Transcribed, edited, and annotated by Michael S. Stowell, Jacob Holt Lovejoy’s diaries—dating from 1863 to 1892—provide an enlightening, in-depth view of daily life in a small, western Maine town during the second half of the nineteenth century. Six of Lovejoy’s small but highly detailed diaries have been located and now reside in the collection of the Bethel Historical Society. Thanks to the efforts of Michael S. Stowell, they now appear for the first time in published form.
In addition to running a general store, Jacob Lovejoy served in the Civil War, was the first postmaster at the Albany Post Office, and was one the first teachers at the Albany school. Lovejoy also served his town at various times as a treasurer and selectmen, and was a deacon of his church and justice of the peace.
Born in the nearby town of Greenwood, Michael Stowell has added many additional insights, including a genealogical narrative of the Lovejoy family, which make this volume an indispensable resource for all those interested in the history of the area. Fully indexed, the book contains several photographs and maps. 314 pp., softcover.