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Primary and intermediate school, Bangor, 1865

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Primary and intermediate school, Bangor, 1865
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The primary and intermediate school shown here was on the east side of Center Street opposite the intersection with Jefferson Street in Bangor.

John Martin (1823-1904) included this illustration of the school and a floor plan on page 609 of the Journal he began writing and illustrating in 1864 to record his experiences for his children.

He noted that the color he used was correct when he made the illustration. Then, on Nov. 1, 1865, the school superintending committee had the building painted a light yellow.

Martin, an accountant and shopkeeper, and his wife, Clara Cary Martin, had six children. Their daughter, Annie, he noted, graduated from the intermediate school "under Miss Berniece Morse" on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1866.

He wrote that the school was built in the summer of 1855 after residents of the area repeatedly petitioned for a school in the neighborhood. His eldest daughter, Ada, began going to the school on Dec. 17, 1855.

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