|Baker Mountain in Moscow.|
Joseph Baker built his log cabin
here at its base - long before
this section of the Kennebec River
was flooded and became Wyman Lake.
For years I was curious about Joseph Baker – the man who lived his last days in a cage.
I knew that when he lived in Readfield 1770-1783 he served his community, church and country as a responsible, energetic and ambitious man. I knew that in addition to helping establish Readfield (then part of Winthrop), he moved his family to Moscow, ME - the first to settle there. I knew the people of Moscow named a mountain after him. But that was about all I knew.
In researching Joseph for my Readfield 1791 project I uncovered a story that deserves more telling than
|In Readfield Joseph Baker built his home |
on the shore of Chandler's Mill Pond
(Lake Maranacook) near the current
location of Readfield's town beach.
Within these 34 pages you will also learn about life on Martha's Vineyard and the trip from there to the Kennebec River and on to Readfield; how the settlers cleared their land and constructed their cabins - with pictures of the interior of a typical cabin; the environment they endured to do so; other family members (the Smiths) who joined Joseph Baker and where they settled; the worst winter in the 18th century and the spring freshet that followed; the invasion of the army worms; Joseph Baker's son who was responsible for starting the Aroostook War; and much more!
Marilyn Sterling Gondek, Board of Directors, Old Canada Road Historical Society, Bingham, ME
34 pages include pictures, illustrations, maps, references and endnotes. $12.50 plus tax + S+H. Order now using PayPal or mail a check payable to Dale Marie Clark (see right column FMI).