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Waterford, Maine

Last Updated Dec-2008

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On a Corner of his lot, [David McWain] near the river, he built his cabin. Supposing himself the only settler between Bridgton and Canada he was surprised one day by the homely sound of a rooster crowing. Supposing that the fowl had strayed from the settlements below, he thought no more of it. A few days later an Indian squaw leaped from behind a tree almost upon him, apparently to frighten him. She beckoned him to follow her to his cabin, and in the Indian tongue demanded something. He offered her different articles to no purpose, until he brought salt, which she ate with the greediness of an animal salt-hungry. He went with her to her camp, at what is now known as McWains Falls [on the Crooked River], where he found quite a party of Canada Indians fishing. They feasted him on muskrat soup and other delectable compounds, which he ate with all the relish he could assume. He fished and hunted with them, selling his peltries at Stevens Brook.

Source: History of Waterford, Oxford County Maine
By Warren, 1879

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - David McWain was the first settler. He had lot 10 range 5. He was b.1751 Bolton MA, s/o Andrew McWain & Hezidiah Moore

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