finest
3. Golden Trumpet, Northern Farms, Inc., Fort Kent (one of the owners was Ken Ballard)
4. C. A. Powers, fort Fairfield
5. Dumais Quality Potatoes, Lawrence Dumais and Sons, Inc., Frenchville
6. Old Homestead Potatoes, First National Stores
7. World's Best, Potato Distributors of Maine Co., Presque Isle
8. Flavorite Premium Grad Potatoes, Flavorite Potato Sales Association, Easton
9. Raymond's Island Farm Potatoes, Gerard Raymond, Frenchville
10. Sure Winner Brand, Irving Acres, Presque Isle
11. Aroostook Maid, Bert DSands, Caribou
12. Maine All American Brand -- Lionel Theriault, Caribou

13. Maine Potatoes -- Caribou Brand, S.S. Yankee Friendship to the People of Scotland -- The Gift of the Potato Growers of Caribou, Maine, U.S.A. Christmas 1947
14. A Shield of Quality -- Potatoes -- Pommes De Terre, Eastern Potato Dealers of Maine, Inc., Caribou
15. Maine Land Brand Potatoes, Willard H. Sands, Caribou
16 Tater State Brand -- Maine Potatoes, Country Best, Agway, Inc., Syracuse, New York -- Shipping Office -- Presque Isle

17. Potato Bag Logo Art on 50 pound burlap/paper potato bags -- A.L. Thompson & Sons, Limestone, Maine
18. Potato Bag Logo Art on 10 pound poly bag -- A.L. Thompson & Sons, Limestone, Maine

Friday, October 18, 2013

1889 -- Life Members of the Maine State Agricultural Society -- Lewiston, Maine

The Maine State Fair at the State Fair Park in Lewiston, Maine might be considered the major event of Maine's agricultural fairs in the 19th century. The significance of this fair diminished over the years. The champion stallion Nelson from Waterville, Maine proved himself the fastest three-year old stallion on the East coast in 1885. On a tour through Maine in the 1920's Single G, the horse that time forgot, set the Lewiston track record. This post consisting of eleven storyboards provides the names of the leaders of the Maine State Fair and the names of the life members -- more than 1000 strong. In the 19th century Maine's agricultural fairs represented the fabric of Maine's farming community and the people of Maine who so depended upon Maine agricultural production. 

Harness racing is at its best when it is part of a greater event. Even yesterday and today that greater event is the Maine Agricultural Fair!

The names are arranged in alphabetical order. To the right of each name is the town of residence. Explore these names to see if you know of families from your community who might be descendants of the life members listed in the 1889 premium book.