Oakland (ME) Area Historical Society

Oakland (ME) Area Historical Society


In Honor of Oakland's Veterans
A listing of Oakland's war veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Present Day

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Tour Guide to the Macartney House Museum

Oakland Axes, from "Memories of Maine", Kennebec and Androscoggin River Valleys Edition, Summer 2014, used with the kind permission of 

David Branch, Publisher, 110 Marginal Way, Suite 123, Portland, Me. 04101


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Peter Vogt's Video of Emerson-Stevens, in operation in 1965

This is a short film made by Peter Vogt in 1965 about axe making in Oakland, Maine. It documents the process of creating fine axes in the Emerson Stevens shop -- the last axe factory to operate in Oakland. Oakland was once a world-famous center of quality blade-making.


WATERVILLE - Ruth Wheeler Wood, 100, of Waterville, passed away at her home on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

She was born in Oakland, Maine on June 8, 1914, the daughter of the late Dean E. and Ethel (Howe) Wheeler. She attended Oakland public schools, Colby College, and the School of Library Service at Columbia University. She held library positions at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and the Maine State Library in Augusta.

She and her husband, Elmore L. Wood were residents of Augusta from 1946 to 1990, and while there were members of South Parish Congregational Church. After retirement they spent several years with winters in Florida, and summers at their camp on Salmon Lake in Oakland.

Since 1998, she has lived at Park Residences in Waterville, and belonged to First Congregational Church. She was an active member of the Oakland Area Historical Society.

She is survived by a son, Donald W. Wood of Enfield, Conn., a daughter, Jean M. Rose of Lowell, Maine; six grandchildren, Jonathan Rose, Eric Rose, Andrew Wood and partner Cara Moore, Rebecca Shelton and husband James, Jeremy Wood and Matthew Wood; a great-grandchild, Milo Wood; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Alfred H. Wheeler of Oakland, Maine. (Central Maine Morning Sentinel, 24 Feb 2015)

(Photo courtesy of Robyn Deveney, Wheeler's Camps, LLC)

A true treasure for the town of Oakland, Ruth will be sorely missed.

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