I just had to send a quick email to say how impressed I was with your website. I was working on a title search located in Amity and the town office is closed and the registry doesn't have your commitment book - so I called Margaret Frye in Weston and she told me just where to go on the website to get all the info I needed. I had already been on the website to get hours/phone number, etc. but didn't dream I could find the rest. I was so pleasantly surprised and impressed. Please continue to do a great job and thank you so much for your easy access!! I would love to be able to do all my jobs right on the computer!!!

Thank you,

Alicia McNally




To Amity Matters,

I don't generally do this, but I came across this site while building up the regional listings for the Best of the Web directory, as a contract labor task and wanted you to know that I found it to be as simple as it is beautiful, a truly remarkable resource for the town of Amity, Maine.

I have published the Magic City Morning Star, which began in 2002 as an online newspaper for the Katahdin region of Maine, but which has evolved into something that is somewhat less local these days. My wife and I also published All Maine Matters, a print newspaper that was in circulation for eleven months of 2006, until we could no longer afford to do so financially.

Congratulations on a fine job, the product of which is wonderful.

Ken Anderson



Came across your web site today, never expected to see a web site for Amity. Was told about it by a nephew who lives in N. H. You are to be commended for your efforts, a great idea !! I was born there, in the old house at the foot of Spring Hill. Most of the old names that I knew are no longer around, either moved away or passed away, the last one, to my knowledge, being Millard Simpson. I tried to get to see him whenever I was up there, I still have a sister living in Houlton. I have the book about Millard's father which I had him autograph one time when I was up there, As you undoubtedly know, Millard's picture is in the front of the book.

I went to grade school in South Amity, went from there to Ricker. Knew just about all the families in town at that time. I believe that the name that I read that this is going to is Cone. Is that perchance a Hodgdon name? It seems that in the distant past I sometimes heard the name of Walter Cone, didn't know him. It appears that yours is a work in progress. In the event that you might think I might have anything of interest to contribute, would enjoy hearing from you.

H. E. Boles


This is a Reply to an Email the Editor sent out.

Enjoyed your letter. You must have quite a setup back there in the woods. Must have been quite a job clearing enough land for the arrangement that you have. I assume that you must have a few bears roaming around also.

Regret that I have no pictures of the South Amity school, don't remember ever having seen one. Marion Libby at one time showed me one that she had of the North Amity school and the teacher and students, probably taken around 1934-35. I assume that Hugh would still have that in the event that you are interested. I would like to have a copy of that because my younger sister was in it. I believe that it was the year that I started at Ricker that the powers that be apparently decided, for whatever reason, that Spring Hill would be the school dividing line. South of there would go to South Amity, North of there would go to North Amity.

Up until that time we and those who lived on the Tracy Road went to South Amity, but after that approximate time my sister Geraldine (Gerry) went to North Amity. It had to be around 1934-35 because she was only two years behind me. I believe that I remember most of what went on in those years. I remember the names of probably all of those that I was in school with, and some of those in North Amity. I believe that my first teacher was Glennie Estabrook who was also, I believe, Arthur Estabrook's daughter. They lived on the back road which I think is called the Estabrook Road. (please excuse the "I thinks" and "I believes", we're getting practically into ancient history here). I think that their old home is still there. It has been quite a while since I've been in on that road but if I remember correctly one has to go past the old Simpson place and it is possibly near Alden Hall's old place, but on the opposite side of the road.

Other teachers, not in order, I think Velora Black was one, Caroline Dwyer, Carl Reed, Verna Bubar, (before she married Clark, Verna Benson) one year, I think she was only about 18 years old then. And my last one in that school, and in my humble opinion, one of the best in any school, was Mrs. Bradley from New Limerick.She was my teacher in at least the 7th and 8th grades, I don't remember if she was there in the 6th grade.

I firmly believe that I came out of that little one room country school with as good or better a grade school education as I could have received anywhere, and that includes the cities and all those with all the bells and whistles. And a lot of the credit goes to Mrs. Bradley, and I believe she was working for seven dollars a week. I think I'll call it a day. Thanks for the letter, I enjoyed reading it, looking forward to hearing from you again.



A Thank You From The Richardson Family


I know I would like to give some thanks for my home to someone, but not sure really who it goes to. So, being brought up the way I was, I would have to give thanks to Darrell, Peter, and You.We really appreciate our home and very proud of it.

I have finally got everything settled, and living very comfortable. I really appreciate the help I received in getting this all done.

Thanks again

Robbie, Julie, and Family