The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Preserving Maine's Harness Racing History -- If We Don't, Then It Becomes Lost As If It Never Existed

 This is the 1000th post to the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. The subject of this post is fitting for readers to understand the importance of preserving the history, the stories, the images, and the memorabilia of Maine's Harness Racing Industry. The storyboards presented below present the official score card for 4th of July races at the track of the Rockland Fair Association in the year 1929. This is the second piece of memorabilia I have gathered related to harness racing in Rockland. The first piece promoted 19th century racing at the Knox Trotting Park. Unless there was a second trotting park in Rockland (and it was so rumored), this track was actually located in Thomaston right on the town line. For those familiar with Thomaston and Rockland, after this track closed down, it became an airfield. It was located across from Dorman's Ice Cream. Today the property holds a movie theater.

As the founder of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center I firmly believe that the history of harness racing beginning in the 19th century to present day is a positive way to promote the sport of harness racing today. When told the stories from the past capture our imaginations allowing us to live that era of Maine history when the horse was king. The horse provided family transportation, worked in our fields, kept our economy moving, entertained us at the agricultural fairs and tracks, and served as a warrior in our battlefields.

This past is quickly being forgotten -- lost to oral tradition and to current day writings. Harness horsemen speak to harness horsemen. Through history and education we can bring attention to this history and encourage new people to enjoy this sport and enjoy harness racing events at Maine's agricultural fairs and commercial tracks. Take time to explore the storyboards and slideshows of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. As you explore you will find that more than 100 towns at one time supported trotting parks throughout the State of Maine. If you enjoy this history and appreciate the effort taken to present this history, please make a financial contribution to the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. You will find a PayPay Donation Button on the right hand column of this web page. Your financial support will be greatly appreciated. 

Official Score Card – July 4th 1929
Rockland Fair Association
Rockland Fair – August 6, 7 and 8, 1929
Starter Earl Ludwick

2.24 Trot or Pace – Randolph Direct, Jewett up, Club Stables, Braden D., Knight up, M.F. Donahue, Dromo Bill, Hall uup, R.R. Hall, Tramp Jolla, Piper up, F.M. Blackington – Winner Braden D.
Special Named Race – Topworthy, Clukey up, G.W. Bachelder, Beth harvester, Knight up, F. Donohue, Bowdick, Bachelder up, H.C. Clukey – Winner – Topworthy

2.18 Trot or Pace – Mary Montgomery, Piper up, Blackington & Hodgkins, Walter Moore, Alonzo Newbert, The Sheif, Simmons up, Dr. Ellingwood, Worthy Silk, Clukey up, G.W. Bachelder – Winner – Walter Moore

2.22 Trot or Pace – Bob Braden, Simmons up, Harold Burgess, Gaiety McGregor, Butler up, Alonzo


Betty’s Beauty Shop, Camden, Maine
Fireproof Garage Company, Rockland – Lloyd N. Lawrence & Charles H. Berry
Trainer’s Lunch, 367 Main Street, Rockland
M.B. & C.O. Perry (Coal – Wood – Coke) Rockland
Rockland Shoe Repairing Company, W.H. Milligan, Prop. 491 Main Street
Perry’s Foodland, Rockland
Chisholm’s Spa, Main and Lindsey Streets – Hot Weather Haven (Ices, Lunches, Drinks)
Caslon Press, Inc. (General Printers) 495 Main Street, Rockland
W.H. Glover Company, Building Supplies, Rockland
Snook’s Sweet Shoot (Try our Lobster Salad Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Electrician -- Groom -- Lover of the Circus -- Ernest A. Tarbox, Jr. -- A Man Who Loves the Many Aspects of His Life

Since 2010 I have attended the Maine Agricultural Fair Convention at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. Each year I would visit with the vendors and each year I would talk with Ernest Tarbox. Each year I would promise to visit with Ernest at his home in Lyman. That visit never happened until this past Monday. Ernest and I spent four hours together visiting and gather tidbits of information about his work in harness racing and his love of the circus. My visit was a wonderful surprise. My thanks and appreciation to Ernest for keeping the memorabilia of his life!