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History: Westbrook, Maine Directory for 1888

Historical directory of Westbrook, Maine

We are pleased to additional historical reference material pertaining to Maine.  This volume is the:

Westbrook, Maine: Resident and Business Directory for 1888. 

We believe that anyone interested in the history of Westbrook or the genealogy of any family that lives or lived in the Westbrook area will find this directory essential. 

When the Westbrook Resident and Business Directory for 1888, by Emmons & Bonser was originally published, it was clear that the once rural Town of Westbrook had become centered in an industrial hub -- known as Saccarappa -- and a secondary hub -- Cumberland Mills.  Residents by 1888 were concentrated in these two locales.  Indeed, there seem to be two of everything!  Lodges, libraries, you name it; there are two of them.

It is also evident from this book that Westbrook has been historically tied to Portland itself, not just geographically, but in terms of suppliers and merchants of many kinds.  In fact, the "Index to Patrons" in the back of the volume lists as many patrons (i.e. advertisers) in Portland and Biddeford as it does in Saccarappa.

The Directory contains what directories of that time typically contained -- and what today is critical information for local and family historians and genealogists:  numerous ads, a business directory, locations of streets and roads, a residential directory providing names of heads of households as well as occupation and address, schools, churches, libraries, associations, and the rest.

Here are some sample pages from the directory.  Click on the thumbnail image to see a full-sized page, and use the back-arrow on your screen to return to this page.

History: Directory of clubs and associations

From the list of clubs and associations

History: Directory of residents

From the directory of residents

Historical advertising pages

An advertising page

History: Classified directory of businesses

From the directory of businesses


You can download the Westbrook, Maine: Directory for 1888 now:

It's in PDF format, 136 pages, for $4.25.





(Some additional pages -- click on any of these thumbnails to see sample pages full-sized)

Westbrook Maine Directory front cover

Front cover

Title page - Westbrook ME Directory

Title page

Contents of the Westbrook Maine directory

Table of Contents

Professor Lee's Athletic Academy

An 1888 health club?



Our publications about the State of Maine to go to our page about the State of Maine.


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