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"More Water!"


The first twenty years of the Edgecomb Fire Company


By John Chase



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"Fire Chief John Chase's "More Water" is much more than a history of the beginnings of the Edgecomb Fire Company. It is a revealing look at a rural Maine community during the years of WorldWas II and the decade and a half that followed. Here, in the men and women we meet in this reminiscence one finds the strength of character and sense of the common good that makes our State strong".  Jay Robbins, Maine Historian and Lecturer

 John Chase, the author of this history of the Edgecomb Fire Company More Water was passionate about the town of Edgecomb and the well being of its inhabitants. Yet he continued the family tradition as a shipbuilder at Bath Iron works. The founding of and continuation of the Edgecomb Fire Company held great significance for John. He was one of the charter members and a former chief of the Fire Company. He had served as a deputy state fire warden for over 30 years. And John served many years as vice-president of the Edgecomb Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

 Always active in Town affairs, he was a former selectman; he served on Bicentennial Committees, and was Chair of the Planning Committee, Edgecomb Congregational Church Clerk, President of the North Edgecomb Cemetery Association and active in the Parent Teachers Association. He served in the U.S. Army in the Asian/Pacific theater during WW II. And for 22 years John served as the North Edgecomb postmaster and was a long time correspondent and column writer for the local newspapers.

Original manuscript donated by John's daughter, Konni  Chase Wells

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Blockhouse & Battery


      A History of Fort Edgecomb

              By Joshua M Smith

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This bicentennial history of Fort Edgecomb examines the military reasons for fortifying Maine's coastline in the early 1800s, the political ramifications of that fortifications program, and the lives of the men and women who manned these posts through the war of 1812. Based on extensive primary research that has brought to light forgotten documents, this book places Fort Edgecomb within a national historical context that reveals aspects of the fort's military and social significance. "Valuable to historians, archaeologists, and the public." Joel Eastman, Professor of History Emeritus University of Southern Maine.

Dr. Joshua M. Smith, Humanities Department Head Associate Professor, Humanities

Dr. Joshua M. Smith grew up in the United States on Cape Cod and coastal Maine. He holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Maine Maritime Academy, East Carolina University, and the University of Maine. 
He is author of Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820, which explores smuggling on the Maine-New Brunswick border and won the John Lyman Award in American Maritime History in 2007. In 2009 he published Blockhouse and Battery: A History of Fort Edgecomb as part of that historic site's bicentennial, and Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812, which explores dimension of maritime warfare off New England's coast.

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Early Edgecomb, Maine 
Compiled by Katherine Chase Owen

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               Katherine Chase Owens, was descended from a long line of Edgecomb families beginning in 1760 when James Chase settled in Edgecomb and dies here in 1807. James' son Eben was the father of several sea captains and became legends in their own right. The next generation included ship wrights, skills which were pass on down through the family. The daughter of George Chase and sister of John Chase, author of More Water, shared her brother's passion for Edgecomb.

Katherine's interest in history culminated in 1986 with publication of Early Edgecomb, Maine a compiled entirely of material taken from original manuscripts, town clerks reports, dairies, school agent records, news papers and many other sources. She also engaged help from the major libraries, archives and museums as well as Edgecomb residents especially from member of the extended family.

A second volume introducing newly discovered material followed in 1988, as well as Volume 3, Pictorial was added in the same year.

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