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Sabattus, Maine
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A Letter From a Sabattus Resident

Sabattis, Feb. 9th, 1864
Dr. N.T. True - Dear Sir: - I know but little of the Aborigines that once inhabited the country, but I have been satisfied from early childhood that this place was a favorite locality with them. One reason why I think so is the number of tools that have been found of many shapes; some were fashioned like gorges, some something like an axe, and other forms, and all made of a peculiar kind of stone, different from and [un]common to this part of the country. They were even made of fine gritted stone, and were excellent for sharpening tools. I have found many of them myself and seen many that others have found, and I have often heard the remark that this vicinity must have been thickly inhabited by them, their implements were found in so plenty. Again, the land around the outlet and much of it on the west side on the pond, had been cleared before it was settled by the whites. In some places a second growth had sprung up, in others nothing remained but scattering oaks of large size. The lot, particularly that of Mr. Samuel Thompson settled, had been nearly all cleared at the time he came on it.

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - Out of respect for our Abenaki friends and their ancestors - a section of this letter is intentionally left out, as it describes various graves which were found and disturbed.

The pond was well stored with fish at the time the first settlements were made around it. Shad and salmon, before the dams were built, came into it, and I have heard some of the early settlers say that a boat-load of fish could be caught in a very short time, and I have seen a place, a few rods below the outlet of the pond, that was built, it was supposed, by the Indians, for the purpose of taking fish.
It was built in the form of a V, with the point down stream, extended from shore to shore, and was formed of very large stones which must have taken the strength of many of them to move. It remained until a few years past, when it was removed to help construct a dam at the outlet of the pond. It has always been tradition around here that an Indian by the name of Sabattis had his home around the pond.

The Indians of the Androscoggin, by N.T.True
Addendum to Chapter VI
Lewiston Journal, 1864

 

The tribe of Indians who have been camping on the shores of the Sabattus river for some time have left town. There were about ten in all and they had with them as many dogs. During their stay they made baskets, chairs, bows and arrows, etc. They sold these articles in the village and did a good business. The bows and arrows probably had the greatest sale and are still the sport of the small boys and girls as well.

Source: Lewiston Newspaper - July 28, 1905

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