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Pond's Sheer Boom Company (Me.)
Pond's Sheer Boom Company
1.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Pond's Sheer Boom Company
records contain papers about the company's operations.
Scope and Content Note
The Pond's Sheer Boom Company records contain papers about the company's operations.
These include copies of the act to incorporate, additional acts, by-laws,
correspondence, business agreements, and some sketches. The folder titled "Daily Kennebec Journal" contains an issue or two of the
Daily Kennebec Journal. Because the issues have
been folded for a prolonged period of time, the pages are too fragile to unfold and
examine, and therefore this folder is restricted from patron use. It is suggested
that patrons wishing to view the issues are encouraged to contact the Maine State
Library, which has copies of the periodical on microfilm.
In 1878, the Pond's Sheer Boom Company was incorporated by
the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Maine, for the purpose of
erecting, maintaining, and safely securing Pond's Chain Joint Rafting Boom, Pond's
Rafting Boom, and Pond's Improved Boom. The purpose of the booms was to facilitate
the driving of logs and timber down the Saint John and Aroostook Rivers and their
tributaries. E. S. Coe (1814-1899) and fourteen other men made up this company
(Acts and Resolves 292).
The name of the company came from the designer of the boom, L. W. Pond, who
appears to have sold the royalty rights to work his booms on the St. John River and
its tributaries, the Androscoggin River, and the Penobscot River to E. S. Coe and
his partners. Unfortunately the copy of this agreement that is in this collection is
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Coe, Eben Smith, 1814-1899
Booms (Log transportation)
Allagash River (Me.)
Saint John River (Me. and N. B.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
The folder entitled "Daily Kennebec Journal" is
restricted from patron use due to the fragile condition of the items.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex