Judge Emery O. Bean and his wife Georgia (Packard) Nickerson Bean of Main Street, Readfield, are among those pictured and discussed in a new book released by the Readfield Historical Society.

The Readfield Historical Society has released a new book, “Brief Biographies c.1900 pertaining to some residents of Readfield, Maine.”

The book includes brief biographies of 35 men and their families who resided in, or had familial connections to, Readfield at the turn of the 20th century. The biographies were extracted and compiled from “American Series of Popular Biographies, Maine,” published in 1903.

Information was added by Readfield historian and author, Dale Potter-Clark, who also incorporated dozens of photographs of some people profiled, their homes (some of which are still standing) and the four villages in Readfield as they appeared in 1900.

An index of 230 surnames is included of individuals who are mentioned in the book but are not among the full biographies. Also added is a list of 215 place names and five pages of advertisements from the 1903 Readfield Register. Some of the advertisements apply to men profiled but most are regarding prominent businessmen not included in the biographies but well known in the Readfield business community at that time.

The 120-page book will be available for $12 in the RHS gift shop, when open, at 759 Main St., Readfield. Copies are also available for $12 plus $3 for shipping and handling if mailed within the U.S. To buy with a credit card, debit or PayPal, go to readfieldmaine.blogspot.com, or to arrange for purchase by check, email [email protected] or call 207-441-9184.

Proceeds will benefit the historical society.

Readfield Historical Society is a 501C3 organization founded in 1985 to preserve the rich history of Readfield and its people.

For more information about the organization, email [email protected] or call 207-377-2299.

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